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13 Minor Gets a Break? A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could benefit imprisoned attorney Paul Minor.

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bill payne After more than 14 years of waking up early mornings and going to his small office that sits in the back of Church’s Chicken at the intersection of the Medgar Evers Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Bill Payne remains passionate about his franchise. He greets each employee with a smile every day, displaying his appreciation for his or her hard work. Calling his establishment a “shining star for the community,” Payne and his late wife, Helen, who died of thyroid cancer in 2009, purchased the restaurant in 1992. In front of Church’s, at the intersection now known as Freedom Corner, the couple paid for a civil-rights monument featuring the profiles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers—the first National Association for the Advancement of Colored People field agent for Mississippi. White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith assassinated Evers in 1963 at his nearby home. Five years after Payne erected his monument, in 1997, the city of Jackson placed another monument of the civilrights leaders across the street. “There is no other corner in America that has the significance that this corner has,” Payne says. “We recognize these two pioneers because they are the reason for us being here, and we wanted to give this community something to be proud of.” The 71-year-old entrepreneur, who grew up in Meridian, began his career with

Church’s Chicken in 1970, starting as an assistant division manager in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, followed by a stint as the regional manager of a restaurant in Atlanta, before he relocated to Philadelphia, Pa., where he met his wife and started his family. With aspirations of being his own boss, he moved to Mississippi in 1992 and opened his own franchise. Payne’s son Brian, 40, now works with him as a partner. Payne provides free meals to Jackson Public Schools band members who march in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Parade Celebration each January and to senior citizens every Tuesday and Thursday—something he has done since the day he opened the restaurant. He also covers the cost of a meal for those who are unable to afford one whenever possible. Since he took over ownership of the restaurant, Payne says, the number of robberies has gone down dramatically. He credits this to the respect he has earned through his good deeds. “I was always taught where much given, much is expected. I treat each and every customer with respect, regardless of how they carry themselves, because a business cannot exist without customers,” Payne says. “I know all of the ‘thugs’ in the area, and they don’t bother me or my establishment, because we’ve earned their respect in this community.” —Ryan Rudd

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by Lacey McLaughlin, News Editor

Facing ‘Generation Debt’ mounting national debt, rising health-care costs, unemployment and depleted natural resources. My money-management challenge comes from taking on a full set of bills, living alone and enduring life’s unexpected setbacks. We live in a culture that tells us if we aren’t spending money, we aren’t happy, even though our overspending and mounting debt create unhappiness in the long run. Financial prosperity is about learning to live without constantly spending money

To put it bluntly: I was spoiled. while not feeling deprived. It’s about learning how to invest in the community and help others prosper as well. Recently, I’ve been more conscious about every dollar I spend, and I often ask myself “Is this something I really need?” How we spend our money is more important now than ever before. Whether it’s spending money locally, buying organic produce or where we purchase our gas, every time we spend money, we have the chance to vote with our wallets. The impact of our dollars goes far beyond our personal finances. On Saturday, I went to Mexicana Taqueria in south Jackson with a friend to watch the World Cup. As we waited for our food, he told me about his recent trip to the now oil-covered Mississippi Gulf Coast. A local resident approached my friend and voiced her opinion: The media

need to do a better job of putting a positive spin on the oil spill. My friend explained his frustration with her inability to see that promoting tourism should be a lesser priority than reporting facts. Recently, BP awarded the Mississippi Development Authority a $15 million grant to promote tourism. For the past several weeks, commercials have touted, “The Coast is clear and open for business.” But now, the state’s last claw at tourism dollars seems to be an exercise in futility. “Instead of using that money for tourism, why don’t they launch a campaign for volunteers to come to the Coast and help with clean up?” he suggested. What a great idea. Studies show that there is a demand for “voluntourism,” in which people are forgoing traditional vacations for more meaningful experiences and giving back to communities in need. Wouldn’t it be great to see busloads of highschool students and church members filling up hotel rooms while helping with the Gulf cleanup efforts? This would mean that Gov. Haley Barbour would have to acknowledge that oil is actually coming up on our beaches and be frank about the situation rather than trying to sweep it under the rug. While Barbour did ask officials for help last week after the oil started to appear on the beaches, his change in tune comes a little late and could have more impact if he called on tourists to give back and help the Coast, alongside BP and the government. We can all look at our budgets and find places to cut back, but most importantly, we can also look at our spending and find ways to have an impact on others—whether it’s forgoing a beer so you can give a few bucks to charity or by supporting a local business. In this issue, our interns came up with creative and fun ways to save money—and, most importantly, to give back. The ideas they explored are impressive and give me hope that my fellow “generation debt” members can change our spending habits and improve our world, one dollar at time.

Editorial intern Tom Allin is a native Jacksonian with a Tar Heel streak in him. He teaches in Clarksdale through Teach for America during the year and loves being back in Jackson for the summer.

Katie Bonds Editorial intern Katie Bonds has a master’s from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s from Rhodes College. She is a Madison native who now delights in calling Belhaven home. She enjoys reading everything, writing and running the hills of Belhaven.

Jasmine Bowie “Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game” is what FLY/marketing intern Jasmine Bowie uses for motivation. She is a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi studying marketing. She hopes to work in the fashion industry one day.

Hanna A. Bowie Living by her favorite quote, “Thy future for which I work for is mine,”FLY/marketing intern Hanna A. Bowie is a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi studying business. She hopes to become a marketing executive for a fashion house.

Sarah Bush Editorial intern Sarah Bush is a recent graduate of Mississippi State 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 made recipes specifically for this issue.

Kate Brantley Editorial intern Kate Brantley has spent the last three years of her life teaching in France and Spain where she has inadvertently acquired all the skills she needs to become an international spy. Look out, world.

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Kimber Thomas

Ryan J. Rudd

LeeAnna Callon

Editorial Intern Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s where she was the layout/design editor of the school newspaper. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She will attend Millsaps College in the fall.

Kimber Thomas is a junior English major at Alcorn State University. She enjoys fashion, traveling, and black-themed art. She plans to work as a creative director for a magazine and later work in realestate development in an effort to give back to Jackson.

Editorial intern Ryan J. Rudd is a Jackson native entering his junior year at Prairie View A&M University near Houston, Texas, where he will serve as this academic year’s editor-in-chief of the school’s student publication, The Panther.

Editorial intern LeeAnna Callon is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She loves reading, traveling and all things Harry Potter. She also enjoys trivia games and watching sitcoms with her Cairn terrier, Rocko.

Angelyn Irvin

Brooke Kelly

Holly Perkins

Alex Dildy

Editorial intern Angelyn Irvin is a senior at Murrah High School. She rarely checks her Facebook but happily accepts real-life friend requests. Sometimes she’s a pescetarian. She doesn’t want the world to end in 2012 because she has a lot of life left in her.

Brooke Kelly is an editorial intern from Jackson State University. She likes to watch movies, play card games, dominoes or chess, read, hang with family and friends (including her Pekingese, Casey), go to new places and eat good food.

Editorial intern Holly Perkins is originally from the Jackson area. Holly loves the arts—acting, painting, photography, writing and music. She plans to attend Belhaven University this fall and travel the world after she graduates.

Editorial intern Alex Dildy was born in Florida but spent time between there and Mississippi growing up. She has always enjoyed writing because it allows her to express her innermost thoughts about any subject matter.


bout two and a half years ago—a few months before I graduated college—my grandmother said something I’ll never forget: “Just wait; after college, that’s when your standard of living really goes down.” I raised my eyebrows. What was she talking about? Wasn’t a college degree my ticket for prosperity, independence and financial security? I didn’t give her comment a second thought. Turns out, her omen was right on. As my car coasted into the JFP parking lot a few weeks ago with a dead engine, I rested my head in defeat on the steering wheel and said a few choice words. “Being in your 20s sucks,” I thought to myself. It wasn’t just the car engine. For the past few months, it has been one circumstance after another that has put dents in my wallet. Even though I graduated college two years ago, the transition to adulthood and financial independence has been an ongoing challenge. When we decided the theme of our summer GOOD issue would be money, I knew right away that this would be a great learning experience, not only for myself, but also for our interns. Numbers have never been my strength, and as a member of generation debt, I’m not the only one. Growing up, I attended a high school in Northern Virginia where most students had better cars than the teachers. My parents were generous and, in wanting to give me all the opportunities they could afford, they paid for college and a summer study session abroad in Europe, and they financed my expensive photography habit. To put it bluntly: I was spoiled and grew accustomed to the high standard of living set by my parents. Currently, the average college graduate leaves college with $20,000 in debt. We grew up in the “gotta-have-it-now” culture where student loans and credit cards were easily available. Our generation now faces

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Thursday, July 1 The U.S. House passes an $80 billion war spending bill, including $10 billion to help school districts avoid educator layoffs, paying for the effort, in part, with $800 million in cuts to several education initiatives, including Race to the Top. … The executive directors of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality close all commercial and recreational fishing off the state’s coastline; only bays and rivers remain open. Friday, July 2 A bomb explodes at a Canadian Armed Forces recruiting office in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, causing extensive damage. … U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier says a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that accused BP of killing endangered sea turtles as it burns oil from its blown-out Gulf well. Saturday, July 3 President Obama announces plans to issue $2 billion to Abengoa Solar in Arizona and Abound Solar Manufacturing in Colorado and Indiana for new solar plants that will create thousands of jobs and increase the use of renewable energy sources. Sunday July 4 At least one person is killed in Bellevue, Iowa, when two horses in a Fourth of July parade run into the crowd. … Gen. David Petraeus formally takes command of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan.

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Monday July 5 A Chinese court sentences American geologist Xue Feng to eight years in prison for attempting to buy information about the Chinese oil industry. … A victim of a Battlefield Park July Fourth shooting in Vicksburg dies.


Tuesday July 6 Tar balls wash ashore in Texas, the latest of the five Gulf states to have oil on shore. … Thailand extends its state of emergency throughout one-third of the country in light of violent political protests. … President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Washington to discuss US-Israel and Palestinian peace talks.

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Wednesday, June 30 Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announce the state will receive a $5 million grant to provide employment assistance for workers laid off because of the oil spill.

In 2003, Mississippi ranked No. 1 in the nation in charitable giving, reports the Catalogue for Philanthropy. In the Fraser Institute 2009 Generosity Index, which measures giving in the U.S. and Canada, Mississippi ranked 43rd of 64 states and provinces.

Plaintiffs in Florida and Mississippi accuse BP, one of the companies responsible for the ongoing massive oil geyser in the Gulf of Mexico, of RICO violations.


ackson attorney Hiram Eastland has filed a civil suit on behalf of Gulf Coast property owners, alleging that BP infiltrated a U.S. government agency and knowingly lied about its ability to stop an oil spill like the one soiling the Gulf of Mexico. Eastland is one of several attorneys, including Pensacola, Fla., attorney Levin Pa-

pantonio, who are filing a series of RICO class-action complaints in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana in U.S. District Court against Transocean Ltd. and BP, the companies responsible for the continuing massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “In order to obtain oil and offshore drilling and billions of dollars, the oil companies lied through their teeth about their ability to address a deepwater oil spill,” said Eastland, who is currently representing plaintiffs in Florida but intends to add Mississippi plaintiffs this month. “They made those representations to the American public and the regulatory agencies, and under the law, those kinds of misrepresentations in order to obtain money and property—and being fraudulent and concealing the fact that they knew they could not address it—is what you call mail and wire fraud.” BP spokesman Toby Odone said the company will not speak on matters in litigation. “That’s the company policy,” Odone told the Jackson Free Press last Thursday. The suit, which represents only one side of a legal argument, describes the Gulf of Mexico as being “in the midst of an ecological Armageddon that could literally destroy the marine and coastal environment and way of life for generations of Americans,” and alleges that BP cultivated a corporate culture “fueled by greed, fraud, dishonesty and a disregard of numerous laws and regulations,” thus causing the disaster.

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“Nobody’s got more to lose in this deal than BP.” —Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour speaking on NPR’s “All Things Considered” June 29, defending the Republican “small government, less regulation” ethos in the face of the largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to date.

by Adam Lynch Attorneys for plaintiffs, which include Florida property owners Robert Rinke, among others, reference the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s wide array of criminal fines levied against BP, including a record fine of $87 million for failing to address safety problems at BP’s Texas City Refinery. BP was hit with an earlier $50 million fine for the same refinery following a 2005 explosion, which killed 15 workers. BP refineries in Ohio and Texas account for 97 percent of “egregious willful” violations OSHA handed out within the last three years, the suit states. The suit also references a May 2010 shareholders’ lawsuit, pending before U.S. District Court in New Orleans, alleging that BP “lobbied federal and state authorities to remove or decrease the extent of safety and maintenance regulation of the company’s Gulf operations, claiming, … that ‘voluntary compliance’ would suffice to address safety and environmental concerns.” The shareholders’ lawsuit—which has not been settled in favor of either BP or plaintiffs—also claims the company “continued to ignore and disregard safety issues concerning the company’s deepwater operations, making purely cosmetic changes at the corporate level while ignoring the substance of the safety violations and the threat they posed to the entirety of the Gulf.” Plaintiffs in the suit allege that BP committed wire and mail fraud, and reference LIED, see page 9

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a Feb. 23, 2009, letter the company sent to the U.S. Minerals Management Service, the agency charged with regulating offshore drilling. In that document, plaintiffs say BP “minimized the prospect of any serious damage associated with a spill, calling any oil exposure ‘sub-lethal’ to marine life.” The letter also states that in the event of a blowout, the resulting spill “is unlikely to have an impact based on the industry-wide standards for using proven equipment and technology for such responses.” An exploration plan the company submitted to MMS April 6, 2009, repeated the claim that a major spill was “unlikely to have an impact based on the industry-wide standards for using proven equipment and technology … (and) BP’s Regional Oil Response Plan, which addresses available equipment and personnel, techniques for containment and recovery and removal of the oil spill.” The suit points to a contradictory May 10, 2010, BP statement, however, that admitted that “all of the techniques being attempted or evaluated to contain the flow of oil on the seabed involve significant uncertainties because they have not been tested in these conditions before.” The class-action complaint criticizes BP officials working directly inside MMS, alleging that the oil industry, and BP in particular, engaged in a scheme to “infiltrate MMS with a culture of corruption.” “(BP) has systematically submitted unsubstantiated and erroneous Exploration and Oil Spill Response Plans and Lease Agreements, and it has been allowed to veto MMS efforts to implement additional safety rules and regulations that would have cost BP mon-

ey to carry out,” the complaint states. Another letter referenced is a Sept. 14, 2009, document from BP to MMS discouraging a proposed governmental requirement of at least one audit of the company’s safety program every three years, with the company arguing that the “industries (sic) current safety and environmental statistics demonstrate that the voluntary (auditing) programs … have been and continue to be very successful,” which is a blatant mischaracterization of the facts, Eastland says. The suit goes on to claim that MMS would bypass the requirement to procure an endangered-species permit from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration if it looked like the requirement would kill a potential drilling lease. It says the agency would also downgrade the findings of its own agency scientists’ reports showing that a potential lease carried the possibility of significant environmental impact. In other cases, MMS blatantly protected BP from prying public eyes. The suit references an Oct. 30, 2009, MMS letter refusing an information request from Food and Water Watch “seeking ‘as built’ drawings of one of BP’s drilling rigs.” In its response, MMS denied the request on the basis that “MMS does not agree with your assessment of the potential for imminent danger to individuals or the environment… .” Eastland said government employees “could have some problems” as the details of the suit come out in court. “Some of the government people could end up being named themselves during the discovery process. Just saying ‘the government let us do it’ won’t cut it. They made a misrepresentation to the public,” Eastland said.

