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erc B. Williams, a Jackson comedian and event host, has spent the past year co-hosting “The Roundtable” podcast, which connects Jacksonians from all walks of life to talk about local goings-on, sports, politics and a variety of other topics. “The Roundtable” is also tied to “Late Night Jackson with Merc B. Williams,” a web variety show that Williams, whose real name is Kelly Nash, has been hosting since January 2016. “What really makes this podcast our own is that it’s very real, raw and candid discussion,” he says. “We don’t hold back or pull punches with any topic, and anyone is welcome on the show—politicians like Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, women talking about education, financial literacy experts, and anyone and anything that concerns the city of Jackson.” Williams, 35, was born in Greenville, Miss., and moved to Hattiesburg to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer information systems in 2005. After graduation, Williams took a job with CSpire Wireless in Hattiesburg as a technical professional. During that time, his identical twin brother, Kerry Nash, whose stage name is Cocky McFly, got him


interested in open-mic events. “My brother was hosting two openmic shows at the time, one in Jackson called ‘Cultural Expressions,’ which has since closed, and one in Hattiesburg called ‘The Open Mic Experience,’” Williams says. “I watched him host some of his shows and decided that was something I wanted to do for myself, and I got my chance in 2009 when he moved to Memphis and let me take over his Hattiesburg show.” Williams moved to Jackson in 2007 and got involved with “Late Night Jackson” through local entrepreneur Melvin Robinson and hip-hop artist Eddie Wright in 2013. Wright created “Late Night Jackson” and invited Williams to join after seeing him perform at One Block East. “People can feel so relaxed around me in part because I’m a comedian,” Williams says. “People feel comfortable on ‘The Roundtable’ because it’s an open discussion with no wrong answers where you can be as free as you want to be. A comedian isn’t going to make people think they have to be serious.” Williams will reach an even larger audience this fall when he appears on Kevin Hart’s new stand-up series, “Hart of the City,” which will air on Comedy Central. For details, visit —Dustin Cardon

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Let’s Talk About Violence, Then Take Action


ast Friday, I got a text from one of my staff members. “I have a family emergency. My cousin was shot and killed last night,” he wrote. This was in another major southern city that, like Jackson, sees too much gun violence. His cousin was 19, and now joins the long list of the people most victimized by gun violence in America—young black men. The cousin, we’ve learned, was not at fault, just as many victims of gun violence are not. Still, if he or she is a young person of color, too many Americans immediately think that it must be the victim’s fault. For a while now, I’ve been following around a woman named Oresa NapperWilliams in New York City when I’m up that way to report on violence solutions. Back on Aug. 7, 2006, she got a call no parent wants to get. An NYPD officer told her that boy, Andrell, had died in gunfire. Then, the officer said, “We’ll let you know if he was innocent.” Regardless of the cause, this was the wrong thing to say to a mama who just found out her son was dead. But it turned out that Andrell had caught a bullet intended for someone else. He was, indeed, an innocent victim of gun violence. Yesterday, Oresa posted four pictures of Andrell on her Facebook page with a passage starting, “There’s healing for your sorrow.” The young man wore a suit in three of the pictures and a sweater in the other— not the usual images we see when a young person of color dies in gun violence. Oresa is still angry about the biased assumptions that officer made and how disrespectfully he treated her, and she shook when she told me about it sitting in a diner in downtown Brooklyn as we shared a plate of feta-covered French fries. It would be easy

for her to shut law enforcement out of her life, as many families of color do after such biased, hateful treatment. But she hasn’t. Now, this mother fights against gun violence and for the rights of victims and their families. She speaks, organizes and runs her nonprofit, Not Another Child. She gave me a black wristband with those words that I wear daily to remind me why violence-prevention work is so important. I’ve watched Oresa run a support group of mothers who lost children recently and years before to gun violence in East New

Too many think that the victim was at fault. York, a not-so-trendy part of Brooklyn. I’ve watched her stomp and dance and sing in her church Love Fellowship Tabernacle and then introduce families in the congregation who have lost children to violence. I’ve also heard Oresa express frustration about police officers, from that cop on the day her boy died to the ones who terrorize neighborhood kids, seeding distrust in their wake. That destroys trust and cooperation with communities and keeps people from reporting crime out of the fear that an unarmed loved one could end up dead. I even watched Oresa act in a TV commercial, pretending to be the aggrieved mother of a young actor who was lying in a casket pretending to be a victim of gun violence in a Brooklyn funeral home. This was

right after she took me to the funeral of rapper Troy Ave’s bodyguard who was killed in a Manhattan club. (It was an intense day.) As we drove to the funeral, she was mad about how the NYPD police commissioner had blamed that incident on hip-hop—an overly simplistic but common excuse many leaders, especially white ones, use to explain away the complicated roots of violence. Still, Oresa works closely with police. In fact, a prominent NYPD official told me to find her due to her work against violence. She participated in what’s called NYC Ceasefire, a police effort to both offer gang members services and to threaten them out of violence. (My jury is still out on it.) She was the Voice of Pain—the mother who stands up and tells a roomful of gang and crew members what it’s like to lose a son. Oresa is one of the many, many people of color and parents out there trying to decrease violence in our communities. But they can’t do it alone, and it doesn’t really help them when we—the media especially—try to divide every story down the middle and force everyone to take sides. We can hold many thoughts at once, and we must. First, policing culture contains the same implicit biases as the society that acquits bad officers. Admitting that, though, can’t mean the demonization of every police officer. After Donald Trump uttered the dangerous stupidity to Long Island cops that they should rough up suspects, several police departments around the country spoke out. That kind of rhetoric justifies police brutality, and it makes the streets more dangerous for cops. It’s a problem when all cops are stereotyped, but it’s also wrong that more law enforcement won’t speak out publicly like that about bad cops and, too often, will de-

fend violent actions. I was at a gathering of law enforcement in the last year that was off the record, and saw something I wish the American public would see every day. An officer stood up and announced that cops hate bad cops, drawing a loud standing ovation from the other officers in the room. Tears welled up in my eyes as I thought about how much good such a public demonstration would do on a regular basis. In our “Preventing Violence” series (, we are reporting the complicated causes and evidencebased solutions for violence in our city. We are not shying away from the deep structural causes—poverty, racism, generational trauma, mass incarceration—because we will never decrease crime if we all aren’t willing to really go there together. A lot of smart (and unpredictable) people are willing to face and discuss historic causes and possible solutions—from Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher to FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze, who reached out to me based on this work. We must have unpredictable conversations if we are going to reduce crime and keep young people like my staffer’s cousin and Oresa’s son alive and thriving. Join me at Millsaps College Monday night, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. for a One-onOne Dialogue with Freeze of the FBI on youth crime. Watch for an upcoming talk with Oresa, who is coming to Jackson soon. And, I hope to convince Commissioner Fisher to join me for an upcoming dialogue as well. It’s time to talk and then take real, smart action to decrease violence. Get information on the free Aug. 14 One-on-One dialogue with Christopher Freeze of the FBI at

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Arielle Dreher

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Visiting journalist Ko Bragg is a Philadelphia, Miss., transplant who recently completed her master’s in journalism. She loves traveling and has been to 25 countries to date. She wrote the cover story.

News Reporter Arielle Dreher is working on finding some new hobbies and adopting an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at arielle@jacksonfreepress. com. She wrote about mental health.

Editorial intern Cam Bonelli is a photographer and movie buff who can usually be found wearing a Wavves hat. She wrote about the opioid epidemic in the state.

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 the cover photo and many photos in the issue.

Brynn Corbello is a freelance musician, occupational therapist, writer, photographer and born-and-raised Fondrenite, whom you just may “spot” walking her Dalmatian. She wrote about Da Shak Grill.

Editorial intern Jack Hammett is an award-losing writer and picture-taker. He wasn’t able to afford a haircut until recently. He wrote about The Flusters.

Events Editor Tyler Edwards loves film, TV and all things pop culture. He’s a Jackson native and will gladly debate the social politics of comic books. Send events to He compiled the event listings.

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“It made no sense to me. We had the district attorney arguing for the defendant, and that’s not the way the system is set up.” — Hinds County Circuit Judge Melvin Priester Sr., testifying about Hinds District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith Wednesday, August 2 Video expert James Griffin testifies in a trial against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith that he saw no evidence that any part of a recording of Christopher Butler had been deleted or altered, contrary to Smith’s long-time claims that MBN agents set Smith up.

Friday, August 4 Workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s assembly complex in Canton, Miss., vote against an effort by United Auto Workers to form a union. Saturday, August 5 The U.N. Security Council unanimously approves new sanctions against North Korea for its escalating nuclear and missile programs, including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion. Sunday, August 6 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces that the city will file a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration alleging that it is illegal for the federal government to withhold public-safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

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Monday, August 7 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Mississippi attorney Carlos Moore’s state flag case.


Tuesday, August 8 A new policy report from the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative shows that single, working mothers in Mississippi make far less than other types of families and still have to pay for child care.

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lex Pollman sat up from her sleep. The clock beside her bed read 11:30 p.m. She felt a strange desperation to talk to her husband Steve Pollman III, whom she had temporarily separated from. For two weeks, she had told her closest friends and family that she needed to talk to Steve—no, that she needed to see Steve. She feared for his life, saying he was not going to make it, thinking that he was going to die. Ambulance lights flashed in front of Steve’s father’s house, where he was staying while he and Alex worked through his addiction. Paramedics rushed inside. Alex received a text from a friend who stayed on Steve’s block, alerting her of the incident. Then her phone rang. It was Steve’s father. “I’m sorry; I’m so, so sorry,” he told her. And that was all there really was to say. Two weeks before his 28th birthday, Steve fatally overdosed on heroin in October 2016. He left behind his wife, Alex, and their 2-year-old son, Sebastian “Bash” Pollman. “Two days before he died, I said some really awful things,” Alex told the Jackson Free Press. “I said, ‘I’m going to get a divorce’ and things like, ‘I don’t

love you anymore.’ But I did love Steve, and now I wish I could have done more. He kept telling me, ‘I’m going to get clean; I’m going to come home, and we’ll be a family.’”

oped that same week—photos of Alex, Steve and their son. “Now, (the photographs) are all I really have left of him,” Alex said.

