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The JFP Interview Lynch, pp 14 - 19

Gambling on Swaps? Schaefer, pp 10-11

Shop & Go Guide Collier, p 21

The Road to Wellness JFP Staff, p 26


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High Finance City Council OKs private financing of the convention center complex.




Cover photograph of Alan Nunnelee by Thomas Wells


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kristi hendrix Upon arriving at Kristi Hendrix’s office, it’s hard to remember I’m not visiting her home. Two Magnolia trees perfect for climbing linger in the front yard of the old house on Adelle Street in midtown Jackson. Inside the house, a collection of trophies from Good Samaritan’s “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook-off are displayed next to pictures of community and family members that sit on the top of the home’s fire places. It feels like home, and that’s exactly how Hendrix, the executive director of North Midtown Community Development Corp., wants midtown Jackson to feel to its residents. Since coming to work at Good Samaritan Midtown almost three years ago from Philadelphia, Miss., where she served as the director of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ early head start director, Hendrix has been carrying out that vision. When Hendrix, 39, arrived at Good Samaritan, a nonprofit that serves families in crisis, services included a Montessori daycare for children and a Meals on Wheels program that served seniors in midtown. Under Hendrix’s leadership, the center has expanded the daycare and the Meals on Wheels program. Also Good Samaritan has achieved certification for Excel By 5, a community-based program that supports young children from birth to age 5, in addition to its afterschool program. Hendrix has been busy with the June 1 merger of Good Samaritan Midtown and North Midtown Community Development

Corp. Through the merger, it will be able to expand services to include work-force and jobskill training and job placement for families. “It allows us not only to focus on education, but now we’re focusing on work force development. We’ve just added the whole community and economic development piece, so now we control housing in the area ... (I)t gives us the ability to control a lot of those variables are sometimes not within your reach,” says Hendrix, who has a bachelor’s and a doctorate in educational leadership from Ole Miss and a master’s in counseling from Mississippi State. “We could potentially be serving three different generations within one household,” adds Hendrix, who lives in Madison with her husband, John, and two children, Tanner and Anna Jordan. Just inside the door of the Adelle Street office, hangs a map of midtown Jackson—speckled with different colors, representing the condition of different houses in the neighborhood. While many houses appear in good condition, there is a way to go with several homes still in need of repair. Hendrix explains that midtown is important to Jackson. “It’s important because it is the heart of Jackson … and I think we’re sitting prime to really prosper in this area, because we’re so close to so many resources. And I think it’s important to the state as well, because I think midtown can really be a sign of turnaround,” she says. —Tom Allin

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Adam Lynch Award-winning senior reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. E-mail tips to adam@, or call him at 601-362-6121, ext. 13. He interviewed Sen. Alan Nunnelee.

Lisa Fontaine Bynum Lisa Fontaine Bynum is a native of Grenada and a graduate of Delta State University. She lives in Brandon with her husband, her cat Zorro, and a boxer puppy named Otis. She maintains a food and cooking blog at

Tom Allin Editorial intern Tom Allin is a native Jacksonian with a Tar Heel streak in him. He teaches in Clarksdale during the year and loves being back in Mississippi. He wrote the Jacksonian.

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, Canada and Jamaica. She has recently rediscovered her joy in writing. She wrote for FLY.

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 a food piece.

David Dennis Jr. Native Jacksonian David Dennis Jr. is a freelance writer for the hip-hop site “The Smoking Section” (smokingsection.uproxx. com). He currently lives in New Orleans. He wrote a music piece.

Katie Stewart Jackson native Katie Stewart commutes from Jackson to her junior high English classroom at Canton Academy to teach. She is often found wandering around downtown with her husband, taking pictures with cheap film cameras. She wrote for FLY.

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by Ronni Mott, Managing Editor

I Punched the Hole


K, I admit it: I’m obsessed with the gusher in the Gulf. I spend part of every day looking for some new outrage or updated numbers on how much oil is actually flowing into the ocean. In the past two months, we’ve gone from “Oil Spill? What Oil Spill?” to “Well, actually, it’s been pumping up to 60,000 barrels (2.52 million gallons) into the ocean every day.” I’m waiting for the “official” tally to catch up with the “unofficial” worst-case scenario of more than 4 million gallons per day. To put the current number in perspective, the Exxon Valdez, former record-holder for the worst oil “leak” in the U.S., dumped 11 million gallons, total, into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The hole in the Gulf is putting that much into to the ocean about every four days. At 70 days, we’re talking about cracking open more than 16 Valdez-sized oil tankers full of crude. Every day, it’s about 38 Olympic-sized swimming pools of oil or 280 tanker-truck loads. News outlets need to stop using “leak”— that pitiful word that sounds like a drip in my bathroom faucet or a bit of incontinence when grandma sneezes. And “spill”? That’s what happens a kid tips over a glass of milk. This is no leak, no spill; it’s a volcano, a geyser, a gusher, a runaway tanker of oil that not even James Bond can keep from slamming into our shores. By quirks of geography and the prevailing winds and tides, Mississippi’s shores have escaped largely unscathed, but our luck seems to have run out, and a gooey slather of black “gold” hit our coast Sunday. Beyond the horrific photos of unrecognizable animals writhing under blankets of oil the consistency of road tar, and the numbers of turtles, dolphins and birds reported dead or dying, the human toll far exceeds the 11 unfortunate souls killed in the initial explosion. Every fisherperson from Louisiana east to the Florida panhandle has lost money, if not their entire livelihood and possibly their culture outright. Every hotel that isn’t filled with BP contractors is hurting, along with every restaurant and every amusement venue. While we’re on the subject of contractors, BP, the corporation most at fault for the mess, continues to manage the control and cleanup operations, a remarkable fact given the extent of the public damage. But I believed it when Adm. Thad Allen pointed out that our government doesn’t have the technical expertise to stop the geyser. After all, conservatives have been privatizing damn near every governmental function since Ronald Reagan, virtually gutting our government’s ability to be any more than contract managers. But that’s no excuse not to call up every soldier not fighting overseas to come to the rescue of the Gulf Coast. As a matter of fact, let’s bring a few of them home to fight this battle. And let’s give a cleanup job to every unemployed American who wants to help, sending the bill to BP.

Of course, by allowing BP to manage the cleanup, we’re also allowing them to manage the flow of information. Journalists from PBS to CBS to The New York Times report access restrictions (including threats of arrest), and the FAA’s no-fly zone over the site makes it nearly impossible to get a decent look at what’s happening. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann reported that BP is destroying biological evidence (dead birds, dead baby dolphins), and is forcing contractors to work without respirators and protective clothing (they’re getting sick). It took force to get BP to release one low-res grainy video of the geyser (not the best they had, apparently), and the company’s hired security goons consistently block the public’s access to the extent of the story, and the damage. Meanwhile, conservatives are screaming long and loud about the impudence of the federal government in declaring a moratorium on new deep-water drilling, as if six months of investigations will surely bring immediate victory to Osama Bin Laden’s hordes of freedom-hating terrorists. Somehow, those 33 deepwater wells are the straws that will break our national security camel’s back, despite nearly 4,000 others in full operation in the Gulf, many within spitting distance of the pelicans dying in Louisiana’s wetlands, not that they can spit. But what really aggravates me is my own past complacency in allowing this mess to happen in the first place. I’m no innocent here: I knew that my love of shiny new cars and my comfy lifestyle was causing more harm than good. I like my cushy American standard of living, and I’m not always keen to hear the truth. To some degree, I even put up with the

entire world thinking Americans are domineering schmucks as long as “the problem” was “over there.” I’ve been all warm and snuggly behind our massive defense budget and the global-warming “controversy,” which, as long as someone still disagrees, I can imagine (on some lazy periphery of my mind) might not be real. I certainly don’t want politicians to spell out what it will take to end my personal dependency on oil. Just ask Jimmy Carter. But the problem isn’t “over there” any more. The problem is three hours south of Jackson, slopping up on the beaches, oozing into the marshes, sloshing over the booms, killing everything in its path. Journalist Naomi Klein recently called this mess “a hole in the world.” Despite all the promises to repair the damage on the Coast, she writes, it may not even be remotely possible, given the long-term consequences of similar disasters (see Ixtoc; see Valdez; see Persian Gulf). Finally, we just might have manipulated our way to utterly destroying one of America’s richest eco-systems and most unique cultures by punching a hole in Mother Earth, leaving her to hemorrhage. And no amount of money can fix that. It’s another one of those “universeslapping-me-upside-the-head” moments, which is often, unfortunately, the only way it gets through. I’m sorry. I’ve been arrogant and insensitive. I forgot my connection with the earth. I forgot that I’m not in control. But I am still pissed off. And this time, I’m not shutting up, because the only solution to this mess is to find a way to live without fossil fuels. It will hurt; ending addictions usually does. But it won’t kill me (or you) and we’ll all be better off on the other side.


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City Backs Convention Hotel

The Capital City Center development can move forward after the Jackson City Council voted 4-to-1 on a preliminary cost-sharing agreement Tuesday.

by Lacey McLaughlin and Adam Lynch


ard 1 Councilman Jeff Weill cast the lone vote Tuesday against the city’s resolution to help fund a $200 million convention center hotel and multi-use development along four blocks of Pascagoula Street. “The city is being asked to co-sign onto billions of dollars in debt, and given the precarious situation with the city’s finances, we don’t need to do that right now,” Weill said. “The city will be co-signing the note to get the financing done and the lower interest rate. I’m in favor of a hotel project in downtown, but not in this market, when the city is running out of money.” Weill then questioned if the developer’s projected revenues for the project had been fact-checked. The hotel developers can move forward with the project after Jackson City Council members approved a cost-sharing resolution in a 4-to-1 vote Tuesday. Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes and Ward 2 Councilman Chowke Lumumba were not present for the vote. The resolution is only a preliminary outline of a financial agreement between the developers, TCI-MS and the city. The resolution calls for the city to issue an unspecified amount of bonds to finance the project. The city is responsible for 50 percent of the debt service, or $3 million if the developers are unable to pay. The developers also will create a HOTEL, see page 8





“The city is being asked to co-sign onto billions of dollars in debt, and given the precarious situation with the city’s finances, we don’t need to do that right now. … I’m in favor of a hotel project in downtown but not in this market when the city is running out of money.” —Ward 1 Jackson City Councilman Jeff Weill regarding committing the city to back bonds for the $200 million project that includes a convention center hotel.

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Wednesday, June 23 President Barack Obama appoints Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as top commander in Afghanistan. Obama fired McChrystal after Rolling Stone magazine published his derogatory comments about the administration. … An undersea robot bumps a venting system at the site of the BP oil disaster, prompting BP to temporarily remove the cap partially capturing oil. Thursday, June 24 At least 12 young people are killed and 17 injured after crossing (on foot) over train tracks in Castelldefels, Spain in front of a high-speed train. … Jackson goes under a boil-water notice after a water main leak cuts off water for many residents and causes low water pressure throughout the city. Friday, June 25, 2010 A House-Senate conference committee completes work on the financial overhaul bill after a 20-hour marathon, sending it to the floor for a vote. … The 2010 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson announces a multi-national slate of winners after two weeks and three rounds of dancing. Saturday, June 26 A mob armed with clubs, stones and guns attacks a political rally in southern Mexico, leaving three dead and six wounded. … Authorities capture two of three teens who escaped from the Henley-Young Juvenile Detention Center Friday night; a third teen remains at large. Sunday, June 27 U.S. officials arrest 10 alleged Russian spies in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Virginia. … Oil reaches the beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. … The boilwater notice is lifted for most of Jackson. Monday, June 28 Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, dies at age 92. … Lil’ Boosie, aka Torrence Hatch, a rapper from Baton Rouge, pleads not guilty to the first-degree murder of Terry Boyd, shot June 17. Tuesday, June 29 University of Mississippi students, faculty and alumni begin voting to replace the school’s previous mascot, Colonel Reb. … Tropical Storm Alex is slowly strengthening in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico raising worries about how it will affect oil containment efforts.