Gusher in the Gulf: June 2010 June 1: NOAA Fisheries Service revises the fishery closures to include more than 31 percent of the Gulf of Mexico. June 3: Oceanographer Synte Peacock suggests once the oil becomes caught up in the Loop Current, it will funnel into the Atlantic within weeks. June 5: The Audubon Society registers 5,000 volunteers and expects 13,000 more with the Volunteer Response Center in Mississippi opening. June 7: NOAA launches the website to answer oil-spill questions. June 8: In Mississippi, Horn and Petit Bois Islands see some oil. June 10: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection

six-month federal moratorium on new deep-water drilling projects.

June 11: U.S. scientists say the true leak rate is has been between 20,000 to 40,000 barrels per day.

June 23: The Alabama Department of Public Health issues a swimming advisory.

June 15: President Obama accuses BP of “recklessness” and lays out a “battle plan” for oil clean up.

June 25: A Taiwanese-owned ship billed as the world’s largest skimming vessel prepares to sail to the Gulf of Mexico.

June 17: BP CEO Tony Hayward appears before a special Senate hearing about the disaster. June 21: Protesters gather and invade the New Orleans office building that houses the Deepwater Horizon command center. June 22: A federal judge blocks a

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June 16: Of 45 stranded dolphins, 43 are found dead; of the two alive, however, one died on the beach and the other is euthanized.


June 27: Gov. Barbour proclaims a Day of Prayer to remember those affected by the oil spill. Oil shows up on beaches near Pascagoula. June 28: A total of 567 sea turtles (429 dead) and 1943 birds (1128 dead) have been collected June 30: Thad Allen retires from the U.S. Coast Guard but continues duties as national incident commander of the oil disaster. For more:





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Burns received his death sentence in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Floyd Melvin McBride, a Tupelo hotel manager. It was 1999 before Burns exhausted his direct appeals, challenging the conviction at the state level. Burns then filed a request in October 2001 for a new hearing in Lee County Circuit Court, arguing that errors by his trial attorney entitled him to the hearing. In April 2002, the state Supreme Court granted him the hearing on limited grounds, but the Circuit Court up-


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he state of Mississippi is set to execute Joseph Daniel Burns on July 21, making Burns the third inmate executed this year. Attorney General Jim Hood asked the Mississippi Supreme Court June 21 to set an execution date for Burns, the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court turned down Burns’ request for a hearing. Burns follows Gerald James Holland and Paul Woodward, whom the state executed May 19 and 20, respectively. Holland and Woodward were the first two executions in the state since 2008, and Burns’ execution will make 2010 the busiest year for Mississippi’s death chamber since 1961. Mississippians could be forgiven for wondering if the state and, more specifically Hood, is on an execution spree. After all, the 2011 statewide elections are nearing, and executing prisoners often plays well politically among “tough on crimeâ€? advocates. But Hood is simply following common state practice. Mississippi law requires the state Supreme Court to set an execution date for a death-row prisoner within 30 days after he or she exhausts federal appeals. The state’s busy execution chamber is more a function of procedural coincidence than political machination, according to AndrĂŠ de Gruy, director of the state’s Office of Capital Defense Counsel. De Gruy noted that liberal critics accused then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton of political opportunism when executions appeared to increase during his presidential campaign. “There are always these political rumors,â€? de Gruy said. “The truth is that it’s not (political). These cases are working through the system. For the most part, the process is somewhat predictable by those who are in the system.â€? Death-penalty appeals take an agonizingly long time for all involved: crime victims, convicts and lawyers on all sides. The federal appeals process alone regularly takes nearly four years, de Gruy said.

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held his death sentence. Burns appealed again, but the state Supreme Court denied his postconviction petition in 2004. Burns then turned to the federal courts. In August 2008, U.S. District Court Judge W. Allen Pepper turned down Burns’ request for a federal hearing and, one year later, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did the same. The U.S. Supreme Court’s denial on June 21 marks the end of Burns’ options at the federal level. He can still petition Gov. Haley Barbour for clemency, and Glenn Swartzfager, director of the state’s Office of Capital PostConviction Counsel, has indicated he will soon file that petition. Swartzfager’s office has only existed since

2000, and de Gruy says that the lack of statefunded post-conviction attorneys before 2000 is partly responsible for the irregular progress of death-penalty cases in the state. “If the federal courts appointed a lawyer, and they went back and did the state court work, they were trickling through, but they were pouring into state post-conviction,� de Gruy said. “The cases were bogged down.� The creation of the Capital Post-Conviction office helped clear the backlog of cases somewhat but not immediately. State funding only provided for three lawyers to handle more than 20 labor-intensive cases. In a lawsuit filed May 6 on behalf of 16 death-row inmates, Jackson lawyer Jim Craig argued that the state has underfunded and overburdened the post-conviction office. “They created the post-conviction office to bust up the logjam in state court, and (the cases) shot through into federal court,� de Gruy said. “Now the lawsuit that Jim Craig just filed is basically saying, ‘When you busted the logjam, you didn’t do it in a fair manner.’� If Craig’s lawsuit is successful, some of the cases that had finished the state post-conviction process and progressed to the federal level could return to state court. At the state level, 21 inmates are in various stages of the post-conviction process, while seven are still making direct appeals on their convictions. At the federal level, 21 inmates have post-convictions pending in district court. Those furthest along in the death-penalty process are the nine inmates with petitions pending before the Fifth Circuit. Still, it appears unlikely that any of those would receive an execution date this year. If the Fifth Circuit denies relief, an inmate still has 90 days to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, which then requires a response from the state. Even then, the Court usually takes a month or two even before turning down a petition.


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he Hinds County Board of Supervisors took another small step forward Tuesday on its long-delayed ByramClinton corridor road-building project. The board voted unanimously to earmark $2 million for the project out of the $14 million remaining from a 2007 bond issue. Supervisor Peggy Calhoun urged the board to dedicate the bond funds to the county’s infrastructure needs. “We have been grappling with the $14 million bond funds for a number of years, and I think it’s time we set priorities,” Calhoun said. “Since 2007, we have been grappling with the money, and the money has been sitting there. It’s time that we do move forward.” The $2 million would be matching funds for the county’s grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program. The county will not know for several months whether it has won the $10 million road-construction grant, but Supervisor Phil Fisher said that the county was wise to reserve the matching funds while it still had them. At its last meeting, on June 21, the board approved applying for a $291,000 grant from

the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to design and plan wastewater infrastructure for the corridor. The county reserved $239,000 from the 2007 bond issue as matching funds for that grant. County Public Works Director Carl Frelix said that he hopes the county will learn the status of its grant applications by the end of the year. Fisher said that the county must make sure it has funding “I think we need to make sure that the grant that’s being requested goes through,” Fisher said. “... [I}f we build this parkway, and we don’t have the wastewater infrastructure, then we can’t do anything.” Frelix estimates the project’s total cost at around $136 million. The county is currently acquiring right-of-way for the parkway, which will run more than 15 miles, from Siwell Road near Interstate 55 in Byram, to Norrell Road where it meets Interstate 20 in Clinton. Fisher applauded Calhoun’s push. “As soon as we know that we’ve got the grant, it’s vitally important that we have the match for the grant, because (otherwise) you come up (short), as we have in so many cases in the past—gotten the grants but not had the match for them,” Fisher said.

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by Ward Schaefer

Ward Schaefer

‘Fidelity to the Law’ sissippi, and we have some excellent judges, and we have some excellent lawyers. But what’s frustrating to me are judges who do things other than what the law says. When the law is clear, you do exactly what the law says. It’s written down for you.

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1100011010101000100 Frank Farmer handles child-support cases as an attorney with Young Williams. 1111011010101010111 G E K E 00010101010100010101 rank Farmer prides himself on his lent representation. Currie Johnson provided evenhandedness. Farmer, 34, a candi- excellent representation. But when (Young 11011010101010111 date for Hinds County Court Judge in Williams) started this firm up with the idea of 1, grew up in Hattiesburg, the helping children get child-support payments 00010101010100010101 son ofDistrict a veterinarian and a physical therapist. due them—that’s feel-good work.


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He studied biology briefly at Rhodes College in Memphis before deciding to major in political science. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rhodes in December 1997 and enrolled as soon as he could at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson. Farmer received his law degree in 2001 and went to work for Currie Johnson Griffin Gaines & Myers, a local mid-sized firm specializing in litigation. He worked for Currie Johnson for eight years, leaving in October for Young Williams, where he handles child-support non-payment cases. Farmer lives in Jackson with his wife, Aubrey, and their daughter, Layla. He serves on the church vestry for St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson and on the board of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project. A type I diabetic, Farmer also spent two years as president of the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Mississippi. What made you decide to move to Young Williams? I decided I wanted to do something that was more directly helpful to folks in Mississippi. And I say that in a way that sounds worse than I mean it. … I believe that everybody has a right, if you’re litigated, to excel-

In the type of work I’m doing now, it’s difficult to feel bad. Everybody wins in that situation: The custodial parent wins because (he or she) gets the support needed for the child(ren). The children win because they get the support they’re owed. And, hopefully, the non-custodial parent will end up in a situation where (he or she is) put on the right track if (he or she has) not (been) up to that point and can begin a relationship with the children. The non-custodial parent must be the hardest part. Where’s the satisfaction there? For one thing, we find them and bring them in. Sometimes, the custodial parents don’t know where they are. … The statutory provisions that allow the state to go after childsupport payments do not allow us to deal with things like visitation and custody, but this is going to be a first step. And if those parties want to get some arrangement on the books, they’ve already started by getting child support. The building blocks are there. What do you hope to accomplish in county court? One is absolute fidelity to what the law says. I’ve litigated cases for a long time in Mis-

Can you think of issues where you feel like that’s come up? I can, and I’m not going to give you specific issues, because I certainly don’t want to name sitting judges. But fidelity to the law is what I want to achieve. The other thing I want to achieve—and this is just from personal experience. What I don’t like is when people on either side of the bar can’t see the other side of the bar. They’ll be in a position where every plaintiff’s a liar or every defendant’s trying to hide the ball. I never fit into that category, and I found it frustrating when people on either side of the bar did. I prided myself on always being able to look at a case and say, “This case has some merit to it,” or “This case doesn’t.” I believe I do that very well, without a preconceived notion about what role any particular litigant is playing in the litigation. That temperament is absolutely required of a judge. Are there issues particular to Hinds County that a good candidate should address? The ability to handle a large number of cases. County court has no backlog, really, to speak of. The circuit court does. This is not a new idea, but it has not been applied as universally in Hinds County—something very similar to the federal magistrate system, but a little less so: A circuit court can share a case with a county court. … That’s done to some extent, but it needs to be done a lot more. If you look at the backlogs in the Hinds County court system, either on the chancery side or the circuit side, you’re talking about years to get a trial date. In county court that’s not the case, and a lot of those cases could have been filed in county court to begin with. But (county court judges) can sit as a special circuit judge and do that.


by Adam Lynch

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz said the U.S. Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent decision to vacate the 2006 honest-services fraud conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman bodes well for convicted Mississippi attorney Paul Minor.

tences and sending them back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they do the same for Minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done for the others, then thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potentially throwing out all the charges against him,â&#x20AC;? added Diaz, who a jury found not guilty of similar honest-services charges in 2005. U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton, who brought the indictments in 2003, also indicted Diaz for accepting campaign donations from Minor, even though Diaz never presided over any of Minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cases. A jury found Diaz not guilty in 2005. The U.S. Supreme Court decided June 29 on several cases concerning honest-services

convictions, all based on the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 interpretation of federal law in the Skilling v. United States case. In the case, involving the conviction of former ENRON CEO Jeffrey Skilling, the Supreme Court affirmed the lower courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision that juror bias did not infect the jury that convicted Skilling. However, the justices took issue with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appealsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; honest-services ruling, arguing that honest-services allegations should cover â&#x20AC;&#x153;only bribery and kickback schemes.â&#x20AC;? Justice Antonin Scalia opined that â&#x20AC;&#x153;a statute that is unconstitutionally vague cannot be saved by a more precise indictment â&#x20AC;Ś nor by judicial construction that writes in specific criteria that its text does not contain.â&#x20AC;? Diaz argued that the honest-services charges wielded against Minor and himself could be used to convict labor unions and the U.S. Chamber, which routinely donate campaign money in hopes of landing judges and politicians who serve their interests. Minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney Hiram Eastland said the Supreme Court decision a favorable decision for Minor. In addition, the controversial 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which declares that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be


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limited under the First Amendmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;may have a similar impact. Minor filed a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court, asking the court to reconsider the application of the honest services statute in their conviction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conviction) raises First Amendment implications that we know this court is sensitive to ... In fact, those very corporations that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve opened the floodgates to for contributions in the Citizens United case should be pulling for Paul Minor because Minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case stands for the proposition that there are First Amendment implications in campaign contributions,â&#x20AC;? Eastland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;... They would want to be sure of explicit quid pro quo to accuse a contributor and a public office holder of a bribery scheme.â&#x20AC;? If Eastland is right, Minor, Teel and Whitfield could go free. Last year, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the federal bribery charges connected to the 2007 trial of Minor, Whitfield and Teel, only leaving the honest-services conviction. The 5th Circuit left in place Minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) charge, but the RICO charges are based on honest-services violations. Also remaining are Minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conspiracy to commit honest servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling could overturn that as well.

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he U.S. Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 29 decision to vacate the 2006 fraud conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and remand that case back to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals could mean good news for convicted Mississippi attorney Paul Minor. A federal jury convicted Minor and former judges John Whitfield and Walter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wesâ&#x20AC;? Teel in 2007 for federal bribery and honestservices fraud, but the three are appealing, arguing that prosecutors convinced U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate to loosen jury instructions so that jurors could decide to convict even without clear evidence of an exchange of services, or quid pro quo, between the judges and Minor. Minor paid the judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign debts, but prosecutors could not prove that Minor expected favorable decisions from the judges in return, especially considering the judges never sought to preside over Minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cases, but were appointed to them through a traditional court process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not often the Supreme Court will vacate someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentence and send it back like they did in the Siegleman case,â&#x20AC;? former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It shows that the court is looking very closely at all of these convictions of honest-services fraud and overturning those sen-

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Start the Apollo Project for Clean Energy


t’s time for an “Apollo Project” for clean energy in America. If you were looking for meaning and purpose here in the 21st century—a “future” many of us thought would already be full of flying cars and Rosie the Robots—well, here it is: clean energy. The future is windmills, solar panels, geothermal and maybe even safer nuclear plants. It’s household compost, citywide recycling, backyard gardens, local farms, walkable neighborhoods, bike lanes, regional train networks and electric vehicles. It’s lower-impact sewers, showers, air conditioning, lighting and electronics. It’s time to make fundamental progress in the way we generate, consume and think about energy. Now. If “Drill, Baby, Drill” corporate conservatism is an oil tanker, then it has run aground twice in the Gulf of Mexico this summer. First, the BP “oil gush” catastrophe means we don’t have to wait for willful naysayers to reach “consensus” with the rest of us over global warming—BP has created a immediate, dramatic, human-error case study against “crude” energy for the world to see, regardless of global warming. Second, BP has seriously scuttled any remaining argument that “deregulation” is a one-size-fits-all solution to economic growth. In light of this tragedy, it’s become abundantly clear that you can’t pair loose-to-no oversight with the high-profit stakes of something like undersea oil drilling. Things that are hard—like underwater drilling—need to be closely regulated by smart, powerful regulators in the future. It may even end up being true that there are some risks not worth taking. And when corporations and regulators fail us, the attorneys will step in. Gulf Coast politicians may find “tort reform” slow-going over the next decade or so as the entire economy is forced to dig out from under BP’s mistakes. They deserve to be sued relentlessly—not apologized to—for what they’re doing to Gulf Coast livelihoods in pursuit of their own profits. Subsidizing unclean energy with deregulation, tax breaks, liability caps— even full-scale war—is no way to run a future. It is time for every single one of us to take responsibility for our own energy footprint and for the energy policies of our nation. By the way, this new Apollo Project has jobs and growth—and presents an opportunity for the U.S. to lead the globe, while leaving it in better shape for our children. All it will require is a little fundamental Americanism: a tireless supply of ingenuity, hard work, courage and community spirit. We’re still capable of those things, aren’t we?