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Thursday, August 3 Gov. Phil Bryant’s Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force releases its recommendations to help Mississippi curb the number of overdoses and death that the opioid epidemic is causing.

From Opioids to Heroin Addiction, Addressing the Epidemic in Mississippi

Steve Pollman developed photos of himself and his wife (shown here) just a week before he fatally overdosed on heroin in October 2016.

After Steve’s memorial ceremony, his father gave Alex his urn and a small plastic bag filled with photographs. He told her Steve had asked to have the photos devel-

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Equipping First Responders Mississippi amended HB 996, its Emergency Response and Overdose Prevention Act, on March 15, 2017, to al-

Harry Potter Day on July 31 got us thinking. In the world of “Harry Potter,” a patronus is an ancient protection charm, so we’ve decided to come up with a list of what we think national, state and local lawmakers’ patronus charms would be. Philip Gunn: Buck Phil Bryant: Aardvark Tate Reeves: Weasel Chokwe A. Lumumba: A vegan rabbit

“The young, vibrant, articulate young person who walked back (in after) treatment was a whole other individual.”

“Be prepared and don’t let addiction take your loved one when there’s something right there to save them.”

— Hinds County Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green on how mental-health treatment changed a teenager in the courtroom.

— Alex Pollman, who lost her husband to a heroin overdose, on how NARCAN is important to address overdoses.

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Jackson Airport Lawsuit Weakened, But Still On

by Arielle Dreher


he legal fight over who controls the Jackson airport con- dealt with airport governance. The policy reiterated that the FAA tinues outside the courtroom for now after U.S. District alone has the authority to determine sponsor eligibility of an airJudge Carlton Reeves dismissed three of the city of Jack- port, as well as approve a change in sponsor. The new policy also son’s initial claims this July. outlined how states should go about changing sponsors. Jackson City Council members, former Mayor Tony Yarber “Any state or local legislative body or public agency considerand members of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority joined ing whether to take an action, such as drafting legislation, that and now spearhead the legal claim, initially brought by Jeffrey would impact airport ownership, sponsorship, governance or opStallworth, who has since left the case. They are suing a long list erations should 1) consult with and obtain the consent of the curof state elected officials who range from very involved to passively rent sponsor/operator … and 2) request technical assistance from involved with passing the airport “takeover” bill in 2016. the FAA about the interrelationship between Federal and state or The plaintiffs alleged that local requirements and seek the Senate Bill 2162 violated the FAA’s review and comment as Supremacy Clause of the U.S. early in the deliberative process Constitution. as is practicable,” it stated. “There is a total disregard In the case of the Jackof the fact that the City is the son airport, none of this hapowner of all airport properties pened. Instead, protests at and the co-sponsor with the the Capitol and a lot of long JMAA relative to the Airport nights, particularly in the Operating Certificate. Such House of Representatives, an attempt to divest the City engulfed the 2016 legislative of its legal rights assured under session, which adjourned two federal law is in direct conflict months before this new policy with the FAA’s authority to came out. issue the Airport Operating The FAA policy also Certificate for Jackson-Medoutlines how it will deal with gar Evers International,” the disputed changes to airport Discovery in the lawsuit over the Jackson “airport takeover” legislation continues in U.S. District Court, amended complaint says. sponsorship. despite Judge Carlton Reeves dismissing some of the The legislation transfers “The FAA expects that counts this summer. control of the airport, which all disputes about whether to is in Rankin County but sits change airport sponsorship on City of Jackson property, from the Jackson Municipal Airport and/or operating authority will be resolved through a legallyAuthority to a larger nine-member board made up of appointed binding agreement between the parties involved in the dispute or officials from the city, Rankin and Madison counties, and may- a final, non-reviewable legal decision,” the policy states. oral, governor and lieutenant governor appointees. In other words, the FAA will not act on any change in gover The bill created a major rift between Democrats and Repub- nance, or even accept an application for a change in airport sponlicans in 2016, as Jackson lawmakers felt betrayed after a largely sorship (which would make SB 2162 really official) until a legal Republican Rankin County delegation of lawmakers used their resolution is in place. GOP comrades to push the bill through. In his order, Judge Reeves dismissed the city’s constitutional The lawsuit halted any transfer or powers, however, and for claims, but left open a due-process argument for down the road. now, JMAA still maintains control of the airport. The board is While Reeves ruled that the City does not have due-process rights majority African American, appointed by the Jackson mayor. in its case to keep the airport, the individual citizens listed in the In January, Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves asked case might. The legal road ahead looks long and arduous. Judge Reeves to dismiss the city’s counts because they “contained Lawyers representing City officials have issued subpoenas no valid legal claim” against the governor or the lieutenant gover- for several lawmakers, and John Walker, an attorney representing nor. On July 25, Reeves dismissed all but one of the four counts. JMAA, said several other claims in the amended complaint re Judge Reeves said while the city’s argument might factor into main to be ruled on, including those of his clients. a future FAA decision, “it is not evidence of Congressional intent Discovery in the case continues, and Walker said there is a to preempt local and state control of airport governance.” proposed tentative trial set for some time in January, but that will The Legislature passed Senate Bill 2162 in April 2016, and depend on how fast or slow discovery goes. Gov. Bryant signed it into law May 4. Two months later, the Fed- Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at arielle@jacksonfreepress. eral Aviation Administration released a rule-change policy that com and follow her on Twitter at @arielle_amara.

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low pharmacies to provide life-saving, opioid-related overdose drugs without a prescription. The law took effect July 1. Naloxone, or NARCAN, which is an opioid antagonist, blocks the pain receptors of someone who is experiencing a heroin or opioid overdose and reverses the effects of overdose. Mississippi originally enacted the Emergency Response and Overdose Prevention Act in 2015 to provide immunity from arrest or prosecution to persons who overdose to encourage them to seek medical assistance. With the 2015 introduction of the bill, all emergency medical technicians, police officers and firefighters have NARCAN with them and are in training to administer the drug. John Dowdy, director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, led Gov. Phil Bryant’s Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force. To him, the most significant part of HB 996’s change is the standing order to family and loved ones. “Not that it’s not important for the law enforcement and first responders to have it, but what is significant is that it allows for a standing order to be obtained from a doctor or pharmacist to allow family members, loved ones or friends through consultation to get NARCAN,” Dowdy told the Jackson Free Press. “There have been numerous instances when mom found her son unconscious on the bedroom floor. Had mom had the NARCAN in her possession by giving him the EpiPen injection or the nasal spray, it could have reversed the effects of the opiate.” Alex says that had Mississippi passed this sooner, it could have saved Steve. “His parents were sort of older, so they didn’t know much about addiction or what to do in case of overdose,” Alex said. “This will save so many lives. If you carry it in your car, and you see someone overdosing at a gas station, you could save their life.” Dowdy says doctors and pharmacists over-prescribing opioids is “the reason we are in this epidemic.” “Last year in Mississippi, there were enough opioids dispensed legally for each person, from infants to


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EPIDEMIC from page 7 elders—2.9 million people—to have 70 pills each,” Dowdy said. “That is in excess of 201 million dosage units dispense legally in Mississippi.” Rankin County alone in 2016 had a population of 150,228 and 159,733 opioid prescriptions filled. “There were 9,500 more prescriptions filled than there were people,” Dowdy said. Heroin was involved in 24.0 percent (35 cases) of all opioid-related overdose death in 2015, data from the Mississippi Department of Health show. Dowdy says the amount of heroin in Mississippi has increased significantly. “Ten years ago, we may have seen one or two instances,” Dowdy said. “We had more than 275 separate seizures of

“One of the things about HB 996 is the fact that the Legislature approved such a progressive piece of legislation,” Dowdy said. “Addiction is a disease. Nobody wakes up and says they want to be addicted.” Dowdy says the opioid antagonist, NARCAN, looks promising. “Back in March, I had a conversation with a major in the Shelby County, Tenn., sheriff’s department,” Dowdy said. “They equip all of their deputies with NARCAN. They encountered 123 individuals who had overdosed on heroin. They were able to save the lives of 118 people. It’s definitely a positive.” Mississippi’s opioid-antagonist legislation may do more than protect those who are addicted. Dowdy says some of the strands of synthetic heroin that are laced with Fentanyl can make law-enforcement officers vulnerable to overdose due to exCam Bonelli

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Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy (left) explains some of the task force’s recommendations to Gov. Phil Bryant (center) on Aug. 2.


heroin in Mississippi in 2016. The fact of the matter is, what we are seeing in Mississippi is the trend we have seen in every other state that has been battling this epidemic. There is substantial over-prescribing, people get addicted, they may not be able to afford it, and then all of the sudden they realize heroin is a lot cheaper.” Looking to the Future On Aug. 2, the Governor’s Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force formally presented its findings on combatting opioid addiction in Mississippi. Dowdy said that with the integration of the task force and HB 996, Mississippi will work to fight addiction.

posure to the drug. “Currently, we are working on the deployment of some of the NARCAN in the state,” Dowdy said. “There are some departments that are already carrying it. I’m not sure of the total number of people we’ve trained; may be in the hundreds.” The Department of Mental Health received a grant of $3.58 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Human Health Services to extend services of state treatment facilities as well as the distribution of NARCAN. “The proceeds of the grant are being used to purchase and distribute NARCAN to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, police officers and DEA officials,”

