Council Fights Budget & Drug Houses, Lynch, p 6
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Last Minute Gifts for Dad, p 22
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The Oil: Week 8 Attorney General Jim Hood can sue BP without begging for cash from lawmakers.
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Jackson Public Schools need to find $2.4 million. Is a tax hike in our future?
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alyssa wolpin silberman Alyssa Wolpin Silberman, 44, considers herself a fighter. When she moved to Jackson from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in the early ‘90s to be with her then-husband, she started volunteering as an escort at the woman’s clinic in south Jackson at a time when bomb threats and violence were a common occurrence at women’s clinics throughout the country. “I was risking my safety, but it felt important to fight the good fight,” she says. Silberman, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, says Jackson has become a place that enables her to make change. “When I first moved to Jackson, I was underwhelmed. I didn’t want to stay,” she says. “One of the first people I met told me: ‘You can be a big fish in a small pond.’ My drive is to make (Jackson) better. And I am still here. I decided Jackson is home.” An avid cyclist, Silberman rides for fun and for charity. In October, she rode 150 miles in two days—only two weeks after she had broken her arm. She raised $900 to help fight multiple sclerosis and rode from Vicksburg to Clinton. She has also helped raise money for other causes including the Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union, Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS, and she served as silent auction chair for the 2009 JFP Chick Ball, When she isn’t helping out for a worthy
cause, Silberman can be found on stage. “I am a non-professional actress,” she says, “I never did theater in high school or college.” After auditioning for her first play about 10 years ago, she secured the lead role of Sara in Black Rose Theater’s “Beau Gest” and has performed with several local theater groups since then. “(My) wildest role was Dr. Eve in ‘Sordid Lives,’ she says, laughing.” I ran around on stage with just a bra on. ... It was so risqué, pushing me out of my comfort zone.” In a more pensive tone, Silberman describes her position as publicity chair with the annual Jewish Film Festival as an outlet to honor her Jewish heritage. In January she helped publicize a documentary about Hannah Senesh, a 23-year-old Jewish woman living in Palestine who parachuted into Hungary during World War II and helped save Jews from deportation to Auschwitz. The Nazis executed Senesh because of her willingness to stand up for others. “Her biography really moved me. It was so inspirational,” Silberman says. Silberman’s maternal grandparents arrived in the United States on Ellis Island in the early part of the 20th century. Having lost Jewish relatives in the Holocaust, she says: “The most important thing I like to tell people is never forget where you come from.” —Pennie Van Brocklin
36 Dads Who Rock Having kids doesn’t mean the end of a rock ‘n’ roll career. Just ask these dads.
40 Summer Coolers The JFP’s drinking duo finds common ground with a hotweather beer cocktail.
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Sarah Bush Editorial intern Sarah Bush is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s in English. She loves to read, especially Jane Austen novels, travel, cook, study and learn all about food. She wrote an arts piece and cover pieces.
Jessica Mizell Jessica Mizell currently works at MDOT and moonlights planning events and writing. Her interests include Nurse Jackie and locating Pineapple Big Shots. She wrote the music piece.
ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome was born in Jackson and raised in California. Family is everything to her and she hopes one day to travel to London. She has recently rediscovered her joy in writing, and she coordinates the Food section of the paper.
Amanda Kittrell Amanda Kittrell is a Jackson native with near-perfect comedic timing. She loves big hair and puppy breath, and is honored to write for the JFP. She contributed to the cover
Christi Vivar Production designer Christi Vivar is a native Jacksonian and honors graduate of Hinds Community College. She loves cooking, illustrating and playing video games with her hubby. A master of the art of sarcasm, she helped design pages for this issue.
Jackie Warren Tatum Jackie Warren Tatum is a lawyer and retired special assistant attorney general, who enjoys writing and creating art. She contributed to the cover.
Meredith Norwood Originally from Hoover, Ala., Meredith Norwood works as an art director. She wants to travel the world and photograph everything. She photographed the Jacksonian.
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Account Manager Randi Ashley Jackson is a Brandon/Reservoir area native. She loves organic gardening and her goldfish GillBert. She strives to be the next Food Network star chef, if only in her own mind. She manages JFP sales accounts.
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henever I’ve had something I needed to say to my brother but couldn’t verbalize, I wrote him a letter. There have been two letters, in particular, that have proven to be the most important. And this, in a way, is an open letter to him, but it is, most especially to all of you. A little more than a year ago, my brother, Reggie (or Brother, as I called him—my only sibling), lost a relatively quick but tough battle with pancreatic cancer. My brother and I were born 16 years apart. I was a surprise to our parents. More precisely, I was an accident. My mother fretted about when and how to tell my brother. When she told him, she’s since said, she braced herself for his disappointment or anger. He expressed neither; he was happy. She was relieved. For the first several years of my life, I was more of an accessory than a sibling to my brother; our age difference is the obvious reason. The “honeys” he dated thought it was cute when I tagged along. I’d sit in the back seat of his Mustang, top down; the wind would barely move the miniature ponytails my mother had so carefully parted. A couple years after he graduated from Jackson State, Reggie moved to Kansas City, Mo. Few summers passed after his moving that I didn’t spend a couple weeks with him. The summer of 1991, the year John Singleton’s “Boyz n the Hood” premiered, we went to see the movie. The film’s gritty tales of life in the ‘hood—different than the one we’d experienced growing up in Starkville—was heart wrenching. I cried, and so did my brother. It was the first time I’d ever seen him cry. I saw his humanity, though I didn’t know that’s what I was seeing at the time. I was in awe of him. As we grew older, our relationship grew closer. By the time I was a freshman in college, my brother had gotten married, my niece had been born, and he and his wife, Courtney, were expecting their second child. This was the first time I’d started to see my brother as a man—a man’s man: The kind of man who could differentiate himself from individuals who merely have the necessary anatomical equipment to call themselves men. He had responsibilities. Real responsibilities. Chief among them, now, was to be a father to his children, shaping them to be productive, contributing world citizens. That’s not the type of father we had, so I wrote him a letter. In the letter I wrote Brother, I told him how important it was to me that he be a good father to his children. I wanted his children to have good memories of him as they grew up. I wanted him to be the type of father I’d always wished I had—the kind we deserved when we were growing up. My brother called me some days later and told me he’d received my letter, had read it several times and that he’d cried after reading it. He promised me he’d be a good father to his children. And he was. This year is my niece and nephew’s sec-
ond Father’s Day without their good father. And this Father’s Day, for me, is a reminder that dad’s day isn’t just about biological fathers. It’s a holiday that celebrates manhood—men who grew from boys, immature and purposeless, to individuals who recognize that if they don’t take responsibility for themselves and the people around them, their lives are unfulfilled lives. Siring children isn’t necessary for that. So much of our time and energy these days is devoted to pointing out what men aren’t doing. The laws of the universe dictate that what we focus our attention on expands. It behooves us to be more purposeful in heralding the men who are doing what they should be. Yes, you should do what you’re supposed to do without congratulations or pats on the back, but it’s a lot easier to not grow weary in doing good and being accountable for the things you should be when someone, every now and then, acknowledges that the truth and integrity of your character is inescapable. The truth of who you are shows itself most easily in times when you’re too focused on other things to hide it—stress on the job, problems at home, just living life and, in my brother’s case, illness and the threat of death. Even while my brother fought cancer, I was in awe of him. The last letter I wrote Reggie said things like: “Over the past few months, I’ve been reminded why, as a little girl, I was mesmerized by you: You’re so freaking cool. There is only a short list of things you can’t do, as far as I’m concerned. Things like dunk on Shaq or be the first black president of the United States, since Barack Obama has got that one in the bag. … There’s nothing I at 9-years old or 29, believe you can’t do, if you want to.
“You’re smart, and aren’t jaded by cynicism but chose optimism. You have a big vocabulary and use slang effortlessly. You can talk to anyone—a businessman or a homeless man. You drive fancy cars. The list goes on. You’re not perfect. You’re human, and that makes you even more endearing and admirable. I’ve watched you evolve, and it’s beautiful. “And now, as you fight for your life, I’m even more inspired. … As I fight my own battles that pale in comparison to your current one (I’m determined that) I will not be overcome by trials of life. I will live out loud. I will live abundantly. “I know you will live. I know you will grow. I know you will share yourself and life’s lessons with others so they, too, can grow. So in the meantime, I pray that God will continue to strengthen you physically and spiritually when you are weak and that you and I will have years to come to grow closer. I will you love you forever.” Just like the first letter, my brother called and thanked me for my words. He said they’d brought tears to his eyes and that he’d read the card multiple times. He died a month later. I asked my sister-in-law if I could have the card back; she readily agreed. God didn’t answer my prayers to heal Reggie physically. Even still, I am in awe of my brother. I always will be. Now that Father’s day is nearing, you’ve been gifted with the perfect opportunity to tell your dad, brother, uncle or the man in the coffee shop who always smiles reassuringly at you when you drop in for your cappuccino and scone how much he means to you. Not only do you not know if you’ll never have another opportunity to say what you’ve always thought of him, but it may be just what he needs to hear.
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Thursday, June 10 Thai Prime Minister Abhist Vejjajiva calls for reconciliation after months of turmoil. … President Barack Obama nominates Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Graves to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. … New government figures show that the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf from the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion site may be twice as much as recently thought. New official estimates now say 20,000 to 50,000 barrels of oil per day are gushing into the Gulf. Friday, June 11 A cargo ship held by Somali Pirates for more than five months is freed after a ransom was paid. … A flash flood rips through a campground in Arkansas’ Ouachita National Forest, killing 16. Dozens more are missing and presumed dead. Saturday June 12 The USA International Ballet Competition opens at Thalia Mara Hall. ... In their first 2010 World Cup match, the United States soccer team ties England 1-1 in South Africa. Sunday June 13 Jimmy Dean, singer and entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, dies at 81. … Arkansas state police report that the death toll from an Arkansas campground flood reaches 19.
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Monday June 14 President Obama arrives in Gulfport for a two-day visit to the Gulf Coast. ... Kyrgyz officials report the death count in Kyrgyz-Uzbek ethnic clashes has reached 125. ... Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai announces U.S. geologists have discovered a possible $1 trillion mineral deposit in Afghanistan.
Tuesday, June 15 Radio Shack announces it will offer $100 and $200 Radio Shack gift cards for used 16GB and 32GB iPhones, respectively, in preparation for the iPhone 4G’s debut June 24. … The Feds approved a credit card late-fee payment cap for most cards at $25.
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Otha Burton shies from raising taxes for JPS shortfalls. p 11
Budget Problems and Drug Houses
by Adam Lynch
Wednesday, June 9 A new “green” FBI field office opens in Jackson. … The U.N. Security Council passes a new round of sanctions against Iran in an effort to continue to pressure the country over its nuclear program.
In the South, 13.9% of single-parent families with children are headed by fathers. Meanwhile, 86.1% of single-parent families with children are headed by mothers.
A proposed city ordinance will make it legal for the city to demolition houses with suspected drug activity without violating owners’ or residents’ rights, as was the case in this Ridgeway Street house.
he council will deliberate a decision to employ Atlanta-based Malachi Financial Products Inc. as a contracted financial adviser to guide it through the refinancing of its general fund debt in hopes of saving $27 million over the next five years. A report Malachi Financial Products presented to the council in May predicts the city will face a $48.5 million budget shortfall by 2015, which sent council members reeling. Malachi Financial Products Inc. and Virginia-based Public Financial Management Inc. suggest the refinancing as a possibility in a larger money-saving plan that also included employee furloughs, increasing property taxes and eliminating city services. City Deputy Director of Administration and Finance Rick
Hill said that by refinancing its general fund debt, the city is putting off debt payments. The move will free up some cash to use in the short term, but it comes with the disadvantage of taxpayers having to pay that money back further into the future, when the city would much prefer to have as little debt as possible and contain future property tax increases. The city would also be responsible for an extra $1.6 million in additional interest payments by delaying its debt payment, but Hill said the administration is banking on its ability to cash in new property tax revenue from upcoming developments like the emerging Farish Street Entertainment District, the upcoming Capitol Green Project and the convention center hotel.
Monday, Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Weill took issue with Malachi Financial Products’ $300,000 fee and demanded more information on what the city would pay the company to do before casting his vote Tuesday night. Stokes’ Battle Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes took his personal battle with The Clarion-Ledger before the council this week by submitting an order to hire a contract attorney on his behalf to begin a “fact-finding lawsuit against the Clarion Ledger,” for its recent coverage of Stokes’ publicly financed travel costs and his low council meeting attendance record. COUNCIL, see page 7
ith this issue being such a guy thing, we simply had to point out that there are a few men who we, for various and sundry reasons, have some problems with. While saying we hate them would be silly, some of their behavior leaves ... well, something to be desired.
“[O]ne of the best ways to help is to come down here and enjoy the outstanding hospitality.” —President Barack Obama in Gulfport, June 14, commenting on the fact that many Gulf Coast beaches have not been hit by the Deepwater Horizon oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and remain clean and safe for tourists.
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Drug House Demolitions Tuesday, the council will vote to adopt a new city ordinance—pushed by Stokes—establishing new proceedings to demolish or seize abandoned buildings that the city purports to be locations for illicit drug activity, and those considered to be public nuisances. The ordinance passed Stokes’ planning committee last month after the city’s legal department tinkered with the law to bring it in line with state and federal laws. City legal insisted on adapting the proposed ordinance to avoid First Amendment violations similar to those the U.S. Department of Justice charged
former Mayor Frank Melton with for his role in the 2006 demolition of a home on Ridgeway Street. In August 2006, Melton, his two citypaid bodyguards and a host of young people not employed by the city destroyed a Ridgeway Street duplex Melton suspected as a drug house, although they discovered no drugs during the raid, triggering four years of litigation against the city and Melton. Mississippi unsuccessfully pursued charges against Melton, followed by federal civil-rights prosecution for Melton’s violations against the owner and occupant of the home. Melton’s bodyguards pled guilty to in the federal case, while prosecutors dropped charges against the mayor following his death last year. The city is currently in the middle of a civil suit with the owners of the Ridgeway Street home, which remains destroyed and uninhabited. Stokes seeks to simplify the process by which the city can condemn and demolish property suspected as sites for drug activity. City Attorney Pieter Teuwissen and assistant City Attorney Monica Joiner told the council Monday that the new ordinance will not violate the parameters of state and federal law, and ensures that the city will not incur any new violations. “This ordinance sets forth procedures by which the city may file to get these abandoned drug houses demolished,” Joiner told the council. Joiner explained that city authorities must file a petition with Hinds County Circuit Court, complete with evidence from law enforcement supporting the city’s complaint that the property constitutes a public nuisance. Determination of the home as a public nuisance or “drug house,” ultimately remains within the discretion of the court, however.
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The Clarion-Ledger cited city documents last week indicating that Stokes attended only 27 of 55 full council meetings since last July. Stokes argues he should not have to attend every special meeting because he is often not present to schedule them. Stokes also struck out at the newspaper’s story citing sources claiming no knowledge of Stokes’ presence at an American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Construction in Chicago last August, although Stokes’ expenses for the conference cost taxpayers $2,745, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Stokes told the Jackson Free Press that he was present at the events and revealed credentials that, he claims, prove his presence. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said she would not agree to fund an attorney to sue The Clarion-Ledger, calling the prospect “a waste of taxpayer money.” In light of Stokes’ travel expenses, Council President Frank Bluntson said he would enact a procedure of personally approving city expenditures for travel.
