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ormally, when Roy A. Adkins is taking photos downtown, he takes them at his studio, Light and Glass, which he co-owns with his wife, Jerri Sherer. But ever since opening his studio to friends one St. Patrick’s Day years ago, his annual photography of parade-goers has become “sort of a tradition.” “It really started very unofficially,” Adkins says. “We were going to hang out at the studio … (and) have a place with a bathroom, which is the most sought-after thing on parade day. And a few people (who) came in to use the bathroom … had on crazy outfits, and I was like, ‘Hey, let me take your picture!’” The 41-year-old Birmingham, Ala., native graduated from Mississippi State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in photography. He has done digital imaging, wedding photography and freelance work with news outlets all over the southeast. But after moving to Jackson around 2004, he found himself participating in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities each year. “It’s part of being in Jackson,” Adkins says of the parade. These days, he works out of Hal & Mal’s before the parade officially kicks off. “When I moved it down to Hal &

Mal’s,” he says, “I started getting exponentially more people. Although it does seem to focus more now on people who are in the marching krewes, in other years it was more just random parade-goers.” Even though the setup and breakdown can prove stressful, Adkins says that he still finds time to march in parade each year. He describes a festive (if unpredictable) atmosphere each year, a setting in which “somebody’s coming up to get their picture made, and they give you a green JELL-O shot.” He has been posting all his St. Paddy’s photos to Light & Glass’s official Facebook page for the past few years now. All photos are public and free to access, unless, he says, you specifically request that some of your more embarrassing snapshots be hidden from the public eye. “Occasionally, the groups are so rowdy that they end up tearing up the background,” Adkins says. “So I think I’m going to hold off group (photos) until the end (of) this year.” Adkins reassures that all are welcome to come and have their pictures made, whether they are part of an official krewe or not. “Although,” he jokes, “if you show up, and you don’t have on a cool outfit, you can forget it!” —Alex Thiel

contents 4 ..... PUBLISHER’S Note 6 ............................ Talks 12 ................... editorial 13 ...................... opinion 16 ............ Cover Story 18 ........... food & Drink 22 ......................... 8 Days

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10 Stayin’ Alive at #MSLeg

Vouchers, Occupational Oversight and New Grounds for Divorce

26 All on the Table

Country star Brantley Gilbert told his story ahead of his concert in Jackson on March 17.

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28 Unknown Dimensions

“When it comes to my art, I don’t do it too consciously. It’s all intuitive, or at least that’s what I want it to be. When I start thinking about what I’m trying to do, of the content of the piece, then I start to lose it, and it becomes something I don’t want it to be.” —Jonathan Faulkner, “Jonathan Faulkner’s Unknown Dimensions”

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by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

Want Change? Get Involved


ight after the Best of Jackson 2017 issue and space-age party, I went into a “nonprofit” mode (while still trying to meet my day-job responsibilities here at the Jackson Free Press). Through Jackson 2000 (which we’re renaming … more on that to come), I’ve been working with the Mississippi Race Equity Community of Practice, or RE:COP, which is a venture through the Mississippi State University Foundation that the W. K. Kellogg Foundation funds. The RE:COP process brings people of different ethnicities, backgrounds and ages together to tell each other our stories, to find common ground and understanding, and to build an atmosphere of trust and community. The goal, ultimately, is to gather people to tackle the larger issues— particularly issues around race and race equity—that our city and state face. RE:COP is an effort that’s somewhat similar to the dialogue circles that Jackson 2000 produces every quarter. If that sort of dialogue is something that you think you’d like to be a part of, then write me (todd@ We’re ramping up participation in the spring 2017 dialogue circle sessions now, along with some special programming for youth with the Youth Day of Dialogue in April, and for nonprofit and community leaders with the “Undoing Racism” workshop with the People’s Institute, most likely in May. Jackson 2000 is also planning our annual Friendship Ball right now—it will take place on April 22, 2017, at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The event celebrates two people who have given back to the Jackson community through racial reconciliation and healing, and is semi-formal with dinner, music and great fellowship. (You can

learn more about Jackson 2000 including a little about our new name—Dialogue Jackson— at You can also become a member and sign up for information about our events.) Another group I’m involved in, TeamJXN, just completed our first-quarter luncheon featuring Ben Stone of Smart Growth America. The event, “Creative

Jackson is a place where you can get involved and make a difference. Placemaking,” was designed to introduce our focus this year on the role that arts and culture play in community and economic development. That event (well-attended in the Landmark Center downtown) happened the same week as the Mississippi Light Festival—if you experienced that great event, then you know a little more about “placemaking.” That sort of event showcases art, creativity and the use of public spaces to bring people together and encourage more of such collaborations. On April 27, proceeds from the Fondren Covered concert in Duling Hall will go to support TeamJXN’s placemaking

“shark tank” event, which the organization will hold in the summer. At the “shark tank” event, placemaking initiatives can vie for the support of the crowd in attendance and, ultimately, get a little seed money for making their efforts come to life. So if you’ve got an idea, get ready to pitch. If you want some pointers of what constitutes a placemaking initiative, visit To learn more about TeamJXN—and to become a member and sign up for information—visit teamjxn. com or Some exciting things are happening in technology and entrepreneurship in Jackson this year. I’ve gotten involved in 1 Million Cups, an every-Wednesday meeting at 9 a.m. at Coalesce on State Street in downtown Jackson. We get together to drink coffee (hence the “cups”—which Cups Espresso Café sponsors) and hear from a speaker who is part of a startup, nonprofit or project that’s getting off the ground. The group learns about exciting new business ideas and the discussion that ensues helps both the presenter and the supporters in the room. Learn more at or just come at 9 a.m., Wednesday mornings to Coalesce. Announced just after 1 Million Cups a few weeks ago, Code Mississippi is a new initiative that Innovate Mississippi is spearheading. The focus is on connecting people who code (basically, create or manage computer software, websites and apps) for a living, or as a passion, or those who want to learn. The goal is to build an ecosystem that teaches young people to code, reveals the resources for supporting working coders, and then offers support and encouragement to startup businesses or mature businesses that need coders, whether they’re Mississippi-

based or companies that are taking advantage of Mississippi’s talent remotely. With a low cost of living and, in many locales, an emerging fiber infrastructure for Internet access, I’ve said for a while that we should pitch the idea of “Outsourcing to Mississippi.” Instead of going halfway across the world for lower-cost tech services, a group of digital savvy folks in Mississippi may be able to offer lower-cost coding services here in the Magnolia State. So far, that tagline (a riff on “Imported from Detroit”) is about all I’ve been able to offer the Code Mississippi initiative, but now that you know about it, maybe you can help get behind the effort. Oh, and if you’re already a coder (or ready to be one) and don’t know about TechJXN and Jackson Area Web and App Developers, check out those groups and get involved in some way. Finally, and closest to home, Donna is hard at work on the Youth Media Project; she’s forming a nonprofit organization that will hopefully be spooled up and ready for a full-blown YMP Summer Program. In the meantime, you can see what they’re up to at youthmediaproject. com and read the work by students—including a Spring 2017 group from Wingfield High School and another in Tunica, Miss., who are publishing at jxnpulse. com over the next few weeks. I say all that to say this—Jackson is a place where you can get involved and make a difference. If anything I just wrote about is appealing, get in touch with me; or if you have some other interest level, check our calendars in this issue or If you’ve got a passion and can’t find a group to join, send me an email, and I’ll try to help out. Let’s do this!

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Amber Helsel

Dustin Cardon

Imani Khayyam

Donna Ladd

Arielle Dreher

Mary Osborne

Micah Smith

Kimberly Griffin

Managing Editor Amber Helsel spends a lot of time laughing at her own jokes. She is a Gemini who likes art, cats, anime, food and music. Email story ideas to amber@jacksonfreepress. com. She contributed to the cover package.

Web Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He contributed to the cover package.

Staff Photographer Imani Khayyam is an art lover and a native of Jackson. He loves to be behind the camera and capture the true essence of his subjects. He took photos for the issue.

JFP Editor, CEO and co-founder Donna Ladd is a graduate of Mississippi State and Columbia j-school. As a huge Dak Prescott, fan, she is adjusting to her new allegiance to the Dallas Cowboys. She wrote about the “One Lake” project.

State Reporter Arielle Dreher really wants to adopt an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at arielle@ She wrote about JPS consolidation and legislative bills that are still alive and kicking.

Sales and Marketing Assistant Mary Osborne is seeking out new ways to share all things good, all the time, because what the world needs now is love. Send your thoughts to

Music Editor Micah Smith is married to a great lady, has two dog-children named Kirby and Zelda, and plays in the band Empty Atlas. Send gig info to He interviewed Brantley Gilbert.

Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the ongoing Secret Service detail.


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“This is a levee board, so those within the ‘levy’ district pay that levy.” –Rep. Mark Baker, a Brandon Republican, co-author of House Bill 1585 told the House on Feb. 21.

Thursday, March 9 The Mississippi House approves a bill to borrow $50 million in bonds to pay for bridges, with half the money going to counties and half to cities. The bill would earmark tens of millions of dollars for roads and bridges from companies voluntarily collecting Internet sales taxes. Friday, March 10 ICE releases Daniela Vargas—an undocumented Argentine immigrant whom agents detained after she spoke out at a press conference in Jackson— under an Order of Supervision. Saturday, March 11 Organizers of the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade announce they will allow OutVets, a group of gay veterans, to march in this year’s parade.

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Sunday, March 12 Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tells Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Justice to provide evidence by Monday that former President Barack Obama “tapped the wires” of the phones at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, or retract the claim.