Branding the Unemployed

July 8 - 14, 2010



oneqweesha Jones: “I heard James Brown paraphrase a Bible verse at the end of one of his songs: ‘If you don’t work, you don’t eat.’ And right now in America, people are starving. I spoke to Pookie Peterz, the Ghetto Science Team’s resident economist, about the falling unemployment rate. He said: ‘A lot of people lost their jobs because of a bad economy that started around 2007. And now companies refuse to hire folk who have been unemployed for a year. Therefore, the jobless are hopeless, and gave up looking for work.’ “This is a sad situation for common folk who have lost their jobs. Now the unemployed are ‘branded’ like Chuck Conners from the 1965 television western series on NBC. If you were born before 1965 or have seen the re-runs of the television show ‘Branded,’ you know what I’m talking about. “The United States Cavalry unjustly accused Chuck Conners of cowardice and kicked him out of the Army. Today, corporations unjustly accuse laid off workers for being lazy and keep able-bodied individuals jobless. And the ‘branded’ unemployed can’t even get a break from Congress. “Oh, well. People will break your legs and call you a cripple; they’ll poke out your eyes and call you blind. “Effective this fall semester, Hair-Did University School of Cosmetology and Vocational Studies will offer emergency tuition discounts for unemployed workers in need of training for a new career. “As president of H.D.U. School of Cosmetology and Vocational Studies, I approved this message.”


The Key Ingredient to Growth


very growing city has major problems. Jackson is no different. It is a blossoming metropolis, but is not without its issues: crumbling infrastructure; old water pipes; bad roads; understaffed police and fire departments; dilapidated properties; neighborhoods overrun by drugs—you name it. You have to expect the good with the bad. Now, of course, we as a unified community can do many things to begin curbing some of our ills. We can organize clean-ups; we can have neighborhood watches; we can volunteer to cut grass on abandoned properties. Yes! There is power in our city’s people. There is much we can do with only our hands and hearts to help build this city. You’ve seen the successes in Fondren and Belhaven; however, even the best-laid plans sometimes require one key component: funding. Game-changers like the King Edward Hotel, Farish Street, the convention center and Riverwalk don’t just happen with dream dust. It happens when good men with great ideas decide to put their money where their mouth is, folks like David Watkins (my employer), Bill Cooley, the Roberts brothers and Leland Speed. These are folks who are willing to put major capital into projects that others are scared to touch. Let’s be painfully honest here: We want downtown to flourish. We want west Jackson to be reborn. We look to the day that south Jackson is booming with more restaurants and retail. But those things can’t and won’t happen unless enterprising entrepreneurs step up and invest

money in those areas. And when they do, it is up to us to support them. It’s up to us to patronize them, to buy from them. It doesn’t matter to me whether they are black, white, green or purple. If they are willing to take the risks that a lot of us can’t, then we should be willing to help see their projects through. Even Fondren wouldn’t have experienced a true renaissance without business and retail moving into the area. Imagine the neighborhood without folks getting groceries at McDade’s, without eating lunch at Basil’s, or without picking up an “I Y JXN" T-shirt from Chane. Cities don't survive without financial stability. In the end, you may not be able to invest millions into a development. You may not have thousands to begin a small business. But you do have the ability to spend money locally and frequently in your city. You can support your city government in its efforts to better our streets, our schools and our general safety. It may take a bond issue here or a penny sales-tax increase there. As citizens, if we want improvements, we have to understand that they take money. You can have a meal at the King Edward, see a show on Farish Street this fall, or grab your pom poms and cheer on the Riverwalk project. It's all a grand circle. Your city will get out of it what you put in it. And that's the truth ... sho-nuff. Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin is associated with Watkins Partners, developers of Farish Street and the King Edward.

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op king Michael Jackson has been dead for one year. But the controversy that surrounded his life didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end with his death. On June 25, the eve of the first anniversary of his death, Latoya Jackson loudly declared that her brother was murdered. Why? Because he had grown too rich and powerful, and posed a threat. Sister Latoya didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say who her brother Michael posed the threat to, but then, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to. The Jackson family and legions of fans have bandied about the charge that Jackson was the victim of foul play, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been hotly discussed and debated on blogs and websites since that fateful day a year ago. The murder conspiracy theories are just the tip of the iceberg of the Jackson controversy. A year after his death, news reports were filled with rampant speculation and guesswork about Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial woes; squabbles between his attorneys and former attorneys over who represents who and what in divvying up Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate; and reports of more finger-pointing by Joe Jackson about Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. This is no surprise. Jackson made news even when he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything to make news during his life. Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infamous child molestation trial in 2005, for a time, was the centerpiece of much of the chatter back and forth about Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions. The acquittal didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end that. Debate still rages over whether Jackson was an innocent victim of greedy, media-hungry parents or of his own actions. Then there was Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on-again, off-again, quirky, ambivalent relationship with African Americans and his seemingly confused racial identity. For many blacks, Jackson was little more than a Casper-the-ghost-looking ambiguous black man with bleached skin, a nose job, eye shade, straight hair and gyrating hips who had made a ton of money and had been lauded, fawned over and adored by whites. This was more than reason for some blacks to view him with a jaundiced eye. Jackson, for the most part, stayed mum about the controversy. He always seemed to want much moreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;more than to be thought of as just an entertainer and a musician, and he certainly did not want to be a polarizing figure. Jackson was much more. A year later, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth remembering what exactly Michael was. The first inkling that Jackson was more than just a pampered, oddball recluse came after the burn accident he suffered while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984. Jackson quietly forked over the $1.5 million he received in the accident settlement to the Burn Center at Brothman Hospital in Southern California. He drew accolades in 1985

when he and Lionel Richie wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Are the Worldâ&#x20AC;? and performed the music as part of an all-star cast of singers and celebrities to raise money for African charities. But that was pretty much what was known about Jackson. Few knew then, and many still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, about Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charitable giving and the list of the peace and social-justice-related activities he was involved with. The list numbered more than 50 known charities and organizations that he gave to during the 1990s, both individually and through his expansively named Heal the World Foundation. The foundation was mired in a messy organizational and tax wrangle that briefly made headlines in 2002. Yet there was virtually no press mention when Jackson jumpstarted the foundation again in 2008 with a fresh wad of cash. In the months and years after his 2005 child-molestation trial acquittal, debate raged over whether he was a washed-up, healthchallenged, damaged-goods and financially strapped one-time pop star who desperately wanted to snatch back a glimmer of his past glory. Or whether he still had some of the trademark Jackson flare and talent left. Even that debate, though, seemed to pass Jackson by, as he knew his every word and act was still instant news and that he still had hordes of fans who would heap dreamyeyed adulation on him. The quest to seal a legacy as more than a Pop King told much about Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire that the small but unseen and much-neglected part of his life, his charitable work, be known and remembered. He wanted to be remembered as more than just a black man who made his living grabbing his crotch before millions. Or a man whose other claim to notoriety was that he delighted in surrounding himself with packs of children. A year later, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reported financial troubles, the murder-conspiracy allegations, the looming manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray and the occasional faint whispers about his alleged questionable child relations still badly cloud the Jackson legacy. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still the other Jackson, though: the man who unselfishly gave his money, time and name for humanitarian causes. This is, undoubtedly, the Jackson that he wanted the world to know and remember. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Jackson that we should remember, too. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His new book is â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challengeâ&#x20AC;? (Middle Passage Press). Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter:

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In the story, â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Backs Convention Hotelâ&#x20AC;? (Vol. 8, Issue 42, July 1, 2010) and the WORD quote on page 7, JFP reporter Adam Lynch misquoted Ward 1 City Councilman Jeff Weill saying that the city is being asked to co-sign onto â&#x20AC;&#x153;billionsâ&#x20AC;? of dollars of debt. Weill said the city is being asked to co-sign onto â&#x20AC;&#x153;millionsâ&#x20AC;? of dollars of debt. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.



Editor in Chief Donna Ladd Publisher Todd Stauffer




hen it comes to spending money, we can all find something to cut back on. But even when our consumer culture meets the Great Recession, changing our attitudes and actions about money isn’t always easy. While learning to do without can be difficult, it’s also a great time to learn how to simplify our lives and invest in the community instead of the latest fads. Living on less means conserving energy, reusing our resources and making every dollar count. This GOOD issue is filled with ideas on how to have fun on the cheap, help others and improve our financial literacy.

Make it Count

by Angelyn Irvin


onprofit organizations rely on donations from individuals and businesses to fund programs and services for those in need, and on volunteers. Without volunteers, entire operations would shut down because of employee shortages. “If all our volunteers just decided not to show up one day, it would pretty much cripple us,” says Stacey Howard, director of business administration at Stewpot Community Center in Jackson. “It’s a very volunteer-run organization.” Stewpot is different from other community organizations because it not only serves the community but encourages handson giving. “Aside from just providing services to people who need it, we also provide a place for people to help provide services for people. We encourage people to get involved in whatever area it is that touches them,” Howard says. Mi Isha Lowe, director of youth programs and volunteer ser-

vices at United Way, suggests donors know who exactly is getting their contributions before giving. “I think one way donors can grasp where their money is going is to visit the funded organizations so that they can actually get a visual of where their money is going and how their money is helping the community,” she says. Lowe also suggests that donors join a committee that oversees how funds are allocated. The United Way has a specific program that allows people in the community to determine how much funding certain organizations need. “Our Donor Investment Committee, which is a group of adults 25 and older, reviews grants submitted by non-profits to help with funding for their programs,” Lowe says. By investing our time and money, we are investing in our community. Giving doesn’t have to mean just emptying our wallets. Make sure that every donation, be it time or money, counts.

Stewpot Budget 2010 Budget Expenses

July 8 - 14, 2010

Children’s Program $225,500

Matt’s House $155,000

Food Pantry $80,000

*Opportunity Center $150,000

Brumfield Shelter $115,000

Flowers Shelter $123,500

Mental Health and Senior Citizens $70,000

16 Total expenses: $1,640,000

Administrative $250,000

Sims House $130, 5000

Central Urban Ministry Center $230,000

Food Pantry $80,000

*Due to a lack of donations, the Opportunity Center closed in March.




• Put your money where your heart is. Speak to the organization to which you are donating about the various services it offers and determine which ones interest you most. Most organizations will let you decide how your donation is to be used. • Give until it helps, not hurts. Request a financial statement from the organization. Make a donation based on their needs and your financial ability. • Keep track of your donations. Follow the organization’s growth. Ask for a business progress report occasionally. • Get to know the organization. Know its mission statement, goals and action plan so that you can help further the cause. • Sponsor a workplace campaign. Set aside time for an organization to visit your office and speak about their cause. After the presentation, your coworkers and employers can decide if they would like for the company to invest in the organization. • Spare more than a dime. Donate clothing, food or toiletries to people in need. • Use your voice. Be an advocate for a charity. Encourage community awareness of a cause by speaking about it in a public forum, starting a petition or writing to local authorities. • Join a committee. Committee members, often volunteers, oversee specific issues and policies of an organization. Joining a committee allows you to play a more active role in giving to the community. • Know your lingo. “Tax deductible” does not mean “tax exempt.” Tax deductible means donors can subtract their donations from their federal income taxes. Tax exempt means a group pays no, reduced or otherwise modified tax rates. • Give your minutes if not your money. Whether it be or restoring a park or mentoring a child, giving your time is just as helpful as giving your cash.


Keep tracking income and expenses! Don’t forget to keep tracking your income and expenses to see where you can improve. Your budget can change, depending on your needs. Just make sure you’re not spending more money than you have.

Budgeting 101

by Katie Bonds and Tom Allin

Credit Card Timeline


Look at your bank statements for a whole year. Figure out what you spend money on every month. Come up with averages of your basic living expenses: utilities, rent/mortgage, car note, personal insurance, car and house insurance, property taxes, food and miscellaneous.

1928 – National City Bank of New York


Figure out how much money you make each month. (Not what you want to make. What you bring home.)

offers loans with 12 percent interest rates to working-class customers.

1950 – Frank McNamara of New York comes up with Diners Club Card. Businessmen could use the card at 27 restaurants listed on the back.

1955 – Plastic Diners Club Cards are


Create an ideal monthly expenses chart. Start filling in a monthly expense chart. Save at least 10 percent of your income; prioritize other monthly expenses. Spread the rest among emergency savings, entertainment, clothing and ancillary things.


Budget for your impulsive spending. Set aside money for it (clothes, shoes, beer, eating out, etc.) It’s OK to use your money for pleasure—as long as it’s in moderation.


ancy Lottridge Anderson knows a thing or two about finance. She is a financial adviser, professor of finance at Mississippi College and author of the book, “Tough Talk for Tough Times.” Having owned her business for 18 years, she’s helped a lot of people along the way. Here is some of the advice she had to give about budgets: • “You don’t really want to make more money. What you want to do is increase your standard of living, and you can do that by not making a penny more,” she says. “You do that by learning to manage the pennies



Subtract your average monthly expenses from your salary.

How To Build A Budget

Is there money left over?

1958 – American Express begins issuing credit cards, followed by Bank of America’s BankAmericard.

1966 – Interbank

Card Association releases the Master Charge card.

1967 – City Bank of New York issues the


If money is left over, force yourself to save. Try to take at least 10 percent of your income and budget it into a savings category in your expenses. This will help with different long-term or emergency expenses that you’ll have later. that you have. So if you are wise with your money, you can do all kinds of things. You can live a really good life, and it’s not just about, ‘I need to make more money.’” • As soon as you can, Lottridge Anderson advises, start saving for retirement. Look into company retirement plans. Many of them match what you put in. • Low-income families can and do save money. Even if it’s only $25 a month in a savings account, you need an emergency fund. • Budgeting so that you can contribute part of your income to a worthy cause often makes people more satisfied with their


If not, you need to change your standard of living. Cut living expenses like cable, subscriptions and gym membership; move to smaller place or back in with parents.

Everything Card.

1969 – The Everything Card merges with Master Charge.

1977 – Bank Americard undergoes name change to Visa.

1978 – Supreme Court decision ends consumer interest-rate limits, which increases the availability of credit for consumers.

budget. Also, make absolutely sure you budget for your “crazy” (the impulsive spending). • “If you have $100 budgeted for impulsive spending, and you spend $200 in one month, you’ve got to say, ‘OK. Next month I can’t do any crazy,’” she says. • Pay credit-card balances in full each month. If you have significant credit-card debt, any money left over each month after basic living expenses need to go toward the credit-card debt until it is completely paid off. This means no “crazy” for a while. • If you get a raise or a bonus, try not to spend it. Instead, add it to your savings.

1996 – Supreme Court rules to end stateregulated limits on credit card fees.

2007 – 73 percent of Americans own a credit card, and national credit debt peaks at $915 billion.

2008 – The average American household has $9,659 in credit-card debt.

2009 – President Barack Obama signs the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, banning retroactive rate increases and requiring full disclosure from credit-card companies.

Jackson-Area Non-Profits to Help 2001 W. Northside Drive, 601-924-9436 The 4C’s provides emergency financial assistance, food, clothing, furniture and other items to families facing financial crisis. These include utility, rent and prescription assistance.

The Good Samaritan Center 114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-6276 The Good Samaritan Center has programs that are designed to assist individuals and families who have had a “short-term” financial emergency that has caused them to need assistance.