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Dowdy said. “The Department of Mental Health has been very significant in the implementation.” Though NARCAN is one of the tools used to intervene in this crisis, it’s not the end-all solution. Carlos Coyle, a Kentucky EMS director, called NARCAN “a bandage, not a cure,” the Richmond Register reported. NARCAN is intended for emergency situations only, and minutes matter when administering the drug. “The longer someone goes with a slow or absent respiratory rate, it can result in brain damage,” Coyle told the Register. “Early treatment for these patients is paramount for them to be able to recover.” NARCAN makers urge those administering the drug to seek immediate medical attention afterward. Bryant’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force recommendations include extending NARCAN distribution statewide but acknowledge its limitations by addressing other improvements to substance-abuse treatment. At the Aug. 2 meeting, Bryant said addiction is a disease, and he brought together this task force because Mississippi is in a state of emergency. “By current time (Aug. 2), we’ve had 95 overdoses,” Bryant said. “This is as serious of an issue as we have ever had related to drug overdoses and death. We are going to have to find a way to reduce these deaths, to reduce the distribution of (prescription opioids)–and we have to be ever mindful that this is a legal product.” The task force’s 41 recommendations include changing practices for health care providers; improving law enforcement and prosecutorial procedures; and enhancing education, prevention and treatment in the state. The task force suggested putting aside more state funding for the crisis and expanding rehabilitation services for addicts and extending sentencing for dealers whose sale of illegal drugs resulted in an overdose death. The Centers for Disease Control estimated that Mississippi spent $141.7 million on health care from opioid abuse, about 0.6 percent of its total abuse-related

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health care costs from 2010 to 2011. The task force’s report does not disclose how much funding the state will need to fulfill its recommendations. The Legislature cut the Department of Mental Health’s alcohol and substance-abuse program funds by 6.47 percent or approximately $14.3 million. The retail cost of NARCAN averages around $125 per dosage without healthcare coverage and an average $10 co-pay with coverage. Each overdose could cost the person-at-risk thousands of dollars in medical expenses, depending on the type of care received and amount of time spent in a hospital. The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that rehabilitation services can cost families nearly $4,700 per year for methadone maintenance, while incarceration of the individual costs the state six times that amount. For now, the state will use NARCAN to reverse opioids devastating effects on the economy, lives and Mississippi families. Alex warns Mississippians not to ignore addiction or assume that overdose will never happen to your loved one. “NARCAN is saving lives, and you don’t want to look back and think, ‘I should have done this,’” she said. “Be prepared and don’t let addiction take your loved one when there’s something right there to save them.” Her son, Bash, looks like his father and copies his mannerisms. He says “dada” and smiles the way Steve did. Alex jokes with herself that Steve’s still around. Alex says when Bash is older, she’ll show him the few pictures, writings and recordings of his father’s songs she has left. “He wasn’t his addiction; he was more than that,” Alex said of Steve. “That’s why I’m going to be the one to tell him who his father was. I’m going to be the one to show him the photographs and tell him of the wonderful things his father was— not just about his addiction.” Cam Bonelli is an intern with the Jackson Free Press. Comment at



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The Court’s Few Options Judges in Mississippi have few options when sentencing men and women who need mental-health care but have also committed a crime. The first hurdle is to declare a person “insane” by state law standards, or not competent to stand trial. A private, forensic non-treating psychiatrist must evaluate a person and declare him or her incompetent to stand trial, Green said. Mississippi State Hospital psychiatrists can conduct the evaluations at no cost to the county, but there are only 35 beds for all criminally charged people in the hospital at Whitfield. Fifteen of those beds are for inpatient evaluation, information from the Department of Mental Health shows. As a result, Green said people were staying in jail for years because the state hospital did not have room for them and the 10 county did not have the funds to pay a psy-

chiatrist to evaluate individuals in-house. If and when people are declared incompetent to stand trial, judges can commit them to Whitfield—if there’s space. In Hinds County, in recent years, Hinds County Circuit Court judges contract with a few private psychiatrists to conduct evaluations, so those with mentalhealth conditions do not sit in jail for as long as they did in previous years. “That became our goal: to get them tested as soon as possible after they were in the jail, then I’d know if he’s incompetent in a few months,” Green said. “(Then) I’d

conduct mental-health evaluations for the court. DMH also requested funds to build a new forensic service facility in recent years. In fiscal-year 2016, DMH conducted 210 pre-trial evaluations at the state hospital and admitted 37 people for post-trial “competency restorations.” DMH received a budget cut in the current fiscal year, however. All spots at the state hospital are reserved for judges to commit men and women for treatment. The large majority of the beds at Whitfield are for civil commitments to the hospital, and sometimes, Imani Khayyam

omie Green remembers the young man who convinced her that mental-health treatment worked. The Hinds County senior circuit judge recalls him on the stand for a hearing, struggling to answer questions from both Green and attorneys. “His answers to my questions were inappropriate—he looked like he was glazed over,” Green recalled. The teenager had bipolar disorder as well as some symptoms of psychosis, Green said, but he had committed a serious crime. She made a choice to order him to treatment—not prison—that day. She chose electronic monitoring to ensure he stayed in treatment, and his parents took him to Louisiana to get the intensive therapy and care he needed. Green received regular reports on his progress and said he was completely transformed three months later when he walked into her courtroom. “I asked him if he felt any different, and that’s what he said, ‘It was like coming to life again,’” Green told the Jackson Free Press. “For me it was like the day he left, he was inside a dead person, and the young vibrant articulate young person who walked back (in after) treatment was a whole other individual.” To this day, Green cannot remember his crime or even how the case was resolved—but she does remember one thing. “The reason I remember him is because it made me believe in the system of treatment for people with mental health,” the judge said.

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Hinds County Senior Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green says Hinds County has had to piecemeal a sort of mental-health court together because the wait at the state hospital for evaluations is so long.

know we can’t try him, and we need to look at some alternatives.” Using private psychiatrists is faster, but it also costs the county money, Green said, and while the Hinds County Board of Supervisors has supported the circuit court’s efforts, the makeshift drug court is the best Green and her colleagues can do for now. “In Mississippi and in Hinds County, people with mental illness are still lingering in our jails much longer than all of the other defendants,” Green said. Finding Solutions? Mississippi State Hospital has 384 beds for mental health and substance-abuse treatment, but only 35 of those beds are in the forensic unit for Mississippians who have been criminally charged. Adam Moore, communications director at the Department of Mental Health, said the wait list for those 35 spots is from nine to eleven months. He said one of the problems statewide for evaluations is the lack of trained providers credentialed to

Judge Green said, the court is able to transfer an initially criminal case to a civil one, if a person is deemed incompetent to stand trial and is not considered a public-safety threat. Beyond committing a person civilly, which requires some maneuvering among several lawyers and parties involved, Green said her court partners with the community mental-health center, Hinds Behavioral Health Services, for additional resources. The community mental-health center can assist the court in referring men and women to programs as well as assisting the court in getting funding. Green said she sees many people in need of mental-health care who are disconnected with their families come through the system, not wanted at home or charged with domestic violence if they try to go back home. “They are the people who sleep in Smith Park or other places for the homeless,” Judge Green said. “They find a bed any place they can, but they are also the people that the police see peeing on the

street and bring them in for that.” The senior judge envisions a program that includes housing, maybe using one of the old hotels on Highway 80, she said. Those buildings have bedrooms upstairs and offices downstairs where social workers, psychiatrists and security can all be in the same location providing a system of care for people. “They (could) have a place to live, and they have a place where their medicine can be dispensed, and right now we don’t have that,” she said. “And Hinds County is one of the places that needs it the most.” An Unfunded Mandate? Recently, top Republican lawmakers started touting community-based services as the right mental-health approach, as the State faces a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit for the over-institutionalization of the system. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and others praised the Legislature’s passage of House Bill 1089 at the Neshoba County Fair this summer. The legislation established mentalhealth courts in six of the state’s 22 circuits. Hinds County was not included in the list. “I was disappointed when I looked, and I recognized that this has been at the forefront of Hinds County (Circuit Court) for at least 10 years, and they came out with a bill and nothing in it added Hinds County as a pilot program—that concerns me,” Green said. The bill does not provide a funding mechanism for the six mental-health court pilot programs in the state, and circuit courts will be forced to apply for grants on their own or ask their counties to help fund the programs. In Jackson, Judge Green said her court is seeking a planning grant on its own to help the circuit court collect data to know who has been treated and how they have been treated based on her and her fellow judge’s orders. Having this data, she said, would substantiate the court’s need for additional funding and programming. Still, she said, it’s “disturbing” that the state did not include the capital city as a part of the pilot program. “When you look at the other places, they may have some problems, but they certainly couldn’t have the mental-health problem that Hinds County does with the number of people that come through our system,” Judge Green said. “…So I’m praying that the pilot works and that it (receives) statewide funding, and a mentalhealth court is established.”

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hese days, drones are everywhere—in the news, on television and in the skies above Mississippi. This summer, especially, many people will be flying recreational unmanned aircraft, often referred to as “drones,” for the first time. And as Congress considers reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration, it’s important that they take a close look at the educational programs that community-based organizations like the Academy of Model Aeronautics provide. I’m one of the 704 AMA members in Mississippi and almost 200,000 members of organization, which is the largest one for of model aircraft enthusiasts in the world. I first learned to fly in 1955, and built and flew my first control-line plane when I was 16 years old. I joined AMA in 1988 and have been flying with my local club ever since. Since its founding in 1936, AMA has been committed to educating members and those new to the hobby on how to fly model aircraft and drones safely and in the right places through a community-based set of safety guidelines. AMA’s decades of experience have shown that the best way to promote safety isn’t to impose new regulations on recreational users: It is to educate them about best practices and safe operation. Safe flying includes following the safety guidelines that community-based organizations such as AMA have developed. The communitybased set of safety guidelines that the organization provides helps all enthusiasts ensure that they’re flying where and how they should be, including those enjoying the hobby in Mississippi. New to the hobby? Interested in taking to the air? Here are a few simple guidelines: Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible unless operating within an established community-based safety program or through a waiver from the FAA. Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations. You must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times. Do not intentionally fly over anyone or over any moving vehicles, and especially do not fly in or near a neighborhood. Contact the airport or control tower before flying within five miles of an airport. Consider seeking help from a local community-based club or contact AMA to find one, and then get connected with an experienced flier so you can learn to fly the proper way. As part of AMA’s ongoing commitment to educating hobbyists and recognizing the growing interest in the flying of model aircrafts and drones, AMA expanded its educational efforts to reach even more new people in 2014 by helping launch the “Know Before You Fly” campaign. This campaign, which was created in partnership with other UAS industry leaders and the FAA, works to put important safety information and flying tips in the hands of newcomers to the hobby from across the country, even those who are not members of a community-based organization like AMA. As Congress works on FAA reauthorization, I urge them to preserve the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, which affirms the importance of a community-based approached to managing the model-aviation community. I want everyone to experience the joy of flying like I have, but that will only be possible if our longstanding hobby is preserved, and we are able to fly without burdensome regulations. Bobby Day is the president of the Capitol City Radio Control Club in Clinton, Miss. 12 August 9 - 15, 2017 •

