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or Shannon Lindsey, bartending is about personal expression. “I love the freedom,” she says. Lindsey, 39, grew up in an Air Force home. Born in Athens, Greece, she spent her childhood moving from place to place, attending each school for just two years. When her father retired in Jackson, she found a home here. After high school, she played with the idea of going to an emergency medicaltechnician school or a veterinary-technician program, but nothing ever worked out. “I never really liked the day-job thing, so that’s how I got into bartending,” she says. Her first service-industry job was at Outback Steakhouse in Jackson. From there, she moved on to Time Out Sports Bar, during what she calls its “heyday.” It was there that she really honed her bartending skills. Since then, she has worked at numerous local bars and restaurants, including The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen and BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar. In May, she accepted a position at the Library Lounge and 1908 Provisions in the Fairview Inn. A couple of weeks ago, Lindsey left for a job at Jeremy Enfinger’s future restaurant, County Seat, in Flora. If you ask Lindsey why she likes her work, she’ll simply tell you, “It makes me happy.” Her favorite challenge is convincing customers to try drinks they thought they wouldn’t like by putting her own spin on them. “I really love the freedom I have to


express myself,” Lindsey says. “If someone comes in and tells me they don’t like gin, I make a gin drink.” “I like to make them happy and blow their mind a little bit,” she says. She hopes to be at the forefront of the movement to elevate the cocktail to the level of wine and whiskey when it comes to craft pairings. “You can’t just Manhattan your way through it, especially if you want to enjoy the true flavors of the meal, not to mention if you want to remember them,” she says. “Food and craft-cocktail pairings are definitely upon us and should be taken to the next level.” One of her favorite pairings at Library Lounge and 1908 Provisions was a northern lights cocktail—gin, yellow chartreuse and orange bitters—served with Chef Gary Hawkins’ oysters on the half shell. “The craft cocktail is becoming a player in the game, without a doubt,” Lindsey says. “It is a collaboration between the bartender and the chef. Let’s see how we bar chefs can step that game up in Jackson, for the people.” When she isn’t at work, Lindsey enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and eating and drinking locally. “I think it is so very important to invest in your local economy, and supporting one another is key,” she says. “All the new things opening here are much needed and truly a breath of fresh air.” —Carmen Cristo

Cover photo of John Currence courtesy Porter/Novelli

10 Man Talk

Dudes learn to be a stand up not standby guy when it comes to domestic violence.

32 Mississippi Mounds

Archaeologist Sam Brookes will blow your mind when it comes to his knowledge of Native American culture.

37 Real World Hip Hop

“While many rappers write ‘fake it ’til you make it’ lyrics, prophesying wealth and fame before they’ve received either, J. Skyy bases his music on daily life, finding meaning in the mundane.” —Micah Smith, “Love in Reality”

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4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 28 ................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 30 .............................. DIVERSIONS 32 .......................................... ARTS 33 ....................................... BOOKS 34 ....................................... 8 DAYS 35 ...................................... EVENTS 37 ....................................... MUSIC 38 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 39 .......................................... FILM 40 ..................................... SPORTS 43 .................................... PUZZLES 45 ....................................... ASTRO


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by Amber Helsel, Assistant Editor

Trimming the Neo-South


y favorite activity when I get paid is to go to a bookstore and browse the food & drink, and dieting sections. Most of the time, I find myself overwhelmed with the selections, and also the shelf, just because it’s much taller than I am. Most of the books in the dieting section aren’t very interesting and generally follow the same format—an intro about how the author used to be fat but has slimmed down because of so-and-so diet, and then information on the diet itself, followed by recipes, which, most of the time, taste pretty terrible. The books may have tips laced throughout. But after scanning book spines, I often stumble upon some books that pique my interest, whether they be about different diets such as the Paleo diet or “Skinny Bitch” (which I cannot stand) or even just books on healthy southern cooking. Mind you, I don’t use cookbooks as much as I’d like. They’re big and bulky, and the pages flip when I don’t want them to. I could use my eReader, but I don’t have a stand for it. Most of the time, I find myself browsing Pinterest for healthy recipes, which tend to have a pretty iffy outcome. But I like having cookbooks, mainly because everything I want about a particular subject is contained in a few hundred pages. I tend to collect them. On my shelf, I have a couple of Paleo diet books, a healthy recipe from “Taste of Home” and a few other random diet books from the many I’ve tried. My favorite cookbook, by far, is “Slim Down South” by dietician Carolyn O’Neill. From the title, you’d think it’s nothing but a fad diet (although it does have a mealplan guideline), but you couldn’t be more wrong. While I’ve seen similar books, I’ve never seen someone break down healthy southern cooking so easily as O’Neill does.

In “Slim Down South,” she takes many of our favorite foods and turns them into something much healthier, and most of the recipes are actually fairly easy and really tasty. My favorite was her mini chicken and waffles with spiced honey. But the reason I liked the book so much was because O’Neill did something no one else had successfully done before, at least to me. Whether intentionally or not, she used this idea of a Neo-South, or a healthier way of living in our deep-fried

when shopping. Though I have shifted my focus from strict dieting to just eating healthy, something I liked about diets like Paleo is that you could have a lot of your favorite foods, like biscuits and gravy, just made in a different way. And for the most part, the food tasted great. With healthier diets, the major focus is cutting out any of the processed foods, a strategy I decided to keep doing, even though I no longer stay away from grains and sugar. It’s amazing what you find on ingredient labels if you

We’re one of the unhealthiest states in the nation so something has to give.

culture. She did this without telling readers that, no, they could no longer have biscuits and gravy or fried chicken. She simply gave them a healthier method of make those foods, which is something many of us should start practicing. With Mississippi second in the United States for diabetes and obesity rates, we all should take a page from O’Neill’s book—pun intended. We’re one of the unhealthiest states in the nation so something has got to give. What I like about a “Neo-South” approach is that it doesn’t mean turning into a rabbit. It means being more conscious about what goes into our food, which is something I recently started to consider

just look a little closer. Did you know that almost all the ranch dressing on grocerystore shelves contain preservatives such as MSG? I wouldn’t have even thought of that had it not been for my shift in focus. Besides cutting out processed foods, going Neo-South is about bringing the farm to the table. It’s about learning where your food comes from, and how to get it in a more sustainable way. In the last few weeks, I’ve learned about the different farms around the state, and I have to say that I’m surprised at their existence. Maybe it’s just part of the culture I grew up in, but I never knew where my food came from, and never thought about it until now. I knew that the food came from

somewhere, but I only ever saw it in bins and on shelves at local grocery stores. Over the last few months, I’ve learned of restaurants growing their own gardens and using their produce, and people buying chicken from places such as Pickett Farms in Terry, right inside Hinds County. It’s incredible what you find when you think to look for it. While it’s a slow-moving process, I can tell you that the South is slowly shifting its focus from unhealthy, processed plates to wholesome, tasty meals. We are changing, whether or not we realize it. You can now go to places such as Palette Café at the Mississippi Museum of Art and La Finestra and Parlor Market and Table 100, and find great dishes with a strong focus on products from Mississippi. At the Mississippi Farmers Market, which, by the way, is open all year, you can find local purveyors selling food they made with their bare hands, and also the most in-season produce. That’s what’s going to save us. While dieting and exercise help, what’ll make the greatest change is actively buying local, seasonal food. If we adopt the mindset of people like O’Neill, I’m confident that we will no longer be one of the fattest states in the U.S. For this fall food issue, Jackson Free Press chooses to focus on the idea of neosouthern eating. From pages 19-24, you’ll find southern foods turned healthy, local restaurants focused on bringing local farms to the table (literally, in one restaurant’s case) and then to the forefront of southern cuisine, and you’ll find recipes you can make with local produce. With this year being the “Year of the Creative Economy,” why can’t it also be the year we find ourselves in a new, healthier South. The changes won’t be easy, but our lives will improve because of it. Comment at

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Carmen Cristo

Jane Flood

R.L. Nave

Kayleigh Skinner

Ronni Mott

Micah Smith

Tommy Burton

Gina Haug

Carmen Cristo is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied journalism and public relations. She enjoys Netflix, cats and cheesy romance novels. She contributed to the cover package.

Jane Flood has led a full life. She has tasted cuisines from the world over, taught Pilates to Saints, written a romance novel and fed Thai royalty. She currently lives in Fondren. She contributed to the cover package.

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote a news story.

Kayleigh Skinner is a recent Ole Miss graduate who lives in Jackson. She is an intern at The Hechinger Report and wrote about Common Core for this issue. You can reach her at

Freelance journalist Ronni Mott has been a Mississippian since 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and a yoga teacher, just stumbling and fumbling toward bliss like everyone else. She wrote an arts story.

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. He wrote music stories.

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton is keeping the dream alive, one record at a time. He can usually be seen with a pair of headphones on. He wrote an arts story and compiles the music listings. Send gig info to

Account Manager Gina Haug is a self-professed information collector who has a love for all things fun. She is a huge Ole Miss and Saints fan, and her birthday is her favorite holiday.


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[YOU & JFP] Name: Donzell Stutts Age: 48 Lived in Jackson: All my life. 48 years. Favorite part of Jackson: Downtown, Northpark, Parham Bridges Park.

Write us: Tweet us: @JxnFreePress Facebook: Jackson Free Press

Wisdom: “Go to church. Praise God.� Favorite quote: Prayer in Luke, Chapter 11 (Lord’s Prayer).

Soc Talks Back


In an interview with City Council candidate Dorsey Carson, we reported that he does legal work for Socrates Garrett, as well as the JFP. Garrett responded: What is it with you people, you say you want local businesses to get contracts with the city and then you always mention Socrates Garrett. I am proud of the work that we do, and I wish we could get a tenth of the work that majority contractors get. I think our revenue with city contracts was less than $3 million in the past five years and yet haters don’t want to see us with anything, shame on you.

“Local Restaurant Offends Rabbi� by R.L. Nave Vpruitt89 The owner is Yianni Allis, and what he did to this poor man is only the tip of the iceberg of things I saw while working there for over a year. multiculturegirl37 What kind of joke was that? Furthermore when someone has been “accidentally� offensive, it’s appropriate to apologize, not double down on the offensive behavior. kdg1908 For those who might not rec-

ognize the name, this restaurant is generally called Wraps. I didn’t realize it had another name. I’ve eaten there. I’ve heard how rude the owner can be, although I’ve never experienced it. jaltman The concept of “joke� seems to escape this business owner. js1976 I’ve never been there, and don’t plan on it. I’ve heard too many people speaking about just how rude the owner is.

Editor’s Note: On our last press day, we got a multitude of calls, emails and Facebook messages about the treatment of Rabbi Ted Riter at Wraps restaurant, who said owner Yianni Allis threw him out after making anti-Semitic remarks. Our report on the incident quickly went viral. But the story has a brighter ending, however. The Clarion-Ledger reported on Friday that the rabbi and the restaurateur sat down to mend differences on Friday. Allis offered to name a salad for Riter, but he declined the offer.





Response to “Mississippi:The Next Stage for Progressivism?� by Joe Atkins

Hey, Men! Prevent, Protect, Empower

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fter a decade of chick power, JFP is doing something to honor the men who fight against domestic violence. Chick Ball’s new brother event, the JFP Chick Ball Masked Jam (nickname: Rooster Ball) is Nov. 1 at Hal & Mal’s. The event is $5, and the proceeds will go to the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Chick Jam will have live music, karaoke, a costume contest, a sports pub and other fun things. To sponsor, write director@ To volunteer, email natalie@jackson To perform, email For more information, visit

multiculturegirl37 Seriously? My daughters were at that rally, and no, they don’t live in Madison County, but neither do many of the people who work at Nissan, if you want to be honest. Oh and my children and I also don’t belong to any of those churches. It is common to borrow church vans and buses for social justice organizing due to lower costs than renting from companies. I think the author’s general point was that 400 students even caring about labor organizing in Mississippi, a state very hostile to union organizing, is a very big deal.

occurring in states such as ours. What I find humorous is, I interact with Nissan employees everyday. Everyone that I have asked from supervisors to line workers have all been against unionization. That is my general point. Speaking of UnionJoe’s previous articles, I notice he didn’t bring up the Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga again. The UAW is chomping at the bit to get their claws into that plant, even after the employees voted against it. They are now trying to establish a local union to keep the UAW out of that plant because VW wants union representation. The UAW is going under, and they are looking to the factories in the South to save them. Their membership has dropped from a peak of 1.5 million in 1979 to 391,000. However, since they now represent casino workers, school teachers and government workers, I’m not sure how many of those are actually automotive employees. Two days ago, the UAW announced that they would be raising dues 25 percent because they have had to dip into their strike fund to cover operation costs.

js1976 I’m fully aware that many employees of Nissan do not live in Madison County, but it’s obvious that church buses from outside of the area are not bringing employees to the rally. I think you answered my question, though, regarding just how many actual employees were rallying outside that day. If you read the endless number of articles written by UnionJoe (Atkins), you could easily see that his point is strictly prounionization. The hostile union environment in the South is one of the primary reasons for the majority of automotive growth

tomhead1976 js1976, the Chattanooga vote wasn’t legitimate; Corker threatened the plant to make sure workers voted the way he wanted, and facing the choice between joining a union and keeping their jobs, they decided they’d better keep their jobs. I recognize you probably know this already (and omitted it for strategic reasons), but I’m saying it for the benefit of people who don’t. When you threaten to have people fired for not voting the way you like, you don’t get to then turn around and cite their votes as evidence of anything.

js1976 “Some 400 students participated in a pro-union rally outside the Nissan plant at the conference’s end.� I saw this rally as I was driving by and noticed all of the church busses bringing in people who were from areas other than Madison County. Why don’t you tell us how many employees were protesting outside, UnionJoe!