Hinds County Human Resource Agency 258 Maddox Road, 601-923-3930,

The Hinds County Human Resource Agency serves eligible disadvantaged residents of Hinds County through programs and services that foster economic empowerment and self-reliance.

Jackson State University Center for Business Development and Economic Research 1230 Raymond Road, 601-979-2028 The Center for Business Development and Economic Research provides basic and applied research in business, economics, business management and related public policy areas. Minority Capital Fund 2530 Bailey Ave., 601-713-3322 The Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi

Inc. provides financing and technical assistance to minority and women business owners. Mississippi Business Finance Corp. 735 Riverside Drive, Suite 300, 601-355-6232 The Mississippi Business Finance Corp.’s financing programs assist in establishing new facilities and expanding existing businesses. Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America 4300 Robinson Road, Suite C, 601-922-4008 The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America offers financial counseling and works with homebuyers to develop a realistic financial analysis that determines an affordable purchase price.

Small Business Development Center at Jackson State University 1230 Raymond Road, 601-979-2795 The Small Business Development Center brings expert business knowledge to small businesses at little or no cost to the business owner. West Jackson Community Development Corp. 1060 John R. Lynch St., 601-352-6993 The West Jackson CDC Economic Development program provides opportunities for under and unemployed adults; job and employability skills-training for area adults and youths; and summer employment for students.

Clinton Community Christian Corp.



PERSONAL FINANCE A Year of Fun Without Spending

Angela Barton, a writer and editor in Los Angeles, committed to not buying anything for an entire year.


n Jan. 1, 2009, Angela Barton, a writer and editor in Los Angeles, joined a movement called The Compact, named after the 1620 Mayflower Compact, to attempt a hefty challenge: not buying

anything for a year. The Compact started in 2006 when a group of friends in San Francisco challenged themselves not to buy any non-essential items for an entire year in an effort to reduce clutter and waste, simplify their lives and “go beyond recycling” to lessen the negative environmental impact of consumer culture. Since its inception, the movement has spawned international participation. The Compact’s two principles are that you cannot buy anything new (with a few exceptions), and that you have to borrow, barter or buy used items. In addition to joining The Compact, Barton blogged about her experience, which you can read at myyearwithoutspending. Barton shared a few tips with the Jackson Free Press for having fun without paying a dime for it. Change Your Focus: Barton says that she and her husband really enjoy spending time with friends. Instead of going out, they invited friends over to dinner at their

Having Fun in Jackson on a Dime – or Less


f Jackson is your thing, but spending money isn’t, you’re in luck. Jackson offers plenty of things to do that won’t cost a penny.

1. Take a walking tour of downtown

History Tour Old Capitol Museum - 100 S. State St. - Served as the state capitol from 1839-1903 Smith Robertson Museum - 528 Bloom St. - Site of Jackson’s first African American public school (Richard Wright is a graduate) Mississippi Governor’s Mansion – 300 E. Capitol St. - Built circa 1841, second oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the U.S. Greenwood Cemetery – corner of West and Lamar streets - Burial ground for Confederate generals, Mississippi governors and Eudora Welty Jackson City Hall – 219 S. President St. - Built circa 1847; used as a hospital for soldiers during the Civil War State Capitol Building – 400 High St. - Built in 1903, designed by German American architect Theodore Link Alamo Theater – 333 N. Farish St. - Classic theater, hosted numerous artists, including Nat King Cole Big Apple Inn – 509 N. Farish St - Once home to the NAACP state headquarters; famous for its “smokes” and pig ear sandwich.

Just Say No To Plastic Bags

by Kate Brantley


July 8 - 14, 2010

n my house, there are drawers and cabinets I am afraid to open. It is not for a fear of the unknown; I know exactly what is in there: hundreds of plastic bags. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that we use around 500 billion plastic bags are globally every year, and very few are recycled. Many of these bags end up cluttering homes, rivers, 18 forests and landfills, endangering both wildlife

house. That way, they could still enjoy their friends, but by changing the focus, spend less than a night on the town. She said ping-pong parties, movie nights, barbecues and board-game nights are all great alternatives. Do It Yourself: “When you start teaching each others how to cook, how to garden, how to make things— you know, jewelry, sewing, that kind of stuff—that can be fun,” Barton explains. She adds that these are activities that can be fun alone or with a friend, particularly if you want to teach one another how to do one of these skills. “For myself personally, I had fun making gifts like cards from old photographs and beaded bracelets.” Get Involved: Barton says that she got more involved in her community. Whether joining a group or going to a regular meeting with your local representative, you can do plenty to help your community, keep active and not pay a thing. Share your ideas for frugal living with other readers at

by Katie Bonds, Sarah Bush and Tom Allin

Arts Tour Light and Glass Studio - 523 Commerce St. Gallery 119 – 119 S. President St. Mississippi Museum of Art – 380 S. Lamar St. Mississippi Arts Center-201 E. Pascagoula St. Planetarium – 201 E. Pascagoula St. Keep an eye for painted catfish on your way!

Revitalization Tour King Edward Hotel - 235 W. Capitol St. - Built in 1923 and closed in 1967. Re-opened in 2009. Standard Life Building - 127 S. Roach St. - Eighteen-story Art-Deco building set to re-open late 2010 as a mixed-use development. Tombigbee Lofts - 555 Tombigbee St. - Former warehouse and office space converted to 12 apartments in 2007. Electric 308 - 308 E. Pearl St. - Originally built in 1926. Renovated in 2005. Mill Street Viaduct & Market – corner of Capitol Street and Mill streets - Renovated to an open-air market space in 2007. Pinnacle at Jackson Place – corner of Lamar Street and Capitol streets - Nine-story $48 million building completed in 2008. Eley Guild Hardy Architects – 329 E. Capitol St. - Bank built in the neo-classical style in 1924, undergoing a $1.1 million renovation.

and the environment. Re-usable shopping bags are a great way of reducing plastic bag consumption. Aside from being more stylish than plastic bags, canvas or cloth bags can even save you money. Kroger offers $.03 off your purchase for each reusable bag you bring in. Many people I’ve talked to say they keep shopping bags in their cars, but when the time comes to go shopping, they forget them. Rainbow Whole Foods Co-Op Grocery sells Chico bags ($8.99), small bags made from re-

by Tom Allin

2. Attend a free Jackson event Downtown at Dusk – July 22, 5:30 p.m. at Farish Street Park. Jewelry Making Class at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.) every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon All Writers Workshop at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl) every second and fourth Tuesday each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Art at the Auditorium (662 Duling Ave.) on the first Tuesday of each month, featuring a variety of local Jackson visual artists until 7:30 p.m. Art at the Healthplex at Mississippi College (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton), displaying a wide variety of artists. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Book Readings at Lemuria (4465 Interstate 55 North) – visit for a schedule. Check out gallery openings at the following local galleries: Mimi’s Family and Friends – 3139 N. State St. Nunnery’s Gallery – 426 Meadowbrook Rd. One Blu Wall Gallery – 2906 N. State St. Suite 107 Fischer Galleries – 3100 N. State St. Suite 101 Bryant Galleries of Jackson – 3010 Lakeland Cove, Suite A, Flowood Southern Breeze Gallery – 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland More gallery openings at 3. Volunteer at a local non-profit See our list of non-profits on page 17.

cycled plastic, which fold up neatly into a small pouch, perfect to keep in your purse or pocket. As for the plastic bags that you have already accumulated, make the most of them by reusing or recycling them. And if you can’t find a way to re-purpose them around your home as trash-can liners or toy army man parachutes, Rainbow and area Krogers accept clean, plastic shopping bags,

which are used again or recycled. You can also buy cheap cloth bags at thrift stores like N.U.T.S. Creative ways to use plastic bags: • Kneepads for gardening • Paintbrush covers • Wrapping paper • Wet umbrella case

• Shower cap • Shipping or packing insulation • Travel clothes hamper

Swap Your Clothes, Save Money



by Kate Brantley

can bring; huge bags of unwanted clothes are welcome. Don’t forget it’s a party. Have snacks, drinks and music to remind everyone that it is not simply a business affair. Allow 30 minutes to peruse. Lay out the clothes where they are visible, and let the guests chat and check out the clothes before the swishing begins.

Invite your friends. Keep in mind their ages, sizes and styles.

Ready! Set! Go! There are several ways to swap clothes. Many people enjoy a free-for-all in which you can keep whatever you can grab. Other, more civilized people, prefer taking turns taking an item from the pile and trying it on. Still others do it “auction” style and hold up each item. If more than one person is interested in an item, they can all try it on, and the rest can vote to decide who it looks better on. Whatever you decide, make sure you have full-length mirrors available for trying on the clothes.

Bring clothes. Everyone who attends must bring at least one clean, good quality item of clothing or accessory (or set a higher minimum). There is no limit on how many clothes you

Don’t Forget Leftovers Take what no one wants to the Salvation Army, 110 Presto Lane, or N.U.T.S., 114 Millsaps Ave. Then go home and enjoy your new wardrobe.


Promote Your Band for Free


manda Rainey, owner of local recording label Passenger Jones, says you don’t need money to make music these days. All you need is creativity. “I know bands who put all of their music up for free, and that seems counterproductive. To really make it in the music business, people just have to know who you are,” Rainey says. Know Your Audience “We knew our audience was our friends. ...We just tried to make things special for them,” Rainey says. Burn Your Own CDs Rainey and her label throw parties and give out CDs: “We burned all of the CDs ourselves in our CD burners.” Give Away Free CDs Free CDs give potential fans a chance

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to decide whether they like the artist’s music or not, without having to purchase a CD. Rainey gave away her most recent project, a compilation of family bands. “We got nine songs from husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, made a CD and gave it out for free,” she says. Invest Time in Concerts Playing in concerts is giving your music out for free, in a sense, because fans get to hear many of the artist’s songs. However, fans tend to support artists more when they have seen them perform live. “It makes more sense to put your music up (online) for free and get a big fan base,” Rainey says. Design Album Art and Packaging Yourself The compilation CDs Rainey gave out for free were packaged in brown paper lunch bags. She hand-sewed her CD cases to save money. “We did everything as cute as we could,” she added. Rainey believes that she benefitted more from doing things herself: “It was satisfying for us to actually make the products by hand, and it’s something we cared about a lot more. People totally appreciated that and were more willing to buy our products because of that.”

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ou know you have them: shoes, clothes, belts and purses in your closet that you will never wear again. Maybe your favorite standby pair of black pants doesn’t fit anymore. Maybe that leopard-print mini-skirt you got on sale never fit, but you bought it hoping one day it would. Maybe you are tired of your favorite sundress after wearing it to every wedding and graduation for the past three years. Even though I give several bulging trash bags to Goodwill every year, I still end up with closets full of clothes that I never wear. “Swishing,” as it’s called in England, is a new craze where people gather with unwanted clothes and swap them. Over the past year, when I lived in Spain, my British friend introduced me to swishing parties, and I was pleased to replace clothes—which had been simply hanging in my closet, reminding me of impulse buys—with cool new clothes from nice brands. It was also refreshing to see my friends breathe new life into my old clothes when they styled them in their own ways. Here are the keys to having your own swishing party:


July 8 - 14, 2010



FOOD Feeding a Family of 4 for $10 Mix the ricotta cheese, lemon juice and basil together. Mixture should be creamy, so add more ricotta to thicken if needed. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Take the wonton wrapper and fill with one teaspoon of the filling. Dampen the edges of the wonton, fold to make a triangle and press the edges together to seal tightly. Once all of the ravioli are made, add to boiling water until they float, about three minutes. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Sauté the garlic, shallot and crushed red pepper flakes over medium heat until they soften (about four minutes). Add the tomatoes and let the sauce cook for another five minutes, mashing the tomatoes slightly but still leaving the sauce chunky. Once both components are finished, top the ravioli with the tomato sauce.

½ cup ricotta cheese $1.40 Juice of one lemon $.49 24 wonton wrappers $1.35 1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes $2.15 ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes ¼ cup shredded fresh basil $1.15 1 garlic clove, minced $.05 1 shallot, chopped $.50 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper




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2 ½ pounds of chicken thighs and/or drumsticks $3.11 1 shallot, chopped $.50 2 celery ribs, sliced $.19 1 lemon cut in slices $.49 1 cup chicken stock $.99 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced $.15 Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Season the chicken with salt, pepper and thyme. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over mediumhigh heat and sear the chicken, about four minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the skillet and add the shallot, celery and garlic. Re-season with salt and pepper. Sauté the vegetables over medium heat until softened, about three minutes. Then add the chicken stock and deglaze the bottom of the skillet. Add the lemon slices and return the chicken to the pan. Bring the liquid to a simmer, then turn the heat to low, cover, and cook for about 45 minutes. When finished cooking, test the seasoning. Serve with rice or couscous.

Eat Out, Eat Local dipper recession,” Griffin says. “It is critically important to support local restaurants because these are people you go to church with, who employ people you know, whose children go to school with your children.” Independently owned restaurants employ local citizens and support other local businesses by buying local ingredients. They also strengthen the local tax base, whereas a chain restaurant has to forward a percentage of its revenue to their corporate office.

For every $1 spent at a restaurant 95 cents is for operating cost, 5 cents is for profit

Of the 95 cents for operating cost, approximately... 18 or 19 cents is for other operating costs (utilities, insurance, obtaining various licenses)

Nationally and Statewide, How Restaurants Contribute to the Economy




The U.S. restaurant industry’s sales in 2010 are projected to bring in $580 billion in sales.

In 2010, Mississippi’s restaurants are projected to register $3 billion in sales.

Every dollar spent by consumers in restaurants generates an additional $2.05 to the nation’s economy.

Every $1 spent in Mississippi’s restaurants generates an additional $.90 in sales for the state economy.

The restaurant industry employs about 12.7 million people, or 9 percent of the U.S. work force.

Restaurant jobs represent 10 percent of employment in Mississippi or 112,300 people.

Every additional $1 million in restaurant sales generates 34 jobs for the economy.

Every extra $1 million spent in Mississippi’s restaurants and bars generates an additional 32.7 jobs in the state.

8 or 9 cents is for occupancy cost (rent or mortgage)

35 cents is for labor (management and employees)


Cooking: Getting More Bang For Your Buck


elieve it or not, you can save on groceries. Tom Ramsey, JFP food writer and owner of Ivy & Devine Culinary Group, says that if we all can “get down to real food,” our pockets would thank us later. Ramsey suggests people purchase more foods in their whole form and skip packaged meals that makes the products cost more. “A bag of beans is like 89 cents,” he says. “Have beans, rice and pork chops, and you

can feed three or four people.” Ramsey says saving money has more to do with how you prepare than what you prepare. He uses chicken bones for his chicken stock and uses various leftovers that aren’t enough to make an entire meal on their own for omelets and pasta dishes. When cooking for one, Ramsey suggests looking for cheaper cuts of meat, and freezing the unused portions.


ith the economic downturn, eating out at restaurants can be a splurge if you are trying to save money. But Grady Griffin, director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, says that when you do have the chance to eat out, dining at a locally owned restaurant is one way to make sure your dollars stay in the community. “We don’t know when the recession will be over in Mississippi, and whether or not it will be a double-

by Brooke Kelly



The Price of Getting Sick


tes. The Diabetes Prevention Program found that lowering your body weight by 5 to 7 percent and doing 30 minutes of physical activity a day, five days a week, may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Do You Smoke?

The Centers for Disease Control map shows the percentages of obese Americans, per state, across the nation.


e’re constantly reminded of the health risks of obesity and smoking, but have you ever stopped to consider the costs? Smokers and those who are overweight can accrue thousands of dollars in health-related expenditures throughout the course of their lifetimes. Mississippians, in particular, are in danger of accumulating extreme expenses due to the fact that in 2009, our state ranked No. 1 in rates of childhood and adult obesity in the United States and 45th in the nation of the percentage of the population that smokes. This spotlight on the costs of being overweight or a smoker may make people think twice about the price of their health.