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HOTEL, from page 7

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reserve fund starting at $3 million to $6 million when the deal closes, and the fund will increase to $17.5 million over the course of 30 years. City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said the non-binding resolution is just “one step of many.” Because the developers are also securing GO Zone bonds and New Market Tax credits, it is unclear how much the bonds will cost. According to the resolution, TCI-MS is investing $105 million into the project from private funds. During a presentation to council members yesterday, Mark Small, president of MJS Realty, and creator of TCI-MS, touted the economic impact he promised the development would have on the city. He said the development, named The Capital City Center, would bring the city an estimated $26 million in tax revenue over 30 years and provide 164 permanent jobs. During yesterday’s presentation, Weill was the only council member to question the city’s role in financing the project. “Can you tell me, in laymen’s terms, what the city is being asked to do in the as far as financing is concerned?” he asked. “Please be as clear and as simple as you can.” Steven Hattier, finance consultant for MJS, explained that obtaining financing for the project was difficult to do considering the poor economy, but the ultimate goal is

that the city would never have to pay. “We expect the project to be self financing, but as credit markets have dried up and financing for new construction—or projects that do not already have cash flow already associated—there isn’t a lot of availability in credit,” Hattier said, adding that the role of the city was to be a financial “backstop” so that the project could obtain credit to move forward. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. advised council members to vote for the project yesterday, saying that without the city’s help, developers would incur a 9 percent interest rate for the bonds, but would only pay 6 percent increase in bonds with the city’s financial backing. “This drives the interest rates down and makes the deal more palpable for everyone,” Johnson said. “If we don’t (pass the resolution), the deal wouldn’t go through, and the money would be too high.” Johnson also said the resolution’s Tax Intercept Agreement would provide an additional safeguard by allowing the state to use sales tax generated from the property to pay the debt service in the event that the developers failed to pay. In 2008, the city loaned TCI-MS a $7 million through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the development of the hotel. The resolution calls


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for the TCI-MS to repay $2 million of the loan in January 2011 and repay the remaining loan’s principal by Jan. 1, 2013. Mark Small said it isn’t uncommon for MJS Realty to secure public financing for many of its projects such as the Baronne Center in New Orleans, a hotel and mixed-use development that Small said was using GO Zone bonds. The realty group’s website also lists plans for a 19.24-acre, mixed-use development, similar to the Capital City Center, in Mesa, Ariz. Patrick Murphy, project manager for the city of Mesa, said the development, named Southern Plaza, has yet to begin construction because of lack of financing and the economic downturn. Murphy, who was unable to put a price tag on the development, said MJS had not yet requested the city’s financial backing. “I talked to them last month, and they said if the economy improves or continues to improve, then they will proceed with a project,” he said. Small said that he hoped to secure all financing by October, and start construction on the project shortly afterward. Resolute Stokes The city’s Rules Committee opted not to change the city’s ordinance regarding taxpayer-funded travel, despite allegations of poor oversight of travel spotlighted in several Clarion-ledger articles concerning Councilman Kenneth Stokes. Stokes, who continues to keep a sign on his council desk ordering the “Clarion-Liar” to “Stop Lying,” says Clarion-Ledger articles suggests he squandered more than $7,000 in travel expenses to conventions in Chicago and Washington, D.C. The city’s current ordinance, approved in 1991, requires that city council members receive advance written approval of travel finance requests from the council president or vice president and the city’s finance division. The ordinance also demands that all travel requests come complete with detailed cost estimates and a source of funds for all expenditures, and that the council president and Finance Department also approve advances on

travel costs. President Frank Bluntson, who approved Stokes’ controversial trips, asked council members to provide a report on their accomplishments at conventions and other publicly funded ventures, and said the council did not have to change the ordinance to adopt the policy because it was a verbal agreement. Weill said the council appeared satisfied that the current ordinance would provide the necessary oversight—so long as it is properly enforced. “We need to make sure that all travel gets approved in advance and then reported on afterwards,” Weill said. Curfew Anew Council members voted to send a curfew ordinance for minors into the Council Planning Committee Tuesday. The ordinance, proposed by Kenneth Stokes, re-enacts a former curfew ordinance that required anyone under the age of 18 be off city streets public property, vacant lots, highways, parks or “any establishment within the city” by 10 p.m. on weeknights and by midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. The curfew ends at 6 a.m. During the school year, the curfew would extend from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ordinance also restricts owners, operators, or any employee of a business to allow a minor to remain at work during curfew hours. Stokes argued that the curfew serves the public good by protecting children from illegitimate influences such as drugs and “bad behavior,” and protects adults who might otherwise be threatened by minors. ACLU Executive Director Nsombi Lambright said the ACLU stands against the curfew because a number of minors are employed and may run up against the ordinance on their way home from work, and that new schedule restrictions could cost many minors their jobs in addition to other issues. “Another issue we have with the ordinance is if enforcement will be even among black and white residents,” Lambright said. “Will it be more stringently enforced in highcrime areas that are generally perceived as majority-black areas of the city?” Comment at

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‘A Safer, Better Hinds County’ What areas do you focus on in your practice? We do a lot of personal injury work, (and) we do a lot of claimants’ workers compensation, a lot of debtor bankruptcy. Why are you running for judge? I want to take my 24 years of legal experience and use that to make Hinds County a safer and better place for all of its citizens to live and work. I don’t want to sit around and say, “Oh, something should be done about this.” I want to participate in the process and do what I can to help Hinds County reach the place it should be. It’s already good, but I think Hinds County can be better. Attorney Michael Williams is a candidate for Hinds County Court Judge in District 3.


ichael Williams believes a good judge should possess empathy. A partner at Davis, Goss & Williams, the Clinton resident is running for Hinds County Court judge for District 3 in the hopes of improving the county he’s lived in almost all his life. Williams, 48, grew up in Utica. He attended Millsaps College, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Williams moved on to Tulane University in New Orleans for law school, where he met his future wife, Ingrid. After receiving his law degree in 1986, Williams returned to Hinds County, joining the law firm Stamps & Stamps. In 1989, Williams joined forces with two friends and fellow attorneys, Gregory Davis and Tylvester Goss, to start a private practice. Williams lives in Clinton with Ingrid, a hearing officer for the State Personnel Board, and his son, Michael Jr. He and Ingrid are active members of Christ the King Catholic Church, serving on the board of the church’s Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School. Williams also helps out with his son’s Boy Scout troop and cheers on his daughter, Courtney, who plays soccer for Spelman College in Atlanta. What drew you to law? I don’t know. I remember in the 10th and 11th grade saying, “I want to be a lawyer.” It wasn’t because I saw “Perry Mason” or anything. It was just something I was drawn to. I like people; I like meeting people. I like representing people, being a voice for other people, and I’ve always wanted to do that. What was the attraction of having your own firm? Sometimes you have ideas of how you want to run a business, how you want to take care of your clients, the areas of practice that you want to participate in. And we just thought it best that we start our own firm to do that.

How does a Hinds County Court Judge help improve the county? I think Hinds County needs a judiciary that is fair and balanced to everyone, and treats all citizens, all litigants, with dignity and respect. Hinds County needs a judge who will be efficient—someone who will expedite the matters before (him), get things done—and flexible, not doing things the same old way. New concepts. Working with the public, understanding that they have someone who empathizes with them, and creating the bonds of trust there to get things done. You have to be fair, and you have to enforce the law, but you also can empathize with people. I think that’s the type of judiciary Hinds County needs, and I think that would be great for all its citizens and would make the place safer. There are three county court positions in Hinds County. One of those is assigned to the Youth Court, and if assigned to the Youth Court, that County Court judge needs to carry out the mission of the Youth Court, which is not simply to incarcerate people, (but) to return these people to be productive members of society. That will make Jackson and Hinds County a safer place for all of its citizens, all of its litigants, to live and work—sometimes being flexible, working with parents, being a role model to them. You mentioned the administrative duties of a judge. What lessons have you learned about being an administrator? It’s harder than it looks. Making payroll, dealing with staff, insurance, vendors, at the same time trying to practice law and make enough money for the people who depend on you. Not just my family, but the people who work with us. It is harder than it looks. But if you treat people with dignity and respect, and you try to understand their situation, it goes a long way. I think I can carry that to the judiciary. (In) my practice, there are three of us. You have to be efficient. You have to work the cases as efficiently as possible. And you have to be flexible. So I think those are concepts that I can take from here over there.

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inds County may have earned almost $4.5 million from a complex financial deal, but few in the county appear able to explain where the money went. At a June 7 Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Phil Fisher seized on a report by county financial adviser Porter Bingham on the transaction, called an interest-rate swap. Fisher demanded to know how the county has spent its proceeds from the swap. No one could provide an answer. Fisher is not alone in his concern over the deal. An independent audit of the county’s finances for the 2006 fiscal year warned that county officials did not adequately understand the transaction enough to verify that the county was receiving the payments it was due. “County officials could not explain how the swap was supposed to benefit the county; nor did management demonstrate an understanding of the extent, multitude and nature of the various risks inherent in a swap,” Madison-based auditor Ruth Wylie wrote in her report, released in 2009. Hinds County’s interest-rate swap is a financial derivative designed to lower the cost of its bond debt. In the transaction’s most basic form, sometimes called a “plain vanilla” swap, a government or other entity exchanges fixed-rate interest payments for payments based on a floating rate that fluctuates according to market trends. Counterparties in these swaps are usually investment banks. When the floating rate rises, the government—or whoever pays the fixed rate—benefits; when it falls, the investment bank wins. Hinds County’s swap is a more exotic breed, however, less plain vanilla and more Rocky Road. The deal, which Bingham said could also be described as a “synthetic

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Records provided by the Hinds County Chancery Clerk’s office show that the county has received $4.36 million in payments from the swap since 2006 and an additional $81,000 in interest on those proceeds. The county has spent $3.21 million of those earnings as part of its general fund budgets since 2008. Another $469,686 has gone to pay fees associated with the transaction, leaving the county with a balance of $757,227 from the swap as of May 31. “The timing of the transaction … was at a point in time when the market for this product was trading at an extreme, which helped to create this positive return for the county,” Bingham told the Jackson Free Press.

The transaction has benefitted Bingham, chief executive officer of the Atlantabased Malachi Group, which helped negotiate the swap. Malachi received $100,000 of a $875,000 upfront payment to the county for signing the transaction in 2006, and another $80,291 went to bond attorneys with the Jackson-based Priester Law Firm. When Rice made a second, $500,000 payment in 2007, the county gave another portion to Malachi and other attorneys. County oversight of the swap was inadequate, though, in Wylie’s opinion. “County officials could not explain how the semi-annual amounts paid by the counterparty of the swap agreement were determined,” she wrote in her audit. “Accordingly, the county has not verified that the amounts were computed accurately and in accordance with the agreement.” Subsequent auditors agreed. “(T)he County has entered into … interest-rate swap agreements which could subject the County to significant gains and losses due to factors outside the County’s control,” the accounting firm BKD LLP wrote in its 2009 audit. “(I)t does not appear that anyone in County management understands whether these agreements represent an effective internal rate hedge.” The total value of the swap represented a liability of $6,548,276, which the county could be forced to pay if it terminated the deal early, Wylie wrote. That figure can fluctuate wildly, though: the county’s 2008 independent audit estimated the transaction’s value at $11.766 million, while the 2009 audit—the most recent currently available—put it at $6.22 million. Wylie’s warning could have been informed by the experiences of other county and municipal governments, which have risked far greater sums in interest-rate swaps and have suffered huge losses as

bet that the county made by engaging in the swap, limited the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual exposure. Bingham urged supervisors to renew the collar. He also suggested that the board hire Malachi to monitor the swap transaction, at a cost of $5,000 per quarter. Bingham told supervisors that his firm could check the swap markets periodically for opportunities to end the swap and generate even more money for the county. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The market has swung so far in one direction, we expect that the market will correct itself, and it will normalize,â&#x20AC;? Bingham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have an opportunity at that point, to terminate the swap at a net positive to the county.â&#x20AC;? Fisher asked county officials how the county would pay the additional monitoring fee. The county could take the expense out of its regular swap earnings, Budget Director Lillie Woods said. The board voted 3-1 to renew the collar and hire Malachi to monitor the transaction, with Fisher casting the lone vote in opposition. Fisher maintained that the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other bond attorneys and consultants may already be providing a similar service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some confusion here over how many times weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re paying people to look at the same thing,â&#x20AC;? Fisher said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to get this definitively drawn out.â&#x20AC;?

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he annual Sweet Potato Queens in the green space between Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming will take place in the pizzeria and Veterans Memorial Stadium. Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, The Fondren Association of Businesses will not Ridgeland, also move its monthly author and founder Jill Fondren After 5 event to Conner Browne told the the week of the parade. Jackson Free Press Tues The move to Fondren day. Following Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also better reflects the St. Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parade this Sweet Potato Queensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; March, Browne aninterest in raising money nounced that the Queens for Blair E. Batson Chilwould end their affiliadrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, Browne tion with the parade and said. The Queensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; event hold their own parade will combine with Sal & and head Sweet Potato and fundraising events Author Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Street Festival, Queen Jill Conner Browne is in Ridgeland. another benefit event moving her annual event to Fondren has grown Fondren, after considering for Batson, hosted by since the Queens started Ridgeland. Jackson restaurateurs marching in Jackson, Jeff Good and Dan BluBrowne said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sevmenthal. eral years ago, Joel Brown of Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Fine â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I saw Jeff put on the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; festiArt) gallery got us to come on Thursday,â&#x20AC;? val in the green space, I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You know, Browne said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had a band, and it was big I need that,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Browne said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For us, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all fun, but there was nothing in Fondren. ... about raising money for the hospital.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect now, because it has just exploded. Jackson Chamber of Commerce And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all locally owned businesses, which Chairman Jonathan Lee was relieved at the is what we really like to support.â&#x20AC;? news. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited about what it means While she cautioned that the Queensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Jackson,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year, thouhomecoming weekend is â&#x20AC;&#x153;still very much sands of people come for (the Sweet Potato in the planning stages,â&#x20AC;? Browne said that Queens at) the parade. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just glad that she envisioned a neighborhood golf-cart (they) will once again be in Jackson.â&#x20AC;? float competition and a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival Comment at