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he Rankin-Hinds Levee Board is turning to Mississippi’s congressional representatives to press the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to include a lake in its flood control plan after Corps officials rejected the levee board’s latest lake plan June 8. Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District Levee Board Chairman Billy Orr told the Jackson Free Press that he was dismayed by the Corps’ rejection of the levee board’s most recent lake plan. “I was hoping the Corps would have liked the new lake plan,” Orr said. “We tried to make it as environmentally friendly as possible, but they’re still not OK with it. They sent us a letter saying they wanted levees only with no lake. That was pretty clear in the letter. Our next step is to go to our congressmen.” The Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District Levee Board has considered several plans to reduce flooding similar to the 1979 devastation of the historic Easter Flood, which brought more than $200 million in damage to Hinds County. The board had considered a massive lake plan
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impacting more than 7,000 acres of wetland and woodland area, as well as a recent lake plan that only floods the channelized portion of the Pearl River, south of Lakeland Drive. The more modest lake plan leaves wetland areas north of Lakeland untouched, including the scenic Mayes Lake campgrounds. “Environmentally, that area had already been impacted. And there are levees all along it, so hydraulically you’ve already modified the area for drainage,” Waggoner Engineering Inc. project engineer Barry Royals told the board in April, when describing the area targeted for permanent inundation. Royals produced the smaller, shallower Lake 255 (named for being 255 feet above sea level) in direct response to the Corps’ 2009 refusal to approve any flood control plan that affected more wetland areas than the Corpspreferred levees-only plan. A majority of the board wants to tie flood control to the creation of new scenic lakefront property to promote new construction in Jackson’s urbanized downtown area. Jackson oilman John McGowan, who has long pushed for his more ambitious Two Lake plan—which the Corps soundly rejected due to its harsh environmental impact—accepted the viability of the Lake 255 plan at the time of the Levee Board’s March vote. Board member Leland Speed, another advocate of the Two Lakes plan, made it clear that he has not given up on the idea of Two Lakes, saying the smaller lake could expand over the next few decades to encompass the northern sections above Lakeland Drive, provided environmental litigation permits the expansion. “This thing could be more easily done in increments,” Speed said. “This is a start.” Despite Levee Board’s agreement, Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District Commander Jeffrey Eckstein refused to include the Lake 255 plan in any flood control study endorsed by the Corps, according to a June 8 letter he sent to Levee Board Chairman Billy Orr. “The … comprehensive levee plan is a less damaging practicable alternative when compared to … any of the impoundment
alternatives sought to be studied by the Drainage District,” Eckstein wrote, referring to a Nov. 23 letter the Corps submitted to the levee board. Eckstein added, however, that no impoundment meets the criteria of federal law as an “environmentally acceptable locally preferred plan.” “It is therefore not in the federal interest to expend more time and resources to continue studying the report, especially when there is no realistic expectation that … any of the impoundment alternatives will ever qualify as the less damaging practicable alternative,” Eckstein wrote, adding that Corps “cannot resume the study for the purposes of considering any impoundment alternatives or private development features.” In reaction to the Corps’ June letter, the Levee Board unanimously approved a resolution this week to approach the Mississippi congressional delegation “to ask for assistance in requiring the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) to reengage in evaluating a locally preferred plan to include a lake as a flood control element.” Members of the Levee Board claim the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 legally permits an impoundment, despite Section 3104 of federal law, referenced by Eckstein as the reason the Corps can’t consider a lake as part of the plan. Board attorney Trudy Allen argued before the Corps last year that WRDA exempted a local lake plan from some environmental regulations: “(WRDA) doesn’t say it needs to have the lowest environmental impact. It says it has to be environmentally acceptable. That’s the will of Congress: environmentally acceptable, technically feasible and provides at least the same level of flood reduction as the (levee plan). ... We’re missing an important element in this calculus if you don’t go forward and consider the environmental acceptability of each of these plans the board is asking you to take,” Allen told the Corps. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, long an advocate of McGowan’s lake plan, and now perhaps the Lake 255 Plan, did not immediately return calls for comment.
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etails on financing for the proposed convention center hotel are still under wraps, as the city puts together an official proposal for the Jackson City Council that may include using funds designated for redevelopment of areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. presented an executive summary May 18 to council members recommending that the city help finance the $200 million mixed-use development along four blocks of Pascagoula Street. The Jackson Free Press obtained the executive summary, provided by an anonymous source, recommending the use of urban renewal bonds to help the developer, TCIMS, finance the project. The summary also discusses the use of Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds but does not provide a dollar amount. The JFP submitted an open records request for the summary to the city, but City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen wrote in a June 15 letter that the document could not be released because of state law that exempts records containing “trade secret or confidential financial information” from public inspection. The website of MJS Realty, the entity that formed TCI-MS, states that plans for the Capital City Center consists of two hotels, residential, retail and office space along four blocks of Pascagoula Street. The 2005 Gulf Zone Opportunity Act created economic incentives for developments in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. The act’s tax-exempt bonds fund construction of commercial projects that help foster economic growth and boost tax revenues. The deadline for the bonds to be issued, however, is Dec. 31, 2010. Kathy Gelston, Mississippi Development Authority director of financial resources, said she couldn’t discuss the specifics of TCIMS’ financing because the project is ongoing, but confirmed that the Capital City Center development qualifies for GO Zone bonds. The bonds can’t be issued until the developers present a letter of credit from a bank or find a buyer for the bonds. “We are issuing bonds as developers are coming in and are ready to break ground,”Gelston said. Gelston said that MDA still has approximately $1 billion in GO Zone bonds
available for projects that qualify. She also said that because it takes about three months for the bonds to be issued, developers would ideally have their financing in place by August or September to meet the December deadline. Rick Hill, city director of finance and administration, said he could not comment on the financing specifically relating to the Capital City Center development, but could only address the process in which municipal bonds are commonly used. He said that the city sells bonds to underwriters who then resell the bonds to investors such as Morgan Keegan or Merrill Lynch. Typically, the length of time for the city to pay back bonds with interest is 20 years. Hill said the city is ultimately the responsible party for making sure the bonds are repaid, but in financing development projects, the goal is that the development pays for itself by generating revenue. Johnson’s executive summary states that revenue from the hotel and other developments would go to bond payments, while reserve funds, deficiency obligation payments and the deed to the property would be used if TCI-MS failed to make payments. The executive summary states that the developers will pay a fee of $3 million to $6 million when the deal closes and that money will be placed into a reserve fund. The summary states that TCI-MS has acquired $2.9 million in HUD Katrina Community Block Grant funding for infrastructure improvements on the site. The summary also states that the developer will enter into a Workforce Integration and Minority Participation agreement—a contract to ensure that minorities are hired for construction—with the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and Harrell Contracting Group of Jackson. Ward 2 Councilman Chowke Lumumba said he was waiting on a detailed proposal before commenting on the financing of the project, but said he would make sure the minority agreement is upheld. “There must be some kind of contractual obligation for people doing the project to involve significant ownership of the black community and any other community that is underrepresented,” he said. “… The percentage of black involvement (in other projects) has been too low and that’s why we need to make sure the percentages are high enough to bring an impact.” TCI is closely connected with Basic Capital Management founder and former CEO Gene Phillips, who former Mayor Frank Melton championed for high-price development in Jackson. The JFP previously reported that Phillips has a history of controversial business involvements and has been indicted on criminal charges, but never convicted. Phillips is also the founder of Prime Income Asset Management, a real estate management company that has more than $3.54 billion in assets, according to his website. Comment at jacksonfreepress.com
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Gusher Week 8: AG Can Sue BP without OK
ritish Petroleum announced that Mississippi will receive a total of $65 million to fight oil coming onto the beaches and for tourist advertising, but Attorney General Jim Hood says he requires none of those funds to pursue a suit against the oil giant, should one become necessary. The petroleum company’s Deepwater Horizon rig sank in April, leaving an uncapped well spewing oil into the Gulf. The new count, according to a New York Times report last week, is now between 20,000 and 40,000 barrels per day, amounting to 840,000 to 1.68 million gallons flowing into the sea every day for almost 60 days. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced at the end of May that he would set aside $5 million of a $25 million BP grant for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to sue the company. Caldwell told reporters earlier this month that the $5 million was only a piece of what he really needed to pursue a successful suit, and asked state lawmakers for an extra $27 million to hire outside attorneys and expert testimony on the science behind the spill. In comparison, Hood does not need to request funds from the Legislature. “Caldwell’s problem is they have legislation expressly prohibiting the hiring of counsel,” Hood told the Jackson Free Press. “During the tobacco settlement, when (Mississippi Attorney General) Mike Moore was (in Louisiana) trying to get them involved in the tobacco settlement, they just cut his knees out from under (the attorney general) because the legislators could do that.” That is power the Mississippi GOP would like as well. Republicans in the state Legislature have submitted bills every year seeking to restrain Hood’s power to contract outside attorneys to pursue expensive litigation against high-powered companies like Microsoft and the now defunct WorldCom. Every year Democratic committee chairmen refuse to allow the legislation out of committee. Under current law, Hood can contract outside counsel and pay them on a sliding scale, based on how much money the attor-
The gusher in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spew 20,000 to 40,000 barrels of oil daily, threatening livelihoods and wildlife in coastal states from Louisiana to Florida.
neys win in their case. Attorneys in the state’s $100 million settlement with Microsoft Corp. earned $10 million for their services, as specified by their contract. Republican state Auditor Stacey Pickering fought the legitimacy of the contracted Microsoft work, arguing that the contracted attorneys should be paid from the state’s general fund—similar to the situation in Louisiana—and has sought to reclaim the $10 million. Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Denise Owens shot down Pickering’s endeavor in an April decision. Hood admitted that state law makes his pursuit of BP easier, should a suit be necessary. “Legal fees with the Exxon Valdez thing went over $20 million. What are the odds of a state putting up that kind of money?” Hood asked. “But as long as BP continues to work with me I won’t need outside counsel.” Gov. Haley Barbour continues to downplay the impact the oil has had on the state. Barbour told members of a June 8 House Select Committee on the Gulf Coast Disaster that the oil is less damaging than other oils because of its classification as “sweet Louisiana crude” meaning it is light in weight and low in sulphur, and, in his words, “deteriorates very quickly.” The governor also argued that organisms in the Gulf “digest” the oil, rendering it harmless. But the governor made no reference before legislators to the strong potential for oxygen-depleted dead zones created by the mi-
crobes that digest the oil. He also glossed over the toxicity of the oil to wildlife, which can clog the gills of fish and the lungs of birds and other wildlife, while devastating the state’s oyster and shrimp industry for generations. Barbour admitted that BP is “paying fishermen not to fish” because of the potential health risk posed by the harvest. Above all, Barbour joined Jindal in criticizing President Barack Obama’s decision to issue a moratorium on new drilling off the Gulf Coast, complaining that the moratorium would send oil prospectors to competing countries like China and Venezuela and cost the state jobs. The moratorium’s impact, however, would be tiny, according to a June report issued by the International Energy Agency. The agency predicts that a two-year delay on all deep-water oil rigs in the Gulf—33 of them, according to Barbour—could reduce production by up to 300,000 barrels a day by 2015. The amount is about 5 percent of the country’s total domestic production, and less than 2 percent of the nation’s oil consumption. In any case, the moratorium has no impact on drilling wells in depths shallower than 500 feet—of which there are more than 3,800 currently in the Gulf—and does not affect deepwater wells already in production, although those wells hold suspect permits and certification awarded by the now-controversial Minerals Management Service.
by Ward Schaefer
Without Federal Funds, JPS Needs $2.5M
JPS Board member Otha Burton is wary of the political costs of asking City Council to raise property taxes.
The reductions save JPS $1.9 million in teacher salaries alone, Miller said. The district has also eliminated 125 teacher positions, mostly through attrition. Still, the cost-saving measures are not enough to entirely ease the district’s financial woes. JPS lost nearly $9.5 million over the 2009-2010 school year due to budget cuts. Even in the best-case scenario, with the additional federal Medicaid assistance, the district will receive $2.4 million less in total MAEP funds for 2011 than it did in 2010.
The district’s expenses are also rising. With the full debt from its 2007 $150 million bond issue now on the books, the district’s annual debt service payments are roughly $2.5 million, Miller said. The district must submit its request for a tax increase to the council by Aug. 15, to give the city time to prepare the budget for its 2011 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. JPS board members will discuss the district’s budget at a June 16 work session. Public hearings on the budget will follow June 21 and 29.
Congress was taking it up pretty aggressively,” Miller said. “Now they’re telling us they probably won’t take it up until October. We’re being pretty conservative.” While city council can choose how to fund the district’s $2.5 million request, it would probably elect to raise property taxes by two mils, Miller said. A mil represents a $1 tax per $1,000 of assessed value and generates roughly $1.142 million in revenue for the city. Miller said that the district’s request could increase as it evaluates its 2011 budget. At Friday’s meeting, board member Otha Burton suggested that the district discuss its finances with Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. before submitting its official tax request. “Having been a former city employee, I think it’d be good to have a conversation with the city,” Burton said. “To raise taxes is going to be difficult.” “It’s going to be a hard sell,” Burton added. “There’s going to have to be a very good picture painted.” The request is only one of the district’s efforts at raising funds and cutting expenses. At a June 3 meeting, board members agreed to cut four paid days from teachers’ contracts and reduce paid days for other district staff by two. Superintendent Lonnie Edwards received a three-day cut.
ncertainty about $187 million in federal aid is forcing Jackson Public Schools into awkward contortions as the district prepares its budget for the upcoming school year. The district will likely request an additional $2.5 million from the Jackson City Council as a precaution, Executive Director for Finance Sharolyn Miller said at a JPS board meeting Friday. State lawmakers and school district administrators have waited since April for Congress to pass a one-year extension of Medicaid assistance included in the 2008 economic stimulus package. An extension would free up $187 million for the state to spend on education, of which roughly $4 million would go to JPS. When Congress did not approve the extension before the end of this year’s state legislative session, lawmakers passed two separate education budgets. If Congress does not pass the Medicaid extension, House Bill 1622 would provide $120.5 million to JPS through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the state formula that levels funding for low-income school districts. If the extension passes, a different bill, House Bill 1059, would give JPS $124.2 million in MAEP funds. “It was anticipated that that (larger) House bill would be funded by now, because
opining, grousing & pontificating
Stop Threatening AGs Authority
his month, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell reported that he will beg the Louisiana Legislature for $27 million to sue oil giant BP for the damage the company’s oil is doing to Louisiana’s lucrative fishing and tourism market. Legislators may get fired up enough to give it to him, but there is no guarantee that they’ll get a return for their investment if BP becomes belligerent. At the moment, the company is making nice, having handed over $75 million to Gulf states Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi for the mess they’ve caused. Generosity may only go so far, however, as the company’s stock teeters just above junk status and stockholders consider bankruptcy. Caldwell may have to get restitution from the company through the courts should BP file bankruptcy or decide to defend themselves, and he and Louisiana taxpayers will have a fight on their hands. Our own Attorney General Jim Hood has yet to call upon Mississippi legislators to cough up the investment cash for a lawsuit. He doesn’t have to. Unlike Louisiana, Hood can negotiate contracts with outside attorneys who are willing to gamble on their chances of winning in court and accept payment only if they win. It’s a lawyer thing. You’ve seen the ads on daytime television. Strangely, pro-business legislators in Mississippi are unhappy with that system. Legislators—mostly Republicans—have submitted an average of five bills every legislative session for the past four years seeking to require Personal Service Contract Review Board to approve Hood’s legal contracts. That board could then find a contract unsuitable and hand it off to a competing attorney or law firm. But the most profitable suits the state has launched against “corporate wrongdoers,” as Hood calls them, have come from attorneys who stumbled across evidence of the wrongdoing and then carried that evidence to Hood with a proposition to pursue the case on behalf of the state in exchange for a cut from the proceeds. If a state authority could snatch the cases away and hand them off to a competing attorney, those attorneys likely won’t approach the state with their propositions. Republican state auditors, from Phil Bryant to Stacey Pickering, want to take away Hood’s ability to privately orchestrate contracts, arguing that the state Legislature should be funding outside attorneys, not Hood—Louisiana style. Watch Caldwell as he goes hat-in-hand to the Louisiana Legislature, asking representatives to make an investment in a suit against one of the most powerful companies in one of the most lawyered-up industries outside of Wall Street. Now, ask yourself if that’s what you want for Mississippi.