Too Fat? • A recent report by the POWER Initiative found that 9.1 percent of total U.S. annual medical expenditures are obesity-related. • For Mississippians, diabetes, in particular, poses an im-

by Katie Bonds

mediate financial threat. Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which blood-sugar levels are above normal. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported 88 percent of Mississippians with type 2 diabetes were either overweight or obese. And in 2008, 245,000 Mississippians were diagnosed with diabetes (a number that has more than doubled since 1994). • A recent Harvard study found that health problems caused 62 percent of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. in 2007, and 78 percent of those who filed bankruptcy had health insurance. Of those who filed for bankruptcy, individuals with diabetes faced an average of $26,971 in medical expenses. In 2009, more than 14,000 individuals in Mississippi filed for bankruptcy. The good news: A small investment in your health could save you thousands of dollars down the road. By lowering your weight and increasing your physical activity, you can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabe-

Why Wait?

• Currently, 23.3 percent (506,000) of Mississippians smoke. • A smoker in Mississippi spends an average of $4.50 on a pack of cigarettes. If you smoke a pack a day, you spend $31.50 per week, $126 per month, and $1,638 per year on cigarettes. The savings one could accumulate by not smoking can be just as eye-popping: if a 35-year-old quit smoking and put her savings into a 401(k) retirement plan that earns 9 percent a year, she could have saved almost $340,000 by age 70 (go to to calculate your own savings). • According to, Mississippians spend $719 million annually in smoking-related health-care costs. • In 2006, death rates due to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of death among smokers, were highest in Mississippi. American Heart Association spokeswoman Suzanne Folkes says nearly 10 percent of heart-disease patients eventually file for bankruptcy. • Along with those who suffer from heart disease, lung cancer poses huge medical expenses. Lung-cancer patients spend an average of $39,891 in treatment, and in 2006, according to the CDC, for every 100,000 men in Mississippi, 110.4 were diagnosed with lung cancer, compared to the national average of 82.7. • In addition to medical bills, smokers may also have trouble finding work. A recent article by MSN Money found that 5 percent of employers prefer not to hire smokers, and 1 percent won’t hire them at all. Life insurance premiums are liable to go up as well: The lowest quote for a nonsmoker on was $1,140 in premiums per year compared to $2,571 for smokers. Moreover, nonsmokers generally receive a 10 percent discount on homeowners insurance due to the decreased risk of the home burning down. Quitting smoking, therefore, can save you $1,638 per year on cigarettes and thousands of dollars on potential medical bills. It can also increase your chances of getting a job and decrease your life insurance and homeowners insurance premiums. Mississippians who want to quit and need help can call 1.800.QUITNOW.

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ach month after I pay about $220 toward credit-card debt, $150 toward studentloan payments (which I will do until I’m about 45), $400 on my car note, and about $400 on the mortgage (my husband pays the rest), not much is left over. Sound familiar? You’re probably part of generation debt, too. The phrase classifies all of us mid-20 through late-30-somethings because we are, apparently, starting our adult lives with more debt than any other previous generation. But how and why, you may be wondering, did we end up in such massive amounts of debt? It’s not very pretty.

Top 10 Reasons We’re in Debt

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Many of us were raised by baby boomers who wanted to give us better lives than their parents did. In other words, we were spoiled. We grew up in a culture of consumerism. Everyone seems to own a laptop, cell phone, car, etc., so we want one, too. A typical student in 2008 who received an undergraduate degree from a four-year university left school with an average of $20,000 in student-loan debt. We are financially illiterate. Nobody sat us down and showed us how to make a budget or how to sustain ourselves without borrowing money.

Two words: credit cards. They are heavily marketed, easily available and easily attainable. Our generation has a median credit-card debt of $8,200.


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The typical earnings of full-time workers, ages 25 to 34, are lower today than they were a generation ago, except among women with college degrees (according to the 2006 report “The Economic State of Young America” by New York City-based public-policy organization Demos). We can’t find jobs. One in five adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are unemployed, compared to a 7 percent unemployment rate for those over 30. Many of us resort to bankruptcy to solve our debt issues. People between 25 and 34 years of age file 22 percent of all U.S. bankruptcies, even though student-loan debt is not forgiven through bankruptcy. Housing and transportation costs have increased. In 2002, 25- to 34-year-olds spent 10 percent more on annual rental costs than boomers did of the same age in 1992. Also, we spent about $2,000 more on transportation in 2002 than in 1992 (Source: Generation Broke).


We don’t have insurance. Young adults between the ages of 19 and 35 are the largest group of uninsured people. For many of us, it’s not that we don’t want health insurance; our employers don’t offer it (if we have jobs). Therefore, we have trouble paying medical bills if we get sick or hurt.

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n 2009, CNN Money ranked Jackson the 11th best mid-size metro area to open a small business. Mike Davis, business development manager for the city of Jackson, explains that this is because Jackson has three major industries: medical, educational and government. “Those sectors are not as hard hit when you have a recession, so you still have a large group of folks that are able to patronize business in the Jackson area,” Davis says. Jackson also has smaller surrounding communities, such as Madison, Ridgeland and Flowood with people who come into the city and spend money. So if you’ve always dreamed of owning your own bookstore or hair salon, Jackson may be the place for you. Here are some basic steps to help you in your planning process of starting your own small business.

4. Secure Your Funding A small business loan may be a viable option to fund your business venture. However, if you cannot qualify for a loan, you may have to get creative on how you find your financial resources. You may be surprised who will be willing to invest in you and your budding business, if you know how to present your business plan the right way. Be organized and optimistic, and you may get people to not only open their ears but also their wallets.

1. Pursue Your Passion It may seem like an obvious thing to say, but you need to be passionate about your new business venture. Get ready to dedicate yourself physically, emotionally and financially. “If you love to cut hair, don’t open a childcare center,” Davis says. Doing what you love will make the workload easier and the end result even more rewarding.

5. Location, Location, Location Once you’ve got your funding, you need to think about a location. Paid site location agencies can help you select the best site for your specific business type. The Business Development Division can also help you find the right spot, as well as the Jackson Chamber of Commerce at 601-948-7575.

2. Define Your Business Your business name is your calling card, so coming up with a name you’re proud of and that defines who you are as a business should be one of the first steps in your planning process. Also, the more specific your angle is, the more unique your business will be and the easier it will be to connect with your target audience.

6. Certification Different businesses require various types of certification to function legally and effectively. To explore the certification requirements for your specific type of business, contact the Business Development Division at 601-960-1055.

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Anna Lee Dillon performs during the blues lunch at F. Jones Corner at noon. Free. … StudiOM 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. A class will also be held July 15 at 7:30 p.m. 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. The Rhythm Masters play at Shucker’s from 7:30-11:30 p.m Free. … Enjoy music by Jack Sydney Brown at Underground 119 from 9-11 p.m. Free. … Jackie Bell, Norman Clark and Smoke Stack Lightning perform at 930 Blues Café at 8 p.m. $5. … The Rainmakers perform at Poets II from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 601-364-9411.

ton Road) starts at 7:30 p.m. in Rainbow Plaza. $13, $11 members in advance; $16, $14 members at the door; call 601-366-1602. … Sound Wagon performs at the Contra Dance at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s birthplace at 8:30 p.m., with folk-dance lessons starting at 7:30 p.m.; $5 donations. … Justine Blazer performs at Pop’s. Call 601961-4747. … Furrows and Passenger Jones perform at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.) from 8-10:30 p.m. $6. … 4ever Friday at Burgers & Blues is at 9 p.m. $10 before 11 p.m.; call 601-454-8313. … Spacewolf and Iron Feathers play at Martin’s at 10 p.m. Call 601-354-9712.

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The RCA Black Rodeo at the Mississippi Coliseum is at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Temptations Review with Dennis Edwards will perform. $15; call 601-353-0603. … Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.) is giving a sun salutation class at noon, with additional classes every Saturday through July. Free; call 601-594-2313. … The Natalie Kirk Experience performs at Hal & Mal’s. Call 601-948-0888. … The Glitter Boys play at Fire at 9 p.m. Call 601-592-1000. … Sandy Carroll and the Bessie Blues Band perform at Underground 119. Call 601352-2322. … Furrows performs at Martin’s at 10 p.m. Call 601-354-9712.

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Three ensembles perform as part of the Mississippi Improv Alliance’s Summer Sunday at 2 p.m. at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s birthplace. $5 donation; call 601-497-7454. … The Club at St. Dominic’s (970 Lakeland Drive) is giving a sun salutation class at 2:30 p.m. Free; call 601-200-4925. … The Dog Days of Summer outdoor concert at F. Jones Corner is from 6-10 p.m. Free. … Jazz, Blues & More at Atwood Elks Lodge (3100 John R. Lynch St.) is from 7-9 p.m. $5. … The DVD viewing of the stage play “Revenge” at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.) starts at 7 p.m. Free, $5 DVDs; visit … Open-mic poetry at Afrika Book Café. Call 601-951-8976. Jimmie Lee of J. Lee Productions will host a DVD viewing of his stage play “Revenge” at Dreamz Jxn on July 11 at 7 p.m.

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Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland) is giving a sun salutation class at 5:45 p.m. Free; call 601-813-4317. … ArtRemix at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) is from 6-11 p.m. and includes performances by Sherman Lee Dillon, John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives, and Those Darlins. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets. $20, $15 members in advance; $25, $20 members at the door; call 601-960-1515. … Comedians Steve Brown, Jermaine Johnson and Benji Brown perform at the Jackson Comedy Explosion at the Central City Complex (609 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) at 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $35 VIP pass; call 601-352-9075 or 404-591-4506. … “Dinner and a Quiz Show” at Rain30 bow Whole Foods Cooperative Grocery (2807 Old Can-

Team Sandtastic completes their 50-ton sand sculpture at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) at center court, up until Aug. 15. Visit … Open-mic at The Irish Frog is from 6:30-10 p.m. Call 601448-4185.

Tuesday 7/13

JoshTaylor performs during the blues lunch at Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road) from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. … Music in the City at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) at 5:45 p.m. includes a performance by pianist Sandra Polanski. Free; call 601-960-1515.

Wednesday 7/14

Today is the deadline for Chick Ball donations to be included in the July 21 JFP Chick Issue shopping guide. Call 601-362-6121 ext. 16. … The Jackson 2000 luncheon at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.) is at 11:45 p.m. $10; visit … Smaash takes on Supernoize during Electric Cowboy’s Battle of the Bands at 8 p.m. Call 601-899-5333.

Thursday 7/15

The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents “The Flashback Show” at Giovanni’s Pizza (640 Grants Ferry Road, Flowood) at 6:30 p.m. $42; call 601-937-1752. … “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) at 7:30 p.m. and continues through July 18. $10, $7 children 12 and under; call 601-948-3533. … Liver Mousse performs at Hal & Mal’s from 9-11 p.m. Call 601-948-0888. … Lil Wyte and Taco & Da Mofos perform at Touch Nightclub at 10 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets. More events and details at

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COMMUNITY Precinct 2 COPS Meeting July 8, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). These monthly meetings are forums designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0002.

16th Annual MSU Tennis Tournament July 9-11, at Parham Bridges Park (5055 Old Canton Road). Known among area players for its combination of competition and fun, winners of this tennis tournament receive dinners from local restaurants and merchandise from local merchants. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund for local students. $30 singles, $50 doubles and combos, $7 guest lunch tickets; call 60I-832-0360 or 601-326-1321. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrating a Saintâ&#x20AC;? July 9, 6 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Catch 22 Foundation is honoring New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister with a retirement dinner. Tables are available for purchase. $100; call 601-665-3147. Events at Green Oak Garden Center (5009 Old Canton Road). Call 601-956-5034. â&#x20AC;˘ Green Oak Birthday Bash July 9, 6 p.m. Green Oak and its owner, Karen McKie, are both turning 50. Come for live music, food, wine and beer. â&#x20AC;˘ Crape Myrtle Festival July 10, 10 a.m. The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crape Myrtle: The Perfect Accent to a Southern Home.â&#x20AC;? Speakers include Karen McKie, Eddie James and Debbie Westerfield. Refreshments and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities are included. Free. Contra Dance at the Commons July 9, 7:30 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Weltyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Folk dance lessons start at 7:30 p.m., and the music by Sound Wagon and dancing begin at 8:30 p.m. Free, $5 donations welcome; call 601-540-1267. Mississippi Sports Medicine All-Star Girls and Boys Basketball Games July 9-10, at Mississippi College, A.E. Wood Coliseum (200 Capitol St., Clinton). July 9 at 6:30 p.m., the All-Stars will be on hand for an autograph session and the annual three-point shooting and slam dunk competitions. July 10, the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game begins at 1 p.m., and the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game begins at 3 p.m. $5; call 601-924-3020.

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4ever Friday July 9, 9 p.m., at Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). View artwork, listen to poetry and enjoy live music performances. Purchase a beverage or bring your own. $10 before 11 p.m.; call 601-454-8313. East Village Neighborhood Clean-up July 10, 8 a.m., at Williamson and Prosperity streets. Join the members of the Jackson Medical Mallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Development Corporation and Bertha Chapel Church as they take to the streets to cut grass, pick up litter and do a clean sweep of the site of a new residential development, East Village. Lunch provided. Volunteers are required to register, and the first 15 will receive gift certificates. Call 601-982-8467. Olde Towne Market July 10, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors will sell everything from fresh produce to unique handmade crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Live performances are included. Free admission; e-mail mainstreetclinton@ Craftsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild of Mississippi Qualification Workshop July 10, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy a userfriendly walk-through of the application process, which includes artist statements, resumes, the history of the guild, photography and quality of work required for guild membership. Free; call 601-856-7546. America Reads-Mississippi Member Recruitment, July 12, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at the Sally M. Barksdale Educational Resource Center. ARM members tutor full-time during the school day, before and after school, over breaks and in the summer. Members who successfully complete 1,700 hours in one year will receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth $5,350, which can be used to attend college and/or pay off current qualified student loans. Call 601-979-1474.

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Camp Wisdom July 12-23, at Spann Elememtary School (1615 Brecon Drive). The camp for children in kindergarten and first grade will focus on diversity and summer enrichment. Activities center around education, art, music, dance, sports, nutrition, drama, yoga and books. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Free; visit Central Mississippi Golf Tournament July 12, 11 a.m., at Patrick Farms Golf Club (300 Clubhouse Drive). Registration begins at 11 a.m., lunch is at 11:30 a.m. and tee time is at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament will fund MSU scholarships for students from Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. Fee includes lunch, beverages, range balls, and the cart and green fee for each golfer. $500 per team; call 601-260-4506. What You Need To Know About Clinical Trials July 13, noon, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Hederman Cancer Center. Participation in clinical trials may be a good option for some cancer patients. Attend this seminar with guest speaker Teresa Davis of Jackson Oncology Associates for help deciding if a clinical trial is right for you. Registration is required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. SBA 8(a) Business Development Workshop July 13, 1 p.m., at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol St.), in suite 1000 in the SBA conference room. Learn about programs designed to enhance federal and non-federal procurement opportunities for small businesses. In addition, those present will learn of programs that provide capital, surety bonding and business counseling to small businesses. Space is limited. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 13, 14 or 19. Rebel Reunion July 13, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event will feature Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt along with members of his staff. The social hour begins at 5 p.m., and the program starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission includes catering by Chimneyville and Newk’s as well as a cash bar and various kids’ activities. $20, $10 children ages 5-18; call 601-506-3186. “History Is Lunch” July 14, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Historian John Marszalek presents, “Why I Wrote the Books I Did.” Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850.

