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More TIFs for Hinds? Hinds County supervisors spar over approving possibly risky financing.

WARD SCHAEFER; LYDIA CHADWICK; ANDY CHILDERS; CHRONICLE BOOKS/ROBERT M. PEACOCK

JERT-RUTHA CRAWFORD

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Cover Painting by Tony Davenport

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amy andress Amy Andress’ life motto is modeled after Genesis 50:20. “Even though people want to harm you, God will take what happened to you and turn it into good so that you can help others with what you learned,” she says. “There is a purpose for everything that you go through.” Andress, 40, the domestic-abuse intervention program coordinator at the Center for Violence Prevention, holds this idea close to her heart—for good reason. She moved to the Jackson metro area with her three children in 2005 to be closer to family and friends after divorcing her abusive husband whom she left far behind in Jackson, Tenn. “I’m not a victim. I went through this, but I also overcame it. I am a productive human being, and that’s the person I want people to know,” she says. A native of Columbus, Miss., Andress’ only aspiration after graduating from New Hope High School was to be a loving mother and housewife. Family members urged her to have something else to fall back on, however, so she earned a bachelor’s and then, in 2002, a master’s degree in education from Mississippi State University. She has since taught students ranging from kindergartners to adults. Andress quit teaching before leaving Tennessee to get a new start. After moving back to Mississippi, she took her experienc-

es and turned them into her life’s calling. She began working at the Center for Violence Prevention in August 2009, where her overwhelming personal energy drives her to educate and assist women and families on a daily basis. A typical day for Andress includes placing domestic-violence perpetrators into the center’s batterer’s intervention program, establishing orders of protection with victims of domestic violence and facilitating services for victims, whether it be counseling, crisis referral or additional court advocacy. She works out of seven courts in Rankin County alone, in addition to courts in Hinds and Madison counties. Her inability to be everywhere at once is probably the only bad thing about her job, she says. Outside court, Andress tries to help out at the center in any way she can, whether it be organizing the on-site store or transporting clients to various appointments. “I’d even mow the lawn if they asked me to; this is where my heart is,” she says with a laugh. While some may think Andress works a thankless job, she receives plenty of gratitude from the people she helps: “I know I’ve done my job when I receive a hug from someone I’ve helped or when someone says ‘thanks’ because they couldn’t have done this without me.” —Amanda Kittrell

The first annual Chick-ABOOM reception honors 15 strong women.

26 Legal Trap Mississippi’s divorce laws trap domestic-abuse victims in violent marriages.

46 Tipsy Tea What better way to serve guests sweet tea than with a touch of joy juice?

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editor’snote Ronni Mott Ronni Mott came to Jackson by way of D.C. in 1997. She’s an award-winning journalist and the JFP’s managing editor, where she practices her hobbies of herding cats and curmudgeonliness. She teaches yoga in her spare time. She wrote the cover story.

Tony Davenport Visual artist and educator Tony Davenport, a Vicksburg native now living in Jackson, is a member of the Jackson Arts Collective. You can see his work at the North Midtown Arts Center. His painting “Lady in Red” is on the cover and available at the Chick Ball silent auction.

Andy Childers When Andy Childers is not teaching his cat to talk, he’s drawing pictures and putting them on the interweb thingy at bubbaworldcomix.com. (Technically the cat taught himself to talk; he just takes credit for it.) He illustrated the cover story.

Jert-Rutha Crawford Photo intern Jert-Rutha Crawford is a student at Antonelli College majoring in digital photography. She is working as a photographer at JCPenney’s Portrait Studios in Flowood. She photographed most of the silent auction guide.

Beth Dickson Beth Dickson is a freelance writer from Florence who enjoys reading about Mississippi politics and traveling to see her favorite musicians. She is in training for the Mississippi Blues Marathon in 2010. She interviewed Marty Stuart.

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. She contributed to the Chicks We Love.

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

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Brooke Kelly is an editorial intern from Jackson State. 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. She contributed to the Chicks We Love.

by Natalie A. Collier, Features Editor

Hole-Filled Souls

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know a woman who lives in the house with her children, her husband and his violent temper. She wears a mask. This woman, whenever I see her, has a joyful disposition, even when she’s wearing long sleeves and ankle-length skirts or pants, even in this heat. I’m certain she has bruises she’s hiding. Her children, I’ve noticed never take too many steps without knowing where she is at all times. I’ve never asked, because I don’t want to cause problems, but I wonder if they’re more concerned for her or themselves. Even if he doesn’t hit them, only naïveté would allow someone to think they aren’t affected. I also know a woman who was in love with the idea of being in love. Not long after ending the relationship with her long-time boyfriend, she started dating someone else (an elusively erroneous character), and within a short time, they were engaged. I always thought their relationship was unhealthy for her. In fact, I was bold enough, twice, to tell her: once a few weeks before their pending nuptials. She said: “I don’t really want to marry him either, but it’s too late now. I already sent out the wedding invitations.” By their six-month anniversary, her husband had raped her, and the two separated. He wanted to explore other options. The past couple weeks, I’ve been especially sensitive to the stories of victims and survivors of abusive relationships, as our office has been abuzz, preparing for the Chick Ball. Stories of people I’ve known, mostly women, have come back to my remembrance. Responses of other people to their stories have also come to my remembrance: “If he did it, she must have deserved it because he’s not that kind of guy.” … “Yeah, but I know he loves her.” … “Some men are just like that, they don’t mean anything by it.” … “Sometimes, you’ve gotta show ‘em who’s boss.” The list of sad, ignorant and downright stupid responses goes on and, unfortunately, on. But one response, in particular, stands out: “I wouldn’t ever let a man lay his hands on me,” I heard a woman say recently with confidence. The squeak in her voice as she rolled her eyes betrayed her words. My response—the one I’ve come to give when issues like this arise (and giving a “you should know better” lecture isn’t feasible)—was simply: “I hope I never get to a point where I need what’s supposed to be love that badly.” No one wants to be abused. And from the time I’ve spent talking with them, abusers don’t want to abuse. For abusers, a lot of their behavior, in whatever form it takes (emotional, verbal, physical, sexual), is about control. And I’ve come to realize that for those who’ve been in abusive relationships, it’s about a lack of a sense of self. So I find myself grateful for the inexplicable and undeserved grace I’ve received.

The mask-wearing woman who lives with her abusive husband and children, could have been me. The woman who rushed into marriage because people around her were whispering, “He’s a good catch, good looking, and you’re getting old,” ignoring her gut instinct could have been me. For years, I ambled through life pretending to be who people thought I was: confident, in-charge and not taking mess from anybody, especially a man. But that’s not who I was. Quite simply, I was a mess. I didn’t merely seek approval in all the wrong places from all the wrong people; I sought it from any source that had affirmation to offer. I don’t know why, but I never found myself in the arms of a man who saw fit to abuse me in any way. I suppose some of that is because the creator protected me because I had abused myself plenty, without need of “help” from a man. Self-narrated, negative dialogue was the background chatter of a typical day for me. Everything that was good, I wasn’t; everything that was bad, I was. I grew up with a family that loved me wholly and unconditionally. They showed me what it meant to be a good person; they didn’t just tell me. But there was a hole in my soul shaped like my father. I didn’t know it was there. I didn’t know to ask for it to be filled. And so, for years, unconsciously, I filled it with words of hatred for myself. I was groomed for abuse, and I’d done it to myself. There are much-needed programs popping up across the country, similar to the Batterer’s Intervention Program at the Center for Violence Prevention. Sandy Middleton, the CVP direc-

tor, said poetically to the Jackson Free Press not long ago about the program: “Everybody has a core of beliefs … what you believe about what’s right and what’s wrong. Feelings and actions come from the core set of beliefs. Anger management ‘mows the grass.’ It teaches you how to deep breathe, how to act differently. Batterer’s intervention gets down into the core beliefs, getting to the root of the belief systems that keep the cycle of violence in place—‘tilling the soil,’ to allow fundamental change.” Fundamental change is, indeed, germane to a recovering abuser’s future success as one who can manage his (or her) emotions. And a deeply rooted sense-ofself is imperative for the woman (or man) who finds affirmation from another that doesn’t cost a loss of dignity or compromising of self and a love that doesn’t hurt. What good does it do to love someone else before loving yourself, when resentment for the other is inevitable because you’ll be pouring more into the relationship with the other than you are with yourself? As we, thankfully, have reached a point in our society where we recognize the importance of helping those who need it, it is just as important that we edify one another. There isn’t anything sappy, too “girly” or weak about empowering others. Frederick Douglass once said it’s easier to build up a boy than repair a broken man. Just as we make it our business to repair broken people, let us uplift one another, doing what we can to fill up the holes in the souls of those around us. We never know what garbage someone (or they themselves) may have put in there instead.


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Thursday, July 15 BP claims to have fixed the oil gusher with a new containment cap and begins testing. … The first partisan debate over Arizona’s tough new immigration laws reaches federal court. Friday, July 16 Despite much criticism, the Obama family travels to Bar Harbor, Maine, for a weekend vacation. … The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health releases the National Survey of Children’s Health showing that 62.1 percent of Mississippi’s children aged 1 to 5 watch more than one hour of television a day. The national average is 54.4 percent. Saturday, July 17 Elizabeth Alexander, press secretary for Vice President Joseph Biden, announces that Biden will pay the $219,000 that his campaign committee owes the U.S. Treasury. … Funeral services are held for Jackson Police Department detective Sharesa Sparkman, 37, who died during a workout July 13. Sunday, July 18 Marrack Goulding, leader of the United Nations peacekeeping operations from 1986 to 1993, dies of cancer at age 73. … Tow-truck operators and drivers consider going on strike against Jackson and the Jackson Police Department after price-increase negotiations stop.

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Tuesday, July 20 The U.S. Senate is set to end the stalemate over extending unemployment benefits for Americans who have been without a job for six months or longer. … The new British prime minister, David Cameron, makes his first White House visit.

PSC Commissioner Mike Chaney says ‘No’ to more rate increases. p 11

Tiff Over Hinds TIF

by Ward Schaefer

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he developer of a south Jackson housing development is asking Hinds County to support infrastructure developments, but at least one supervisor remains skeptical of the request. Clarence Chapman, principal of Oxfordbased Chartre Consulting, appeared before the Board of Supervisors July 15 to discuss his request for tax increment financing, or TIF funds, for infrastructure around the Timber Falls subdivision. The project’s first phase, now complete, consists of 325 single-family homes, which Chapman is leasing with an option to purchase at a reduced price after 15 years. Chapman used low-income housing tax credits to help fund the project, a method that he described as “using what in a lot of areas has been distasteful funding for very tasteful purposes.” The homes have two-car garages and other amenities not commonly associated with affordable housing. All the homes have occupants, and there is a 300-person waiting list, Chapman said. Chapman is asking the county to help fund a straightening and extension of Forest Hill Road and an extension of Raymond Road to the development, along with accompanying sidewalks and water and sewer lines. The work would carry a total price tag of $3 million, Chapman said. He is asking the county for roughly half that total, with the other half coming from the city of Jackson. The Jackson City Council approved

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Wednesday, July 14 Bristol Palin, 19, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Levi Johnson, 20, father of Bristol’s 18-month-old baby, announce their plans to marry. … The Jackson Zoo gives shelter to rehabilitated brown pelicans from the Gulf Coast affected by the oil spill.

Mississippi women living in emergency trailer parks after Hurricane Katrina were three times more likely to become victims of domestic or sexual violence than they were before the storm, the American Medical Association reports.

Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Calhoun interrogated an Oxford-based developer about his request for Tax Increment Financing to benefit infrastructure for Timber Falls, pictured.

funding for the project in December 2009. At Thursday’s work session, Chapman did not provide a specific estimate of the county’s contribution. Chapman hopes to bring a final TIF proposal to the board next month. Supervisor Peggy Calhoun appeared skeptical of Chapman’s request, warning of the TIF’s cost to taxpayers. Under the TIF agreement, the county would pledge a portion of the increased property-tax revenues the development generates for 20 years. Chapman’s firm would use those estimated tax increases to secure bonds to fi-

nance the infrastructure work. For most TIFs, the county typically pledges 50 percent of the increase in its general property-tax revenue, but Chapman hopes the county will contribute a greater percentage. “We’re asking for more since we have already put this tax base on the ground, and it’s going to help create the other bigger parts of the development,” Chapman said. “And they have been up to 80 percent on the King Edward Hotel.” Chapman emphasized that his TIF reTIFF, see page 7

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quest relied on improvements that were already complete, unlike many developers, who ask municipalities to commit TIF funds based on the anticipated value of improvements. Chapman acknowledged that he would likely ask the county for additional TIF help with later phases of Timber Falls, which would ultimately include over 1,000 market-rate houses and commercial development. Calhoun told the JFP after the meeting that she wanted to ensure that the board received clear information from Chapman’s firm.“They gloss over everything with cream and sugar,” Calhoun said. Calhoun said that conversations with homeowners in the area suggest that crime is a bigger problem in the development than Chapman is acknowledging. “They do have their share of problems,” she said. At the work session, Calhoun also argued that Chapman did not pay a fair tax rate on his tax-credit development. A TIF would further reduce the state’s county collections, she suggested. Calhoun’s comments referred to a loophole in state law that requires county tax assessors to use only one method, called the “income approach,” to determine the value of affordable housing developments. This limited approach has left counties with low collections from affordable housing properties, said Steve Gray, director of governmental affairs for the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. “These are multi-million dollar com-

plexes that basically are not paying anything (in taxes),” Gray said. “It’s hitting a lot of the counties’ budgets right now. This year, MAS lobbied for House Bill 301, which would have allowed tax assessors multiple methods of determining property value for affordable housing. As a concession to developers, it also would have made the first 35 percent of the assessed value of affordable housing projects non-taxable. Calhoun’s husband, Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson, voted for the legislation, along with all but three members of the House of Representatives. The measure died in the Senate Finance Committee, however, when Chairman Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, demanded that it meet the approval of developers. Chapman said that Calhoun’s objection to the tax rate for affordable housing was both wrong and irrelevant. “They’re being taxed fairly now,” Chapman said. “There may be a modification of the law, but it’ll have to be fair or it won’t be constitutional. That’s a long, drawn-out rat-killing that hasn’t got anything to do with this. They want to tax tax-credit housing as market-rate rental, which is absurd.” Nevertheless, Calhoun said that she was willing to consider voting for the TIF if the county was assured of receiving some portion of the increased property tax revenues from the development. “They are doing some good things,” Calhoun said. “Nobody’s against affordable housing for anyone.”

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ississippi Public Broadcasting’s de- include gratuitous discussions on issues of cision to pull the nationally syn- an explicit sexual nature. We believe that dicated show “Fresh Air” from its most of these discussions do not contribute radio schedto or meaningfully enule July 8 sparked hance serious-minded widespread derision public discourse on when the news went sexual issues.” viral July 15. MPB’s actions A Fa c e b o o k were apparently in group called “Bring response to the July 7 ‘Fresh Air’ Back to show, in which Gross Mississippi” has atspoke to comedian tracted almost 500 Mississippi Public Broadcasting Louis C.K. Their inmembers. terview included an cancelled Terry Gross’ syndicated “Please treat program Fresh Air July 8 for sexual exchange in which your listeners with content. the comedian joked more respect, and about only having please assume that we are more intelli- sex with his shirt on because he was overgent than the rest of the nation perceives weight. According to Laura Conaway us to be,” read one comment on MPB’s of The Rachel Maddow Show, a caller own Facebook page. then complained. In a July 15 statement, MPB Executive Despite Lewis’ reference to “careful Director Judy Lewis explained the problem: consideration and review,” the cancellation “Fresh Air” did not meet the agency’s goal appears to have been a prompt decision. At of “educational, meaningful and informa- 1:33 p.m. on July 8—less than 24 hours aftive content.” ter the July 7 Louis C.K. interview aired— “After careful consideration and review MPB Radio Director Kevin Farrell sent an we have determined that ‘Fresh Air’ does not e-mail to staff announcing that MPB was meet this goal over time,” Lewis said in the pulling the show immediately “due to constatement. “Too often Fresh Air’s interviews tent issues with the program.”