Kicking Some Butt
June 17 - 23, 2010
udy McBride: “Greetings, Ghetto Science Public Television viewers! Welcome to the premiere edition of ‘Ghetto Psychology Today.’ The objective of this television show is to discuss, analyze and understand aspects of human behavior from a Ghetto Science Team perspective. Today, I want to talk about the public’s concern regarding the president’s calmness during a crisis, like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “I thought I heard Spike Lee suggest that the president be more assertive. “With me to briefly explore this issue is Scooby ‘Angry Black Man’ Rastus, ghetto science community and political activist. “Brother Scooby, should the president be more aggressive and start kicking some butt?” Scooby Rastus: “I’ll try to answer your question with a quote from Mr. J.A. Rogers, author of ‘From Superman to Man:’ ‘The Negro is the only one treated as an objectionable alien in this country. And the irony of it all is that he is expected to smile and be pleasant always. But he is going to stop smiling some of these days and settle down to some serious thought.’ “And with all the issues confronting the president today, he might consider kicking some butt! “The president’s current situation also reminds me of Mel Brooks’ movie ‘Blazin’ Saddles,’ starring Cleavon Little as the black sheriff named Bart, a sophisticated urbanite who has some difficulty winning over the citizens of a small western town.” Judy McBride: “I understand what your answer implies, Scooby. The Sheriff is a … near.”
YOUR TURN by Dan Robinson
Bad Business or Bad Math?
n a column published June 3 (“Payday Lending: Bad Business” by Scott Colom), JFP readers met a man named Mike (an alias for a supposed payday loan customer.) I’d like for you to meet a real payday loan customer: Gracie. Gracie is a stay-at-home mother with three children living in south Mississippi. Her husband works offshore to support his family. A few years ago, Gracie’s car broke down, and she had no room in the budget for a repair. Her husband knew he had some overtime coming that would cover the cost of the repair, so they took out a small loan. They paid the 18 percent fee allowed by Mississippi law for the two-week loan, got the car fixed and paid off the loan on time. Then an unexpected bill came along. Gracie started doing the math. She could write a check and risk an overdraft on one, maybe even two checks—“That’s $72, right off the top,” she says in a video testimonial at www.BorrowSmartMS. com—or she could take out a payday loan. Turns out, the payday loan was cheaper. The concept flies in the face of the June 3 column. Here’s the truth: The large majority of payday loan customers take out the loans because they are the smart solution to temporary, urgent financial needs. The column called for state regulators to cap payday-loan interest rates at 36 percent annually. Gracie could probably tell the author that 36 percent APR on a $300 loan extended for two weeks is $2.07. Let’s assume that a busy store does 1,000 loans per month at an average of $300 each. That’s less than $25,000 in annual revenue. While we are on the subject of math, according to regulators, there are approximately 25 percent more stores per person in Mississippi than Alabama—hard-
ly the twice as many the author quoted. In addition, he says the average customer borrows $300, eight or more times a year. He implies it costs $528 to borrow $300, when in fact, the customer in his example borrowed $2,400 (or $300 eight times). Make no mistake, responsible people in the short-term lending industry support sensible regulations that protect consumers. For instance, paydayloan companies are prohibited from charging additional interest beyond the term of the loan. So if a loan is not paid off in the typical two weeks, customers are not charged more interest. Try getting your credit card company to agree to that. Furthermore, a group of more than 350 lenders in the state gathered two years ago to form a consumer organization called Borrow Smart Mississippi, which takes consumer protections even further. The program requires members to offer repayment plans to educate customers about financial health and encourage them to only borrow what they can afford. The fact is there is an unmet demand for shortterm, unsecured loans. After short-term lending was banned in Georgia and North Carolina, a Federal Reserve study determined: “The increase in bounced checks represents a potentially huge transfer from depositors to banks and credit unions. Banning payday loans did not save households $154 million per year, as the some projected, it cost them millions per year in returned check fees.” So to those of you who want to take away consumers’ options, I say: Do the math. Your argument comes up short. Dan Robinson is the owner of Cash Incorporated of Mississippi, based in Flowood.
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What We Can’t Do About BP
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ormer Secretary of State Colin Powell minced no words in an interview with ABC News recently. Powell said President Barack Obama should muscle BP aside and move in with “decisive force.” The general had one thing in mind: militarytype response and seizure of the operation. Powell thinks and talks like a hardnosed military man, so his demand for a military solution to the BP spill is understandable. Powell didn’t say how the government, let alone the military, could cap the runaway well and insure that it stayed capped. But Powell and the wave of media pundits, politicians, and much of the public still shout at Obama to impose a total government takeover of the operation. The shout is futile and wrongheaded. Obama’s critics shout it at him in part out of ignorance about what the government can do and, in part, to beat up on him. When a hazardous substance poses a major threat to the health and well-being of U.S. citizens, the president can invoke provisions of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act to take full charge. But the BP spill is in international waters and, technically, federal law doesn’t apply. Even if the government makes the compelling legal case that the BP spill poses a grave enough threat for government agencies, the military or both to step in, then what? Every credible military expert that has weighed in on what the military can do if it were called on to take over the capping and control of an errant off-shore drilling operation has said that the military would be totally lost. Its deep-sea technical capability and undersea imaging technology is too limited and untested in this kind of complex, intricate and uncharted operation. Every scientist, engineer and technician that’s weighed in on the spill has said that the bitter pill the public must swallow is that BP created the problem and, despite its flop so far in fixing it, has the technology and expertise to do the job. The military and government agencies can take over containment, cleanup and construction. And the government has dispatched more than 20,000 responders, dozens of ships and floating operation stations that are doing those functions. What government agencies can do is bar any company that engages in fraudulent, reckless or criminal conduct from doing any business in the form of contracts, land leases, drilling rights or loans with the government. Given BP’s well-documented nose thumb at safety rules that have cost dozens of lives, and maimed and injured many others, the pile of lawsuits, settlements and massive civil fines against it, and the red-faced lies and half
truths its officials have told regulators and investigators about its operations, a solid case could be made that the government can and should bar BP from government business. But there are problems with this, too. BP is the largest oil and gas producer in the Gulf of Mexico, and operates some 22,000 oil and gas wells across the country. It is a top supplier of fuel to the U.S. military, and employs thousands in its operations and subsidiaries. The disbarment process would take at least a year, and BP, the military or—incredible as it sounds—another government agency can claim in court that disbarment would pose a monumental national security risk. This is not academic speculation. In times past when BP came under fire for legal and environmental malfeasance, these were the concerns raised, and the talk of disbarment quickly fizzled. Then there’s the clamor for indictments and jail. Attorney General Eric Holder says he’ll look seriously at criminal charges against BP. But it would take months, perhaps years to build a case that BP executives willfully intended to commit the violations. That’s a nearly insurmountable legal bar. The best that we can hope for are hefty civil penalties, fines and settlements. That’s been the case in the past with Exxon and BP, and the oil giants didn’t miss a beat. They were back to business as usual in short order. The BP spill is not solely about what Obama can or should do. The catastrophe is a political grenade that Sarah Palin, the GOP, tea party activists and the pack of right wing talk jocks have eagerly tossed at Obama to tar him as a weak, ineffectual leader, and to grab more seats from the Democrats in the November elections. If Obama had declared a national security emergency when the first drop oozed out of the well, sent in the troops and clamped the cuffs on BP executives, the Obama bashers would have screamed “dictator,” “heavyhanded government interference,” and “socialist takeover.” When that didn’t happen, they dredged up the phony Katrina-Bush bungle comparison and reamed him for being cautious, vacillating and sending out mixed signals. The BP spill is the perfect storm of political one-upmanship and environmental catastrophe. This insures that the shouts for Obama to do what he can’t do—muscle BP aside—will get even louder. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His new book is “How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge” (Middle Passage Press).
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ichael Gentry says he must be outdoors. He must get dirty and sweaty and work with his hands. “I can’t stay in a cubicle,” he says. His love of the outdoors began when he pitched and played first base for Starkville High School and later, East Mississippi Community College. Today, this tall, ruggedly handsome 32-year-old works outside as coordinator of Tougaloo-Rainbow Sustainable Garden, a community-supported organic garden, where if volunteers work, they get food, he says. Gentry wears cargo shorts, a T-shirt, socks and ankle-high GORE-TEX boots to work, but words like “bio-mimicry” and “nano-technology” slip off his tongue like he’s a college professor. He learned, however, that he didn’t want to teach when he tutored and mentored kindergarten through eighth graders with Americorps in Seattle from 2002 to 2003, because he likes being on the project side of things. He earned his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at Mississippi State University and studied permaculture with Akia and Rebecca Chabot in Vicksburg. Gentry has used permaculture techniques—which require consideration of a site’s residents, environment, functions and inter-relationships to design the best system for the site—in Rainbow Green projects. At MSU, Gentry met Sarah Wynne, another landscape architecture student, and they dated five years. After gradu-
June 17 - 23, 2010
In most cases, stereotyping is a bad thing. Fairness dictates that we avoid it all costs. But it’s safe to say, as actress Mae West once did, “Men are all alike, expect the one you’ve met who’s different.” This year’s Men We Love are all exceptional guys, in more ways than one, but one thing unites them: They are all forward-thinking men that are making positive changes in the metro area. They are different from the norm, but in a good way. And of because this we love them all and think you should, too. Some are fathers and husbands, and others are single and mingling. Some own businesses, and one will help you get yours started. One recognizes that the community beyond his church’s walls needs help; and another will help you find a home when you’re ready for one. These men are leading by example, and we’re inclined to follow them. Trust us: If they weren’t, they never would have made the list.
yrone Hendrix is the Mississippi state director of Organizing for America, an organization formed out of Obama for America that inspires and empowers change across the nation. Hendrix, 27, is a Jackson native but frequently moved while growing up, traveling between Georgia, Colorado and then eventually back to Georgia. When he was 13 and living in Augusta, Ga., his mother fell ill with ovarian cancer. She passed away the day after Thanksgiving, and Hendrix moved back to Jackson to live with his father and grandmother. “She died because she couldn’t afford to receive treatment,” Hendrix says of his mother. “That’s when I knew I wanted to go into politics, to help change policy. And the current health-care reform has a special place in my heart. You can’t help everyone, but you can empower people to help themselves. My grandmother has always instilled her motto in me: ‘Somebody has to lead; why can’t it be you?’” Hendrix graduated from Forest Hill High School in 2001. He moved to Tampa at 21 for a job in community planning and organizing but returned to Jackson to finish his education at Jackson State University. He graduated with a master’s degree in political science in 2008.
ation, Gentry worked in Louisiana, but says he and Wynne “couldn’t stand to be away from each other.” He returned to marry her and, having done so, says “everything is linked in my life now.” They have three children: Kaia, 5; Skyler, 4; and Dylan, 7 months. After returning to Jackson, Gentry volunteered with Mississippi 2020, where his wife was working with Bob Kochtitzky. The now-defunct organization’s goal was Mississippi’s sustainability by 2020. Kochtitzky asked Gentry to run the initial garden at Tougaloo College. That “planted the seed” for the Tougaloo-Rainbow Sustainable Garden, which started three years later Gentry is fulfilled watching people learn the plant life cycle, plant seeds for the first time and reap the benefits of what they’ve started. He used to plan rather than live, he says, but his wife taught him to “freelance” life—to have fun. His job lets him do both: He can “plan what the garden will look like and get his hands dirty.” Rainbow Green Services Katherine West describes Gentry as an “honest, gentle giant.” And Karen Parker, Fair Trade Handicrafts store manager, says he’s genuine: “What you see is what he is.” Gentry and his wife aspire to own a farm or create a place to reconnect people and nature through “ecotourism options: hay rides, fishing derbies, possibly a dude ranch,” he says. —Jackie Warren Tatum
While working on his master’s, Hendrix acquired another love and is now engaged to Ercilla Dometz, whom he met at Jackson State in 2006. The couple hasn’t set a date, yet; Dometz expects to have earned her doctorate degree in urban and regional planning from JSU by May 2011, and Hendrix wants to minimize her stress levels. The couple lives with their 5-year-old daughter in west Jackson. Since graduating from JSU, Hendrix has worked as a field organizer for Obama for America and on other political campaigns. While he works hard for other candidates, Hendrix has no plans to run for office. He notes with a wide grin that he much prefers strategizing and building community support. But Hendrix’s choice to stay out of the political spotlight does not mean he will stop trying to implement change for Mississippi. He feels strongly about working toward more affordable housing and reducing the poverty rate in Jackson. “We have such a rich and beautiful culture here, such a unique identity that we should try to capitalize,” he says. “This is my home, and I cannot express how much I love it here. Mississippians have soul.” —Amanda Kittrell
ou can’t help but like Scott Colom. Friendly and compassionate, he even turns an interview into something more akin to a conversation between new friends. Colom, 27, is a Columbus, Miss., native who moved to Jackson in 2001 to complete his undergraduate study at Millsaps College. After earning his law degree at the University of Wisconsin in 2009, Colom returned to his Mississippi roots and began his current work with the Mississippi Center for Justice, which he describes as a non-profit law firm that pursues economic justice, currently focused on reforming the payday lending industry. “We work on finding alternatives for people to find the credit they need,” Colom says. He and the MCJ also work to encourage the state Legislature to accept federal funds expanding unemployment eligibility. Colom has taken his thirst for a better life for others on the road. He interned at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., the summer of 2008, working on employment discrimination cases, and he spent a year teaching English in Guyana with an organization called WorldTeach. “(I was) lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Africa working with the United Nations’ Tribunal for Rwanda,” he says. While in Africa, he was able to also spend time in Tanzania and Egypt. Colom has a deep love of travel, but he currently finds himself too busy to get away as much as he’d like. “Once I decided to return to Mississippi, I lost the opportunity for more international work,” he says. “I really love going to parts of the world that are less visited.” He has his sights set on Thailand for his next grand adventure. On any given weekend, Colom can be found around various Jackson hot spots relaxing with his friends. “I try to mix it up a bit. I like to go to the King Edward for a drink or Underground 119, to Hal & Mal’s for a band or to hear Jackie Bell down at the 930 Blues Café,” he says. He most enjoys places with outdoor seating where he can hang out and eat good food. “I enjoy life,” he says, adding: “There’s something (in Jackson) for everyone, and there’s a lot going on, especially in terms of development. Things are really happening here.” — Sarah Senff
d Sivak, 34, is a big picture kind of guy. He’s always thinking about how to connect others and create more opportunities for underserved families in Mississippi. A Jackson transplant from Cleveland, Ohio, Sivak is the founding director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, a nonprofit organization that promotes policy initiatives to improve the quality of life for others by conducting research and analysis on fiscal policy, and providing economic resources. “There are a lot of exciting things I get to do. I really enjoy working with other advocates and nonprofits to expand their capacity to do their work,” he says. In high school, Sivak volunteered at St. Herman’s House of Hospitality, a homeless organization in Cleveland, and he spent a month in the Dominican Republic working on farms and in orphanages. He says these experiences had a lasting impact on him. “It was something I enjoyed and something I felt called to do,” he says. “I could use my talents and skills to improve the lives of others who didn’t have the same opportunities as I had growing up.” Sivak received his bachelor’s degree in arts from Marquette University in Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He came to Jackson nine years ago to intern at the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta, a nonprofit development institution, and stayed on as the manager of the EDC’s Emerging Markets Partnership. When he isn’t working, Sivak spends his time with his wife, Jen, and their two children, Abbie, 4, and Nicholas, 2. He’s also a local Boy Scout troop leader, who sees his role as one that allows him to invest in the city’s youth. Sivak says his co-workers and the people he works for each day provide the motivation for his work at the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. “I am really fortunate to have good people around me in all facets of my life,” he says. “I’ve got an incredible team of people who work hard and are committed to making a difference. … It’s a call and a challenge to look at the big picture and take the long view.” And Ed Sivak is doing just that.