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014 JSU Campus | 9:00 a.m.

COFO Complex | 11:30 a.m.

Gibbs-Green Walkway (near the JSU Student Center) 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Open Mic Night

Know Your Constitutional Rights

Alumni Patio Day Party

The Penguin | 7:00 p.m.

COFO Complex | 1:00 p.m.


College of Business (1:00 p.m.), College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Human Development, College of Public Service, College of Science, Engineering and Technology | 2:00 p.m.

One University Place | 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Alumni Reception

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Worship Service

hosted by New Jerusalem Church Rose E. McCoy Auditorium 12:00 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Talent Show

Rose E. McCoy Auditorium | 7:00 p.m.

Homecoming Rave Party

JSU Student Center Ballroom | 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014 Street Jam

Outside Area Near Walter Payton Center (Rain Location: Walter Payton Center) | 5:00 p.m.

Public History Forum: Building African American Museums in the 21st Century COFO Complex | 6:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 Comedy Show

Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center Lil Duval, Ms. BPhlat and J. J. Williamson Ticket Prices: $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door | 7:00 p.m.

The Criminalization of Urban Youth in America: Why Ferguson?  Why now?

Alumni Panels

Yard Fest

Gibbs-Green Walkway (near the JSU Student Center) 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WOW Wingery Grand Opening Alumni Pre-Game Mixer

(Invitation only) | 4:00 p.m.

Food For Art

Gallery 1 | 6:00 p.m.

The Coronation of Miss JSU Anissa Butler

Rose E. McCoy Auditorium | 7:00 p.m.


Greek Show

1UP Block Party

Corner of Dalton and J.R. Lynch Streets 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

JSU College Fair

Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center 10:30 a.m.

Homecoming Football Game – JSU Tigers vs Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils JSU Veterans Memorial Stadium | 2:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014 Basketball Madness

Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center Ticket Prices: $12.00 in advance and $17.00 at the door | 7:00 p.m.

Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center 9:00 p.m.

Homecoming Concert

Get social with JSU this homecoming. Connect with us via social media by using #JSUHomecoming14.

The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Vick Allen Mississippi Coliseum | 8:00 p.m.

Parents of JSU Hospitality Reception Welcome Center | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

JSU Homecoming Parade

Alumni Party

Marriott Downtown Ticket Prices: $10.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door | 9:00 p.m.

Society of Golden Tigers Luncheon (Class of 1964) JSU Student Center Ballroom | 11:30 a.m.

For more information please visit


Social Media

Social Media Tailgating

During the 2014 Yard Fest, there will be a social media tailgating area where you can get free food, get information and meet the social media crew!

Social Media Give-A-Ways

During the 2014 Homecoming game, social media will be giving away 3 BIG prizes that you don’t want to miss!

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Wednesday, September 24 India’s space program succeeds in its first interplanetary mission by placing a satellite into orbit around Mars. ‌ The Dutch government sends seven F-16 fighter jets to strike at the Islamic State group in Iraq, along with 250 military trainers to school Iraqi and Kurdish fighters.

Friday, September 26 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and counterparts from Britain, Russia, China and Germany say they will not join nuclear talks with Iran because of lack of progress at the negotiations. ‌ Police and protesters clash briefly in Ferguson just hours after the St. Louis suburb’s police chief issues an apology to the family of Michael Brown. Saturday, September 27 The Mount Ontake volcano in central Japan erupts, injuring at least 59 people, some seriously, and causing at least 36 confirmed fatalities.

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Sunday, September 28 Tens of thousands of Hong Kong activists kick off a long-threatened mass civil disobedience protest called “Occupy Central with Love and Peace� to challenge Beijing over restrictions on voting reforms.


Monday, September 29 Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is sworn in as Afghanistan’s new president in the country’s first transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. His election paves the way for the country to sign a security pact permitting U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of the year. Tuesday, September 30 President Barack Obama and India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi agree to set a new agenda between the two countries that will explore ways to expand collaboration on trade, investment and technology. Breaking news:

by R.L. Nave


ackson taxpayers will pay an out-ofstate contractor at least $200,000 to audit several aspects of the city’s water-and-sewer finances. After shelving discussion last week to get more details, the Jackson City Council unanimously approved an agreement on Sept. 29 with Charlotte, N.C.-based Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. Under the contract, Raftelis will perform a rate-sufficiency study, assist with the development of the one-percent salestax master plan and review part of a 2013 contract the city signed with German conglomerate Siemens AG. The Siemens deal includes the installation of new digital water meters and a new billing system. The contract includes a “performance guarantee� of increased water revenue for the city. Powell said Raftelis would analyze that portion of the Siemens contract. The audit is likely to result in higher water bills for ratepayers. Raftelis is one of a handful of national firms specializing in water and sewer consulting. Ninety-nine percent of the firm’s clients are municipal utilities, and approximately 90 percent of Raftelis’ work involves setting water and sewer rates. In many other cities where they have worked, including New Orleans, Birmingham and Baltimore, where Powell oversaw the Water and Wastewater Bureau, Raftelis’ audits have led to higher bills. “From city to city to city, it was always a rate increase,� said Ward 6 Councilman Tyrone Hendrix about Raftelis. Powell said that Raftelis’ purpose is not to raise rates, but to help project revenues in

the event that cities choose to implement hikes; that decision is up to the city council, she said. Jacksonians are already dealing with increases passed as part of then-Mayor

sions of its bond obligations. In addition, the city is under a federal consent decree to upgrade its wastewater disposal system, which could cost as much as $800 million. TRIP BURNS

Thursday, September 25 Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, announces his resignation after six years on the job. ‌ Sierra Leone seals off three districts where more than 1 million people live in a bid to control an Ebola outbreak.

Jackson’s Water Woes Mount

Kishia Powell, Jackson’s public-works director, advised the city council recently that more water-rate increases are likely needed. The council approved a contract with a North Carolina-based firm to study whether Jackson’s rates are sufficient to meet expenses.

Chokwe Lumumba’s budget this time last year. Then, water rates rose from an average monthly bill of $15.54 to around $21 ($252 per year), and the average sewer bill increased from $14.50 to more than $31, resulting in $30 million more in revenue. Still, the city has fallen about $12 million short of the roughly $80 million in water revenue projected for the fiscal year 2014, Powell said. As a result of the revenue shortfall, the city is unable to meet certain provi-

Powell didn’t mince words when she addressed the budget committee last week. “There are cities around the country that are much larger that have a billion-dollar consent decree, and their rates are three times what we have, and they have a much larger population,� she told council members. “I think all things considered, you will need to raise rates.� In Baltimore, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency slapped with a $940 million consent decree in 2002,

Mississippi Fresh Produce Availability Calendar get it while you can! September October November December Muscadines Beans, Green Beans, Pole Beans, Butter

September October November December Potatoes, Sweet (All year)

Potatoes, Sweet




Squash, White


Squash, Winter


Squash, Yellow

Greens, Collard

Squash, Zucchini Chestnuts

Greens, Mustard Greens, Turnip

Honey (All year)


Pecans (All year

Peas, Southern


¹3ILENCEISAFORMOFCONSENTANDCOMPLICITY² ²$ULDQ7KLJSHQSXEOLFDZDUHQHVVFRRUGLQDWRUIRUWKH 0LVVLVVLSSL&RDOLWLRQ$JDLQVW'RPHVWLF9LROHQFHRQWKH RUJDQL]DWLRQœVFDPSDLJQWRHQJDJHPHQRQGRPHVWLF YLROHQFHLVVXHV residents in that city of 621,000 pay about $800 per year for their water. However, 105square-mile Jackson has nearly a quarter more land area than Baltimore, which has 81 square miles. An affordability analysis is not part of the Raftelis analysis, although Powell said such a review, which would be costlier, could come later. At a special meeting of the city council this week, Yarber said despite the approval of the $90 million Siemens contract in March 2013, at the behest of then-Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., the city lacks the expertise to make sure that the city is getting the bang for its buck that Siemens promised for the upgraded system. That process has been a slog as the city and its customers have had to work out bugs in the systems, which has at times resulted in eye-popping water bills. Some of those bills have been errors, while others have come

about as a result of more accurate meters, city officials say. Mark Inbody, the project manager with Siemens, said the old, aging meters were not reading correctly, but that new devices are capturing ratepayers’ full consumption. “Now, you have an accurate picture of what you’re using,� Inbody said during a presentation in Jackson last week. In addition, a new bill system, which has yet to come online, will enable homeowners to track their water consumption in real time and alert them of leaks that may be driving their bills upward. For the actual installation, Siemens subcontracted with Jackson-based MAC Consultants LLC, which has put in roughly 17,000 of the 64,000 new meters so far and plans to complete the project in about one year. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

Stewpot Loses Funds; May Close Shelters


mergency homeless shelters give people in need immediate, although temporary, services—but these could be wiped from the city due to federal and local cuts to the Stewpot ministry. TRIP BURNS

Timothy Randall Lewis Jr. waits outside Stewpot on West Capitol Street. He hopes to get a meal to eat.

In a 2013 survey, a homeless census counted 571 homeless people in Hinds County, 195 of which were unsheltered. The two emergency shelters at risk of clo-

sure—the Billy Brumfield Shelter and Matt Devenney Emergency Shelter—are located in downtown and midtown Jackson, where much of the homeless population resides. Executive Director Frank Spencer says Stewpot lost $90,000 in city grants as a result of a reduction from Housing and Urban Development Agency. The organization also lost a direct HUD grant of $50,000 to Matt Devenny Emergency Shelter from HUD and $30,000 in funding from United Way. “In the month of August we found that all three were not going to fund us anymore,� Spencer said. The total loss represents a $170,000 cut to Stewpot’s $1.8 million budget. In a letter to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, Spencer expressed his concern over the cuts, considering that Stewpot is at continual need of funding to begin with. Hinds County District 2 Supervisor Darrel McQuirter said that while the board doesn’t have a history of funding Stewpot, the organization has come to the board for help, and the board is negotiating an active response. “We are reviewing our budget to consider some funding for them,� McQuirter said. “I think they have a very positive ministry, particularly in a community that has some extreme needs.� PRUH67(:327VHHSDJH

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The City of Jackson, not the county, has taken the lead role in helping sustain Stewpot, McQuirter said. Spencer has asked for a $100,000 contract from both the City of Jackson and Hinds County each in order to house, feed and assist in finding permanent housing for homeless people in the area. Although all four of Stewpot’s shelters, including Flowers House and Sims House, lost funding this year, Spencer has recommended the closure of two emergency shel-

ters if the organization doesn’t acquire a new source of funding. The Billy Brumfield Shelter offers a place to sleep for up to 60 men per night with a total of 700 men per year, and provides bathing facilities and meals. Matt Devenny Emergency Shelter, or Matt’s House, houses around 25 women and children each night with a total of 300 each year. “HUD has decided that they will not fund the emergency shelters anymore. They’re going to fund a group of places they call ‘rapid rehousing,’” Spencer said. As a result, he said, Stewpot will not receive funding for their shelters, which they built as a response to community needs. Rapid rehousing agencies place home-

less people in housing and provide services to them while they are in the program “that hopefully will enable them to get housing and food and clothing … counseling about jobs and medical services,” Spencer said. The difference is, people who are homeless can get immediate shelter at emergency shelters as opposed to working with an agency to be placed in housing. “I think it will be devastating for those who rely on the services from the Stewpot,” McQuirter said. “Because of federal funding, state funding and local funding, they’re having to make some drastic decisions.” A homeless person’s typical stay at an emergency shelter is anywhere from five to 14 days, during which the shelter helps them

transition to a more stable living situation. Another downtown shelter, Gateway Rescue Mission, is a 40-bed facility for homeless men and allows men to stay for 15 nights out of the month on a first-come, first-served basis. Spencer said it is unlikely that the men who will be forced out of Brumfield due to its closure will be able to find openings to take shelter at Gateway. The average age of a homeless person is 43, and the average length of time a person has been homeless is three years. McQuirter said the Hinds County Board of Supervisors is working with the Stewpot to find additional funding. Comment at Email the reporter at

Teaching Men a Thing or Two by R.L. Nave


are to talk to their peers and ask questions about violence. Of 15-year-old boys, for example, Austin said, “They’re not going to talk to another 15-year-old about domestic violence—there is no way, no how.” But like a

cent of women and 23 percent of men experienced other forms of sexual violence during their lifetimes, including being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact and noncontact unwanted sexual experiences. In