Monday, March 13 The Mississippi House halts a push by Republican Rep. William Shirley of Quitman to withhold a tax break from universities that do not fly the state’s Confederate-themed flag. Tuesday, March 14 Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs House Bill 967, which will set an 8-percent tax and authorize the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate fantasy sports contests online or in casinos. Get breaking news at

JPS Shrinks as Charters Pull Students, Money by Arielle Dreher


n Dr. Freddrick Murray’s view, Jackson Public Schools has to be proactive to get in front of the myriad problems the district faces, from decreasing enrollment and funding at most levels to maintaining the district’s 60 schools and buildings with enough teachers, staff and maintenance. The problem, he said, is exacerbated by charter schools drawing students and money out of JPS schools. One way to save money is consolidation, Murray says, and as a part of the district’s corrective action plan, JPS told the Mississippi Department of Education it would look at combining a few schools in the district. Administrators started with a list of four schools with student enrollments with 150 or fewer students. Rowan Middle School fit that description, and last year, administrators decided to close it— and by this fall all remaining students there will attend Brinkley Middle School instead. This year, administrators announced it also would close Poindexter Elementary. Three elementary schools in the district have fewer than 150 students: George, Barr and Poindexter Elementary. George Elementary and Barr Elementary both have significant renovation plans in place or near completed, thus affecting the administration’s decision to move Poindexter’s students to Barr Elementary. Murray told the Jackson Free Press that JPS just invested about $4 million


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Wednesday, March 8 Rep. William Shirley, R-Quitman, introduces an amendment requiring all public colleges and universities to fly the state flag to receive state funding, which passes a vote in the House. … Hawaii becomes first state to file a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population and foreign students.

Dr. Freddrick Murray, superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, said it was proactive and necessary to consolidate some schools in light of a decreasing student population and decreased funding—helped along by charter schools.

in Barr’s ceiling, floors and lighting over the last three years. The newly renovated school has room for the 109 students at Poindexter. It is also less than a mile away. Cutting Costs Consolidating schools in JPS is a huge cost-saver, Murray said, more due

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t the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade this year, staff members at the Jackson Free Press will dress in alternative Mississippi flag designs (one of us is even wearing a flag with a creature we have lovingly termed a whaleosaur). Keep a look out for our flags, but here are some other flag designs that we think would be fun.

to teacher salaries and fringe benefits than to building upkeep. No one will lose his or her job as a result of the consolidation, Murray said, adding that the teachers and support staff will either follow students to new schools or take vacant spots elsewhere in the district. Classroom sizes will not grow

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The Governor’s Mansion as a Transformer. A really nice Waffle House. The album cover from Duran Duran’s “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” A white background with “Bring Haley Back” along the top, and a bottle of Maker’s Mark in the middle.

An Elephant with the slogan “Single Party State—No Partying Allowed” Anything but a backward symbol that honors fighting to keep slavery.

“What we know now that we didn’t know years ago in child welfare is that this trauma of removal can affect brain development of a growing child.”

“We cannot maintain 60-plus aging buildings—we just can’t afford it, so if you can’t afford it you have to do something.” –JPS Superintedent Dr. Freddrick Murray discussing the district’s proactive approach to saving money

–former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan on trauma research

‘One Lake’ Tax Sails Forward by Donna Ladd

Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon, led the way on new property taxes to help for the “One Lake” project.

ed March 13 to pass the House bill. If signed into law, the legislation allows a “flood or drainage control project” to levy “a special tax upon all the taxable property within such district” that the board of directors of said district determines “is so benefited” by said project.

prime example we think about (in JPS is) buses,” Murray told the Jackson Free Press in an interview. “We talk about our buses not being on time, and one of the reasons is we need more buses—a bus is $80,000, though, and we don’t have the money to get 25 to 50 buses.” Closing Poindexter means JPS has more than $1 million to buy new buses and work on other inner-district issues such as training and retention of teachers and other fixes addressed in the CAP plan to keep the State of Mississippi from taking over the district. In December 2016, the Mississippi Department of Education approved JPS’ CAP plan, but the district will be on probation until all of those plans are fulfilled. Problems Beyond Control While cost savings is a major reason for consolidation, decreasing enrollment is another. The top two reasons enrollment numbers have decreased in the past few years, Murray says, are charter schools and families who leave the city or district. Three charter schools are now operat-

That means that HB 1585 would allow the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District, commonly called the Levee Board, to decide which land within the district would financially benefit from “One Lake” development and then levy a “special improvement assessment” on those property owners. The funds, which county tax collectors would collect under threats of property liens, would help pay for building, operating and maintaining the project, including principal and interest on any necessary state bonds needed for the project on or before Labor Day each September, the legislation says. The Levee Board would “determine, order and levy” the tax installments annually, starting July 2, 2017. “This is a levee board, so those within the ‘levy’ district pay that levy,” co-author Rep. Mark Baker, a Brandon Republican, told the House on Feb. 21. Sen. Kirby told his chamber Wednesday that the plan to dredge and widen the Pearl River would create 1,000 new acres of valuable waterfront property that will be commercial, residential and recreational. He also promised that it would remove 850 existing homes and 418 businesses from the threat of an event like the Easmore ONE LAKE, see page 8

ing in Jackson, and 514 students left JPS to attend them, data from the state’s Charter School Authorizer Board show. The students take local ad-valorem funding with them, to the tune of $1.4 million, Murray says, a cost that will increase for the district as the charters continue to grow their student populations. State law requires school districts to give charter schools located in their district the local contribution funds attached to each student who goes to a charter school, as long as that student resides in the school district that the charter school is in. These local dollars stay at the charter school even if the child returns to JPS mid-year. School districts don’t have to pay those funds to charters until Jan. 16 of the current school fiscal-year. Mississippi’s charter-school law says charters receive Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP, dollars from the Mississippi Department of Education, based on average daily attendance just like other school districts around the state. Next year, ReImagine Prep and Smilow Prep both plan to grow and add

grades to their schools, meaning more students will likely leave Jackson Public Schools, which will have less local tax money to work with as a result. Murray recognizes the need to find ways the district can save money going forward. He said no additional consolidations are in the works now, but that going forward, everything must be on the table. The State of Mississippi is looking at substantial budget cuts for fiscal-year 2018, as well as re-writing the state’s education-funding formula. MAEP was not exempt from Gov. Bryant’s latest budget cuts either, which districts have to absorb before the current school year ends. How it all will affect JPS and other districts remains to be seen. Either way, Murray says his staff will continue to evaluate data and follow the numbers to conserve and save. “We cannot maintain 60-plus aging buildings—we just can’t afford it, so if you can’t afford it you have to do something,” Murray said. Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at and follow her on Twitter at @arielle_amara.

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at Barr Elementary as a result of taking on more students because their teachers will follow the students, Murray said. Barr and Poindexter each had only one teacher per grade, so now Barr will have two classrooms and two teachers per grade. Poindexter Elementary cost $1.8 million to operate in the most recent school year. More than $1.09 million of that cost went toward teacher benefits and salaries, paid through state funds, and those monies are what the district will save by closing Poindexter. Murray plans to keep the building open and use it as a professional training development site for teachers. The building only costs around $75,000 to maintain annually. At a Feb. 21 school-board meeting, one parent made a public comment asking how involved parents were in the merging of Barr and Poindexter Elementary schools. Murray says that while no one is thrilled about closing schools, the district has not received too much resistance. “I think that we’ve asked people to look at it rationally, just like in your home when you are short on money, and one

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revious plans to dramatically remake the portion of the Pearl River that flows through the Jackson metropolitan area previously ran aground, but legislation is sailing toward the governor’s desk that would pay for the project by taxing selected property in the new “One Lake” footprint. The project would rely on a mix of federal funds, state bonds and taxes from local property owners set to benefit financially from the ambitious development project. The U.S. Congress, helped by Mississippi representatives, recently earmarked $150 million for “One Lake” as part of the long-delayed Water Resources Development Act of 2016, passed in December, and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran may procure up to $250 million for it, Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, told the Senate Tuesday. Project advocates want some land owners within the footprint to help provide the other $50 million to $150 million to pay for the $300 million project if and once the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves it. The Mississippi House first embraced the plan this session, passing a specially tailored House Bill 1585 by a vote of 110-4, which included every member of the Hinds and Rankin county delegations. The Senate vot-


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ter Flood of 1979. “Those properties will not have to buy flood insurance ... or not as much,” Kirby said. “Property values will go up; it’s a win-win in my opinion all the way around,” he added.


body is excited about it because of the potential for such devastation in the City of Flowood. We have four hospitals over here that are subject to flooding: River Oaks, Woman’s, Brentwood Behavioral. Methodist Rehab,” Rhoads said then.