self-proclaimed people person, Mike Davis speaks with a smile on his face while talking about his family, his hometown of Jackson and the job that allows him to do his part in helping Jackson’s progression. Davis, 41, was born and reared in Jackson. He graduated from Jim Hill High School and received his marketing degree from Jackson State University in 1995. A family man, he is the proud father of two girls, Ashleigh and Courtney, but he lost his wife, Deborah, one year ago this June to breast cancer. Professionally, Davis has worked at his current position as a business development manager for Jackson for the past six years. His work includes recruiting and retaining businesses in Jackson. He enjoys having the opportunity to meet new people, while also working for Jackson’s citizens to help provide beneficial services like offering incentives to businesses in Jackson and those relocating to the city, and fast-tracking some development projects so they’re completed in a timely manner. A dedicated Jacksonian, Davis says he would like to see even more positive changes such as amenities improvements—including new shopping, eating and leisure areas such as parks—and even more businesses moving into the capital city. And he is doing his part to see these changes come to life, because his job allows him to reach out to business owners and convince them that Jackson is where they want to be. Davis wants to make sure residents of Jackson, old and new, feel comfortable to reach out to him if they need help. “I would like (Jacksonians) to know I’m available to assist them in seeing their future dreams come to life,” he says. “If they want to start a business, or if they need assistance in trying to understand what they need to do from a marketing standpoint or from an advertising standpoint, or just trying to identify funds to help them grow their business, I can help with that, too.” For assistance contact him at 601-960-1055 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently living in south Jackson, Davis speaks positively about the city’s growth and its future. “The best change I’ve seen in Jackson is people working together, no matter what their ethnicity,” he says. “They’re working together to build Jackson to where it used to be and better.” —Sarah Bush
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re you in charge of directing the next family reunion or coordinating your 20-year high school celebration in Jackson? Let the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau (JCVB) take the burden off your shoulders and provide the professional expertise to make your reunion a successful one. Jackson Convention “Reunions are more than just get-togethers,” & Visitors Bureau says Wanda Wilson, CEO and President of the JCVB. “Reunions are special times for families, military veterans, and high school or college friends to celebrate the past, renew special acquaintances and make more great memories. That’s why we take pride in making each reunion the best that it can be: after all, people are not just going to a reunion, but they are literally coming home.” The Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau makes coming home everything it should be and more. We offer complimentary services for your group such as: Letters from the Governor and Mayor Canvassing hotels and motels for available rooms Coordinating tours for your group Providing brochures on things to see and do in Jackson Complimentary items for your participants such as logo bags, logo pencils and other items as they are available. “Reunions allow us to reaffirm the significance of who we’ve known and what we’ve done, and to celebrate with joy our coming together again,” said Wilson. “We are here to help; from choosing the right hotel location for your group’s stay to creating a family reunion theme, let us do the work for you.” wWe can specialize your group’s itinerary or simply show you around the City with Soul. Our professional staff can assist your group with planning a tour of the City by creating a special group itinerary. Let us do the work for you. Come see first-hand why so many are choosing Jackson as their upcoming reunion location. To find out how the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau can help you plan your upcoming reunion, contact Judy Bardin at the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau at 601-960-1891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also download our Reunion Resource Guide at www. visitjackson.com.
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lises Hernandez walks into Cups Espresso Café in Fondren with a confident stride wearing a graphic T-shirt and aviator shades. Behind the glasses, Hernandez is ardent and authentic about his beliefs, his culture and the work he does on behalf of immigrant rights. Hernandez, 21, originally from Los Angeles, has been in Mississippi for four years and is a 2007 graduate of Ridgeland High School. As the Central Mississippi organizer for the non-profit Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, he helps organize the state’s Latino immigrant community. “We help them learn what to do, how to do it and who to contact … how to do things themselves,” he says. Formed in fall of 2000, MIRA accomplishes its goals of immigrant rights’ advocacy and education on the community level through door knocks, home meetings and public events. MIRA speaks for those who can’t or don’t know how to speak for themselves or who don’t know what their rights are. “Migrant people in the state of Mississippi really haven’t been seen, and they walk amongst us, but nobody really notices them,” Hernandez says. “(The current immigration debate) is bringing those people out of hiding and out of the shadows.” Hernandez travels a lot for his job and recently attended The National Council of La Raza conference, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and
“I got to learn a lot about their lives before the storm,” he says. That work led to a project with MTV in 2006, “Alternative Spring Break.” During his fellowship, a full-time job opened up with United Way. “I had other offers,” he says, but he decided to stay in Jackson. “I can help shape things—connect people with resources and support, maybe consult on different approaches,” he says. Jackson reminds him of his hometown, Columbia, S.C. Both are big enough for lots of neighbors and concerts without the bigger problems of large cities. He loves the music and the food of the city, and he works out about five or six times a week. “I’ve got to exercise regularly now. I’ve packed on the pounds,” he says. Murray got married last fall. Much of his time away from work is spent with his wife, Tracy. They go out to hear live bands or have friends over for cookouts. To help Jackson’s future, he would like to work on more health initiatives for children. He’s also interested in continuing work to cut the dropout rate in Jackson Public Schools. “The city is moving in the right direction,” he says. “I’d like to see south Jackson and west Jackson get more attention.” —Valerie Wells
advocacy organization in the country. He was there to help lawmakers understand how outdated the current immigration laws are. One important piece of proposed federal legislation discussed was the Dream Act which would grant conditional residency to certain undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools, are of good moral character and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment. “I’ve traveled and lived pretty much all over. … I can honestly say I can see both sides of the story. I just wish extreme-left people and extreme-right people would sit down and talk and come up with something comprehensive,” he says. “ … something equally proportionate.” Hernandez also serves as secretary for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His mother, Olga Hernandez Rincon, is the owner of Olga’s Maids and La Rancherita grocery store in Jackson off Ridgewood Road. He likes to travel and spend time with his fiancée, Chelsea, and her daughter Georgia, 2, who he talks about with glee in his eyes. Hernandez says the best advice his father, Jose Hernandez Aguilar, has ever given him was that no one in this world is going to respect you unless you make them respect you. “I was never given a damn thing,” he says. “I was always treated like less … but I am working my butt off to be who I want to be, and in the end, I know what I am and where I came from.” —ShaWanda Jacome
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he lady cried when Ira Murray told her she was getting $1,000 back on her federal income tax return. She came in to his f ree tax service expecting to owe the government. She was shocked to find out she was getting money back. “Then she tried to put $20 in my pocket,” Murray says. “I had to tell her, ‘Nah, I can’t take that.’” Murray, 30, is vice president for community impact with the United Way of the Capital Area. He manages grants and partnerships. One of his programs helps low and moderate-income families prepare taxes. “Some people are on the verge of getting evicted. We see a lot of hard-working people who are really appreciative of the tax service. It’s not an attitude of entitlement like some people think. These aren’t people looking for a handout,” he says. “They are paying off debts and getting stuff for their kids.” Murray moved to Jackson “sight unseen” from Nashville five years ago as a fellow with United Way of America. The first time he saw Jackson was the day he drove in with all his belongings—two months before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. He worked with a Katrina relief project that helped relocated storm victims find apartments and gave them beds, sofas, ovens and washing machines. It was a $400,000 program that lasted about four months.
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rowing up in Jackson, Michael Lewis knew many classmates and friends who couldn’t wait to leave the capital city. As soon as they graduated from high school, they left for bigger, flashier cities. “I always wanted to stay home. I always envisioned an upsurge in my community and always wanted to stay and be a part of that,” Lewis says. Lewis, 26, is fueling that “upsurge” as a Realtor and a committed community member. A 2002 graduate of Bailey High School, Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Jackson State University in 2009. Real estate was a natural fit. “I always took an interest in realizing the potential in things that initially wouldn’t have potential to anyone else,” Lewis says. “I always enjoyed seeing a house come to life from the development stages.” By the time he graduated from JSU, Lewis had already established his own firm, Leah Cim Real Estate. The business’ name is his first name, backward, which Lewis thought would sound more approachable than his own. He manages and sells property all over the city now, focusing on parts of Jackson that he believes he can help revive. Many of Lewis’ clients are single mothers, living in apartments but hoping to find a house with safer and roomier space for their children. It’s a situation Lewis can identify
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t wasn’t until the day of his first daughter’s baptism that Edward O’Connor realized he wanted to change directions with his life and go to seminary. Before then, he was a practicing psychologist who had been out of the church for a while. But he was so inspired by the baptismal liturgy he left the church that day a changed man. And now, as the dean at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, O’Connor is not only a leader within his own parish but within the Jackson community. Born in Memphis, O’Connor moved with his family to Jackson when he was in the seventh grade, so he calls Jackson home. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a double major in English and political science in 1990 and did his graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi in marriage and family therapy. After spending 10 years as a psychologist, O’Connor entered into the seminary at Sewanee: The University of the South to pursue a master’s in divinity. He spent four years at St. Peter’s by the Sea in Gulfport—two years before and after Hurricane Katrina. Then with the bishop’s permission, he entered the search process, and the St. Andrew’s vestry ultimately chose him out of a number of candidates.
arvin Hightower never planned to work in the physical fitness industry, but once he discovered how little access some Jackson residents had to exercise equipment, he began trying to find a way to change that. Hightower is now the owner of N-Tense Fitness 24/7, a 24-hour gym with two different locations in Jackson. Hightower, 34, is from Lexington Miss., where he graduated from Jacob J. McClain High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in management from Belhaven College in 2003 and was training for a job in law enforcement when he became interested in opening a 24hour gym. His goal is to provide convenient, affordable gym access for Jacksonians who previously have not had this opportunity. For some people, like teachers and those in law enforcement, membership is only $15 per month; for everyone else, membership is $20 per month. N-Tense Fitness also offers discounted personal training. Hightower wanted to keep his gyms open 24/7 so people could work out whenever it was most convenient. “It gives everyone the opportunity to work out,” he
O’Connor, 42, is passionate about the economic development and transformation that downtown Jackson is currently undergoing, and he believes St. Andrew’s has an important role to play in this change. “We understand our role is not just getting people to come downtown but also being real neighbors to them,” he says. “We want to help feed the hungry and clothe the naked and be real partners in this community.” St. Andrews, whose moniker is Cathedral of the City, is involved in 22 aid agencies in Jackson, including Stewpot and Grace House. O’Connor finds Jackson’s diversity exciting, and he hopes to see it increase. “To me, if downtown Jackson is going to become a true community, I think the key for us is to create that real urban tapestry where people (who are) making a lot of money are living with or near people that aren’t making so much money,” he says. “We need to have an ethnic diversity and a socioeconomic diversity.” O’Connor currently lives in Northeast Jackson with his wife, Deidra, and his three children, Flannery, Mary Kathryn and Edward. —Sarah Bush
with, having grown up in “a family of matriarchs,” as he says. When Lewis was 14, his father died of a heart attack. He found support and guidance at home, where he lived with his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and from mentors at community groups like the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA. “Part of my coping with that when I was younger was just to stay as busy as possible, because (my father) told me, ‘You’re never doing too much, especially while you’re young,’” Lewis says. “The more I can see myself doing what I feel would please (him), the more satisfied I am with myself.” As an adult, Lewis has found another mentor in businessman Bill Cooley and a group of like-minded Jacksonians in the West Jackson Leadership Academy, which Cooley organized to bring young talent to bear on the city’s redevelopment. Having learned the value of community as a child, Lewis draws satisfaction from providing it to his clients. “To get them into a home that’s in a community that has involvement and that has a backyard where the kids can play safely—I’m not really big on making a whole lot of money, but making a difference is really what moves me,” Lewis says. “To go back a year later and see those kids playing and comfortable, that’s really what does it for me.” —Ward Schaefer says. “No excuses.” While he is satisfied with the two locations he has now, Hightower would eventually like to open something larger so he can offer more services, like aerobics classes, to his patrons. He is also happy with his reception in the community. “It’s been great so far, and both locations have done extremely well based on the amount of time that they’ve been open,” he says. Hightower views these business ventures as his way to give back to and improve the Jackson community. “It’s up to us as the people of Jackson to bring things into our own community,” he says. “If it’s our community, I think it’s our responsibility to make sure the things we need are there.” Giving people the opportunity to start again, to improve their health and to teach them how to do something that has scared them in the past excites Hightower. N-Tense Fitness gyms are located at 5300 N. State St. and 1335 Ellis Ave., Suite 20. For more information, go to ntensefitness247.com or call 601-941-1130. —Sarah Bush
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Take a swim in the river or just hang out and camp. Secret Identity and Cape Optional—Explore the Mississippi Southern Fried Comic-Con 2010 June 26 and 27 at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 North State St.). See artists and comic dealers from around the Southeast, enjoy the costume contest and get an autograph from Larry Kenney (the voice of Lion-O and Jackalman on the popular ‘80s cartoon “ThunderCats”). More info at www.facebook.com/southernfriedcomiccon. Movie night at home—If you have OnDemand and want to skip the high price of movie tickets, order one from home. Make popcorn, order a pizza and spend the evening watching anything dad wants. Get lost in a book—Spend an afternoon or a day diving into adventures like “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Consider doing a two-person book club with dad. Read and discuss a book and maybe even attend a local reading or signing wit the author. (See jfpevents.com for upcoming events.) Or learn about history, art or science at the local library. The JacksonHinds Library System (www. jhlibrary. com) offers plenty of summer programs. Also visit their website to find the library branch nearest you. Kick, Jab, Block—Learn self-defense and increase your strength, stamina and flexibility with martial arts. This whole body exercise builds increases self-confidence and improves focus and concentration. The Academy of Kung Fu (626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland, 601-8565051, www.academyofkungfu.com) and Jason Griffin’s Tae-Kwon-Do (125 Dyess Road, Ridgeland, 601-977-9000 or 103 Christian Drive, Brandon, 601-8240058, www.griffinstkd.net) offer classes for adults, teens and kids. Sweat Together—Have fun exercising with dad at the Hip-Hop Dance-athon at the Northeast Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club (46 Northtown Drive, 601-956-1300), June 19 at 12:30 p.m. Open to ages 15 and older; registration begins at 12:15 p.m.; $15 for early birds, $20 at the door.
hen I was a little girl, I remember taking my bright neon bubble paint and going up to my father’s bedroom before one Father’s Day, where I took out his favorite red polo shirt. I knew he liked fishing and watching television, so I drew a huge TV on the front of his shirt with a man fishing. I waited for the paint to puff up and gave it to him for Father’s Day. I was so excited, and I insisted he wear it. The next day, I saw him mowing the lawn in the shirt. As ugly as it was, I know he loved it because I found it in my parent’s closet years later, folded up along with all the other items from my childhood. As I grew older, I would wash his car for Father’s Day, mow the lawn and cook him breakfast. My family would go to the movies every year and watch an awesome Steven Segal movie after eating Italian food, then promptly come home and fall asleep. Spending quality time with dad doesn’t have to involve a new tie, trip to the Olive Garden and/or a long nap. Here are some fun and inexpensive activities to do with dad: Urban Oasis—Lefleurs Bluff (2140 Riverside Drive, 601-987-3923) is a 205acre state park tucked away in the heart of Jackson. Enjoy boating, canoeing, camping, fishing, picnic spots, nature trails and a nine-hole golf course and driving range. Picnic at the Reservoir—Pack a picnic basket and head out to the reservoir. Bring your dog, fly a kite and lie out in the sun. This place is really beautiful and probably not thought off too often. Fishing—Get the family up early and head out to The Spillway. Even if the kids are little, teach them how to bait and cast. Watch the sunrise on the water. Jackson History—Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St., 601-576-6920) was originally the State House. It has been fully restored and visitors can view exhibits about the Jackson area prior to 1839. Don’t miss the beautiful 94-foot high rotunda dome. Museum admission is free; open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. CARA Work Day—Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (960 N. Flag Chapel Road, 601-922-7575, www. carams.org) is always looking for folks to come on the weekends and help out with the animals. You and your family can help countless dogs get the love and attention they need and help out a wonderful nokill shelter. Splish Splash—Located about an hour and a half from Jackson, the Bogue Chitto Water Park (1068 Dogwood Trail, McComb, 601-684-9568, www.boguechittowaterpark.com) provides access to a bathhouse, picnic tables and toilets.