In the Engaging Men working group, Oppenheim said there were a number of hard conversations among the men, each of whom had different levels of understanding of violence issues. Part of that understanding is realizing that domestic violence can also involve emotional and psychological dimensions as well. Even Oppenheim, whose mother was an anti-violence advocate in his native Los Angeles, admits that he has to constantly check his own male privilege when it comes to his interactions with his wife. “We can show up to these meetings and pat ourselves on the backs, but do I pick up on the signs?” Oppenheim said of his male privilege possibly closing him off. As part of the self-educating, the working group is also training in how to talk to other men informally about domestic violence. The coalition is working with Mississippi colleges and universities to recruit men to take a pledge against domestic violence. That pledge calls on men to challenge stereotypes, call out sexist attitudes and to speak out against victim-blaming and abusers making excuses for violent behavior. The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is spotlighting its Engaging Men program at its Purple for Peace fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Jackson Hilton. It will honor state Sen. Hillman Fraizer for his work in the Legislature on the issue. The guest speaker is Sulaiman Nuriddin of the national organization, Men Stopping Violence. The JFP Chick Ball Jam on Nov. 1 at Hal & Mal’s will also benefit the Engaging Men effort. See for details. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at R.L. NAVE

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hen discussing domestic violence in our politically correct culture, it’s common for people to use gender-neutral terms in describing victims and abusers. But the data confirm that women are by and large the victims of intimate-partner violence, and men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of it. And even in this age of political correctness, we rarely insist that men be part of conversations about how to end violence, and we certainly don’t encourage men to talk to each other about stopping violence. In Jackson, a group of men is laying the foundation for change. As part of an initiative of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the men, who come from diverse racial and professional backgrounds, have been meeting once or twice a month for several months to talk about their own understandings of domestic violence and to come up with ways to start those conversations with other guys, particularly young ones. Jean Ones Austin works with boys as young as 7 years old and up to teenagers as a program coordinator with Catholic Charities in Jackson. He teaches them about such issues as domestic violence, teen-dating violence and stalking. “Most of them are aware of domestic violence, but they don’t have an opportunity to talk about it,” Austin said. “They are very open once you open that discussion.” The youngest boys in Austin’s group have only a vague concept of interpersonal violence, but are therefore more receptive to anti-violence messages. The older they get, not only do the young men become more set in their ideas, the less likely they

Jed Oppenheim, part of a men’s group to speak up against domestic abuse, admits that he must check his own male privilege when it comes to his interactions with his wife.

starving man, the more Austin feeds them, the more they want to know. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that 25 percent of women and about 14 percent of men have experienced severe physical violence at the hands of a partner. Information from the CDC published Sept. 5, shows that 19 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men in the United States have been raped. Meanwhile, an estimated 44 per-

addition, about 15 percent of women 6 percent of men have been stalked in their lives, the survey found. Jed Oppenheim, who has done youthjustice organizing for several Jackson-area nonprofits and serves on the Jackson Public Schools board, has also attended the men’s working group and called its convening “sadly timely” for coinciding with the news of professional football player Ray Rice’s expulsion from the National Football League after video came to life of Rice beating his then-fiancée and current wife, Janay.

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Cramming for Common Core by Kayleigh Skinner

ing to really require the student to be more engaged and think critically about their answers as they progress through this assessment. And that’s something we’ve never done in our state.” Teachers Working Diligently This year, teachers are taking advantage of professional-development sessions and

fourth-grade math teacher Adelia Weatherspoon said. “They just want to give you the answer, and you have to keep saying, ‘What process did you use to get there?’” To help prepare staff members, both schools enlisted The Kirkland Group, an organization based in Ridgeland, that is providing teacher training and instructional resources, including the massive binder Higgins’ teachers had to read over the summer. “They kind of condensed (the information) into a document that would be very teacher-friendly,” Young-Butler said. “I think this tool is going to take some of the stress out of it.” Lamkin said teachers at the high school are also participating in professional learning communities where co-workers can conduct peer evaluations, review and analyze lesson plans and strategies for this new style of teaching. KAYLEIGH SKINNER

Not ‘Teaching to the Test’ “We’re not teaching to the test. We’re teaching to match the Common Core standards,” McComb High School principal Robert Lamkin said. Teachers at his school, he said, will “continue to do what we have adopted for this year, but we don’t know whether we will still be doing the test (next year).” Mississippi school districts began teaching the new standards several years ago, and McComb provides a snapshot of the difficult transition that lies ahead. Some districts fully transitioned all grades; others only did so with their youngest students. Some created a hybrid of the old and new models to give

teachers and students more time to become familiar with the more challenging standards Mississippi’s kids will be tested on in 2015. Teachers could be evaluated on these test scores as soon as the 2015-16 school year, but they find themselves with less time to prepare for the more difficult new online Common Core-aligned exams on which they will definitely be evaluated—exams that

Fourth grade math teacher Adelia Weatherspoon teaches her class Common Core math at Higgins Middle School in McComb.

experts across the U.S. warn will cause test scores to plummet. Higgins Middle School introduced the new standards for just one semester last year before returning to the old in preparation for the state test. The district chose to teach its high schoolers only the old standards through the last school year so they could pass state exams needed to graduate; fewer than 61 percent of its students graduate within four years. McComb High focused on teaching students for the state test. Pass rates in English jumped 4.9 percentage points to 67 percent; algebra scores went up 14.1 points to 82 percent. Statewide, scores dipped slightly because many schools taught to the new standards while the students were still tested on the old standards. In most cases, the new standards are more rigorous than what states had in place, demanding, for example, that students explain how they arrive at the correct answer to a math problem or use specifics from a text to support answers. While Common Core proponents promise the standards will ultimately raise student achievement, the switch has been criticized around the country. “It’s definitely going to be a shift for all of our students,” said Walt Drane, interim director of student assessment at the Mississippi Department of Education. “It’s go-

working diligently to make sure all students master basic computer skills. Unlike the state’s paper-and-pencil tests, the Common Core tests will be online and require students to complete tasks like dragging numbers to a number line, typing essays and highlighting lines of text from long passages. In McComb on a recent weekday, frustration was evident on the faces of students in Susan Huckaby’s 10th-grade English class. They were reading a short story about dealing with grief when Huckaby asked the class a question about Mattie, the story’s protagonist. “How big is the jar Mattie drops?” Huckaby wanted to know. “Giant!” came the reply. “No, the text says a gallon,” Huckaby said, making it clear the answer needed to be far more specific. Huckaby said the students are used to a surface answer and moving on, “but now nothing is just an easy answer.” “It’s going to change how we prepare the students.” Higgins Middle School principal Kelli Little says the teachers at her school were overwhelmed before the school year began, knowing that the new standards, curriculum, and tests are a huge change for both students and teachers. “It’s like pulling teeth sometimes,”

Stressed-Out Students There is help for students who are overwhelmed, too. Students at Higgins and McComb High who scored low or below grade level on last year’s state tests are enrolled in free after-school programs to prepare them for the new assessment. For low-scoring students at the high school, Lamkin said classes are built into their schedule to help them with the areas they struggle in. Huckaby and many other teachers in McComb stressed the need for more computer training for students. The new exam will take place entirely on a desktop computer. Huckaby estimates half her class does not have access to one at home. Teachers at Higgins said some students, so used to tablets such as the iPad, are unfamiliar with how to use a mouse. High school students face additional stress because they are required to take the Common Core test and also have to pass the state’s revamped Subject Area Testing Program in order to graduate. The SATP tests, unlike previous years, will also be online this year. Although staff and teachers in the district acknowledge that this year’s test scores may suffer in the transition, most remain optimistic. “We know that the reality is there’s going to be a change,” Angelia Johnson, a high school math teacher, said. “But what I’m doing is trying to prepare myself so that in the end, the information I’m giving them is the information that they see (on the test.)” The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news website focused on inequality and innovation in education, wrote this story. 11

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cComb, Miss.—Before school began in this small Mississippi town, teachers at McComb High School and Higgins Middle School received a massive binder full of instructional strategies outlining how to pace their classes. “All of that information seems so overwhelming at first,” Tokie Young-Butler, whose job is to provide resources to teachers, said. McComb’s teachers needed the summer to digest all the information. This fall, they began the mammoth task of preparing students for new tests based on the Common Core State Standards adopted by more than 40 states, including Mississippi. In addition to testing for more in-depth knowledge, students may take these tests online, but McComb schools have stuck to paper and pencil until now. A largely African American district of roughly 2,800, close to the Louisiana border, McComb is now hurrying to catch up. The Mississippi Board of Education originally planned to sign a four-year contract with the publishing giant Pearson LLC to oversee the transition from pencil and paper testing to an online format. However, that deal did not go through, and last month, the state signed an emergency contract for only one year. Students will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exam, this school year. It is one of the tests that adhere to the standards, but the lack of a long-term contract means that the future of Common Core in Mississippi remains uncertain. In the meantime, test prep—lots of it—will continue, as McComb and other districts adapt to new standards that require new ways of teaching and learning.

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Medical Mall Plays Hard, Thimblepress Works Hard by Dustin Cardon



n Oct. 4, insurance company Humana and nonprofit group KaBOOM! are coming to Jackson to build a new multigenerational playground. A team of around 200 volunteers will complete the construction of the 43,740-square-foot playground at the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation Lot in just six hours. The collaboration is in its fourth year and has produced 50 playgrounds. KaBOOM! has also built more than 2,500 playgrounds since its founding in 1996. The Jackson Medical Mall is considered the only facility of its kind in America that provides quality health care, human services and retail in one space. The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation has long planned to build a playground in an economically distressed African American community, where many residents struggle with poor health. The new playground will feature traditional kid-friendly equipment as well as walking paths and fitness stations designed for adults. This will allow both children and adults to engage in physical activity and reduce health risks such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. KaBOOM! makes sure that each

Local design and letterpress company Thimblepress is a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart Living American Made Awards.

playground is designed in part by kids who live in the area. In early summer, local kids were asked to design their dream playground and drew lots of slides and monkey bars in addition to nontraditional equipment such as zip lines, roller coasters, a haunted house, aquatic shows and an underground tunnel.

Stand to Expand by Anna Wolfe

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ississippi is the only state in the country where the rate of its medically uninsured citizens has risen after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This, 65-year-old Michael Johansson said, is a disgrace in a state that “prides itself as being one of the most generous and charitable in the nation.” Johansson celebrated his 65th birthday Aug. 3 and became eligible for federally funded Medicare. But, while he is grateful for the coverage, his frustration with the state’s refusal to award the same essential services to thousands of people prompted him to act. He began to hold rallies on the first Sunday of each month at the state capitol to ask state leaders to extend Medicaid to uninsured Mississippians. Approximately 165,000 currently uninsured citizens would gain coverage if the state were to expand Medicaid. “This health-care crisis has become a human rights crisis that could be solved by a vote in the state Legislature and a stroke of the governor’s pen,” Johansson said. The federal government would fund 100 percent of the expansion for the first three years and never below 90 percent thereafter. The rally—called “Stand to Expand”—will take place on the south steps of the capitol building on Oct. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and on the first Sunday of each month until Medicaid is expanded to those in need of health care. Johansson asks that supporters bring respectful signs to urge state leaders to act. For more information on Johansson’s efforts, visit the Facebook page Mississippi for Medicaid: Stand to Expand. Comment at Email Anna Wolfe at

The Humana Foundation supports KaBOOM!’s Playful City USA initiative, which aims to spread the community playground movement across the U.S. For more information, visit Learn more about Humana at humana. com and KaBOOM! at Thimble Press Recognized Local design and letterpress company Thimblepress is a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart Living American Made Awards. The American Made Awards honor makers, small-business owners, and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food and style. The executive editorial team of Martha Stewart Living serves as category judges and oversees the selection process. Stewart herself is head judge and makes the final picks. The judges base their selections on the following criteria: Innovativeness, demonstrated creativity and originality of idea • Originality and level of creativity • Clearly identifiable customer need • Customer value and usability Workmanship • Quality of materials used • Attention and care paid to product details and/or customer satisfaction • Level of craftsmanship involved in production Appearance • Unique design aesthetic • Visual appeal of product packaging

• Compelling logo and/or typography Embodiment of American Made theme • Use of local components and processes • Engagement of local community Kristen Ley, owner of Thimblepress and a lifelong lover of art, opened the shop in 2011 after purchasing a 1925 10 x 15 Chandler & Price antique printing press. Ley derives her store’s name from her collection of thimbles from travelling across the U.S. Every time she went to a new state, she purchased a thimble to mark her visit. The collection remains in her office to this day. Ley has acquired two additional antique printing presses since opening her shop. Thimblepress offers a range of products, including greeting cards, banner kits, push-pop confetti and party hats. The store also specializes in custom design work, hand lettering and illustration, and offers design services for weddings, parties, holiday occasions, stationery, brands and businesses. Thimblepress (113 N. State St., 601351-9492) is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. To vote for Thimblepress in the American Made Awards, visit and look for Thimblepress’ nominee page. Voters can register six votes a day until Oct. 15. Learn more about Thimblepress at the store’s website. Comment at Email Dustin Cardon at

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“Fund Days at Renaissance” Raffle

Purchase a $20 “Fund Days at Renaissance” raffle ticket for a chance to win a premier shopping and dining prize package valued at $2,000. Drawing: Tuesday, October 28. You don’t have to be present to win.


Tickled Pink at the Manship

Eat. Drink. Make A Difference! During the entire month of October, The Manship is tickled pink to support fund for the girls by contributing a portion of its profits to provide breast health services for Mississippi women in need.