In return, Baker acknowledged that earlier lake plans had caused several knock-down, drag-out fights, but said HB 1585 had grown out of impressive current cooperation. “There have been more discussions and public hearings and involvement and cooperation be‘We’ve Got to Find a Way’ tween Hinds County and Rankin County and Flowood Sen. John Horhn, a Jackson Demoand Pearl ... and if you want to look at how a crat who is also running for mayor, told the family gets along, 1585 is it,” he said. Jackson Free Press recently that he is excited Some of those earlier fights involved about “One Lake” because “it can help to potential conflicts of interest. The Jackson make Jackson a real destination”—a sentiFree Press revealed in 2010 that some of the ment that Mayor Tony Yarber, who now sits project’s promoters and members of the Leon the Levee Board, shares. vee Board, or their families or business part Horhn said most of the “developable ners, owned property within the footprint land” specified in the plan is on the Jackson that could increase in value. At the time, side of the Pearl—meaning most of the fees those potential conflicts had not been diswould come from Jackson property owners. closed—nor were contributions by McGowHB 1585, he said, would allow the Levee an and his partners to a supportive mayoral Board to levy taxes on those property owners candidate through a political action combased on how “developable” their land is. “If mittee until the last hour. The “Two Lakes” it’s not as developable as another piece, then plan was later scrapped with the scaled-back you don’t get charged the same fees that the “One Lake” version eventually placing it. developable land is charged,” Horhn said. McGowan told the Jackson Free The senator emphasized that the new Press in the early stages of the new plan that property taxes will not be enough to pay for he had divested his holdings within the foot“One Lake,” though. “We’ve got to find a print. He and others formed the nonprofit way to raise $100 million from local and Pearl River Vision Foundation that has state sources. Some of it will have to be driven the efforts behind and design of the bonded by the state, and some of it will have new plan and that they argue mitigates any to be born by the locals in those fee assessconflict-of-interest concerns today. ments,” Horhn said in late February. The environmental impacts of such Baker promised on the House floor an undertaking, which McGowan downthat “One Lake” would be “the crown jewel played in earlier years of pushing his lake of Jackson when it’s built.” It also stands plans, are now more front and center in the to benefit communities on the east side of planning. In recent years, the foundation the Pearl with potential flood relief and inhas spent considerable time researching the creased property values, including Flowood, plan’s effect on the environment, in no small Brandon and Pearl, and present and future part to try to avoid lawsuits that could delay development on the west side of the lucrathe project for years. The U.S. Army Corps tive Jackson airport footprint. of Engineers, as well as an independent enThe “One Lake” project is scaled back from earlier and more “One Lake” is the latest version of gineering firm, still must approve the project controversial versions, and may draw on $250 million in federal the long-time dream of oil wildcatter John before it moves ahead. earmarks, as well as state bonds and targeted taxes, to move ahead. McGowan to dam the Pearl around Jackson, The elephant in the room, though, promising to provide needed flood mitigafor the lake project is still lurking downtion while creating valuable lakefront property that ‘A Real Pretty Picture’ stream. Those who live and work near the Pearl River Previous versions of the lake plans drew criticism further south have long been concerned that slowing could contribute to local economic development. The idea has long excited many people, especially those who on multiple fronts, from its viability as reliable flood the flow of the Pearl would affect the environment bought land and built in the flood plain in recent de- relief, to its high (and under-estimated, some believed) and wildlife, including the salinity of the water in the cades and have the most to lose in a catastrophic flood. price tag, to the need for government eminent domain marshlands where the river meets the Gulf of Mexico. Earlier versions called for two different lakes and to take property, to negative environmental impacts. That is, despite a Kumbaya approach to the curRep. Ken Morgan, R-Morgantown, pointed out rent tax bill, the Jackson metro does not own the Pearl miles of lucrative waterfront property, much of it pri- vate, both above and below Lakeland Drive and even on the House floor recently that the lake plan is pur- River—meaning that the Levee Board could face lawtwo developed islands in the middle. The latest plan is posely painted as “a real pretty picture” that may not tell suits for years before the project comes to fruition. to move a weir (low dam) on the Pearl River south of the whole story of what is to come. Read more on the lake(s) saga at Interstate 20 slightly to the southeast of the end of McDowell Road in order to allow the river to widen and Most viral stories at Most viral events at deepen to become a lake. Its footprint still extends above 1. “Jackson Water Outage Scheduled for This Weekend” by Arielle Dreher Lakeland near property McGowan’s family owns. 2. “Mississippi House to Colleges: Fly Flag or Lose Tax Break” 1. Museum After Hours – “Art Battle,” March 16 by Arielle Dreher Last fall, Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads, who sits 2. Brantley Gilbert, March 17 3. “City Gives More Details on South Jackson Water Outage, on the Levee Board alongside mayors from Jackson and 3. Second Line Stomp, March 17 ‘Code Red’ Plan” by Donna Ladd 4. Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival, March 18 nearby Rankin County towns, said “One Lake” would 4. “Harsh Words (and Love) for Jackson and Mississippi” 5. Chicago, March 22 help protect the facilities in the medical district that sits by Leslie McLemore II Find more events at 5. “ICE Releases Daniela Vargas” by Arielle Dreher in the floodplain on the east side of the Pearl. “Every-

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At the Wire: Dyslexia Vouchers, New Divorce Grounds, Job Regs

Bills to Watch: Senate Bill 2710: Prohibition on Sanctuary Cities

by Arielle Dreher


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Tollison said his amendment to the bill would require each school district to screen students between kindergarten and first grade for dyslexia, using a “screener approved by the State Board of Education.” Catching students earlier would help the state find the 10 to 15 percent of the student population that statistics show are dyslexic, Tollison said, many of whom school districts do not know about. The bill passed by a vote of 30-19 close to 10 p.m. on March 8, close to the midnight bill deadline. The bill will have to go to a conference to be worked out and then come back to both chambers for a vote before it becomes law.

Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, who said that language makes it harder for an abuse victim who was the only witness to the crime. “[L]egally what is being said by that is we don’t believe a victim if they’re the only one to testify,” Wiggins told the Jackson Free Press. Doty committed to working on the language and technicalities of the standard of proof when either this bill or the one in the House goes to conference. ‘A Sledgehammer Approach’? A commission would have the power to govern 26 of the state’s occupational regulation boards overseeing architects, Imani Khayyam

ither “vouchers” or “scholarships,” depending on whom you ask in the statehouse, scored a victory just before the bill deadline late last week. House Bill 1046 would expand Mississippi’s current dyslexia voucher/scholarship program, which grants students diagnosed with dyslexia and who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, close to $5,000 each to attend another school if their current districts cannot provide the needed services. The current state law only applies to kids through sixth grade. HB 1046 would expand the age group, allowing students in grades 1 through 12 to apply for a voucher, as well as allowing them to take those funds out of state to use at accredited private schools if they cannot get necessary services within 30 miles of their homes. Senators from both parties questioned whether this was the appropriate route to help students in the state get access to more services. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said some school districts have not been able to hire their own dyslexia therapists due to lack of funds. “The argument is made that there’s money available to hire teachers if the districts would just do that, (but) it takes money to get a highly trained special-education teacher,” Bryan said. “It takes money to employ teachers that the districts need, and, no, they don’t have enough money.” Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, who handled the bill, said most research shows that on average it takes three years to correct dyslexia with the proper therapy. He said most private schools that offer services have tuition fees much higher than the voucher. “All we’re trying to do is get that child before a dyslexia therapist, and then get them back into a classroom,” Tollison said. Current state law says the scholarship provides “the option to attend a public school other than the one to which assigned, or to provide a scholarship to a nonpublic school of choice.” Senators pointed out that if private schools do cost more than the voucher, the legislation creates a potential access problem—enabling only wealthy parents to use the voucher at private schools. “Does that not create an uneven playing field?” Sen. Bill Stone, D-Holly Springs, 10 asked Tollison last week.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves saved a lot of hot-topic bills for deadline day, and senators worked past 10 p.m. passing bills on March 8 right before the deadline passed at midnight. It was an evening not without controversy.

Domestic Violence, Revisited Under fire, Rep. Andy Gipson, RBraxton, reversed course last week, adding domestic violence as a ground for divorce. Earlier, he had killed Sen. Sally Doty’s, RBrookhaven, bill that specified that “cruel and inhuman” treatment of a spouse included domestic violence. But Gipson later amended Senate Bill 2680, adding specific definitions for abusive physical and nonphysical contact as a grounds for divorce. The Senate also adopted this language in House Bill 1356 last week. The amendment says the standard of proof will be “convincing evidence if there is only the reliable testimony of a single credible witness.”

psychologists, barbers, dentists and nurses, among others in a bill the Senate passed on deadline night. The U.S. Supreme Court recently mandated that a certain number of board members on occupational regulation boards be free-market participants—members not active or with a financial interest in the occupation they are regulating—leaving states grappling with how to change those boards to honor the law. The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a claim by a North Carolina board found that “when a State empowers a group of active market participants to decide who can participate in its market, and on what terms, the need for supervision is mani-

The Legislature’s attempt to send a message about the State’s stance on immigration to all state entities from cities to universities is still alive, after it passed the House last week after only 15 minutes of debate. The bill would render Jackson’s anti-profiling ordinance, which prevents law enforcement officers from asking about a person’s immigration status, not legal.

House Bill 926: UMMC Partnerships

This bill was hotly contested in the Senate, and while some local hospitals support the bill—not all do. The bill will allow UMMC to enter into joint ventures with private entities, allowing them to engage in public-private partnerships when purchasing equipment or entering into agreements with medical organizations or other hospitals.

House Bill 645: Back the Badge Act

The Senate and House versions of this bill are still different, and last week the Senate inserted its increased penalties for hate-crimes language against law enforcement, firefighters and emergency-medical personnel back into the bill. They also passed an amendment indicating that nothing in the bill can abridge freedom of speech or the freedom to peaceably assemble.

fest.” House Bill 1425 applies to boards controlled by active members of that industry. The bill creates a commission of the governor, secretary of state and the attorney general to review new occupational regulations and alter them as they see fit. The commission cannot modify regulations unilaterally or alter current regulations, Sen. Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport, told the Senate, adding that the bill will affect 26 boards should it become law. He said the intent is to create a free market, “one in which people have an opportunity to go out and earn a living.” Senators had lots of questions about the legislation, which changed drastically from the House version that only passed by a few votes. Some Republicans tried introducing amendments to temper the bill, but attempts to change the bill failed. Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, was one of several Democrats who spoke against the bill. “(It creates) one super-board controlled by two people, and that’s the effect of the bill,” Blount said. “It’s a sledgehammer approach to a legal problem we can deal with, but we don’t need to deal with it like this.” The bill passed by six votes—and now the House can concur on the Senate’s changes or invite conference on the bill. Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at

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Conserving Fannye A. Cook’s Legacy