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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. Student and professional teams may enter, and the deadline is Aug. 15. $60 professional teams, $35 student teams; e-mail

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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. 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.

Stage and Screen “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Auditions July 9-10, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Audition times are 6-8 p.m. July 9 and 2-4 p.m. July 10. The production will take place Sept. 23-26 and Sept. 30Oct. 3. Call 601-825-1293. Dinner and a Quiz Show July 9, 7:30 p.m., at Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road). In Rainbow Plaza. See hour one of Dr. Michael Greger’s three-hour DVD, which is a quiz show about living on a plant-based diet. A gourmet vegetarian dinner is included. Advance tickets are available at the customer service desk. $13, $11 members in advance; $16, $14 members at the door; call 601-366-1602. Jackson Comedy Explosion July 9, 7 p.m., at Central City Complex (609 West Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Performers include Steve Brown, Jermaine Johnson and Benji Brown. The event will be followed by an after-party. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $35 VIP pass; call 601-352-9075 or 404-591-4506. RCA Black Rodeo July 10, 8 a.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Over 300 cowboys will participate in “The Baddest Show on Dirt.” The rodeo includes a performance by Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets. $15; call 601-353-0603. Mississippi Improv Alliance Summer Sunday July 11, 2 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Three ensembles of dancers, visual artists and musicians will perform. Performers include Front Porch Dance, Strange Pilgrims, Steve Smith, Kyle Gatlin, Jonathan Sims, Melody Moody, Lizzie Wright, Michelle Campbell, Marlena Duncan, Owen Rockwell and daniel johnson. Free; call 601-497-7454.

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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.

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Me Broken “Wide Awake,” Robert Pollard “Moses On A Snail,” Texas Hippie Coalition “Rollin’,” Thieves Like Us “Again & Again,” Mystery Jets “Serotonin” Saturday, July 10 Prince “20Ten” (Released with Belgium and UK newspapers. 22nd in German edition of Rolling Stone), Autechre “Move of Ten”

“The Flashback Show” Dinner Theatre July 15, 6:30 p.m., at Giovanni’s Pizza (640 Grants Ferry Road, Brandon). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the four-act interactive comedy. The show includes a salad, entree and dessert. $42; call 601-937-1752. “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” July 15-18, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play about the classic tale is directed by Chris Roebuck and is presented by New Stage Theatre’s Broadway Junior Summer Camp Intensive. Show dates are July 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and July 18 at 2 p.m. $10; $7 children 12 and under; call 601-948-3533.

MUSIC “The Most Southern Weekend on Earth” July 9-10, at Ground Zero Blues Club (0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale). The event is a two-day celebration of Southern music, literature, food and drink. The 8 p.m. concerts feature Robert Belfour, Jimbo Mathus and Kevin Gordon on July 9, followed by True Soul Revue and Mose Allison on July 10. Daytime activities on July 10 include an interview with music writer Peter Guralnick, a beer tasting and a discussion of the Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail. $20 July 9 concert, $30 July 10 concert, $40 both nights; call 501-320-5730.

Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601-664-0411.

GALLERIES 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. 2010 Exhibits through Dec. 31, at One Blu Wall (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists throughout the year include Katie Drummonds, Kyle Goddard, Allan Inman, LaTricia Graves and more. Photography by Christina Cannon, Howard Barron, Roy J. Gattuso, Gerard L. Howard, William Patrick Butler and others will also be on display. Free; call 601713-1224.

Music in the City July 13, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). This new partnership with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral encourages Jacksonians to stay downtown for some culture and fun. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:15 p.m. The music performance with pianist Sandra Polanski begins at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533.

Storytellers Ball Juried Exhibition Call for Entries through July 10, at Arts Center of 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 August 5-22. The best in show will receive $1000 and a 2011 solo exhibit. $25; call 601-960-1557.


Team Sandtastic through July 12, at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). The team will sculpt 50 tons of sand in the mall’s center court. The final sculpture will be on display through August 15. Free; visit

“Crazy Daisy” July 9, 9:30 a.m., at Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Paint a contemporary daisy on an 18 x 36-inch canvas. Seating is limited. The class is for ages 10 and up. $65; call 769-251-5574. Adult Figure Drawing Workshop July 10-11, at Gaddis Group Gallery (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Brush up on your drawing skills at this two-day workshop. Classes are held 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. July 10, and 1-4 p.m. July 11. $140; call 601-668-5408.


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EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS “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.


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Belly Dance Class ongoing, at Lumpkin’s Restaurant (182 Raymond Road). The class is held every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Monique Davis is the instructor. $5; call 601-373-7707.

The Mississippi Opry Summer Show July 10, 6 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Brandon). Performers include Harmony & Grits and the Jason Boone Band. Refreshments will be sold. $10, children under 18 free; call 601-331-6672.

Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes” July 9, 5 p.m. Daniel Howell signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $12.95 book. • “Bone Appetit” July 10, 1 p.m. Carolyn Haines signs copies of her book. $24.99 book. • “Delta Blues” July 10, 1 p.m. Editor Carolyn Haines signs copies of the book. $27.95 book. • “Citrus County” July 13, 5 p.m. John Brandon signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $22 book. • “Lit: A Memoir” July 14, 5 p.m. Mary Karr signs copies of her book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book.

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Tougaloo Art Colony July 11-16, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). Classes in printmaking, oil painting, pottery and other mediums will be offered. Continuing education credits are available. $25 registration, $350 tuition; call 601977-7839 or 601-977-7743.

Fun Fridays through July 30, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). 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. $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. 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 Paws 4 Fun July 10, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Activities include “Ask the Vet,” digital pet portraits, a microchip clinic, a parade of breeds and much more. Please help out the local rescue groups by bringing dog food or treats. Proceeds will be divided among the animal rescue groups present at the event. Free, donations welcome; call 601-940-4949.

July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Class begins at 5:45 p.m. 7048 Old Canton Road 601-613-4317

Fortification YMCA July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Class begins at 4:30 p.m. 601-383-8817

The Club at St. Dominic’s The Club at Crossgates July 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st Class begins at Noon 3025 North State Street 601-594-2313

Northeast YMCA July 17th and 31st Class begins at 9:30 a.m. 601-709-3760

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“Revenge” DVD Viewing July 11, 7 p.m., at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.). The DVD is a recording of the stage play by J. Lee Productions. The DVD will also be for sale. Free admission, $5 DVD; visit




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licked. ‘I rarely get outfoxed, only a handful of times in twenty millennia. And I get jacked by a two-bit dead hooker and a guitar-slinging fool,’” Martine writes. In “Cuttin’ Heads,” Alice Jackson writes about the young girl Faye Mae, being raised by her grandmother alongside her half-brother. Her curiosity and stubbornness leads her to discover painful realities of race, cruelty and civil rights in the 1960s Delta: “When Dr. King had been jailed, President Kennedy had called, asking him if he needed anything. That’s when Granny got photos of both men and hung them in her living room at the back of the Dew Drop. ‘These men are gonna make your life different than mine was,’ Granny had promised when she nailed the photos to the bare pine walls.” But as Faye Mae discovers, that difference doesn’t emerge without heartbreak and violence. Short fiction is often the most difficult of genres, and each author in “Delta Blues” attains it masterfully. The characters are well drawn and immediately captivating. Each narrative resembles the Delta itself—raw with emotion and surrounded by scorching beauty. The authors weave the blues into each story, providing a cultural backdrop and a soundtrack for the imagination. United by parallel themes, the book creates its own journey through the Delta. In life as well as in fiction, trouble produces its own redemption. Grief and hope usually appear as companions. These elegantly crafted stories lead the reader through the pain of the blues to the joy found in this wild, mysterious, cotton-covered place. Authors Suzanne Hudson and Alice Jackson will appear with Carolyn Haines to read and sign “Delta Blues” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.) Saturday, July 10, at 1 p.m. Call 601-366-7619 35 for more information.


lues melodies are gritty and rich with life’s sorrows, just like the soil of the Delta; they haunt the listener long afterward. So does “Delta Blues,” edited by Carolyn Haines (Tyrus Books, 2010, $17.95). An anthology of Delta storytelling featuring work from 20 authors, the volume captures the violent beauty of the Delta region. Though time periods and characters vary, the stories are connected thematically by an exploration of Delta culture and the sound of the blues. In these stories, men and women experience danger and triumph, heartbreak and mystery. Sometimes they find freedom from fear and, other times, they succumb to the worst decisions. Such stark contrasts are a part of Delta living. In each story, the characters sought after and occasionally achieved freedom and justice. In “The Sugar Cure,” Haines writes of a woman married to a captain at Parchman. She is free in name only and all but shackled by her violent, drinking husband. Parchman becomes a symbol of Nilla’s captivity and the source of her escape. “Parchman prison stretched out in all directions, a place where anything except justice could take root and grow,” she writes. Driven to the brink, she seeks her own justice. She no longer allows her weakness to get in her way. Parchman features prominently in several other stories. “Fetching Raymond,” written by John Grisham, explores the story of a family plagued by bad decisions and repeated imprisonment. Raymond, who “had been born with a vivid imagination, a quick tongue, and an inability to tell the truth,” is on death row for killing a deputy sheriff. Questions of guilt and innocence haunt his family, who visit the prison for his last moments. The true sound of the blues, though it often embodies joy and hope, can rarely be achieved without deep sorrow and loss. Toni L.P. Kelner describes the cost of the blues in “A Man Feeling Bad.” Philip Akers hopes to create a magnificent sound in his talented blues singer protégé, but he only manages to extract disappointment and revenge. Doubts about identity and guilt over a death arise in Michael Lister’s “Death at the Crossroads.” Maria Bella hopes to find peace in Mississippi after leaving behind a world defined only by tragedy, chaos and her own guilt. Yet those she knows can’t help but suspect her for far greater sins. The blues represents her failure to cope with chaos. Robert Johnson’s supposed deal with the devil is the most famed tale of the legends that abound in the Delta. This sense of mystery surfaces in Daniel Martine’s “Kidd Diamond.” Kidd is haunted by Nick Belial, a Satan figure who shows up to claim his due; however, Nick doesn’t count on a mother’s hope for redemption. “Nick was a practical demon and knew when he was


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of living room lo-fi and song titles like “The Indian Curse Will Bring You Back to Me”? Rise Up Howling Werewolf plays the Ole Tavern, July 13, along with Ghosthand—a deep-fried, well-informed garage trio from Columbus, Miss., and local-ish rocker Ming Donkey’s latest project—BomBón, a SoCal all-girl surf outfit, and its summer touring companion band, Hippy Riot. Bombón means “marshmallow” in Spanish (hot chocolate and marshmallow?), but despite some cutesy-sweet vocal harmonizing, they don’t dish much fluff. Historical scholarship is evidenced in the BomBón’s familiar riffs: aggressive bass-lines, clean drumming and trembling vibrato. This is almost a given, considering that Bombón hails from San Pedro, one of the most legendary, still-vibrant punk communities in the U.S. Their drummer, Jerico, may be a moonlighting guitarist, and bassist Paloma

may have just celebrated her first full-year of musicianship, but their legacy is as solid as Angela’s vintage Harmony Rocket. Expect all four bands to provide danceable good times at Ole Tavern (416 George St.) Tuesday, July 13. The show starts at 10 p.m.

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he Furrows are almost finished with their unnamed second album, out in August. Watch for information about the subsequent CD release party. Their next show is July 10 at Martins, 10 p.m.

Congratulations! It’s a … Musician! 1913 Belzoni-born bluesman Willie “Pinetop” Perkins … 1924 guitarist/chanteuse Mary Ford aka Iris Collen Summers … 1927 composer Carl Hilding “Doc” Severinsen … 1927 country artist Charlie Louvin or Charles Elzer Loudermilk, if you know him … 1930 tenor saxophonist and composer Henry “Hank” Mobley … 1932 composer Josef Zawinul …

courtesy Vonda shepard

Many a musician has been born on the 7th of July. There must have been something in the stars. 1940 drummer Richard Starkey, errr, Ringo Starr … 1949 jazz trumpeter Geary “Bunk” Johnson … 1963 singer Vonda Shepard of “Ally McBeal” fame … 1967 singer Jackie Neal … 1980 The Used’s drummer Dan Whitesides … 1981 guitarist Synyster Gates sounds cooler than Brian Elwin Haner Jr. … 1982 rapper Cassidy birth name Barry Adrian Reese… 1982 Love Automatic’s bassist Mike Glita

Singer Vonda Shepard was born July 7, 1963.

July 8 - 14, 2010

Who was born today that the music lovers of tomorrow will love?


Michael Bolls

All-chick surf band BomBón plays alongside two other bands Tuesday, July 13, at Ole Tavern.

delic drone; or spooky, vernacular hill music. Frontman Jamie Barrier, also of the Pine Hill Haints and The Wednesdays, launches double-entendres involving hot chocolate and butter knives against classic—and classically mangled—licks and beats. Throw in the occasional howl, and there it is: party rock for shape shifters. There are numbers, however, such as “The Hearse,” that are less fuzz and more punchy keyboards and sing-song melodies. Think old, obscure reggae or a dark take on Vampire Weekend, although the latter is probably not in rotation on the Werewolf tour van. All of which figures because, on a Myspace list of influences that includes icecream cake and Clint Eastwood, the only actual musicians are Suicide (a synth-heavy, proto-punk gig that molded Thurston Moore) and Fred Cole of the eclectic Dead Moon. What’s not to like about a heavy dose


he Mississippi Museum of Art is hosting its next Art Remix indoor/ outdoor music party this Friday night with local bluesman Sherman Lee Dillon inside from 5-8 p.m.; John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives outside from 7:30-8:30 p.m.; and the female alt-country trio Those Darlins outside from 8:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door. Also, this Friday night local favorites Furrows return with roots rockers Passenger Jones to Sneaky Bean in Fondren, 8 p.m. This will be an all-ages show. Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brings country singer-songwriter Mac McAnally back to the Big Room this Friday night. If you miss Furrows at Sneaky Bean Friday, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday. If you want to hit the road this weekend, try the WCPR Fest at the Biloxi Coliseum this Saturday with Limp Bizkit, Aaron Lewis (of Staind), Buckcherry, Trapt and Sick Puppies starting at 4 p.m. $45, F. Jones Corner on Farish Street will continue its free Dog Days of Summer outdoor concert this Sunday, 6-10 p.m. The Eudora Welty Commons hosts the Mississippi Improv Alliance this Sunday at 2 p.m., featuring several dance and music improvisation ensembles. A $5 donation is suggested. Catch a quadruple bill, all-ages metal show at Fire this coming Tuesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. The experimental metal L.A. band Otep will headline, with Iwrestledabearonce, Stray From The Path and Bury Tomorrow starting at 7:30 p.m. F. Jones Corner hosts a Beer & Bones Backyard Grilling Competition next Saturday, July 17, noon-5 p.m.

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Mississippian Mac McAnally performs at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this Friday.