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We Must Treat All Addiction, Addicts the Same


ov. Phil Bryant is determined to make Mississippi a leader in the fight against the national opioid epidemic. His Opioid and Heroin Study Task Force released a flurry of responsive measures the state can implement to ensure that medical providers cut back on the overprescribing of opioids, that Mississippians who overdose have a shot at life, and that those who are addicted to opiates and heroin receive the treatment and care they need. The opioid epidemic is not new to the nation or Mississippi. Painkillers, or just over-the-counter drugs, have long been part of the illicit drug trade in Mississippi, as many people growing up here know. It’s been a mostly silent epidemic until now, however, and it’s important and crucial that state leaders respond to the problem well. That said, America and Mississippi don’t have good track records with treating addiction when it comes to drugs that aren’t opioids. In fact, the “War on Drugs” specifically targeted people of color, as Department of Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher pointed out at the state opioid and heroin summit. Many of them were addicts. “Our solution to the crack-cocaine epidemic was to make more severe penalties for crack cocaine than powder cocaine, and it took us 25 years to correct that,” Fisher said in July. “[I]t was a knee-jerk reaction, so we put a lot of African Americans in jail for the same crimes that Hispanics and Caucasians were doing with a different form of cocaine ... and

that was wrong.” Cheers to him for saying this. In essence, severe penalties for drug users didn’t work. It appears that the state has learned its lesson in how it is reacting to the opioid crisis. The opioid epidemic is receiving a lot of attention and money. This could be due to the demographics it affects. Both the governor and the lieutenant governor have pointed out that the epidemic knows “no socioeconomic or demographic lines.” While this is true to some extent (rich, poor, young, old etc.), what they’re really saying, as one MBN agent pointed out at the opioid summit, is that the majority of those affected by the opioid epidemic thus far in Mississippi are white. The strategies of over-penalizing for drug offenses have predominantly affected communities of color and fed mass incarceration, robbing many children of two parents. The distinction between the two approaches to two different drug crises is not lost on us. We encourage lawmakers to not miss the point, either, and apply a more progressive approach to treating drug addiction evenly. Is addiction an opioid-only problem? No. Are there likely plenty of addicts still sitting in our prisons? Yes. If addiction truly is an illness, like so many lawmakers are now saying, it is time to take a look at how we’re treating potential addicts serving decades-long sentences behind bars right here within our state lines. We need to treat all addiction the same across all communities a by the pernicious effects of drug addiction.

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Sen. McDaniel’s Loyalties


hot: a Facebook comment, “Man I cant f*cking stand liberals, you know they think that the gays and muslims are people? Who deserve rights?!?! Thats not what this country was founded on man, I’m all about taking care of good white christian men. And no one else.” (sic) Just routine right-wing nonsense, normally undeserving of a second look. Chaser: “liked by Senator Chris McDaniel.” Well, how about that? It appears that Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel has decided to endorse the view that those deserving of support and by implication, rights, are only “white christian males.” McDaniel supposedly represents Mississippi men and women in the state Legislature. But who does he actually represent? Where do his loyalties lie? U.S. Census Bureau statistics from 2016 show that white people account for 56.9 percent of the population of Mississippi. African Americans account for 37.7 percent, Hispanic/Latino account for 3.1 percent, and the remaining 2.3 percent accounts for all other census options. 51.5 percent of Mississippians are females, and 48.5 percent are male. Statistics from the Pew Research Center show that 83 percent of Mississippians are Christian, and 53 percent of those are evangelical or mainline Protestant Christians. Twenty-four percent are “Historically Black Protestant.” Non-Christian faiths, including Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Buddhism, account for 2 percent. “Don’t Know/Refuse to Answer” “nothing in particular,” and “unaffiliated” are 26 percent. So who does Sen. McDaniel represent? Certainly not the majority of the state, because females are excluded. Nor does he apparently respect a sizable number of Mississippians, as 43.1 percent are not white. Certainly, the state has many Christians, but given that a large number of those reporting on the census as members of “Historically Black Protestant” churches, those Christians are excluded. White men make up about 29 percent of the population, and that number gets even smaller when you factor in Christianity. But it seems that McDaniel only represents this small segment. The law, the U.S. Constitution, due process—they require that all are treated equally under the law without distinction.

All 100 percent of the population—nothing less. The American ideal is that no one should be excluded from having a voice. One’s race, religion or gender should never preclude one from the civil rights that the U.S. Constitution guarantees. Everyone in the state of Mississippi should be able to trust that their lawmakers share that belief, that they represent and advocate for their constituents. All women, African Americans, those of Hispanic and Latino descent, Asian Americans, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, every religion, atheists, agnostics, everyone falling under the LGBT umbrella—everyone—should be able to rest assured that their representatives in Jackson believe that the law guarantees them their rights. Sen. McDaniel has taken oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution and the law: once as a lawyer and once as an elected representative. He is doubly sworn to protect and advocate for the rights of those living in his state. But it appears that Sen. Chris McDaniel does not believe that this is his responsibility. He seems to espouse a view of rights more akin to white hoods, burning crosses and Confederate battle flags. He will, of course, say something like, “This is just a Facebook ‘like’; it was probably just a dumb intern who did it.” The medium is irrelevant, and the message is important. Sen. Chris McDaniel is a state senator. He is a sworn elected representative. He is held to a higher standard as a public servant. He cannot shirk responsibility for representations made in his name. As of press time, Sen. McDaniel has remained silent, despite numerous inquires and questions from people on Twitter and other forms of social media demanding an explanation. The people of Mississippi deserve to know why an elected official thinks that rights are only for a small segment of the population. So Sen. McDaniel, as a fellow lawyer, as a Mississippian, as a person: Where do your loyalties lie? Do they lie with the rule of law? With the U.S. Constitution? With people of all colors, faiths and lifestyles? Or do they lie with discrimination, bigotry, hatred and love for only the few? Criminal defense attorney and armchair philosopher, Andrew J. Williams, Esq., lives and practices in Mississippi.

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Smith shouted for him at a preliminary hearing and texted a Clarion-Ledger reporter that Butler was a “political prisoner.” The DA and the accused claimed for years that agents had planted drugs in Butler’s ottoman the morning of the raid. But, in this whodunit, all parties involved likely knew there was video evidence that would put the Butler drug case to rest. It’s just that nobody bothered to locate and reveal the file from the morning of the raid for six years. Not the MBN. Not the FBI. Not a single lawyer in the state of Missis-

ity to hold public office compelled Smith to find the video that would clear up any claims of drugs being planted. Instead, he staked his reputation on allegations against state law-enforcement officers. In the first trial, which was long and convoluted, the jury couldn’t make up its mind, perhaps lost in the possibility that Butler was really being framed and Smith was delaying due process to help an innocent man stay out of the criminal-justice system. At that time, the video of Butler dropping the drugs into the ottoman was Imani Khayyam

ackson has been enveloped in a seemingly ripe “whodunit” case since 2011. It began the morning of April 19, 2011, in the Oak Forest neighborhood of Jackson. Christopher Butler pulled up to his home in a white Chevrolet Avalanche just before 8:30 a.m. As captured on at least one of his 15 home surveillance cameras, Butler walked to his door with a duffle bag. Another camera view showed Butler taking items out of that bag. The overexposed surveillance video that’s just clear enough to make out shows Butler dropping four gallon-sized Ziplock bags apparently filled with marijuana one-by-one into an ottoman and then closing the lid. Later, the video shows Butler exchanging cash with other people in the house and then using a money-counter like those at any bank to sort the money from the alleged drug transaction. Almost four hours to the minute after Butler got home that morning, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents entered the residence in full gear with a search warrant granted that day. A confidential informant gave the tip, and agents were drawn to the ottoman like magnets to a refrigerator. The $30,000 worth of marijuana was more than enough to arrest Butler. Agents took him into custody at around 6 p.m., as well as his surveillance videos. Butler later claimed he had been framed. Someone else had planted the drugs before the narcotics agents conducted the raid, he has alleged since the raid. He wanted people to believe that he had been set up to take the fall for someone else. At least one prominent elected official decided to back up Butler’s story. Evidence, Lost and Found An unlikely defender took Butler at face value, risking his legal license, job, credibility and jail time in the process. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, the lead prosecutor in the county that contains the capital city of Mississippi, became a mouthpiece for Butler, spreading claims across the state that MBN agents 16 had framed Butler that day.