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hen Fannye A. Cook was born in Copiah County, women were almost 80 years away from gaining the right to serve on a Mississippi jury and 95 years away from the Mississippi State Legislature’s symbolic ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. It is no surprise that women in science, particularly wildlife sciences, were few. But notwithstanding Cook’s time in history, and in some ways because of it, she is a hero among conservationists, natural historians, biologists and all others who value Mississippi’s natural heritage. Cook was born in 1889, just as the second Industrial Revolution was creating ways to make life easier for modern societies both rural and urban, but also as those innovations were putting new and greater pressures on wildlife, natural landscapes and public health. It was this time in history that must have inspired Cook to recognize the uniqueness of Mississippi’s natural world and to passionately celebrate its importance to science, culture, history and the economy. A 1911 graduate of what is now the Mississippi University for Women, Cook was a pioneer among scientists, conservationists and women. She became the driving force behind creating the Game and Fish Commission (now the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks) to protect and conserve Mississippi’s natural resources. Cook founded the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science to showcase the state’s important and globally unique flora and fauna and to conduct natural-science research. Today the museum hosts more than 100,000 visitors each year. Cook was also the driving force behind the creation of the state’s wildlife management areas, which protect the state’s water, air and natural heritage. She was instrumental in protecting Horn Island and other barrier islands that still protect Mississippi’s Fannye A. Cook shores from hurricanes and that help maintain habitats for the state’s commercial and recreational fishing. She was a passionate student of the natural world, but she was also an impassioned and tireless educator. She was the first person to produce a comprehensive statewide survey, collection and catalogue of Mississippi’s flora and fauna. Through her collections, studies, books, papers and lectures, she shared her knowledge and zeal for natural science and conservation with students of all ages and in diverse venues. Everything she did was in a professional field and within a political system that were almost exclusively male. She was a gifted scientist and advocate at a time when being a woman in science and politics was an anomaly. The fact that she accomplished what she did, and when she did, tells us about her mettle as a woman and as a Mississippian. While making her indelible mark on Mississippi’s wildlife, scientific and environmental record, she blazed a seldom-traveled trail for young women in Mississippi, women who might aspire to scientific and conservation endeavors, and she has impacted future generations of women who walked the trail she carefully, ethically and humbly blazed. Honoring Cook’s accomplishments and the rich body of work she left means honoring the remarkable things that continue to happen because of her place in history. It also means honoring her journey. Jayne Buttross is a conservation advocate and retired attorney living in Jackson. This is her first column for the Jackson Free Press. 12

Use the T-word: Trauma Matters, Must Be Treated


band-aid can stop the bleeding, but it cannot heal a wound. Similarly, programming and laws can attempt to curb violence and broken families in the state, but without an understanding of trauma—what often lies beneath the surface of a child who was taken out of an abusive home or a teenager in juvenile detention—the wounds won’t heal. And what that trauma causes, including violence, will not subside. Science has finally caught up in most arenas, including mental health, juvenile detention and violence prevention, to show that trauma, especially for kids exposed early to traumatic events, affects brain development. Knowing how trauma affects a young person is crucial before imposing after-school detention, time-out or a week in jail. The American Psychological Association estimates that two-thirds of children surveyed in their community samples were exposed to a traumatic event—where injury, death or physical integrity of themselves or others is at risk—by age 16. Shortterm distress almost always follows a traumatic exposure, the APA says, and that distress can lead to things such as sadness, reduced concentration in schoolwork, anger, nightmares or new fears. Distress, in other words, leaves a child open and vulnerable until he or she returns to “normal functioning.” By the APA’s count, most children do not receive treatment such as therapy or mentalhealth services for their trauma exposure. Understanding trauma is absolutely critical for this state and the city of Jackson, especially at this

moment. The state is in the midst of revamping its foster-care system, and last week, former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan explained trauma to Mississippi judges, attorneys and stakeholders in the new child-welfare system. She talked about why understanding trauma is so important for social workers going into homes and how training social workers to recognize trauma in children— and assess families and children with that front of mind—can significantly lower the number of kids in the state’s custody (which decreases crime later). Similarly, Jackson and Mississippi must begin to look beneath the surface of youth in so-called gangs—which often aren’t real gangs—and recognize how trauma can lead a young person to believe they need to carry a gun for protection. Legislating based on gang involvement, like House Bill 240 attempts to do, is a Band-aid looking for the wound. Heightening penalties for an 18-year-old who tells a 17-year-old that he or she needs to rob a store to get in with the group will not help undo the trauma that both youth in that example have likely experienced. We must stop talking about and legislating “fixes” before we look deeply at the problem. The federal government has sued the state for its mental-health care system, which is directly tied to resolving health issues (or could be if we had enough services). Foster care, juvenile detention, perceived gang activity and violence are connected, and for youth, that usually means trauma in one form or another. We must see the T-word as the most common “root cause” of our kids’ challenges.

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he month of March covers me in drapes of emotion. My father passed away on March 12, 1988. That day and many after always seem to create a bit of unease for me. I usually end up with several journal entries about what I’m doing that would make him proud and what I need to work on. My family also celebrates the gift that keeps giving to us—our baby girl’s birthday. March is also Women’s History Month. Each year I make deliberate efforts to study women throughout history. This year I have dissected my celebration. With intentional focus, I am celebrating black women. I am dedicating myself to who I am because of who we are. Not so long ago, I was challenged professionally and spiritually at a business meeting. I sat at the corner of the room with my eyes peeled back, trying to find the center of the universe in the light bulb above me. With the way the conversation was going, I had a greater chance of fading away rather than finding any universal order. I grew restless and wondered if the other people were paying attention to the same details. I began to beg myself to stop thinking. Don’t listen, just sit there and try not to frown or roll my eyes. People talked about how much better Donald Trump is than the man before him. They talked about how Gov. Phil Bryant was going to do great things with the state agencies he was bidding to control; they talked about how much better Jackson would be with white mayor. They talked of all the great ways that white people join together to make the community thrive. You know, things people think but never say. Welp. This group shared no regard to whether all were in agreement with their statements. It wasn’t a private dwelling. It was a public place, and many could hear the conversation. I sat there, alone. Alone, in that I apparently was the only person in the room who found the conversation to be depressingly, desperately offensive and just actually pretty damn wrong. Usually I’d go into my “challenge them” mode. I quickly figured out that this wasn’t a battle worth fighting. I couldn’t walk out. I couldn’t scream. So I crawled into the light of my soul, and I whispered, “Harriet! Sojourner! Fannie Lou! Mama Eva! Mother Maya!” In the pits of my being, I screamed, “Hold my hand, mothers. Silence these

ALL STADIUM SEATING voices around me that I might hear from you and not them. Give me your strength. Lend me your class and elegance. Power me with lady-ness that I might gracefully hold onto me in this room.” I called out to my ancestral guides, my historical mothers. They braided hair and quilted blankets with secret messages to lead runaway slaves. My ancestors learned to read the stars in the sky to guide them toward freedom. They watched their husbands beaten within inches of their lives and often to death for being men. My ancestors sang songs that danced demons out of the soul of the young. Black women have fought with fist and voice all throughout history, leading armies of men in Africa. The mothers before me sang out in the fields to their ancestors for the same power and strength that we call out for today. Celebrating the historical greatness of black women, through their trials and even death, has boosted me to fulfillment beyond measure. Throughout history we have become scientists, human-rights activists, acclaimed writers, poets, freedom riders, business owners, inventors and more. From treacherous valleys of injustice, segregation, abuse, slavery, apartheid, and watching our sons, husbands and dads die at our feet, we have remained steadfast. We have conquered the peril. We have contributed to this life and the last and will the next. So pardon me while I just bask in the greatness that we are because of and in spite of it all. When I finally opened my eyes to rejoin the awkward camaraderie of the room, I felt a peace and was sort of entertained by the ease that fell over me. The Mothers had reminded me that I was covered and that the people’s opinions and lack of knowledge didn’t have to linger with me. Because of the mothers, I am better. I am proud to walk in the light they delivered. I am proud to lend that light to my beautiful daughter. I am thankful to have had a father who poured into me the importance of self-love and cultural awareness. It is my hope that all women identify a connection with those who have paved the path for their greatness. I am eager now to carry the torch of my ancestral mothers. Funmi “Queen” Franklin is a word lover, poet, a truth yeller and community activist. She is the founder of an organization that promotes self love, awareness and sisterhood. She also has an addiction to Lemonheads.

I am eager to carry the torch.

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This year’s Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival is on Saturday, March 18—led, as usual, by the O’Tux Society.

What Do You Know About Being Green? by Amber Helsel It’s time for the annual Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival. To make sure you get where you want to be, when you want to be there, the Jackson Free Press wanted to provide a helpful guide for the day’s festivities. Here is a run-down of what to expect.

Friday, March 17, 2017

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Hal & Mal’s Marching MALfunction & Second Line Stomp, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Hal & Mal’s Second Line Stomp will be at Cathead Distillery (422 S. Farish St.) on March 17 beginning at 3 p.m. Epic Funk Brass Band will lead a march to Hal & Mal’s at 7 p.m. The event will have food from the Mississippi Bacon Association, drinks from Hal & Mal’s, beer from New Belgium Brewing and golf-cart transportation from Ladd’s Rentals.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hollywood Feed Pet Parade, 10 a.m.

Lineup, 7 a.m.

After the children’s parade, pets get their own time to shine. People are encouraged to dress their pets up in costumes to participate in the parade, which will raise money for the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. Like in the children’s parade, the best-dressed pets will get awards in creativity, originality and performance, with a ceremony at the Russel C. Davis Planetarium following the parade.

Floats will line up at the corner of State and Court Streets to prepare for the parade launch. Fleet Feet Sports St. Paddy’s 5K, 8 a.m.

Before the parade, it’s time for the annual 5K. Race participants can pick up their packets at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51, Suite Z, Ridgeland, 601-899-9696) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 17, and race-day packet pickup begins at 7 a.m. on March 18. The race begins 8 a.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Participants can compete to get awards in single-person categories, such as the overall best time for male and female racers, or for team awards, such as the largest team, fastest open team and best team costumes. The entry fee for the race is $30 through March 16. For more information, find the race on Hal’s St. Children’s Parade & Festival, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The children’s festival and parade begins at 9 a.m. in the area around the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Inky the Clown will be the master of ceremonies. For the event, children are encouraged to dress up and show off their costumes for the parade. The children with the best costumes will receive awards in three categories: creativity, originality and performance. The ceremony follows the parade on the steps of the Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.).

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, 1 p.m.