Zumbathon: A Dance-Fitness Party For a Cause

Join in on the fun with certified Zumba instructors. October 5: 2:00 PM | Madison Healthplex Performance Center | Cost: $10 per person October 27: 6:00 PM | Baptist Healthplex-Clinton | Cost: $10 per person


October 14: Fund Match Tennis Tournament

The second annual Fund Match Tennis Tournament will be at River Hills Club. Play format will include Ladies and Mixed Doubles. Also includes a reception and silent auction. Play begins at 3:30 PM with Ladies Doubles. Cost: $50 per player | Non-player guest fee: $10 per person


October 23: Ladies Night Out in Carthage

It’s the 3rd Annual Pink Affair featuring food, fashion, the famous balloon pop and a retailer coupon book with each ticket purchase. 6:00 PM | Leake Central Elementary in Carthage, MS | Cost: $10 per person


October 25: Fund Run for the Girls

Kinkade’s Fine Clothing hosts the 2nd Annual 5K at 8:00 AM, starting from 120 West Jackson Street in Olde Towne Ridgeland. Pre-registration by October 22 is $25 | Event Day late registration is $30


October 28: Breast Cancer Screening Overview and Clinical Breast Exam Screening


October 28: Pink Night Out

Join WLBT’s Power of Pink and Baptist for the 6th Annual party at The Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, MS. Enjoy music, food and a celebration for breast cancer survivors. Entry requires pre-purchased fund days raffle ticket stub or purchase ticket at entrance. 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM | The Renaissance at Colony Park

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With radiologist James L. Burkhalter, MD, and breast navigator Adrienne Russell, RN, MSN. Limited clinical breast exam screening appointments for participants are available. 11:45 AM | Baptist for Women Conference Center | Cost: Free, but registration is required to 601-948-6262


Faking the Funk


oneqweesha Jones: “Welcome to this special edition of ‘Qweesha Live TV.’ Tonight, I want to talk about corporate businesses and their hiring practices. Some reliable sources have reported to me that businesses like ‘Y’all Mart’ are faking the funk on hiring unemployed teenagers and adults. “One of the unemployed deejays told me how he almost landed a job as a stocker at Y’all Mart. After a pleasant and affirming second interview, Y’all Mart could not employ him because human resources issued a hiring freeze. “Nurse Tootie McBride and psychologist Judy McBride are on the show to shed some light on the trend of deceptive corporate hiring practices.� Nurse Tootie: “These businesses think they are slick by misleading people who want to work. I spoke to a young lady who was supposedly hired at Crunchie Fried Chicken. When the young lady completed orientation, she was placed as an on-call employee. Two months later, no call.� Psychologist Judy: “This kind of hiring practice could be a ploy to make businesses appear like they are hiring people without truly employing them. I call it the ‘Rocket Love’ employment practice.� Boneqweesha Jones: “I hear a Stevie Wonder reference coming.� Psychologist Judy: “What happens is: The employer takes you riding in your rocket of working, gives you some hope. But at a half a mile from getting a job, you are dropped back down to the cold, cold world of unemployment.� Boneqweesha Jones: “I wouldn’t even do that to a dog.�


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Why it stinks: Since Republicans took over control of both houses of the Legislature in 2011, the GOP has done everything one would expect in terms of belt-tightening and saving, which has put about $409 million into reserves. At the same time, some critical state functions and agencies have received short shrift (e.g. the Mississippi Adequate Education Program). The Republicans aren’t kidding anyone. They’re saving up so they can make it rain a little bit during an election and hold on to the governor’s mansion and majorities in the Legislature. There’s a name for the precipitation-drenched day to which Lt. Gov. Reeves is referring: Election Day.

Leaders Must Remember City’s Poorest


ased on everything that has been discussed, the people of Jackson may well be staring at yet another increase in the amount they pay for water. The hiring of an out-of-town consultant to study whether the rates are sufficient, when mayoral officials have already gone public with the fact that the Department of Public Works has a $12 million revenue shortfall, seems a lot like a smokescreen. City officials have already said that the water department needs more money and that the consultant we’re paying $200,000 will tell us how much more we could collect “if� rates rise. And maybe they do need to rise. As Jackson’s newly minted Public Works Director Kishia Powell pointed out to the council last week, there are other American cities with infrastructure problems comparable to Jackson’s. However, those cities, such as Baltimore and St. Louis, have bigger populations, more people over which to spread the financial pain. What doesn’t sit well with us is that Jackson’s citizens have already felt the sting of water rate hikes once in the past year. In fact, Mayor Tony Yarber told us during his campaign that while he admired Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s bravery in building steeper water and sewer rates into his budget last year, he believed the rate hikes to be politically suicidal. It’s unclear to us why budget forecasters—

assuming the city has good ones, if any—did not more accurately anticipate public works’ revenue collection. What is clear is that it would be unfair to hit ratepayers again with another hike so soon. We are especially concerned about the capital city’s poorest citizens, including City of Jackson employees earning minimum wage. Those employees recently received crushing news that pay increases the city council passed may not be implemented after all, even as some top administration officials received pay increases. Keep in mind that people who shop in Jackson are also paying an extra 1 percent in sales tax, which, even though food is exempt, is still regressive for people earning the least. To jack up people’s water bills would not only be politically unwise, but simply unfair. If rate hikes are unavoidable, Mayor Yarber should get out in front of people and carefully articulate the scope of the problem and drill down into the most minute details so that people understand exactly where more of their hard-earned money is going. At the same time, the city council must do as they promised and hold the mayor’s feet to the fire on finding a way to implement minimum wage increase or shave it off some of the salaries of his top advisers. We look forward to seeing a plan from the mayor and city council very soon.

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y roommates and I stayed up particularly late on the eve of Sept. 11, 2014. We streamed President Obama’s national address about the need to “destroy� ISIS on a phone instead of turning on a flickering, black and white television. Our living room was silent. We didn’t look at each other. We just looked down, resting our temples in our hands. I listened to the president talking about striking militants, and I was covered in chills. We couldn’t process what we had just heard. I was reminded of classic film scenes and my own grandmother’s words when children would sneak into the living room to listen, along with their parents, to the news broadcasts of major events like the death of President Kennedy, the spurring of the Vietnam War and McCarthy’s communism crisis. I felt like I was truly witnessing history—a current bleakness in society where countries are teaming up with other countries in defense of other countries. Russia is with the rebels while France and the United Kingdom is with us. I’m getting World War III vibes. By all means, I am not trying to generate paranoia, but it’s hard not to be paranoid in times when terrorists dabble in advanced technology, when we live in a typically safe nation with a president who is agitating a terrorist organization even more. Since the eve of Sept. 11, America has conducted 227 air strikes in Iraq and 59 air strikes in Syria as of this writing. A defense-spending expert, Gordon Adams, estimated to The Huffington Post that the air strikes are costing America $1.5 billion. The air strikes demolished ISIS safe houses, but an ISIS fighter, Abu Talha, told CNN that, basically, the air strikes aren’t really effective. As terrorist groups, like Jabhat AlNusra, join forces, we have to ask: Is all of this justified? According to a CNN poll, 73 percent of voters believe so. For now, we can continue to stay informed. I am almost dumbfounded at the magnificently small amount of attention Obama’s air strikes are getting. Who is dying? What are the innocent Syrian and Iraqi citizens doing while bombs destroy homes and families?

Can we focus on the brothers and sisters we lost in New York on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, while also paying close attention to the heap of innocent lives potentially ruined by antiISIS air strikes? Zack Beauchamp of analyzed the text of Obama’s speech, claiming that “the U.S. is attacking ISIS because it one day might be a threat, not because it’s capable of executing an attack in the U.S. right now.� Breathe, Obama. Take time to gather facts, intelligence and security before jumping the gun and risking lives. Obama’s rhetoric is eerie and frightening, especially when he says, “If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.� It’s as if Obama has had a change of character— I’ve always thought of him as a pseudo-pacifist after his fight to withdraw troops from Iraq. I’m just bamboozled, to be quiet honest. If we could take away one key point from Obama’s speech, it would be this: “ISIS is NOT Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents.� In this crucial moment of history with the flair of racial tensions, it is not time to point fingers at people who are seemingly different than you. It is not time to blame anybody based on their skin color, religious affiliation or outfit choice. This should never be a game of “who died the most.� I’ve seen the posts on Tumblr comparing America’s killing percentage to the Islamic groups that society has scapegoated, but you can’t deny the tragedy of 9/11. You can’t downplay the hurt the families felt that day. One of your own family members could have jumped from those two crumbling towers that day to ease their inevitable suffering. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with recognizing America’s violent streak. Being aware of the damage America has caused globally doesn’t make you any less patriotic; it makes you an informed citizen, able to see that every nation is flawed—even our own home, America. Zack Orsborn is the assistant editor of the Starkville Free Press (starkville and a senior at Mississippi State University.

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John Currence:

Big Chef Bad

by Carmen Cristo

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ohn Currence takes on the day—and the world—with a quart-sized container of iced coffee and the mouth of a sailor. Unsurprisingly, his first cooking job was on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico. Currence’s relationship with food, however, began long before he was a deckhand. It’s practically genetic, tracing back to his grandparents, who farmed and passed that respect for food to his parents, whose love of travel and culture was insatiable. A Mississippi transplant, Currence grew up in New Orleans and spent his childhood summers in the Carolinas with his grandparents. “My mom’s parents would take me, and my dad’s parents would take my brother,” he says. “We’d go off to our individual places for a month, and then we’d go back to the same Howard Johnson and meet again, and our grandparents would swap us. A month later, my mom would pick us up and drive us back to New Orleans. So, my mom, who was a teacher, would basically get a twomonth vacation, and my grandparents, who had farms, would get free labor.” Currence gardened, gathered, shucked, shelled, canned and learned the meaning of hard work. “There were things that were, unknowingly, informing my understanding of food,” he says. “That food and those techniques had sort of a profound effect on what would speak to my food as an adult.” When at home with his parents, food was still a common theme. His mother cooked three meals a day, including dinner, which the family ate together every night. “She was an extremely adventurous cook,” Currence says. “She traveled all around the world with my dad, and she was constantly coming home and trying to recreate these things she’d (eaten).

Chef John Currence applies his influence in the food world to many of issues that affect Mississippi, such as equality for all and the state flag.

China, Belgium, Norway or England or wherever they were traveling—I saw all these things at our dinner table.” In the early ‘70s, Currence went along for the trip. He and his family packed up and moved to the United Kingdom. His mother, who was a history teacher, would take him and his brother out of school for four-day weekends to explore their new home, learning its stories and its cuisines. “I ate schnitzel in Germany, pasta in Italy, crêpes in Paris—I saw all these classic things in their place of origin,” he says. “So, all these things combined with growing up in New Orleans and being exposed to New Orleans French Creole

and the sort of insane crossroads of food that New Orleans is, with African influence, Caribbean influence, French, Spanish, Croatian—the list goes on and on. It was pushing me toward a future there.” From the Ground Up The morning after high-school graduation, Currence began his first cooking job. “When I arrived, I was informed that I was the cook, because that was the bottom of the totem pole,” he remembers. “The boat captain gave me a copy of ‘The Joy of Cooking’ and sent me on my way.”