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Marinate the chicken in yogurt for approximately two hours in the refrigerator before cooking. Boil the sweet potatoes whole until they are soft, then cube them. Cube chicken and cook in sauté pan with light oil until browned and crispy. Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to medium (or a slow simmer) and continue stirring until the sweet potatoes are mashed and tomatoes boil down into a sauce. This usually takes 30-40 minutes. Serve with white rice.
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CRAWFISH QUICHE 1 10-inch pie shell 1 shallot 1/2 pound of crawfish tails 1 small onion 1/2 pound of cheese (I suggest pepper jack and provolone) 3 tablespoons of butter 1 tablespoon of flour 5 eggs
Bake the pie shell in the oven per package directions. Mince the onion and shallot, then saute in a regular skillet until clear. Add the butter and crawfish tails. Cook for about 10 minutes. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a fork until blended. Layer the pie crust with cheese and crawfish mixture and pour in the eggs. Make sure to leave about an inch of room in the pie crust for the quiche to rise, so don’t fill it all the way to the top. Set oven to 375 degrees and bake for 40-45 min.
NO BAKE COOKIES 1 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup butter 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter 3 cups quick-cooking oats 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix milk, sugar, butter and cocoa in saucepan and boil for exactly two minutes (the freezing process will be affected if you boil any longer than two minutes). Remove from heat, stir in oats, peanut butter and vanilla. Drop teaspoonful amounts on wax paper and freeze.
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have always heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If that’s true, Father’s Day will be littered with messy kitchens and burned cookies. When I was younger, “cooking” for Father’s Day meant a tiny cake from my Easy-Bake Oven. Dad will eat whatever you make him, regardless of taste, texture and consistency. But this year, I have devised foolproof recipes, even for the youngest kids. For kids too young to use the oven, I recommend the ever-popular No Bake Cookies. You will need to use a stove for boiling, so older kids or an adult may have to help, but these cookies will not burn. They are frozen! For the older kids, try making breakfast for dad. I love Organic Batter Blaster, pancake batter in a can. I know—it’s batter in a can. But believe me. It tastes great and requires zero clean up. While you are making pancakes, try baking the easiest thing in the world: quiche. Feeling adventurous? A good friend of mine taught me this easy chicken sweet-potato curry recipe. It’s sure to be something dad will like.
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Tale-Gating with Rebel Greats cookbook, $18, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Museum Gift Shop
D’Aosta Rotunda vintage luggage, $374, Mori Luggage and Gifts
Jersey bottle coolies (MSU and Ole Miss), $8, The Mississippi Gift Company USM Travel Mug, $14, The Mississippi Gift Company
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Cole Haan men’s loafer, $178, Kinkade’s
Men’s ties (assorted colors and designs), $65-$95, Kinkade’s
Canali Summer Nights men’s cologne, $75, Great Scott
Mountain Hardwear Drifter II tent, $165, Buffalo Peak Outfitters
Quirky/Trendy Dad Screen print T-shirt, $20, Swell-o-Phonic
Foodie Dad Dispatches from My South cookbook by Robert St. John, $24.95, The Mississippi Gift Company
Larry Smith PC Scrap Art clock, $30, The Museum Store Coffee gift card, price varies, Cups Espresso Café
Mississippi Grill’n bucket, $34, The Mississippi Gift Company
Musical Dad Signed copy of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues by William Ferris, $35, Lemuria Books
“World’s Best Dad” custom T-shirt, $6.99, Coast Ink
Ovation USA Limited Edition guitar, $599, Fondren Guitars
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Looking for a great gift to relax your hard-working dad? How about a massage, pedicure or facial. The Optimum Health Medical Spa (6501 Dogwood View Parkway, 601-366-7447, www.drwhiteohi.com) has three special Father’s Day spa packages available. Prices range from $110-$230. Offer expires June 30.
WHERE2SHOP Buffalo Peak Outfitters, 115 Highland Village, 601-366-2557, www.buffalopeak.net; Coast Ink, 1019 Highway 80 W, 601-948-4849, www.coastink.com; Fondren Guitars by Patrick Harkins, 607 Fondren Place, 601-362-0313, www.fondrenguitars.com; Great Scott, 4400 Old Canton Road, 601-984-3500, www. GreatScott.net; Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, 126 W. Jackson Street, Suite 2B, Ridgeland, 601-898-0513, www.kinkadesfc.com; Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-7619, www.lemuriabooks.com; The Mississippi Gift Company, 300 Howard St. (in historic downtown), Greenwood, www.
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t was still daylight on a nice afternoon last April. I was busy, hungry and tired when my emotions got the better of me, and I drove into a fast food restaurant to eat before going home. The sandwich tasted a little odd, but I decided it was my imagination—probably just the spices. That was the beginning of my learning experience about the importance of drinking water. Everything was going well until about 10 p.m. that night when I began to feel ill. For the next two or three hours, the pain and nausea were relentless. After several hours, it was time to go to the emergency room. The emergency room was the beginning of a nightmare—one that would make water the focal point of my life. The trauma team informed me that I needed immediate surgery to remove my gallbladder. They showed me a scan the staff had taken: My gallbladder looked like a large boiling pot filled with hundreds of Mexican jumping beans. I’d had gallbladder issues before, but apparently I’d been drinking enough water to wash the toxic gallstones out of my body. But now my condition had gotten so bad, it was time to operate. Doctors informed me that because of the length of time I had been producing them, my body might continue to produce stones, even though they had removed my gallbladder. The secret to living with this condition, my doctor reiterated a
number of times, was to drink a lot of water. I have always known that water was good for things like losing weight and having a good complexion, but now it was a matter of my quality of life—maybe even life or death. I needed water to wash the toxins out of my body as well as any stones. “How much water should I drink?” I asked my doctor, Dr. Lonnie Frei, after the surgery. My research indicated that the amount depended on a number of factors, including my weight and height, and how much I exercised. “As much water as possible,” Frei said. “At least eight glasses a day or more.” After drinking my quota of water, I could have a moderate amount of other types of drinks, but they need to be low calorie. At this writing, I’m drinking 10 to 14 eightounce glasses or bottles of water a day and a moderate amount of coffee and tea. I don’t drink fruit juice because my diet says to eat fruit. I get more fiber by eating whole fruit. The Mayo Clinic says you should modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate you live in, your health status and whether you’re pregnant or breast-feeding. You need to replace fluids you lose through sweating, for example, whether because of exercise or simply living through a hot and humid Mississippi summer. You’ll also require additional water during any illnesses accompanied by fever, vomiting or diarrhea to prevent dehydration. Being thirsty is generally not the best indicator of how often or how much water you need. As a matter of fact, by the time you’re thirsty, you may already be slightly dehydrated. Also, as you age, your body gradually loses the ability to feel thirsty. If you see your doctor this summer, ask how much water you need and whether that includes all liquids or only water. In the Mississippi heat, it may be the most important question you ask.
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• For watermelon slush, put one or two cups of seedless watermelon with a little lemon juice in a blender. Blend with ice cubes until it makes slush. • Cucumber and orange flavoring adds freshness to plain water. For every cup of cold water in a pitcher, add one cucumber slice and one orange slice. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Makes a great thirst quencher for a hot summer day.
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ild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause: • Dry, sticky mouth Sleepiness or tiredness—children are likely to be less active than usual Thirst Decreased urine output—fewer than six wet diapers a day for infants and eight hours or more without urination for older children and teens Few or no tears when crying Muscle weakness Headache Dizziness or lightheadedness
Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause: • Extreme thirst • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes • Lack of sweating • Little or no urination—any urine that is produced will be dark yellow or amber • Sunken eyes • Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold • Low blood pressure • Rapid heartbeat • Fever • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness According to the Mayo Clinic website, thirst isn’t always a reliable gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children and older adults. A better barometer is the color of your urine. Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration. If you’re a healthy adult, you can usually treat mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids. Get immediate medical care if you develop severe signs and symptoms such as extreme thirst, no urination for eight hours, shriveled skin, dizziness and confusion. For more information about dehydration in adults, children and older adults, visit www. mayoclinic.com.
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Wellness Project: Week 2 I’m starting to remember to stretch in the morning. Well, twice last week. I’m going to put a ginormous “STRETCH” sign on my mirror to remind myself. I still haven’t gotten a journal to write my prayers in yet. Why do I want to write my prayers? A typical prayer for me is like this: “Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy ... Oh, no, I forgot to call her back yesterday! ... My next homework assignment is due tomorrow, and I still don’t know what to draw! ... What is that smell? ... I wish they’d stop calling me. I just paid that bill! ... OK, cat, I’ll feed you in a minute. Stop meowing at me! ... Man, I’m sleepy ... In Jesus’ name, amen.” I figure if I write my prayers down, I can keep on track for at least five minutes. I’m still working on spending time outdoors. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to schedule it, or else I won’t do it. It’s getting hot, so I’d rather not do it at high noon, but I will if I have to. Outdoors, there are no ringing phones or clicking on a keyboard—just me and an occasional breeze against my skin. I’ve got to do that every day, like I planned, because it feels so good. –Latasha Willis
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Milkshakes and French fries on this road? Probably not.
Todd and I have long suffered from workaholism: We don’t go home soon enough; we eat late; we’re often too tired to exercise by the time we leave the office. Years ago, we chose a more healthy lifestyle by going vegetarian (no meat, but we have dairy and some eggs), by converting to mostly organic choices and by starting to walk, meditate and actually take weekend days off. So we have a good base for wellness. But it’s our workaholism that tends to hurt us. When we do leave the office by 7, it’s usually to attend an event around town. I had to improve some of my habits because I developed fibroids, which I chose to manage rather than have surgery. These days, I’m feeling good because the problem has been in “remission” for about four months. It’s all circular—stress causes the fibroids to act up, and the acting-up stresses me out. So I’ve practiced some Zen habits to keep it in check. We left last week on a road trip to the northeast for a wedding and to stay with friends for a cheap, delightful stay in New York City. Traveling usually brings out the worst in our habits; sometimes milkshakes and fries have to be a meal for traveling vegetarians. We brought a lot of fruit and healthy bars, and we drink water constantly. We even stopped at a little health-food store in Virginia and then went to a Whole Foods in D.C. for the fixins for Todd’s post-wedding quesadilla feast. Here in Brooklyn, it’s great to discover that everyone is into bikes and urban gardens. Our friends Amy and Karl are growing all sorts of delicious organic food in their private rooftop garden, which is also great to sit in and just
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Food Court Wellness I just got back from an extended weekend in Dallas with thousands of my closest friends at Project A-Kon, the longest running anime convention in North America. Something is happening nearly 24 hours a day from Thursday though Sunday. How do you keep up with that and stay healthy? My attempt to drink more water was certainly shining forth during this weekend. The heat index was into the triple digits, the hotel and convention space was filled with 17,000+ people, and the air conditioners couldn’t quite keep up. Water stations were all over the place, and I took full advantage of them to keep hydrated. Score one for me! But then there was the dietary issue. Unless we wanted to go downtown, our only food option was pizza or the food court. No matter how healthy the choices in a mall food court, none of it is a substitute for home-cooked meals. Sure you can go with black coffee instead of an oreo frappe, but what about a “healthy” sandwich that gets coated in oil before toasting? Yakisoba with fresh ingredients is better than a burger and fries, but it’s still more starch than veggies. And are eggs and biscuits really that much healthier than donuts? The only other saving grace was the discovery that NOS was giving away free energy drinks at the convention. Every time I caught them giving away this free nectar of the sleepdeprived gods, I’d luck up and see that only the sugar-free options were left. That’s not sooo bad, right? Meh. I still gained three pounds this weekend. Excuse me, but I’m gonna go buy a Wii Fit now. —Kristin Brenneman
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innie Gordon and Charlie T. Hubbard believe in patience and letting things happen as they may. In their case, patience and time proved to be a gift. While they were dating in September of last year, they began regularly attending seminars at the Holiday Inn in Clinton (now held at the Hampton Inn in Clinton) that showed them ways to have a healthy relationship and marriage. During one session, the moderators asked the couples various questions pertaining to their relationships. One question asked them their feelings about being married. “I told him, … ‘We can’t answer that because we aren’t married,’” Linnie says, “and he told me, ‘Let’s get married, then.’” Linnie, 59, and Charlie, 65, are retired and reside in Raymond. Linnie retired from the State of Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, and Charlie retired from the Raymond campus of Hinds Community College, where he was a vocational technical instructor and counselor. Between them, they have six children and are proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. Linnie graduated from Bentonia High School, attended the University of Mississippi and Jones Business College and is currently enlisted in the Air National. Charlie attended Alcorn State University, enlisted in the Air Force and completed his education at Ole Miss. The couple met at Ole Miss in 1971 while Charlie was a graduate student and Linnie was an undergrad. “We were off and on a lot because of where we were in our lives,” Charlie says. During this time, Charlie was in the army and had to travel a lot, sometimes even going to foreign countries. “We spent a lot of time in the car. Linnie would ride with me to different places, and that’s how we got to know each other,” Charlie says. Eventually, Charlie decided to pursue his doctoral degree in Education Administration and Linnie had to decide whether she wanted to add the pressure of a relationship to his educational pursuits. “We believed that if we were meant to be, we would get back together. She gave me time to focus on my edu-
cation,” Charlie says. “When you really care about someone, you don’t want to be a hindrance,” Linnie adds. “I never wanted to be that. I wanted him to explore all his opportunities without me being an obstacle.” After 28 years apart, the couple reunited in 2003 and dated until their marriage on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. Linnie was passionate about having an Antebellum themed outdoor wedding with pastel colors. “I like the antebellum era with the big dresses,” she says. Linnie, a naturally caring person, wanted to make sure all of her guests would be comfortable at the wedding. “I checked the almanac and saw that there would be bad weather, and I didn’t want our guests outside during the wedding, so we had to choose an indoor venue.” They decided on the Regency Hotel and Conference Center on Greymont Avenue because everything could be held there: the rehearsal dinner, the wedding and the reception. “We had everything in one place, so we could have the freedom to enjoy ourselves and dance,” Linnie says. Because the couple has different religious traditions (Charlie is Methodist and Linnie is a Seventh Day Adventist), they opted to have a non-traditional ceremony, which included plenty of laughs as the bridesmaids and groomsmen danced down the aisle to classic R&B like “My Endless Love.” Decked out in purple, the wedding party consisted of the couples’ children, other family members and friends. Charlie’s pastor, Rev. Robert L. Cook of Seven Springs United Methodist Church officiated the wedding. Because Linnie’s father is deceased, one of her sons escorted her down the aisle. She wore a cloak over her wedding dress, and when she met Charlie at the top of the aisle, her son “de-cloaked” her. They exchanged traditional vows in front of their 130 guests. “I wanted my wedding to be everything antebellum. And in that era the women wore cloaks to their social events and parties,” Linnie says. Perhaps because of their history together and the length of time they dated, neither had any pre-wedding jitters. “We’ve known each other for so long, I had nothing to be nervous about. We knew we were doing the right thing,” Charlie says. Following the wedding, guests were served half Cornish hens, broccoli with lemon-butter sauce, rice pilaf, rolls and assorted cheesecakes. Charlie and Linnie even had vegetarian options. Instead of having one large cake, they served petit fours shaped like Easter eggs. Life as a married couple is as special as it was before they joined in matrimony. They live simply. “Being married is just a name change; we are living just like we were before. We still talk to each other, and we still treat each other the same,” Linnie says. With Charlie being an avid outdoorsman and Linnie enjoying the comfort of the indoors, the couple compromises just like they did in their early years of dating—by travelling. “It’s something we’ve done throughout the course of our relationship. We grew up with a lot of family
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Historian Chester “Bo” Morgan talks about Theodore Bilbo during “History Is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6850. … Snazz plays at the Regency Hotel at 8:30 p.m. Call 601-969-2141. … It Shook the Earth takes on Flagship at Electric Cowboy’s Battle of the Bands. Call 601-899-5333. … Cary Hudson performs at Fenian’s from 9 p.m.-midnight. Free.