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t’s not hard to tell that Brent Southern is a coach. Peppering his conversation with phrases like “when the whistle blows” and “read all the angles,” the attorney describes the Hinds County Court position he is seeking as a coaching job—rewarding but with long hours. A native of Monroe, La., Southern attended the University of Mississippi, where he received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1983. He taught and coached football and baseball at schools in Monroe and New Albany, Miss., before heading to Mississippi College for law school. Southern received his law degree in 1988 and currently runs his own practice in Ridgeland, handling both plaintiff’s and defense cases. Southern lives in northeast Jackson and is divorced. He has two daughters, the youngest of whom plays on the Jackson Academy softball team, which he coaches. From 1998 until 2002, he served as president of the board for the Northside YMCA. What about the Hinds County Court appeals to you? If I’m able to have an influence in the youth court, I would love that. That is a starting point for correcting the crime problem down the road. If we can do something in the youth court, county court area, maybe we don’t have as many circuit-court criminal

matters as we do now, because we either scared them straight, gave them a second chance or turned them to a different path when they were 12 or 13. … The county court has the ability to hear any criminal matter that does not involve the death penalty. The county court could go to the circuit court and say: “You’ve got a backlog; I’ve got a case that was settled for a week. Let me take your case.” One of the things that can also be a help is, as a county court judge, I can go to the circuit-court judges and say, “Let me conduct the pre-trial conferences for you.” In the federal system you have a magistrate judge who handles the pretrial conferences, all of the discovery issues, so the circuit judge can be trying cases. I can do that. I know from experience that there is a lot of really wasted time in the judicial system, and it’s through nobody’s fault. You were saying that you’d hope youth court would be an opportunity to prevent future crime. The skeptic would say, “What can a judge do?” The biggest problem that I hear from people—and anybody who lives in Hinds County knows (this)—(is) you might see somebody that steals a TV or vandalizes a car get arrested. And then the next week, (you) see the same guy standing on the street, and (then) you find out he vandalized a car two weeks later. It’s because it’s so hard to get these cases prioritized and heard and resolved. … In the Youth Court area, they’ve also carved out a drug-court exception, so that they could deal with drug crimes, because they became such a problem. Let’s carve out a propertycrimes section. … Then we’ll classify it into this court, and we’ll fast track it. For instance, if two or three guys decided they’re going to break in and steal TVs or electronics from a business, and they got caught … we’re going to put you in the green T-shirt, and we’re going to go out there and repaint that guy’s storefront. Everybody’s going to see them out there in that green T-shirt, and the people that are around them are go-

ing, “Hey, that was just last week, and here they are doing something.” … Now if it happens six, 10 months later, they don’t respect that. But if they see something that happened on the third day of the month and by the 13th day of the month the person that just was picked up is out there sweating, then I think it’s going to carry a lot more weight. … That’s what a judge can do. What’s your reason for running now? Judge (William) Barnett (is) retiring. … If I thought there was somebody there that was doing a poor job, I’d probably step up and run against them, but I don’t think that about Judge Barnett. He’s not seeking re-election. And now’s the time I feel like I’ve got something to offer to the people of Hinds County, just like I could do it for the Northside YMCA when I was president of their board and handling all their after-school programs and sports. Tell me more about that. To me it was the epitome of what the YMCA stands for. We had the very well-todo, wealthy kids playing with the single-parent, barely-making-ends-meet guys. Coming from my background, that was very appealing to me. … I got on the board and then became president. You’re supposed to serve for three years, and I stayed until my sixth year and then handed the baton off to my friend. Is there anything else you would like to add? I’m eager to get started. I’m not going to take the job, if elected, and then get in there and figure out what to do next. I’m ready to go now. … Some people have asked me, “Why county court and not circuit court? Do you have aspirations of going (on to circuit court)?” No, not really. When I took the softball job, it wasn’t with the aspiration of being the baseball coach or the head football coach. … It’s amazing the influence and the impact that you can have on kids. County court is going to give me that chance.

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Cedric Willis is suing the city for malicious prosecution. He is pictured here with his mother, Elayne.

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ackson resident Cedric Willis said he will still get his day in court regarding his malicious prosecution suit against the city of Jackson, though the judge has moved the court date to September. “They cost me 12 years. I can’t even explain it,” said Willis, who filed the suit in 2007. “There’s so much that could’ve been done. Me and my son could have had a better relationship. He’s 15 now. I missed his first steps, his first words. I miss my grandmother—she passed away while I was in prison. There’s a lot of emotion there. I can’t explain this loss.” Willis’ malicious-prosecution suit against the city of Jackson will continue Sept. 27 after Hinds County Judge Winston Kidd denied two motions last week. Willis claims city officers continued to press an “improper investigation” against him knowing that evidence would clear him. After he spent 12 years behind bars for crimes he did not commit, Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green exonerated Willis of all charges in 2006. The suit includes the Jackson Police Department, former police officers Ned Garner, Jim Jones and Joe Wade, and current Deputy Chief Gerald Jones. Willis alleges that then-Sgt. Gerald Jones “fabricated information” by saying that a confidential informant had labeled Willis the perpetrator in the 1994 shooting death of Carl White Jr. and the armed robbery of his wife, Gloria, and daughter, Jamilla, as well as the 1994 armed robbery and aggravated assault of a woman and her husband near Queen Eleanor Lane. Police arrested Willis, then 19, in 1994 for the suspected crimes. But Willis’ attorney Rob McDuff says that police—including Gerald Jones—ignored witness’ statements that three suspects committed the crimes against Davis, not one, and that police could not tie the car described in the descriptions to Willis, who did not own a car. Victims Gloria and Jamilla White also described a perpetrator weighing about 160 to 165 pounds. Willis weighed 230 pounds.

Willis’ suit accuses Gerald Jones of lying about a confidential source connecting the rape crime with the White incident, and argues that calls from the district attorney’s office to the confidential source netted a denial from the source about ever having spoken with Jones or anyone at the Jackson Police Department about either Willis or the murder of Carl White. County prosecutors apparently did their part in muddying facts. Then-Hinds County prosecutor Bobby DeLaughter, convinced then-Hinds County Circuit Court judge Breland Hilburn to toss DNA evidence and witness testimony that could have exonerated Willis. DeLaughter later won multiple elections as Hinds County Circuit Court Judge, but is currently in federal prison after admitting to misleading federal prosecutors in a 2009 judicial corruption case Jackson Police Department forensic ballistic testing concluded that the perpetrator used the same .45-caliber automatic in both the White and rape crimes, but DNA evidence collected from the rape scene proved that Willis did not commit the rape. Prosecutors dropped the rape and armed-robbery charges related to the rape case, but Hilburn agreed to keep jurors from ever hearing about those charges being dropped. Jurors instead convicted Willis based on the police line-up identification, and Willis went to prison until New Orleansbased Innocence Project attorneys got Willis’ conviction overturned in 2006 with the same DNA evidence DeLaughter convinced Hilburn to ignore. The city of Jackson argues in its July 9, 2010, motion for summary judgment that Willis does not successfully reveal that any specific city ordinance, regulation, custom or policy led to his arrest. Instead, the city claims Willis “relies on the individual actions” of police involved with the case since “there is no consistent policy or practice of the city to prepare suggestive (police) line-ups.” The city also argues that even if the police officers involved in conducting the Willis case “may not have performed a perfect police investigation,” the officers still qualify for immunity because Willis failed to provide evidence, other than allegations contained in the complaint, that police knowingly violated the law. Last week, Judge Kidd rejected Willis’ motion for a summary judgment against the city due to the fact that the city had not responded to the plaintiff’s information requests in a timely manner. In his decision, Kidd argued that “there are genuine issues of material facts … and the motion is not well taken and should be denied.” Kidd also rejected the city’s July motion for summary judgment, concluding that the motion, which the city submitted 25 days after the court’s deadline, is untimely. The judge also determined that the arguments in the city’s motion are “without merit.”

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he plane’s engine roars as it idles on the runway last Wednesday, July 14. The four propellers on the Army National Guard’s C-130 blasted waves of suffocatingly humid Mississippi July air at former Gov. William Winter and me as we board the plane. This trip is for the House of Representatives’ oil-spill committee, formed by Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Reinzi, shortly after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Rep. John Mayo, D-Clarksdale, chairman of the Conservation and Water Resources committee organized this flight for north Mississippi lawmakers so they can better answer constituents’ questions about the oil slick. The committee will report their findings to the speaker after taking in what they see on the flight. As the plane takes off, the city of Gulfport transforms into a diorama below us, where miniature houses sit in neat rows in neighborhoods behind the beaches and SUVs and pickup trucks bustling down Highway 90 look like Matchbox toys. The plane levels out, and I press my face to the window, looking for the oily monster

that’s taken over the Gulf of Mexico and the majority of news coverage for the last three months. The staff sergeant who escorted us aboard points out the window at Petit Bois Island, the first of the Great Barrier Islands the oil spill affected. He tells us how to know the difference between algae, shallow water and oil sheen when we fly over the Gulf. Oil sheen is multicolored when the sunlight hits it at the correct angle, while algae and shallow parts of the Gulf look like darker spots in the water. Soon we fly over what remains of the Chandeleur Islands; the remnants that survived Katrina are slowly eroding away, as oil sheen and tar balls continue to wash ashore. It’s a beautiful, clear day, and visibility is quite high considering the rain that had been lingering around Mississippi’s three coastal counties. One of the pilots gestures toward a small, lonely-looking structure in the distance. He tells me it’s one of several deepwater drilling rigs, all of which have had their operations put on hold for at least six months. Some of them are sitting in the midst of oil sheen from the Deepwater Horizon blowout. The clear blue sky has become gray and overcast. The pilot tells me we’re here, at the source. Sickly orange hues sporadically dot the oil sheen, the mark of oil affected by chemical dispersants. I can’t press the shutter button on my camera quickly enough. The plane circles the boats and relief wells scrambling around the oil, flames shooting out from the bow of several vessels, attempting to burn off crude and natural gas that has come to the surface. The Deepwater Horizon rig is, of course, in pieces a mile below, along with miles-long plumes of oil that lurk just underneath the booms and skimmers attempting to stop the surface oil. The legislators all crowd around the windows, shouting over the engine’s roar in shock and dismay as they observe the oil. The sea of oil completely dwarfs the size of a barge spreading a green line of Corexit in the midst of miles of sheen. The sheer magnitude of this oil spill is almost impossible to comprehend, as is the manpower-heavy response. More than threedozen large vessels are hard at work at the site,

conducting controlled burnoffs by sequestering patches of oil with booms, then burning it off with flamethrowers. Other boats serve as transponder vessels to send back monitoring of the spill’s progress to the unified command center in Mobile, Ala. But in spite of so much response and resources and money poured into stopping this from getting any worse, generous estimates place the cleanup and recovery efforts at five to 10 years, minimum. Up until the well was capped last week, the oil gushed from a 21-inch diameter pipe that’s been belching at least 60,000 barrels of crude each day; some experts say it could be as much as 100,000 barrels. With 42 gallons in each barrel, 60,000 barrels of oil is 2,520,000 gallons of oil daily. A 2010 Ford F-150 has a fuel capacity of 26 gallons, and gets roughly 21 miles per gallon on highways. Since the Earth is 24,859 miles in circumference, that means a new F-150 that, in a hypothetical case, ran on crude oil instead of refined gasoline, would need 546 gallons to drive around the Earth. This means enough oil is gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico to drive an F-150 around the planet up to 4,615 times every day. BP capped the Macondo well after 88 days—hopefully ending the flow of oil—but it already did catastrophic damage. Assuming a maximum of 4,200,000 gallons of oil have been gushing nonstop from the wellhead blowout for 88 days, that means up to 370,000,000 gallons of oil have already flooded into the Gulf ecosystem. That’s the equivalent of 33.6 Exxon Valdez-sized spills. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed 83,927 square miles of federal waters because of the disaster, which is a little more than 35 percent of the Gulf’s economic zone, and 35,497 square miles larger than the state of Mississippi. President Barack Obama tapped U.S. Navy Secretary and former Mississippi governor Ray Mabus to craft a long-term Gulf Coast restoration plan. Mabus, who was in Jackson last week, said $10 million from BP is being used to draft the recovery strategy with the help of researchers and scientists at several of Mississippi’s universities.


insurancetalk

by Adam Lynch

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said a recent Mississippi Insurance Department analysis debunked the need for a 44-percent rate increase on homeowner insurance requested by Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance.

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ississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said he will refuse to grant a 44.4 percent rate- hike requested by Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance on Mississippi homeowner insurance customers. Chaney said that the Mississippi Insurance Department’s actuarial analysis found the 44.4 percent rate increase to be unsubstantiated. “They’re asking for 44.4 percent, and I’m not going to give it to them,” Chaney said Friday. “I’ve already done an actuarial analysis on Allstate’s 44.4 percent increase, and I don’t find it feasible.” The insurance company has requested an

increase two times since last fall. The company decided in January to pull its October request for a 65 percent rate increase on about 50,000 Mississippi homeowners, soon after Chaney vehemently denied their request. At the time, the company argued that it needed the rate increase to counter a sharp rise in claims stemming from fires, burglaries, water damage and other liabilities. Chaney told the Associated Press in January that an actuarial analysis failed to validate the 65-percent rate increase. Allstate company spokeswoman Allison Hatcher said at the time of the January decision to holster the hike request that the company had not completely surrendered its desire for a rate increase, and would continue to work with Chaney in hammering out a deal. The 44 percent increase requested this month appears to be a small surrender, but Chaney said it is still too high for state residents to tolerate, especially in the wake of a slumping economy. “A rate increase of this magnitude is a terrible idea right now,” Chaney said. “Mississippians can barely afford their bills as it is, and I’m not going to agree to this.” Hatcher told the Jackson Free Press that the company was facing increased costs. “We’re continuing to see an increase in the number of claims and the costs associated with paying claims throughout the state,” Hatcher

said. “There continues to be an increase in the number of non-model catastrophes—home fires, home burglaries, water damage and liability claims—in Mississippi.” Chaney warned that State Farm customers are already facing the possibility of another statewide rate increase on homeowner insurance policies of 4.9 percent. This increase would be on top of a 19.5 percent State Farm increase the commissioner’s office already agreed to last year for the coastal counties of Harrison, Hancock and Jackson. The company had originally requested a rate increase of 45 percent or those counties. “They filed for much greater than (19 percent) in Alabama and Louisiana, but we’ve been able to work with (the companies),” Chaney said. State Farm spokesman David Majors declined to comment. Regarding the company’s recent 4.9-percent rate increase, Chaney said State Farm’s non-catastrophic losses “are not that great,” and that he believed the company was “living within their justified means.” The commissioner said his department is putting the 4.9-percent rate increase request under actuarial review. He told reporters that he would not likely grant increases before the hurricane season ends in November.

Sen. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said any rate increase is badly timed, considering the economy and the financial devastation arising from the April 22 oil spill. “I’ve lost track of insurance issues because we’re fighting every day down here with this oil spill,” Baria said. “You’d think if companies like State Farm and Allstate were really good neighbors, they would pull their request for rate increases, especially now while Gulf Coast residents fight to stay in business. I’m surprised they’re still pushing for it, considering the timing.” Baria said coastal residents are already dealing with expensive insurance due to Hurricane Katrina devastation. State Farm refused to write any new homeowner policies in three state coastal counties after Katrina, cutting down competition in a market that Baria said already offers little rivalry. Many homeowners would not be able to afford insurance at all without credits offered through the state’s wind-pool coverage, Baria added. He said legislators had worked for years to push the private insurance industry to offer credits to eligible policyholders who invest in damage-resistant homes sporting new postKatrina building codes. But he complained that legislators in the Senate routinely killed the proposals in committee.

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harles Glover, manager of the Jackson Zoo’s Elephant House Café, says the perks of his job include serving good food to customers, both young and young-at-heart, and meeting new people every day. “I definitely enjoy talking to and entertaining children,” says Glover, “because the Jackson Zoo is a place where you can find families sharing joy, which is a gift in itself. It’s also a great place to have a child’s birthday party!” At the Elephant House Café, customers will find Charles Glover tons (no pun intended!) of choices as well as colorful signage that make the restaurant both inviting and fun. Glover, who has 44 years of experience in the grocery store business and is a baker, too, has been affiliated with the Elephant House Café and Jackson Zoo since 2003. He’s the one who came up with the idea to add colorful signage and also installed new kitchen equipment in the Elephant House Café to provide faster food service to customers. “People want to have a lot of options when it comes to ordering from a menu,” says Glover. And Glover is not kidding when it comes to giving customers options: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken basket with fries, cheese fries, hot dogs, chili dogs, Philly Cheese steak sandwich and nachos. When customers order French fries or cheese fries, they will receive what Glover calls a “generous” serving. “I want to see French fries falling out of the ‘boat’ in which they are served,” said Glover. “That’s the perfect example of value being so important to us and the service we provide. Also, for a dollar more, anyone can order an extra heaping of cheese on their nachos or fries, for example.” Kids’ meals are full of value and give families a chance to enjoy dining at the Jackson Zoo without breaking the bank. Order a complete meal for your child for four dollars: choose from a hotdog, corndog, or hamburger, and you’ll also get fries and a drink. There’s always a sense of “theater” taking place at the Elephant House Café: both vibrant customer service, and delightful food concoctions keep things lively. Fried Oreos and fried brownie bites, which are dipped in funnel cake batter and then topped with powdered sugar, are favorites; but, different and delightful come in the form of the funnel cake fries. Funnel cake fries are exactly what they sound like: funnel cake goodness in the form of fries lightly powered with powdered sugar. In the summer, various ice cream flavors and sno-cones (18 flavors available) cool things off. Icees in every flavor known to man – banana, Coke, strawberry and blue raspberry – promise the palate a sweet, cool treat when Mississippi summer temperatures heat things up at the Jackson Zoo. Visit the Elephant House Café, right across from the Sumatran Tiger Exhibit and carousel at the Jackson Zoo. They’re open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They accept cash, checks and credit cards. For more information about Elephant House Café, call 601-352-2592.

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Don’t Soft-Pedal Domestic Abuse

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nder Mississippi state law, it is too easy to get away with abusing animals and spouses. And too often, the same people do both. Our cover story last issue was about animal abuse and how the Legislature failed to make it a felony to commit violence against our four-legged friends. But a domestic-violence expert pointed out to us last week that it is hard to expect the Legislature to strengthen laws against animal abuse when you can’t get lawmakers to do enough to protect abused families, and make it easier to leave the father or mother who abuses them. She has a point. The Jackson Free Press is on an indefinite campaign to educate our readers about the weak protections that state law provides against many types of domestic abuse—laws that are incrementally getting better, thanks to the tireless work of legislators like Rep. Brandon Jones of Pascagoula and Sen. David Blount of Jackson. But there is much more to do. Specifically, it is time to tackle that third rail of laws that inhibit a family’s ability to get to safety: the divorce laws. You mention divorce laws to many in this state, even progressives, and they get a scared look on their faces. It seems that, just like with animal abuse, too many lawmakers still believe that men should have the right to do anything they want with their “property”—and that, tragically, includes their wives and children, in addition to animals. It is time to stop tiptoeing around this issue and believing that lawmakers cannot see the light and take the action needed to make families safer. But we won’t get there by being afraid of talking about the need for divorce-law reform in Mississippi because we fear backlash from religious zealots and political demagogues who use the lives of Mississippi’s families as a political wedge issue. The state’s media and even organizations that purport to uplift women have also been guilty of pulling punches that need to land on people who are stopping progress on family violence. The JFP’s Ronni Mott and intern Sophie McNeil exposed in 2008 that Gov. Haley Barbour had pardoned a series of violent killers of wives and girlfriends; to this day, other state media have not called out the governor for this atrocious pattern. Just as “gradualism” was not the answer during the Civil Rights Movement, this fear of offending the powerful will not keep families safer, or send the message that Mississippi is serious about ending domestic abuse. A united, blatantly honest, straightforward effort to change the laws and backward attitudes, will—even if it offends a few people along the way. Please lend your voice to this campaign.