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Currence soon returned to his parents’ native Caroli- venue. Basically, Lamar Lounge uses earnings to pay its lia State. Over the years, he has been vocal about progress, nas—they were each from one of them—for college at the bills, its employees and food costs, and everything that whether it be the state flag, alcohol laws or most recently, the University of North Carolina, where he worked part-time remains is given to charities. Currence recently opened Religious Freedom Restoration Act, SB 2681, which many jobs at short-order joints until he got a dishwashing gig at the another Big Bad Breakfast in Birmingham, Ala. He has Mississippians believe will enable business owners to discrimlegendary Bill Neal’s Crook’s Corner. Craig Claiborne had received countless honors for being the trailblazer of Ox- inate against LGBT customers based on religious beliefs. just discovered Neal, and The New York Times published an ford’s culinary scene. The Mississippi Restaurant named “It’s been very easy for people who don’t agree with my extensive feature story about him. him Restaurateur of the Year and Chef of the Year in 1998 particular point of view to sort of point the carpetbagger fin“When the archaeologists go back and look at it, it was and the Southern Foodways Alliance presented him with ger at me and say: ‘He’s not from here! He doesn’t have the one of the landmark pieces of journalism that really legiti- the Guardian of Tradition Award in 2006. In 2008, Cur- attachment,’ but strangely, they discount the fact of what’s a mized southern cooking as viable and worth some investiga- rence won the Great American Seafood Cookoff in his na- really, really good-size restaurant business here,” he says. “Aftion. I was sort of smack dab in the middle of that,” he says. tive New Orleans, and in 2009, he was honored as Best ter 23 years here, whether people like it or not, this is f*cking Once Currence was promoted from dishwasher to prep Chef South by the James Beard Foundation. home for me. I’m not going anywhere. And I can honestly cook, he got serious about his craft. “I couldn’t get enough of In 2013, Currence released his first cookbook “Pickles, say I love it as much as anyone here.”” it. I wanted to learn how to cook fish, so I ended up taking Pigs & Whiskey,” proof that he isn’t just a great chef, but is When Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant invited Currence a job at 4 in the morning at a little Jewish smoketo prepare a meal for a private luncheon in New house butchering salmon and bluefish, and learnYork, where Bryant and the Mississippi Developing how to brine and smoke fish for this little mailment Authority would meet with corporate “site “After 23 years here, whether people like it or not, this order smoke shop,” he says. “I wanted to learn how selectors,” he accepted. Months later, when Bryant to cut meat, so I volunteered time at the Food Lion signed SB 2681, Currence considered backing out. is f*cking home for me. I’m not going anywhere. And I because they weren’t going to pay me to screw up Instead, he planned for a second New York meal can honestly say I love it as much as anyone here.” protein. I took on a job baking bread at an Italthe following day—a culinary protest against the ian restaurant. I just curated these jobs constantly anti-gay law—the Big Gay Mississippi Welcome while I was there.” Table. He teamed up with culinary greats Kelly Currence’s new set of skills landed him back English, Art Smith, Virginia Willis, Bill Smith, in his hometown as a sous chef at Gautreau’s ResBryan Petroff, Jamie Bissonnette and Aarón Sántaurant. “And that’s where the bomb really went chez. The governor’s office was not pleased, but off,” he says. “When I hit New Orleans, it was like Currence promised to save Bryant a seat, should he ‘this is the rest of my life.’” have a change of heart. “It’s great to see him sort of taking people to Oxford Calling task on social media for supporting the bill. As Even with a job he loved, Currence knew he for the dinner, I thought it was incredible, and could do more. In the spring of 1992, he got away just a really great gesture,” says LGBT rights adto Oxford, Miss., for a few days to visit his friend vocate Eddie Outlaw, co-owner of William WalPalmer Adams, who was an undergraduate at the lace Salon and Fondren Barbershop in Jackson. University of Mississippi. Currence’s activism stems from business, “We started romanticizing the idea of: If we as well as personal beliefs. “When I sit here, as a opened a restaurant, what we would do and how business owner in the state, and watch the sort of (would we) do it differently?” he says. They made continued bashing of Mississippi, based on outloose plans for what they would do when Adams side stereotypes about us, that is furthered when graduated and moved to New Orleans. we continue to make stupid, prosaic decisions on “At some point in that conversation, (Adams) all levels … it’s incredibly frustrating,” he says. said, ‘Why the hell are we talking about going to “And I feel like we have approached sort of a New Orleans? There’s nothing going on in Oxwatershed moment in the history of the state. It’s ford, and we’ve got people here that are looking ironic to be having this discussion on the 50th anfor something,’” Currence says. niversary of the Civil Rights Act. My greatest deHe recalls spending most of the next day in a sire is to be part of leadership that will help finally car on the square, drinking beer out of an ice chest guide us out from underneath this black cloud of John Currence took his experiences from traveling around the world and brought them to back to Mississippi, where he runs successful and counting cars that drove by to gauge how viour history.” restaurants in Oxford, Miss., and Birmingham, Ala. able an Oxford restaurant would be. He ran out Currence’s goal is to see petty issues take the of paper on his legal pad and had to move his tick back burner, replaced with a community invested marks to the cardboard on the back. in improving the infrastructure, growing the econThree weeks later, he visited Oxford again. That’s when also a skilled writer and an authoritative voice on southern omy and taking care of the poorer regions of the state. he found City Grocery, a livery stable turned restaurant on cuisine and culture. For him, it’s more about action than arguments. The the courthouse square. He remembers walking through the For as much as he receives, Currence also gives. “I think Great Recession had just set in, and he was leaving the coundoor and thinking that he knew what they would do. Cur- it’s unfortunate that, in business, there isn’t any sort of educa- try for a hunting trip when he received a call about the buildrence worked out his notice, packed his things in the back of tion about business or corporate responsibility,” he says. ing that now houses Snackbar and Big Bad Breakfast. He his Pontiac and headed north. “One of the things no one ever told me—I think it’s just took it immediately. “I was like, ‘We are going to create jobs. “I rented a house, planted a garden, and we went to part of my internal wiring—is that we have a responsibility to They talk about there being a recession—f*ck that. We are work (re-opening) City Grocery,” he says. “There couldn’t give something back to the community that we are fortunate going to spend some money, and we will build a restaurant, have been a more sort of serendipitous happening, to find enough to make a living in.” because people are continuing to go out to eat, and we will Oxford at the time that I did, a place where I wasn’t going He served as chairman and president of the Missis- create jobs in the face of this recession,’” he says. to have to reach beyond my abilities—which were, at that sippi Restaurant Association as well as president of the John T. Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways point, negligible—and to be able to do it with almost no Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. Since the establishment of Alliance who has known Currence for 20 years, says he’s money. We were incredibly lucky, we worked hard, and we the Southern Foodways Alliance in 1996, he has worked watched Currence build his business and reputation from were successful.” with the organization. He has worked extensively with St. the ground up. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis Ballet and the Lafay“I think in this moment in America, chefs aren’t just the Dawn of The Big Bad Chef ette County Animal Shelter. people who stand in front of the stove,” Edge says. “Chefs are City Grocery Restaurant Group eventually opened public figures. John’s sort of taken on that mantel and unthree more eateries—Bouré, Snackbar and Big Bad Break- Welcoming Change derstands the responsibility with his activist work. He reflects fast—and took over ownership of Oxford staple Lamar Currence’s most notable contributions as of late are what so many people in Mississippi believe but what too few Lounge, which is a not-for-profit restaurant and music to the ongoing conversation about equality in the Magno- were actually saying.”


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any people don’t know Salad Days Produce in Flora and where their food comes lump crab from the Gulf of Mexico. from. They know how The entrees included beer-braised they get food—the suribs from Pickett Farms in Terry; permarket, of course—and they know olive-oil poached gulf shrimp ceviit has a source, but few people try to che; pancakes and grits from Delta discover its origin. And on top of that, Grind in Greenville; and braised a lot of those people don’t realize that turnip greens from Cooper Farms it’s easy to find fresh, local produce, & Vineyard in Morton. dairy products and even meat. Mississippi Cold Drip CofTable 100 wants to bring fee and Tea Company in Jackson farm-to-table meals to the foreprovided beverages for dessert, a front. The restaurant hosted its parfait made with honey from Misthird annual “Farm to Table 100” sissippi Bees in Flora. Proceeds from event Sept. 3, which recognized 16 the event went to Farm Families of Mississippi farmers. Mississippi, an organization that pro“It’s a celebration of our local motes agriculture in the state. farmers’ bounty of the season,” says “We just support our state One of this year’s Farm to Table 100’s appetizers was spiced Gulf tuna with ice-crushed Mary Allen Bennett, Table 100’s sales and local farmers regularly … and English peas and mint, topped with a Reyer Farms heirloom tomato marmalade. and marketing manager. “We celesince we use these farmers all the brate by having a four-course dinner time, it’s a nice way for us to celwhere we invite our local farmers and their spouses and our mus with mint and sun-dried heirloom tomatoes from ebrate them and (give) back to them so they can enjoy purveyors and a guest to come complimentary.” Reyer Farms in Lena; and cucumber and local yogurt a night out,” says Bennett, who has been with the Eat Guests at the event started out with appetizers such with cucumbers from Old Fannin Farmers Market in Here brand, the company behind Table 100, Babalu Taas lamb sliders from Pickett Farms in Terry; spiced tuna Flowood. Cathead Vodka created the craft cocktail. The cos and Tapas and every Five Guys Burgers and Fries in from the Gulf of Mexico and crushed English pea hum- salads contained ingredients such as bib lettuce from Mississippi, since 2011.

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ast year, a friend gifted me with the perfect sweet purple heirloom tomato from his garden. This year, I was inspired to grow one of my own. Sadly, the “purple” tomato we planted was mislabeled, and I ended up with a tasteless red disappointment that split its skin when ripe.

It turned into a happy accident when I realized the plant was loaded with green tomatoes. Thus began my quest for all greentomato recipes. I experimented and came up with a healthier fried green tomato, baking instead of frying it, and a recipe for a zesty verde salsa.

2 large or 4 small to medium-sized green tomatoes, thickly sliced 2 eggs, beaten

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You can chop the veggies for this dip by hand for a chunky texture or make it in a food processor for a finer consistency. Taste as you go and adjust seasonings to obtain the balance of spices you prefer. 2 medium green tomatoes, finely chopped 1/2 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 1-2 Tablespoons lime juice 1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon cumin 1/8 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

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2 tablespoons Creole mustard 1/2-1 teaspoon horseradish (to taste) 1 tablespoon of garlic, finely minced or pressed

1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped

Combine all ingredients and chill. This lasts up to a week in the refrigerator. Makes 1 cup

Shrimp Shrimp boiled in flavored water would work well in this dish, but here is an easy way to sauté them in seasoned olive oil. Plan on using about three medium shrimp for each serving. 1 pound shrimp, peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil

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healthy meals and have healthy choices from locally sourced products.” Currently, the school is searching for someone to head the CHEW project, but Ogle says the institute should begin the program at the start of the new year. The institute is in the process of developing its sustainability curriculum and expects to begin it next fall. COURTESY ERICH OGLE

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hen you think of Columbus, Miss., you probably think of the Mississippi University for Women and its extensive nursing program. But did you know that MUW has one of Mississippi’s only culinary programs that lead to a Bachelor’s of Science in the subject? The university established its Culinary Arts Institute in 1996, and its programs allow students to learn about entrepreneurship in the restaurant industry, food photography and styling, food journalism and culinary entrepreneurship. Recently, the institute decided to venture out into a new area—sustainability. Erich Ogle, an associate professor and the director of the Culinary Arts Institute, recognizes the need for a more sustainable state. “One of the reasons we’re wanting to develop a curriculum in sustainability (is) so that we can … educate students and get them aware of how to utilize local, sustainable sources for produce, dairy products, etcetera,” Ogle says. One of Ogle’s goals is to teach students about making their future endeavors more eco-friendly, not only in using local products, but also in areas such as recycling, waste water and cleaning with environmentally friendly products. “I think a lot of the students, particularly when they get here in their first couple of years, they don’t really have a concept of where their food comes from, and how it’s processed and how it’s packaged and all that before they actually get it,” Ogle says. “Not only in a food-service venue, but in a grocery store as well. We’re really hoping to open students’ eyes to how their food gets to them, and how we should all start trying to make some changes to do that in a more sustainable way.” Ogle also sees sustainability as a way to help stem Mississippi’s obesity epidemic. The Culinary Institute’s Project CHEW operates on that philosophy. In CHEW, which stands for “Cook Healthy, Eat Well,” the institute will take a food truck through Mississippi, doing cooking demonstrations at different schools. “We’re really excited about it,” Ogle says. “One of things that we’re hoping to accomplish (with all of this) is that we can educate Mississippians on healthycooking techniques, increase knowledge of nutrition and trying to use (local produce and foods), just to also make people aware that you can, in fact, go and make


Chef Erich Ogle, director of Mississippi University for Women’s Culinary Arts Institute, believes that a sustainability major and Project CHEW (Cook Healthy, Eat Well) will help stem Mississippi’s obesity epidemic.

Ogle was originally a graphic designer. While studying for his first degree, he put himself through college by cooking in restaurants. A Starkville native, Ogle graduated from MUW with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design in 1996. Eventually, he realized that his true passion in life is cooking. He was one of the first graduates of the W’s Culinary Arts Institute, earning a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts in 1999. After studying at the University of Adelaide in Australia in a program developed by Le Cordon Bleu, Ogle graduated with a master’s degree in gastronomy in 2011. He began work as the culinary institute director that same year. “I’ve always loved cooking ever since I was a kid,” he says. “(I’m) fortunate to have two grandparents that were very good cooks and were into cooking, themselves. … I was always on the stepstool at the kitchen stove. I was always interested in that.” For more information about MUW or its culinary institute, visit



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Gazpacho is a great way to enjoy the last of the summer’s tomatoes.









1-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 46-ounce can tomato juice 1/4 cup olive oil 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 3 tomatoes, finely diced (about 2 cups) 1 cucumber, peeled and diced 1 green pepper, diced 1 cup shredded carrots 1 cup thinly sliced celery 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions or scallions

Directions Combine the garlic, sugar, salt, tomato juice, olive oil, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce, beating with a whisk to blend in oil at end. Cover and chill while preparing vegetables. Stir vegetables into first mixture, then cover and chill at least one hour (up to 24 hours) before serving. Makes 10 cups.

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he local farmers markets and our own home gardens have been bursting with tomatoes all summer. This delicious cold tomato soup recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy the last tomatoes of the season. Because gazpacho is made with raw vegetables, it is healthy and refreshing. It is believed that the soup originates from an Arabian soup made of bread, garlic, water and olive oil. Today, it is still a staple throughout Spain and enjoyed most often in the hot months of summer. The glowingly beautiful Spanish actress Penelope Cruz said recently that she eats gazpacho “almost every day.� I’ll have what she’s having! While there are modern variations that do not contain tomatoes, this recipe came from my mother’s friend whose father came from northern Spain and it is authentic.