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interest rates have fallen over the past two years. Jefferson County, Al., which includes Birmingham, invested $5 billion in the derivatives and nearly went bankrupt when its payments ballooned. Jefferson County would have had to pay $647 million just to end its swap contract, if not for the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC intervened, and in November 2009, forced JP Morgan Chase, the investment bank that served as a counter-party to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swap, to forfeit its termination fee and pay the county $50 million in penalties, for what it called â&#x20AC;&#x153;an unlawful payment schemeâ&#x20AC;? to win the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business. At the June 7 meeting, Bingham told supervisors that a swap â&#x20AC;&#x153;collarâ&#x20AC;? shielded the county from the plummeting interest rates that burned Jefferson County and other local governments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the county engaged to do this transaction in 2006, one of the requirements of the board was that we take the most conservative posture,â&#x20AC;? Bingham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We recommended a structure that would protect the county for three years from any potential downside risk. The collar basically covered the transaction for that time. Without the collar, the county is exposed to normal swap market risk.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;collar,â&#x20AC;? essentially a hedge on the

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The Convention Hotel Conundrum


he JFP warned when taxpayers were voting on funding for the Jackson Convention Complex that powers-that-be would be back asking for a hotel in the future. Now that’s happening, in the disconcerting form of a “public-private” partnership. The JCC was a fully municipal effort. The city got a hotel tax voted through, and now we have one. For the hotel, the city is opting to, in the words of Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Weill, “co-sign” a loan for the private developer. While the city is trying to build in safeguards, it’s essentially using its credit rating and ability to issue bonds to benefit a privately held limited-liability corporation. The developer—a newly formed Mississippi LLC with out-of-state owners and offices—was apparently encouraged by former Mayor Frank Melton and other downtown cheerleaders to buy up property across from the convention center. The renderings were gorgeous (apartments! parking garage! a retirement community!) and the future bright. But with tightening of the lending market, that developer needs the city to “co-sign” the deal and cough up direct loans. Of course, we’re told we “need” a convention center hotel in order for the JCC to succeed. (Recall that the JCC wasn’t sold to us that way in the first place.) Oh, and it’ll create jobs. (Of course, so would beautification, parks, transportation and infrastructure projects.) It’s a question cities around the country have faced for decades, and the best practices aren’t totally clear. In many cases, the convention center hotel doesn’t meet the rosy projections and doesn’t make money. Taxpayers stay on the hook for improvements or refinancing. The JFP would prefer our readers know more about TCI-MS and more about the deal before giving it our blessing—as taxpayers and citizens, we weren’t really asked. So far, the flow of information on this deal has been a problem. The city’s willingness to sit on—and then deny—the JFP’s open-records request for the mayor’s executive summary regarding this deal is cause for concern. The reason? The city attorney wrote us a letter after the 14-day window had expired, quoting Mississippi law regarding the “confidential commercial or financial information,” saying that required them to withhold the executive summary. It’s not clear to the JFP what was proprietary about this deal. It seems unlikely that TCI-MS has significant competition at this point. If the deal is worth doing, then it should be worth talking about in public.With the council vote behind us, we call for the city to abandon secrecy on this “public-private” project as it goes forward with taxpayer dollars, loans and guarantees. We call on Mayor Harvey Johnson to be vigorous in his support for open discussion of this project with the public and media. We have some critical decisions to make with this project, and they need to be made in the light of day.


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iss Doodle-Mae: “I’m proud to welcome five new members to the staff of Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store. You’ve experienced the rigorous training and intense orientation sessions. I hope you’ve mastered the Four-Way-Test Customer Service class. Chief Crazy Brother’s Creative Store Display and Shelf Stock orientation session is always educational. And please utilize the techniques and applications you’ve learned from my Anti-Store Shrinkage and Theft training. “You may ask, ‘Why must we do so much training and orientation?’ Jojo wants maintain a spirit of unity and mutual cooperation within his staff. His desire is to satisfy his customers. Jojo believes a thoroughly trained staff equals a thriving store environment that benefits all customers. “I want to conclude this orientation session with an important reminder of Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store Employee and Management Policy. Jojo understands that employees will have grievances with co-workers, store policies and management. This is why he has a weekly Open-Door/ListeningEar Grievance Session and a quarterly Monitor-for-Progress Inspection. “Jojo also understands how personal and professional issues and/or conflicts affect staff performance. And after reading the magazine article about the general who made some derogatory comments about the president and his staff, one thing Jojo wants his new employees to know is: ‘Loose lips sink employee, staff and management relationships.’ “Therefore, Jojo requires all new and current employees sign the ‘Keepit-to-Yourself’ Accountability Form. Remember: In the ghetto everything is everything, but at Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store, everything is positive!”


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Ole Miss Mascot: Obsessive Madness “GO land shark!” —Todd Stauffer “Make it an oil skimmer.” —DrumminD21311 “In reality, the costume of the mascot on Saturdays is a moot point. There needs to be a change in the official school mascots: Rebels. It is reprehensible and does not put Mississippi in the most politically accepting light when its Flagship University champions a cause that, by today’s standards, would be the basis for terrorism. The ‘Lost Cause’ of the Confederacy is treasonous, morally bankrupt and socially deplorable. Any attempt to salvage some honorable meaning behind it is disingenuous at best and devilishly racist at worst.” —Blackwatch “Shouldn’t the headline be Another Round for Fake Ole Miss mascot? Colonel Reb will always be the real mascot.” —BubbaT “Blackwatch, by that theory should we also do away with Vicksburg’s National Military Park? Oooh, how about tearing down the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery? We could use it for a parking garage, as space is limited in the D.C. area. If we hurry, I bet we can burn down Beauvoir before anyone can get there to protect it.” —RobbieR

“[A] mascot isn’t about documenting and

studying history. It is about highlighting certain character traits or noble ideas and celebrating them by having them as representative of an institution. So you tell me, what noble ideas or character traits of the Confederate cause should be representative of the publically supported University of Mississippi that is wholly representative of all the people of the state of Mississippi? If you want to talk about subjective notions of ‘chivalry,’ ‘loyalty’ and ‘valor,’ keep in mind that the Civil War wasn’t fought to preserve southern aristocratic chivalry and ‘valor,’ but to preserve a way of life predicated on slavery (check the articles of secession of the State of Mississippi in 1861).” —Blackwatch “The Military Park at Vicksburg is fine: The Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery is fine: You can take Colonel Reb and the Confederate Flag and place him/it in either of these historical places. This would be more fitting and acceptable. Mississippians should not have to live as if the war were still being fought and regreters of how the war ended should not be able to carry on as if they won. It is over. The South lost the war! The South lost the Confederate Flag! There is no more slavery or a people willing to be enslaved. So on that note, how about putting up all of the paraphernalia of slavery and the old South. Allow its presence to be that of one’s choosing, not one’s inability to avoid it. Many of the students are not daughters and sons of this obsessive madness.” —justjess

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have not been myself since I learned of the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Always, no matter what I’m doing, it seems to be hanging out with me, sometimes on the periphery of my thoughts and more often in the foreground as the days get marked off the calendar like fallen soldiers on the battlefront. I cannot help but be thrown back in time to 2005, when Katrina ripped through the Gulf and wreaked enough havoc to make Hurricane Camille look like a mild thunderstorm in comparison. I was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the aftermath of the disaster. We would watch helplessly as outof-state contractors circled like vultures swirling around the near-dead. We would see so many come to cash in on the “opportunities” this disaster would bring for people who had money in their pockets and the resources to tap into a system rigged in their favor. Being one of the lucky ones with a standing structure, I would make coffee every morning. We’d all sit around and talk about what restaurants were still open, where the good tent stores were, if an SBA loan was in process, yet. During one conversation, someone said: “The real disaster is now. The storm is over. This is the disaster!” She was referring to the difficulty people were having just getting a place to live. I felt guilt over not having lost everything, while so many of my friends did. My guilt was compounded when I thought about retired friends and acquaintances taking out loans on paidfor homes to get them habitable again. I would get spacey at times. We would all become accustomed to driving past towering piles of crumbled debris that used to be buildings dotting the coastline of Highway 90. We would become overly enthusiastic when describing how “great” we were doing. Then we would fall apart on the phone to our close friends. We watched friends leave the area. I felt unexplainable rage at the most inopportune times. People got sick from the formaldehyde-laden FEMA trailers. I’ve seen the Coast rebuild after the greatest natural disaster in the history

of the United States. There is so much still to do, but it’s come so far! And now, this: a man-made disaster with far greater potential to cause lasting damage than Katrina ever did. Those old feelings are back. I feel terrible guilt for not being there. I feel rage at an industry that put its shareholders’ interests ahead of the needs of those who live around that water. I feel sadness for the innocent wildlife that will perish in that water, for the eleven who died in the explosion. I feel exhausted from thinking about it. As I read through a copy of the letter sent by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to Tony Hayward from Bart Stupak, words just pop off the page at me: “On April 15, five days before the explosion, BP’s drilling engineer called Macondo (the well where the Deepwater Horizon was drilling) a ‘nightmare well.’ In spite of the well’s difficulties, BP appears to have made multiple decisions for economic reasons that increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure.” This latest oil spill is the culmination of decades of deregulation of major multinational corporations. Reading this letter, it is painfully obvious that oversight was almost nonexistent, except at the discretion of BP, which chose to take shortcuts to speed along the well’s assembly. No thought was given to overseeing operations until after disaster struck; too late. What did we learn from Katrina about mitigating risks? Nothing, apparently. Or maybe we learned that a lot of money is to be made from both natural and man-made disasters. Collateral damage will happen, of course. The poor and middle class will suffer devastating economic losses. Divorce and suicide rates may go up, and plant and animal life may be decimated. But these things don’t really matter to the people who really matter. The very wealthy can afford the privilege of being the last to starve in the ruthless world of the de-regulated market. So pray for our Coast. Just be advised that God does not live on Wall Street.

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Alan Nunnelee The Challenger by Adam Lynch


epublican Mississippi Sen. Alan Nunnelee is looking to follow after Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker— again. In 1994, Nunnelee gained Wicker’s state Senate seat after Wicker won election to the U.S. House of Representatives. But then in 2008, Gov. Haley Barbour tapped Wicker to replace outgoing Republican U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, and a rough and tumble race to find a new U.S. representative for Mississippi’s First Congressional District began. Democrat Travis Childers won multiple elections to claim the seat. Now Nunnelee—fresh from a successful win in the Republican primary—says it’s time

July 1 - 7, 2010

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High School: Clinton High School College: 1980 Mississippi State University graduate, bachelor’s degree in marketing Career: Allied Funeral Associates Inc.: vice president/co-founder Political Career: Mississippi Senator: 1994 to present Marital Status: Married to Tori Bedells (three children: Reed, Emily and Nathan)

a Business Champion for his “support of free enterprise,” according to the senator’s website. As Mississippi’s Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, he has supported many successful pro-big-business efforts, including the state Legislature’s cap on medical damages in 2002 and 2004.

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Alan Nunnelee

for the Democrat to surrender what he claims is a very conservative district. Nunnelee was born in Tupelo in 1958, but spent some time in Clinton, where he graduated from Clinton High School in 1976. Nunnelee graduated from Mississippi State University in 1980. Since his 1994 election to the state Senate, the senator has been kneedeep in political activities, particularly when it comes to health care and business. The senator is vice chairman of the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators, and a member of the Health and Human Services Task force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded group that helps legislators write pro-business laws. The Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC) rates Nunnelee as

First of all, congratulations: You made it through the primaries. The thing I’m really proud of is we made it through the primaries, and we did not have a repeat of 2008, where it was a death match—and you had one candidate in 2008 that was left mortally wounded and another candidate that was left so wounded that they couldn’t wage an impressive battle in November. We haven’t repeated that. I’m very proud of that. What was the issue with the election that brought Childers to power? Did he win because of the war between the eastern folks in Tupelo and the western voters in Desoto? It was more than just a regional battle. I think a lot of outside observers tried to paint it as East versus West, but I think it was more about the way the campaign was waged in 2008 that led to the result. You put no faith in the argument that it was the old power in Tupelo battling against the Memphis suburbanites moving in over in Desoto County? No. Regionalism wasn’t so much a factor.

So you’re confident the GOP can get it together and reclaim the seat this time? Do you think a fair number of conservatives will be bopping over to Childers’ camp at the election? Politically, he’s redder than rhubarb. I see a united spirit among conservatives in north Mississippi that they want to elect a congressman that will allow that congressman to change the direction of what’s happening in Washington. What’s the advantage to putting another Republican on MS-01? With 255 Democrats and 177 Republicans in the House, it’s kind of unlikely that Republicans will reclaim the House majority this time around, leaving you as a fledgling member of a minority party. What can you accomplish for the district under those circumstances? The first day on the job I’m going to vote to fire (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi. That, by itself, will not change the direction of America, but it is a good first day’s work. I don’t think her leadership is reflective of the direction that people of Mississippi want to see their country go. But if the Democrats retain the majority in the House, there’s a good chance Pelosi will remain in her seat and become embittered to MS-01 for your vote, don’t you think? I can’t deal with hypotheticals. I’m just going to deal with what I see is going to make (a difference).