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sippi. Certainly not the district attorney. Meantime, Smith worked diligently to keep Butler from standing trial, although he eventually did last month, with the newly revealed video drawing him 30 years in prison because he’s a habitual offender— and maybe because the DA had tarred and feathered the judge in the case, Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill, along the way. Weill tacked on five years to the 25year sentence that state law required. Back on June 22, 2016, Smith was arrested for conspiring to hinder prosecution, and he would end up in two trials—the first ended in a mistrial early this year, and the second ended this week—for charges against him for conspiring to hinder the prosecution of Butler. But not even the threat of five years in prison and losing abil-

still lost in the ether during that trial. It didn’t take an expert to finally find video from the morning of the raid earlier this summer. Lee McDivitt, an investigator for the attorney general’s office, just needed six days, a power cord, a mouse, a monitor and some good luck. “It was no different than playing a CD at your house,” McDivitt told the jury on the opening day of Smith’s latest trial. However, even McDivitt’s team couldn’t get it right the first time. McDivitt testified that his office had the hard drive for up to two weeks before Smith’s original trial, but never found the incriminating evidence of Butler putting the marijuana into the ottoman. But this time, the sequence of events was more clear-cut for the sequestered jury

of five men and eight women, two of whom were alternates after a juror was excused to tend to a death in the family. Butler is not the potential mistreated hero he was in the last trial, now facing 30 years in prison without parole due to the video from the morning of the raid. No need to wonder if Smith had been defending an innocent man this time. The tape resuscitated the State’s decaying case against Smith. This time, the prosecution hoped to reap a guilty verdict sown from testimonies from those alleging that Smith conspired to hinder Butler’s prosecution in two separate cases. The State also hoped that the jury would believe that Smith also unlawfully consulted, advised and counseled Butler while meeting with him on several occasions without another lawyer present. ‘Two Peas in a Pod’ Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley was a wise witness. He leaned into the microphone when answering questions, speaking precisely and loudly. Beasley often employed direct language from the charges accusing his former boss, Smith, of hindering Butler’s prosecution by intimidating the attorney general’s office and Judge Jeff Weill with subpoenas. “I was concerned, worried and intimidated,” Beasley said on the stand. “And there’s a lot of other adjectives that could go along with that.” Perhaps Beasley learned from the practice he got testifying in the first trial. Or it could be the time he spent in the district attorney’s office under Smith from 20082010 early in Smith’s now three-term tenure as Hinds’ lead prosecutor. Beasley characterized Smith and Butler as “two peas in a pod” in contentious back-and-forth with defense attorney and Atlanta mayoral candidate Michael Sterling, and even instructed Sterling on Mississippi law several times. “I don’t know where you practice law at, counselor,” Beasley said in response to Sterling’s cross-examination, “but in Mississippi all a conspiracy takes is a plan between two or more people, not an overt act.” Perhaps Beasley wised up from all the information people inside the district attor-

Attorney Sanford Knott testified for the defense but admitted on crossexamination that DA Smith had hindered the Butler prosecution.

‘Someone Will Pay for This’ There is a lot of overlap in the Hinds County legal system. The two Butler cases illuminated that, as many of Smith’s current and former employees did not maintain allegiance to him and chose to testify against him on the stand. McBride, who still works in the district attorney’s office under Smith, testified as a

Former Assistant District Attorney Gale Walker said DA Smith fired her because she did not share his beliefs about Christopher Butler.

witness for both the State and the defense. Judge Larry Roberts even issued his own line of questioning after dismissing the jury for a lunch break on the opening day of defense arguments in the current trial. “Did you or anybody in your office think, ‘Let’s pick up the phone and call (MBN agent) Kevin Dear and tell him and that it’s essential that we have the video of that morning put in viewable format?’” Judge Roberts asked McBride. McBride replied that he believed that Travis Turner, who installed the recording system at Butler’s home, would be the best person to retrieve a viewable copy from the hard drive, but he never asked the FBI or MBN’s Dear for a usable copy. McBride confirmed that he had asked the agencies in the past to help the district attorney’s office prepare evidence in a case. Ivon Johnson, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges during his time as an assistant attorney general, acted as an FBI informant while still working for Smith. Johnson wore a wire on several occasions when meeting with Smith. Texts between the two men were displayed several times in court to allude to conspiracy. “I’m charging someone,” Smith wrote to Johnson. “Someone will pay for this. I’m working on this non stop...Judge weil (sic), shaun (sic) and Patrick for obstruction and conspiracy..I don’t give a damn about there not being charges somewhere...I’ll put it together and just critique it when I’m done.” Johnson sat with his hands clasped and legs shaking for most of the questioning in the current trial, which lasted nearly three hours for him. Former Assistant District Attorney Gale N. Walker also testified against Smith, who fired her in January 2014. “I was dumbfounded, I was shattered, I was knocked off my feet,” Walker said on the stand. She often turned directly to the jury on her left in response to questioning. “But as I put things together and came to

my senses, it’s the reason I amended my complaint—it’s all about Christopher Butler and because I didn’t do what (Smith) wanted me to do on that case.” But Walker was no picture-perfect employee. She had a history of writing bad checks before her time in the DA’s office. She admitted to Smith that she wrote a letter on district-attorney letterhead saying the State would help her get her things out of storage—though none of this was true. “You are qualified to do a lot of jobs,” defense attorney Jim Waide said to Walker in court. “I’m qualified to be a nurse, an attorney and a pastor,” Walker replied. “Yet, you are not able to pay your bills?” Waide asked. “I’m not perfect,” Walker replied. Beyond Perfection But, this case did not require people to be perfect. The law is designed to protect the flawed and is practiced by people who are not immune to human error. It perhaps could have benefitted from people who are more technological savvy and have an innate hunger to get video evidence as soon as it was received or before accusing agents of planting an estimated $30,000 of pot. But, that’s not how things unfolded in Hinds County over the last half-decade or so. The defense did not paint Smith as a perfect person in its closing arguments. Rather, they argued that the district attorney second-guessed himself in the Butler case because he couldn’t ignore the possibility of sending an innocent man to jail. “If he were a non-responsive district attorney, he wouldn’t be here today,” Sterling said, inviting the jury to believe Smith was willing to put himself on the line in pursuit of justice in case Butler was innocent. You could rack your brain for hours with hypothetical situations like the one Sterling mentioned—there are plenty of unknowns around the video conundrum, Smith’s interest in Butler, and the amount of cross-talk between the attorney general’s office and current and former district attorneys. But, by the time closing statements rolled around Tuesday afternoon, the judge had instructed the jury to only consider facts and law, even as defense attorney Sterling’s model girlfriend Eva Pigford sat on the front row and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba showed up to greet Smith’s family and sit for a spell on his side. As this story went to press, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all three counts against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith for conspiring to hinder the prosecution of Butler Visiting journalist Ko Bragg is covering the Smith trial. Watch and @jxnfreepress on Twitter for the verdict. Visit dafiles for full coverage of the case. 17 August 9 - 15, 2017 •

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A ‘Manic’ District Attorney? On the stand for the State last week, Priester reiterated the unusuality of Smith’s behavior and his presence at the hearing as the district attorney in a case that was not his. “It made no sense to me,” Judge Priester told the jury. “We had the district attorney arguing for the defendant, and that’s not the way the system is set up.” Priester went on to describe Smith that day as “manic” and “unable to control the flow of his thoughts, indicate that he asked Smith at least once to stand at the podium because he “was all over the court.” “I suspect his purpose was to disrupt that hearing,” Judge Priester said. “And he was successful at doing that because I essentially ended up, as opposed to holding him in contempt, cancelling that hearing and scheduling it for another day.” On the hearing’s second date, Smith was a no-show, and it ultimately led to a grand-jury hearing and trial that resulted in the mistrial for Butler in May. Beasley said it was Smith’s actions in March 2016 that led him to seek arrest. But it was also the motion for show cause Smith submitted just before he sent the letter to Sanford Knott, then Butler’s attorney, that accused Beasley and Yurtkuran of “making a mockery” of investigations taking place in the Hinds County grand jury and calling for their jailing for six months.

“I recommended that (Smith) be arrested for aiding a criminal defendant, which is a misdemeanor, based off his behavior in March 3, 2016, hearing,” Beasley said. “And after learning that he intended to indict us, I made the recommendation that he be indicted for hindering prosecution.” Butler’s attorney Knott met with Beasley about possible negotiations for his client should he enter a guilty plea and provide information on Smith. It was ultimately Knott’s testimony as a defense witness in the current trial that made the best case for the State. “My next question to you was, ‘Is what Mr. Smith did in helping you try to prevent the prosecution of Christopher Butler the very definition of what you call hindering?’, and you said, ‘Yes,’ didn’t you?” Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders asked Butler’s former attorney, Sanford Knott, on cross-examination. “I guess it was,” Knott replied after a few seconds of silence. Knott admitted to Sanders that he had never had a prosecutor rely only on his word and that of the defendant on whether or not evidence had been tampered in some way. Sanders’ line of questioning alluded to previous testimony from Beasley, who was prosecuting the white-collar fraud charges and who used to work as an assistant district attorney under Smith. Beasley testified last week that a prosecutor needs more evidence beyond the word of a criminal defendant who “is going to say they were framed by the man.”

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ney’s office had fed him. Both men initially charged with conspiracy alongside Smith, and Assistant District Attorneys Ivon Johnson and Jamie McBride, had contact with the attorney general’s office while the two offices were working to indict one another. Beasley and Assistant Attorney General Shaun Yurtkuran, who also used to work for Smith, were the prosecutors bringing charges against Butler for white-collar mailfraud at a mattress store he managed in west Jackson. They had initiated the charges against Smith for hindering prosecution after a preliminary hearing in March 3, 2016, for Butler’s involvement with mail fraud. (His trial on those charges recently ended with a mistrial, with a new trial expected.) Though Smith was not Butler’s official representative that day—and was, in fact, the head prosecutor in Hinds County—he showed up to the hearing in Hinds County Circuit Judge Melvin V. Priester Sr.’s courtroom, and caused such a disruption that it had to end early and be rescheduled for a later date. Priester also referred the incident to the Mississippi Bar. “It appears to me that Mr. Smith’s sole purpose there was to prevent the preliminary hearing from going forward,” Beasley told the jury last week. He testified that it got to the point where the “judge threw up his hands” and had to adjourn because of Smith’s commotion in the courtroom. Paid advertising section. Call 601-362-6121 x11 to list your restaurant


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Alejandro Escovedo performs at Duling Hall.

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Vicksburg-native rock musician George McConnell and the Nonchalants perform at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar on Friday, Aug. 11.

Mississippi Youth Media Project (youthmediaproject. com) students present work and talk at the Dialogue JXN luncheon at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch $12; members $10. ... Robert G. Clark is the guest speaker for “History Is Lunch” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Participants also include Rep. Bennie Thompson, Gov. Phil Bryant, House Speaker Philip Gunn, Rep. Alyce Griffin Clarke and more. Free; find it on Facebook.

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“Community Night: Thinker’s Fair” is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Claiborne Park (785 Claiborne Ave.). Features a battle robot tournament, artist Brandon Mitchell, whiffle ball, space jumps, cotton candy, popcorn, free food and more. Free admission; find it on Facebook.

logue centered on real-life situations. $27 in advance, $32 at the door; call 601-352-3365;


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Bright Lights Belhaven Nights is from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Belhaven Park (1000 Poplar Blvd.). The annual street festival features local food and drink vendors, games, and music from The Weeks, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Seratones, Cedric Burnside Project and more. $10 admission, $1 for ages 12 and under; … The Closer is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at BRAVO! Italian Resby TYLER EDWARDS taurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Includes vintage wines from the restaurant’s cellar, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Also Fax: 601-510-9019 features an auction including furniture, accessories and more. $60 Daily updates at per person, $100 per couple; find it on Facebook.