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ating and drinking are generally a recipe for a good time. But they also present opportunities to learn or to think about things in a larger context. One recent weekend, I got two chances to do just that. As a long-time fan of BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar’s (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111, Sunday afternoon wine-tasting events, I’m familiar with enjoying some beverages while learning there. In the past year or so, the restaurant/bar has expanded its beverage-event offerings into spirits as well, with a tequila tasting and a tiki cocktail event, among others. When I received an email about a Home Bar 101 event on a Saturday afternoon with bartender Chris Robertson, I decided to enlist a friend and check it out. The event invite said seating would be limited, and as it turned out, that decision was on purpose. When we arrived, attendees were seated along the bar, and that was it. Not a crowd at cocktail tables or in the restaurant, just an intimate session with the bartender. After a welcome cocktail (the Bees’ Knees) and nibbling on antipasto plates, we settled in to learn and sample a number of classic cocktails made with ingredients any well-stocked home bar should have. Working our way from a Manhattan and margarita to a Negroni and Vesper, we learned expert suggestions and tips on barware, ice, bitters and spirits. We learned which drinks are better to stir and which to shake (it’s science, y’all). We even learned a fancy trick involving a lemon twist and flames. All in all, my companion and I had a lot of fun, and left with the confidence to mix up some new drinks for ourselves and our guests this fall. And thankfully, Robertson thoughtfully volunteered to email us the drink recipes so we didn’t have to furiously take notes during the class. The next evening brought another food and beverage-related event, though this time for a cause: Dinner 34, a dinner to benefit the Craig Noone “Rock It Out” Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. This year’s event coincided with the fourth birthday of Parlor Market restaurant, which was Noone’s vision, so for the event, the original Parlor Market kitchen crew reunited, with each of the seven courses created by one member. Guests went into Arnold’s, the event space adjacent to Parlor Market, with a Cathead Vodka cocktail before sitting down to a meal that included some nods to favorite items from the restaurant’s original menu: Craig’s Oyster Stew, prepared by Jesse Houston; pork belly by Ryan Bell; and a grilled sirloin with Craig’s steak glaze by Grant

Hutcheson. It also included some inventive new items like a crab duo (Karl Gorline’s creation) and honey-cured scallops by Gary Hawkins. Rounding out the meal was an item I remember fondly from the first menu—a delicious strawberry mason-jar FILE PHOTO

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Parlor Market restaurant hosted Dinner 34, which benefits the Craig Noone “Rock It Out” Memorial Scholarship Fund, Sept. 21 (Craig Noone pictured above).

cake with cream cheese and pepper icing by Whitney Evans Maxwell. The wine selections for the evening had a local connection, coming from Krutz Family Cellars, a micro-winery in Sonoma County, Calif., which native Jacksonian Patrick Krutz owns. The magnolia symbol on the bottles is a nod to the family’s roots, and the offerings at the table—a chardonnay, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon—complemented the food well. As we left after dinner, the Parlor Market staff lit and released sky lanterns into the downtown sky. It seemed to be both a celebration of the restaurant’s anniversary and a nod to Noone’s spirit of optimism. Dinner 34’s ultimate purpose was to raise funds for a scholarship to further a deserving young person’s culinary studies. The “Rock It Out” scholarship provides a twoyear commitment of $5,000 a year to the recipient, who is evaluated not only on his or her academic strength, but also a commitment to improving his or her community through being a chef. In Jackson, we’re lucky to have a number of chefs (and bartenders) who are doing just that. Encouraging a next generation to do the same will benefit us all, not only as people who eat out, but as a community as a whole. If you know someone who should apply for the scholarship, or if you’d like to contribute to the fund, visit and click on the “scholarships” link.

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Earth and our connection to it features prominently in Kristen TordellaWilliams’ art.

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risten Tordella-Williams has an affinity for dirt. Not the stuff that gathers under the couch, but the blacky-brown soil that gets under your nails, and the mound scraped away to construct something new. Earthy colors fill her art, as does her connection to that thin layer that covers our planet and sustains life. “The earth is universal. Although I create personal experiences with the earth, I think everyone can relate to having it on your hands or between your toes,” she says. “… It’s where things come from and where we go to.” Tordella-Williams, 26, is a newcomer to Jackson and to the teaching staff at Millsaps College, where she accepted a position beginning this fall. She grew up in Massachusetts and holds a 2010 bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a 2012 master’s degree in sculpture and dimensional studies from New York’s Alfred University. Her art ranges from handmade paper, prints, innovative sculptural pieces, to performance art and video. Among the art in “Excavations”—her exhibit at Millsaps—is a video of “Grave,” a performance Tordella-Williams did in 2013. On a hill overlooking Vermont’s Green Mountains, she confronted mortality, digging her own grave in the rocky soil, then experiencing a ritual burial in the dirt she dug. She lay motionless for five and half hours, symbolically re-emerging into new life, reborn.

“What was challenging, mostly, is that I was so cold,” she says. “… It was on the summer solstice, and in the mountains, it gets chillier at night. As it got darker, it got colder and colder, and it was really a struggle” between conflicting desires to stay and leave, she says. “The solstices are a time of reflection and renewal,” adding to the theme of rebirth. The question that remains is “into what?” “It took away the past me and allowed me to resurface,” she says. Looking beyond our natural fear of death and revulsion for the bone-chilling grave, the work also dealt with the gender-bending issue of women in manual labor. “The purpose of my performance was not to die. That would be stupid,” she says. “It doesn’t mean that I don’t push my body and show the strength of the female body, to show the beauty of labor.” It’s still uncommon for a woman to heft a shovel or power saw and get paid for it. It’s not foreign to TordellaWilliams, who paid her way through school by working in construction. “My least favorite thing would be going to Home Depot,” she says. “… It wouldn’t even be the people who worked (there); it would be just men who were there, who were of a certain generation” who would interject to “help” a woman who looked so out of place in “their” world of pipes and nails, she says. She’s made her beat-up old work boots

into art, memorializing every hard-earned scuff and splatter. As an example of her sculpture, “Excavations” will display a plethora of miniature cast bronze shovels. To create the molds for the work, she combined toys and sticks, a mix of artifice and nature. She again bends a norm: bringing tools—those substantial guy things—into the perceptually daintier realm of women and children. “People are very attracted to them because they are so precious,” Tordella-Williams says. “They have twigs for handles, so there’s a little bit of a nod to the earth and the moving of the earth, and what earth can be to promote growth.” Similar to many modern artists, Tordella-Williams’ work defies genre. The only art she hasn’t explored is painting and ceramics, and the genre ambivalence is provocative. Is the work sculpture or a book? A performance or a video? A wood-block print or a photo montage? Beautiful mistakes make for a profusion of images in a photographic print. Making paper provides a deeper exploration where paper undergirds her art. “Ultimately, they’re all just different ways of communicating,” she says. Visit to see Tordella-Williams’ work. “Excavations” runs from Sept. 22 through Oct. 28 at the Millsaps College Lewis Art Gallery (1700 N. State St., 601-974-1762). Admission is free.









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f your description of Native Americans als, such as large rocks not endemic to the includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;primitiveâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;savages,â&#x20AC;? listen- Delta. Jewelry and garments were made ing to retired archeologist and Jackson of shells and pink flamingo feathers. That resident Sam Brookes will blow your indicates widespread trade and specialized mind. His interest in American Indians artisans. These civilizations never invented dates back to his Virginia childhood and his the wheel, but they had cities, government, hobby of collecting arrowheads. religion and shared fables, and they farmed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I set out to be a writer,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Some could recite their matriarchal lineage then I realized I had no experience in any- for generations. thing and nothing to say and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Mound cities were similar to villages much technical expertise in writing.â&#x20AC;? surrounding a castle. The mound was the That realization made Brookes drop highest, most defendable site, with concenout of college for a few years. Eventually, his tric zones defining social strataâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;political hobby led him to pursue archeology at the and religious leaders, crafts and trades peoUniversity of Mississippi, where he earned ple, farmers and so forth. Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;moatsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees in the field. often surrounded the mounds. ArcheoloHis first job out of school was with the Mississippi Department of Archives. Brookesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; caSam Brookes originally reer continued with the Corps wanted to be a of Engineers in Vicksburg and writer but found finally, with the United States his calling in Forest Service, where he was archaeology. charged with setting up an archeology program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found a few Indian mounds we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know we had,â&#x20AC;? he says. Dating the mounds was problematic. Prior to the 1980s, dating methodology required artifacts, and the mounds didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide much. With more sophisticated methods, archeologists established that some of the mounds in gists havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discovered all of the moundsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mississippi date to 4500 B.C., predating the purposes, though. They include burial sites, Egyptian pyramids. Other people were still and some were purely ceremonial. building mounds when Europeans arrived â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were approaching a statein the 16th century. level society that (archeologists) call â&#x20AC;&#x153;These people were much more com- Chieftains,â&#x20AC;? Brookes says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what plex than we thought. â&#x20AC;Ś We had envisioned Hernando De Soto found when he rode them as hunter-gatherers,â&#x20AC;? Brookes says of through the Southeast.â&#x20AC;? his college courses: no mounds, pottery, agOf course, European explorers also riculture or bow-and-arrow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they did killed off many of the people, if not through have mounds, and not only mounds, but outright violence, with the diseases against mound groups.â&#x20AC;? which the natives had no defenses. Many Native people built many of the fled north, among them the Choctaw. mounds and tools with â&#x20AC;&#x153;importedâ&#x20AC;? materiâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Their legends tell of coming out of the

This disk, made of brown sandstone and found in Issaquena County, proves that Native Americans were not the primitive people many think they were.

mounds,â&#x20AC;? Brookes explains. For a time, French explorers lived with the natives at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s southwest corner, which archeologists believe is the original mound. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every site in America comes from that one site,â&#x20AC;? Brookes says. The natives eventually rose up to fight off the invaders, but were ultimately unsuccessful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortunately, a lot of (the mounds) are left,â&#x20AC;? Brookes says, even after property owners tore many down, mainly to build roads. Most are on private land, but the prospect of replicating Louisianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful mound trail is motivating owners to preserve the sites. Mississippi is planning a Mound Trail, similar to the Civil Rights and Blues trails, in the Delta and Natchez Bluffs areas, which Brookes hopes will launch in 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win-win situation,â&#x20AC;? he says. Much remains unknown. The exploration of the mounds is an ongoing collaborative effort, with Ole Miss working in the north Delta, the University of Southern Mississippi exploring the southern part of the state and the University of North Carolina working in the Natchez Bluffs area. Brookes leads mound tours out of Rolling Fork, with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour scheduled for Oct. 25. Rolling Forkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the home of bluesman Muddy Waters, the site of the bear hunt that led to the original Teddy Bear and a Civil War siteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is a veritable smorgasbord for history buffs of all sorts. Sam Brookes is this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaker at the annual Ross Moore History Lecture at Millsaps College (1700 N. State St.) Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and are available online at millsaps. edu/news_events/arts_lecture_series.php. Call 601-974-1130 for more information. TRIP BURNS



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“Batman: Zero Year - Dark City” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics, 2014, $16.99) Stapling together the final eight chapters of Eisner Award-winning author Scott Snyder’s reimagining of the Batman mythos, “Zero Year” introduces a Bruce Wayne who’s wandered aimlessly since his parents’ deaths. He also hasn’t confined himself to a tragic life as Gotham’s hooded hero. This riddle-filled battle of wits is well worth the asking price. It’s a probing study of the 75year-old character that asks the question, “What does it really cost to be Batman?”


“Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest” by Curtis Wilkie (University Press of Mississippi, 2014, $30) Journalist Curtis Wilkie, University of Mississippi visiting professor and the first Overby Fellow, is just as adept at nonfiction books as he is at compelling news stories. The Greenville native’s latest work, “Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road,” collects choice feature stories from his 37-year career. Wilkie discusses his book at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.).




“Ed King’s Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer” by Ed King (University Press of Mississippi, 2014, $40) Civil rights activist Rev. Ed King lets his pictures do the talking in his new collection of Freedom Summer photos. King is notable for his devotion to rights and education. He was a founding member of Mississippi’s American Civil Liberties Union and a faculty member of Millsaps College, Tougaloo College and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. King’s man-on-the-street camera work captures this contentious time in American history in a visceral, real light.

ississippi’s weather is unpredictable. Thankfully, October always has plenty of great literary offerings, whether you’re escaping that last bit of summer heat or relaxing indoors on a nippy autumn afternoon. From inside stories of America’s history to comedic takes on food, here are some of this month’s coolest books.

“Food: A Love Story” by Jim Gaffigan (Crown Archetype, 2014, $26) If you plan to read only one humorous, food-related novel that doesn’t contain health tips or recipes this October, let it be this one. After his sleeper success with last year’s New York Times best seller “Dad Is Fat,” comedian Jim Gaffigan returns for another sure-fire hit, cataloging his lifelong love affair with food. The career funnyman has plenty of tongue-in-cheek culinary advice for readers. At its core, though, Gaffigan’s “Food: A Love Story” offers more than a few chicken nuggets of truth.