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Renegade Runaway

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r. Announcement: “Controversial independent filmmaker Kunta ‘Rahsheed X’ Toby presents a scene from his new epic movie ‘Kunta King James: Runaway Franchise Athlete.’ Look for guest cameo appearances from Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mel Gibson, tea-party protesters and the NAACP.” (Kunta King James enters Franchise Coach’s office and sits at his desk.) Franchise Coach: “Are you happy now? Are you happy with the fact that you’ve disrespected me and your former hometown fans? You kicked us to the curb like an old rusty can! Why did you do it?” Kunta King James: “I’ll answer your question with these words: free agency. An old Negro League baseball player told me a story called ‘Legend of Curt Flood: The First Renegade Runaway Franchise Athlete.’ “There once was a baseball athlete named Curt Flood. He believed that Major League Baseball’s reserve clause was unfair because it made a player obligated to a team for life, even when he or she had satisfied the terms and conditions of a contract. One day a mid-level manager informed Curt Flood that he would be traded to another team. Curt Flood was angry that his coach did not inform him; therefore, he refused to report to his new team and demanded the baseball commissioner to declare him a free agent. “‘I do not feel I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes.’ Flood said.” Franchise Coach: “Who are you?” Kunta King James: “I’m Kunta King James: Runaway Franchise Athlete, coach!”

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Condemn the Cowardice

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en get a bad rap. Oftentimes we deserve it. But generally—luckily—the many good ones among us overshadow the bad apples. As we look forward to the annual JFP Chick Ball this weekend, we should again take a hard look at the heinous crime that is domestic abuse. Violence against women is no laughing matter. Whether physical or verbal, abuse of any kind is inherently wrong. Wrong, and unfortunately, easily overlooked in this a male-dominated society. America doesn’t tolerate a lot of push-button issues: racism, homophobia and terrorism, to name a few. But we sometimes turn a blind eye to the domestic terror that some women experience in their own homes. I watched in awe as Whoopi Goldberg ranted on a recent episode of “The View” about how her friend Mel Gibson wasn’t a racist, centering solely on the derogatory comments he made about blacks in his drunken tirade. I found it strange that she, as a woman, glanced over the fact that he was clearly abusive to his wife. Is one transgression greater than the other? I don’t claim to be a male “feminist.” I’m not trying to win favor. But, as a man, I do want to take a stand and openly condemn the cowardice that is domestic abuse. I do want to declare that there are many among us who have never laid hands on a woman, never said a hurtful word against a woman. I’ve known women,

close friends, family members and even my beautiful wife who are recovering victims of abuse. During our courtship, Queen rarely spoke of her experiences. But the mental scars were tangible. The apprehension, the reluctance to trust, the anger was still there. Having never experienced it, and never having been with someone who had, made it difficult at times. But as we grew, so did her ease with talking about it. Then writing about it. I’ve watched her grow, exorcising those demons and becoming an advocate for the abused. She’s sharing her story with others in hopes that they too can rise above the pain that some ignorant man has caused them. I’ve learned to better understand the signs. I’ve learned to better deal with the long-term effects. I’ve learned compassion, understanding and an intolerance for such crude behavior. It is not the status quo, but too often these days I find men, and women, who make excuses for domestic abuse. So with this column, I honor you, Funmi Franklin. I am in awe of you. You’ve endured much and come out of it a much stronger person. And you deserve the accolades for your journey. I am better for knowing your story, and there are millions of women who will be better for hearing it, too. Support women. Support the Chick Ball. It’s for guys, too. (Smile). And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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all—call the police!” I stammered through the phone tenuously gripped in my trembling hand. I was kneeling in my mother’s living room in the midst of broken glass and a carpet stained with drops of blood—his blood. He had punched out the glass in the patio door and the panes in the living-room windows. I had run out of the house before he could direct his rage at me. I knew the direction this nightmare was going. I had sprinted across the street, pounding on a neighbor’s door, crying out for help. I had forgotten she was picking her kids up from school. Another neighbor simply ignored me and continued watering her plants as if a woman pounding a door in distress was a usual occurrence. When he finally emerged from the house, I was still standing in my neighbor’s front yard, my heart pounding, poised to run and scream. If he was going to hurt me, he’d have to catch me first. We stared at one another for an eternity. Then he got into his truck and took off. I walked back into the house on legs that felt like water, shaking and terrified. I made the call to Mom at work and ended up on the phone with the sweet receptionist. In five minutes maybe, two Brandon police officers were taking my statement. I kept apologizing for the trouble I was causing them. One of them cut me off. “Ma’am, you quit apologizing. You didn’t cause this. He’s gone domestic,” he said. He didn’t have to clarify anything for me. I knew what he meant. Both were astoundingly kind. I had left my first husband three weeks before he ransacked my mother’s house in a fit of rage. I had been staying with her and my stepfather. I had sneaked out in the middle of the night with my dog and a few garbage bags loaded only with what was essential. He was passed out. I was afraid to pack a suitcase. It might wake him, and I wasn’t sure what he would do if he woke up to the sight of me leaving at 5 o’clock in the morning. He had never hit me, but he had hit

walls, and he had lunged at me too many times when I had accidentally wakened him. And, of course, there was the yelling. He had become too volatile. I no longer felt safe. The police promptly arrested him, but his parents followed the squad car to the police station. He filled out his paperwork, and out the door he went. I haven’t revisited that memory in a long time. It took some time to get through the aftermath of the ex. I didn’t sleep well for six months. I couldn’t bring myself to date anyone for about a year and a half. I didn’t trust myself not to get into another messy relationship. I tensed every time I saw a pair of headlights move past the window, and I kept my curtains pulled shut. I remarried, this time to a good and gentle man who would never lay a hand on a woman. I still startle easily. If I don’t hear you coming and you say “hello,” I’ve been known to scream and jump back—even now, after all this time. I didn’t get physically hurt, but what I experienced took a psychological toll. I was one of the lucky ones. I got out before he directed his rage at me. I keep thinking about the women who weren’t so lucky. I also think about the woman who just kept watering her plants while I was calling out for help. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. NCADV goes on to say that partners kill nearly one-third of female homicide victims reported in police records. Abuse of women is all about control. Abusive partners often withhold money, threaten violence or suicide, belittle their partners in front of friends and family, and isolate partners from their families. This week marks the eve of the sixth annual JFP Chick Ball. The money raised will go to the Center for Violence Prevention to establish a legal fund for women fleeing abuse. I dodged a bullet. So many other women didn’t. I attend in honor of their memory. I hope I see you there.

“Ma’am, you quit apologizing. You didn’t cause this. He’s gone domestic.”

COrrECTiONs • In the July 14 cover story “Give Me Shelter” (Volume 8, Issue 44) reporter Ward Schaefer made the following errors: Nancy Goldman is vice president of MS-FACT, not secretary; Goldman did not blame House Speaker Billy McCoy and the Mississippi Farm Bureau for the failure of last year’s felony animal cruelty bill; she suggested that pressure from the Farm Bureau may have led to the bill’s failure; Travis Bradford was sentenced to six months in prison, the current maximum penalty for animal cruelty, not one year; Luke Woodham tortured and killed his family’s dog, not a cat. • In the July 14 edition of Eight Days a Week, events editor Latasha Willis listed the wrong venue for “Cabaret” July 22. The correct location is Actor’s Playhouse. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the errors.

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Saturday, July 24

Hal & Mal’s Red Room @ 6pm Performances by:

Time To Move Band, Hot Tamales, Akami Graham, Lizzie Wright Super Space Ship, Wild Emotions, The Secret Miracles, spoken word by Poet of Truth and Lady Mary, demonstration by Salsa Mississippi More to come! Check our website for updates.

Call 601.362.6121, ext. 16, or e-mail chickball@jacksonfreepress.com. Make checks payable to Center for Violence Prevention or use your credit card at www.mscvp.org.

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6th Annual JFP Chick Ball

July 24, 2010

http://www.jfpchickball.com 6 p.m.- 1 a.m. @ Hal & Mal’s

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t’s Chick Ball week in the city! Every summer, the Jackson Free Press presents the JFP Chick Ball at Hal & Mal’s in downtown Jackson for two reasons: to fight domestic abuse in the area and to spotlight strong women and their artistry. Join us Saturday, July 24, at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.) to help raise money to help the Center for Violence Prevention establish a legal fund to get abused families to safety, and keep them there. This year’s JFP Chick Ball will honor the ShowsPowell law firm for helping domesticabuse victims and raising awareness about the state’s inadequate divorce laws that force many victims to stay with their abusers. The award presentation is at 8:15 p.m. in the Red Room. You can dress any way you want for the Chick Ball—but you’ll see lots of bling!—and men are welcome, too, of course. (Domestic abuse hurts us all.) In the following section, you’ll find a shopping guide for the items donated for the silent auction by press time (yes, we’ll take more donations right up until the event starts!). We’ll also have a photo booth, games, door prizes, a Chicktini, Diva of Bling and Best Arm Candy contests, lots of great music and poetry, salsa demonstrations and food donated by local restaurants—and the cover is only $5. You must be age 18 or up. This year, we will also feature the Chick-a-BOOM reception in the brew pub at 7 p.m.; tickets are $50 to honor the fabulous women in the following pages. If you’d like to volunteer or donate gifts, art or money, please call 601-362-6121 ext. 16, or write chickball@jacksonfreepress.com. Every dollar and gift makes a difference, as does your time.You can also drop donations at Hal & Mal’s from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, July 23. And if you just can’t get to the Chick Ball, please help anyway. Donate in any amount via PayPal at www.mscvp.org before or after the Chick Ball.

Limited Edition 1 for $20 2 for $30

Chicks Rock: The Sked

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n the first 30 songs on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the only female vocalist was Aretha Franklin for “Respect.” How apropos. It’s not uncommon in the music world (or anywhere else, for that matter) for women not to get the respect they’re due. But the all-chick line-up of the JFP’s 6th Annual Chick Ball will receive nothing but respect as they take the stage. The chicks will have it all at the ball: the uniqueness of Lizzie Wright Super Space Ship, Lady Mary’s conscious poetry, The Secret Miracle’s forthright talent, the profound words of The Poet of Truth, the Hot Tamales’ folksy sound and eclectic done right with The Wild Emotions. And before you know it, the silent auction will have closed, and you’ll be grooving to end the night with The Time to Move Band. (Yes, there are guys in the band, but the lead singer keeps them under control.) The music starts about 6 p.m., but you’ll want to get there early for a seat close to the stage. Rolling Stone may think itself an authority in all things music, but we know the truth: Chicks Rock.

6:00-6:15

Welcome

6:15-6:40

Lizzie Wright Super Space Ship

6:45-6:55

Spoken Word: Lady Mary

6:55-7:20

The Secret Miracles

7:25-7:35

Spoken Word: Poet of Truth

7:35-8:05

Akami Graham

8:15-8:35

Hero Awards presented by Donna Ladd and Sandy Middleton

8:35-9:00

Hot Tamales

9:10-9:30

Salsa Mississippi

9:30-9:50

Wild Emotions

10:00

Silent Auction Ends

10:00-11:00 Time to Move Band (Note: The Chick-a-Boom reception is in Hal & Mal’s brew pub at 7 p.m. Tickets: $50 in advance.)

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very year, the Jackson Free Press chooses a delightful slate of Chicks We Love to spotlight, and each year we host the JFP Chick Ball to raise money to fight domestic abuse in our community. This year, we decided to put them together in a new and fun way to help seed the new legal fund at the Center for Violence Prevention. We chose 15 fabulous and strong women to name as “honorary chicks” for the July 24 Chick Ball; 11 of those women are featured in this issue as the Chicks We Love. (The other four — Julie Skipper, Nicole and Susan Marquez and Beth Poff—were recently featured in the JFP and are already lifetime “Chicks We Love.”) We will honor all 15 of these women at a special Chicka-Boom reception in Hal & Mal’s brew pub at 7 p.m. Saturday during the Chick Ball. Tickets to the reception are $50, and include food and cocktails. Call 601-9324198 or see jfpchickball.com for ticket info.

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manda Barbour has been a Jacksonian for only six years, but during that time, she has made her mark on the city by using her legal expertise to help those in need. The petite blonde attorney is quick to describe herself as opinionated and outspoken. Moving to Mississippi was not something Barbour planned. A native of Houston, Texas, Barbour, 38, attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She met her husband, Robert Barbour, a native of Yazoo City, while in the city. After living in Houston and Birmingham, the Barbours moved to Jackson to settle down, and she began working

at Butler Snow Commercial Litigation Group. Barbour is a former member of the Junior League of Jackson, where she played an important role in securing funding for the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Now she contributes to the community by making sure people from every walk of life can obtain legal counsel; she does pro-bono work at the Hinds County district attorney’s office. She also volunteers with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Legal Line, giving free legal advice over the phone. “Obviously, what happens in the criminaljustice system is important, whether you are the

victim or the defendant. And both sides deserve the best legal advice and legal representation, and sometimes people need help,” she says. Barbour says she has a busy schedule but values Jackson’s slow pace because it allows her to spend more time with her sons, Harlan, 6, and Fritz, 4. She adds that she wants other chicks to know that balancing a family and career is doable, especially in a city with a small-town feel like Jackson. “Just know going in that if you want to have a career and a family, it’s possible,” Barbour advises working women. —Kate Brantley

Buck, 38, grew up in Jackson, and says no matter how far she went, she knew she wanted to back and use her skills to improve the city. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Mississippi State in 1994, a master’s degree in organizational communications from Auburn University in 1994, and a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 2001. She has worked as a policy analyst for the city of Jackson and clerked for the state Supreme Court. Buck has served as a state representative since 2008, and is an associate attorney at the Knight Mozingo & Quarles law firm in Ridgeland. “I remember when I was graduating from

high school, and so many times you’d hear people say ‘don’t forget about Jackson,’” she recalls. “When I did come back, and thought I had laid some ground work, I was ready to serve my community—that was my platform. I am a native daughter of the (city with) soul. I am here to serve. I feel as though this is the community that created me, so who better to represent them?” Buck also is a member of Leadership Jackson, the Magnolia Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar Association. She is married to District 5 Rep. Kelvin Buck and has two daughters and three stepchildren. —Lacey McLaughlin

sition was better than I expected,” Graves says. “… I’ve met a lot of wonderful people who have welcomed me.” During college, Graves started doing childadvocacy work with students who had disabilities or discipline issues, ensuring that they were receiving adequate care in schools. At her law school graduation, she won the Herbert L. Kramer/Hebert Bangel Community Service Award for completing more than 300 hours of pro-bono work. When she came to Jackson in 2006, Graves completed a one-year fellowship at the Mississippi Center for Justice where she worked on juvenile justice and children’s mental-health issues. Dur-

ing her fellowship, she realized her legal expertise with children was needed. “I didn’t know much about Mississippi before I came here, aside from hearing about its negative racial history,” Graves says. “… When I started to look into (juvenile justice) issues, that opened up the door to look up more about Mississippi in general, and I thought, ‘That’s where I need to be.’” Graves is now a lawyer with the Corlew, Munford & Smith law firm. She volunteers with the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, and she serves on the executive board of the Jackson Young Lawyers. —Lacey McLaughlin 17

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t isn’t often that Kimberly Campbell Buck gets to take a vacation, but when she does, she prefers to use that time helping others. Buck, who is an attorney and state representative for District 72, took time off this month to help organize and run the Junior League of Jackson’s arts camp for inner-city youth. “All children, not just the fortunate ones, are the future, and my thing is that we will have a better society if every child is healthy, afforded a great educational opportunity, job training, and if every child has the opportunity to learn a trade or go to college,” said Buck, an active Junior League member.

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ississippi wasn’t always on Tiffany M. Graves’ radar, but as an attorney working to improve the lives of children and families, she has found an outlet in the south for her passion. Graves, 35, who says she was an outspoken teenager, decided she wanted to be a lawyer while attending high school in Winchester, Va. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Hollins College in 1997 and a law degree from the University of Virginia in 2006, where she met her husband, Jackson native James Graves III. “I never thought I’d live in Mississippi. I knew I would stay in the South, ... but the tran-

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n the early ’90s, while she was a reporter for the News-Commercial in Collins, Miss., Pam Johnson wrote about how hospitals and police mistreated rape victims. That experience inspired Johnson to help form a forensic nursing program across the state, now known as the Sexual Assault Response Team. Johnson grew up in Mount Olive, Texas, but has lived in Brandon for the past 24 years with her husband, Bill. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi earning a bachelor’s degree

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ary Ann Kirby knows her strengths. As a member of Comcast Spotlight’s advertising team, Kirby has found ways to use her marketing skills to garner exposure for her clients and for charitable organizations around the Jackson community. “I am a promoter. I can figure out a way to elevate and escalate exposure,” she says. Kirby, 43, grew up in Yazoo City and Jackson. She attended the University of Mississippi and earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion mer-

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ississippi is like the best gumbo you’ve ever eaten,” says local painter Lisa Paris. “You never know what you’ll get in each spoonful.” Although Paris was born in Nancy, France, she calls the south home. Her father, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant, and her mother, both Mississippi natives, moved from France to Greenwood, Miss., in March 1960, shortly after their daughter was born. Paris discovered her interest and talent for

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nly one year after graduating from the University of Mississippi in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in art, Courtney Peters opened her own business, Mosaic Interiors. Peters, 27, always showed an interest in art. At age 7, the Jackson native took pottery lessons at Pickenpaugh Pottery in Madison. Today, in addition to her interior-design work, Peters has a pottery line, Courtney Rae Designs, sold in stores.