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Director and playwright Laurinda D. BrownJohnson’s “Got Good Religion?” is at The Alamo Theater on Sunday, Aug. 13.


George McConnell and the Nonchalants perform at 10 p.m. at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.) McConnell is a Mississippi-native rock musician who has played with acts such as Kudzu Kings and Widespread 20 Panic. Doors open at 9 p.m. $10;

The Premier Wedding Show is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E Pascagoula St). Features swag bags full of goodies, special show-only discounts, specials, live models with the latest styles in bridal fashion, cake and cupcake tastings, food, drinks and photo booths. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-957-1050; … “Got Good Religion?” is at 3 p.m. at The Alamo Theater (333 N. Farish St.). The play tells the story of Pastor Pendergrass and his congregation dealing with issues inside and outside the church that are eventually exposed at the altar. Features music and a dia-


The JFP One-on-One dialogue on youth violence is at 6 p.m. at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) in Ford Academic Complex, Room 215. JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd sits down with FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze for a discussion on youth violence, law enforcement and how the community can reduce crime. Reception to follow. Free;


Music in the City is at 5:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Pianists Rae Shannon and John Paul perform Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, rearranged for one piano. Free, donations welcome; call 601960-1515; … The Flusters perform from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The dream-surf band hails from Coachella Valley in California. Chad Wesley Band and Stonewalls also perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10;


Tbe “Pies, Please” Cooking Class is at 10 a.m. at The Everyday Gourmet (1270 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) Participants learn to make pie dough, deep-dish apple pie with lattice top, quiche lorraine and chocolate chess pie. $45; call 601-977-9258;

JFP One-on-One Aug. 14, 6 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In Ford Academic Complex, Room 215. JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd sits down with FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze for a discussion on youth violence, law enforcement and how the community can reduce crime. Reception to follow. Free;

COMMUNITY Community Night: Thinker’s Fair Aug. 10, 5-8 p.m., at Claiborne Park (785 Claiborne Ave.). Features a battle robot tournament, artist Brandon Mitchell, whiffle ball games, space jumps, cotton candy, popcorn and more. Free; call 601-321-9240; find it on Facebook. 100 Years of Community Inspired Service Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m., at Hinds Community College (501 E. Main St., Raymond). In Hogg Auditorium. The centennial reception honors 100 people who have served Hinds Community College over its 100 year history. Admission TBA; email; Mississippi Craft Show Aug. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Clyde Muse Center (515 Country Place Pkwy., Pearl). Features artists, crafts people and creative makers from all over the state selling completely handmade arts and crafts. Free admission; email;

The Closer Aug. 12, 6-10 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Includes rare, vintage wines from the restaurant’s cellar, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar available. Also features an auction including furniture, accessories and more. $60 per person, $100 per couple; call 601-982-8111; find it on Facebook.

SPORTS & WELLNESS Head for the Cure 5K Aug. 12, 8 a.m.-noon, at Madison Healthplex (501 Baptist Drive, Madi-


Friday Aug. 11

NFL (6-11:30 p.m., NFLN): Tune in for a double header with the Pittsburgh Steelers facing the New York Giants and then the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the San Francisco 49ers.

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Italian Food & Wine Tasting Aug. 14, 6-8 p.m., at The Everyday Gourmet (1270 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). John Malanchak, a certified sommelier with Joe T’s Wines & Spirits, guides participants through a food and wine tasting featuring wines of Italy. $65; call 601-977-9258;

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NFL (7-10:30 p.m., FOX): The New Orleans Saints begin the preseason with a trip to face the number-one draft pick, defensive end Myles Garrett, and the Cleveland Browns.

A Blue & White Night Aug. 12, 6 p.m., at River Hills Club of Jackson (3600 Ridgewood Road). Features a silent auction, food and live music. Proceeds go to benefit Jackson Academy. $75; call 601-987-4450; find it on Facebook.


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“New Era” Fashion Show Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The show features work from five designer collections, including the Ken White Collection. $20, $35 for VIP; call 601-960-1500; find it on Facebook.

“Got Good Religion?” Aug. 13, 3 p.m., at The Alamo Theater (333 N. Farish St.). The play tells the story of Pastor Pendergrass and his congregation dealing with issues inside and outside the church that are eventually exposed at the altar. Features musical selections and dialogue centered around real-life situations. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. $27 in advance, $32 at the door; call 601-352-3365;

The second week of August brings the first full week of preseason NFL games. Every team is in action this week with plenty of games on to fill the long void of football.

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Aug. 12, 4:309:30 p.m., at Belhaven Park (1000 Poplar Blvd.). The annual street festival features local food and drink vendors, live music, games and more. Featured musical acts include The Weeks, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Seratones, Cedric Burnside Project, Kudzu Kings, Young Valley, Taylor Hildebrand, TB Ledford, Vibe Doctors and Sara Sullivan. $10 admission, $1 for ages 12 and under; call 601-352-8850;

Premier Wedding Show Aug. 13, 1-5 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E Pascagoula St). Features swag bags full of goodies, special show-only discounts, specials, live models with the latest styles in bridal fashion, cake and cupcake tastings, food, drinks and photo booths. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-9571050;


NFL (8-11:30 p.m., NFLN): Dak Prescott should play in the second preseason game as the Dallas Cowboys hit the road to take on the Los Angeles Rams.

NFL (7-10:30 p.m., NFLN): The newly relocated Los Angeles Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks. Monday, Aug. 14

NFL (6-11 p.m., ESPN2): Get ready to dominate your fantasy league with this SportsCenter special, “Fantasy Football Rankings.” Tuesday, Aug. 15

Softball (6-11 p.m., ESPN2): The winners of these back-to-back Little League Softball World Series semifinal games advance to the championship game on Aug. 16. Wednesday, Aug. 16

NFL (12:30-4 p.m., NFLN): Watch a matchup of two potential postseason contenders as the Indianapolis Colts host the Detroit Lions. …

MLB (6-10 p.m., ESPN): The battle for New York continues, as the Yankees clash with the Mets in the third game in a four-game series. As we hit the middle of August, college football is just about two weeks away. For information on our state’s teams, keep an eye out for the upcoming 2017 JFP College Football Preview.

son). Includes awards for male and female top overall winners, and male and female top overall master winners (ages 40 and up). Awards also go to the top three male and female finishers in each age groups. $35; call 601-856-7757; find it on Facebook.

“Down the Drain” Dinner Theater Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m., at Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Detectives present the comedy dinner theater performance. Includes a three-course dinner. $49; call 601-291-7444; email;

20x65x65 Race and Health Fair Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum (1152 Lakeland Dr.). Features a 5K, 10K and 15K that run simultaneously around the state. $20 for 5K, $25 for 10K, $30 for 15K; call 601-982-8264; find it on Facebook. Kiss My Curves: Plus-Sized Pole Competition Aug. 12, 6-9 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E Pascagoula St). The pole competition aims to applaud, support and recognize plus-sized female athletes for their power, progression and passion of pole dance fitness. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.; call 601-502-4000;

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Alejandro Escovedo Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter’s latest album “Burn Something Beautiful.” Will Kimbrough also performs. $20 advance, $25 at the door; call 877-987-6487; • The Flusters Aug. 15, 7:30-10 p.m. The California-based dream-surf band performs. Chad Wesley Band and Stonewalls also perform. $10; call 877-987-6487;

Events at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.) • George McConnell and the Nonchalants Aug. 11, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mississippinative rock-and-roll band performs. $10; call 601-354-9712; • Amelia Eisenhauer & the Peruvian Farm Girls 10 p.m. The blues and Americana artist is a classically trained violinist and former contestant on “American Idol.” $10; call 601-3549712; Music in the City Aug. 15, 5:45 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Pianists Rae Shannon and John Paul perform Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, rearranged for one piano. Free; call 601-960-1515;

LITERARY & SIGNINGS “Vanessa Owens and the Bond of Sisterhood” Aug. 12, 1 p.m., at Barnes & Noble Booksellers (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Suite 3009, Ridgeland). Devonte Collins signs copies. $7.83 book; call 601-605-4028;

Exhibit Openings August Gallery Opening Reception Aug. 10, 6-9 p.m., at Deep South Pops (1800 N. State St.). Local artist Phelan Harris presents a new collection of work. Includes live music from Doc & Kitty. Free admission; find it on Facebook.

CREATIVE CLASSES Introduction to Weaving Aug. 12, 9:30 a.m., at Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (950 Rice Road, Madison). Craftsman Guild member Kathy Perito leads the class. All material included. $100; call 601-856-7546; The Beat Goes On Tour—Makeup Certification Course Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The course covers ‘camera ready’ makeup for special events such as proms, red carpet, and big city extravaganzas. Students learn full face makeover which includes: color theory, flawless foundation, highlight and contour, applying lashes, choosing eyeshadow, lipstick, blush, strobing and more. $249.99; call 601-960-2321; find it on Facebook. Infant CPR Class Aug. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). The class teaches injury prevention and the correct CPR techniques to use on infants. Free; call 601200-2000; find it on Facebook.

LGBT HRC Connect Happy Hour Aug. 10, 5:30 p.m., at Green Ghost Tacos (2801 N. State St.). The monthly gathering features an opportunity for LGBT Mississippians and allies to meet and learn about the work and upcoming events with the Human Rights Campaign. Free; email; Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.

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Music listings are due noon Monday to be included in print and online listings:

Aug. 9 - Wednesday

AUG. 10 - Thursday Capitol Grill - Jesse Robinson & Friends 7:30-10:30 p.m. Deep South Pops - August Gallery Opening feat. Doc & Kitty 6 p.m. free Duling Hall - Alejandro Escovedo w/ Will Kimbrough 7:30 p.m. $20 advance $25 door F. Jones Corner - Raul Valinti & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10 p.m. $5 Fenian’s - DJ Breakem Off 9 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jason Turner Georgia Blue, Madison - Acoustic Crossroads Hal & Mal’s - D’Lo Trio 7 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Brian Jones 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Amanda Jones 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Jonathan Alexander 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Road Hogs 7:30 p.m. free Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Stevie J Blues 7-10:30 p.m.