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Chicago-based singer-songwriter Joe Goodkin presents “Homer’s Odyssey in Song” for Millsaps College’s Fall Forum from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601-974-1000; … “History Is Lunch” is at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Author Curtis Wilkie talks about his new book, “Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road.” Free; call 601-576-6998;



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Fondren After 5 events will pack the streets of Fondren from 5 to 8 p.m. Details at ... The Purple for Peace fundraiser at the Jackson Hilton (1001 E. County Line Road). benefits the Engaging Men coalition of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 6 to 9 p.m., $35. See ... Machines Are People Too plays at 6

9 p.m. at the Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). Performers includes Dexter Allen, Karen Brown, Larry Johnson and Henry Rhodes, with a farewell performance by local singer Akami Graham. $25; call 601-914-9666 for VIP table reservations; … Photamerica Film Premiere and Heartalot Kickoff Party is at 5 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) and Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The event includes exhibits, documentary screenings, and a party in the Art Garden. Performers include Paperclip Scientists, Vibe Doctors, DJ Scrap Dirty, and Hot and Lonely. Free with cash bar, donations welcome; call 601-214-2068; email BY MICAH SMITH

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Blue Monday starts at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The Central Mississippi Blues Society, a non-profit, hosts this weekly jam event. Light refreshments included during intermission. Music is from 7:15 p.m.-11 p.m. $5 per person;



“Submerged” is from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. at TurnUp Studios (155 Wesley Ave.). Enjoy music from DJ Proppa Bear, Jeffy D, 360 Degrees, and more. For ages 18 and up. $10; call 257-0141; email; find TurnUp Studios on Facebook. … The Unframed Season Reveal Party is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The event features a performer showcase, local art, door prizes and improv from Misfit Monkeys. Pay-whatyou-can donation for entry; call 601-948-3533 ext. 224.

Artist Josh Hailey’s Photomerica party, which includes film screenings and live music, spans two locations—the Arts Center of Mississippi and the Mississippi Museum of Art—on Oct. 3.

Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). A portion of the proceeds benefit Jackson’s Susan G. Komen chapter. RSVP. $30 per person; call 601-982-8111; email;

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Music in the City is at 5:15 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Shawn Leopard and John Paul at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515; … S.C. Gwynne signs copies of “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55, Suite 202). $35 book; call 601-366-7619;


Jamestown Revival and the Black Cadillacs perform at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Jamestown Revival performs with the Black Cadillacs, a blues-based indie rock band from Knoxville, Tenn. 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;

Purple for Peace Oct. 2, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the host. Includes dinner, a raffle and a silent auction. The speaker is Sulaiman Nuriddin of Men Stopping Violence. Proceeds go toward MCADVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Engaging Men initiatives. $35, $350 tables; call 800-898-3234. Unframed Season Reveal Party Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). In the Hewes Room. This event to announce the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unframed show schedule features a performer showcase, local art, door prizes and improv from Misfit Monkeys. Refreshments included. Pay-what-you-can donation for entry; call 601-948-3533 ext. 224. Jackson 2000 October Luncheon Oct. 8, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray talks about successes in the JPS system, continuing programs and new ideas for improving student outcomes. RSVP. Attire is casual or business casual. $12, $10 members; call 960-1500; email todd@jacksonfreepress. com; JFP Chick Ball Masked Jam Nov. 1, 7 p.m.midnight, Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 to get involved and see for details.

#/--5.)49 Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Conference and Awards Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m., Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m., Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Urban Forest Council hosts the annual event. Includes workshops and an awards ceremony. Registration required. Limited registration scholarships and CEU credits available. $45, additional fees apply for optional events; call 576-6000; email; Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700) â&#x20AC;˘ Fired Up! for Fundraising Oct. 1, 9 a.m.noon Diversify your fundraising efforts to create sustainable funding. Learn the 48 steps to elevate your fundraising goals. Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; â&#x20AC;˘ Federal Grant Proposals - The Process Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn the process of developing a proposal for federal funding. Registration required. $399, $249 members; call 601-968-0061; â&#x20AC;˘ Technology for Nonprofits Oct. 7, 9 a.m.noon Learn the best practices for technology in your organization including software security, hardware, server and network options. Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) â&#x20AC;˘ History Is Lunch Oct. 1, noon Author Curtis Wilkie talks about his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road.â&#x20AC;? Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6998; â&#x20AC;˘ History Is Lunch Oct. 8, noon Civil rights movement leader Rev. Edwin King talks about

his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer.â&#x20AC;? Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6920. Events at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) â&#x20AC;˘ Millsaps Fall Forum Oct. 1, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. At The Bowl. Chicago-based singer-songwriter Joe Goodkin presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Odyssey in Song.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-974-1000; â&#x20AC;˘ Millsaps Fall Forum Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. In room AC 215. Millsaps faculty and students discuss their research with the Herculaneum Graffiti Project. Free; call 601-974-1000; â&#x20AC;˘ Millsaps Fall Forum Oct. 6, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. In room AC 215. Dr. Wendy Moore speaks on the topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reproducing Racism.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-974-1000; â&#x20AC;˘ Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series' Ross Moore History Lecture Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Retired archaeologist Sam Brookes speaks on the topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mounds of Mississippi and the Proposed Mound Trail.â&#x20AC;? $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; â&#x20AC;˘ Rich Harwood Lecture Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. The expert on transforming communities speaks as a part of his cross-country Reclaiming Main Street campaign. Free; call 601-968-0061.

motorcycles, and newer special-interest vehicles. Exhibitors must register by Sept. 28 (no entry fee). Awards given, and exhibitors enjoy additional activities before and after the main event. Free; call 601-946-1950; email; Pumpkins in the Park Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Includes pumpkin decorating, a screening of the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monsters, Inc.â&#x20AC;? and music from David Womack. Bring picnic baskets and blankets. Free, donations welcome; call 601-352-8850; email info@greaterbelhaven. com; Women for Progress of Mississippi, Inc. October Lunch and Learn Oct. 7, noon-1 p.m., at The Penguin (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 6A). The speaker is Mayor Diane Delaware, the first female mayor of Yazoo City. RSVP. $15; call 601405-4478; email; National Night Out Celebration Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation annual crime prevention party includes food, games and entertainment. Vendors welcome. Free admission, $25 vendors; call 601982-8467; email

Fondren After 5 Oct. 2, 5 p.m., at Fondren. This monthly event is a showcase of the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Includes live music, food and vendors. Free; for info, call 601-720-2426; email (artists, crafters and musicians);

Dialogue and Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremony Oct. 7, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The keynote speaker is University of Mississippi Chancellor Dr. Daniel W. Jones. RSVP. $40, $300 table of eight, sponsorships available; call 769251-0074; email;

The Air National Guard Mobile Experience Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-5 a.m., Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-5 a.m., at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Participate in simulated challenges that replicate the real-life experiences of Air Guard men and women during basic military training, technical training and on drill weekend. For ages 18 and up. Free; call 961-4000;

Pumpkin Adventure Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy a hayride tour of the grounds, a visit to the Heritage Center Gallery, milk and cookies, and picking a small pie pumpkin to take home. Continues through Oct. 25. $7, children under 2 free; call 601-432-4500;

Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., at LeFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). An expert birder leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free walk, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-832-6788. Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). On first Saturdays at 8:30am, Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale Free with food for sale; call 601-919-9797; Domestic Violence Summit Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Bass Pro Shops (100 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). At Uncle Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant. Panelists share their expertise on domestic violence, including Othor Cain of the Hinds County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department and author Kellie E. Lane. Free; call 601-953-5747; email Bra Brunch Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Suite Z, Ridgeland). Includes coffee, brunch, mimosas and a massage therapist. Register for a chance to win a Moving Comfort sports bra. Additional discounts apply for purchases. Registration required. Free; call 601-899-9696; Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). See classic cars and

+)$3 The Old Capitol Bowl Oct. 2, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Teams from selected high schools compete in a scholarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bowl contest. The quiz competition tests studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; knowledge of government and Mississippi history. Registration required. Free; call 601-5766920; Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison) â&#x20AC;˘ Rising Readers (Ages 3-5) Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. through Oct. 28 Join the group for books, music, movement and fun while developing your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s literacy. Free; call 601-856-2749. â&#x20AC;˘ Readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theater (Ages 5-8) Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. through Oct. 28 Kids become excited about reading while developing fluency and comprehension by using a script to develop characters and perform stories. Free; call 601-856-2749. â&#x20AC;˘ Baby Bookworms (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. through Oct. 29 The 30minute interactive session includes rhymes, songs, puppets and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Free; call 601-856-2749. â&#x20AC;˘ Baby Bookworms (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. through Oct. 29 The 30-minute interactive session includes rhymes, songs, puppets and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Free; call 601-856-2749.

&//$$2).+ Think Pink Wine Tasting Oct. 5, 4 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). A portion of the proceeds from the tasting featuring six RosĂŠ wines benefits the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local Susan G. Komen chapter. RSVP. $30 per person; call 601-982-8111; email;

30/2437%,,.%33 On the Road to Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoo Run Oct. 4, 8 a.m., at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). The 5K run/walk ends at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) Includes a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; run for ages 12 and under that starts at 9:30 a.m. Awards given to top walkers and for best animal costume. T-shirts for first 150 registrants. Fees TBA; call 371-1427; find On the Road to Health on Facebook. Diabetes Foundation of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk for Diabetes Oct. 5, 2 p.m., at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance (1401 Livingston Lane). Check-in is at 1 p.m. Proceeds go toward DFM programs such as Camp Kandu, education and assistance for needy families. Registration required. $20 minimum suggested donation; call 877-DFM-CURE; Supercaper Fun Run Oct. 8, 6 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Suite Z, Ridgeland). Wear a super hero costume for a chance to win a prize. Free; call 601-899-9696; 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 develop new relationships. Call for details on cost (insurance and self pay accepted); call 601-707-7355.

34!'%3#2%%. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The God Committeeâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 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. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-7026; â&#x20AC;&#x153;As You Like Itâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5, 2:30 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Includes original music from James Martin. $10; call 601-974-1321; email friedpj@; \

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• Music in the City Oct. 7, 5:15 p.m. In Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music from Shawn Leopard and John Paul at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601960-1515; For King & Country in Concert Oct. 2, 6 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Dara Maclean also performs. $10; call 800-965-9324; Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Machines Are People Too Oct. 2, 6 p.m. The Pass, The Jag and Sol Cats also perform. Free; call 601-292-7999; email; • Phosphorescent Oct. 3, 9 p.m. Alabama native Matthew Houck performs to promote his latest album, “Muchacho.” $15 in advance, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email; Bon Voyage: A Farewell Tribute to Akami Graham Oct. 3, 9 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). Dexter Allen, Karen Brown, Larry Johnson and Henry Rhodes. Also enjoy a farewell performance from local singer Akami Graham. Doors open at 8 p.m. $25; call 601-914-9666 for VIP table reservations; A Day in the Country Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Chapel of the Cross (674 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Includes children’s activities, live music, arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction, food for sale, tours and a rummage sale. Breakfast is at 6:30 a.m., and the 5K run is at 8 a.m. Proceeds go toward church renovations. Free admission, $5 parking; call 601-856-2593, 601-955-3490 or 601-497-0778.

Faith and Family Night Oct. 4, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Performers include MercyMe, Building 429, and Love and the Outcome. $13-$47; call 800-745-3000; Submerged Oct. 4, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., at TurnUp Studios (155 Wesley Ave.). Enjoy music from DJ Proppa Bear, Jeffy D, 360 Degrees, Repercussion, Monoxide, Daphya Selecta, Decibel Rage and MC Mr. Fluid. For ages 18 and up. $10; call 257-0141; email; find TurnUp Studios on Facebook.

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • "Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road" Oct. 1, 5 p.m. Curtis Wilkie signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $30 book; call 601-3667619; email; • "Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson" Oct. 7, 5 p.m. S.C. Gwynne signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@;

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Visiting Artist: Kelly Harp Haber Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The ballet and modern dance performer teaches basic techniques, classic steps and traditional dances. Included with admission ($10, children under 12 months and members free); call 601-9815469;

%8()")4/0%.).'3 The Mummy Returns Exhibit Opening Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The famous mummy returns again for display through Oct. 31. Free; call 601-576-6920; Premier Art Show and Open House Oct. 2, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). Art consultant Paula Jackson is the host. Featured artists include Lisa Paris, Sarah McTaggart, Buttons Marchetti and Opal Smith. Also see table designs from Marion Bowen of Eventful. Free; call 601-949-3103, ext. 21. Photamerica Film Premiere and Heartalot Kickoff Party Oct. 3, 5 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) and Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The event for Josh Hailey’s Photamerica project includes exhibits and documentary screenings at both locations, and a dance party with food in the Art Garden. Performers include Paperclip Scientists, Vibe Doctors, DJ Scrap Dirty, and Hot and Lonely. Free with cash bar, donations welcome; call 601-2142068; email

"%4(%#(!.'% The Purple Walk of Shine Oct. 1, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Oct. 2, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., at Parham Bridges Park (5055 Old Canton Road). Advocates, survivors, friends, family and community allies walk nightly in support of individuals and families impacted by domestic violence. Free; call 601-953-5747; email Simon Sharp Eagle Fundraiser Oct. 1, at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). For the month of October, purchase from Library Lounge, 1908 Provisions or nomiSpa and add a donation of $1, $5 or $10, and Fairview Inn will match the donation. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and the Boy Scouts of America. Prices vary for initial purchases; call 948-3429; Zumba and Salsathon Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Butterflies by Grace Defined by Faith, a domestic violence nonprofit, hosts the event. Includes refreshments. $10, $5 ages 10-17; call 601-953-5747 ; email evajustice5@hotmail. com ; MadCAAP’s Food for Thought Oct. 7, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The event featuring food from 20 area restaurants, beverages, a silent auction, and music from Shane and Frazier is a fundraiser for Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty. $50; call 601-407-1404; Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.