$10. Music and art will round things out. Music performers include Iron Feathers, The Peoples, The Xtremez, M.O.S.S., The Electric Mudd and Sherman Lee Dillonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mississippi Sound. Grammy-nominated bluesman Sunny Ridell also will perform that evening starting at 11:30 p.m. on into the late night. Call 601-983-1148 for more information or to enter the competition. Also, next Saturday, July 17, Star & Micey and Apartment 5 will perform at Ole Tavern, 10 p.m. Then jazz-funk super group Good Enough for Good Times with members of Galactic and the Charlie Hunter Trio will return to Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next Saturday. Mark your calendars for â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s W.C. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite Beanlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frontman George McConnell when he returns to Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday, July 24. That night also boasts another old Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alt.southern rock favorite Drivinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cryin at Fire. But be sure to start the night of July 24 off downtown at the 6th annual JFP Chick Ball in the Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Room, beginning at 6 p.m. $5. (From what I hear, chicks and their, er, arm candy may take over all of Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely.) Stay tuned for the complete line-up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a pretty big night on Commerce Street downtown that Saturday. just announced that George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will be at the Jackson Coliseum Saturday, Aug. 21. Be-Bop will have tickets available soon. The Voodoo Music Experience, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestknown Halloween weekend music event has announced this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s line-up. It includes Muse, Ozzy, MGMT, Metric, Interpol, Hot Chip, Weezer, My Morning Jacket, Drake, Paul Oakenfold and Innerpartysystem. The threeday passes will go up in price after the day-to-day schedule comes out in the coming months. Find out more or lock in the cheaper passes at Are you ready for that summertime road trip? Mates of State and She & Him are in Birmingham this Saturday. Robert Plant is at the Orpheum in Memphis next Tuesday, July 13. The Offspring with 311 will be at Mud Island in Memphis, Sunday, July 18. Tickets are on sale now for Deer Tick and Dead Confederate at Proud Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Oxford, Tuesday, Aug. 3, for $10. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Herman Snell

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F. Jones Corner - Anna Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Amazinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lazy Boi & the Blues Challenge Band 10-4 a.m. free Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ - Jesse Robinson (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Sound Wagon 8:30-11:30 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 8 p.m. $5 Burgers & Blues - Jason Bailey 5:30-9:30 p.m. Que Sera - Jason Turner Band 6 p.m. Poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II - Rainmakers 9-1 a.m. Underground 119 - Jack Sydney Brown The Auditorium - Angela Walls 7:30 p.m. AJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood - Hunter Gibson 6:30-10 p.m. Congress St. Grill - Jason Turner 6:30 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. Cherokee Inn - Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lo Trio 6:30 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Rhythm Masters 7:3011:30 p.m. free Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar 7-10 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free

July 9, Friday Miss. Museum of Art - Art Remix: Sherman Lee Dillon 5-8 p.m.; John Paul Keith & the 1,4,5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outside 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Those Darlins 8:30-10 p.m. $20-$25 Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Sneaky Beans - Furrows, Passenger Jones (indie folk/all-ages) 8-10:30 p.m. $6 Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Mac McAnally, Come On Go With Us, Common Ground Blues Band F. Jones Corner - Jesse Smith free; Sherman Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miss. Sound w/Jessie Guitar Smith 10-5 a.m. (blues) $10 Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Spacewolf, Iron Feathers 10 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Strange Love 8-1 a.m. $5 Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Justine Blazer (Nashville) Underground 119 - Chris Gill & the Soleshakers Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Electric Co. (blues rock) 9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Mark Whittington & Fingers Taylor 7-11 p.m. The Auditorium - Larry Brewer 7:30-9 p.m. Dreamz Jxn - DJ Reign & DJ Hova 9 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 9-1 a.m. Welty Commons - Contra Dance: Sound Wagon (string band) 7:30 p.m. $5 donation Poets II - The Triple Lindy Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge - DoubleShotz Zydeco - VWE Allstars w/Eddie Williams 8 p.m. $5 McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Johnny Crocker 8 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Electric Cowboy - Naked Eskimos (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 Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Tommy Akers Band 9 p.m. free RJ Barrelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Emma Wynters 7-10 p.m. Whistle Stop Cafe, Hazlehurst Hunter Gibson 7-10 p.m. Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Groove Inc., London Drive (classic rock)

July 10, saTurday Jackson Coliseum - RCA Black Rodeo: The Temptations Review w/Dennis Edwards Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Furrows 10 p.m. Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Natalie Kirk Experience Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Justine Blazer (Nashville) Fire - Glitter Boys 9 p.m. Underground 119 - Sandy Carroll & The Bessie Blues Band F. Jones Corner - Sherman Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miss. Sound w/Anna Lee Dillon 10-5 a.m. (blues) $10 Burgers & Blues - Steve Chester & Friends 7-11 p.m. Last Call - High Frequency 9 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Will & Linda 3-7 p.m. free; Strange Love 8-1 a.m. $5 Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - 3 Hail Mary Jane 9 p.m. Poets II - Chasing Scarlet The Auditorium - Shaun Patterson 7:30 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Electric Cowboy - Naked Eskimos (rock) 9 p.m. Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Chris Gill 8-12 a.m. Huntingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Mike & Marty 2 p.m. Welch-McCann 6 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Buie, Hamman & Porter (classic rock) 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Bonny Blairs - Karaoke Dick & Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Jefferson St., Clinton - Olde Towne Market: Ralph Miller 9-1 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Tommy Akers Band 9 p.m. free Pearl Community Room, Old Brandon Rd - Miss. Opry: Harmony & Grits, Jason Boone Band 6 p.m. (bluegrass/gospel) $10, under 18 free, 601-331-6672 Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Groove Inc., London Drive (classic rock) Whistle Stop Cafe, Hazlehurst Reed Rogers Biloxi Coliseum - WCPR Fest: Limp Bizkit, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Buckcherry, Trapt, Sick Puppies 4 p.m. $51

July 11, sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Welty Commons - Miss. Improv Alliance Ensembles 2 p.m. $5 donation, 601-497-7454 F. Jones Corner - Dog Days of Summer Outdoor Concert 6-10 p.m. free

7/2-4 Essence Music Fest - New Orleans Superdome 7/08 Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Minglewood Hall, Memphis 7/10 Mates of State - WorkPlay, Birmingham 7/10 She & Him - Sloss Furnace, Birmingham 7/11 Hold Steady/The Whigs - Hi-Tone, Memphis

Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Rhythm Masters 3-8 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Will & Linda 3 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Chris Gill & Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Mar 6-9 p.m. free Atwood Elks Lodge, Lynch St - Jazz, Blues & More: The Musicians 7-9 p.m. $5 Afrika Book Cafe - Open Mic Poetry Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Groove Inc.

July 12, Monday Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Anna Lee Dillon (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. Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.

July 13, Tuesday F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi (blues lunch) free Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ - Josh Taylor (blues lunch) 11:30-2 p.m. Fire - Otep, Iwrestledabearonce, Stray From The Path, Bury Tomorrow (LA rock/metal) 7:30 p.m. (all ages) $20 myspace. com/otep Miss. Museum of Art - Music in the City: Sandra Polanski (piano) 5:45 p.m. free Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 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 LDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Blue Monday Band 8:30 p.m.

July 14, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Anna Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Scott Chism & the Better Half Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands: Smaash vs. Supernoize (rock) 8 p.m. Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Virgil Brawley (blues/ acoustic rock) 9-12 a.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Mike & Marty 7:3011:30 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Jesse â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guitarâ&#x20AC;? Smith 6:30-9:30 p.m. Parker House - Whit & Wynters w/Fingers Taylor 7-10 p.m. Yacht Club - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 6-8 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 free Pelican Cove - Doug Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Surreal Life 7 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 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, July 7th

Ladies’ Night w/ Snazz 8:30 p.m. - Guys’ Cover $5

BUY 1, GET 1 WELLS Thursday, July 8th

Weekly Lunch Specials

Bike Night w/ Krazy Karaoke 7:00 p.m. - No Cover

$2 MARGARITAS! Friday, July 9th


8:30 p.m. - $5 cover Saturday, July 10th


8:30 p.m. - $5 cover Exquisite Dining at

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2-for-1 Drafts JULY 13




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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 Tom Ramsey

The Simple Majesty of the BLT



ome things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, bagels and lox, mushrooms and wine, chicken and rosemary, Scotch and ice ... you get the point. But if there was a museum of great food pairings, the prime spot in the center of those hallowed halls would be dedicated to the BLT. This simple dish sums up what is great about food in a single bite. The fatty, salty bacon and its interplay with the acidity of a ripe tomato works in perfect harmony with the contrasting textures of the crunchy lettuce and the soft bread. The creaminess of the mayo lives in accord with the punch of cracked black pepper. This sandwich, when done right, can transform a simple lunch into a gastronomic journey into the heart of summer itself. A good BLT is food Nirvana. Just like the state of ultimate Buddhist peace, achieving this level of food perfection cannot be done with shortcuts. You have to start with fresh, real ingredients and treat them with reverence as you assemble them correctly.

Where’s the Bacon?

by Tom Allin


hen Parlor Market opens later this summer, diners ordering any cured pork dishes will enjoy the handiwork of Frank Coppola, the current owner of Stan’s Country Store in Batesville, Miss. What makes Stan’s different is its commitment to natu-

As with any sandwich, the right bread makes all the difference. For the BLT, I suggest using either a fresh-baked farmhouse loaf or a large loaf of French bread (or gros pain as they call it). Don’t toast the bread, just smear a healthy dollop of mayonnaise on each piece and sprinkle one side with black pepper and the other with finely chopped fresh basil (my secret BLT weapon). Use thick-cut bacon, preferably one from a local farm that is not filled with nitrates and other chemical garbage. Stan’s Country Meats in Batesville makes bacon from the best-treated and best-fed pigs I’ve ever seen. Go to a farmer’s market and buy ripe, locally grown tomatoes and romaine lettuce. The difference will be so great that you’ll never go back to buying factory meats and “truck ripened” produce again. Lesser ingredients will simply make a lesser sandwich ... a far lesser sandwich. The difference will be as noticeable as comparing a 99-cent value meal burger to one made at Majestic or Stamps. If you’ve got the skills and the time, make your own mayo. If not, buy Duke’s. It is made in the South and contains no ral methods of raising hogs: Stan Holcombe, the original owner of Stan’s Country Store who still supplies meats to the store, raises his cattle and hogs free range. “(Stan) raises the corn they eat—no growth hormones, no steroids—(and uses) antibiotics only when necessary,” Coppola says. He adds that Stan weans the hogs naturally and does not dock their tails, a common practice in cramped hog factories where breeders cut off the hogs’ tails to prevent other hogs from chewing them off. Parlor Market owner and chef Craig Noone says he made a point to drive up to Batesville. “I told (Coppola) I was going to open up a restaurant and that I would like to use his cured meats so I could have a local charcuterie place,” Noone recalls, adding that charcuterie “is the French word for making cured sausages and meats.” Coppola said a lot of grocery store meat is brined and

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n Italian frittata is economical and delicious. Easily made with almost any fresh vegetable, it’s even better with last night’s leftover sautéed veggies. Similar to a Western omelet in taste and texture, it’s Italy’s version of the omelet, usually made in the shape of a pie, with almost any ingredient in your refrigerator—cooked meats, bit of cheese, tomatoes, peppers—or 40 with just vegetables, spices and eggs.

injected with saline solutions to preserve the meat, while increasing the weight of the cut. “It’s an entirely different flavor,” Coppola says of Stan’s cured meats. “It actually is a flavor as opposed to what you get out of a box store. It’s clean.” With of Parlor Market opening just weeks away, Jacksonians can try some of Stan’s pork. “Frank and I just talked about ordering some of his stuff until I master the process,” explains Noone, who says Coppola is going to teach him how to do it. “He’s not worried about me always buying from him. He actually wants to teach me how to do it myself, that way probably in the next year at Parlor Market we’ll have all house-made charcuterie.” Either way, Mississippi charcuterie is here to stay. Stan’s Country Store (24441 Highway 6 E., Batesville) is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


by Jo Barksdale

Best of all, frittatas can be made in advance and refrigerated, or wrapped well and frozen. Take a slice out of the freezer in the morning and defrost it at work. The frittata is best eaten a little warm or at room temperature. The combination of veggies and eggs makes the frittata one of the healthiest foods you can serve to your family. Egg whites contain no cholesterol. If you want to reduce cholesterol in a recipe, use two egg whites or a quarter cup cholesterol-free egg substitute in place of a whole egg. “One large egg has about 213 (milligrams) of cholesterol—all of which is found in the yolk. Therefore, if you eat an egg on a given day, it’s important to limit other sources of cholesterol for the rest of that day. Consider substituting servings of vegetables for servings of meat, or avoid high-fat dairy products for that day,” Dr. Thomas Behrenbeck writes on the Mayo Clinic website. For my frittata, I combine three whole eggs and six egg whites.

sugar like so many other dressings posing as mayo. Assemble these precious ingredients in the following order from bottom to top: bread (with mayo and a bit of basil), bacon, tomato, lettuce, bread (with mayo and a bit of cracked black pepper). Although the flavor of this creation rises to great culinary heights, resist the temptation to eat this on your fine china. Just get a paper plate and lots of napkins, roll up your sleeves and tuck in. With each bite, just close your eyes and let your mind go blank as all the beauty of a Mississippi summer rushes in like an afternoon thunderstorm in July.


2 zucchini squash, thinly sliced into rounds 2 yellow goose-neck squash, thinly sliced into rounds 1-1/2 cups (more or less) mushrooms, sliced 1/4 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon soy sauce (optional)

Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and add the olive oil. When heated, place all of the veggies in the oil and sauté for a few minutes, until the squash is tender crisp. Serve half with dinner, sauté four cups of veggies and serve two cups with meat, chicken or fish immediately. Refrigerate the two extra cups to make the frittata.


1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups leftover vegetables 1/2 bell pepper, finely chopped 1 whole jalapeño pepper, finely chopped 6 eggs or equivalent

Adjust top oven rack to approximately 6 inches from the broiler; turn it on. In a 12-inch skillet (ovenproof) on top of stove, heat oil and slightly heat leftover veggies and peppers. Whisk eggs with salt, pepper and approximately three tablespoon of water; add to the skillet. Over medium heat, cook egg mixture, stirring and scraping the sides and bottom. When eggs are almost cooked but still wet on the top (you want to see cooked eggs scattered throughout, but loose in-between) stop stirring, and cook a few minutes more to set top and sides. Place skillet under broiler for two to four minutes or until slightly brown on top. Remove from oven and let set a few minutes to finish cooking. Cut into six wedges to serve. The recipe makes six servings.

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COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee and a selection of pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi. Wired Espresso CafĂŠ (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse across from the Old Capitol focuses on being a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Free wi-fi.

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BAKERY Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) NEW MENU! Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas, pastas and dessert. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;see and be seenâ&#x20AC;? Jackson institution! CampbellĘźs 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 HeavenĘźs Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Owner Dani Mitchell Turk was features on the Food Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;blackenedâ&#x20AC;? 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. 42

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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Butts in Townâ&#x20AC;? features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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).






BasilĘźs Belhaven (904 E. FortiďŹ cation, 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 saladsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the crab cakes. Party menu includes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;panini pie.â&#x20AC;? 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. CeramiĘźs (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! FratesiĘźs (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authentic, homey, unpretentiousâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the regulars describe Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!



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Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers including Guinness and Harp on tap. Free live music most nights; Irish/Celtic bands on Thursdays. Stamps Superburgers (1801 Dalton Street 601-352-4555) Huge burgers will keep you full until the next day! The homestyle fries are always fresh, cut by hand using white potatoes with traditional, lemon pepper, seasoning salt or Cajun seasoning. Fitzgeralds at the Hilton (1001 East County Line Road, 601-957-2800) Top-shelf bar food with a Gulf Coast twist like Gumbo Ya Ya, Pelahatchie artisan sausage and cheese antipasto. Grilled oysters; fried stuffâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;oysters, catfish, shrimp, seafood or chicken! Hal and Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blackboard special. Repeat winner of Best of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Place for Live Music.â&#x20AC;? Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Try chili cheese fries, chicken nachos or the shrimp & pork eggrolls. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster Bar (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland 601-853-0105) Serious about oysters? Try â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em on the half shell, deep-fried, charred from the oven or baked in champagne. Plus po-boys, pub favorites, burgers, mufalettas, pizza, seafood and steaks! The Regency (400 Greymont Ave. 601-969-2141) Reasonably priced buffet Monday through Friday featuring all your favorites. Daily happy hour, live bands and regular specials. Time Out Sports CafĂŠ (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Pelican Cove Grill (3999A Harbor Walk Drive 601-605-1865) Great rez view! Shrimp and seafood appetizers, soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, plus po-boys, catfish baskets, and dinners from the grill including mahi-mahi and reggae ribs. Poets Two(1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite H-10, 601-364-9411) Pub fare at its finest. Crabcake minis, fried dills, wings, poppers, ultimate fries, sandwiches, po-boys, pasta entrees and steak. The signature burgers come in bison, kobe, beef or turkey! Happy hour everyday til 7 p.m. Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart) 601-366-5441 Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, and fried seafood baskets. Try the award-winning wings in Buffalo, Thai or Jerk sauces! Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even â&#x20AC;&#x153;lollipopâ&#x20AC;? lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat.