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Aug. 11 - Friday


The Big Muddy, Vicksburg Osgood & Blaque 7-10 p.m. Castlewoods Golf Club - Jason Turner 6:30 p.m. Cerami’s - Linda Blackwell & James Bailey 6:30-9:30 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Cowboy’s Saloon - Steele Heart 9 p.m.-1 a.m. F. Jones Corner - Jamell Richardson midnight $10 Fenian’s - KJ 10 p.m. free Georgia Blue, Flowood - Shaun Patterson Georgia Blue, Madison - Chad Wesley Hal & Mal’s - Barry Leach 7 p.m. The Hideaway - Battle of the Bands feat. Twinspan, Nirithiam, Moment of Truth & more 8 p.m.

Aug. 12 - Saturday Belhaven Park - Bright Lights Belhaven Nights feat. The Weeks, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Seratones, Cedric Burnside, Cary Hudson, Kudzu Kings, Young Valley & more 4:30-9:30 p.m. $10

Pelican Cove - Owens & Pratt 2 p.m.; Sofa Kings 7 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Melodie Rooker & the Loud Boys 10 p.m. Shucker’s - Chris Gill Band 3:30 p.m.; Elusive Behavior 8 p.m. $5; Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 10 p.m. Sombra, Flowood - Zach Bridges 6-9 p.m. Underground 119 - Bill Howl-NMad Perry

The Big Muddy, Vicksburg - Kent Burnside 7-10 p.m. Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. Cowboy’s Saloon - Hashtag South 9 p.m.-1 a.m. F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $1; Jamell Richardson midnight $10 Fenian’s - Scott Albert Johnson 10 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Kevin Ace Robinson Georgia Blue, Madison - Skip & Mike The Hideaway - Spank the Monkey 9 p.m. $10 Iron Horse Grill - Vinnie C 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Acoustic Crossroads 7-10:30 p.m. Lucky Town - Sippin’ Saturday feat. Brian Jones 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Martin’s - Amelia Eisenhauer & the Peruvian Farm Girls 10 p.m. $10

8/9 - John Mayer - Smoothie King Center, New Orleans 8/10 - Jason Aldean - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Birmingham 8/11 - The Isley Brothers - Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi 8/11 - Dru Hill - Gold Strike Casino Resort, Tunica 8/12 - Jamey Johnson - L’Auberge Casino & Hotel, Baton Rouge

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Aug. 13 - Sunday 1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11:45 a.m.1:45 p.m. First Baptist Church, Madison This Hope 6 p.m. Jackson Yacht Club - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 3-6:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Todd Thompson & the Lucky Hand Blues Band 6-9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Jonathan Alexander noon; The Axe-identals 5 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m. Table 100 - Jazz Brunch feat. Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Ronnie Brown 6-9 p.m.

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Alumni House - Brian Jones 5:30-7:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Emerald Accent 4 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street Jazz Band 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30 p.m. Kemistry - Mouth of the South 9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Stace & Cassie 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Steele Heart 7:30 p.m. free Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

Iron Horse Grill - Henry & the Invisibles 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Fade2Blue 7-10:30 p.m. M7 Coffee House - Eric & Polly Stracener 7 p.m. M-Bar - Flirt Friday feat. DJ 901 Martin’s - George McConnell & the Nonchalants 10 p.m. $10 Pelican Cove - Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers 7 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Just Cauz 10 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 5:30 p.m.; Elusive Behavior 8 p.m. $5; Josh Journeay 10 p.m. Sombra, Flowood - Brian Jones 6-9 p.m. Underground 119 - John Horton Trio WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.2 a.m. $5

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Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society 7 p.m. $5 cover $3 members Kathryn’s - Stevie Cain 6:309:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Stace & Cassie 6 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

Aug. 15 - Tuesday Duling Hall - The Flusters w/ Chad Wesley Band & Stonewalls 6:30-10 p.m. $5 advance $10 door Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Keys vs. Strings 6:30-9:30 p.m. MS Museum of Art - Rae Shannon & John Paul 5:45 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m.

Aug. 16 - Wednesday Alumni House - Pearl Jamz 5:30-7:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Lovin Ledbetter 7:30 p.m. free Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

(Left to right) Doug VanSant and Jackson native Danny White are two of the founding members of California dream-surf quartet The Flusters.


or the members of Palm Desert, Calif.-based quartet The Flusters, music has not only been a matter of creating art but also of brotherhood, formed through shared influences and almost three years together on the road. The Flusters’ lead guitarist, Jackson native Danny White, says the group’s music works to push that bond further by attracting multiple generations of music lovers to shows. “We’ve got the older crowd who comes for the nostalgia of an older sound, and there’s a young crowd that comes in because they’ve never heard anything like it,” White says. “You definitely hear The Ventures, you hear the early Beatles, you hear The Smiths, and you even hear the Pixies or Radiohead,” vocalist and rhythm guitarist Doug VanSant says. “I like the term ‘dream-surf’ because it seems to pull from the dreamy aspects of every decade. (The music) is broaderreaching than any band I’ve played in.” White, who grew up and learned to play music in Mississippi, says he is able to bring flavors from his home state into The Flusters without it being a retread of what came before. “Before I met Doug, I was a heavyhanded blues player,” he says. “With that, we kind of honed our craft together and developed our style ourselves. Jackson gave me everything, musically. It plays heavily into everything I am.” White says that he moved to California in April 2012 at age 26, looking for a new start after he had struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol. While he had no real expectations of what the move would mean for him, he says The Flusters came as a result of him getting better.

Soon after forming in 2014, The Flusters added bassist Mario Estrada, with drummer Daniel Perry joining about a year later, and the group has performed across the country ever since. In 2016, they were one of the few local acts featured in the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, sharing the stage with artists such as Chvrches, Ice Cube and Cold War Kids. Last October, the band released its first set of recordings, “Extended Play No. 1,” and in June 2017, the group raised more than $20,000 through Kickstarter to fund its follow-up, “Extended Play No. 2,” which it plans to put out this November. “We want to make this release bigger and better,” VanSant says. “Our first release was self-funded by playing our own music. We were really moved significantly by the successful funding of that campaign and exceeding that goal. We accomplished a couple things people said we wouldn’t.” “It showed us a lot, as far as our supporters,” White says. “There are a lot of people who really believe in what we’re doing and care.” In addition to funding The Flusters’ next EP, the money the musicians raised will also go toward their six-week national tour, which stops in Jackson Aug. 15. Although the band members put in a lot of work to make their EPs something to be proud of, VanSant says The Flusters are a live experience first and foremost. “You have to see us live if you want to know who we are,” he says. “It doesn’t matter what we capture (on the records). You’re never going to see what’s on that stage.” The Flusters perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Chad Wesley Band and Stonewalls also perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit


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n the last Wednesday of each Agnew says the association wanted month at the Mississippi Muse- to do something fun for those suffering um of Art, participants in one of from memory problems that would inthe museum’s classes paint color- clude family members and was not just ful swirls and patterns in an effort to, in a about caregiving. sense, jog their memory. “Art is a good way to stimulate the The Art in Mind program at the mind,” Agnew says. Mississippi Museum of Art, which the The program is designed for those museum does in collaboration with Al- experiencing memory loss to get social zheimer’s Mississippi and University of interaction as well as make connections Mississippi Medical Center’s The Mind to past memories through art. Center, aims to help those experiencing Agnew says those who have loved memory problems or who are diagnosed ones with Alzheimer’s disease learn to live with Alzheimer’s through art therapy. in the moment with them, so programs Alzheimer’s Mississippi Program Director Andi Agnew says Art in Mind is based on a program at the Museum of Modern Art in New York that has now gone national. “(Art in Mind) started out as an earlystage Alzheimer’s program,” Agnew says. “We’ve expanded it in the past year to include anyone who is The Art in Mind program at the Mississippi older and maybe expeMuseum of Art uses art therapy to help those who riencing memory loss suffer from memory issues and diseases such as or are worried about Alzheimer’s, which is a type of dementia that causes memory loss.” problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The program is limited to 12 participants so that the group is small enough like Art in Mind can help. for participants to get one-on-one “Particularly into the later stages, we attention. encourage people to be with their loved The instructor for the program, ones—sit with them, be with them, listen Susan Anand, is a licensed art therapist, to music together, do art together if that’s an instructor at University of Missis- something they are able to do,” Agnew sippi Medical Center in the psychology says. “Alzheimer’s kind of forces you to department, and a marriage and family enjoy life moment to moment.” therapist. Anand puts an emphasis on the conAnand says the program helps nection and communication aspects. those with memory problems make “They continue to communicate connections. with their artwork and with the people “We’ll have people end up saying around them,” Anand says. “I’d say conthey want to go home and get some art nection is a big part of it. It helps them to supplies,” Anand says. “We’ll see people communicate. People with memory loss open up and smile more. The whole pro- tend to isolate and question whether they cess helps people make connections with can contribute anything worthwhile.” other people, make connections with art The Mississippi Museum of Art (380 and with the materials. It’s helping people S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) hosts the Art ... communicate.” in Mind program the last Wednesday of each The Alzheimer’s Association esti- month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The next mates that 53,000 Mississippians have event is on Aug. 23. For more information, Alzheimer’s, and the disease is the sixth visit or call Andi Agnew leading cause of death in Mississippi. at 601-987-0020.


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—literally so.