This is the event you’ve been waiting for. Stand along the streets of downtown Jackson and watch as the floats, walkers and other spectacles pass by. Keep a special lookout for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, who are this year’s grand marshals. Hal’s St. Paddy’s Festival, 2:45 p.m.

After the parade, St. Paddy’s partygoers can enjoy the music, food and drink vendors, and plenty of other festivities over at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). This year’s festival will feature performances from three acts: Mustache the Band is the self-professed “world’s greatest ’90s country party band,” known for its take on hits from country icons such as George Strait and Brooks & Dunn; Freedom is a funk band that first formed in Jackson in the 1970s and is known for songs such as “Get Up and Dance”; and the Molly Ringwalds are a ’80s tribute band that covers hits from artists such as Duran Duran and Guns N’ Roses. The gates open at 1 p.m., and admission is $10. The event is for ages 18 and up. For more events, check out the St. Paddy’s event roundup on p.18.

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n Saturday, March 18, Jacksonians will line the streets of Jackson as they watch the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade go by. The event will have lots of people and things to see and do, which also means that there will be a safety risk somewhere. This year, Hal & Mal’s has partnered with American Medical Response to give parade-goers helpful safety tips for the day of activities. Here are some of them. Drink lots of water before and during the parade. Drink responsibly and use a designated driver if needed.

Don’t run in front of or behind a float.

Watch out for ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

Stand on the sidewalk instead of climbing on objects such as lamp posts or benches.

Dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sunscreen.

Keep close track of children at all times. Only cross the street or go through the parade when officers allow it, and only cross at intersections.

Wear comfortable shoes with good ankle support. Make sure you take any of your medical prescriptions as required. Don’t bring silly string or noise makers.

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t. Paddy’s Parade weekend is a marathon, not a sprint. As such, it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared. Besides checking The Weather Channel app on your phone incessantly all week, here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years and one crowd-sourced from some seasoned krewe members.

Get fired up! The Hal’s Marching MALfunction & Second Line Stomp on Friday night, which begins at Cathead Distillery and ends at Hal & Mal’s this year, will get you in the spirit, but also maybe tire you out a bit so that you’ll hopefully go to bed and get rest before the big day. Dress accordingly. Bring a jacket for the cooler morning. Also, get festive. More is more on parade day, so wear a costume, deck yourself in sequins, do whatever says, “Welcome, spring,” to you. But remember that you’re in this for the long haul. You will be on your feet. You will be dancing. Your feet will likely be stepped on or spilled on. This means that for shoes, you should go for comfort, arch support and closed toes. Lay a base. You have a full day and night ahead of you, so fuel and hydrate in the morning. This is no day to ignore the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Also, there is no shame in packing snacks, which brings us to the next tip. Bring a fanny pack. Or a bum bag, or whatever the kids call it these days. Multiple marching and standing krewe members advocate this accessory, as it keeps hands and arms free to catch beads and accept flowers from O’Tuxers while storing snacks, keys, phones, cash and identification on your person. Speaking of storage, pack a Ziploc bag. Should there be rain, it will keep your phone dry while still allowing you to take pictures with it. (Credit to Katie McClendon for this one.) Lather up with sunscreen. When staking out your parade location, locate a Porta-Potty. Or, if you have 10 or so friends parading together, chip in and rent one. You’ll need access to a loo throughout the day, so think of it as a worthwhile investment. If there’s a chance of rain, consider packing a dry change of clothes (or at least underthings) for post-parade. Make a plan to get home safely. Have fun and be careful. 17 March 15 - 21 , 2017 •

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Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712) For its St. Paddy’s Blow Out on March 18, Martin’s will open at 10 a.m. Entry is free all day until 9 p.m., when the cover is $15 to $17 for Flow Tribe. Throughout the day, Martin’s will have performances from Riverside Voodoo, Southern Komfort Brass Band, DJ Nick ThreeSixty and more. Martin’s will have $150 tent-space rentals, food vendors and more. For more information, visit

by Amber Helsel and Dustin Cardon


f you haven’t heard, the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade & Festival is this weekend. Here is your guide to what you can do before and after.

The Palette Café (Mississippi Museum

of Art, 380 S. Lamar St., 601-965-9900) From March 16-18, The Palette

Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-420-4202) For St. Patrick’s Day weekend on March 17 and 18, Table 100 will have a lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will have Irish dishes such as Irish stew, bangers and mash (sausage and potatoes), shamrock bread pudding, and also Guinness beer and Irish coffee. For more information, find Table 100 on Facebook.

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201Capitol (201 W. Capitol St., 601278-3944) 201Capitol will host its St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration beginning on March 17. The event on Friday is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and tickets are $10, though door prices will be higher. The Saturday event from noon to 6 p.m. is free.


Next Level Experience (3645 Highway 80 W., 601-699-3123) On Friday, March 17, Next Level Experience will host “One Night Stand With Adina Howard and Friends.” Howard, Lari Johns’n, Bridget Shield, The Beastie Tunes, DJ Unpredictable and Kerry Thomas will perform. The event begins at 8 p.m. On Saturday, March 18, NLE will host “A Touch of Green” starting at 9 p.m. The event will have music from DJ Finesse, and T. Teezy will host. The cover is $10. For more information, find Next Level Experience on Facebook.

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Cafe will serve Nick Wallace’s “Everything Green” ‘sipp Sourced popup menu. The menu starts during the Museum After hours Art Battle, where local artists will compete for cash and prizes. In that event, the public will vote for the winners of each round. The museum will also stream the first round of the NCAA Tournament and “The Princess Bride.” The restaurant will serve the pop-up menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 17 and 18.

Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) On Friday, March 17, Fenian’s will have live music from Emerald Accent from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Risko Danza from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Hotstop 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The bar will serve its dinner menu until 10 p.m. and will have a late-night menu until 1 a.m. On Saturday, March 18, Fenian’s will have an Irish breakfast buffet before the parade, which will have dishes such as bangers, eggs, fried potatoes, beans and more. After

Local businesses such as Nandy’s Candy have what you need for this year’s St. Paddy’s celebration.

the parade, Fenian’s will have a block party with green beer, cornhole, draft beer and more. The winner of the bar’s annual open-mic contest will play from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Cast of Comic will play from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Tyler Kenshin & the Right Pieces will play from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. All-day passes are $5. For more information, find Fenian’s Pub on Facebook. South Street Live (110 E. South St., 601-519-6809) On March 17, South Street will have a Neon Wonderland Paint Party–St. Patrick’s Day Edition. The event, which is from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., is for ages 18 and up. It will feature music from DJ Rozz, DJ T Zilla, DJ Bambino, DJ Cadillac, Rob Roy, DJ Trix, DJ Kontrol and DJ Uri. The party is $20 for people ages 21 and up, $25 for people ages 18 to 20, and $40 for a VIP ticket with free shirt, bottle of neon paint and express entry.

The Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St., 601-398-0151) Starting on the afternoon of the parade, Iron Horse will have entertainment from bands including the Barry Leach Band and Mississippi Big Foot. The restaurant will have drink specials throughout the day. Iron Horse has no cover. King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St., 601-353-5464) On the day of the parade, Blue South Entertainment will host the Rooftop Rendezvous at the King Edward Hotel from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will have performances from Jonté Mayon and DJ Sam Brown. The Rooftop Rendezvous will have have JELL-O shots, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and more. Advanced tickets are $15 with VIP available until March 17. For more information, find the event on Facebook. F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St., 601-983-1148) On the day of the parade, F. Jones will have live music from Big Money Mel and Small Change Wayne at 10 p.m. for $1, and Dexter Allen at midnight for $10. Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St., 601-790-0142) Beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of the parade, Lucky Town will host Midtown Melee. The event features wrestling from Hard Knocks Revolution. The event is free, and the doors open at 6 p.m. The first bell is 7 p.m. Guests can also pay $10 for a brewery tour and beer samples. One Block East (642 Tombigbee St., 601-944-0203) On the day of the parade, One Block East will have a street party with two stages. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The event will have performances from Waylon Haylen, Chad Perry Band, Fannin Landin, Lovin Ledbetter, Burnham Road, the Jason Miller Band and DJ Krush. The party will also have food, drinks,

indoor and outdoor seating, a space for parade viewing and restrooms. For more information, find the event on Facebook. The Hideaway (5100 Interstate 55 N., 601-291-4759) On the day of the parade, Pop Fiction will play at The Hideaway. The doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, find the venue on Facebook. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601-960-2700) On Saturday, March 18, Ole Tavern will have its annual St. Paddy’s block party. The event will have live music, a deejay dance party, and food and drink specials from 2 p.m. until close. The music starts at 2 p.m., with performances from Larry Waters Trio and King Edward Antoine downstairs, The Whiskey Barrels upstairs, and DJ Glenn Rogers and DJ 3E outside.

T’Beaux’s Crawfish and Catering (1052 Pocahontas Road, Pocahontas; 1625 Culkin Road, Vicksburg, 601634-6622) At T’Beaux’s Pocahontas location, the restaurant will have live music from Jon and Angela, crawfish and beer after the parade. Dogs and kids are welcome. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is free admission. At T’Beaux’s in Vicksburg, Simpatico will play. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free admission. Lucky’s (209 Commerce St., 601573-0687) On March 18, Miles Flatt, Bishop Gun and DJ Duvall will perform at Lucky’s. The first 300 wrist bands are $5, and the bar will also have 32 ounce-beer specials. The doors open at 10 a.m. For more information, find the event on Facebook. Add more at 2017.