On your website you say that you â&#x20AC;&#x153;have watched with growing dismay as the Obama-Pelosi regime has unleashed a liberal agenda so radical even Bill Clinton would not have attempted it.â&#x20AC;? You say cap and trade is an example. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong with cap and trade? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand your question. I noticed your opposition to cap and trade. What went wrong with it? What makes the program so unsuccessful? The president himself said that, out of necessity, electric rates would skyrocket. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not in favor, in a downturn economy or anytime, of any policy that would guarantee that electric rates would skyrocket. Cap and trade is a political agenda in search of a science, and all that really is, is a thinly veiled tax sold as environmental policy. Cap and trade, I thought, was something implemented under the first Bush administration as a way to address the problem of acid rain from coal-burning power plants in the Eastern United States. It imposed a limit on emissions from the plants, and utilities were allowed to buy and sell permits to comply. Where did it go wrong when being applied to carbon emissions? I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about raising taxes. What do you propose as an alternative to reducing carbon emissions? I think right now the single-most important issue facing people in Mississippi for the next decade, possible for the next quarter century, is economy followed by jobs. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mind. All right, how will you bring jobs? Let me address what will not work, and then I can talk about something that will work. Back in 2009, the administration said that if we did not pass this $790 billion stimulus package then unemployment rates could go up as high as 8 percent. Well, we borrowed $790 billion that our great grandchildren will have to re-pay. And now the unemployment rates are over 12 percent. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some counties with unemployment over 20 percent. So now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a far worse economic situation, propped up by borrowed government money, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the debt on top of the worst economic situation.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked on the Appropriations Committee. Can you say the tax holiday translated into revenue for the state? Legislators saw the benefit of that, right? Yes. I think we took in more in tax revenue than we would have had we not had the exemption. What of the stimulus bill? The Desoto Times Tribune has you saying you would work to repeal aspects of the federal stimulus bill. What aspects of it would you repeal? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the article that said Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d repeal the stimulus bill. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it, but most of the money has already been spent, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you could repeal anything that would have any effect. I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve quoted me saying I would vote to repeal the health-care bill. They got you saying that, too, but I take it you would not have voted for the stimulus plan?

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No, because all it did was artificially prop up the economy. It put money in government programs, and it borrowed $790 billion from our grandchildren. Yeah, but it also put $700 million in the state budget, didn’t it? Didn’t we get $300 million for education and $400 million for Medicaid? Would we have gotten that money had you been in a position to prevent the stimulus from happening? No, it would have not come to us, and the state would have had to have made the difficult decision that we’re going to have to make in 2012 without it.

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That same story in the Desoto Times Tribune did have you saying of “Obamacare”: “Our government made a serious mistake. We need to repeal the law, defund it and get it off the books.” OK, what parts of it would you repeal—the parts that close the Medicaid “donut hole” or the bits that repeal the consumer protections regarding insurance? We need to scrap the whole healthcare plan and start completely over. Yeah, but if you repeal it completely, you have to start again from scratch, don’t you? This includes the donut hole and the insurance consumer protections. I think we need to repeal the whole thing and start all over.

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Do you personally favor closing the donut hole? Yes, I think we need to address some specific issues with Medicare, but I just don’t like the way that bill was packaged.


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Is it a good idea to roll back an insurance company’s ability to refuse a policy based on a customer’s preexisting conditions? Let me describe what I would like to see in health-care reform. Our health-care financing system is perfectly designed for the postWorld War II economy where one individual goes to work for one company, works for that

company their entire life and retires. That’s not the economy of the 21st century. In today’s economy, men and women are moving from job to job. Very often they’ll go through long periods of their career and then decide to go back to school. In addition, we have an unprecedented number of self-employed individuals and small businesses, and our healthcare financing model is not designed to fit our type of economy. First of all, in the middle of World War II, there was a decision made by the IRS that said that the tax advantage of paying for health insurance goes to the company, and not to the individual, and I think that we ought to change the tax law immediately, and individuals paying their health-care premiums ought to get the exact same tax advantage that corporations get. Secondly, in small businesses, you don’t have the buying power that large corporations have. I think that small businesses ought to be able to come together either in trade associations or other buying groups that will give them the buying power that large corporations have. Similar to an exchange, but not government regulated, right? Not government led. No. 3: There are people in north Mississippi today working for a company based out of Ohio, and that’s where they get their insurance. It comes out of Ohio. As long as they are working for that corporation, they can have that policy. But when they leave that company, they can’t buy that policy based out of Ohio. I think we ought to remove the barriers that allow purchases across state lines. No. 4: We need to make sure that no insurance company can cancel a person’s policy for using their policy. That’s what you buy the insurance for, and if you have a claim, you should not be able to be canceled. No. 5: The issue of pre-existing conditions: If a person has insurance and chooses to move from one insurance plan to the next, they ought not to be excluded for pre-existing conditions. We can make exceptions for children just coming into the system, but if a person goes along and they’re 50 years old, and they’ve never had insurance, and all of the sudden they have chest pains, and the doctor

Let me ask something from you on tort reform. We’ve had tort reform in Mississippi since 2001, right? And we got the cap on medical damages in 2003, right? I think it was 2002, and 2004 was the second. You’d think I’d know this by now. But look, nobody I’ve spoken to claims their doctor bills have gotten any cheaper since those two rounds of tort reform. What’s going on here? Where’s the disconnect? And why do you think tort reform will make a difference on our medical bills on a national level if I can’t feel the difference here in protort-reform Mississippi? What has made a significant difference is the availability of medical care, and what you cannot measure is what would your medical bills have been had we not passed tort reform. What we know for a fact is that prior to tort reform in Mississippi, there were so many doctors who could not get medical-malpractice insurance that we had to form a state-owned malpractice, higherrisk pool for doctors that couldn’t buy medical-malpractice insurance otherwise. When we passed tort reform, the private market came in, and a few years ago the state sold that medical-malpractice pool because there was no longer a need for it. But is there another legal step we can take to make sure those insurance savings transfer down to the patient and the bill payer? I think they are translating down to the patient and the bill payer. Again, you’re not measuring it against what their bills would have been had we not passed tort reform. Yeah, yeah, but that’s kind of like saying how bad the economy and the unemployment rate would have been had we not passed the stimulus bill, right? (Pause) Well, I just think we did the right thing in passing tort reform.


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I would be opposed to government regulation of the cost of health care. What’s your overall take on Social Security? Good thing or bad thing? Has it gone too far since the 1960s, or is it OK in its current form? The problem with Social Security is that Congress has continued to borrow out of the Social Security Trust Fund. If you look at the balance sheet it shows a lot of money in the trust fund, but all those assets are used by the federal government. Social Security offers a very complex problem. I define what I refer to as “out-of-bounds” markers. We have made a commitment to men and women that are drawing benefits and other men and women that are very close to beginning to draw benefits in the next 10 or 15 years. They have made decisions throughout their life based upon the promise that the U.S government made to them that Social Security will be there, and we have a moral commitment, a moral obligation, to honor the commitment we made to those people who are drawing benefits. The first thing we need are out-of-bounds markers that say we don’t do anything that does not honor the commitment we’ve made. If we stick our head in the sand and do nothing, or if we continue partisan bickering, every day the whole system gets one day closer to complete failure. And so there comes a day when you’ll have to set aside the partisan bickering and set aside the ostrich behavior and say, “OK. We’ve got to put some realistic options on the table.” One option put on the table in the Republican Primary (that I refused to adopt) is complete privatization. There’s a problem with complete privatization. I can understand that a 25-year-old given the option would not want to pay into Social Security, but if you take that 25-year-old’s contribution out of the revenue stream it violates the first out-of-bounds marker that I favor. Those are the contributions that are (currently) paying the benefits for the 75year-old. At this point, I don’t have the silver bullet, but I know we must honor the commitment we have made, and we cannot continue to make problems. Would you have voted, like Childers did in February 2009, to reauthorize and expand SCHIP to provide healthcare coverage to 11 million children nationwide? From what I recall, almost everybody voting against it in the House was Republican. Would you have put yourself among those ranks? The SCHIP program by itself is a good program. However, the 2009 bill expanded SCHIP in certain areas. For instance, I think the law made SCHIP available to somebody who is 400 percent of the Federal Poverty

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says they’ll have to have bypass surgery, and they want to buy insurance right then, that is not part of the pre-existing exclusion. As long as a person has insurance and is moving from one plan to another, we should find ways to exclude pre-existing conditions. If a person doesn’t step up and take responsibility for their health-care, then we shouldn’t force them. Finally, we’ve seen the evidence of comprehensive tort reform and the effect it has had on malpractice insurance, and I think there are some things we can do on the federal level to deal with lawsuit abuse. And then finally, we ought to make the entire process of medical billing much more transparent—a person goes to a hospital and they get a bill that is so complicated they don’t understand it. I think we need to make it much more transparent because there is a link between medical costs and insurance costs.

But is there a need for government to step in and conceive some legal means to make sure that those malpractice savings get passed down to the patient and get documented?


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Are you willing to do away with sacred cows in the federal budget? Obama’s Dec. 19, 2009, military budget plan was $663 billion—higher, when adjusted for inflation, even than during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Is it time to look seriously at our defense budget for savings? I think that the defense of our nation is the No. 1 priority in the federal government. We don’t need to have wasteful military spending. We don’t need $600 toilet seats and $1,000 hammers, but what we need to have as the very highest priority is the defense of our nation.

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(Silence) OK, moving on. Let’s talk about big government spending. Your campaign site says we “need to put an end to wasteful earmarks.” I’m with you there. But Citizens Against Government Waste, an anti-pork watchdog group, estimated that pork projects cost $29 billion in 2006. The Office of Management and Budget shows federal expenditures of $2.66 trillion that year, so pork would represent maybe just a little over 1 percent of total spending. Something else has got to go. What programs would you cut? To me, the approach with earmarks is we ought to be transparent in what we do. If the

I’m rarely able to get a candidate to put his or her finger down on any particular program that they would cut in the name of reducing the deficit. What needs to be reined in besides earmarks—which only account for about 1 percent of the budget? At this point, I don’t know if I can give you a specific answer. I think that at the state level, with my strong leadership, I’ve been able to make the difficult decisions that help us live within our means, and I think I can do that on the federal level.

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I get that, but the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute say that since 1996, “health insurance costs have risen so much that (even) for families at 300 percent of the federal poverty level, Employer Sponsored Insurance is less affordable for families at 300 percent of the FPL today than it was for families at 200 percent of the FPL when SCHIP was passed. Mmm, hmm ...

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Would you have favored the vote had SCHIP been a more uniform increase across state lines? The SCHIP program was a bipartisan program put forth by Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton, and it resulted in health-care coverage for children across Mississippi, and I think the program was a good idea, but I don’t like that expansion.

American people can look at a project and say, “that’s a project that makes sense,” then that’s an earmark that I don’t have a problem with. I say put a project on the Internet 72 hours before you vote on them. That way the people can see what’s going on. We’ve had a lot of infrastructure in Mississippi built with earmarks. Jobs are located where the highways have been built, and a lot of those highways have been built with federal money. But if you put the projects on the Internet 72 hours ahead of time, I think the people of north Mississippi would look at Interstate 60 or Interstate 22 and say ‘that’s a good project.’ On the other hand, if there was a bridge to nowhere, Alaska, or an airport with no airplanes in Pennsylvania, people would look at it and say, “No. There’s a problem.”

Level, and that excludes housing and transportation costs. So a family of four, making a lot more than $100,000* a year in New York could be eligible for SCHIP. I would not be in favor of that at all. *Editor’s note: 400% of the Federal Poverty Level for a family of four is $88,200 for all 48 contiguous states.


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ast August, my then-boyfriend Mason and I took an excursion to Memphis to celebrate summer’s end. We were anticipating a carefree day trip, but expectation quickly turned to distress as our whole day was plagued with disappointing fiascos. We look back on that day now and laugh that we learned some important lessons with our relationship still intact. Although I’ve taken plenty of trips in my life, our Memphis disaster was a reminder of the worst possible mistakes to make when traveling. Don’t assume museums and attractions are open every day. I was looking forward to a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination. It presently houses many exhibits about the Civil Rights Movement. Upon arrival, I hopped out of the car and ran to the door, only to find that the Museum was open every day except for Tuesday. And it was Tuesday. Don’t rely entirely on technology to get you there. Seriously, take a map and a printed guidebook. A bizarre glitch in the Google Maps app on Mason’s iPod told us that Memphis had two Urban Outfitters stores. We followed the directions but were dead-ended both times, once in an alcove of offices, and another time between the river and a cluster of government buildings. I finally went into a hotel to ask the concierge and he informed me sadly: “We don’t have anything like that here, ma’am. The closest thing we have would be a

Gap.” Had I brought a guidebook, I would have known. Don’t wear skinny jeans on the hottest day of the year. On our trip to Memphis, I wore skinny jeans with a bright blue tunic top—stylish, perhaps, but a veritable oven on a day that hovered around 100 degrees even in the morning. We spent almost the whole day outside, which made matters worse. Intense heat only increases the pressure of being lost and confused, and weather-appropriate clothing eases stress. Don’t leave home without insider information. If you know someone who has lived or traveled in your intended destination, get the scoop. Find out about local restaurants, museum hours, tucked-away shops, public transportation and parking. Usually insiders have the best advice when

At least we took a photo of the Civil Rights Museum, even if we couldn’t visit.

it comes to travel logistics and recommendations. We found out from insiders about some great restaurants in Memphis only after we had returned. Don’t take yourself too seriously. I made the mistake of trying too hard to make the Memphis trip happen in just the way I wanted it to, instead of letting it unfold as it would. No trip is perfect, and even this particular day was not without its joys. We ate delicious barbecue at the Rendezvous, were given a fascinating tour of Earnestine and Hazel’s, and at least took a picture of the Lorraine Motel. We made it through the day, and we still loved each other. So it wasn’t all bad.