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hroughout her life, Carol Burger has held many impressive titles. But there’s one that is a little less obvious: troublemaker. As a student at Tougaloo College in the 1960s, Burger, a native of Carson, Miss., was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, working primarily on voter registration in Canton. “It wasn’t an easy time in Mississippi,” she recalls. “There was so much fear among people of color. We were young students, and a lot of people saw us as radicals—simply because we were from Tougaloo, and we had the audacity to

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in English and secondary education. She has two children, Kasey and Abe, and two grandchildren, Kalyn and Perrin. When asked about her hobbies, Johnson laughs. “My work is my hobby,” she says. She recently became the executive director of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women, which she helped lobby the state to create in 2001. Johnson will help gather information on policies and procedures that affect women in Mississippi, and report the findings to the Legislature. Its mission is to improve the quality of life

for women by creating a dialogue about the status of women in Mississippi. Johnson previously was executive director of the Mississippi Association for Justice from 2002 to 2010 where she helped raise awareness about the challenges that female lawyers face. Johnson also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Violence Prevention. She was board president from 2005 through 2006. Johnson helped get the Center back up and running after it underwent a full renovation in 2005. —Katie Bonds

chandising and marketing. She pursued a career in fashion until she found that her enthusiasm and energy were a perfect combination for a career in radio and television marketing. “I’ve developed lots of relationships throughout the community—business leaders—and it’s just great fun,” she says of her current job. “Plus, it gives you the opportunity to help someone’s business grow. It’s great to watch people win.” Kirby also uses her marketing skills to promote charities like the Mississippi Animal Rescue League and the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Following the death of Heather Spencer,

who was killed by her boyfriend in 2007, Kirby founded the Heather Spencer Memorial Fund, which morphed into Heather’s T.R.E.E., a charity benefitting domestic-abuse victims. A portion of the funds go to the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the rest goes toward grants to help women escape violent situations. In her free time, Kirby likes attending her 7year-old son Parker’s baseball games and enjoying the restaurants and clubs in Jackson. “I love Jackson; I love what it has to offer,” she says. “I love the smallness of it despite the fact that it’s the state capital.” —Kate Brantley

painting early in life, in a kindergarten art class. What began as an after-school hobby became her career. After graduating from Ole Miss in 1981 with a degree in art and interior design, Paris moved to Jackson and established a name for herself as an artist. Her paintings, which mainly feature vibrant landscapes and still lifes, hang in several local galleries including the Jackson Street Gallery in Ridgeland and Interiors Market in Jackson. “Jackson inspires me with its natural beauty. We have a great climate, lots of natural lighting,” Paris says.

In addition to appreciating the city’s beauty, Paris embraces its culture. “I’ve decided to make Jackson my home versus anywhere else,” she says. “Jackson has diversity, and Jackson has some of the greatest people I’ve ever known.” Paris, 51, a wife and mother of three, takes great pride in her role as Jacksonian, and even more so in being a woman and a mom. “(Women) are encouragers and nurturers,” she says. “We’re the wind beneath the wings of most success. Behind every good man is a great woman.” —Angelyn Irvin

She credits her mother, Cathy Chinn, an interior designer, for inspiring her. Peters often followed her mother to client’s homes and construction sites as she was growing up. Peters says it’s impossible to decide what she loves most about her job. “I love every aspect,” she says, from going to markets to talking with clients about pieces for their homes. If asked to choose between pottery and interior design, she says, “I couldn’t live without either.” Peters’ prefers lived-in spaces with depth and character, and believes everything doesn’t al-

ways have to be new. Many customers come to Peters for her edgy style. “A lot of people are looking for … unique statement pieces,” she says. Peters’ store continues to expand with a line of upholstered furniture premiering in September. She also wants to take on more residential and business design projects. Peters serves as secretary of the Fondren Association of Businesses and is a member of the Junior League. She lives with her husband, Sam, and their dog, Lucy. —Brooke Kelly

be out there—so they saw us as troublemakers.” Now as the current president and CEO of the United Way of the Capital Area, Burger’s work focuses on keeping people out of trouble by implementing early-education, dropout-prevention and financial-stability programs. Burger, who declined to give her age, says her involvement in the Movement strengthened her ties to Mississippi. “I knew I had made a commitment to my home state to make it to be the best place to live as it could possibly be,” she says. Prior to working at the United Way, Burger

taught elementary school for 15 years in Collins, Hattiesburg, Pass Christian and Picayune. She was the first African American to teach in Pearl River County. In 1995, Burger took her current job. Under her leadership, the organization was one of 15 national United Way chapters to receive grants from the AT&T foundation to decrease the Jackson area’s dropout rate, which Burger aims to cut in half by 2018. Burger says she enjoys listening to the blues (not singing it, she emphasizes) and taking on just one more title: grandmother. — Tom Allin


Paintings on canvas and bright sparkly jewelry Purses with handles and cupcakes for eating Bath salts for soaking tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things.

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ulie Andrews was spot on in the “Sound of Music”: Our favorite things have the ability to lift our mood and our spirits. Find some new “favorite things” at the silent auction on Saturday night at the JFP Chick Ball. The auction will begin when the doors open at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.

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We have received amazing donations from generous Mississippians from all over the Jackson metro area and the Gulf Coast. To get a sneak preview, we’ve compiled this silent-auction guide so you can stake your claim early. All proceeds from the silent auction will go toward the Center for Domestic Violence legal fund, which provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and their families. It’s not too late to donate. To donate email chickball@jacksonfreepress.com, or call 601-362-6121 ext. 16 or drop off at Hal and Mal’s from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, July 23.

Van Gogh oil painting Dana Griffith

“Lady in Red” oil painting (also on cover) Tony Davenport

Framed painting Gaylen Regan

Painted canvas George Miles

“Evergreen” Lisa King/Nebletts Frame Outlet

“Strawberry” Tony DiFatta

Photo Art Steve Martin Photography

Oil on wood Lambfish Art Gallery

Print (auction print may vary) Mark Millet/Millet Studio & Gallery

Painting Michele Campbell

Original framed watercolor Gaylen Regan

“Raw Power” Ayatti D. Hatcher

Photograph on glass by Christina Cannon One Blu Wall Gallery

Framed print by Emmitt Thames Brown’s Fine Art and Framing

“i feel it in my gut: love” daniel johnson

“An Evening of Hope” posters Talamieka Brice/Brice Media

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“Love One Another” limited edition print H.C. Porter Gallery

“The Argument” Mary Annette

“Bamboo I” Mary Ann Gallé

Woodburning of an angel Ginger Williams-Cook

Original painting Heavenly Design by Roz Roy

“Heartland Soul Sister” by D. and P. Pimpler Mississippi Craft Center

Glass art from Whitney Grant Pearl River Glass Studio

“Chicks Rule” Mateo Jacome

Black and white photo by Howard Barron One Blu Wall Gallery

Vintage liquor tag necklace Shoe Bar at Pieces

“Mommy and Me” ring and necklace set Stella & Dot/Donna Parks

Journal necklace Emily Mathis

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etsy Bradley wants to make Jackson an even more beautiful place. A Greenville native, Bradley first moved to Jackson to attend Millsaps College where she received her bachelor’s in English in 1984. She then earned her master’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University in 1986. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Bradley returned to Jackson where she taught English literature at Millsaps for two years before becoming the curator of education at the Mississippi Museum of Art. In 1991, Bradley became the community arts director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, and four years later she became MAC’s executive

director. After 10 years with the arts commission, she became the director of the Mississippi Museum of Art in December 2001. Bradley, 48, is passionate about bringing an eclectic mix to the museum, from regional and local art, to national and international art that Jacksonians may not otherwise have access to. Her job allows her to enjoy the artistic process. “I get to work with these brilliant artists, and then I get to watch people stand in front of the work and react to it—sometimes being literally brought to tears,” she says. The renovation of the parking lot between the museum and the Mississippi Arts Center is

a project Bradley is particularly excited about. In September, a project will begin to turn the lot into a garden and green space that Bradley hopes people will use as a social meeting place. Bradley aspires to let art touch other’s lives the same way it has touched her own. “For me, art is a very spiritual experience, and I really love all types of art. ... [I]t takes me out of the vocabulary of day-to-day life and lifts me to another place,” she says. Bradley lives in Fondren with her children, Martha and William, and her husband, Robert Langford, director of Operation Shoestring. —Sarah Bush

therapy from University of Mississippi Medical Center Lee interned at Mississippi Physical Therapy in 2001. She liked watching people take their first steps after an injury, sharing joy and laughter with patients, and seeing them get back on their feet. She currently is the rehab director at Medicomp Physical Therapy in Flowood. “Seeing people walk again for the first time and being able to do things for themselves, … whether it’s playing golf or being able to dress themselves, … it gets me every time,” Lee says. When not helping patients or performing community outreach and wellness seminars, Lee spends time volunteering for numerous civic organizations including Stewpot Community Services, Habitat for Humanity and the Leukemia

Lymphoma Society. She has also been an active member of the Jackson Arts and Music Foundation board since 2006 and serves as the organization’s volunteer coordinator for special events. Lee is just as enthusiastic about Jackson as she is about her job. Her father, Hal White, coowns Hal & Mal’s with his brother, Malcolm, and Lee’s dedication to Jackson stems from watching her dad’s enthusiasm for the city. “Jackson is the place to be. Don’t run when things get hard. Stay here because the people of Jackson need us. I love it. Anything Jackson, I’m for it,” Lee says. Lee and her husband, PJ, live in Brandon. The couple is expecting their first child. —Kimber Thomas

leadership skills and a desire to improve the community. The program helps develop their skills for community engagement. The program also has a youth group, Youth Leadership Jackson, consisting of metro-area high school sophomores and juniors. Tucker is also a member of the advisory board for Habitat for Humanity and is involved with the Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi, the Junior League, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the National Children’s Study at University of Mississippi Medical Center. Tucker says she tries to limit her activities so she doesn’t get overwhelmed. Married for 19 years

with three children, she says she makes her family her first priority. The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, she says, encourages its members to get out and be involved. “We are a volunteer organization ourselves, so we also try to give back to the community.” Though she encourages local youth to venture beyond Mississippi, she always encourages them to come back. “I think leaving the state gives them a different perspective and a better appreciation for our city,” Tucker says. “I think we take for granted what we have here until we travel other places.” —-LeeAnna Callon

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randi White Lee had her share of injuries when she was a high school athlete, but thanks to an encouraging therapist she was able to get back on her feet. “I had a fantastic therapist while in high school that rehabbed me and got me back to playing soccer, and I said: ‘This is what I want to do,’” Lee says. “... My mom is a nurse, and I saw her go through school when I was in school, and it inspired me to help people.” White, 31, grew up in Jackson, graduating from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1997. After graduating, she attended Mississippi State University on a varsity soccer scholarship where she earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and fitness management and her master’s in physical

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hirley Tucker believes Jackson’s success depends on strong leadership. As executive director of leadership development for the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Tucker, 44, is doing her part to prepare strong leaders. “I found my niche here working at the chamber because the chamber is directly involved in improving the community,” says Tucker, a Jacksonian for more than 20 years. “That’s always been my attitude: Be a part of positive change.” Tucker oversees the Leadership Greater Jackson program, which consists of men and women from the metro Jackson area who display

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Necklace with yellow satin pouch Tangle Salon/Brian Bower

Necklace and earring set Nice Glass by Lizz

Necklace and earring set High Voltage Graphx and Apparel

Cross pillow Sweet Baby Lum

Bag and books ( “Barefootin” and “If It Takes a Village”) from Children’s Defense

Obagi gift basket Esteem Health and Wellness Center

Pedicure kit Rainbow Whole Foods

Bath Salts Bath Bliss

Gift basket (includes candles, soap, honey and lotion bar) from Mississippi Bees

Tote bag of goodies from Rainbow Green Services and Fair Trade Handicrafts

Wine and crystal glasses Kats Wine Cellar

Custom cupcakes S.A.S.S.Y. Cakes by Tonya Rivers

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Gift basket Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Painted plates Artists from Mustard Seed

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LaCoste sunglasses Custom Optical

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“Great Desserts of the South” (with heartshaped baking dish) by Jo Barksdale

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Chick Cookies Flours by Chris

Ole Miss mug and photo album Pat Bullock

Handpainted tissue box Blaque Butterfly Art

Vintage handbag Tonja Murphy

Handbag Africa Book Cafe

New Wave by Bronx Red August

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Bag of Goodies NUTS/Good Samaritan Center

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•Two tickets to Magnolia Roller Vixens bout •Bellydance classes, Janice Jordan •Lesson and performance, Whitfield-Smith Piano Studio •Adkins Chiropractic •BRAVO!, Broad Street and Sal & Mookie’s gift card •Brown’s Fine Art and Framing •Char Restaurant •One-hour therapeutic massage, Elemental Healing

•Esteem Mini MediSpa •Manicure, Fondren Nails •Fondren Theatre Workshop •High Voltage Graphx and Apparel by Sumati Thomas voucher •Haircut, Lacey’s Salon •Summerhouse •One-hour myofascial therapy session and one-hour yoga therapy session, Magnus Eklund •Massage, Martha Howell •One-hour prenatal or post partum

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always thought I was too strong, smart and grounded to be caught up in the cycle of domestic violence, but here I am. The funny thing is, while I was with my abuser, I defended him. I lied to myself and made excuse after excuse for his behavior, not because I condoned it, but because I didn’t understand the subtleties of domestic violence. I believed domestic violence occurred when a man used his fists to beat down a woman when they were fighting. I even stopped seeing a therapist who told me I was in an abusive relationship because my partner’s abuse didn’t fit my narrow view of abuse. No one could help or persuade me; I was in denial about my situation. Because my partner was mentally and emotionally ill, it was difficult for me to label his violent behavior and need to exert control as abusive. I was strangled, corralled when I tried to flee his rages, and even thrown and pinned to the ground by the man I loved. It was just as demeaning and emotionally damaging as being hit with fists. In the years we lived together, I became a shell of my former self, and suffered from acute anxiety. I started sleeping with clenched fists. Last year I volunteered to help with the Chick Ball but after my last fight with my then-partner, I could not make myself show up for meetings; it felt like a lie. I had everyone fooled into thinking everything was OK, but during the last fight he backed me into the wall at such a force that I left a body-sized hole in our sheet rock. Then he twisted my arm until I was on the floor with him standing over me with his foot on my chest. I am not sure what would have happened next if our puppy hadn’t cowered and emptied his bladder at this show of force. Something about the puppy’s reaction seemed to snap him out of it. After the incident, he left for active military duty. Aside from a few visits to collect his belongings, I never saw him again. I was an emotional mess, and I did not understand it all. Luckily, I had sup-

port. After seeing the hole my body left in the sheet rock, my sister friend, Deirdra (a longtime Chick Ball volunteer), insisted I call the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl. It had been a few months since the incident, and I felt foolish for calling, but after talking with the counselor, it began to dawn on me what had happened to me. Over the last year I have begun remembering things that I had blocked out: being knocked down and my head hitting the porcelain on the bathroom commode, having floor fans hurled down steps at me, being strangled on multiple occasions, my keys and cell phone taken from me when I tried to leave the house to get to safety. I am one of the lucky ones. My abuser went on to a new relationship, and I never have to see him again. What about the ones who aren’t as fortunate? I can testify: if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone. So watch over your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. One in four women have been victims of some form of domestic violence; more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. Domestic violence is not limited to one group, one sex or one age. You would probably be surprised at the people you know who have been affected by it.

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didn’t realize I was a victim of abuse until much later. He didn’t beat me, but treated me in ways I will never understand. He isolated me from my friends, screamed, grabbed, pushed and threatened his life if I were to leave. I thought he would kill me, himself and anyone else that got in the way if I were to finally not take him back. He had shown that this rage was inside. We were 18. I couldn’t get out, and I was too inexperienced to truly see what was going on. Who can have those feelings so young? Luckily, he took it too far one day in front my friends with a cop nearby, and the embarrassment and restraining order put on him after his night in jail worked. I didn’t really break down until it was over, because if he saw that I was sad, it just made him crazy. I still know where he is and avoid him at all costs. I will never forget him. I was young, and I have been lucky to have lots of positive and valuable opportunities, so I bounced back and learned a lot of lessons early on. Not everyone is this lucky, and my heart goes out to them. —Name withheld by request

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The legal costs and burden of proof is enough to discourage many domestic-abuse victims from pursuing a divorce, especially if the abuser puts up a fight.