Treats Nandy’s Candy (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 380, 601-362-9553) For St. Patrick’s Day this year, Nandy’s Candy will offer chocolate pots filled with chocolate coins, green white-chocolate shamrock suckers and more. La Brioche Patisserie (2906 N. State St., 601-988-2299) For St. Patrick’s Day, La Brioche will have an Irish cream latte, Irish cream macarons, striped croissants filled with Irish cream ganache and decorated with white chocolate, and Haileys, which are petits gateaux with vanilla cake, Baileys Irish cream mousse, coffee ganache and a chocolate glaze. Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601362-2900) Broad Street will have St. Paddy’s king cakes with Guinness beer and Irish cream swirled into chocolate Bavarian cream and cream cheese then drizzled with a chocolate ganache for $24.95. The business will also have themed sugar cookies and cupcakes. Primos Café (515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-898-3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-936-3398) Primos Café will have shamrock cookies and green petit fours for St. Patrick’s Day. Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601-362-4628; 123 Jones St., Madison, 769-300-2790) For St. Patrick’s Day, Campbell’s will have iced cookies in the shape of four-leaf clovers. Sugar Magnolia Takery For St. Patrick’s Day, Sugar Magnolia will have themed sugar cookies and petits fours, and Baileys Irish cream cakes. Meme’s Brick Street Bakery (104 W. Leake St., Clinton, 601-278-0635) For the month of March, Meme’s will have the Mint to be Lucky cupcake, which is a chocolate cupcake with mint butter cream topped with an Andes mint. Paid advertising section. Call 601-362-6121 x11 to list your restaurant

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History Is Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m. at the William F. Winter Archives & History Building (200 North St.). Oral historian Sara Wood presents “From Tamales to Slugburgers: Mississippi’s Diverse Foodways.” Free; call 601-576-6998; … “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” film screening is at 6 p.m. at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The film is about the life and legacy of Maya Angelou. Free; call 601-974-1019;


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“Museum After Hours: Art Battle” is at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Local artists compete in 15-minute rounds for cash prizes. Includes a stream of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, chef Nick Wallace’s ‘sipp-Sourced pop-up menu and a screening of “The Princess Bride.” Free; call 601-9601515;

(Left to right) Cecilia Erholtz, Andrew Seitz, Murphy Janssen, Charlie Bruber and Jeff Ley of Minneapolis, Minn.-based indie-rock band TABAH perform Tuesday, March 21, at Offbeat.

signs copies of “Eveningland” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book; call 366-7619;


Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival starts at 9 a.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The event includes a parade, children’s activities, a 5K run, a pet parade and more. The festival includes music from the Molly Ringwalds, Mustache the by TYLER EDWARDS Band and Freedom. Festival gates open at 1 p.m. Free parade, $10 festival; … The St. Patrick’s Day Street Party Fax: 601-510-9019 starts at 10 a.m. at One Block Daily updates at East (642 Tombigbee St.). cludes music from Waylon Halen, Burnham Road, Chad Perry, Lovin Ledbetter, DJ Krush and Jason Miller Band. Admission TBA; find it on Facebook.


The “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” film screening is Wednesday, March 15, at Millsaps College.


Brantley Gilbert performs at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The country artist’s latest album is titled “The Devil Don’t Sleep.” Brian Davis, Luke Combs and Tucker Beathard also perform. $26-$186; 22 call 800-745-3000; … Michael Knight


The Garden Extravaganza is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event features seminars, demonstrations and vendors from across the state. The Mississippi State University Extension Service is on hand to answer questions and test soil. Additional dates: March 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 18, 11 a.m.4 p.m. $6 entry; call 601-919-8111;


Poetic Seeds Project Open House is from 5 to 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave.). Features program highlights, opportunities to meet local partners and giveaways. The project benefits special needs youth with an open mic and art experience. Free; call 601-790-0864; find it on Facebook. … “Cabaret at Duling Hall: Hooray for Hollywood” is at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Maryann Kyle and Corey Trahan of the Mississippi Opera present the celebration of popular songs from decades of Hollywood blockbusters. $20;


Greg Iles signs copies of “Mississippi Blood” at 3:30 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28.99 book; call 601-366-7619; … TABAH performs at 8 p.m. at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Empty Atlas and Codetta South also perform. $7; find it on Facebook.


History Is Lunch is at noon until 1 p.m. at the William F. Winter Archives & History Building (200 North St.). Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum presents “Stephen D. Lee—A Higher-Education Perspective.” Free; … Chicago performs at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The “rock-androll band with horns” performs. $46-$350;

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1 Million Cups March 15, March 22, 9 a.m., at Coalesce (109 N. State St.). Participants hear from new startup companies, non-profits and project pitches in the Jackson Metro area. Includes free coffee. Free;

Amuse-Bouche Cooking Demo March 18, 1-3 p.m., at Seafood R’evolution (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland). Includes a sampling of five prepared tastings with complimentary wine. $75;

Spring Farm Days 2017 March 15-17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Includes cooking demonstrations, large farm- and forestryequipment displays, and farm animals. $6 for adults, $4 for children;

Spring Wine Tasting March 21, 6 p.m., at Amerigo Italian Restaurant (6592 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Participants sample four springtime wines paired with bruschetta and tiramisu. $21; call 601-977-0563;

Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Martin Sexton March 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter performs in support of his latest album, “Mixtape of the Open Road.” Brothers McCann also perform. $25 in advance, $30 at the door; • ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience March 16, 8 p.m. The Led Zeppelin tribute band has toured for more than 20 years. $15 advance, $20 at the door;

Events at William F. Winter Archives & History Building (200 North St.) • History Is Lunch March 15, noon-1 p.m. Oral historian Sara Wood presents “From Tamales to Slugburgers: Mississippi’s Diverse Foodways.” Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah. • History Is Lunch March 22, noon-1 p.m. Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum presents “Stephen D. Lee—A Higher-Education Perspective.” Free; call 601576-6998; Garden Extravaganza March 17-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Features vendors from across the state, food concessions and seminars. The Mississippi State University Extension Service is on hand to answer questions and test soil. $6; Poetic Seeds Project Open House March 20, 5-8 p.m., at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). Features program highlights, local partners and giveaways. The project benefits special needs youth with an open mic and art experience. Free; call 601-790-0864; find it on Facebook. The Asylum Hill Consortium: Bioscience, the Humanities, and Opportunity March 21, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. Doctors Ralph Didlake, Amy Forbes, George Bey and Janice Brockley discuss the recently revealed burial sites under the former Mississippi Lunatic Asylum. $10, $5 for students;


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Spring Safari Zoo Camp March 15-17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Kids participate in educational activities, games, hikes, animal encounters, crafts, group projects, keeper talks and more. $155 for members, $165 for non-members; call 352-2580;


Events at Inflatable Kingdom Kidz Zone (Metrocenter Mall, 3645 Highway 80, Suite 18) • Creepy Crawler Day March 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Percy King leads this educational opportunity for children to interact and learn about animals. For ages 1-12. Admission TBA; call 769-218-2630; find it on Facebook. • Jumpers’ Jam Party March 18, 1-6 p.m. Includes music from DJ Dally B, a dance off and bouncing. For ages 1-12. Admission TBA; call 769-218-2630; find it on Facebook. Wood Magic March 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Includes activities from the Department of Sustainable Bio-products’ Wood Magic Science Fair, and hands-on experiments with termites, bubble bazookas, paper-making and more. Included with admission;


the best in sports over the next seven days by Bryan Flynn

This week is one of the biggest of the year for sports fans. People are filling out their NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament brackets at this very moment in hopes of winning the office pool or just bragging rights. Thursday, March 16

College basketball (11 a.m.-11 p.m., CBS, TBS, TNT & TruTV): Day one of the NCAA Men’s Tournament kicks off, with games spread across four networks. Friday, March 17

College basketball (11 a.m.-11 p.m., CBS, TBS, TNT & TruTV): Tune in for the weekend action as day two of the NCAA Men’s Tournament begins, and the field is cut to 32 teams. Saturday, March 18

College basketball (11 a.m.-10 p.m., CBS, TNT, TBS & TruTV): Catch the first eight teams in the NCAA Men’s Tournament to punch their tickets to the Sweet Sixteen. Sunday, March 19

College basketball (11 a.m.-10 p.m., CBS, TNT, TBS & TruTV): Watch the final eight teams in the NCAA Men’s Tournament earn a spot in the Sweet Sixteen; after a short break, the tournament starts up again March 23.

SPORTS & WELLNESS Midtown Melee March 18, 6-10 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). Professional wrestlers compete. First bell is at 7 p.m. Free event, with tours and beer samples for $10; call 601-790-0142; find it on Facebook.

STAGE & SCREEN “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Film Screening March 15, 6 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The film tells the story of the life and times of Maya Angelou. Free; “God’s Prayer” Film Screening March 18, 3-9 p.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Features a red-carpet event, local celebrities, giveaways and a screening of the film. Free; call 354-6021; find it on Facebook.

Monday, March 20

College baseball (noon-3 p.m., SECN): If you get caught up in the basketball action, set your DVR to record the re-air of the University of Mississippi hosting Vanderbilt on the diamond. Tuesday, March 21

NBA (6-8:30 p.m., ESPN): The Chicago Bulls try to fight their way to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference as they travel to battle the Toronto Raptors. Wednesday, March 22

Softball (6-9 p.m., SECN+): The UM Rebels and MSU Bulldogs face off for bragging rights in the only meeting of the season between these two teams. The NCAA Women’s Tournament isn’t listed on this Slate due to the bracket not being revealed before press time. Check out the JFP Sports Blog for the schedule and updates. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports • Cabaret at Duling Hall: Hooray for Hollywood March 20, 7:30 p.m. Maryann Kyle and Corey Trahan of the Mississippi Opera present and host the celebration of popular songs from decades of Hollywood blockbusters. $20; call 601-960-2300; Brantley Gilbert March 17, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The country artist performs as part of his “The Devil Don’t Sleep” tour. Brian Davis and Tucker Beathard also perform. $26-$186; A Benefit Gospel Praise Concert March 17, 7 p.m., at New Jerusalem Church (5708 Old Canton Road). Performers include Dorinda Clark Cole, Brian Courtney Wilson, Melvin Williams, Uncle Reese Tawanna Shaunte and comedian Small Fire. Radio personality Lonnie Hunter hosts. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 769572-5442;