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all over the country. B&Bs may cost a bit more than the average hotel, but they are worth the extra expense. Your stay will be quiet and comfortable, and hosts pride themselves on their terrific breakfasts. If you find yourself wondering which restaurants are best or how much museum admission costs, guidebooks are great resources. I prefer Rough Guides (www., but any one will do. Not For Tourists (www.notfortourists. com) also publishes interesting travel guides containing insider details not typically found in traditional guidebooks.


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Winterville Mounds—These sacred ceremonial mounds were built by prehistoric Native Americans between about 1000 and 1450. The site originally contained 23 mounds, but development has leveled many of them, leaving about a dozen, including the tallest at 55 feet. (2415 Highway 1 N., Greenville, 662334-4684,



Birmingham (91.38 Miles) Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame (2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., 205-3236665, Amistad Murals at Talladega College (627 W. Battle St., Talladega, 256-362-0206, Birmingham Zoo (2630 Cahaba Road, 205-879-0409, www.birminghamzoo. com) Desoto Caverns Park (5181 Desoto Caverns Parkway, Childersburg, Ala., 256378-7252,


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build in 1861. During a house party Feb. 17, 1890, a guest left a cigar burning on the balcony, and the mansion burned. All that is left are 23 30-foot-tall Corinthian columns. (15095 Rodney Road, Port Gibson, 601-437-4351, Ghost Town of Rodney—Rodney was once a bustling trading town and almost became the capital of Mississippi. Trade was lively because of its proximity to the Mississippi River, but as the course of the river changed, people moved away. In 1880, Rodney residents voted against having a railroad stop in the town and more people left the area. Where once 5,000 people lived in Rodney, today all that is left of the town is a store, an old black Masonic lodge, two churches, a cemetery, a gas station, an abandoned hotel and a few abandoned homes. The town is located near Lorman. ( Woodall Mountain—Woodall Mountain is the highest point in Mississippi, located in Iuka, near the Alabama border. It was the site of a Civil War battle and is the only high point in the United States to be directly involved in battle. ( Woodall_Mountain). The Witch of Yazoo—A posse trapped a woman accused of witchcraft in quicksand near Yazoo City. According to legend, before she sank, she swore revenge by promising to burn down the whole town. She was buried deep in the ground, and her casket was chained. Years later, much of the town did burn, and at the same time, the chain surrounding the casket broke in two. (Glenwood Cemetery, Potters Field Road, Yazoo City; Graceland Too—Located in Holly Springs,


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Graceland Too is a floor-to-ceiling dedication to Elvis Presley created by Paul McLeod. The home is a pink, two-story, mini Graceland, open 24 hours a day; admission is only $5. (200 E. Gholson Ave., Holly Springs, www. Mammy’s Cupboard—Located in Natchez, Mammy’s Cupboard is a restaurant built inside the skirts of a 28-foot-tall black woman. Creepy, but the food is good. The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (555 Highway 61 S., Natchez, 601-445-8957, Rock and Blues Museum—This 3,000-squarefoot museum has tons of rock ‘n’ roll, country, blues and R&B memorabilia from the ’20s to the ’70s. The owner, Theo D, is from the Netherlands and moved his museum from there to Clarksdale in 2007. Admission is $5. (113 E. Second St., Clarksdale; 662-302-3803;

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arolyn Haines’ newest book, “Bone Appétit” (St. Martin’s Minotaur, June 2010, $24.99), is reminiscent of the classic Nancy Drew mysteries, but with a whole lot of southern sass and kick-ass thrown in. This murder mystery, the tenth in a series, is set in Greenwood. Sarah Booth Delaney, private investigator and the main character, and her business partner and best friend Tinkie Richmond take a trip to Greenwood for some rest and recuperation at the Alluvian Hotel in the hopes that Delaney will recover from a recent miscarriage and her subsequent depression. They plan to take cooking classes at the Viking Cooking School, but upon arrival, they find that a competition is underway for the next spokeswoman for the school. Delaney and Richmond find themselves surrounded by beauty contestants, and soon afterward, murder. After the first murder, which involves poison often used in witchcraft and black magic, fingers immediately start pointing at the mysterious Hedy Blackledge, a contestant from Louisiana who is rumored to have a background in voodoo. Hedy hires Delaney and Richmond to prove that she is innocent. The duo expertly navigates the assignment, often adding to the southern wit and charm that runs throughout the book, but they do hit a few roadblocks along the way. The first is Karrie Kompton, the nastiest beauty contestant known to man. She often threatens to steamroll anybody that gets in her way, which throws Delaney and Richmond off course. Then there are Kompton’s constant snide remarks to everyone, including our heroines. Another obstruction in their case is the chief of police in Greenwood, Chief Jansen, who insists for the first half of the book that Hedy is the murderer and who can’t stand Delaney and Richmond trying to prove otherwise. Hedy’s sketchy past does not help the case much either. One of the most interesting aspects of the novel, however, is Delaney’s navigation around and resistance to the southern code of female conduct that still, unfortunately, pervades much of southern culture (women will obey men, women will act as “ladies” at all times, etc.). Delaney’s fiancé wants her to give up private investigating, but Delaney resists; she believes investigating is part of her, and she shouldn’t have to stop just because her man wants her to. Haines’ handling of Delaney’s situation shines a light on what many southern women often go through: be-

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ing a strong and intelligent woman in what often seems to be a man’s world. Some women, like Richmond, find ways around this problem by giving men “the illusion they have control.” But Delaney can’t accept a life of subservience to men, even if it is only artifice: “‘I can’t pretend, and I won’t manipulate my life partner,’” Delaney tells Richmond. Haines’ novel is definitely a pageturner. It’s not only gripping, it’s a fun book to read. Books set in the South, especially in Mississippi, always hold a special place in my heart. There’s something touching about seeing places in print where I’ve been: Ground Zero Blues Club, the Blues Museum and Turnrow Book Co. are just a few places Haines mentions. The author also makes an art out of writing about the Delta. “Driving through the early-summer night home to Zinnia, I felt the Delta rise up around me like the walls of a familiar room. I knew this land the way a devotee knows the contours of her beloved. The taste and smell of the cotton fields were a huge part of my tactile memory. Riding through the night with the stars pulsing in the sky, I had such a sense of home.” I highly recommend Carolyn Haines’ book. Though throughout the book there are hints that the Delaney Detective Agency is unraveling due to Delaney’s own miscarriage in the last case and Richmond’s near-death experience in this one, I can’t help but believe Delaney will go on investigating, even if her setting or role does shift a bit. Carolyn Haines will sign “Bone Appétit” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.) July 10 at 1 p.m.

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Red, White and Jackson at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) is from noon-8 p.m. Faze 4 will also perform in Smith Park (302 Amite St.) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission with food for sale; call 601-948-7575. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. A 4th of July celebration will also take place on the corner of Duling Avenue and Old Canton Road. Free; call 601-981-9606. … The Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest at the Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton) starts at 6 p.m. and continues through July 4. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Free, donations welcome; call 601-355-6267. … Mike & Marty perform at the Congress Street Grill from 6-8 p.m. … The Songwriters Showcase at Union Street Books (107 N. Union St., Canton) is from 7-9 p.m. Free; call 601-859-8596.

Hal & Mal’s at 10 p.m. $10. … The Iron Feathers and Liver Mousse play at Ole Tavern at 10 p.m. Call 601-960-2700. … Sherman Lee Dillon’s Mississippi Sound performs at F. Jones Corner from 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m. $10.

Saturday 7/3

The Watermelon Classic at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive) starts at 7:30 a.m. $13-$25 individuals, $55 families, $70 teams; call 601-982-8264. … The 63rd National Appaloosa Horse Show at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.) ends today. Free; call 208-882-5578 or 202-882-8150. … Mel Waiters, Grady Champion, Noo Noo and others perform at Zoo Blues at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets and BeBop. $20 adults in advance, $25-30 at the gate, $12 children 12 and under, $5 parking at Parkside Place entrance; call 601-3522580. … Old-Fashioned Heritage Day at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) is from 9 a.m.2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-856-7546. … The Pajama Jammy Jam at Dreamz Jxn starts at 9 p.m. Ladies in pajamas get in free until 11 p.m. $10 men in pajamas, $20 men in regular clothes. … Dick & Jane’s house party with DJ Allen starts at 9 p.m. $6-$10. … The Jacktown Ramblers play at Martin’s at 10 p.m. Call 601-354-9712.

Sunday 7/4

William McDowell performs during the 4th of July Celebration at The Church Triumphant (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 41) at 10 a.m. Free, barbecue dinner included; call 601-977-0007. … The Mississippi Improv Alliance Summer Sunday at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College’s Ford Academic Complex, 3rd floor, 1701 N. State St.) is at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-497-7454. … The Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming at Historic Canton Square is at 4 p.m. Free; call 601-859-4358. … Shaun Patterson performs at Burgers & Blues from 5-9 p.m. 601-899-0038. … Jackie Bell’s 4th of July Birthday Bash at F. Jones Corner is at 6 p.m. Free. Gospel recording artist William McDowell performs at The Church Triumphant July 4 at 10 a.m.

Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland) is giving a sun-salutation class at 5:45 p.m. in preparation for the Yoga for Non-Violence fundraiser on Aug. 7. Free; call 601-613-4317. … The “Right After Work” mixer at the Roberts Walthall Hotel (225 E. Capitol St.) is from 5-10 p.m. No cover; call 601-948-6161. … The Celebrate America Balloon Glow 2010 at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) starts at 6 p.m. and includes music by Candy Coburn and Tracy Lawrence. Free; call 601853-2011. … The VWE Allstars with Pat Brown perform at Zydeco (6340 Ridgewood Court) at 8 p.m. $5. … First Friday at the Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St.) is at 10 p.m. The first 50 people get in free. $10; visit jbentertainmentgroup. net. … The Mosier Brothers and Robbie Peoples perform at

Tuesday 7/6

Paleontologist George Phillips will speak on the topic “Modern and Fossil Sharks—Was Megalodon in Mississippi?” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) at noon. $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. … Amazing Lazy Boi performs during the blues lunch at F. Jones Corner at noon. Free. … The Xtremez perform at Shucker’s from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 7/7

Eudora Welty biographer Suzanne Marrs is the presenter during “History Is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6850. … Jesse “Guitar” Smith performs at Burgers & Blues from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 601-899-0038. … DoubleShotz plays at Shucker’s from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free. … Faulkner’s Alley takes on Big Hair Affair at Electric Cowboy’s Battle of the Bands at 8 p.m. Call 601-899-5333.

Thursday 7/8

Studio Om Yoga (710 Poplar Blvd.) is giving a sun-salutation class at 5:45 p.m. in preparation for the Yoga for Non-Violence fundraiser on Aug. 7. Free; call 601-353-0025. … The JFP Lounge at Sal & Mookie’s Pi(e) Lounge (565 Taylor St.) is from 6-10 p.m. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 11. … The D’lo Trio performs at Cherokee Inn at 6:30 p.m. Free. … Jackie Bell, Norman Clark and Smoke Stack Lightning perform at 930 Blues Café at 8 p.m. $5. More events and details at

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Monday 7/5

Stevie J performs during the blues lunch at F. Jones Corner at noon. Free. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is from 8-11 p.m. $5.

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(1150 Lakeland Drive). Come for train, carousel and pony rides, ice cream and watermelon. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be for sale. $5, $4 seniors 60 and older, $3 children 5-18, $2 children 3-4; call 601-713-3365. 4th of July Celebration July 4, 10 a.m., at The Church Triumphant (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 43, Ridgeland). Come for a barbecue dinner and music by gospel recording artist William McDowell. Free; call 601-977-0007.

Community 63rd National Appaloosa Horse Show through July 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 nation’s oldest single-breed horse show. Free; call 208-882-5578 or 208-882-8150. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Aging Services Workshop July 1, 10 a.m. The workshop hosted by the city of Jackson will be held in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-982-8467. • Small Business Leadership Conference July 6-7, in the Community Meeting Room. Conference hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 6 and 5-9 p.m. July 7. John Jr. Gospel Ministries and Leaders of Tomorrow are the hosts. Call 769251-9461. Watermelon Classic July 3, 7:30 a.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive). The annual race includes a 5K run, a 5K walk, a one-mile wellness run and a “tot trot” for children ages 3 and under. Awards will be given in several categories. Pre-registration by 5 p.m. July 2 is required for immediate families (up to five people) and corporate teams (three to five people with same company). Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. $13-$25 individuals, $55 families, $70 teams; call 601-982-8264.


Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk July 3, 8 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member will lead the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. An adult must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444.

Old-Fashioned Fondren 4th Celebration July 1, 5 p.m., on the corner of Duling Ave. and Old Canton Road. The event during Fondren after 5 features a children’s parade at 5:30 p.m., a space jump, carnival games, contests and artists’ booths. Free admission; visit

Teen Weight Loss Camp July 5-29, at Mississippi Against Obesity Foundation Fitness Clinic (2219 Greenway Drive). Sessions are 4-5 p.m. MondayThursday for teens ages 12-16, who will take classes in sports such as weight training, hip-hop aerobics and kickboxing. Free; call 601-983-7494.