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laire sat with her back to the wall on the washed-out blue bedspread covered with big cabbage roses, once pink, now faded nearly to white. The neat little room barely had space for the oldfashioned wood-framed double bed, a black desk and office chair, and a high bookcase stuffed with official-looking 2-inch binders and children’s movie DVDs. The big single window overlooked a trim grassy yard dominated by a children’s play center in bright primary colors and an octagonal wooden gazebo, all of it surrounded by an 8-foothigh privacy fence. The modest room was Claire’s weekend home. In her late 50s, she works parttime in a women’s shelter that is helping her get her life back together in the wake of a violently abusive 12-year marriage. The flat-screen computer monitor on the desk showed a split-screen view of every door to the building, and no one gets in without Claire’s say-so. Dressed casually in a navy-blue Saint’s T-shirt and denim shorts, her long legs comfortably crisscrossed, Claire leaned forward to tell her story. “The (shelter) got me an attorney, finally, and I got the divorce papers filed,” she said, fingers combing through her short reddish26 brown hair. “I simply can’t get him served.”

Claire freely admits she’s a recovering alcoholic; she has been sober for almost 20 years, though she continues to attend AA meetings. That’s where she first met her husband, Johnnie, in fact. But it was five years before they had their first date and another six months before they got married. “I don’t know how I stayed sober through this,” she said. “But my husband is a drug addict and alcoholic; he’s probably one of the worst. I guess I didn’t know what it entailed, being a drug addict. “… His drug of choice is dilaudid— opiates,” she explains, “like heroin. But now he’s just progressed so far into his disease that he just does everything, like crack, pills and all kinds of stuff.” Johnnie wasn’t abusive before they married, Claire said, but three weeks after they said, “I do,” he was back on drugs, and the abuse began, verbally at first. “I should have known, but I didn’t. Didn’t want to know,” she said. She laughed bitterly at her own ignorance and shook her head. “… He’d go into rages and just say horrible things to me. … The first night he stayed out and did crack all night long, we hadn’t been married very long, and I’m standing there yelling at him. ‘What did you do that for? Where have you been all night?’ … [A]nd he said, ‘Both of my ex-wives

cooked better and cleaned better than you do.’ He was raging when he said it. I can’t begin to sound like him. That should’ve clued me in that there was a problem. Like many victims of domestic violence, Claire has a long history of leaving and returning to her husband. “I left (him) so many times,” she said. “In fact, before we’d been married a year I had left. But I just kept going back. … The first time I left, I kept thinking there was something I could have done to help him. I’d be OK for a little while, and then it would just be, ‘I wonder what he’s doing.’ All this stuff going through your mind.” Domestic-abuse experts say, on average, women will leave an abusive relationship seven times before finally getting away, but Claire said she had left Johnnie many more times than that. “I didn’t want to give up my home,” Claire said, and explained that she had sold her house and moved in with Johnnie when they got married. “… So I’d go back, and he’d stay sober for a while, and then he’d relapse, and the abuse would get bad again.” Claire swore that this time it’s over. The final straw came when Johnnie threatened to burn up everything she owned. He got hold of a gun, too, and declared that he was going to kill Claire and then himself.

Then Johnnie literally picked her up and threw her out of their house. It was January, and Claire was in pajamas. She finally called the police. “I can’t live like this any more,” she said. “I don’t want to spend the little bit of my life that I have left in this kind of hell, because that’s what it is. “… At the end, before I left, I slept in the other bedroom with my keys hidden (along) with my credit cards and stuff in the pillowcase so that he couldn’t get to them,” she said. Was she in fear for her life? “In the end, yeah,” she said. “Now, I’m just trying to get him served and get on with my life.”

‘Habitual Nature’ Domestic abuse, whether it involves physical or emotional abuse or both, is all about control. And for an abuser, refusing to grant a spouse a divorce is, in Mississippi, the last little bit of control they can exercise over their victims, often keeping them chained to violent relationships for years. “People out there assume … that you can individually get an irreconcilable (differences) divorce. That’s so in a lot of states, but not in Mississippi,” said Sandy Middle-


But abuse victims are frequently afraid of calling the police, often because their abusers threaten them with more violence if they do. “If the woman has not left and doesn’t have an effective safety plan and has not moved out and moved on, then she’s going to pay for it,” Middleton said. Even when abuse victims have corroborating evidence—police reports, for example, or medical records showing injuries consistent with beatings—an abusive spouse can force his victim to spend thousands attempting to prove those grounds. It’s even more difficult if the abuse is psychological and emotional, when the abuser uses everything but physical violence. The abuser’s lawyer can quickly run up costs, demanding depositions and documentation on every bit of minutiae from years of marriage, for example, and legal fees can skyrocket when you add property and child custody issues into the mix. “(Costs) can be driven up based on how (an abuser defends) it, what they do. That’s where the costs get driven up. … [I]f you have corroborating evidence, supporting medi-

the onus on the victim, who not only has to come up with cash, she has to gather her evidence, make a safety plan to get out of her situation, and frequently, it all has to be done under cover of secrecy so that her abuser doesn’t find out.

‘He Took It’ It’s enough to discourage many women from moving forward. “It’s frustrating,” said Shania, a softspoken mother of two in her mid-30s with flawless, café au lait skin and a delicate, fineboned build. “A lot of times I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve given up, I was just like, ‘Forget it.’ … It puts you in a situation where you’d stay in a violent situation.” Shania and her husband, Jerome, had been together since high school. She stopped sleeping with him after seeing evidence of his infidelity. “I didn’t want an STD,” she said simply. “I didn’t want (anything) that could kill me.” Jerome didn’t take it well, becoming violent and demanding sex from her. “This is mine,” he told her. “You’re

When a woman leaves a relationship with nothing, as often happens in abusive situations, legal fees can be beyond reach.

cal documentation and a client that’s willing to get on the stand with the corroborating evidence, that’s not that expensive to put on. What’s expensive is getting from the start to the finish to putting that stuff up,” Shows said, adding that even the simplest divorce for grounds could cost upward of $2,500. “But if you don’t even have a deposit for an apartment or (money to) turn your electricity on in a new place, how can you (afford that)? I mean $2,500 might as well be a million,” said Brynna Clark, an attorney with the Center for Violence Prevention. She added that proving grounds puts

mine. I want it.” At one point, Jerome wrestled her to the floor and then kicked her, calling her a b*tch. She was able to escape his anger that time, and she didn’t report the violence. She didn’t fare so well the second time. Shania’s voice dropped almost to a whisper as she described how he hurt her, flipping her onto her belly and twisting her arm to hold her down: “I remember one hand came around, and he put it over my mouth and my nose because I was trying to call my son. … I was trying to call his name, (thinking) maybe if

I call his name, he’ll get up. But he didn’t. … Then I couldn’t breathe, and I got scared and calmed down. I just stopped moving. … [H]e ejaculated. Then he got up,” she said. “… He took it.” For a while afterward, Jerome followed Shania around the house, watching her to make sure she wouldn’t try to get away or make any phone calls. Battling through her terror, she had to wait for the opportunity to call the police. “They finally came,” she said. “It was a while.” But the police believed Jerome when he told the responding officer that there wasn’t a problem. “The officer was like, ‘I can’t take him. I can’t take him because you don’t have anything for me to see,’” she said, meaning that she didn’t have any visible marks. Shania added that the officer never asked for her version of what happened. At some point, he did ask if she needed an ambulance, but Shania told him she didn’t. “I wasn’t hurt bad enough for the paramedics,” she said. “If I go in an ambulance, where are my babies going to go? … I was not going to leave my babies. No. I was not going to leave my babies.” Shania said she had thought about getting a divorce even before the violence started, but the second incident removed any doubt. She was sure it was the way to go, despite Jerome’ threats: “I’ll kill you before I see you with somebody else,” he told her, at the same time professing his love for her. “All in the same breath,” she said. Shania, who filed assault charges against Jerome the day after the second attack, and secured a protective order to keep him away from her, soon began contacting lawyers, getting various estimates on what it would cost to secure a divorce from Jerome, who had left their home on his own accord. “[O]ne person said he would start at $2,000,” she said, and a woman lawyer quoted a starting fee of $1,000 plus another $100 for every hour of her time. She echoed what others had already said: “When you’re coming from nothing, it might as well be a million.” By the day of Jerome’s assault hearing, she had been to county legal services, which eventually referred her to the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project when Shania couldn’t give the county attorney an address for Jerome. “Y’all don’t have anything to fight for anyway,” the lawyer told her. “I said, ‘Ma’am, I do. I have my kids.’” But finding a lawyer through VLS isn’t guaranteed, and Shania said it took a couple months just to get her first appointment. Five months after that, Shania’s case is in the queue: first come, first served. “It’s going nowhere, slow,” she said. Meantime, Jerome has changed his mind several times about giving her a divorce. He blames Shania for his conviction: It’s her fault that he can’t go back to his old job or go forward into a new field, he told her. It’s her fault that the family is destroyed and divided. At the moment, he says he’ll give it to her, but it’s still up to her to secure a lawyer.

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ton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl, who frequently lobbies the state Legislature on behalf of domestic-abuse victims. “You both have to agree to get a divorce on irreconcilable differences.” Technically, Mississippi’s divorce statutes qualify as “no-fault” with the irreconcilable differences statute, where neither party has to prove grounds for the divorce. California enacted the first no-fault divorce law in the U.S. in 1970, and the New York state Legislature passed a no-fault law July 1 of this year. If New York Gov. David Paterson signs the bill into law, every state in the union will allow no-fault divorces; however, Mississippi’s law, like that of only a bare handful of other states, is not unilateral. In other words, both parties must agree to a no-fault, irreconcilable differences divorce. For Claire, and for many other women who want to leave a toxic marriage behind, it’s not enough that she wants the divorce; Johnnie has to sign those papers, too, and she can’t find him. She has grounds (with corroborating evidence) for her divorce. Mississippi recognizes 12 reasons for divorce, including adultery, desertion, habitual drunkenness or drug addiction, along with habitual cruel and inhuman treatment. “When I first started practicing in ‘94, basically, you could prove hostility or unkindness, and the chancellors would grant you the divorce,” said John Shows, a partner in the law firm of ShowsPowell in Flowood. “Nine times out of 10, your divorces would go off on habitual cruelty; that was just an easy ground to prove. The Mississippi Supreme Court came back—it’s probably been about five, maybe even 10 years ago—they came back and started slapping these judge’s hands, saying, ‘No; that’s not what the Legislature intended. It says habitual. It’s got to be habitual and it’s got to be more than mere acts of unkindness.’” The state Supreme Court has not defined what “habitual” means, however. “The law does not give you a measuring stick and say, ‘five times,’” Shows said. “You just have to be able to prove, with corroboration … the habitual nature. Or the case law says one act of something really severe. For instance, the example that’s always thrown out is: He’s got the woman on the floor with a shotgun to her head saying ‘I’m going to paint this room red with your brains.’ Something that severe—one act that severe that is corroborated would be enough.” Shows admitted, however, that corroboration of domestic violence can be problematic. “Most of the time, these acts of violence are behind closed doors, and the only people who ever witness it is the man and the wife, and maybe the kids,” he said. “So if you don’t have something to at least document that the violence is going on—and I’m not talking about a conviction … but if you at least call the police and get an incident report written, that gives the lawyer, a perspective of, ‘Yeah, the police were actually called, the police noted bruises, a red ring around her neck, bruises on her arm,’ whatever it is.”

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STARTING AGAIN, from p 27 “If you want a divorce, then you send me the paperwork,” he told her recently. “That means it’s thrown back on me to find money to pay,” Shania said. “… I end up being abused again.” “It’s hurtful,” she said, collapsing in on herself and crying in frustration. “Me being a Christian, you try to do the right thing, stay in the will of God. Not that I want another man, anyway; I don’t care about that. But I’m just tired of him. He has the power, control over my life. I want to go on with my life, and you’ve got this door that won’t close.” She folded and refolded her damp tissue, then started shredding it methodically, all the while looking down at her hands. Shania didn’t tell her kids what really happened. “Daddy’s gone because he hurt mommy,” she told them, even when they blamed her for his being gone. Finally, he came and told the kids that it was his fault, not hers, that they were no longer together. “He apologized that he wasn’t there, that mommy did nothing wrong, that it was his fault,” she said. “I will get a divorce somehow,” she said softly. “Somehow.”

‘How do we fix it?’

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Those opposed to making divorce easier and less expensive frequently say that divorce destroys the sanctity of marriage, making it less likely that couples will work to save a relationship. This slippery slope, they argue, contributes to the breakdown of marriages and families, and is ultimately harmful to children and society as a whole. In the recent New York state debate, Rev. Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms said that no-fault divorce changes “’til death do us part” to “until we feel differently,” reported the Albany Times Union. McGuire said the New York bill should be renamed the “mid-life marriage crisis bill,” because it gives aging Lotharios an easy way to trade in their current wife for a “younger, sleeker model.” Opponents of unilateral no-fault divorce cite increased divorce rates in states that adopt the practice, along with the oftquoted statistic that 50 percent of all marriages already end in divorce. But while divorce rates rose during the 1970s, possibly due to pent-up demand, the rate has steadily fallen since then. Whether pro or con, however, divorce rates are difficult to ascertain and even more difficult to trace back to specific causes. “It’s a very murky statistic,” Jennifer Baker, director of the marriage- and familytherapy programs at the Springfield, Mo.based Forest Institute, told Time magazine in May about the 50 percent rate. For victims of abuse, however, no-fault divorces appear to be hugely beneficial. “[S]tates that adopted unilateral divorce laws saw a large decline in rates of domestic violence (and also spousal homicide), while other states actually saw domestic violence 28 rates rise,” wrote Justin Wolfers, an econo-

mist at the University of Pennsylvania, in Legal Affairs magazine in 2006. “… [W]e suggest that the decline in domestic violence may decline by as much as a third following the adoption of liberalized divorce laws. The logic for this result also seems quite powerful: If a woman is empowered to leave an abusive marriage even against the objection of her abuser, she may leave. Or he might get the message and cease being so abusive. Or perhaps, the threat of divorce prevents violence from being used during everyday conflict resulting in less relationships escalating to abusive situations.” Opponents of liberalizing divorce laws rightly point to the deleterious effect of divorce on children; however, for the children of a toxic, abusive relationship, witnessing and living with abuse is even more traumatic. “[C]hildren in this country are more stressed and more anxious at a young age than we were as adults. And now our children, in huge numbers, are suffering from PTSD. That’s post-traumatic stress disorder,” Middleton said. “To think that our children have PTSD because they’re living in violent homes. They’re living in violence. And you wonder: They go to school, and they get in all this trouble, and we have all this violence in school, and lack of discipline and ‘what’s wrong with this kid? Why can’t they learn?’ … [I]t all goes right back to the home. It’s ironic that in our efforts to protect the home that we’re creating this sick environment for our children and expecting them to thrive in it and reverse their suffering from all these disorders like PTSD. It’s pretty alarming.” Middleton, daughter of a Southern Baptist preacher, argued that providing the legal means for abuse victims to leave their abusers is not counter to Christian ethics. “[W]e can preserve the sanctity of marriage and still keep victims safe from violent offenders in their homes,” she said. “The politics has removed the logic from this argument. I don’t believe, that as a Christian myself and as a Baptist, I don’t think that the religion that I have will sign off on saying that this is appropriate to leave a woman and her children in the home with someone who abuses them, whether it’s physically, or emotionally, or verbally, I don’t think that’s intended in the scripture. I just don’t believe that’s the way that God intended for marriages and homes to be.” Domestic-violence victims frequently find themselves between that proverbial rock and the hard, cold spot that is the reality of the law. And dealing with any legal situation requires money and support, whether it’s a divorce, child custody, or resolving leases or other property issues. Middleton intends to set up a legal defense fund at the Center for Violence Prevention through funds from benefits like the Jackson Free Press Chick Ball and grants through the federal Violence Against Women Act. “Clearly, we’re not going to snap our fingers and change the laws. And we’re not going to snap our fingers and change the courts. So, in the meantime, we have so

Getting from filing for divorce to standing in front of a judge in chancery court can take six to nine months, even in cases where the abusive spouse does not contest the action. many woman, so many victims who are being re-victimized through the whole court process. So what we want to do is to at least provide the funds to allow women to go to Chancery court and file for divorce or at least address their child custody issues,” Middleton said. Connie Smith, another attorney with ShowsPowell, pointed out that many victims, already traumatized through abuse, are further stressed by the legal system. “The biggest obstacle … (is) the emotional issues of the victim; usually they are they’re own largest enemy in a lot of ways; such as having the strength to push forward … with what they need to do. … [I]t’s just automatic that they just avoid any conflict, anything that is going to upset that person,” she said. Having lived through an abusive marriage, Clark agreed. “They’re conditioned. I mean, this man, this person, has broken down all of their defense mechanisms to where that’s just normal. “… I used to live in Omaha, Neb., and I went there because I was married to this

lawyer. I’m an attorney, and I was in this horrible, emotionally abusive marriage for three and a half years,” Clark said. “… [I]t took me, as an educated person with my own means and family and support, three and a half years to get out of that cycle (to) ‘I’m good enough,’ and ‘I should have my own; and I need to be independent.’ I can’t imagine what women who don’t have the resources or education or support, who have children … How do they get out of this? No wonder it’s a problem. No wonder it’s a cycle. It really completely breaks you down. “So when they come, and they’ve said ‘I need help’ and we don’t have the resources to meet their needs, it’s devastating. It’s done. It’s your last chance. So I, personally, it breaks my heart that they think we’ve identified this problem but identified so many problems that are extrapolated from it. “How do we fix it?”