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STIX (109 Marketplace Lane off Lakeland Dr Flowood 601-420-4058) Enjoy the quick-handed, knife-wielding chefs at the flaming teppanyaki grill; artful presentations of sushi; the pungent seasonings and spicy flavors of regional Chinese cuisines. Nagoya (6351 I-55 North #131 @ Target Shopping Ctr. 601-977-8881) Nagoya gets high marks for its delicious-and-affordable sushi offerings, tasty lunch specials and high-flying hibachi room with satisfying flavors for the whole family. Ichiban (153 Ridge Drive, Ste 105F 601-919-0097 & 359 Ridgeway 601-919-8879) Voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Chineseâ&#x20AC;? in 2010, cuisine styles at Ichiban actually range from Chinese to Japanese, including hibachi, sushi made fresh with seafood, and a crowd-pleasing buffet.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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MONDAY, JULY 12 Major League baseball, Home Run Derby (7 p.m., ESPN): Eight of baseball’s biggest hitters meet in a warm-up act that’s often better than the main event.

FRIDAY, JULY 9 Southern League baseball, Birmingham at Mississippi (7:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The Fourth of July is over, but you can still watch some stuff blow up real good on Fireworks Friday.

TUESDAY, JULY 13 Major League baseball, MLB AllStar Game (7 p.m., Ch. 40): This time, this exhibition counts. That’s what’s wrong with this exhibition. … Southern League baseball, SL All-Star Game (6 p.m., Huntsville, Ala.): Five of the M-Braves’ best will be playing for the South team.

SATURDAY, JULY 10 Southern League baseball, Birmingham at Mississippi (7:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The M-Braves wrap up their sevengame homestand. You won’t see our hometown heroes in the teepee until July 22. SUNDAY, JULY 11 Soccer, World Cup championship, Uruguay or the Netherlands vs. Germany or Spain (1:30 p.m., Ch. 16): The whole world will be watching this fabulous championship … well, the whole world minus the United States.

Nuts to Charity When Joe Cooper, 24, agreed to undergo a bikini waxing at a charity fundraising event in Leicester, England, onlookers bid to pull off the strips. One strip stuck to his scrotum, and an over-energetic tug by one bidder tore off several layers of skin, causing Cooper to nearly lose a testicle. He was taken to the hospital, where, “They told me if any more skin had come off, that would have been it,” he said, adding, “I’d never do it again.” (Associated Press)

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Kathy Myers, 41, shot herself at her home in Niles, Mich., because she needed medical treatment for a month-old shoulder injury but was out of work and had no health insurance. She said medical personnel told her the injury “would have to be life-threatening or imminent danger for them to do anything, so I was making it be imminent danger that something had to be done.” The gunshot barely wounded her, however, and she was released from the hospital a few hours later. “I really didn’t accomplish what I hoped it would accomplish,” Myers said. “I was really hoping it would hit an artery or bone so they would do the surgery and fix me.” (South Bend, Indiana’s WSBT-TV News)

End Results A Houston inventor whose medical device found a bigger market as a sex toy filed suit against a British company, claiming its cheap knockoff infringes on his patent and might be dangerous because it isn’t as carefully crafted as his original. Jiro Takashima developed the Pro-

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14 The Espys (8 p.m., ESPN): The World-wide Leader shows a lot of silly stuff, but this awards show might be the silliest. You can watch, but you will hate yourself in the morning. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who is convinced that BP stock is the best value since WorldCom. Get busy at JFP Sports at www.

State prostate massager, which works with muscle contractions instead of electricity to relieve fluid congestion. His company, High Island Health, sells the Pro-State device for $78.50. When men praised it for also improving their orgasms, the company began marketing a version as Aneros, which sells for $49.95. “Our business took a major detour when men started using our prostate massager for recreational purposes,” said Amy Sung, High Island Health’s executive director and Takashima’s daughter. Sung said that another of her father’s medical inventions, a hemorrhoid massager, also enjoys brisk sales as a sex toy. (Houston Chronicle)

Slightest Provocation A 21-year-old man called police in East Wenatchee, Wash., to say his 17-year-old sister attacked him with a serrated spatula. Officer Carrie Knouf said the incident occurred while the two argued whether to use butter or margarine while making macaroni and cheese. (The Wenatchee World)

Games Aussies Play Two Australian men in their 30s were treated at a hospital in Horsham, Victoria, after they decided to shoot each other with an air rifle “to see if it was painful or not,” according to police Sgt. Brendan Khan. They concluded it was severely painful, and after doctors removed pellets from their legs and buttocks, Khan said the men “admitted that it was just stupidity.” (Britain’s The Telegraph) Compiled from mainstream media sources by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.


CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Have you ever observed the rising moon with such a steady gaze that you’ve actually seen it move? Have you ever sat yourself down in front of a rose bud during the hour it exploded into full bloom? Those experiences have resemblances to a slow-motion burst of graceful growth that’s unfolding in your own sphere. I hope you have the patience to give it your full attention, because that way it’s more likely to express its potential completely. To enhance your chances of nurturing the subtle magic, remember and ruminate on the images your nightly dreams give you.

I’m not necessarily saying that you have superhuman levels of courage these days, Leo, but you do have more than usual. What’s even more important for the task at hand is the fact that you have an exceptional capacity for identifying the fantasies that frighten you and finding fresh and practical ways to deal with them. That’s why I say that you now have an excellent opportunity to achieve a major victory over your fears … to outwit them, outflank them and even dissolve them. To get started on this glorious quest, chant the following 10 times: “I am a crafty, compassionate warrior who finds amusement in every challenge.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

One of my Virgo readers, Mariann Grace, is conducting a research project. It’s rooted in two assumptions. The first is an idea of mine: that everyone alive has an inalienable right to a steady supply of fresh omens. The second assumption comes from the writer Angus Stocking: “Always interpret every omen favorably.” With these two ideas as her theses, Mariann is testing the following approach: “Interpret absolutely everything that happens as a favorable omen.” This would be an excellent game for you to play in the coming week, Virgo. Synchronicities are about to rain down upon you, flood toward you and bubble up from below. Judging from the astrological configurations, I’d say it really does make sense to regard every one of them as meaningful, useful and invigorating.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

It’s high time to banish the excuses you think you have for not doing your best. There is no longer any valid reason to hide from your true calling or deny yourself more profound happiness. You are ready to see that the supposed “obstacles” to your success are actually instrumental to your success—prods that will make you so much smarter and stronger that you cannot be defeated by circumstances. Why is this happening now? It’s because a force working behind the scenes—you can imagine it as God or destiny or karma if you like—is clearing away the illusions that have held you in thrall to false ideas about who you are. If I were you, I’d shout “hallelujah!” as I pinch myself in the butt and pat myself on the head.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

For the foreseeable future, it’s fine with God (and with Nature, too) if you put all your eggs in one basket—as long as the basket is well-woven and beautiful to behold. You’ve also got cosmic permission to forget about all but one of the tempting targets in your field of vision—as long as the bull’s-eye you choose is very worthy of your sacred longing. To sum up, Scorpio, be single-mindedly focused almost to the point of manic obsession—as long as you’re reasonably sure that the object of your devotion is your personal version of the Holy Grail.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

In the next few weeks, the odds are higher than usual that you’ll inherit an amusement park or a tropical island or a profitable pig farm. There’s also a slight chance that you will win a Dutch lottery, find a diamond ring on the sidewalk or be picked to star in a new reality TV show, “How Would You Use a Gift of Ten Million Dollars?” But what’s far more likely than any of those possibilities is that you will be able to capitalize on a legacy whose cash value is hard to estimate. Is there any birthright you’ve been neglecting to exploit? Any part of your heritage that may be ready to bring you a boost?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

So it turns out that the “blemish” is actually essential to the beauty. The “deviation” is at the core of the strength. The “wrong turn” was crucial to you getting

you back on the path with heart. I have rarely seen a better example of happy accidents, Capricorn. You may not realize it quite yet—although I hope this horoscope is bringing it all into focus—but you have been the beneficiary of a tricky form of divine intervention. One good way of expressing your gratitude is to share with friends the tale of how you came to see that the imperfections were perfect.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Your anger is potentially a valuable resource. At least in theory, it can be a motivating force that gives you the clarity and stamina you need to make constructive changes. But how can you make sure that your anger serves your generous urges? What should you do to keep it from being just a self-indulgent thrash that leads to no productive action? Here’s one thing you can do: Express your rage very selectively; don’t let it leak all over everything. Here’s another thing: Cultivate loads of empathy, joy and appreciation for beauty. Then when you do unleash your rage, it will be conditioned by love. Now would be an excellent time to try out these ideas.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Have you fallen in omnidirectional love these past few weeks? Are you swooning with such reckless splendor that at times you feel like you’re swimming in mid-air? By my reckoning, you have an urgent need to be caught up in a vortex of free-form affection. Your receptivity to being tickled and spun around by an almost insane outpouring of libidinous empathy is crucial to your education. If for some reason this has not been the case, please find out what you’ve been doing to obstruct the boisterously tender feelings the cosmos is aching to fill you up with.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Have you added some bulk and stability to your foundation any time recently, Aries? Have you grown your roots deeper and asked for more from your traditional sources and recommitted yourself to your primal vows? I hope so, because this is a perfect time, astrologically speaking, to strengthen your link to everything that sustains you. You have a sacred duty to push harder for access to the stuff that builds your emotional intelligence and fuels your long-range plans.

“Not So Full of It, Are We?”—seriously, cut it out. Across

1 Country singer Paisley on a military boat? 7 “7th Heaven” actress Jessica 11 Vampire’s other form 14 Journalist/blogger Daniel 15 1970s song whose dance forms letters 16 Prefix with center or lady? 17 Where “two guys” are often located, joke-wise 18 Overseas greeting? 20 Holder and Reno, for short 21 Mishmash 23 ___ voce 24 The value of an Egyptian sun god’s bales? 28 “___ a slitted sheet I sit” 29 Comedian Lampanelli 30 Site of 1993 accords 32 Open a thigh-high boot, maybe 35 Bonaduce running around in a plastic, cone-shaped red hat? 40 “Get my drift?” 41 Like store-purchased debit cards 43 ___-Mex cuisine 44 Mickey Mouse’s unsuccessful cousin? 46 Deplorable 48 Departs 49 “Am ___ yesterday’s news?”

(“You’ll Never Know,” Edwyn Collins) 51 Vizquel of baseball 53 Part of a boat named after radio man Paul? 59 It’ll come back to you 61 ___ horrible death 62 Gun gp. 63 It answers the question “Do you know how fast you were going?” 65 Fix a paragraph 68 Pass with flying colors 69 Sgts. outrank them 70 Wet kiss 71 Kind of kid 72 Enmity 73 Reply to “Were any people left after Dick and Harry departed?”


1 Type of tobacco pipe 2 ___ bell (was familiar) 3 “Just ___...” (inexact recipe instruction) 4 Figure on a driver’s license: abbr. 5 “Don’t do drugs” ad, for short 6 Loses on purpose 7 On a plane 8 Complaint during summer months 9 “The Name of the Rose” author 10 Potato chip brand 11 Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac,

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

I like the way you’ve been contradicting yourself, Taurus. I appreciate your ability to be inconsistent, paradoxical and upside-down. It has allowed you to wriggle free of the rut you had been stuck in. You’ve stirred the affections of people who had been frustrated about your narrow focus. Yes, it’s true that you have also sown a bit of confusion in a situation that had formerly been clear and concise and that may have rankled the sticklers. But in my opinion, this is a fertile, healthy confusion that will ultimately lead to an unexpected breakthrough.


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GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“We’re all in ‘sales,’ selling our personalities, our accomplishments, our charms.” That’s a quote from Richard Grossinger’s new book “2013.” I share his view of human nature. Is there any interaction between people that doesn’t involve a bit of hustling? The subtext of every encounter includes at least one of the following: 1. “I want you to like me.” 2. “I’m trying to get you to believe I am who I say I am.” 3. “I’d really like you to see how interesting and important and unique I am.” Given the fact that this is a ubiquitous phenomenon, there’s no need to be shy or embarrassed or secretive about it. That’s especially true for you these days. So get out there and sell yourself, Gemini. With brazen innocence and relaxed enjoyment, show the world who you are and why you matter.

What’s the single thing you could do right now that would change your life for the better? Testify by going to and clicking “Email Rob.”

“Greater-Than Sudoku”

For this “Greater-Than Sudoku”, I’m not givin’ you ANY numbers to start off with! Adjoining squares in the grid’s 3x3 boxes have a greater-than sign (>) telling you which of the two numbers in those squares is larger. Fill in every square with a number from 1-9 using the greater-than signs as a guide. When you’re done, as in a normal Sudoku, every row, column, and 3x3 box will contain the numbers 1-9 exactly one time. (Solving hint: try to look for the 1’s and 9’s in each box first, then move on to the 2’s and 8’s, and so on).

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

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Express Tube Top from Orange Peel (3026 N. State St., 601-364-9977), $3.60

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What you’ll need: • Tube top (You could also use a crew-neck T-shirt, but this would requires even more ingenuity and patience. These days, I have little of both.) • A small piece of excess fabric • Cord or thin leather string • Baubles and/or beads (Make sure the holes are large enough for the cord or string you chose.) • Needle and thread (A sewing machine would be quicker, but if you’re a novice at this, you’re not likely to have one.) • Scissors What to do: Cut the leather cord in various lengths, depending on the look and how much overhang you want across your shoulder. The width of the cords, when lying side by side, should be about three inches. Cut a piece of fabric about three inches in length and a halfinch wide. For reinforcement, attach one end of each piece of the cord in a straight line to the piece of fabric. Sew the strip on the top inside of the back of the shirt (where you would like the strap to fall on your shoulder), hiding the origin of the cords while at the same time making sure they’re secure. Measure the cord to see where it will fall across the front of the shirt and sew the pieces of cord to the top hem in the front, creating a strap. The rest of the cord should overlay onto the front of the shirt, hanging loosely. After you’ve created your strap, it’s time to get creative. String the beads in whatever pattern you like. Use your thread and needle to sew each bead to the cord, pushing the needle through the beaded hole and cord. Tie the thread off in a small knot once the bead seems secure. Or if you’re only using a few beads, you could string the bead onto the cord and tie it in a knot to keep the bead in place, creating a different kind of look. Try the shirt on, check yourself out in the mirror, and look for any last minute adjustments that may be needed. Once you’re satisfied with the new addition to your wardrobe, wear it out and show it off!

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Popfizz (1481 Canton Mart, 601977-1000) will give shoppers 30 percent off all spring and summer items in the store (that aren’t gifts or accessories).

Treehouse Boutique (3008 N. State St., 601-982-3433) is offering 50-75 percent off their spring and summer merchandise. The sale ends July 15, but you’d better hurry. Good stuff goes quickly.

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