Celebrate America Balloon Glow 2010 July 2, 6 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Activities include a hot air balloon glow, food, games, music by Candy Coburn and Tracy Lawrence, and a fireworks display. Free; call 601-853-2011.

Story Time Tuesday July 6, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Each month (March thru Sept.), a local celebrity comes to the zoo on the first Tuesday of the month to read an animal story to kids. After story time, the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580.

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Old Fashioned Heritage Day July 3, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Craftsmen will demonstrate soap making, woodcarving, chair caning and much more. Enjoy Native American dancing, old- fashioned music instruments and stickball. Food will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-856-7546. 21st Annual Family Fireworks Extravaganza, July 3, 5 p.m., at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton). Enjoy food, children’s activities, fireworks and music by Braden Gray and Crossin’ Dixon. $5 parking; call 601-924-6082.


4th of July Celebration July 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

Financial Education Seminar July 6, 6 p.m., at 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road), in suite 550. Hosted by CredAbility, the seminar will be led by certified budget and credit counselors. Free; call 601-969-6431. “History Is Lunch” July 7, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Welty biographer Suzanne Marrs will present “The Impact of Friendship on Eudora Welty’s Work.” Bring your own lunch; coffee/ water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850. FORMCities Call for Design Proposals through Aug. 15, at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). Mississippi State University’s

Jackson Community Design Center (JCDC) will host a design competition and symposium focused on the inherent challenges and immense potential for socioeconomic and environmental reconciliation by addressing barriers created by an urban divide. FORMCities calls for design proposals to address the negative impacts of urban forms and transportation thoroughfares which have created visual, physical and psychological barriers along the lines of race, income and class. Student and professional teams may enter, and the deadline is Aug. 15. Prizes will be rewarded in November. $60 professional teams, $35 student teams; e-mail 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, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy some fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Cancer Rehab Classes ongoing, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength and endurance and immune system and bone density. It helps to increase overall strength and stamina, decrease fatigue, weight loss and improve digestion. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. Farmers Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’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.

Jerrell Moore and Radical Praiz July 2, 7 p.m., at Greater Tree of Life Baptist Church (3102 Monticello Drive). The gospel group performs as part of their album debut. CDs will also be for sale. Free admission, $10 CD; call 601-331-1534. Zoo Blues July 3, 3-8 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The blues music festival is hosted by Deuce McAllister and presented by A Few Good Men. Performers include Mel Waiters, Grady Champion, Reggie P, Andre Lee, Kenne Wayne and Noo Noo. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and BeBop. $20 adults in advance, $25-30 at the gate, $12 children 12 and under, $5 parking at Parkside Place entrance Call 601-352-2580. Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming July 4, 4 p.m., at Historic Canton Square, Canton. The concert is a celebration of the diversity and rich cultural heritage of Canton and the beauty of gospel music. Performers include Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Tiffany Clark and The Grady Champion Gospel Revue. Free; call 601-859-4358.

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 601992-9831 or 601-992-4691.

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Art Therapy For Cancer Patients ongoing, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activities Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Wednesdays. The classes are designed to help cancer patients and provide an outlet to express feelings, reduce stress, assist in pain management, help build positive coping skills and increase self-discovery and self-awareness. Art supplies are included. Registration is required. Free; call 601948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

“The End of All Mysteries” Dinner Theatre July 1, 6:30 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant (315 Crossgates Blvd., Suite G, Brandon). Seating begins at 6:30 p.m., and the performance by The Detectives Mystery Theatre begins at 7 p.m. A reservation is recommended. $39; call 601-291-7444.

Sun Salutations Training Session July 2, 5:45 p.m., at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Learn to do sun salutations in preparation for the Yoga for NonViolence fundraiser for the Center for Violence Prevention Aug. 7. Free; call 601-813-4317.

Mississippi Improv Alliance Summer Sunday July 4, 1 p.m., at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, 1701 N. State St.). Three ensembles of dancers, visual artists and musicians will perform. Performers include daniel johnson, Roy Adkins, Michael Ridgeway, Mike Ford, Laurel Isbister, Jason Bruce, Roy Geoghegan, Tracie Wade, Thomas Grillo and Ryan Baucum. Free; call 601497-7454.

Structure Drawing for Teens July 5-9, at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). The class for youth ages 13 and up gives them an opportunity to brush up on their drawing skills. Classes are from 8-10 a.m. daily. Adults are also welcome. $150; call 601-668-5408.

“Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema ongoing, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Listen to a story — shared through the eyes of four Louisiana musicians — that explores the beauty and fragility of the Louisiana wetlands; the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina; and the tremendous efforts being made to bring back the city of New Orleans and the bayou to build a grand new future. Show times are 2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Friday. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children; call 601-960-1552.

Music Songwriter’s Showcase July 1, 7 p.m., at Union Street Books (107 N. Union St., Vicksburg). Frazier Riddell of Small Town Music is the host. Songwriters are invited to perform their original work. Free; call 601-859-8596.

Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601664-0411. 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. Oil Painting Classes ongoing, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Pat Walker-Fields is the instructor. Classes are held Mondays from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $90-$170; call 662-873-4004. Beading Class ongoing, at Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Learn about beading techniques with glass, ceramic and semi-precious beads, wirework, making bracelets and crimping every first Saturday, and get lessons on making earrings and wirework every second Saturday. Space is limited; a reservation is required. Materials are included. $15 per session; call 601-629-6201.

at the “Off the Wall” Second Anniversary Show July 1, 5 p.m., at One Blu Wall (2906 N. State St.). The art show includes live music and food from Crazy Cat Bakers. See works by Bradley Adair, Critz Campbell, Pearl River Glass Studio, Studio2Concrete, Emily Baker, Grant Courtney, Richard and Nicole Stowe, and Jonathan Sims. Free admission; call 601-713-1224. Mississippi Artists’ Guild Exhibition through Aug. 31, at Municipal Art Gallery (839 North State St). The art exhibit will highlight 50 to 100 artistic selections from members including winners of the juried exhibition. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free; call 601-960-1582. Jason “Twiggy” Lott Exhibit ongoing, at Nunnery’s Gallery (426 Meadowbrook Road). See paintings, collages and assemblages constructed from discarded objects called “reconstructions.” Free admission; call 601-981-4426. Art at the Healthplex ongoing, at Mississippi College Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). See artwork by artist-in-residence Jeanette “JNet” Jarmon, Bob Dunaway, Sherry Ferguson, Scoty Hearst, Mike Mishka, Karen Freeman, Marijane Whitfield and Georgia Wright in the front lobby gallery. Also included are metal works by Bill Broadus and mixed media by Penny Ma. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Free; e-mail

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Call 601-960-1515. • The Luxury of Exercise: Drawings and Small Sculptures by Claudia DeMonte through Sept. 12. This exhibition will feature over fifty works by artist Claudia DeMonte from her recent series on exercise. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • On the Wall/Off the Wall: Modern American Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection through Sept. 12. This exhibition presents a fascinating array of some 50 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs by 20th-21st century artists. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection through Sept. 12. Dorothy and Herbert (Herb) Vogel have acquired around 4,000 works of contemporary art since 1962. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • Pieces and Strings: Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 20th Annual Quilt Contest and Exhibition through Aug. 1, in the public corridor. This annual presentation of award-winning quilts is on loan from Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, sponsors of Crossroads Quilters, a group that displays and sells its one-of-a-kind handmade quilts at the Crossroads Building in Port Gibson. Free. “Summer Dress” through Aug. 31, at Manship House (420 E. Fortification St.). The museum exhibits the Victorian practice of preparing the home for the heat, insects, and dirt of the summer months. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. Free; call 601-961-4724. Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1557. • “Just Dance” Juried Invitational June 10July 5. This juried exhibition, with the theme of dance, is planned to run concurrently with Mississippi’s 2010 International Ballet Competition. Free. • Storytellers Ball Juried Exhibition Call for Entries through July 10, at Arts Center of

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Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The exhibition theme is “Broadway Magic.” Artwork related to musicals, chorus lines and Broadway plays are acceptable. Artists of all ages may submit up to three entries in any media, which will be displayed from Aug. 5-22. The best in show will receive $1000 and a 2011 solo exhibit. $25. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. • “Modern and Fossil Sharks—Was Megalodon in Mississippi?” July 6, noon. George Phillips, museum paleontologist, will talk about the oldest shark remains from Mississippi which date back 85 million years. • Fun Fridays through July 30. Every Friday 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. • “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” through Jan. 9. The 60-foot, 2-million-year-old Megalodon looms life-size in this mega-exhibit of modern and fossil sharks. Elise Norman Photography through July 30, at Cups on Capitol (210 E. Capitol St.). New local fine art photographer Elise Norman is displaying her work, which includes vibrant scenes from Vietnam, Natchez and her hometown of New Orleans. Free with prints for sale; call 601-209-7607. “Legacy of Timbuktu: Wonders of the Written Word” ongoing, at International Museum of Muslim Culture (201 E. Pascagoula St.). In the last millennium an important global legacy was uncovered: the literate culture of Africa. This legacy lives in the extraordinary richness of historical manuscripts that still survive. The companion exhibit “Islamic Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West” can be seen in the new museum gallery. Free; call 601-960-0440.

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Art at the Auditorium, ongoing, at The Auditorium Restaurant (622 Duling Ave.). On the first Tuesday of each month, a variety of artwork by local Jackson visual artists are showcased from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; call 601-981-0002. “Alsace to America” ongoing, at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (3863 Morrison Road, Utica). Jews immigrated to Mississippi from Alsace and Lorraine throughout the 19th century. This exhibit reflects the lives of these pioneers, why they left France and Germany, and how they became an integral part of the historical fabric of their chosen communities in America. Please call to schedule a tour. $5, $4 students and groups of 15 or more; call 601-362-6357. Check 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 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 for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest July 1-4, at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). Dozens of hot air balloons will lead a fun-filled weekend for children and adults of all ages. The four-day event will include balloon races, a meet-and-greet with the pilots, a chance to see the balloons up close, skydivers, balloon glows, fireworks, a Special Shape Fiesta, children’s activities, great food and great entertainment. This festival is a fundraiser for The Good Samaritan Center. Visit for a schedule of events. Free admission; call 601-355-6267.

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ruce Springsteen casts a large shadow over New Jersey. Every rock band from the state needs to inevitably face comparisons to the man, no matter how similar or dissimilar their sound. Few musicians are as strongly and intrinsically tied to their home state as Springsteen is to New Jersey. The Gaslight Anthem is the latest band from the Garden State to step out of their forefather’s shadow. Musically, the band demands your respect. It is a true rock ‘n’ roll band that never skimps on the guitars and demonstrates a genuine care for songwriting. It also doesn’t hurt that lead singer Brian Fallon sounds like a vocal love child of Springsteen and Paul Westerberg, the great Replacements’ vocalist. Unfortunately, the band’s newest album “American Slang,” can’t measure up to the best Replacements or the best Springsteen. The Gaslight Anthem clearly owes a great deal to Springsteen, demonstrating his trademark energy in abundance on both “Slang” and the band’s debut album, 2008’s “The ’59 Sound.” Springsteen’s inspiration is also present in the lyrics, which have a sharper personal edge injected in them than do most rock lyrics. Unfortunately, the focus on Springsteen the individual leads The Gaslight Anthem to overlook the importance of The E Street Band, the group that really kept his sound coherent. While Springsteen’s best songs nearly uniformly feature a dominating guitar, they often also have David Sancious’ or Roy Bittan’s keyboards or Clarence Clemons’ saxophone lines coaxing the melody along. This assures

a tonal variance to the heavy electric instruments, which are still indisputably the engine of the song. Take these secondary instruments out of many of Springsteen’s songs however, and you’re left with a jumble of noise. This is what the Gaslight Anthem is giving us on too many songs. Most of the songs on “American Slang” have clearly defined, inventive beginnings and ends, but a mess of muddiness lies in between. Many songs devolve into a wall of heavy guitar and bass as a single, semi-melodic guitar line plays above it. What results is an electric-instrument overload that is just not very appealing. “Stay Lucky” and “Orphans” are two songs that start with promising riffs, only to get swallowed up by a canyon of noise. The songs that try to change this structure are similarly problematic. Ballads “The Queen of Lower Chelsea” and “We Did it When We Were Young” both struggle to dial down the energy without sacrificing the intensity that makes the rest of the record strong. On the other hand, “Bring it On” is a song that basks in a catchy melody and gradually escalating vocals, while not getting overwhelmed by the guitars. It provides a glimpse of what the band could be should they add a bit of finesse to their sound. The title track is also a well-constructed song driven by a simple, yet inspired, guitar riff. The Gaslight Anthem has an ear for pop and punk music. Whether the band can learn how to reconcile and fuse the two will determine its longevity and will show if it is truly the next step in Jersey rock’s evolution.