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‘I just love ‘em’ “Had I had access to the funds, I believe I would have gotten a divorce a long time ago, but I didn’t have the money for a divorce,” Claire said. “I live from paycheck to paycheck— most people do, if they’re lucky enough to be working,” she added. The Center for Violence Prevention was able to find a lawyer to represent Claire pro bono. “When I saw the divorce papers … I felt such a relief,” she said. “I felt so good about it. It was really strange, because you wouldn’t think that it would have that affect. … You just want to know somebody’s in your corner, and they’re trying to help you.” Claire’s divorce may still take some time, however, even if Johnnie doesn’t put up a defense. Six to nine months would not be a stretch. “Generally,it’s 30 days to answer once (the spouse has) been served with a complaint,” Shows said. “The chancery court rules that you have 90 days for discovery; that normally goes into 180 days to be honest with you, and they you get on the court docket. You’re looking at an earliest possible time, six months, realistically, from the day the complaint is filed.” In Claire’s case, she might get lucky and be shed of her toxic marriage within that minimum time period, but no one can give her a realistic estimate until she manages to get those papers served and finds out how Johnnie responds. “I’m in limbo land. I need my divorce. I need to get it,” she said, confident that he’ll sign off on the papers once he’s served. “All he cares about is drugs. He doesn’t care about me or keeping the marriage going,” she says, but expects some push back over the house where she lives. She and Johnnie had the property put solely in her name because he was in constant trouble. “I would like to have a roof over my head, and he doesn’t care … he just wants to sell the house and use the money to buy drugs,” Claire said. “I don’t even know where that man is any more,” she added, referring to how much Johnnie changed with the progression of his dis-

ease. He moves around a lot, she said, and she believes he’s pimping crack addicts, most likely. “I don’t want to get AIDS or hepatitis,” she said. “He’s an IV drug user. … I think I can do better. I bet I can. When I’m by myself, I can do better.” For now, Claire is content to keep trying to get Johnnie served. Simply having the documents drawn up and in her hands is giving her strength to begin again. “I just love these divorce papers … I just love ‘em. If we never even get a divorce, I just like ‘em,” she said, hugging the document to her chest and laughing. “(My attorney) says in here I ‘was forced to discontinue normal marital cohabitation with the defendant and to sever her normal marital relations because of his misconduct, physical abuse, illegal drug use, insincerity and hostile attitude, all of which have been pursued by defendant over a long course of time, and which conduct has severely and adversely affected the plaintiff’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, therefore forcing the separation.’ “I just like it.” Claire said emphatically when she finished reading, and then she laughed again. “I’m very proud of them.” Shows is clear that to protect Mississippi’s victims of domestic violence, the state Legislature will need to pass new laws. “From a legislative viewpoint they’ve got to add a grounds for divorce, maybe after so may convictions for domestic violence,” he said, indicating that he’d like to see a specific statue added that addresses the problem, even minimally. All of the attorneys interviewed for this story agreed that support from the legal community would go a long way toward fixing a system that is not friendly toward victims. “It would give all the lawyers in this city a unique perspective if they just did one domestic violence case. Just one. And they see what really goes on,” Shows said. “It would open their eyes; it would make them look at things a little bit differently.” The JFP Chick Ball presents the 2010 Hero award to ShowsPowell at 8 p.m. July 24 at Hal & Mal’s.

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Abusers frequently use children to manipulate their victims. “OK, I’ll give you a divorce, but you’re going to give me custody of those kids,” he’ll threaten. “If you walk out of this house, you don’t get anything.”

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Get free sun-salutation training for the Yoga for Nonviolence event Aug. 7 at YMCA Fortification (800 E. River Place; call 601-982-4333) at 4:30 p.m. or StudiOM Yoga (710 Poplar Blvd.; call 601-353-0025) at 7:30 p.m. YMCA Fortification will also give a class on July 29 at 4:30 p.m. … The Premier Bridal Show Girls Night Out at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) starts at 5 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; visit thepremierbridalshow.com. … Downtown at Dusk at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) starts at 5 p.m. and includes music by The Blues Messengers and food for sale by local vendors. Free admission, $2 beer; call 601974-6044, ext. 221. … The Lazy Magnolia beer tasting at The Parker House at 7 p.m. includes a five-course dinner and music by Gena Hall Stringer. $50; call 601-605-0420 to make a

Funkadelic Friday with DJ Redcley at Afrika Book Café (404 Mitchell Ave.) is from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 769-251-1031. … The Paul Collins Band,Thee Hypnotic Chickens, Used Goods and ¡Los Buddies! perform at Ole Tavern at 9 p.m. $10. … Jackie Bell and Adrena perform at 930 Blues Café. $10.

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Mississippi Craft Beer Week is from July 24-31. Visit jfpevents.com for more information. … The Market in Fondren at 3270 N. State St. is from 8 a.m.-noon. Free; call 601-366-6111 or 601-832-4396. … The free sun-salutation training at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.) starts at noon. Call 601-594-2313. … The wine tasting at Ruth’s Chris Steak House (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 6001, Ridgeland) is from 3-5 p.m. and benefits UMMC’s Radiological Sciences class. $45; call 601-672-8566. … The annual JFP Chick Ball in Hal & Mal’s Red Room (200 Commerce St.) starts at 6 p.m. and includes music by the Time to Move Band, Hot Tamales, Akami Graham, Lizzie Wright Super Space Ship, Wild Emotions and The Secret Miracles. Enjoy food, a cash bar and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Center for Violence Prevention legal fund. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.; visit jfpchickball.com. … The Chick-a-Boom reception honoring the 2010 “Chicks We Love” is at 7 p.m. in Hal & Mal’s Brew Pub. $50; call 601-932-4198. … Swing de Paris plays at Hal & Mal’s restaurant at 9 p.m. Call 601-948-0888. … Drivin ‘n’ Cryin and Caddle play at Fire at 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $20.

sunday 7/25

Mississippi Improv Alliance Summer Sunday at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) is at 2 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-497-7454. … Join the Bellwether Church Youth Group as the Braves play against the Tennessee Smokies at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl) at 5:05 p.m. $7.50 and up; e-mail jnesbit@bellwetherchurch.org. … The Dog Days of Summer outdoor concert at F. Jones Corner is from 6-10 p.m. Free. The helmet and jersey worn by MVP quarterback Drew Brees are part of the New Orleans Saints Championship Tour exhibit at the Jackson Convention Complex July 26.

Friday 7/23

July 22 - 28, 2010

The American Idol auditions finale at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl) is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit my601.com for the names of the semi-finalists. …The free sun-salutation training class at Joyflow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland) starts at 5:45 p.m. Call 601-813-4317. … The art show at Congress Street Bar & Grill is from 6-9 p.m. and includes 32 music by Taylor Hildebrand. Call 601-968-0857. … Afrikan

The New Orleans Saints Championship Tour exhibit at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free; call 601-960-2321. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is from 8-11 p.m. Free. … Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira perform at Fitzgerald’s from 8 p.m.-midnight. Free.

Tuesday 7/27

The 56th biennial Gamma Phi Delta Sorority National Conference at the Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) begins today and continues through July 31. $300, $250 youth advisers; e-mail delta_alphagpd@yahoo.com; visit gammaphideltasorority.com. … Scott Albert Johnson and Bob Gates perform at AJ’s Seafood Grille (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Call 601-856-2844.

Wednesday 7/28

The Mound Bayou exhibit at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.) is extended through July 31. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.1 p.m. $4.50 adults, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. … The Battle of the Bands playoffs at Electric Cowboy starts at 8 p.m. Call 601-899-5333.

Thursday 7/29

The Hometown Hero and SUMITT Awards program and reception at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) starts at 4 p.m. Free; send an RSVP to lfisher@ visitjackson.com. … Will Thompson performs during Jazz, Art & Friends at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) at 5:30 p.m. $7, $5 members, $3 1-5 year olds; call 601-960-1515. More events and details at jfpevents.com.

Akami Graham is one of the many female performers participating in this year’s Chick Ball at Hal & Mal’s July 24. Courtesy akami Graham

reservation. … The play “Cabaret” at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl) is at 7:30 p.m. and continues through July 25. For mature audiences only; credit card reservations required. $20, $15 students and seniors, $25 VIP; call 601664-0930. … Dead Irish Blues performs at Fenian’s from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Free.

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NASA Design Challenges Workshop July 22, 8:30 a.m., at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). The workshop will help students create, design and build test models using common materials found in the classroom. Middle school students will work on design challenges faced by NASA for the next generation of space vehicles, habitats and technology. Free; call 601-979-1177.

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Young Professionals Alliance Luncheon July 22, noon, at Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (201 S. President St.). The guest speaker is Jason Brookins of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. $10, $7 members; e-mail nmcnamee@greaterjacksonchamberpartnership.com.

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“Cabaret.” The musical is set in 1929 Berlin during the Nazi era and is directed by Richard Lawrence. The production is a joint venture of the Fondren Theatre Workshop and Actor’s Playhouse. Recommended for mature audiences only. Credit card reservations are required. $20, $15 students and seniors, $25 VIP; call 601-664-0930. • 7:30 p.m. July 22-24 and 2 p.m. July 25, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). • 7:30 pm July 29-31, at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The Market in Fondren July 24, 8 a.m.-noon, at 3720 North State St., in the parking lot across from Mimi’s. Local artists and food producers will be selling their goods. Entertainment provided. Free; call 601-366-6111 or 601-832-4396. Sixth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 24, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). This fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. More details: jfpchickball.com and follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. Get involved, volunteer, donate art/money/gifts at chickball@jacksonfreepress.com. Be a sponsor for as little as $50. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. Chick-a-Boom Reception, July 24, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s Brew Pub (200 Commerce St.). The JFP will honor the 2010 “Chicks We Love.” $50; call 601-932-4198. Top of the Hops Beer Festival July 31, 2 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Mississippi’s first beer festival by Raise Your Pints will showcase the growing popularity of craft beers from around the country and the world in a relaxed and friendly environment. Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited, two-ounce samplings of more than 150 craft beers. The festival will also feature a Brew University Education Area where patrons will enjoy beer seminars. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. VIP and discounted designated driver tickets are available. $35 in advance, $40 day of festival; call 205-714-5933 or 601-960-2321. Yoga for Non-violence — 108 Sun Salutations Aug. 7, 10 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St). Help the Center for Violence Prevention by signing up donors to pledge for an amount per sun salutation you complete, up to 108. Chris Timmins will lead the event. Free sun salutation classes will be given at these Jackson yoga studios: • July 22, 4:30 p.m., at YMCA Fortification (800 E. River Place). call 601-383-8817. • July 22, 7:30 p.m., at StudiOM Yoga (710 Poplar Blvd.). Call 601-353-0025. • July 23, 5:45 p.m., at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road). Call 601813-4317. • July 24, noon, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313. • July 25, 2:30 p.m., at The Club at St. Dominic’s (970 Lakeland Drive). Call 601-200-4925. Visit mscvp.org for more information about the Center for Violence Prevention. Donations welcome; call 601-500-0337 or 601-932-4198.

Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Credit Training July 22, 6 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. A BankPlus representative will give tips on improving your credit. Call 601982-8467. • National Minority Health Month Celebration July 23, 10 a.m., at center stage. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health sponsors the event. Call 601-359-6202. • NACA Homeownership Seminar July 24, 9 a.m. The class will be held in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-922-4008. • Senior Aerobics Class July 28, 10 a.m., at center stage. Seniors have an opportunity to get in shape and have fun while doing it. Sponsored by Tougaloo College. Free; call 601-977-6137. Downtown at Dusk July 22, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The monthly event includes food for sale by local vendors, $2 beer, water and soft drinks and live music. Event sponsors include Entergy, Downtown Jackson Partners, Underground 119, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, and the Young Professionals of Greater Jackson. Free admission; call 601-974-6044, ext. 221.

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The Premier Bridal Show Girls Night Out July 22, 5 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Brides can shop for their wedding with the help of the state’s top wedding professionals. Product samples and door prizes are included. No strollers allowed. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; visit thepremierbridalshow.com.

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Wine Tasting, July 24, 3 p.m., at Ruthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris Steak House (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 6001, Ridgeland). Wine samples from Vintage Wine Market will be paired with hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the Radiological Sciences class at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. $45; call 601-672-8566. Mississippi Braves Game July 25, 5:05 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Join the Bellwether Church Youth Group as the Braves play against the Tennessee Smokies. $7.50 and up; e-mail jnesbit@bellwetherchurch.org.

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56th Biennial Gamma Phi Delta Sorority National Conference July 27-31, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;United in Heart, Sisterhood and Services.â&#x20AC;? Visit gammaphideltasorority.com for a schedule. $300, $250 youth advisors; e-mail delta_alphagpd@yahoo.com. Craftsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild of Mississippi Call for Applications through July 30, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Those interested in jurying into the guild must submit an application by 5 p.m. July 30. Call 601-856-7546. Splash & Slide through Aug. 15, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Children get to enjoy inflatable water slides and story time in addition to complete access to the zoo. Five-day passes are available. $4.50 per child; call 601-352-2580. Farmers Market through Dec. 24, at Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690. Farmers Market ongoing, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573. 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 Thursday and 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 Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Afrikan Funkadelic Fridays ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). Every Friday from 8 p.m.-1 a.m., enjoy music by DJ Redcley and West African food from Chitoes African Deli. Brews and light wine will be sold. Call 769-251-1031.

Stage and Screen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gold in the Hillsâ&#x20AC;? through July 31, at Vicksburg Theatre Guild (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Set in the 1890â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, it features a relentless hero, a winsome heroine, a ruthless villain and the wilder side of city life in the infamous New York Bowery. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. $10, $5 children 12 and younger; call 601-636-0471. American Idol Auditions Finale July 23, 10 a.m., at Trustmark Park, Pearl (1 Braves Way). 15 semifinalists will be asked to return and perform. From this group, three finalists will be selected and will attend the national auditions in New Orleans. Call 601-922-1234. Mississippi Improv Alliance Summer Sunday July 25, 2 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Three ensembles of dancers, visual artists and musicians will perform. Free; call 601-497-7454.

MuSic Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart July 25, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). Legendary country artist Merle Haggard performs with Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Marty Stuart. The performance honors Jimmie Rodgers and his legacy as a founding father of American music. $69, $63; call 601-696-2200.

Literary and SigningS â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Time of Eddie Noelâ&#x20AC;? July 22, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Allie Povall signs copies of her book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $13.99 book; call 601-366-7619.

creative cLaSSeS Adult Figure Drawing Workshop July 24-25, at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). Brush up on your drawing skills at this two-day workshop. Classes are held 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. July 24, and 1-4 p.m. July 25. $140; call 601-668-5408. Summer Camp - Session 4 July 26-30, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road). The session is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Children ages 9-12 will learn from master craftsmen who teach pottery, wire sculpture, fiber, fabric art and mosaics. Registration is required, and supplies are included. $150, $125 for second child in same family; call 601-856-7546. 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 Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 ongoing, 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 601-713-1224.

exhibitS and OpeningS Fun Fridays through July 30, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Every Friday in June and July from 10 a.m.-noon, children will participate in interactive, hands-on activities that coincide with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Livedâ&#x20AC;? exhibit. Parents must accompany their children. $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. Art Show July 23, 6-9 p.m., at Congress Street Bar & Grill (120 N. Congress St.). Artwork from local artists throughout the Jackson metro area will be featured. Call 601-968-0857. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mound Bayou: The Promise Land, 1887-2010â&#x20AC;? through July 31, at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). See photographs related to the founding of the city from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $4.50 adults, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/ end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.


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Herb and Dorothy Vogel are not typical collectors, but their magnamonious collection proves they know art.

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ormally when I go to art exhibits, I don’t think about who donated or sold the work to the gallery, much less consider their personalities or who they are as people. But in “Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection,” the donors are just as much a part of the exhibit as the artwork. The exhibit, currently at the Mississippi Museum of Art and part of the “50 Works for 50 States” project, intertwines the lives of Herb and Dorothy Vogel with their art collection, and it is more satisfying to view the works knowing about them, than to not think about them at all. Though by no means rich (Herb was a postal worker; Dorothy, a librarian), the Vogels collected more than 4,000 works of art throughout their marriage. The couple started collecting art in the 1960s, devoting Herb’s salary to art purchases. After stuffing more than 2,000 works into their tiny Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, they started donating pieces to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1992. Both slight of build with heavy New York accents, Herb and Dorothy, whom you meet throughout the exhibit, seem lovable and down to Earth. Neither is an artist, except for a short stint early in their marriage when they rented a studio and tried to paint. They soon realized they enjoyed viewing others’ works more than creating their own and, thus, began a life of collecting. They became good friends with many artists. And knowing the artist, the art had more meaning. Many pieces directly address Herb or Dorothy. Will Barnett’s “The Cardplayers” (graphite on parchment paper) is inscribed, “Happy Birthday Herb from Will and Elana.” The National Gallery of Art granted the 50 works to the Mississippi Museum of Art through the “50 Works for 50 States” program. The art is diverse in range, falling within the conceptual, abstract expressionist, minimalist and post-minimalist categories. Many of the works date to the 1960s conceptual movement, when the idea behind the art was just as important (or more important) than the finished product. Cindy Sherman’s untitled gelatin silver print is a perfect example of a conceptual piece. The photo shows a woman wearing what

looks like a nun’s habit, a face full of makeup, her head thrown back and eyes diverted away from the camera’s lens as if to say, “Look at me; look right at me, though I cannot look at you.” One feels almost voyeuristic looking at it. Sherman posed in and photographed all her own work, commenting on society by transforming herself. This photo, in particular, comments on the dual role women often play: chaste and sexy, virgin and whore. Because many of the works in this exhibit are minimalist drawings, the mediums are significant. For example, the paper and graphite used in many of the drawings become part of the visual image. This is most evident in pieces like the untitled 1976 Michael Goldberg ink on paper, with the paper torn and molded to become part of the image. Two standout pieces are Charles Clough’s “Con-Flagrant” and “Retiarius.” The artist put layer upon layer of enamel on canvas in the former and masonite on the latter to create seemingly never-ending pieces that mimic the themes of the “Herb and Dorothy” exhibit itself: What is behind the art? And then, what is behind that? And then, what is behind that? A particularly intriguing piece—and arguably one of the strangest—is Takashi Murakami’s sculpture “Oval.” A cartoon character sits atop a ball covered in plastic flowers, anime-like with a big head and huge rounded eyeballs. Murakami had formal training in the Nihon-ga style of traditional Japanese art, but he uses contemporary figures in his work, often expounding on opposites: What is considered high and low art, past and future, eastern and western? It may be why Herb and Dorothy chose to purchase this piece. It encompasses everything they stand for: They live on meager salaries in a tiny Brooklyn apartment but are avid art collectors, a practice usually reserved for those among the upper echelons of society. They defy most collectors’ logic by not collecting pieces for their potential monetary value but for the joy the pieces bring to their lives. Their intention was never to build a collection; they just bought art they wanted to live with. Many of the pieces are three-dimensional, but this is the best way to look at the collection as a whole. They are not just pieces of art in a vacuum, and they do not make sense unless you look at what’s behind them: the ideas that went into creating the pieces, the artists and their stories, and a couple of art devotees from New York, stooped now with age, who selected each piece of art they own based on its meaning to them. Herb and Dorothy love art—so much so that when the National Gallery of Art gave them a monetary donation, they promptly went out and bought more art, which they then gave to the National Gallery of Art. “Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection” is on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) through Sept. 12. Call 601-960-1515.