The Sweeter Side of Zombies and Lizards by Micah Smith



t’s a no-brainer: Zombies aren’t known for their caring nature. But when songwriter Renee Arozqueta began piecing together her nation-spanning independent label Zombies & Lizards, her love of those doe-eyed flesh-eaters combined with her craving for a cooperative music community. Arozqueta had drawn her variation of these monsters as mascots for her solo project, Renee Is a Zombie, since 2011, and they were an obvious choice for her values as a label owner. “A really good zombie movie, like ‘Dawn of the Dead,’ forces you to look at the kind of monsters that humans are,” she says. “My zombies are so emotional and pure, even naïve, that they force you to look at … how super sweet humanity can be.” Arozqueta, 29, wanted to form a support system for her fellow songwriters, built on kinship, kindness and a realization that the music industry has changed forever. “Long ago, back in the ’90s,” she says jokingly, “people just wanted to get signed. If you could just get signed, you could do it. But slowly, we realize our dreams aren’t going to come true. You have to do it yourself.”

Flossie and the Fox (aka Rachael Haft; pictured) performs with Renee Is a Zombie (Renee Arozqueta) at Hal & Mal’s Singer/Songwriter Night Oct. 1.

Through her performances as Renee Is a Zombie and her folk duo, Silo, Arozqueta honed her skills as a self-made musician and saw others doing the same.

“Everyone who’s out there doing it, I mean, they are a record label,” she says. “They do their own booking, they do their own promotion, they press their own albums, and they produce their own albums! I was already doing all of that, and I wanted to do it for others.” Over the course of the summer, Arozqueta did everything needed to make her label a reality. She completed the website, printed T-shirts, booked her current tour and enlisted acts from across the United States, including Spider + Octopus of Missoula, Mont., Leland Clay of Mobile, Ala., and her tour-mate for the fall, Rachael Haft, also known as Flossie and the Fox. Though Haft, 28, has only performed under her stage name for about a year, she’s written songs since she was a child, around the same time her older sister read her the book “Flossie and the Fox.” In the story, a little girl tricks a fox into doubting his species by comparing him to similar animals. “The moral of the story is supposed to be that if you’re clever, you can outwit threats, but to me, the fox was the hero and the little girl was a jerk,” Haft says. “What I got from it is (that) identity is really impor-

tant, and people will try to steal that from you. … I want to empower people to find their own identity.” While the negotiating with a record label is often arduous and unfruitful, Haft’s experience was somewhat different. “Well, Renee basically just told me I was on her label,” she says with a laugh. “She wrote me one day and said, ‘I have this label I’ve been working on, and hopefully you’re on (it).’ … She invited me to go on this tour having not heard my music in something like seven years. She just knew I was passionate about it and willing to put in the work.” The pair’s October tour kicks off Saturday, Sept. 27, in Haft’s hometown, Pensacola, Fla., with a release show for three Zombies and Lizards’ albums—Renee Is a Zombie’s “U Are the U,” Flossie and the Fox’s “A Fox Just Be a Fox” and Leland Clay’s greatesthits-style release, “The Heatest Grits.” Renee Is a Zombie and Flossie and the Fox perform at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, as part of Singer-Songwriter Night. For more information, visit

Love in Reality by Micah Smith

That fight has taken several forms for J. Skyy over the years, and he’s seen his share of obstacles along the way, some of which fundamentally changed his approach to music and songwriting. The first hurdle came in 2007 while he attended Mississippi State University, studying to be a physical COURTESY J SKYY

Local rapper J. Skyy’s experiences inspire him to look for meaning and lyrics in everyday life.

therapist. While J. Skyy was visiting friends in Jackson over a weekend, a vandal smashed his car window, and stole his lyrics and song ideas. “I had a lot of notebooks and notepads that I used to write all my stuff in. Somebody broke into my car at a club and took everything,” he says. “When that happened, I was devastated, so I told myself I wasn’t going to

write anything down anymore.” The theft caused him to rethink how he compiled his lyrics, and he developed a new system that ruled out the need for notebooks. Once J. Skyy forms his take on an experience, he writes it into his phone. By the end of the week, he often has 10 meaningful topics, and he looks for connections between them to craft a cohesive song. Most of the lyrical heavy lifting doesn’t get written down. “Mostly, I keep it in my head,” he says. “You can’t take it out of my head.” Then, in 2009, J. Skyy’s mother, who was diagnosed with lupus, became even more ill. As her condition worsened, he realized he couldn’t stay in Starkville while his mother struggled in Jackson. “I didn’t even finish,” he says of his time at MSU. “I couldn’t. I felt like I needed to be closer to her.” All the while, J. Skyy prepared for “Love Is War,” slowly amassing tracks. Even though his debut full-length will be the first time many listeners hear his music, J. Skyy feels he’s already been successful by making it happen at all. “I was kind of afraid to not be accepted at first, but I know I only felt that way because I hadn’t accepted myself,” he says. “But it’s coming from a genuine place. We all have problems. The person you might aspire to be has problems. You have to accept you for you. That’s the only way to make it in life.” “Love Is War” is available for purchase and streaming on iTunes and Spotify on Oct. 7. For more information, 37 visit

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ithin the hip-hop and rap communities, music is often a matter of what you represent. For some, it’s a city, status or belief, but for Jackson-based rapper Jared “J. Skyy” Moering, it’s about representing himself. His official debut, “Love Is War,” is a melding of self-realization and reality, but it took a few years, a few mixtapes and a break-in to get here. J. Skyy was introduced to rap when he was about 8. He would play tracks from Tupac, Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z, and mimic his musical idols. It wasn’t long before he were attempting to write his own lyrics. “I would hear these stories in the music, and it was stories I was kind of used to,” J. Skyy says. “They would say something and the way they would say it, I could tell it was real.” “Real” became the keyword in his music. While many rappers write “fake it ‘til you make it” lyrics, prophesying wealth and fame before they’ve received either, J. Skyy bases his music on daily life, finding meaning in the mundane. “I write about everything that I do, from waking up and turning the TV on to watch the news or when I’m going to work,” he says. “I try to stay in real life when I write.” In “Love Is War,” J. Skyy breaches the topic of relationships and the danger of opening yourself to others, romantically or otherwise. It’s a heavy subject, but he knows listeners can connect with it in a profound way. “I feel like, in love, people shoot at you, people hurt you, and people pick up your heart and drop it a few times,” he says. “We’re all out here fighting for love.”

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Sporting his well-honed dramatic chops and incomparable comedic timing, even Robin Williams’ less remembered roles, such as his character in “What Dreams May Come,” are worth revisiting.

“The Fisher King” (1991) Few movies managed to put both Williams’ frenzied comedy and heartrending dramatic skill to work. Director Terry Gilliam’s “The Fisher King” happens to be one of them. Jack, played by Jeff Bridges, is a radio DJ known for his acerbic sense of humor whose self-esteem hits a wall when his radio show unintentionally leads to a Manhattan shooting. He eventually finds peace in helping Williams’ character, unhinged and homeless Parry, find the “Holy Grail.” It’s a story of redemption, tinged with fantasy, with a message that’s timely even now: Your actions will always affect others. “What Dreams May Come” (1998) Given its initial reception and its status as a cult classic, “What Dreams May Come” might seem like an odd choice for this list. The film opened second in the box office and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1999. However, the success of another 1998 Williams’ vehicle, “Patch Adams,” overshadowed this beautiful and spiritual film about heaven, hell and a love that transcends both.

“Jumanji” (1995) Children’s book adaptations were a dime-a-dozen commodity in the 1990s, so the fact that this film holds up so well is a testament to its pedigree. Many of those involved with its production moved on to bigger and better things, including Kirsten Dunst who played the compulsively deceitful Judy, the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects team and director Joe Johnston of “Captain America” fame. “Jumanji” enters the darker corners of kids’ fears and returns with an adventure that can pull you in stronger than the titular board game. “One-Hour Photo” (2002) Perhaps one of Williams’ most underappreciated performances, “One-Hour Photo” is a tale of obsession, loneliness and the effects of a the-grass-is-always-greener lifestyle. Williams plays Sy, a kind but friendless photo technician who develops an unhealthy fixation with one seemingly perfect family. The film is a slow-burn drama unlike most anything in Williams’ career, with an intense conclusion that is just as poignant as it is hard to watch. Insomnia (2002) It’s baffling that “Insomnia” hasn’t gained in popularity. This directorial outing from a pre-Batman Christopher Nolan refashions a 1997 Norwegian thriller of the same name. While LAPD Detective Will Dormer, played by Al Pacino, assists with a murder case in Alaska, he accidentally shoots his partner in view of the culprit and starts a conspiratorial chain in the rural town. Williams plays crime novelist Walter Finch, dancing on a thin line between distraught and demented. It’s one of the late actor’s few outright villainous roles, and he plays it to perfection.

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hen actor Robin Williams passed away at age 63, the entertainment world lost one of its sharpest wits and most diverse talents. His acting range, whether quick and chaotic or tame and contemplative, reintroduced him to every generation. For the ’70s, Williams was a good-hearted visitor from the distant planet of Ork. For the ’80s, he was an American airman with a love of radio and impressions. And for the ’90s, he was Patch Adams, or the popculture-loving Genie, or sweet Euphegenia Doubtfire. Here are a few of Williams’ works that may have slipped your mind.


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If the Rebels and Bulldogs are going to do something special this football season, this Saturday is the day to do it. It should feel like Christmas has come early for Bulldog and Rebel fans.

THURSDAY, OCT 2 MLB (TBA, TBS): The Los Angeles Angels play a winner of the American League Wild Card games and the Baltimore Orioles play the Detroit Tigers as the AL Division Series begins with game one of both series. FRIDAY, OCT 3 MLB (TBA, Fox Sports 1): The Washington Nationals play a winner of the National League Wild Card games and the LA Dodgers play the St. Louis Cardinals as the NL Division Series begins with game one of both series. SATURDAY, OCT 4 College football (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., ESPN): Dak Prescott and Mississippi State look to stay unbeaten against the Texas A&M Aggies. â&#x20AC;Ś College football (2:30-6 p.m., CBS): Bo Wallace and the Mississippi Rebels look to upset Alabama at home with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;College GameDayâ&#x20AC;? crew watching. SUNDAY, OCT 5 NFL (12-3:30 p.m., Fox): Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints host their division rival, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as the Saints look to bounce back from a rough start. MONDAY, OCT 6 NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): The Seattle Seahawks face the Washington Redskins. TUESDAY, OCT 7 MLB (TBA, FS1): If necessary, both game fours of the National League Division Series will be played, featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals and a NL Wild Card winner against the Washington Nationals. WEDNESDAY, OCT 8 Documentary (6-8 p.m. ESPNU): See the evolution of the University of Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football program in the 1980s in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U.â&#x20AC;? Miami native and university alumni Billy Corbin examines how the changes reflected culture and race in the school and city. Mississippi will be center stage with Alabama and Texas A&M coming to the state in two Top-25 matchups. Dak Prescott can help his Heisman case with a win over the Aggies.

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n my 36 years of life, I have never seen the college football world so squarely focused on Mississippi. Maybe it is a year for dark horses in the SEC. Maybe the time has come for the last to be first and the first to be last in the SEC West. Since both Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi are 4-0 right now, this week will be special for the state. Everyone should drink this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victories in and enjoy them while they last because one thing I know is football can give, and football can take away. SEC play has wrecked several potentially exceptional seasons for the Rebels and Bulldogs, but maybe all that misery paid the dues for long-suffering fans. Heck, if the Boston Red Sox can win the World Series and the Saints can win the Super Bowl, then why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the Bulldogs or the Rebels win the SEC West? Why not see both schools in the new playoff? Nothing says Mississippi as a state canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t crash the party. If Boise State can take the BCS, it is more than possible the Rebels and Bulldogs can make noise in the playoffs. Recently, both SEC schools have had success in baseball, earning spots in the College World Series. The Rebels even played in the championship series.

The best teams of the SEC West have made their marks on defense, and the Rebels and Bulldogs excel on that side of the ball. Mississippi State has a budding Heisman contender in quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott can make a statement against Texas A&M and, with a win, become the Heisman favorite after beating LSU and the Aggies in back-to-back games. He could lock up the award with great play by the middle of November. Both schools still have a long way to go, but Mississippi is set up for something special. This Saturday, we will find out if this is a magical season or more heartbreak. ESPNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;College GameDayâ&#x20AC;? is coming to Mississippi for the first time ever on Oct. 4. Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the crew will go to Oxford that day for Mississippi against Alabama. Starkville will have its own visitors as â&#x20AC;&#x153;SEC Nationâ&#x20AC;? will visit when State battles Texas A&M. Joe Tessitore, Paul Finebaum and former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow will make an appearance. If Mississippi State defeats Texas A&M, and Auburn gets past LSU, â&#x20AC;&#x153;College GameDayâ&#x20AC;? just needs to move down the road to Starkville for the Bulldogs and Tigers the next week.

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