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n a non-descript back-lot studio near the downtown fairgrounds, long-time collaborators Taylor Hildebrand and producer Byron Knight, of Sneaky B Records, have forged a beautifully melancholy treasure has that may confirm your faith in the Jackson music scene. In fact, the two have managed to create as pristine a snapshot for this period of local music as you will likely find. It is a bittersweet capsule to a bittersweet time. You may be familiar with Hildebrand from his bands Horse Trailer and Passenger Jones, and with that reference, you will likely feel right at home with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nena.â&#x20AC;? The songs have his rootsy signature and powerfully soulful voice. Even with the densely woven instrumentation, his lyrics are projected with clarity

and emotion, giving each song resonance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nenaâ&#x20AC;? centers on themes of conflict and separation, and the thesis is the haunting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man at War.â&#x20AC;? Hildebrand tells of a man returning from war, finding a wife who did not wait on him. Oceans away, he ponders: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will she be there / to put the coffee on, or make love if I am able?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demon of June,â&#x20AC;? punctuated by Jamie Weemsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mandolin, tells of how certain seasons can dredge up painful ghosts as he sings: â&#x20AC;&#x153;These days I sit here missing you / but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a stranger, a sick feeling.â&#x20AC;? Hildebrand knows how to twist the knife and make you feel the familiar sting of loss. And, at his best, he can make you feel things youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never experienced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the Fall,â&#x20AC;? perhaps the strongest track on the album, feels like being in your last moments and looking back at times that mattered. An intricately layered waltz, it builds instrument on instrument until Hildebrand softly sings, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One last long breath Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be breathing there with her, in a peaceful time.â&#x20AC;? It is my suspicion that one day, we may all look back upon our lives in such a way. Ehen we are nostalgic for this moment of our lives lived in Jackson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nenaâ&#x20AC;? could be the catalyst to bring the deluge of sweet recollection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nenaâ&#x20AC;? is still in post-production, and its release date is â&#x20AC;&#x153;sometime soon.â&#x20AC;? Until then, Taylor Hildebrand performs with Horse Trailer on Sunday, July 4, at Old House Depot (639 Monroe St.) from 4-7 p.m.; free. To learn more about Taylor Hildebrand, including the release date for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nena,â&#x20AC;? visit his Facebook page.

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July 2, Friday F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey (blues lunch) free; Bailey Bros. 10-5 a.m. $10 Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m.

The Auditorium - Angela Walls 7:30 p.m. Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - The Mosier Brothers, Robbie Peoples (roots rock) 10 p.m. $10 Northpark Mall (field) - Balloon Glow: Carlton South Carolina Show Band 5:45 p.m.; Candy Coburn 7 p.m.; Tracy Lawrence 8:30 p.m.; fireworks 9:45 p.m. free Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Solar Porch w/Marlo Dorrough 10 p.m. Ole Tavern - The Iron Feathers, Liver Mousse 10 p.m. Fire - Sally Jayne, Waiting for Brantley 10 p.m. 18+ Underground 119 - Fearless Four Burgers & Blues - Fulkerson & Pace 7-11 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Rainmakers 8-1 a.m. $5 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Electric Cowboy - Spank the Monkey (rock) 9 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 9-1 a.m. free Dick & Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Dirty Laundry 6-10 p.m. Marriott Downtown, Windsor Ballroom - First Friday/DJ Phil 9 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - DoubleShotz Zydeco - VWE Allstars w/Pat Brown 8 p.m. $5 Regency - Snazz 9-1 a.m. Poets II - 6 Pack Deep Irish Frog - Emma Wynters 6:3010 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Yankee Station (Ribs & Reds 4th Fest) 9 p.m. free Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Dr. Zarrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funkmonster, Atomika Silverstar, Choctaw - George Jones (country) 8 p.m. 866-44PEARL

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July 5, Monday F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey (blues lunch) free Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Dreamz - Marley Mondays/DJ (world) 6 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Will & Linda 3-7 p.m. free Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.

July 6, Tuesday F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi (blues lunch) free Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - The Xtremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Final Destination - Open Mic

July 7, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Jessie Smith (blues lunch) free Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands: Faulknerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley vs. Big Hair Affair (rock) 8 p.m. Underground 119 - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) Burgers & Blues - Jesse â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guitarâ&#x20AC;? Smith 6:30-9:30 p.m. Kathrynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 6:30-9:30 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. free Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Kokomo Joe DJ/ Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free Irish Frog - Ralph Miller 6:30-10 p.m.

venuelist Freelon’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 Grownfolks’s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Mal’s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hamp’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 Hauté 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) The Irish Frog 5o7 Springridge Rd., Clinton, 601-448-4185 JC’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 Kathryn’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 LaRae’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 Manda’s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McB’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 Monte’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 Olga’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 Poet’s II 1855 Lakeland Dr., 601- 364-9411 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Pop’s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larry’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 & Mal’s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierce’s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601-376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rick’s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookie’s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Sam’s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Sam’s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Schimmel’s Fine Dining 2615 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-7077 Scrooge’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 Soop’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 Sportsman’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 Chikan’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 VB’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 Walker’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

Wednesday, June 30th

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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 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’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 Cerami’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 O’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 Crickett’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 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601-346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’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 Fenian’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) Fitzgerald’s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Flood’s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094 Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944




by Lisa LaFontaine Bynum

For the Cupcakes:

Lady Liberty Wants Cupcakes LISA LAFONTAINE BYNUM


upcakes have become all the rage. Once synonymous with children’s birthday parties, boutique-style bakeries specializing in gourmet cupcakes are popping up steadily. Today’s cupcakes are not your typical dry cupcakes baked in the morning and sitting out all day, or covered in that stiff, give-you-a-sugar-headache icing; they now come in almost every color of rainbow and in a variety of flavors. On July 4, families all over the country will gather to celebrate our country’s independence. For dessert, consider serving your guests festive red, white and blue cupcakes. They will enjoy having their own individual treats, and cupcakes can be easier and a lot less intimidating to decorate than a full cake. Before you start baking, consider: Good cupcake pans are shiny and on the heavy side, and will cook six to 12 cupcakes at a time. For convenience, have two pans available so that one will be ready to go into the oven as the other is coming out. Line your cupcake pan with paper or foil wrappers or spray the individual wells with a nonstick spray. The cupcakes will be much easier to remove in one piece Bring all ingredients to room temperature. This will ensure your items mix evenly and prevent lumps. Don’t over-mix your batter. If you over-mix, the cupcakes will be chewy instead of moist. If your recipe calls for a hand mixer, and you are using a stand mixer, reduce your mixing time. Stand mixers mix at a faster speed than hand mixers. Consult your owner’s manual for mixing times. Fill your cupcake pan 1/2 to 2/3 full. The batter will expand as it cooks. Completely filling the cup will cause the batter to overflow and make a mess in your oven. Preheat your oven to the correct temperature before you put your cupcakes in the oven. Invest in a good oven

thermometer to make sure your oven is calibrated correctly. If your oven cooks food faster at the rear of the oven, make sure you rotate your cupcake pan halfway through the baking time. Test for doneness after the minimum cooking time. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If they aren’t finished cooking after the minimum time, place them back in the oven and check again after five minutes. Cook only one pan of cupcakes at a time and place your cupcake pan in the very center of your oven. When it comes to decoration, ideas are limitless. Consider using decorative cupcake liners. Insert a black licorice stick into the center so that each cake resembles a firecracker. Sprinkle the top of each cake with coconut colored with red or blue food coloring to imitate fireworks exploding from the center. Try raiding your local party supply store for 4th-ofJuly-themed decorations, or if you are a talented cake decorator with a lot of patience, try decorating each cupcake with the stars and stripes of the American flag. No doubt your guests will be delighted with the results.

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup shortening 1-1/2 cups sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup milk 5 egg whites Red gel food coloring Blue gel food coloring

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat shortening on medium speed of electric mixer about 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition. Divide batter equally into three bowls. Add red gel coloring to one bowl. Add blue gel to the second bowl. Leave the third bowl plain. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites and gel coloring into each bowl. Layer a heaping tablespoonful of each batter into a muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Each liner should only be half full. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 24 cupcakes.

For the Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, room temperature 1/2 cup milk, room temperature 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar Red or blue gel food coloring, optional

Combine all the ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix at slow speed until smooth. If stiffer icing is needed, or if the weather is very warm, add a little extra sugar. Add red or blue food coloring to icing if desired. Makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes.





PIZZA by Sarah Bush


July 1 - 7, 2010

his 4th of July, add a new item to your usual hotdog and hamburger grill menu. Grilled pizza is versatile, fresh and easy, and is a delicious vegetarian option for your holiday feast. Buying premade refrigerated pizza dough cuts down on your prep time, getting you out of the kitchen quickly and back outside with your family and friends. You can experiment with your favorite toppings and flavors, but in the summer when tomatoes are fresh, my favorite is this grilled take on a traditional margherita pizza.


4 vine-ripened tomatoes 1 cup fresh basil leaves 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling One container pre-made refrigerated thin crust pizza dough 6 ounces fresh mozerella 1 fresh garlic clove minced

Preheat the grill to a medium cooking temperature (around 350 degrees). Preheat the oven and bake crust according to pack-

age directions. While the crust bakes, slice the tomatoes in half, remove the seeds, then coarsely chop and set in a medium sized mixing bowl. Shred the basil leaves into thin strips and add to the tomatoes. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and red pepper flakes to the tomato basil mixture, and stir to combine. Thinly slice and coarsely chop the mozzarella and set aside.

Once the crust is ready, spread the tomato mixture in an even layer, top with the mozerella, and add one last drizzle of olive oil. Transfer the pizza to the grill, but do not place on direct heat: place on a rack, or turn the front burners off if you’re using a gas grill. Grill until the crust browns and the cheese bubbles, about 4-6 minutes depending on your grill. Makes six to eight servings.

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coffee houses Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’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 Café (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 “see and be seen” Jackson institution! Campbell’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 Heaven’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 Network’s ultimate recipe showdown. Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village Suite #173 601-362-7448) Amazing sandwiches: Meatloaf Panini, Mediterranean Vegetarian, Rotisserie Chicken to gourmet pimento cheese. Outlandish desserts. Now open for dinner Wednesday through Friday.



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ItalIan Basil’s Belhaven (904 E. Fortification, Jackson, 601-352-2002) The signature Paninis are complimented by great Italian offerings such as spaghetti and meatball, tomato basil soup, cookies and cupcakes. Dinner menu includes fresh tilapia, shrimp and risotto, seafood pasta, generous salads—and don’t forget the crab cakes. Party menu includes a “panini pie.” BYOB. BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Wonderful atmosphere and service. Bravo! walks away with tons of Best of Jackson awards every year. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license! Fratesi’s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) “Authentic, homey, unpretentious” that’s how the regulars describe Fratesi’s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!

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barbeque Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and po’boys. Wet or dry pork ribs, chopped pork or beef, and all the sides. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkin’s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more. Rib Shack B.B.Q. & Seafood (932 J.R. Lynch Street, Jackson, 601-665-4952) Hickory-smoked BBQ beef or pork ribs, BBQ chicken, giant chopped BBQ beef or pork sandwiches. Fried catfish, pan trout, fried shrimp, po boys. Tuesday-Thursday (11am-8pm) Fri-Sat (11am-10pm).

bars, pubs & burgers Alumni House (574 Hwy 51 Ridgeland 601-605-9903, 110 Bass Pro, Pearl, 601-896-0253) Good bar food, big portions and burgers (with “blackened” as an unforgetable option) known for their sweet buns. Televisions throughout, even small tubes at your table. Po-boys, quesadillas; good stuff! DINE JACKSON, see pg. 38

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Mimiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family and Friends (3139 North State Street, Fondren) 601-366-6111 Funky local art decorates this new offering in Fondren, where the cheese grits, red beans & rice, pork tacos and pimento cheese are signature offerings. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. Julep (1305 East Northside Drive, Highland Village, 601-362-1411) Tons of Best of Jackson awards, delicious Southern fusion dishes like award-winning fried chicken, shrimp and grits, blackened tuna and butter bean hummus. Brunch, lunch, dinner and late night. Primos Cafe (515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400 and 2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast (with grits and biscuits), blue plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from the bakery.

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Po’ Polks (4865 N. State Street 601-366-2160) Great home-style cookin’ open Mon-Sat for a $4.95 lunch. Chopped steak and gravy, Fried chicken, smothered pork chops, catfish, pan trout, BBQ rib tips, plus sides galore! Sugar’s Place (168 W Griffith St 601-352-2364) Hot breakfast and weekday lunch: catfish, pantrout, fried chicken wings, blue plates, red beans & rice, pork chops, chicken & dumplings, burgers, po-boys...does your grandma cook like this? The Strawberry Café (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Full table service, lunch and dinner. Crab and crawfish appetizers, salads, fresh seafood, pastas, “surf and turf” and more. Veggie options. Desserts: cheesecake, Madison Mud and strawberry shortcake. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2010 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch only. M-F 11-2, Sun. 10:30-2.

steak, seafood & fINe dINING Huntington Grille at the Hilton (1001 East County Line Road 601--957-1515) Chef Luis Bruno offers fresh Gulf seafood, unique game dishes and succulent steaks alongside an expansive wine selection; multiple honors from Best of Jackson, Wine Specator and others. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.

medIterraNeaN/mIddLe easterN Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Jerusalem Café (2741 Old Canton Road 601-321-8797) Yes, it’s a hookah bar in Jackson, which also happens to have a great Meditterean menu, including falafel, lamb shank, feta salad, kabob, spinach pie, grape leaves and baba ghanouj. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts.