43 Montreal steak seasoning? 44 See 25-Across 46 Part of Q.E.D. 48 Ear, in German 49 Left like a tossed football? 55 African country just north of the equator 56 Move like a batch of homemade slime 57 Ingredient in some diaper rash creams 59 Limp Bizkit frontman Fred 60 Taj Mahal location 61 Embarrassing defeat 62 “Orange” drink that’s really black 63 Yearling, previously 64 Her friends include a Backpack and Map

32 St. ___ Girl (German beer brand) 33 “Peer Gynt” dramatist Henrik 36 Phrase before “Move ahead” in “Whip It” 39 McCafe option 41 “2017: The Year for Animal Liberation” sponsor 44 Martial art debuting as an Olympic event in Tokyo in 2020 45 Game show option after The Banker makes an offer 47 Bygone detergent with an apt brand name 49 “Leaving Las Vegas” actress Elisabeth

50 Boulangerie purchase 51 Airer of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” before it moved to VH1 52 MSNBC contributor Klein 53 ___ gobi (Indian potato dish) 54 “How to Train ___ Dragon” 55 National economic indicator, for short 58 Announcement of when Alaska lands in Washington, e.g. ©2017 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@

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1 Greek letters shaped like pitchforks 5 Retired NHLer Larionov whose nickname was “The Professor” 9 Wright of 2017’s “Wonder Woman” 14 Hosiery shade 15 Neighborhood near Greenwich Village, slangily 16 Bacteria in spinach recalls 17 Poetic foot 18 Vivacity 19 Crack filler 20 Racquetball match, in a way? 23 Debtor’s note 24 2010 Apple debut 25 With 44-Across, exasperated com-

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1 Louvre Pyramid architect I.M. 2 Scraped elbow souvenir 3 Jon’s usual waitress, in “Garfield” 4 Feature on some Blu-Rays 5 “Rhapsody ___” 6 45th American vice president 7 Only U.S. state with a non-rectangular flag 8 It provides coverage 9 Episode summaries 10 City between Jacksonville and Tampa 11 Barrier later renamed for Herbert Hoover 12 Maladies 13 No-good conclusion? 21 Andrew Marvell’s “___ Coy Mistress” 22 Go bad, like kale 25 Willie of “Eight Is Enough” and “Charles in Charge” 26 Weeping statue of Greek legend 27 Be an ass in the lot, maybe 28 “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star Berry 29 Bought hook, line and sinker 30 Specialized slang

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

Would you scoff if I said that you’ll soon be blessed with supernatural assistance? Would you smirk and roll your eyes if I advised you to find clues to your next big move by analyzing your irrational fantasies? Would you tell me to stop spouting nonsense if I hinted that a guardian angel is conspiring to blast a tunnel through the mountain you created out of a molehill? It’s OK if you ignore my predictions, Virgo. They’ll come true even if you’re a staunch realist who doesn’t believe in woo-woo, juju or mojo.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

This is the Season of Enlightenment for you. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will achieve an ultimate state of divine grace. It’s not a guarantee that you’ll be freestyling in satori, samadhi or nirvana. But one thing is certain: Life will conspire to bring you the excited joy that comes with deep insight into the nature of reality. If you decide to take advantage of the opportunity, please keep in mind these thoughts from designer Elissa Giles: “Enlightenment is not an asexual, dispassionate, head-in-the-clouds, nails-in-thepalms disappearance from the game of life. It’s a volcanic, kick-ass, erotic commitment to love in action, coupled with hard-headed, practical grist.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Some zoos sell the urine of lions and tigers to gardeners who sprinkle it in their gardens. Apparently the stuff scares off wandering house cats that might be tempted to relieve themselves in vegetable patches. I nominate this scenario to be a provocative metaphor for you in the coming weeks. Might you tap into the power of your inner wild animal so as to protect your inner crops? Could you build up your warrior energy so as to prevent run-ins with pesky irritants? Can you call on helpful spirits to ensure that what’s growing in your life will continue to thrive?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

The fates have conspired to make it right and proper for you to be influenced by Sagittarian author Mark Twain. There are five specific bits of his wisdom that will serve as benevolent tweaks to your attitude. I hope you will also aspire to express some of his expansive snappiness. Now here’s Twain: 1. “You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” 2. “Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.” 3. “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” 4. “When in doubt, tell the truth.” 5. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

“My grandfather used to tell me that if you stir muddy water it will only get darker,” wrote I. G. Edmonds in his book Trickster Tales. “But if you let the muddy water stand still, the mud will settle and the water will become clearer,” he concluded. I hope this message reaches you in time, Capricorn. I hope you will then resist any temptation you might have to agitate, churn, spill wine into, wash your face in, drink or splash around in the muddy water.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

In 1985, Maurizio Cattelan quit his gig at a mortuary in Padua, Italy, and resolved to make a living as an artist. He started creating furniture, and ultimately evolved into a sculptor who specialized in satirical work. In 1999 he produced a piece that depicted the Pope being struck by a meteorite, which sold for $886,000 in 2001. If there were ever going to be a time when you could launch your personal version of his story, Aquarius, it would be in the next 10 months. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should go barreling ahead with such a radical act

of faith, however. Following your bliss rarely leads to instant success. It may take years. (16 in Cattelan’s case.) Are you willing to accept that?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

Tally up your physical aches, psychic bruises and chronic worries. Take inventory of your troubling memories, half-repressed disappointments and existential nausea. Do it, Pisces! Be strong. If you bravely examine and deeply feel the difficult feelings, then the cures for those feelings will magically begin streaming in your direction. You’ll see what you need to do to escape at least some of your suffering. So name your griefs and losses, my dear. Remember your near-misses and total fiascos. As your reward, you’ll be soothed and relieved and forgiven. A Great Healing will come.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

I hope you’re making wise use of the surging fertility that has been coursing through you. Maybe you’ve been reinventing a long-term relationship that needed creative tinkering. Perhaps you have been hammering together an innovative business deal or generating new material for your artistic practice. It’s possible you have discovered how to express feelings and ideas that have been half-mute or inaccessible for a long time. If for some weird reason you are not yet having experiences like these, get to work! There’s still time to tap into the fecundity.


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TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano defines “idiot memory” as the kind of remembrances that keep us attached to our old self-images, and trapped by them. “Lively memory,” on the other hand, is a feisty approach to our old stories. It impels us to graduate from who we used to be. “We are the sum of our efforts to change who we are,” writes Galeano. “Identity is no museum piece sitting stock-still in a display case.” Here’s another clue to your current assignment, Taurus, from psychotherapist Dick Olney: “The goal of a good therapist is to help someone wake up from the dream that they are their self-image.”

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

Sometimes, Gemini, loving you is a sacred honor for me—equivalent to getting a poem on my birthday from the Dalai Lama. On other occasions, loving you is more like trying to lap up a delicious milkshake that has spilled on the sidewalk, or slow-dancing with a giant robot teddy bear that accidentally knocks me down when it suffers a glitch. I don’t take it personally when I encounter the more challenging sides of you, since you are always an interesting place to visit. But could you maybe show more mercy to the people in your life who are not just visitors? Remind your dear allies of the obvious secret—that you’re composed of several different selves, each of whom craves different thrills.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

Liz, my girlfriend when I was young, went to extreme lengths to cultivate her physical attractiveness. “Beauty must suffer,” her mother had told her while growing up, and Liz heeded that advice. To make her long blonde hair as wavy as possible, for example, she wrapped strands of it around six empty metal cans before bed, applied a noxious spray, and then slept all night with a stinky, clanking mass of metal affixed to her head. While you may not do anything so literal, Cancerian, you do sometimes act as if suffering helps keep you strong and attractive—as if feeling hurt is a viable way to energize your quest for what you want. But if you’d like to transform that approach, the coming weeks will be a good time. Step One: Have a long, compassionate talk with your inner saboteur.

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Each of us comes to know the truth in our own way, says astrologer Antero Alli. “For some it is wild and unfettered,” he writes. “For others it is like a cozy domesticated cat, while others find truth through their senses alone.” Whatever your usual style of knowing what the truth might be, Leo, I suspect you’ll benefit from trying out a different method in the next two weeks. Here are some possibilities: trusting your most positive feelings; tuning in to the clues and cues your body provides; performing ceremonies in which you request the help of ancestral spirits; slipping into an altered state by laughing nonstop for five minutes.



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UPCOMING SHOWS 8/18 - Empty Atlas 8/19 - Winston Ramble 8/25 - Wrong Way (A Tribute To Sublime) w/ Crane 8/26 - And The Echo 9/8 - Flow Tribe w/ Stoop Kids 9/16 - CBDB 9/23 - Zoogma 9/28 - Cordovas 10/7 - Space Jesus “Morphed Tour” 10/13 - the Interstellar Boys 11/3 - The Nth Power w/ Ghost Note (Members of Snarky Puppy) WWW.MARTINSLOUNGE.NET



THE FLUSTERS CHAD WESLEY BAND THE STONEWALLS “a dreamy retro vibe that is pure california” comes to jackson with jackson rockstar special guests

Friday, August 18 KRISTIN DIABLE

WHOO! Ladies and gentlemen, this New Orleans singer will blow you out of the water with her voice.

Saturday, August 19 THACKER MTN. RADIO HOUR LIVE FROM DULING famed oxford live radio show comes to Jackson!

just announced!

Friday, August 25

SETH POWER CD RELEASE PARTY join jackson singer-songwriter with special guests jake slinkard & co. and sam mooney


August 9 - 15, 2017 •

WEDNESDAY 8/9 Men’s-Day Beer Specials 9-12 THURSDAY 8/10 Ladies Night | $5 Endless Draft 7-12



$'566*#+ (11&






Blue Plate Specials 11am-3pm Mon-Fri

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Includes a Non-Alcoholic Drink

MONDAY Red Beans & Bangers

WEDNESDAY Fried Pork Chop

Smithwick’s ale braised, The Flora Butcher Irish sausage, Two Brooks Farm rice, Gil’s garlic crostini

buttermilk fried, bone-in chop, Guinness onion gravy, champ, sauteed garlic greens

TUESDAY Chicken Curry

THURSDAY Drunken Hamburger Steak

roasted Springer Mountain Farms chicken, bell pepper, onion, Two Brooks Farm rice or hand cut chips

Creekstone Farms beef, whiskey glazed onions, Guinness gravy, mashed potatoes, garlic parmesan creamed kale

Our Lounge is now open until 8pm Mon-Sat Disco Fries

Fried Bologna

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BBQ Tacos

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FRIDAY Fish & Grits

blackened Simmons catfish, Irish cheddar Delta Grind grits, smoked tomato relish, pea tendrils


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