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Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM. Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guest is Jim Burwell, organizer of The Market at Fondren. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Wine & Swine June 18, 6 p.m., at Two Sisters’ Kitchen (707 N. Congress St.), on the patio. The event features wine from Lazy Magnolia and food from Lumpkin’s Bar-B-Que. Proceeds benefit ProStart, the career readiness curriculum of the Mississippi Restaurant Association Education Foundation. $20; call 601-608-0227. “The Market in Fondren” Flea, Craft and Garden Market June 19, 8 a.m., on N. State St. in the parking lot across from Mimi’s. Local artists and food producers will be selling their goods. Entertainment provided. Call 520-205-0288. Juneteenth 2010 June 19, 11 a.m., at Dalton Deer Park (902 Dalton St.). This family-friendly event will feature local performers, visual artists, poets and face painting for the kids. Coolers, lawn chairs and tents are welcome. Please contact the event organizer if you wish to participate as a vendor, artist or performer. Free; call 601-454-5777.
SafeHeart Screenings June 18, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Room. SafeHeart Health Screens of Hattiesburg will do five ultrasound and EKG screenings that target risk for heart attack, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, atrial fibrillation and peripheral arterial disease. Call to register or come early. $129, free for those who qualify; call 601-450-5483 or 866-548-3006. SolarDay 2010 June 19. The day includes useful information for consumers to go on an “energy diet”, including an energy audit they can easily do for their home or business, information about solar rebates (and how they vary by location), information about the PACE program (now in 16 states), suggested SolarDay community events for U.S. cities and organizations, contacts for website visitors to U.S. government and state government websites related to energy conservation. Visit solarday.com.
Jackson Audubon Society Wildflower/Birding Field Trip June 19, 8 a.m., at Harrell Prairie Hill (Bienville National Forest, 3473 Highway 35 South, Forest). See beautiful birds and the prairie wildflowers in bloom. Participants will meet at the Cracker Barrel in Pearl near Bass Pro Shops (Interstate 20, Exit 48) at 8 a.m. to carpool. A botanist from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and a member of Audubon Mississippi will lead the group. Free; call 601-956-7444.
Acres of Adventure Kids Camp, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Session II on June 17-18 is for children ages 8-10, and Session III on June 22-23 is for children ages 5-10. Sessions are from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $30; call 601-713-3365. Men’s Health and Health Care Conference June 17, 9 a.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The program will include topics related to screening, prevention, disease diagnosis and health care disparities. Call 601-979-1101. Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors June 17, 11 a.m., at Golden Key Multi-purpose Senior Center (3450 Albermarle Road). The Care-A-Van outreach program will provide blood pressure checks and health information to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living within the city limits of Jackson. Free; call 601-960-0335.
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Provine High School Alumni Reunion June 18-20. This weekend is for Provine alumni from 1985 and earlier. The meet-and-greet on June 18 will be at the Embassy Suites in Ridgeland (200 Township Place), the family picnic is on June 19, and the church service and farewell brunch is on June 20. Call for a complete itinerary and locations. Registration is required, and all registrants will receive a T-shirt. $100; call 601-954-0175 or 601-953-5747.
Sixth Annual Chick Ball July 24, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). This fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. Get involved, volunteer, donate art/money/gifts at chickball@jacksonfreepress. com. Be a sponsor for as low as $50. $5; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; visit jfpchickball.com and follow us on Twitter @jfpchickball.
English II Exam Writing Workshops June 19 and June 26, 10 a.m.-noon, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road). Students in grades 1012 will develop skills they need to successfully pass the English II State Test Writing Exam. Students will receive instruction from teachers and tutors in areas such as sentence structure, paragraph development and grammar. Free; call 601-965-1353.
Thyroid Screenings June 18, by appointment only, at all Baptist Medical Clinic locations. If you’re experiencing fatigue or swelling in the neck; a change in appetite or weight; a change in menstrual flow; a rapid or irregular heartbeat or slow heart rate; or bulging eyes, your thyroid may be to blame. A simple blood test can tell if it’s your thyroid. No insurance or Medicare can be filed for this screening. Registration is required. $25; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.
Legal Clinic: Wills and Expungements June 17, 4:30 p.m., at Black’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (3425 Robinson Road). Individuals who meet eligibility guidelines can have simple wills prepared, and citizens of Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties who qualify can have expungements prepared with a limit of one per applicant. A minimum court-filing fee of $35 must be paid by money order for an expungement. Free; call 601-960-9577. Downtown at Dusk June 17, 5 p.m., on Farish Street between Amite and Griffith streets. The monthly event includes food for sale by local vendors, $2 beer, water and soft drinks, and live music. Free admission; call 601-974-6044, ext. 221.
Homebuyers Workshop June 19, 9 a.m., at Medgar Evers Library (4215 Medgar Evers Blvd.). Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) empowers people with disabilities to become homeowners through grants and support systems. Residents with and without disabilities in Hinds County and surrounding counties are invited to attend. Free; call 601-432-6876 or 866-883-4474. Brunch with IBC June 19, 11:30 a.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The event coincides with the International Ballet Competition. $10; call 601-355-9853. Car Seat Safety Check June 19, 12 p.m., at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), at the medical mall entrance. Mississippi Safe Kids will show caregivers how to properly install a child’s car seat. Free; call 601-200-6934. Stage the Page June 19, 12:30 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 West). The event for children includes story reading, arts and crafts, karate demonstrations, build-and-grow kits from Lowe’s, face painting, puppet shows and tips on swim safety. Bring a book to donate to the Pages of Promise book drive for the JPS summer reading program. Free; call 601-965-1354. Work It Hip-Hop Dance-a-thon June 19, 12:30 p.m., at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). The workshop will feature a full hip-hop routine and offer an intensive dance/workout experience. Open to all ages 15 and older. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m. $20 at door, $15 early bird; call 601-853-7480.
America Reads-Mississippi Member Recruitment, June 21, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at the Sally M. Barksdale Educational Resource Center. ARM members tutor full-time during the school day, before and after school, over breaks and in the summer. Members who successfully complete 1,700 hours in one year will receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth $5,350, which can be used to attend college and/or pay off current qualified student loans. Call 601-979-1474. Work Play June 21, 6-10 p.m., at Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 North). The networking event includes cocktails, music, board games and video games. Business casual attire is preferred. Free admission; call 601-421-7516 or 601-713-2700. 63rd National Appaloosa Horse Show June 21July 3, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.). The Appaloosa Horse Club invites you to come see for yourself why the Appaloosa is a top-10 favorite American horse breed whose popularity is spreading around the world at the nationâ€™s oldest single-breed horse show. Free; call 208-882-5578 or 208-882-8150. SBA Loan Conference June 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). Entrepreneurs will learn how to apply for the Small Business Administrationâ€™s Community Express program, get information about the Patriot Express Loan program for veterans and learn how to start or modify a business the right way. Pre-register by June 21. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 11. â€œShaping Public Policy Toward Green and Treesâ€? Seminar June 23-24, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Topics include tree ordinances, landscape codes and tree inventories. Buck Abbey and Steve Shultz are the presenters. $45, free for elected officials and city/ county employees; call 601-672-0755. â€œHistory Is Lunchâ€? June 23, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Historian Chester â€œBoâ€? Morgan talks about Theodore Bilbo. Bring a lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850. Governorâ€™s Awards for Excellence in the Arts Call for Nominations through June 25, at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). The awards, presented annually by the Arts Commission and the Governorâ€™s Office, recognize organizations and individuals whose work on behalf of the arts has significantly contributed to the growth and development of the cultural life of Mississippi. The winners will be announced later this year. The nomination form and supplementary materials must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 5 p.m. June 25. Free; call 601-359-6031. Center for Cultural Interchange Call for Hosting Families through Aug. 31. CCI needs to place 1,000 foreign exchange students from more than 40 countries around the world for the 2010-2011 school year. All of the students to be placed are 15-18 years old and are proficient in English. The application deadline is Aug. 31. Call 800-634-4771. Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, 8 a.m.2 p.m., at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy some fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Saturday. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Farmers Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Projectâ€™s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-951-9273.
Networking in the Neighborhood June 17, 5 p.m., at Ticoâ€™s Steakhouse (1536 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). The event offers those who are new to the area an opportunity to meet local folks, try new foods and get involved with area charities while having fun. Free admission; call 601-624-7738 or 601-718-4056. Ridgeland Rendezvous June 17, 5 p.m., in Ridgeland. View artwork by Southern artists and enjoy food, fun and atmosphere at Ridgelandâ€™s galleries, restaurants and shopping centers. Visit visitridgeland.com.
Stage and Screen USA International Ballet Competition through June 27, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). See an exhibition of the worldâ€™s best dancers performing for scholarships, cash and company contracts. Round II is from June 18-20 and Round III is from June 22-24. The awards gala will be on June 26 at 7 p.m., and the encore gala will be on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Start times vary for each competition session. $231-$366 package, $7-$70 individual performances; call 601-979-9249. â€œPlaza Suiteâ€? June 18-27, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The Neil Simon play about three scenarios at a lavish Manhattan hotel is directed by Tommy Hoffman. Show dates are June 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and June 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, and a reservation is recommended. $12, $10 students/ seniors; $10, $8 students/seniors, $5 children 12 and under on Sundays; call 601-825-1293. Open Casting Call for Extras June 19, 10 a.m., at Leflore County Civic Center (200 Highway 7 South, Greenwood). Extras are needed for a major motion picture by DreamWorks Studios called â€œThe Help.â€? Everyone must bring a recent snapshot no larger than 4â€?x 6â€? and a pen. The snapshot is not returnable. Filming begins in the Greenwood area in mid-July. Call firstname.lastname@example.org.
MuSic â€œ106 & Parkâ€? Red Carpet Affair June 18, 9 p.m., at Touch Night Club (105 E. Capitol St.). Come out and support R&B singer Lou Writerâ€™s efforts to raise funds for his trip to New York to perform on BETâ€™s â€œ106 and Park.â€? Free for first 106 ladies; call 601-500-0843. Mississippi Wind Symphony Concert June 22, 7:30 p.m., at Ridgeland High School (586 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland), in the auditorium. The concert will feature James Sclaterâ€™s new â€œConcerto for Piano and Wind Ensembleâ€? featuring piano soloist Angela Willoughby. Selections include Dmitri Shostakovichâ€™s â€œFestive Overture,â€? William Waltonâ€™s â€œCrown Imperial,â€? Eric Whitacreâ€™s â€œOctoberâ€? and Vaclav Nelhybelâ€™s â€œTrittico.â€? Free; call 601-925-3439.
Literary and SigningS Story Time ongoing, at Borders (100 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). A story will be read to children every Friday at 10 a.m. Free; call 601-919-0462. Magnolia State Romance Writers Meeting ongoing, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). The organization meets every third Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. Get tips on writing that first romance novel. Free; call 601-992-9831 or 601-992-4691.
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Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. Free; call 601-664-0411.
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Fatherâ€™s Day Car and Bike Show June 20, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Vintage cars and motorcycles will be on display. Fathers get a free all-day pass. $8, $5 children ages 2-12, $7.20 seniors; members/babies free; call 601-352-2580.
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Belly Dance Class ongoing, at Lumpkin’s Restaurant (182 Raymond Road). The class is held every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Monique Davis is the instructor. $5; call 601-373-7707. USA International Ballet Competition Photography Workshop June 18, 10 a.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Dance photographer Lois Greenfield will instruct participants on how to take sharp action shots. Registration includes lunch, instruction and use of the studio, equipment and models. Participants may also use their own professional-grade digital camera equipment, provided they bring their own laptops. $325; call 601-973-9247. Tribal Fusion Bellydance Workshop June 19-20, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Kristina Kelly of MissiHIPPY is the instructor. June 19, the “Conditioning & Drills” class is 1-3 p.m, and the “Digging Deep & Shimmy Drills” class is 3-5 p.m. June 20, the “Taking it Deeper” class is 10 a.m.noon, and the “Mixing It Up” class is noon-2 p.m. $95 weekend, $50 per day, $30 per session; call 601-594-2313. “I Got Art” Camp, Session III June 21-25, at Roz Roy Studio (3310 N. State St.). Children ages 5-13 will learn finger-painting techniques and how to make paper collages. Sessions are from 8 a.m.-noon daily. Supplies and a snack are included. $85 for one child, $125 for two children; call 601-954-2147. Summer Camp - Session 2 June 21-25, 9 a.m.1 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Children ages 9-12 will learn from master craftsmen who teach pottery, wire sculpture, fiber, fabric art and mosaics. Registration is required, and supplies are included. $150, $125 for second child in same family; call 601-856-7546. Broadway Jr. Summer Camp Intensive June 21July 18, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The acting camp is for youth who were in grades 5-12 during the 2009-2010 school year. Sessions will be held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Scholarships are available and based on need. $450; call 601-948-3533, ext. 232. “The Art of Modeling & Etiquette” Summer Camp June 21-25, at Old Jim Walter Homes Building (4576 Highway 80 West). Young aspiring models ages 8-22 will learn basic modeling principles, action poses, runway and showcase modeling, critical thinking, how to dress for success and portfolio building. Selected participants will be chosen to model in the JODI Productions Fashion Show June 27. $50; call 601-941-3925 or 601-941-3926.
GALLERIES Artist Reception June 17, 5 p.m., at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Artwork by Mary Buckley will be featured during Ridgeland Rendezvous. Free; artwork for sale; call 601-607-4147. “The Art of Dance in Craft” Opening Reception June 17, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland), in the gallery. See works by Lee Washington, Gwen Magee and Harry Day. Free; call 601-856-7546.
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Mississippi Watercolor Society Exhibit through June 30, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Artwork by society members will be on display in The Cedars Gallery until June 30. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The show is part of The Four Seasons of the Cedars performing and visual arts series. Free admission; call 601-981-9606.