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mandolin in Lester Flatt’s band when he was just 13. Stuart is seeing his almost 40-year career come full circle. In addition to helping his Nashville neighbors recover from the recent floods, Stuart is busy preserving country-music memorabilia and presenting it to audiences nationwide. Stuart’s collection, “Sparkle and Twang: Marty Stuart’s Musical Odyssey,” opened in Meridian at the Riley Center July 10 and will remain through Sept. 18. The musician took a few minutes to speak with the Jackson Free Press about his latest projects via telephone.

Marty Stuart, the self-proclaimed bridge connecting young musicians and history, performs at the MSU Riley Center Sunday, July 25.

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arty Stuart, a Philadelphia, Miss., native, is firmly rooted in traditional country music with a mission of preserving that history. Stuart is a selfproclaimed bridge, connecting young musicians with their history while promoting the musical heritage of his home state. Stuart has just finished recording a traditional country-music album, “Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions” in Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio B, where he played

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You and Merle Haggard will perform at the Riley Center July 25, sponsored by the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation. How did Jimmie Rodgers influence you? Jimmie Rodgers is one of the most pro-

The Ramones in the 1970s, and wrote the Blondie hit song “Hanging on the Telephone.” If you dig The Kinks and Ramones-style rock ‘n’ roll with tons of hooks, you will dig this show, as well as the area bands influenced by the New York City 1970s CBGB rock scene. Also this Friday night, DJ Redcley will be back at the Afrika Book Café in Fondren with his African funkadelic sounds, mixing up old-school soul, Afropop and more from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. While you’re there, try out the West African food from Chitoes African Deli in south Jackson. Start your Saturday night off at the 6th annual JFP Chick Ball in Hal & Mal’s Red Room, beginning at 6 p.m. $5. Performers will include Time to Move Band, Hot Tamales, Akami Graham, Lizzie Wright Super Space Ship, Wild Emotions and The Secret Miracles. Also downtown this Saturday night is the always fun Papa Grows Funk at Underground 119. It’ll be a pretty big night to club hop the offerings on Commerce Street downtown Saturday. You may remember W.C. Don’s favorites Beanland and the Kudzu

•Born Sept. 30, 1958 in Philadelphia, Miss. •Got his first guitar when he was 2 years old •Started his first band when he was 10 years old •Married Johnny Cash’s daughter, Cindy,

found influences not only on my life, but the entire American songbook. He is truly one of the forefathers of American music, and one of the greatest champions he ever had was Merle Haggard. Merle is probably the biggest student of Jimmie Rodgers in the world. I’m not far behind him. On the day of the concert, the state will erect a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker in your honor in Philadelphia. How did the marker come about? I noticed, as an insider and an outsider to the state, how much publicity and how much the Blues Trail did for Mississippi. It had a lot of impact … so it was an idea that came into being, and we unveiled the first (marker) two or three weeks ago in Meridian at Mr. (Jimmie) Rodgers’ grave. And Philadelphia being the second stop, it’s profoundly significant to me to have a historical marker on the town square in Philadelphia in front of the place where I got my first guitar. Your new album, “Ghost Train,” is due out Aug. 24. Tell me about it. I wanted to write a traditional country music record—authentic, hard-core. Not retro, but I’m talking authentic and go back to that setting and make a record. … The first song written for this was called “Hangman” that I wrote with Johnny Cash four days before he passed away, and that was the beginning of this record. I thought, “This has got

Kings from the ’80s. Beanland frontman and Mississippi native George McConnell returns with his solo band to Martin’s this Saturday at 10 p.m. McConnell has been keeping the roots-rock jams strong over the years serving as lead guitarist for Widespread Panic from 2002-2006 Also Saturday, another old Don’s altsouthern-rock favorite Drivin’ n’ Cryin is at Fire, just down the road from Martin’s. After a many-years break and a few band member surgeries, Drivin’ n’ Cryin put out a new album last year, 12 years after their last full-length album. The Mississippi Arts Center on Lamar Street downtown will host the next performance by the Mississippi Improv Alliance Ensemble this Sunday, 2 p.m. Call 601497-7454 for details. If you dig the blues and don’t mind the heat, F. Jones Corner will continue its Dog Days of Summer free outdoor Sunday concerts this Sunday evening, 6-10 p.m. A host of local blues favorites will rotate through some sets. Beer will be on hand to cool you down. After several years running, the Monday night Central Mississippi Blues Society jam is hotter than ever in Hal & Mal’s din-

in 1983; divorced five years later •In 1970, at 12 years-old, attended a Connie Smith concert at the Choctaw Indian Reservation. Stuart and Smith were married in 1997, 27 years after that first meeting.

to be a deep and profound kind of record, so I want to take my time with it.” In the history of country music, how would you like to be remembered? Oh my God, it’s a work in progress. If I have to draw a line on it today, back at the beginning of the decade I decided I’d had plenty of hits, and I wasn’t really quite happy with the way the legacy was setting up. So I went deep, and I went back down into the woods of Mississippi and went back to my family farm and just took some time and did some soulsearching. When I came out, what I saw was there’s a world beyond the chart, and that’s the heart and looking around at what needs help. Well, what needed help, in my opinion, was the state of Mississippi and unifying all the musical and creative entities—getting ourselves unified and then driving the musical legacy of our state back to the world to reoffer it again. … I’m not a slave to the chart anymore. This has been the most creative decade of my life. It’s almost 40 years, and I’m free, and it’s wonderful to use that guitar and that mandolin and that pen and my band and everything that I have at my disposal to do something good with. I love it. The “Sparkle and Twang” exhibit is on display at the MSU Riley Center for Educationand Performing Arts (2200 5th St., Meridian). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (through college). The exhibit is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. www.msurileycenter.com. BRUCE NEWMAN

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n case you haven’t heard, the Downtown at Dusk music and food event is moving indoors to the Mississippi Museum of Art this Thursday, 5-8 p.m. It’s even free. Be social and enjoy some food and music by The Blues Messengers. After that, stay downtown for Pryor Graebor and the Tombstones at Hal & Mal’s at 8 p.m. or the Irish-meets-blues folk of Dead Irish Blues at Fenian’s from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Also Thursday, favorites Time to Move Band will be at Dreamz Jxn 9-11 p.m. and Parker House in Ridgeland hosts a Lazy Magnolia beer event, dinner included, with Gena Hall Stringer performing during the Mississippi brewery tasting from 7-10 p.m. The big rock ‘n’ roll show Friday night will be a quadruple tour de force at Ole Tavern with New York City-based alternative power-pop band The Paul Collins Beat, Thee Hypnotic Chickens, the Used Goods and ¡Los Buddies!, 9 p.m. $10. You may know Paul Collins as the founder of cult favorites The Nerves who toured with

Tell me about how “Sparkle and Twang” came together. What are some of your favorite pieces in the collection? It’s … the largest private collection of country music treasures in the world. … Johnny Cash’s first black suit he performed in, the boots Patsy Cline was wearing when she lost her life, the original handwritten manuscripts that Hank Williams wrote in pencil to “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I Saw the Light.” … that’s what’s on display.

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Ole Tavern - The Paul Collins Beat, Thee Hypnotic Chickens, the Used Goods, Los Buddies 9 p.m. $10 myspace.com/paulcollinsbeat Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - The Minor Adjustments 10 p.m. Fire - 5 Finger Discount 10 p.m. 18+ Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - John Wooten (steel drums) Underground 119 - Electric Co. Burgers & Blues - Delta Mountain Boys 7-11 p.m. Soulshine, Township - Scott Albert Johnson & Bob Gates 8 p.m. F. Jones Corner - ASAP (blues lunch); Sherman Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miss. Sound w/ Scott Albert Johnson 10-5 a.m. $10 Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Juvenators (blues) 9 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Adrena 9:30 p.m. $10 Afrika Book Cafe - DJ Redcleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afrikan Funkadelic 8-1 a.m. Congress St. Grill - Taylor Hildebrand (art show) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Sinamon Leaf 8-1 a.m. $5 Kathrynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Hunter Gibson & Larry Brewer 7-10 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - The Xtremez 8 p.m. Regency Hotel - Phat Agnes Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Emma Wynters 6-10 p.m. Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge - Jason Turner 10 p.m. Phillipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Sic Transit (classic

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rock) 6-10 p.m. free Electric Cowboy - Ultra Drive 9 p.m. 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 - Fade 2 Blue 9 p.m. free Two Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - DoubleShotz RJ Barrel - Shaun Patterson 8-10 p.m. Whistle Stop Cafe, Hazlehurst Jamie Mitchell Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Hoosier Daddies, Glenn Williams

July 24, saTurday Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Room - 6th Annual JFP Chick Ball: Time to Move Band, Hot Tamales, Akami Graham, Lizzie Wright Super Space Ship, Wild Emotions, The Secret Miracles+ 6 p.m. $5 Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Swing dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Paris (gypsy jazz) 9 p.m. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - George McConnell 10 p.m. georgemcconnell.com Fire - Drivin nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cryin, Caddle (Alt Southern Rock) 9 p.m. 18+ $20 myspace.com/drivinncryin Electric Cowboy - Ultra Drive 9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Sherman Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miss. Sound w/Tic Toc & Hollywood 10-5 a.m. $10 Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Mike & Marty (rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; blues) 9 p.m. Underground 119 - Papa Grows Funk 9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Scott Albert Johnson & Bob Gates (blues/ juke) 7-11 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Juvenators (blues) 8 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Sinamon Leaf 8-1 a.m. $5 Time Out - Shaun Patterson & Brandon Latham (classic rock) 9 p.m. Regency Hotel - Phat Agnes Pelican Cove - Full Sail 2 p.m. The Jenkins 6 p.m. Phillipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Shades of Gray 6-10 p.m. free 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Adrena 9:30 p.m. $10 Dick & Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Bonny Blairs - Karaoke Jefferson St., Clinton - Olde Towne Market: The Varners, Nicholas Pennock (arts, crafts, music) 9-1 p.m. Petra Cafe, Clinton - Karaoke 8 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Rainmakers (classic rock) 9-1 a.m. free Whistle Stop Cafe, Hazlehurst - Mr. B Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Hoosier Daddies, Glenn Williams Mize Downtown Park - Mize Watermelon Fest: Earl Thomas Conley+

July 25, sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fairview Inn - Knight

Al Green, Robert Randolph - Memphis Botanic Garden Black Crowes - Horseshoe Casino, Tunica Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton - Wharf, Orange Beach Deer Tick/Dead Confederate - Proud Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Oxford Sugarland - Wharf, Orange Beach

Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Miss. Arts Center, Lamar St - Miss. Improv Alliance Ensembles 2 p.m. 601-497-7454 Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Rhythm Masters 3-8 p.m. free F. Jones Corner - Dog Days of Summer Outdoor Concert 6-10 p.m. (blues) free Burgers & Blues - Emma Wynters 5-9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Will & Linda 3 p.m. Phillipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Shades of Green 610 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 6-10 p.m. free Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Glenn Williams Neshoba Co. Fair - Vernon Bros. (bluegrass) 1 p.m.

July 26, Monday Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Sherman 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. Last Call - DJ Twilight 9 p.m. Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.

July 27, Tuesday F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi (blues lunch) free Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - The Xtremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Ole Tavern - Open Mic AJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood - Scott Albert Johnson & Bob Gates (blues/juke) Welty Commons - Open Mic Poetry 6:30 p.m. Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Final Destination - Open Mic LDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Blue Monday Band 8:30 p.m. Neshoba Co. Fair - Rainmakers (classic rock) 9:30-12:30 a.m.

July 28, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Welch/McCann (blues rock) 9 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands Playoffs (rock) 8 p.m. Underground 119 - Virgil Brawley & Steve Chester (blues) 8-11 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Jesse â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guitarâ&#x20AC;? Smith 6:30-9:30 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Jon & Amanda 7:3011:30 p.m. free Parker House - Chris Gill & the Soleshakers Pelican Cove - Guns of Addiction 7 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. myspace.com/snazzband2 Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Kokomo Joe DJ/ Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free


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 21st

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

BUY 1, GET 1 WELLS Thursday, July 22nd

Bike Night w/ Krazy Karaoke

Weekly Lunch Specials

7:00 p.m. - No Cover

$2 MARGARITAS! Fri. & sat. July 23rd & 24th

Phat Anges

8:30 p.m. - $5 cover

Open for dinner Sat. 4-10pm thursday

JULY 22

LADIES NIGHT with MR. NICK! LADIES DRINK FREE

WELLS & PONIES 9PM-2AM Exquisite Dining at

The Rio Grande Restaurant

400 Greymont Ave., Jackson 601-969-2141 www.regencyjackson.com BUD LIGHT & PARADISE POOLS & SPA’S

SUMMER PARTY

AUGUST 7TH @ SPORTSMAN’S LODGE

lunch specials - $7.95 includes tea & dessert

friday

JULY 23

PAUL COLLINS BEAT w/ Thee Hypnotic Chickens & Los Buddies saturday

Dirty Lungs WITH THE JOE CARROLL TRIO

monday WED. LADIES NIGHT THURS. BUDWEISER GAMES NIGHT

tuesday

FRI. JACK DANIELS PROMO

with Cody Cox

JASON TURNER

JULY 23RD

NO COVER CHARGE

JASON TURNER & JACK DANIELS PROMOTION NIGHT

BRING STUDENT ID

SAT.

MAJOR LEAGUE

JULY 27

OPEN MIC

PRIZES & FREE SCHWAG

COLLEGE NIGHT

JULY 26

2-for-1 Drafts

& KARAOKE

9:30PM - 1:30AM

JULY 24

BASEBALL MON.

IN-DA-BIZ NIGHT

2 FOR 1 TUES.

JACKPOT TRIVIA ON SUNDAY, BLOODY MARYS $4 & MIMOSAS $3 THURSDAY ON S PINT $1.50 , DAYS 2-FOR-1 MON

*DOLLAR BEER* wednesday

JULY 28

JACKTOWN RAMBLERS

W/ THE SPOOKS FREE WiFi Open Mon-Sat, Kitchen open Mon-Fri 11 am-10 pm & Sat 4-10 pm

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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

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Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) NEW MENU! Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas, pastas and dessert. A “see and be seen” Jackson institution! Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N State Street 601-362-4628) Now serving lunch! Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are accompanied by good coffee and a fullcooked Southern breakfast on weekdays in this charming bakery in Fondren. For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Owner Dani Mitchell Turk was features on the Food Network’s ultimate recipe showdown. Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village Suite #173 601-362-7448) Amazing sandwiches: Meatloaf Panini, Mediterranean Vegetarian, Rotisserie Chicken to gourmet pimento cheese. Outlandish desserts. Now open for dinner Wednesday through Friday.

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910 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland | 601-956-2929 Monday - Saturday | 5 - until

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

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Fenian’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. 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. Martin’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. Shucker’s Oyster Bar (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland 601-853-0105) Serious about oysters? Try ‘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 Café (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 poboys, catfish baskets, and dinners from the grill including mahi-mahi and reggae ribs. Poets Two(1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite H-10, 601-364-9411) 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. Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart) 601-366-5441 Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, and fried seafood baskets. Try the award-winning wings in Buffalo, Thai or Jerk sauces!