Adina Howard & Friends March 17, 8 p.m., at Next Level Experience (3645 Highway 80 West). The R&B artist performs along with Lari Johns’n, Bridget Shield and Kerry Thomas. $20, $600 VIP; find it on Facebook. Events at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.) • Zoogma March 17, 10 p.m. The live electronic band is based in Nashville, Tenn. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; • St. Paddy’s Blowout March 18, 10 a.m. Performers include Flow Tribe, Riverside Voodoo, Southern Komfort Brass Band, DJ Nick ThreeSixty and more. $15; Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival March 18, 9 a.m., at Hal and Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Includes a parade, a 5K run, a pet parade and more. Music includes the Molly Ringwalds, Freedom and Mustache the Band. Free parade, $10 festival; Events at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.) • Spill & Aficionado March 20, 8-10 p.m. The alternative bands are on No Sleep Records. Alex Fraser also performs. For all ages. $7; call 601-376-9404; find it on Facebook. • TABAH March 21, 8-10 p.m. The Minnesota indie-rock band performs. Empty Atlas and Codetta South also perform. For all ages. $7; call 601-376-9404; find it on Facebook. Chicago March 22, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The self-described “rockand-roll band with horns” performs. $46-$350; call 877-987-6487;

LITERARY & SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “Eveningland” March 17, 5 p.m. Michael Knight signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book; call 601-366-7619; • “Mississippi Blood” March 21, 3:30 p.m. Greg Iles signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28.99 book; • “Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey” March 22, 5 p.m. Troy Ball signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.99 book; call 601-366-7619;

CREATIVE CLASSES Limelight Makeup Tutorial March 16, 6-8 p.m., at Nance & Co. (4812 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Makeup artist Christine Cody teaches participants about new products from Limelight Cosmetics, as well as contouring and foundation tricks. Free; find it on Facebook.

EXHIBIT OPENINGS Museum After Hours—“Art Battle” March 16, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Artists compete in 15-minute rounds for cash prizes. Includes a ’sipp-Sourced pop-up menu and a screening of the film “The Princess Bride.” Free; call 960-1515; Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.



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Brantley Gilbert:

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Man, it seems like every record, I lean on my producer more. Dann Huff produced this record, and he’s just an amazing man. You can check his rap sheet. It’s longer than my criminal history. [Laughs] I mean, this guy, he knows what he’s doing, and in the past, he’ll tell you, I didn’t really trust the system, I guess, when it came to Nashville. Even labels and managers and all that, I didn’t want anything to do with it. But with every record, I’ve learned to be a little less hands-on, and not in a bad way. I’ve been a coproducer on every record, but I’ve really been standing over his shoulder, kind of throwing ideas back and

You’ve had a lot of singles and album tracks perform well. When you’re writing, what is it about a song idea that tells you that it has potential to be something big? Man, to be completely honest, I tell a story. I write a chapter of my life, and more and more, the label’s given me a lot of creative control on the records when it comes to writing and when it comes to picking songs. When it comes to picking singles, I rely on a lot of research, and Lyn Sengupta

or several years now, Brantley Gilbert has been a big name in the world of country music. The Jefferson, Ga., native’s tours are massive national affairs; his previous two albums, 2010’s “Halfway to Heaven” and 2014’s “Just As I Am,” have both sold more than a million copies; and many of his singles, including “Bottoms Up,” “One Hell of an Amen” and “The Weekend,” have become country radio essentials. However, even through the big sound, big stages and big success, Gilbert says the core of his music has always been sharing chapters of his life with complete honesty. He is currently touring in support of his fourth album, “The Devil Don’t Sleep,” which he released on Jan. 27. The Jackson Free Press spoke to him over the phone before his upcoming stop in Jackson.

They can’t be too upset—with “Just As I Am” and now “The Devil Don’t Sleep,” both reached No. 1 on the country charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. What was it like to see the album get that immediate attention? It was amazing. With this day and age, you really don’t know what to expect when putting an album out because it’s all over the place. We’ve seen it consistently be downhill for everybody in the business, you know, compared to what they did on the last record. It did the same for us, but still, we’ve had wonderful success, and it’s one of those where you’ve just got to sit back for about five seconds and say, “All right. We did that one right. Now, let’s get back to work.”

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There was about a three-year gap between your last record, “Just As I Am,” and “The Devil Don’t Sleep.” What made you say now was the right time for something new? You know, every record up to this point—this one included—has been a chapter of my life. I always try my best to share the good, the bad and the ugly, and on this one, it’s the most positive record we’ve released, contrary to the title. And to be honest with you, I think I was waiting on a little more ugly to happen. … Getting married was a huge thing, and me and my wife have a very long history of 13 years, kind of off and on. She’s had songs written about her in the past: “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” which was our second No. 1 hit. You know, we’ve got a long history, so that story is in there pretty heavy. It kind of covers the stormy part of that chapter into where she comes back into the picture.


What would you say is the biggest difference in how you approached the new album compared to past records? I’ll be completely honest with you: A lot of it was the same. I’m kind of on that, “Well, if it ain’t broke,” you know what I mean? But I had a little more fun as a songwriter on this one. Every record, I try to extend my boundaries a little bit, and I feel like I did that on this and had a lot of fun as a writer. I tried some new things. I wrote with some tracks, wrote with some new writers, and just had a ball with it. You know, we had enough time to where I could do it both ways (more similar to “Just As I Am” and more diverse). It didn’t have to be one way or the other. I’m not one, obviously, to rush a record. There’s always time to circle back and get what you ain’t got if you need to. What’s something that you learned from making “Just As I Am” that you brought into “The Devil Don’t Sleep”?

Country singer and songwriter Brantley Gilbert performs Friday, March 17, at Mississippi Coliseum.

forth. On this one, I still gave my ideas, but I knew going in, we really prepared for this record. We had it laid out. We walked in the door, and I really let him do his thing on this album, and it turned out amazing. While there’s also a deluxe edition, the standard version of “The Devil Don’t Sleep” has 16 songs. Why did you decide to do that instead of holding onto some for a later release? You know what, man? I’ve been through this with my label (Big Machine Records) and my management for a while. [Laughs] I guess when you wait three years to put a record out, you’ve got to come with a lot on the table.

the label does a lot of that. Then, my manager and I, and the president (and CEO) of our label, Scott Borchetta, we all make an educated decision based on research, based on gut feeling and based on their experience. You know, man, I’m one of those guys where I know what I know, and I don’t know what I don’t know. [Laughs] I’m not going to pretend to be better at picking singles than I am. I have no idea what the format’s doing or what it’s looking for. I value the opinions of the guys who are in this thing with me, and we run that way. Brantley Gilbert performs at 7 p.m., Friday, March 17, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis also perform. Tickets range from $26 to $125. For more information, visit

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Alumni House - Pearl Jamz 5:307:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. CS’s - Fossil Youth w/ Junior Astronomers, Passing Parade & more 8 p.m. $5 all ages Duling Hall - Martin Sexton w/ Brothers McCann 7:30 p.m. $25 advance $30 door Fitzgerald’s - Barry Leach 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Jerry Brooks Duo free Johnny T’s - Kerry Thomas 5-8 p.m. Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30 p.m. free Martin’s - The Low End Theory Players 10 p.m. Pelican Cove - Ryan Phillips 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Lovin Ledbetter 7:30 p.m. free

March 16- Thursday Bonny Blair’s - Zack Bridges 7-11 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Shaun Patterson 6 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. County Seat, Flora - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd Duling Hall - ZOSO 8 p.m. $15 advance $20 door F. Jones Corner - Dexter Allen’s Blues Challenge 10 p.m. $5 Fitzgerald’s - Johnny Crocker 7:30 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Aaron Coker Georgia Blue, Madison - Jason Turner Hal & Mal’s - Cody Cox & Josh Taylor 7 p.m. free Hops & Habanas, Fondren - Seth Power 7 p.m. Iron Horse - Stevie Cain 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Greenfish 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Richard Lee Davis 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 7:30 p.m. free Soulshine, Flowood - Daniel & George 8 p.m.

MARCH 17 - Friday Bonny Blair’s - Scott Turner Duo 7-11 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6 p.m. Cathead Distillery - Hal & Mal’s Second Line Stomp feat. Epic Funk Brass Band 3 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. F. Jones Corner - The Blues Man 10 p.m. $1; Todd Thompson & the Lucky Hand Blues Band midnight $10 Fitzgerald’s - Ronnie McGee, Roberto Moreira & TJ Hall 7:30 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Andy Tanas Georgia Blue, Madison - Shaun Patterson Hal & Mal’s - Royal Thunder 8 p.m. $10 ages 18 and up The Hideaway - Angela Pittman Band 9 p.m. $10 Iron Horse - Hy Flyte Motown 9 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Bill & Temperance 7 p.m. free Martin’s - Zoogma 10 p.m. MS Coliseum - Brantley Gilbert w/ Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs & Brian Davis 7 p.m. $26-$125 New Jerusalem Church - Dorinda Clark Cole, Brian Courtney Wilson & more 7 p.m. $10 advance $15 door Next Level - Adina Howard w/ Lari Johns’n, Kerry Thomas, Bridget Shield 8 p.m. $20 advance Pelican Cove - Jason Turner 7 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Framing the Red & Saving Abel 9 p.m. Reed Pierce’s, Byram - Lovin Ledbetter 9 p.m. free Shucker’s - Andrew Pates 5:30 p.m. free; Snazz 8 p.m. $5; Josh Journeay 10 p.m. free Soulshine, Flowood - Twisted Grass 7 p.m. South Street Live - DJ Rozz, DJ T Zilla, DJ Bambino, DJ Cadillac, Rob Roy, DJ Trix & DJ Uri 8 p.m. $20 ages 21 and up

March 18 - Saturday Bonny Blair’s - The American Band 7-11 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Flat Head Ford 6 p.m.