PIzza Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) Pizzas of all kinds, munchies, calzones, grilled hoagies, salads and more make up the extensive and “eclectic” menu at Mellow Mushroom. Award-winning beer selection. Dine in or carry out. The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010’s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound (“Cajun Joe, anyone?”), along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Voted Best Chef, Best Dessert, Best Kid’s Menu and Best Ice Cream in the 2010 Best of Jackson reader poll.

CarrIBBeaN Taste of the Island (436 E. Capitol, Downtown, 601-360-5900) Jerk chicken or ribs, curry chicken or shrimp, oxtails, snapper or goat, plus bok choy, steamed cabbage and Jamaican Greens, Carry out, counter seating or delivery available. 11a-7p, Monday-Friday.



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mexICaN El Portrillo (210 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-9260) Mexican food with an attitude, complete with great atmosphere, luxurious patio, plenty of food and drink specials and, of course, a fabulous margarita! One of Jackson’s most extensive Mexican menus including items like bacon-wrapped shrimp and the shrimp nachos.

VeGetarIaN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant. Daily lunch specials -- like Mexican day and the seaside cakes on Fridays -- push the envelope on creative and healthy; wonderful desserts!


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FRIDAY, JULY 2 Major League baseball, Florida at Atlanta (6:35 p.m., CSS, 620 AM): The big Braves open a holiday weekend series with the stinking Fish.

MONDAY, JULY 5 Major League baseball, Atlanta at Philadelphia (6:05 p.m., Ch. 23, 620 AM): The Braves and Phillies open a huge NL East series in the City of Brotherly Hate. The venom will flow.

SATURDAY, JULY 3 PDL soccer, Mississippi at New Orleans (7 p.m., New Orleans): The Brilla head to the Big Easy for an Independence Eve contest.

TUESDAY, JULY 6 Soccer, World Cup, semifinal A (teams TBD, 1 p.m., ESPN): You will see a team from Europe play a team from South America.

SUNDAY, JULY 4 Tennis, Wimbledon, men’s final (8 a.m., Ch. 3): You will probably see Roger Federer and some other Euro battle for lawn tennis supremacy. … Southern League baseball, West Tenn at Mississippi (7:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): It will be almost as hot as a firecracker when the M-Braves and Diamond Jaxx open a

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7 Southern League baseball, Birmingham at Mississippi (7:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The Barons fly into the TeePee to open a series with the M-Braves. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, whose love/hate relationship with soccer is alive and well. Figure it out on JFP Sports on

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Authorities investigating a burglary in King County, Wash., found that in addition to a digital camera, laptop computer, iPod and DVD player, the intruder took clean clothes and left behind his soiled underwear, jeans and shoes. Sheriff’s Detective Cary Coblantz said he “specifically requested that the underpants be analyzed for a DNA profile,” which identified a 39-year-old man with a long criminal history as the suspect. He was already in jail for several counts of residential burglary but had been out on bail when the underpants burglary occurred. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) German authorities reported that robbers who tried to blow up a bank cash machine in Malliss miscalculated and wound up reducing the bank to rubble, completely obliterating its roof and damaging cars and buildings within a 100-yard radius. The only thing left intact was the cash machine. “Something evidently didn’t work the way the robbers wanted it to,” police official Niels Borgmann said, noting, “The explosion was so big, they had to run away without the money.” (Reuters)

Not So Much Fly As Plummet Having paid $440 on eBay for a paraglider, Britain’s Roy Dixon, 45, learned to fly it by watching video clips on the Internet. For his maiden flight, he also made the mistake of tethering the paraglider to his car. The flight lasted less than a minute, and he fell 40 feet to the ground, breaking his back in two places. “I went shooting up in the air, then banged down on the ground,” Dixon said from Newcastle General Hospital. “I

When Guns Are Outlawed Police in Austin, Texas, accused Jose Alejandro Romero, 17, of trying to rob a gas station with a caulk gun. Clerk Johnnie Limuel, 68, thought it was a joke, until the robber hit him with the caulk gun. Limuel responded by hitting the robber with a plastic trashcan. According to the police affidavit, Romero fled empty-handed, accompanied by a transgender prostitute. (The Statesman)

Slightest Provocation Police investigating a stabbing at a home in Northport, Ala., said the attack occurred after two men got into an argument over how many championship rings basketball coach Phil Jackson has. The 30-year-old victim required stitches. Jackson, 64, now has 13 championship rings — two as a player and 11 as a coach. (Tuscaloosa News)

Slick Solutions After Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., urged BP America President Lamar McKay to resign, Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, R-La., suggested a harsher course of action. “In the Asian culture, we do things differently,” the Vietnamese-American lawmaker told McKay. “During the Samurai days, we just give you a knife and ask you to commit hara-kiri.” (CBS News) Compiled from mainstream media sources by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.


CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Let’s do a check-in on your progress so far in 2010, Cancerian. The year’s half over, and I’m wondering if you’ve been cashing in on the unique invitations that life has been sending your way. The way I understand it, you’ve been summoned to emerge from your hiding place and go wandering around in exotic and unfamiliar places. Events that in the past may have turned you inward toward thoughts of safety have in recent months nudged you out in the direction of the Great Unknown. Have you been honest enough with yourself to recognize the call to adventure? Have you been wild and free enough to answer the call? If not, I suggest you find it in yourself to do so. The next six months will be prime time to head out on a glorious quest.

The year’s half over, Leo. Let’s take an inventory to see whether you’ve been taking maximum advantage of the special opportunities life has been offering you. Consider these questions: Has the quality of your intimate alliances become especially intense, invigorating and catalytic in recent months? Have you created lots of small miracles with the people you care about most? Have you been willing to risk more to get the most out of togetherness, even if it means dealing with shadowy stuff that makes you uncomfortable? If there has been anything missing from your efforts in these heroic tasks, get to work. Between now and January 2011, you’ll have a mandate to go even deeper than you have since January 2010.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

So how is 2010 going for you so far, Virgo? Have you been taking advantage of life’s offers to help you move into a dynamic new phase of your relationship life? Have you been willing to set aside tired old strategies for seeking intimacy so that you can discover approaches you’ve never imagined before? Have you been brave about overcoming the past traumas and hurts that scared you into accepting less than the very best alliances you could seek? I hope you’ve been pursuing these improvements, because this is the best year in over a decade to accomplish them.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Have you been doing a lot of sweating and grunting from sheer exertion in 2010? Have you thrown yourself conscientiously into the hardest, smartest labor you’ve ever enjoyed? I hope so, because that would suggest you’re in rapt alignment with this year’s cosmic rhythms. It would mean that you have been cashing in on the rather sublime opportunities you’re being offered to diligently prove how much you love your life. The next six months will provide you with even more and better prods, Libra, so please find even deeper reserves of determination. Intensify your commitment to mastering the work you came to this planet to do.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

How’s that project coming, Scorpio? You know, that assignment the universe gave you at the beginning of 2010 to loosen up, play more and periodically laugh like a tipsy Sagittarius. Have you been taking a sabbatical from the seething complications that in most other years are your rightful specialty? Did you throw some of your emotional baggage off a cliff? Are you dancing more frequently? I hope you’ve been attending to all of this crucial work, and I trust that you’re primed to do even more of it during the next six months. To take maximum advantage of your appointments with relief and release, you’ll have to be even sweeter and lighter.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Are you a dynamic bastion of stability yet, Sagittarius? Have you been growing deeper and deeper roots as you bloom in your power spot? Are you continuing to build your self-mastery as you draw abundant sustenance from the mother lode? You’re halfway through 2010, the year when these wonders should be unfolding with majestic drama. The best is yet to come, so I recommend that you declare your intention to make the next six months be a time when you come all the way home.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What are the toughest pairs of opposites in your life, Capricorn? What are the polarities whose different sides rarely resonate with each other and too often threaten to split you in half? One of the distinguishing characteristics of 2010 is the fact that you are getting unprecedented chances to bring them together in

ringing harmony, or at least a more interesting tension. What have you learned so far about how to work that magic? And how can you apply it in even craftier ways during the next six months?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You may still be gnawed by a longing for your life to be different from what it is. You might fantasize that you’re missing a crucial element that would, if acquired, usher you into a Golden Age. But I’ve been analyzing the big picture of your destiny, Aquarius, and here’s what I see: This year you’re being offered the chance to be pretty satisfied with the messy, ambiguous, fantastically rich set of circumstances that you’ve actually been blessed with. The first half of 2010 should have inspired you to flirt with this surprising truth. The second half will drive it home with the force of a pile of gifts left anonymously on your doorstep.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

The journal “Nature” recently marked the tenth anniversary of a great scientific triumph: the complete mapping of the human genome. There was a cloud over the celebration, however, because few practical health benefits have yet to come out of this revolutionary accomplishment. It has proved unexpectedly hard to translate the deciphered code into cures for diseases. I offer this situation as a cautionary tale for you, Pisces. The first part of 2010 has brought you several important discoveries and breakthroughs. In the coming months, even as the novelties continue to flow, it’ll be your sacred duty to put them to use in ways that will permanently improve your day-to-day life. Unlike the case of the human genome, your work should meet with success.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

How well are you capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities, Aries? Since we’re halfway through 2010, let’s take an inventory. I’m hoping you’re well underway in the heroic task of conquering your past. It has been and will continue to be prime time for you to wean yourself from unresolvable energy-drains. So exorcise irksome ghosts, please! Pay off ancient debts! Free yourself from memories that don’t serve you! You’re finally ready to graduate from lessons you’ve had to learn and re-learn and re-re-learn. The coming months will bring you even more opportunities to finish up old business that has demanded too much of your time and energy.

“Just for Kicks”—games of the leg. Across

1 “Cougar Town” network 4 Get the latest software version 10 Amortized money 14 Good buddy 15 A maiko may someday become one 16 Strange, in Scottish slang 17 With 21-across, leggy board game with jumping pieces? 19 Good buddy 20 It’s struck at a shoot 21 See 17-across 23 “Sorry, Blame It On Me” singer 25 Garage scrap that’s highly flammable 26 With 47- and 53-across, active marble game for your legs? 29 “Win, Lose or Draw” host Bert 30 Installation material 31 “Make Me ___” (Fleetwood Mac song) 33 Forerunner of the CIA 36 Leg-based game of questions and answers? 40 Tappan ___ Bridge 41 Eddie who pitched on five World Series-winning teams

42 Wynken and Blynken’s partner 44 No-holds-barred tribute 47 See 26-across 49 Leftover dirt 52 Holiday starch sources 53 See 26- and 47-across 55 Fannie ___ (securities) 57 “Nurse Jackie” star Falco 58 Simple leggy game of three-ina-row? 62 Dakota, once: abbr. 63 Spinning one’s wheels 64 Well-armed gp. 65 “Star Trek: The Next Generation” counselor Deanna 66 Way out 67 Word on some jeans

©2010 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@ For answers to this puzzle, call: 1900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-6556548. Reference puzzle #0467.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Now that we’re midway through 2010, it’s time to assess how well you’re taking advantage of this year’s good fortune. So let me ask you, Taurus: Have you been expanding your web of connections? Have you honed and deepened your networking skills? Have you taken bold steps to refine your influence over the way your team or crew or gang is evolving? The first half of the year has been full of encouragement in these areas and the coming months will be even more so.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

How well have you been attending to 2010’s major themes, Gemini? Since we’re midway through the year, let’s do a check-in. I hope that by now you are at least 15 percent sturdier, stronger and braver than you’ve ever been in your entire life, and at least 20 percent better organized and disciplined. I hope that you have outgrown one of your amateur approaches and claimed a new professional privilege. Now write the following questions on a slip of paper that you will leave taped to your mirror for the next six months. “1. How can I get closer to making my job and my vocation be the same thing? 2. What am I doing to become an even more robust and confident version of myself?”

We’re halfway through 2010. Write a report about how your big projects for the year are progressing. Testify at

“Strip Sudoku”

No, you don’t have to take your clothes off to play Strip Sudoku (but I won’t stop you). Just fill each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9 so that, as in a standard sudoku, no digit is repeated in any row, column, or 3x3 box (as marked off by shading in the grid). Each three-square strip (as marked off by heavy black lines) contains an S, M, and L-marked square, which stand for small, medium, and large. The S will be the smallest of the three digits in its strip, the M will be the middle digit, and the L will be the largest digit. Now solve!!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

10 Phrase for the fortunate 11 “___ Majesty’s Secret Service” 12 Maker of the MDX SUV 13 Chinese restaurant menu phrase 18 Sound on a Chuck Barris show 22 155, in old Rome 23 “I got you!” 24 Brando, in “Apocalypse Now” 27 Bollywood actress Aishwarya 28 Peruvian singer Sumac 29 $100 bill, in old slang 32 Like the eye on the back of the $1 bill 34 Do some karaoke 35 Tempest 37 Repetitive-sounding vitamin deficiency 38 Crowd cheer 39 Guy’s name after R? 43 Functional start? 45 “Deep Space Nine” shapeshifter 46 Em, to Dorothy 48 No, in Novgorod 49 Scarlett’s suitor 50 Duck down 51 Former VP Agnew 54 Appendectomy leftover 55 Art Spiegelman graphic novel 56 Takes to the stage 59 Three, in Torino 60 Major time period 61 Tree goo



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