Fun Fridays through July 30, at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Every Friday in June in July from 10 a.m.-noon, children will participate in interactive, hands-on activities that coincide with the “Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived” exhibit. Parents must accompany their children. $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303.
EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Mustard Seed Exhibit through June 24, at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Artwork by Mustard Seed residents will be on display. An invitation-only closing reception will be held on June 24 from 2-4 p.m. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 601-359-6030. Lois Greenfield Gallery Talk June 19, 2 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Lois shares her artistic method and guides the photographer through capturing “the moment.” She demonstrates how she directs the dancers and achieves her signature crystal sharp images. Following the talk is a walk through her “Celestial Bodies/Infernal Souls” exhibit. Refreshments are included. Free; call 601-960-1557. Artist and Three-Dimensional Artisans Exhibit through June 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See works by artist Becky Barnett Chamblee and Craftsmen’s Guild artisans Anne Campbell, Carmen Castilla and Rhonda Blasingame. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 601-432-4056. “Mound Bayou: The Promise Land, 1887-2010” through June 30, at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). See photographs related to the founding of the city. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. $4.50 adults, $3.00 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/ end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to email@example.com or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or, add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.
BE THE CHANGE “Swing 4 Knowledge” Golf Classic June 18, 11:30 a.m., at Brookwood Country Club (5001 Forest Hill Road, Byram). The event includes a silent auction of artwork from Elim’s Art Gallery. Hole-in-one contest prizes include a golf cart and a 2010 Chrysler 300. Proceeds benefit Cade Chapel Church’s scholarship fund for graduating JPS seniors. The fundraiser is presented by Mo Williams of the Cleveland Cavaliers. $75 per player; call 601-366-5463. United Way Day of Action June 19. Join a group of volunteers who are mobilizing to advance the common good through volunteer service. Projects range from working with children to painting a recycling center and are all over the tri-county area. Afterwards, volunteers will meet at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.) for a rally. Call 601-965-1354. An Evening with the Mannings June 19, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The fundraiser is part of Eli Manning’s continued effort to raise $2.5 million for the Eli Manning Children’s Clinics at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. Limited tickets are available. $250; call 601-898-8312. “Footprints in the Sand” Father-Daughter Gala June 20, 5 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The charity dinner is an opportunity for fathers and daughters as young as one year old to bond and spend time together. The attire is formal. Proceeds go to BeanSprout Benefit, a nonprofit organization that helps spinal cord injury victims. Tickets are available at ticketannex.com. $125 father and daughter, $75 each additional guest; call 601-291-3467.
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own unique connection with the art. The assemblages have also allowed Lott to step away from two-dimensional canvases and explore his attraction to the tangible. “I’ve always been fascinated with physical objects that exist but you’re not sure why they exist,” he says. The themes of religion and alchemy unite the pieces. The focal points of a few of the pieces, including “Jesus and His Most Sacred Heart,” are religious figures from holy cards. Lott’s interest in religion, specifically Catholicism, stems from his fascination with ceremony. “I really like the ritual aspect of anything. Making art is very ritualistic for me, and there’s a fine line between obsession and ritual,” he says. Lott’s alchemist alter ego is present in “Alkemie de Lamour.” An assortment of tiny keys dangles over a collage of pictures, surrounded by mysterious small vials. “Alkemie” is what you would imagine a mad scientist to have stored in a secret closet, a piece of his life that he likes to emotionally absorb in small doses. Lott has created 16 pieces in this assemblage style, and now, he is experimenting with ways to combine his painting with the assemblages. His completed assemblages and future combination pieces will be featured in Rymer Gallery in Nashville this September. These pieces may not meld neatly into a posh sitting room. They’re quirky; they’re intriguing; and they emit a unique balance of the rustic with the romantic, without being abrasive or maudlin. Lott’s newest work is currently on display at Fischer Galleries (3100 North State St.). For more information visit www.jasontwiggylott.com.
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ecently, local artist Jason “Twiggy” Lott abandoned his canvases and paintbrushes for a hammer and nails. Now pursuing his art full time, Lott, 30, spends a lot of his time as a scavenger, scrounging through old parking lots, abandoned houses and any location that looks particularly “unsavory.” He’s searching for things that people have left behind. His findings range from old keys to photographs to unassembled furniture. For Lott, the discarded and the forgotten has a beauty that naturally lends itself to the creative process. These objects become like puzzle pieces that Lott tweaks and remakes to combine and create what he calls assemblages. Lott, a Jackson native, often imagines that these assemblages have been created by an imaginary third person and that they are someone’s keepsake box or shrine to their past. One piece, entitled “The Happiest Days of Our Lives,” gives off a palpable nostalgic vibe. Examining it makes you feel almost intrusive, like you’re peeking into someone else’s memories. In an old wooden drawer, black and white photographs sit next to a set of rusted keys, and there are more objects strategically placed below, including a spoon and a broken thermometer. Separately these objects seem insignificant, but Lott combines them in a way that gives them new life and a new story. Examination is exactly what Lott had in mind when he created his new pieces. Some have small doors or drawers that viewers can touch and explore. Adding this extra element of interaction to the work makes it feel slightly forbidden, while simultaneously allowing the viewer to form his or her
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by Jessica Mizell
Courtesy Wes WilliAms
hey sport Infantino slings and are always on the lookout for a good babysitter. They grew up listening to the Kinks, Sonic Youth and the Police and more than likely, they were the boys your fathers warned you about. But what happens when a lifestyle of playing music and touring collide with the notion of fatherhood? Does fatherhood mean putting down the guitars and picking up the binkies? Local favorite singer-songwriter Scott Albert Johnson knows a thing or two about fatherhood. He has three children (Lilly Margaret, Benjamin and Charlie) two of them younger than 5. After traveling all over the country doing various jobs and playing music, Johnson found himself wanting to play music professionally and believed Jackson was the place for him. “It’s a place that grows talented and creative people. The whole region is fertile with creativity,” he says of his hometown centrally located between Memphis, the Delta and New Orleans. Johnson averaged 19-20 gigs a month prior to having children, and he says fatherhood took some getting used to. “You’re initial fear is, I’m not going to be able to do what I want to do. But what you want to do changes on its own,” he says. But Johnson—with the help of his beautiful wife, he adds—manages to do it all and still actively perform. He says the music never really became less of a priority; it was
June 17 - 23, 2010
!Los Buddies! band member Wes Williams used to stop his son Jude’s crying by playing Slayer. That’s Lilly on the right.
just one more dimension added to their lives. Daniel Welch, bassist of the now-disbanded punk bands Tuff Luvs and Atomic Brains, who now plays in Jackson’s newest rock band, the Hot Pieces, initially had the same concerns about fatherhood. Growing up in a strict home, it wasn’t until his parents divorced when he was 10 that he discovered music on the floor of the bus his mother drove every day—a copy of Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” “This was my first taste of rock ‘n’ roll music,” he says. “Punk rock came soon after.” With musical influences like Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du and the Memphis garage-punk legends the Oblivians, finding that tape seemed like fate, maybe even one of the most important things that had ever happened to him, he says, until the birth of his son, James, a little more than three years ago, that is. Welch found himself wondering if fatherhood and music were possible to balance. The Tuff Luvs were just about to tour promoting their newest album. Describing life on tour and being in a band as “exasperated normal male behavior,” he quit the Tuff Luvs just before their tour began to be with his son. “I pretty much quit because I wasn’t sure if the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and a child would meld together,” Welch says. Toy pirates, bath time and robots soon replaced attending shows and playing out-of-town gigs. Aware that the punk-rock scene may not be as suitable for a young person, Welch still firmly believes in James discovering things on his own and that includes musical tastes. Surprisingly, James isn’t a fan of hardcore punk rock. Studies over the decades prove that children who are introduced to music and performing arts tend to make better grades, and they aid in the development of social skills and interaction. Parents who directly involve their children in their music expose them to art and also give their children a creative outlet. “I prefer to be on a kid’s level,” singer-songwriter Josh Little says. Music has always been a part of his family; his grandparents were gospel musicians and played in a country band. “We would have a hootenanny every Saturday,” Little says, and cites Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams Sr. and even the Kinks as influences. Little has been in the Jackson music scene for more than a decade, ranging from the ever-moody and soulful Grocers of Despair and The Smug Knights to The Eunuchs and Hank Overkill. He can’t help but share his wideranging musical influences with his daughter, Finn. Little says it is extremely important for Finn to have a father who is active in her life. From baseball games and jumping on the trampoline in their backyard, the two share a close father-daughter relationship. Finn likes David Bowie and at 7, she is already playing piano, tambourine and the drums.
Courtesy sCott Albert Johnson
Local singer-songwriter Scott Albert Johnson is a full-time musician and father of three.
“Before I knew she would be a girl, I knew we would have a blast with each other. I just knew it,” Little says. Playing shows, and even getting in practice time, requires planning. So what do dads do when they need to get some playing time in? “We generally schedule around bedtime,” says Wes Williams of the self-proclaimed “slop-pop” rockers ¡Los Buddies! “Practice usually happens 30 minutes after tuck-ins.” Williams, stepfather to Lilly, 10, and father to Jude, 6, has made his music friendly to adults and kids alike. Lilly likes Death Cab for Cutie and the Shins, while Jude prefers old R&B. At times, Williams has found music helpful when it comes to parenting. “When Jude would cry as a baby, I would put him in the car and turn on Slayer. He really liked anything heavy,” he says. Many of ¡Los Buddies! first shows were in front of large crowds of children, Williams recalls. “Those were the wildest shows. … It was like a Ted Nugent concert or something,” Jessica Mizell is a personal friend of the fathers featured in this story. Look for our rockin’ dad’s gigs at jacksonfreepress.com.
by Rob Hamilton
Courtesy Drive By truCkers
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The Drive-By Truckers arenâ€™t your average rock â€˜nâ€™ roll band. See them June 26 at Hal & Malâ€™s.
y first rock show was in sixth grade. I saw the Smashing Pumpkins on their Infinite Sadness Tour. Guitarist James Iha and bassist Dâ€™arcy bounced around on the immense stage as they played, while Billy Corgan moaned and wailed into the microphone like he was dictating his suicide note. This was energy and passion. The show instantly became a concert benchmark for me. As the years went by, though, I realized that maybe what I had seen wasnâ€™t necessarily as good as I thought it had been. The more bands I saw, the more I realized I was watching the same show with different characters. The lead singer always stood at the microphone and sang, eyes closed, passionately pleading and howling. Other band members jumped around, demonstratively whipping the necks of their instruments up and down and side-to-side, in a display, I suppose, of their uncontrollable aggression. Eventually, it just stopped working for me. The first time I saw the Drive-By Truckers was 2002, and this concert changed everything. The band alternated between arena rock and country without losing an ounce of urgencyâ€”their sound always tinged with musical and mythological Southern influence. But it wasnâ€™t just the music that made it such a great concert. It was the first time I felt a genuine connection between a band and the crowd. One of the memories that sticks with me was Patterson Hood, the lead singer, and then-guitarist Jason Isbell looking at each other and letting their enthusiasm overwhelm them as they burst into huge smiles. These guys were living every boyâ€™s rock-star fantasy, and they knew it. It was a completely organic moment and so refreshing. The new benchmark had been set. I saw the Truckers again a few months ago in New Orleans, and while the lineup had shifted slightly, that enthusiasm was still evident. They have long been a band representing the lower middle class, a strata that in recent years has been repeatedly brutalized. These themes are naturally prevalent in the Truckersâ€™ music, and while they are always mentioned in their concerts, they are never the focal point. The band could easily harness their populist anthems to work the crowd into an anti-establishment frenzy. However, they recognize that these emotions arenâ€™t constructive. While their songs about foreclosures and broken homes arenâ€™t always the happiest stories, they do manage to lace them with humor and hopeâ€”two emotions that are considerably harder to evoke than unchecked rage. That is not to say you leave their concerts with no sense of anger at the government and the entitled. It is impossible not to. But those feelings take a back seat to the feeling of unity and proactiveness the band instills in you. After a Drive-By Truckers concert, the few hundred strangers you entered with wonâ€™t quite feel like strangers anymore. The Drive-By Truckers will be coming to Hal & Malâ€™s June 26 in support of their newest album, â€œThe Big To-Do.â€?
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June 18, Friday
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F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Blues at Sunset Challenge Band 8-12 a.m. free Farish St. Park - Downtown at Dusk: Compositionz, Creep Left, Sherman Lee Dillon, Larry Milton (music/food) 5-8 p.m. free Dreamz Jxn - Mike Robinson & Band/DJ Phingaprint 8 p.m. $5 Miss. Museum of Art - Jazz, Art & Friends: Barry Leach 5:30-8:30 p.m. $7 Lumpkinâ€™s BBQ - Jesse Robinson (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Underground 119 - Booker Walker Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Alan Rhody 8 p.m. AlanRhody.com Fenianâ€™s - Jim Flanagan 8:30-11:30 p.m. Que Sera - Larry Brewer 6-10 p.m. Poetâ€™s II - Gravity The Auditorium - Angela Walls 7:30-9 p.m. Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Doug Frankâ€™s Surreal Life 8-12 a.m. Kathrynâ€™s - Scott Albert Johnson (blues/juke) 6:30 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 8 p.m. $5 Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. Soulshine, Township - Matt Powell 7-10 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Thomas James 5:30-9:30 p.m. Time Out - Shaun Patterson 9-12 a.m. free Cherokee Inn - Dâ€™lo Trio (Americana) 6:30-10 p.m. free Shuckerâ€™s - Rhythm Masters 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar free Kristoâ€™s, Madison - Hunter Gibson 7-10 p.m. free McBâ€™s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Sofa Kings 8-12 a.m.
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Lumpkinâ€™s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Ole Tavern - Goodman County 9 p.m. Two Sisterâ€™s Patio - Wine & Swine BBQ w/Mark Whittington & friends 6-9 p.m. $20 Fire - Taddy Porter 9 p.m. Martinâ€™s - Bailey Bros., The Church Keys 10 p.m. Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Vernon Brothers 8-11 p.m. free F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Shermanâ€™s Leeâ€™s Miss. Sound+ 11:30-4 a.m. $10 Underground 119 - Fearless Four Fenianâ€™s - Mike & Marty (classic party rock) 9-12 a.m. Congress St. Grill - Joe Carroll 7-9 p.m. Soulshine, Old Fannin - Scott Albert Johnson 7 p.m. Soulshine, Township - Sherman Lee Dillon 8-11 p.m. free Poets II - Honey Island Swamp Band 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Shuckerâ€™s - Home Remedy 8-1 a.m. $5 The Auditorium - Chris Gill 7:30-9 p.m.
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McBâ€™s - Johnny Crocker Burgers & Blues - Adam Perry & Chris Derrick 7-11 p.m. Dreamz Jxn - DJ Reign & DJ Hova 9 p.m. Electric Cowboy - The Spicolis 9 p.m. Irish Frog - Jan Jennings 6:30-10 p.m. Haute Pig - Shaun Patterson 7-9 p.m. free Footloose - Karaoke 9-1 a.m. free Dick & Janeâ€™s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Philipâ€™s, Rez - A2O 6-10 p.m. free Kathrynâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 7-10 p.m. free Little Willieâ€™s BBQ - Nik Nikolis & Stan Blac 6-10 p.m. Regency Hotel - Faze 4 - 8:30 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ€™s - Fade 2 Blue 9 p.m. free Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Breakaway, Sofa Kings 8-12 a.m. Silverstar, Choctaw - The Spinners, Temptations (R&B) 8 p.m. 86644PEARL Golden Moon, Choctaw - Whit & Wynters 6-10 p.m. Thirsty Hippo, Hâ€™burg - Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles 10 p.m.