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with good people and temporarily escaping life’s tensions. “I realized what a meaningful thing relaxing with friends and family could be on a porch, and it didn’t have to cost a lot of money,” Gee says. Gee is a freelance writer, editor and stylist who has worked for such publications as Southern Living, Coastal Living and Better Homes and Gardens, and she also serves as the consulting food and wine editor for Organic Gardening. In her first book, “Southern Cocktails” (Chronicle Books, 2007, $14.95), Gee shared classic southern drink recipes, the history behind the drinks and tips for creating a “proper” bar. Her husband and fellow Natchez native, photographer Robert Peacock, provided the photography for both books. During her travels, Gee says people have a tendency to look at her with a “dreamy expression” when she talks about how often southerners entertain. They’re unable to imagine the concept of having casual, impromptu get-togethers with friends all of the time. Most born-and-bred southerners will find it hard to argue with Gee when she says that, as a culture, we tend to celebrate anything. “Like in Natchez, there’s a party for every occasion,” Gee says. “And sometimes, there is no occasion.” “I think the southern-ness is that we all love good storytelling,” Gee says. “I think the porch is a natural place for people to kick back and tell good stories, whether they are true or not.” Gee’s must-have item for a summer porch party is an interesting beverage con-

tainer. She suggests using a beverage urn with a spigot or a tall, decorative glass jar with a ladle. “I like to use those at my parties because everybody can serve themselves and the drink looks pretty on its own,” Gee says. Summer porch parties should be relaxing for everyone, including the host. “I think the nice thing about summer parties is to not have too many rules,” Gee says. “Kind of let yourself go on these kinds of parties because it’s too hot to worry about anything.” Another tip Gee suggests is having a galvanized tub filled with ice for bottled drinks, but she says not to include the “usual suspects” like colas and Diet Coke. Try having some locally made root beer or sparkling Italian juice and something in a festive bottle. This lets your guests know that you’ve thought it through and that you think they deserve something more special than ordinary drinks, she says. Gee has a number of favorite recipes from the book, but the ones that come to mind are the Watermelon Cooler, Tipsy Tea and Natchez Milk Punch. “Watermelon Cooler is definitely a favorite because it is so natural,” she says. “It has watermelon and honey along with vodka, which in and of itself is natural. It is essentially an all-natural drink and its not too sweet.” Gee says she was surprised by the number of great drinks she was able to find and come up with for the non-alcoholic, or “Frocktail,” section of the book. “I called them ‘frocktails’ because I don’t like the word ‘mocktails,’ Gee says, adding, “There’s nothing wrong with not

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avid Blumenthal and Derek Emerson are surprisingly relaxed for two guys who just opened Madison’s most popular new restaurant. Sitting in a space that can be used for private dining in Local 463, Blumenthal and Emerson are dressed down in T-shirts and shorts, making jokes and speaking optimistically about their new business venture, while their wait staff bustles around in the background preparing for lunch service. Emerson, 40, is the chef and co-owner of Walker’s Drive-In in Fondren with his wife Jennifer. They have joined longtime friend Blumenthal, 43, to do something a bit more whimsical than Emerson’s upscale Walker’s offerings and to bring his culinary creations to a new audience. The three owners hope to reach what they believe is an untapped market in Madison. While many dining choices in Madison are fast food or corporate chains, Local 463 hopes to offer a unique alternative. “We wanted to bring some sense of ownership for the people of the area, so that they know they have a place that is owned by people that live here and want to be a part of that community,” Blumenthal explains. 46 The restaurant’s moniker comes from the partner’s

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desire to have a local element in the name and it’s proximity to Highway 463. Besides giving the restaurant a local feel, they are keeping the cuisine southern inspired, with Mississippi produce sources, and protein and diary products from farms in Alabama. The food, which Blumenthal describes as playful dishes with good portions, offers the quality Walker’s is famous for with additional family-friendly options and prices, allowing guests to choose from a range of items. “We want people to look at the menu and say, ‘I can come in here and get a hamburger, or I can come in here and have a nice bottle of wine and do the full appetizers to desserts and have a really nice meal,’” Blumenthal says. Loyal Walker’s fans will be happy to know Emerson has brought along a few of his bestsellers, including tamales and Redfish Anna, which they’re calling Redfish 463. “I think if I came to Madison without that Redfish Anna, I would have been shot,” Emerson says. While the owners like that the customers can make the culinary connection to Walker’s, they want to stress that Local 463 isn’t Walker’s II. “I want people to be able to come to Walker’s one day and come here the next and feel like they got two completely different experiences. We can’t

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reproduce Walker’s. I think people that have been going to Walker’s for years understand that, and they would be angry that I tried,” Emerson says. Diners at Local 463 can look forward to unique, original menu items like Dr. Pepper braised beef short ribs and honey-rosemary fried chicken, proving that Emerson’s culinary creativity continues to flourish. Local 463 is located at 121A Colony Crossing in Madison, and is open for lunch seven days a week and dinner every night except Sunday. Call 601-707-7684 for information.


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SATURDAY, JULY 24 PDL soccer, Baton Rouge at Mississippi (7 p.m., Millsaps College, Jackson): It’s the Brilla’s final home game of the regular season and they and the Capitals will be using it as a playoff tune-up. SUNDAY, JULY 25 NASCAR auto racing, Brickyard 400 (noon, ESPN, 620 AM): America’s most famous racetrack plays host to America’s most popular racing league. Sure the novelty has worn off this race, but it’s still an entertaining four hours of vroom, vroom! … Southern League baseball Tennessee at Mississippi (5:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The M-Braves start early on a beer-free day at the TeePee.

Dumbing Up Law schools at New York University, Georgetown and eight other universities have made their grading systems more lenient in the past two years, so their graduates will appeal to prospective employers. And in June, Loyola Law School Los Angeles announced it’s inflating its grades by a third and making the change retroactive. “If somebody’s paying $150,000 for a law-school degree, you don’t want to call them a loser at the end,” said former Duke University geophysics professor Stuart Rojstaczer, who now studies grade inflation, “so you artificially call every student a success.”

Half-Baked Idea Researchers developed a potato-powered battery they say produce electrical energy five to 50 times cheaper than conventional batteries. Haim Rabinowitch and Alex Golberg of Israel’s Hebrew University and Boris Rubinsky of the University of California at Berkeley reported in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable

Energy that they discovered how to construct an efficient battery using zinc and copper electrodes and a slice of potato. Further research found that boiling the potato increased electric power tenfold over a raw potato. (Reuters)

How the West Was Lost When Natcore Technology, a New Jersey company that holds the license to make solar panels that are cheaper, more efficient and less toxic to the environment than regular panels, tried to commercialize the technology in the United States, state and federal bureaucracies stalled its progress. Natcore president Chuck Provini said that attempts to work with elected officials, for instance, rarely got past staff members. Meanwhile, Chinese officials called Provini and offered to speed the project along. “We didn’t contact them. They contacted us,” said Provini, adding, “We wanted to do business in the United States, and we went to different agencies and we said, ‘Here’s what we have going on in China. Can you help us replicate this?’ And, frankly, we kind of rang on deaf ears.” Officials in charge of developing China’s clean and alternative energy helped Provini find a production partner to provide capital and manufacturing capabilities and create 250 to 400 jobs. “They’ve cut through the red tape to be responsive,” Provini explained. “It’s almost embarrassing that whatever you ask for, they deliver it.” (ABC News) Compiled from mainstream media sources by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Huntsville (7 p.m., Huntsville, Ala., 103.9 FM): The M-Braves head for what passes for the mountains of Alabama to open a series with the Stars. Cue “The Stars Fell on Alabama.” … MLS soccer, MLS All-Star Game, MLS All-Stars vs. Manchester United (7:30 p.m., ESPN2): The MLS’ best take on the world’s most famous and popular soccer team (except for Arsenal) in a somewhatmeaningful exhibition. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who reminds you that it’s less than two months until the NFL kicks off. Start counting down now at JFP Sports on www.jacksonfreepress.com.

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TUESDAY, JULY 28 Movie, “Knute Rockne All American” (8:45 a.m., TCM): Pat O’Brien stars as the in this 1940 biopic of the famed Notre Dame football coach. You will see Ronald Reagan die so that the Irish can win one for the Gipper. … Major League baseball, Atlanta at Washington (6 p.m., SportSouth, 620 AM): The Braves, who are contenders this year, face the Nationals, who will be contenders next year.

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FRIDAY, JULY 23 Movie, “Mr. Hex” (11:15 a.m., TCM): A hypnotist turns one of the Bowery Boys into a championship boxer. Huntz Hall straps on the gloves in this 1946 movie. Was this what made Chuck Wepner think he could be a heavyweight boxer?

MONDAY, JULY 26 Southern League baseball, Tennessee at Mississippi (7:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The M-Braves wrap up their homestand and get ready to hit the road.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

According to Hawaiian mythology, the soul leaves the body during the night to seek the adventures known as dreams. The place of departure and re-entry is the “soul pit” (lua’uhane), which is located in the tear duct of the eye. During the next few nights, I’d love for you to send your soul flying out though your soul pit for some daring exploits that will revitalize your lust for life. Take your backlog of stored-up tears along with you, and pour them down like rain on the secret garden you’ve been neglecting. The garden will respond to the downpour with a big growth spurt.

A woman I know was invited to a party where she would get the chance to meet her favorite musician, psychedelic folk artist Devendra Banhart. On her last look in the mirror before heading out the door, she decided that the small pimple on her chin was unacceptable and gave it a squeeze. Wrong move. After it popped, it looked worse. She panicked. More squeezing ensued, accompanied by moaning and howling. Soon the tiny blemish had evolved into a major conflagration. Fifteen minutes later, defeated and in tears, she was nibbling chocolate in bed, unable to bring herself to face her hero with her flagrant new wound showing. The moral of the story, as far as you’re concerned: Leave your tiny blemish alone.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

In the upcoming science-fiction movie “The Adjustment Bureau,” Matt Damon plays a politician with big ambitions. Everything’s going his way until he falls in love with a dancer. Then the representatives of a mysterious group intervene in his life, warning him that he’ll never achieve his dreams if he stays with her. “We are the people who make sure things happen according to plan,” they say. “We monitor the entire world.” I’m happy to inform you, Libra, that this scenario is utterly make-believe. There is no “Adjustment Bureau,” on earth or in heaven. It is true, however, that if you don’t have a master plan, then your destiny is more likely to be shaped by your conditioning and by other people’s master plans. So get working! This is an excellent time to either formulate a master plan or refine the one you have.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The United States is the planet’s major player in terms of political, economic and military clout. China is rising fast as a competitor in those three arenas, but lags far behind in a fourth: “soft power” or cultural influence. The rest of the world finds America’s style, entertainment, art and ideas far more attractive than China’s. As you enter a phase that will be favorable for enhancing your own leverage and authority, Scorpio, I suggest you put the emphasis on wielding “soft power.” You’ll accomplish more by charming people with your intelligence than by trying to push them or manipulate them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

I think it would be healthy for you to wander out to a frontier and explore a boundary. You might even want to re-examine a taboo you haven’t questioned in a while and tinker with a formula you thought you’d never change. I suspect that you would also learn a lot from gently pushing against a limit you’ve come to believe is permanent. Having said all that, I’m cautious about advising you to go further. If you get urges to actually transgress the boundary and break the taboo and smash through the limit, please do lots of due diligence. Know exactly what you’re getting into and what the consequences might be.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

When mobs stage political demonstrations in Pakistan’s biggest cities, they make sure that some of their signs are written in English. That way their protests are more likely to be filmed by news media like CNN and shown to American audiences. Take a cue from that trick as you plan your actions, Capricorn. It won’t be enough merely to say what you want to say and be who you want to be; you should tailor your messages to people who have the power to actually change what needs to be changed.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

I’m putting out a call to the rebel in your heart—not the cranky, vindictive rebel in your mind, but the joyful, yearning rebel in your heart. I am asking this tender

renegade to rise up against narcissistic behavior wherever you find it. Don’t shout it down or try to shame it, though; rather, work around it through outrageous displays of empathy and radical acts of compassion and feisty outbreaks of wild kindness. Your job, according to my analysis of the astrological omens, is to be a one-person wrecking crew devoted to smashing the boring inertia of egotism with your zealous concern for the good of all.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

As the economic recovery lags, many frustrated job seekers have decided to stop waiting around to be saved; they’re taking matters into their own hands. As a result, entrepreneurship is thriving. I suggest you catch that spirit. In fact, I advocate a mass entrepreneurial uprising among Pisceans in the coming months. Even if you’re already employed, it’ll be prime time for you to create your own perfect gig, carve out your own special niche, or dream up a role that is designed for your unique talents.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Revenge fantasies would pollute your consciousness. I advise you to repress them. Wallowing in resentment would have an equally deleterious effect. Don’t you dare give that emotion a foothold. On the other hand, fantasies of experiencing pleasure and joy, even if they’re escapist illusions, will tone and invigorate your awareness. I recommend that you indulge in them at great length, unleashing your imagination to explore a variety of blissful scenarios in tremendous detail and with ingenious flourishes. In fact, as your part-time soul doctor, I can’t think of anything else that would be more beneficial to your physical and mental health.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

If there were such a thing as the Queen of Heaven—a living Goddess whose presence both calmed and excited you, a numinous female magician who lit up your longing to see life as it really is—and if this Queen of Heaven came to be with you right now, what would you say? Would you ask her to help you, and if so, how? Would you seek an answer to the most important question in your life? Would you spill every secret and tell every story you’ve ever wanted to share and trust that she’d be able to see the totality of who you really are? I advise you to do this imaginative exercise sometime soon. The time has come for you to receive a blessing from the highest expression of feminine power.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

What’s up with your best friends? I mean, what’s really going on for them in the big scheme of things? According to my astrological intuition, at least one of your good buddies is at a turning point in his or her long-range cycle, and could really use the deep reflection and catalytic help that you might provide. Try this exercise: Put aside all your ideas about who your close allies are, and simply try to see the world as if looking out of their eyes. After you’ve done that, imagine how you could offer yourself to them as a brain-booster and heart-strengthener; brainstorm about how you might blend your life force with theirs so as to empower them to see further than they can by themselves.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22)

In my astrological opinion, you should pay special attention to whatever’s embryonic in your life. You should rouse the smartest part of your capacity for love and direct it with high-beam intensity toward burgeoning possibilities that have recently germinated. There may come a time later in the process when you’ll need to impose discipline and order on your growing things, but that’s not what’s called for now. Be extravagant in your nurturing. Don’t scrimp on generosity and beneficence. Have fun overflowing with profusions of life-giving care.

Comment on Bertrand Russell’s statement, “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Go to Freewillastrology.com and click “E-mail Rob.”

“Kaidoku”

Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you wonít see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!!

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The problem: That dress has been hanging in your closet since your sister got married a few years ago, you don’t know where else to wear it, but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of it. The solution: Enter the Bling Contest at this year’s Chick Ball, benefitting the Center for Violence Prevention, for the chance to be crowned the Queen of Bling. This contest isn’t limited solely to blingedout dresses. No, no. The Bling Contest Committee would never limit a fashionista chick so severely. Whatever fabulousness lies in the depths of your closets that sparkles, shines or gleams and will make Chick Ball attendees take a second look, put it on and meet the other chicks at the ball. The reward: You will have the satisfaction of knowing you pulled out more stops than your slightly inferiorly dressed subjects to win the title of Bling Queen. But more important, you’ll be among people who care about ensuring those who need legal assistance after escaping abusive relationships. There’s little more rewarding than that, but there may be a little something extra in it for the women, too. For the Gents: If you’re reading this thinking, “What do I get for being dapper? I don’t want a Queen of Bling tiara” (though some of you more “progressive” guys, we know, wouldn’t mind), we have good news. Though there can only be one Queen of Bling, the guy who comes dressed to the nines can win the coveted Arm Candy Award. And everyone likes candy. For second guessers: What’s that? All you have is jeans, T-shirts and thong sandals, and you’re thinking maybe you shouldn’t come to the ball? Foolishness! That’s just as perfect. In fact, every outfit is the perfect Chick Ball outfit. Remember: Though being fly is tres chic, social responsibility will forever be in fashion.

By Hanna and Jasmine Bowie This week’s steals for the budget-savvy fashionista: Shoe Bar at Pieces (425 Mitchell Ave., 601-939-5203): Show off that spicy summer pedicure with plenty of sandals at 50 percent off.

W by AZ Well (132 Market St., Flowood, 601-992-1661), New shipments of NYX makeup, rompers, tanks and bandeau tops. Also check out the clearance items that are 10 to 70 percent off.

Lipstick Lounge (304 Mitchell Ave., 601-366-4000): Get flashy flat sandals for $30 and less and “Hollywood Ready” heels for $40.

Wink Boutique (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 270, Madison, 601-898-4643): No sales tax July 30 and 31 means you can buy even more. Get 20 percent off denim and shoes at the back-to-school sale.

July 22 - 28, 2010

Lemongrass Boutique (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601-9913161): 75 percent off everything in the store. Buy one pair of jeans, get one free and get an extra 20 percent off the entire denim purchase.

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We Buy Cars

We buy cars working or not. Call 601-573-8082

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Transport Service Co. Top Ten Reasons to Drive a Tanker. 1. Dedicated Freight. 2. Frequent home time-1x/wk. 3. Avg. Earnings of $65k. 4. Leading Compensation Pkg w/bonuses. 5. Financially strong company. 6. Less wait time at customers. 7. Safest drivers and equipment in the industry. 8. No lumping. 9. Part of the largest bulk carrier in N.A. 10. Expanding business for bother drivers & O/O’s. Call today for interview. Peter: 866-410-4733. www.transportservice.com

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Commercial only, with refrigeration experience.We offer the following benefits: great pay, company van, uniforms, paperless invoicing, paid medical, dental, and vision ñ 50% for employees, paid holidays & vacations. Requirements: minimum 5 years experience and a clean driver’s license. Call 888-528-3688, email resumes to billm@bas-services. Com, or fax resumes to 251-928-9125

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COTTAGE FOR RENT.

1 Bd/1Bth cozy cottage, hardwood floors, lots of windows, central heat and air, W/D connection and security system. $615.00 a month. Deposit is $615.00. 601-259-4151

Are you pregnant? Considering adoption?

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Spacious living/dining, kitchen, bedroom, den; hardwood floors, CH/A; five minutes to MC. $550/month, no pets; call 601-355-6548, leave a message.

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