Adina Howard F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $1; Dexter Allen midnight $10 Fenian’s - St. Patrick’s Day feat. Cast of Comic, Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces, & more $5 after 2 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - May Day Hal & Mal’s - Hal’s St. Paddy’s Festival feat. The Molly Ringwalds, Mustache the Band & Freedom 2 p.m. $10 ages 18 and up The Hideaway - Pop Fiction 9 p.m. $10 Iron Horse - Barry Leach Band 6 p.m.; Mississippi Bigfoot 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers 7 p.m. free Martin’s - St. Paddy’s Blowout feat. Flow Tribe, Riverside Voodoo, Southern Komfort Brass Band, DJ Nick ThreeSixty & more 10 a.m. ages 21 and up McB’s - David Moore Band 6 p.m. Ole Tavern - St. Paddy’s Block Party feat. Larry Waters Trio, King Edward Antoine, The Whiskey Barrels & more 2 p.m. One Block East - St. Patrick’s Day feat. Jason Miller Band, Waylon Halen, Chad Perry Trio, Burnham Road & more 10 a.m. Pelican Cove - Jonathan Alexander & Josh Journeay 2 p.m.

Reed Pierce’s, Byram - Chad Perry Band 9 p.m. free Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m. free; Snazz 8 p.m. $5; Jonathan Alexander 10 p.m. free Soulshine, Flowood - Andrew Pates 7 p.m. Spacecamp - Swear Tapes, Secret Nudist Friends, Hartle Road & Bad Magic 7 p.m. $5 WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.

March 19 - Sunday Burgers & Blues - Jesse Smith 4-7 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Sofa Kings 6 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Road Hogs noon; Acoustic Crossroads 5 p.m. Shucker’s - Greenfish 3:30 p.m. St. James’ Episcopal Church - Celtic Worship feat. Emerald Accent 5 p.m. Table 100 - Jazz Brunch feat. Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.2 p.m.

March 20 - Monday Bonny Blair’s - Lumpy Lumbley 7-11 p.m. free Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Duling Hall - MS Opera’s “Cabaret at Duling Hall: Hooray for Hollywood” 7:30 p.m. $20 Fitzgerald’s - Sonny Brooks & Don Grant 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. Kathryn’s - Crocker & Reynolds 6:30 p.m. free Martin’s - Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre 8 p.m. Offbeat - Spill, Aficionado & Alex Fraser 8-11 p.m. $7

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urricane Katrina displaced Jonathan Faulkner and his family from their home as it did so many New Orleanians in 2005. During the storm, his family came to Jackson to stay with his grandmother, and Faulkner has lived here ever since. He graduated from Murrah High School and Power APAC in 2010 and earned his associate’s degree in art from Hinds Community College in Raymond in 2012. Faulkner says his artistic medium— abstract drawings with permanent marker on sketch paper—developed more out of necessity at first. “We didn’t have too many resources growing up,” he says. “And for a while I thought I couldn’t do certain art because I didn’t have these things, but I believed I could draw, so I just kept drawing and (ended) up drawing with a Sharpie and realized it was my style.” His subject matter is what he says is an attempt to make something in the consciousness, or sub-conscience, visible. “It’s like a feeling or emotion; it’s an

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attempt to show that unknown dimension that we don’t see that much,” he says. On creating his art, he says: “It’s almost like going into a trance, when it comes to my art I don’t do it too consciously. It’s all intuitive, or at least that’s what I want it to be. When I start thinking about what I’m trying to do, of the content of the piece, then I start to lose it, and it becomes something I don’t want it to be.” It is like when someone has their first kiss, Faulkner says. “If you overthink it, it’s going to be lame; it has to be genuine, and that’s how art is,” he says. Faulkner looks at the simplicity of his art as an evolution of his style over time. “My early work was complex and all over the place,” he says. “I think my simple pieces are better because simplification is what we strive towards for perfection in life. You pick up all these things and have to filter out what you don’t need, and keep what is essential.” Faulkner’s existential view of art also applies to what he believes his art says about

him, and what he wants other to see when they view his work. “I think my art is more me than I am,” he says. “When someone says they like a piece, and they tell me why they like it, it’s like they like me for who I am. I want you to look at the piece yourself, and then find your interpretation. Sometimes, people will find an interpretation that I didn’t intend, but it will make sense, and a lot of my pieces will make sense in different ways. And that’s what I want to stand out the most about my work—you can have one symbol, but a symbol can have different interpretations, so it’s relatable to everybody.” Faulkner’s work is currently on display at Offbeat, AND Gallery and Cups Espresso Cafe in Fondren. He is also a featured artist for March at The Gallery at Deep South Pops. His opening reception was on March 9, and the exhibit runs all month. Faulkner’s work is also be in the “Nasty Women” exhibition at Bottletree Studios on Thursday, March 23, and “Flash Bang! Art & Music Showcase, Vol. 3” at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar on Friday, March 24.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

You know that forbidden fruit youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had your eyes on? Maybe it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so forbidden any more. It could even be evolving toward a state where it will be both freely available and downright healthy for you to pluck. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a possibility that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply a little less risky than it was before. And it may never become a fully viable option.

So hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my advice: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grab and bite into that forbidden fruit yet. Keep monitoring the situation. Be especially attentive to the following questions: Do you crave the forbidden fruit because it would help you flee a dilemma you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mustered the courage to escape from? Or because it would truly be good for you to partake of the forbidden fruit?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

I expect you will get more than your usual share of both sweetness and tartness in the coming days. Sometimes one or the other will be the predominant mode, but on occasion they will converge to deliver a complex brew of WOW!-meets-WTF! Imagine chunks of sour apples in your vanilla fudge-ripple ice cream. Given this state of affairs, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no good reason for you to be blandly kind or boringly polite. Use a saucy attitude to convey your thoughtfulness. Be as provocative as you are tender. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just be niceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;be impishly and subversively nice.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to gather your darkness in my hands, to cup it like water and drink.â&#x20AC;? So says Jane Hirshfield in her poem â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Drink.â&#x20AC;? I bet she was addressing a Scorpio. Does any other sign of the zodiac possess a sweet darkness thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as delicious and gratifying as yours? Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that you also harbor an unappetizing pocket of darkness, just like everyone else. But that sweet kindâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the ambrosial, enigmatic, exhilarating stuffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is not only safe to imbibe, but can also be downright healing. In the coming days, I hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll share it generously with worthy recipients.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Saturn has been in your sign steadily since September 2015, and will continue to be there until December 2017. Some traditional astrologers might say you are in a phase of downsizing and self-restraint. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d encourage you to be extra strict and serious and dutiful. To them, the ringed planet is an exacting task-master. There are some grains of truth in this perspective, but I like to emphasize a different tack. I say that if you cooperate with the rigors of Saturn, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be inspired to become more focused and decisive and disciplined as you shed any flighty or reckless tendencies you might have. Yes, Saturn can be adversarial if you ignore its commands to be faithful to your best dreams. But if you respond gamely, it will be your staunch ally.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Born in the African nation of Burkina Faso, Malidoma SomĂŠ is a teacher who writes books and offers workshops to Westerners interested in the spiritual traditions of his tribe. In his native Dagaare language, his first name means â&#x20AC;&#x153;he who befriends the stranger/enemy.â&#x20AC;? I propose that we make you an honorary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Malidomaâ&#x20AC;? for the next three weeks. It will be a favorable time to forge connections, broker truces and initiate collaborations with influences you have previous considered foreign or alien.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

EVERY relationship has problems. No exceptions. In the beginning, all may be calm and bright, but eventually cracks will appear. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the corollary to that rule: EVERY partner is imperfect. Regardless of how cool, kind, attractive or smart they may seem in the early stages, they will eventually unveil their unique flaws and troubles. Does this mean that all togetherness is doomed? That itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forever impossible to create satisfying unions? The answer is HELL, NO!â&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially if you keep the following principles in mind: Choose a partner whose problems are: 1. interesting; 2. tolerable; 3. useful in prodding you to grow; 4. all of the above.

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3246 Hwy 80 W., Jackson, (601) 360-2444 Certified Technician, David Rucker, has 40+ years of experience. Mr. Rucker specializes in a/c, front end, part replacement, brakes, select services and repairs. Appointments only.

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107 Marketridge Dr. Ridgeland, 5640 I-55 South Frontage Rd. Byram 101 MetroPlex Blvd. Pearl, (601)922-3250 Members Exchange takes the bank out of banking. You will know right away that you are not just a customer, you are a member.

Guaranty Trust

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------------------- FOOD/DRINK/GIFTS ------------------Beckham Jewelry

4800 N Hwy 55 #35, Jackson, (601)665-4642 With over 20 years experience Beckham Jewelry, manufactures, repairs and services all types of jewelry. Many repairs can be done the same day! They also offer full-service watch and clock repair.

Fondren Cellars

633 Duling Ave, Jackson, (769)216-2323 Quality wines and spirits in a relaxed environment. Voted Best Wine and Liquor store by Jackson Free Press readers.

Nandy’s Candy

Maywood Mart, 1220 E Northside Dr #380, Jackson, (601)362-9553 Small batch confections do more than satisfy a sweet tooth, they foster fond traditions and strong relationships. Plus, enjoy sno-balls, gifts for any occasion and more!

McDade’s Wine

Maywood Mart, 1220 E Northside Dr #320, Jackson, (601)366-5676 McDade’s Wine and Spirits offers Northeast Jackson’s largest showroom of fine wine and spirits. Visit to learn about the latest offerings and get professional tips from the friendly staff!

Playtime Entertainment

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-------------------- TOURISM/ARTS ----------------------Mississippi Museum of Art

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380 South Lamar St. Jackson, (601) 960-1515 MMA strives to be a fountainhead attracting people from all walks to discuss the issues and glories of the past and present, while continuing to inspire progress in the future.



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Natural Science Museum

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Mississippi Children's Museum

2145 Museum Boulevard, Jackson, (601) 981-5469 The Mississippi Children’s Museum provides unparalleled experiences that ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge and learning in all children through hands-on and engaging exhibits and programs focusing on literacy, the arts, science, health and nutrition.

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