June 19, saTurday N. State St (across from Mimiâ€™s), Fondren - Fondren Market: Taylor Hildebrand, Josh Little, Valley Gordon, Liver Mouse (music, art) 8 a.m.-noon Hal & Malâ€™s Red Room - Radio London, Used Goods 9 p.m. Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Booker Walker Quartet 9 p.m. Fire - Grunge Factory 9 p.m. myspace.com/grungefactorynola Martinâ€™s - The Weeks, Stereo Hype 10 p.m. myspace.com/theweeks Underground 119 - Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers F. Jones Corner - Stevie J & the Blues Eruption 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Shuckerâ€™s - Mike & Marty 3-7 p.m. free; Home Remedy 8-1 a.m. $5 Ole Tavern - Charmed Iâ€™m Sure, Poacher (CD release party) 9 p.m. Fenianâ€™s - Doug Frankâ€™s Surreal Life (southern rock/blues) 9-12 a.m. Poetâ€™s II - The Myles Sharp Band McBâ€™s - Tim Avalon & Co. Dalton Deer Park - Juneteenth Celebration 11-7 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Fitzgeraldâ€™s - The Rainmakerâ€™s (classic rock) 8-12 a.m. Electric Cowboy - The Spicolis 9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Full Sail 2-5 p.m.; Fulkerson/Pace 6-10 p.m. free Huntingtonâ€™s - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Scott Albert Johnson & Bob Gates 7-11 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Leith Loftin 6-10 p.m. free Dick & Janeâ€™s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ€™s - Fade 2 Blue 9 p.m. free Rainbow Casino, Vâ€™burg - Shea Arender Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Breakaway, Sofa Kings 8-12 a.m. Golden Moon, Choctaw - Whit & Wynters 6-10 p.m.
June 20, sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Trio (jazz brunch) 11-2 p.m. Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophiaâ€™s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Zydeco - Jan Jennings 11-3 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Ralph Miller 5-9 p.m. The Hill - Open Blues Jam 6-11 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 7-11 p.m. free Shuckerâ€™s - Tim Avalon & Hi-Water 3-7 p.m. free Philipâ€™s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar 5-9 p.m. free Roberts Walthall, Downtown - Spoken Word in the City 8 p.m. $10 Pelican Cove - Jam Haus 3 p.m. Afrika Book Cafe - Open Mic Poetry Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 6-10 p.m. free Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - The Sofa Kings 8-12 a.m.
June 21, Monday Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues lunch) free Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martinâ€™s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenianâ€™s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Dreamz - Karaoke/DJ 5:30 p.m. Irish Frog, Clinton - Open Mic 6:3010 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Open Blues Jam free
June 22, Tuesday Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. AJâ€™s Seafood - Scott Albert Johnson (blues/juke) 6:30 p.m. Fenianâ€™s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martinâ€™s - Karaoke 10 p.m. Shuckerâ€™s - The Xtremes 7-11 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McBâ€™s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free
June 23, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Underground 119 - Kevin Larkin (of Mahem String Band) Fenianâ€™s - Cary Hudson (acoustic roots rock) 9-12 a.m. Parker House - Scott Albert Johnson w/Jacktown Ramblers (blues/juke) 7 p.m. Irish Frog, Clinton - Ralph Miller 6:30-10 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. myspace.com/snazzband2 Pelican Cove - Jason Turner 7 p.m. Shuckerâ€™s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Philipâ€™s, Rez - Kokomo Joe DJ/ Karaoke free Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. free Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands: It Shook the Earth vs. Flagship Bonny Blairâ€™s Irish Pub - Shaun Patterson 7-10 p.m.
Passion Pit / Tokyo Police Club - House of Blues, N.O. George Clinton - Handy Park, Memphis; 6/19 Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham Tool - Lakefront Arena, New Orleans Matt Pond PA - Bottletree, Birmingham
venuelist Freelonâ€™s Bar And Groove 440 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-5357 (hip-hop) Fusion Coffeehouse Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 Gold Strike Casino 1010 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, 888-245-7529 Grand Casino Biloxi 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, 228-436-2946 Grand Casino Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 North, Robinsonville, 800-39-GRAND The Green Room 444 Bounds St., Jackson, 601-713-3444 Ground Zero Blues Club 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, 662-621-9009 Grownfolksâ€™s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Malâ€™s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hampâ€™s Place 3028 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-981-4110 (dance/dj) Hard Rock Biloxi 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-ROCK Hat & Cane 1115 E. McDowell Rd., Jackson, 601-352-0411 HautĂŠ Pig 1856 Main St., Madison, 601853-8538 Here We Go Again 3002 Terry Road, Jackson, 601-373-1520 The Hill Restaurant 2555 Valley St., Jackson, 601-373-7768 Horizon Casino Mulberry Lounge 1310 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, 800-843-2343 Horseshoe Bar 5049 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-6191 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 800-303-7463 The Hunt Club 1525 Ellis Ave., Jackson, 601-944-1150 Huntington Grille 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, 601-957-1515 The Ice House 515 S. Railroad Blvd., McComb, 601-684-0285 (pop/rock) JCâ€™s 425 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, 601-362-3108 James Meredith Lounge 217 Griffith St. 601-969-3222 Julep Restaurant and Bar 105 Highland Village, Jackson, 601-362-1411 Kathrynâ€™s Steaks and Seafood 6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. 601-956-2803 Koinonia Coffee House 136 S. Adam St., Suite C, Jackson, 601-960-3008 Kristos 971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601-605-2266 LaRaeâ€™s 210 Parcel Dr., Jackson, 601-944-0660 Last Call Sports Grill 1428 Old Square Road, Jackson, 601-713-2700 The Library Bar & Grill 120 S. 11th St., Oxford, 662-234-1411 The Loft 1306 A. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-629-6188 The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford. 662-234-5333 Main Event Sports Bar & Grill 4659 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9987 Mandaâ€™s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martinâ€™s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McBâ€™s Restaurant 815 Lake Harbor Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 (pop/rock) Mellow Mushroom 275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-7499 Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music 103 Magnolia, Edwards, 601-977-7736 Mississippi Coliseum 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, 601-353-0603 Mississippi Opera P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, 877-MSOPERA, 601-960-2300 Mississippi Opry 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Brandon, 601-331-6672 Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, 800-898-5050 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 2531 N. State St., Jackson, 601-354-6021 Monteâ€™s Steak and Seafood 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-8182 Mugshots 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-713-0383 North Midtown Arts Center 121 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-497-7454 Okasions 1766 Ellis Avenue, Jackson, 601-373-4037 Old Venice Pizza Co. 1428 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-366-6872 Ole Tavern on George Street 416 George St., Jackson, 601-960-2700
Olgaâ€™s 4760 I-55 North, Jackson, 601-366-1366 (piano) One to One Studio 121 Millsaps Ave., in the Millsaps Arts District, Jackson One Blue Wall 2906 N State St., Jackson, 601-713-1224 Peaches Restaurant 327 N. Farish St., Jackson, 601-354-9267 Pelican Cove 3999A Harborwalk Dr., Ridgeland, 601-605-1865 Pig Ear Saloon 160 Weisenberger Rd., Gluckstadt, 601-898-8090 Pig Willies 1416 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-634-6872 Poetâ€™s II 1855 Lakeland Dr., 601- 364-9411 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Popâ€™s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larryâ€™s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, 662-236-0050 The Pub Hwy. 51, Ridgeland, 601-898-2225 The Quarter Bistro & Piano Bar 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-4900 Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-2520 Red Room 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson (Hal & Malâ€™s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierceâ€™s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601-376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rickâ€™s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookieâ€™s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Samâ€™s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Samâ€™s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Schimmelâ€™s Fine Dining 2615 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-7077 Scroogeâ€™s 5829 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-206-1211 Shuckers on the Reservoir 116 Conestoga Rd., Ridgeland, 601-853-0105 Silver Star Casino Hwy. 16 West, Choctaw, 800-557-0711 Soopâ€™s The Ultimate 1205 Country Club Dr., Jackson, 601-922-1402 (blues) Soulshine Pizza 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Brandon, 601-919-2000 Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646 Sportsmanâ€™s Lodge 1220 E. Northside Dr. at I-55, Jackson, 601-366-5441 Stone Pony Oyster Bar 116 Commercial Parkway, Canton, 601-859-0801 Super Chikanâ€™s Place 235 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, 662-627-7008 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, 601-960-1535 Thirsty Hippo 211 Main St., Hattiesburg, 601-583-9188 Time Out Sports Bar 6270 Old Canton Rd., 601-978-1839 Top Notch Sports Bar 109 Culley Dr., Jackson, 601- 362-0706 Touch Night Club 105 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-969-1110 Two Rivers Restaurant 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9979 (blues) Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180 Two Stick 1107 Jackson Ave., Oxford, 662-236-6639 Under the Boardwalk 2560 Terry Rd., Jackson, 601-371-7332 Underground 119 119 S. President St. 601352-2322 VBâ€™s Premier Sports Bar 1060 County Line Rd., Ridgland, 601-572-3989 VFW Post 9832 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, 601-982-9925 Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 866-822-6338 Walkerâ€™s Drive-In 3016 N. State St., Jackson, 601-982-2633 (jazz/pop/folk) The Warehouse 9347 Hwy 18 West, Jackson, 601-502-8580 (pop/rock) Wired Expresso Cafe 115 N. State St. 601-500-7800
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88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800-700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Bennieâ€™s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrelloâ€™s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Burgers and Blues 1060 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland, 601-899-0038 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Ceramiâ€™s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club Oâ€™Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 Congress Street Bar & Grill 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-968-0857 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickettâ€™s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neosoul/hip-hop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidsonâ€™s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Deboâ€™s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601-346-8283 Diamond Jackâ€™s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Janeâ€™s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601-944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Edison Walthall Hotel 225 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-948-6161 Electric Cowboy 6107 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-899-5333 (country/ rock/dance) Executive Place 2440 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-987-4014 F. Jones Corner 303 N. Farish St. 601983-1148 Fenianâ€™s 901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, 601-948-0055 (rock/Irish/folk) Fire 209 Commerce St., Jackson, 601592-1000 (rock/dance/dj) Final Destination 5428 Robinson Rd. Ext., Jackson, (pop/rock/blues) Fitzgeraldâ€™s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Floodâ€™s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094 Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944
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h, summertime. In Mississippi, summer means sweltering heat, sunburn and lots and lots of chafing in places no one wants to be chafed. People keep cool by whatever means available. Kids run through the spray from water hoses, and old women make fans out of church bulletins. And if you own a pool, you suddenly find yourself the most popular person on the block. Pool or not, though, there is one constant that unites the sweaty masses, be they rich or poor, black or white, Republican or Democrat: alcohol. Thatâ€™s right, the devilâ€™s nectar is to summer what hot chocolate is to winter. It is a salve to the blistered tongue (at least until the dehydration kicks in), and itâ€™s as much of a part of a Mississippi summer as complaining about the heat. As I have stated in previous columns, I am a bit of a girlie-drink drinker. I like the alcoholic beverages I consume toâ€”GASP!â€”actually taste good. When it comes to alcohol consumption, Iâ€™m more of a â€œqualityâ€? than a â€œquantityâ€? kind of guy, so I want maximum flavor for my drinking dollar. So what does a girlie-drink drinkerâ€™s summer stash look like? Itâ€™s lots of what my girlfriend lovingly (or derisively) refers to as â€œalco-pop.â€? (She can be as derisive as she wants, as long as I get to have some ice-cold, refreshing Bacardi Watermelon and Smirnoff Ice.) Guys, if you want to take a step up from the candy-flavored pseudo-beers but still want to keep your girlie drinker cred, think about something that balances the wussy flavors we girlie drinkers love with a bit more substance. Iâ€™m digging the Strawberry Abita (and from what Iâ€™ve gathered, so is most of the metro area). I am also partial to Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale. Iâ€™ve gotten both at McDadeâ€™s in Fondren. They are very different beers, but they both have that bit of sweetness I so crave, tempered by an actual beer taste, which apparently some beer drinkers want. Savages.
June 17 - 23, 2010
by Brent Hearn & Neola Young
ow. I had no idea Brent had moved into true beerdom. I snicker a little when I see him proudly knocking back those Bacardi Watermelon drinks. Iâ€™m actually pretty proud of him for stepping into what I consider my territory. Back when I was a wee one, I had a
run in with some Natty Light (note: when I say wee one, I really mean, â€œWhen I was 18 and at a fraternity party ...â€?) and wondered if that was all beer had to offer. It was summer and sweltering; everyone was covered in a thin film of perspiration, but that wasnâ€™t the only thing we all had in common. Everyone also had a sweaty, cold beer in hand. It was then that I made the connection of an ice-cold beer being the perfect antidote to the oppressive heat and humidity in Mississippi. Eventually, I moved on from that first Natty Light into more palate-pleasing fare. I started learning about microbrews and what my mouth really delighted in, settling on nut-brown ales or chocolate porters. Something about those dark beers, though, seem to clash with summer for me. As the year progresses into miserable heat, my beers lighten up. Iâ€™m grossly antiIPA (India Pale Ale) as theyâ€™re too hoppy (aka bitter) for me, but Iâ€™ve often declared my love for Pabst Blue Ribbon, and itâ€™s my summer staple. I recently learned that Old German is made alongside my beloved PBR, and I couldnâ€™t be happier. I have just as many memories of porch sitting with Old German tallboys in hand as I do with PBR. Have yâ€™all ever noticed that vodka goes really well with beer? Stop the gagging. It really does. Recently, I went to a tasting of delicious new Cathead vodka (made in Mississippi), and their drink of choice was a vodka, light beer and pink lemonade concentrate combo served over ice. It was the heavenly, effervescent, soothing cocktail I needed after a long day at work and the oven that is summer in Mississippi. This was the drink of choice for my 24th birthday party several years ago and, as my birthday falls in the hottest part of July, it was ideal refreshment. At the time, I thought it might be kind of disgusting, but itâ€™s the perfect blend of summery flavors and keeps my favorite summer beverageâ€”beerâ€”involved. When you host your next barbecue this summer and canâ€™t decide on a special cocktail or beer for guests, why not go for both? I think Brent and I just might have found our intersection of the so-called â€œgirlieâ€? and â€œmanlyâ€? drinksâ€”slightly sweet, bubbly and altogether delicious. Cheers!
PERFECT PUNCH Makes four servings
1 can frozen pink lemonade concentrate 12 ounces lager 12 ounces vodka 1 small lime, sliced for garnish
Mix first three ingredients and pour over crushed ice in a pitcher. Serve with lime wedges. For a little flair, consider using a fruit-infused vodka.
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(Highland Village Suite #173 601-362-7448 & Fondren Corner Bldg) Amazing sandwiches: Meatloaf Panini, Mediterranean Vegetarian, Rotisserie Chicken to gourmet pimento cheese. Outlandish desserts. Now open in Fondren Corner on North State Street.
coffee houses Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jacksonâ€™s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee and a selection of pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi! Wired Espresso CafĂŠ (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse across from the Old Capitol focuses on being a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Free wi-fi.
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bakery Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) NEW MENU! Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas, pastas and dessert. A â€œsee and be seenâ€? Jackson institution! Campbellâ€™s Bakery (3013 N State Street 601-362-4628) Now serving lunch! Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are accompanied by good coffee and a fullcooked Southern breakfast on weekdays in this charming bakery in Fondren. For Heavenâ€™s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Owner Dani Mitchell Turk was features on the Food Networkâ€™s ultimate recipe showdown.
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