Vol. 8 | No. 51 // September 2 - 8, 2010
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Fests & Funds The Jackson Redevelopment Authority considers a Latin Festival ... and Robots.
COURTESY BOOMERANG SYSTEMS; WARD SCHAEFER; DAVID RAE MORRIS; COURTESY JEFF STEWART
Cover photograph by David Rae Morris
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gene young Photographs and newspaper clippings from the civil-rights era surround Dr. Gene Young as he tries to remember just how many times police have shackled him in handcuffs. One side of his T-shirt bears a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the other side, President Barack Obama. He pauses and chews on a toothpick. “I stopped counting how many times I’ve been arrested,” the 60-year-old admits. In 1963 at age 12, Young accompanied his brother to protest police who were arresting Freedom Riders at Jackson’s bus station. Police arrested Young, who was a bystander, and took him to the state fairgrounds where he was locked in a livestock compound and forced to sleep on a concrete floor for three days. While too young to realize it then, this was the beginning of his career as a civil-rights activist. A few days after the event, NAACP Field Secretary Jerome Smith convinced Young’s parents to send their son to New York City and Washington, D.C., to share his story. Young left June 12, 1963, the night Byron De La Beckwith shot civil-rights leader Medgar Evers. “Years later, I asked my mother, ‘Weren’t you scared to let me go to New York at that time?’” Young recalls. “She said: ‘Let’s just say I kept your insurance paid.’” The next year, while Young was attending a civil-rights convention in Kansas City, a barber at the hotel’s barbershop refused to
give him a haircut. Young and other NAACP members called the press and protested outside the shop, and the barber finally conceded. A photograph of Young getting his haircut appeared in Time Magazine. Young graduated from Lanier High School and in 1972, from Jackson State University. He received a full scholarship to the University of Connecticut where he earned his master’s degree and doctoral degree in higher education in administration in 1982. Young was also arrested in 1974 for staging a protest in the University of Connecticut’s library against the school’s curriculum, which taught genetic inferiority. After working as director of black studies at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., for six years, Young moved back to Mississippi where he worked as an administrator at JSU until his retirement last year. “I can deal with racial injustice, but I just couldn’t deal with cold weather,” Young says about his decision to return to Mississippi. But then, Young becomes serious and paraphrases one of Evers’ last speeches. “He looked forward to the day when people heard the word Mississippi, and we didn’t have to hang our heads in shame expecting the worst, but hold our heads up with pride expecting the best. We have come a long ways, and we still have a way to go. … (But) having grown up here and seeing what Jackson was like, and where it is now, we’ve come leaps and bounds.” —Lacey McLaughlin
Judge Houston Patton is embroiled in a lawsuit that goes back decades.
16 Coastal Blues The Mississippi Gulf Coast struggles with disasters: natural and man-made.
34 Upward Bound Southbound covers the greats and entertains crowds throughout central Mississippi.
7................ Editor’s Note
September 2 - 8, 2010
by Natalie A. Collier, Associate Editor
Same Picture, New Frame
riday, the rain wouldn’t stop as I drove down Highway 49 South. I wondered where the sunshine or a rainbow was. “Stories about hope and inspiration always have sunshine and rainbows,” I said to myself, as I headed toward the Mississippi Gulf Coast. That’s what I was looking for. Sometimes I have an idea of the story I’d like to tell before anything actually happens. I don’t know if this is common or one of my personal idiosyncrasies. I know the stories I’d like to tell about the time I got engaged, when I bought my first house, the list goes on. While it challenges my creativity, and it’s entertaining to watch things play out in the theater of my mind, issues arise when reality doesn’t match the story I’d like to recount. Such was my time on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in New Orleans this past weekend. Several weeks ago, I’d been asked to sing at a Hurricane Katrina memorial service on the Coast, so I decided to make a weekend of it. Not long after accepting the invitation, I imagined the narrative I was probably going to see play out—the sense of hopefulness and feelings of resilience permeating the air. I thought the sky would be a pale blue, with the exception of the white, fluffy clouds that decorated it. I fathomed stories of loss and destruction that ended with an abundance of peace. That’s what I hoped for and those were the tales I expected to come back with, but it’s not exactly what I got. Because the rain wouldn’t stop coming, for a while I thought I wouldn’t make it to New Orleans. One of the things I wanted to see was the neighborhood Brad Pitt is building in the Lower Ninth Ward. The pictures I’d seen in Architectural Digest were beautiful, and I wanted to see it with my own eyes. But
my friend, a Mississippi Gulf Coast native, and I weren’t able to head over from the Coast to New Orleans until late afternoon when the rain let up a bit. Just after we hit Interstate 10, the heavens relieved themselves again and poured more rain on us. We decided since we’d left, we’d go on, even if it meant not having the chance to walk around in the neighborhood or the French Quarter a bit, as we’d planned. While we drove, my friend talked about the two types of people he most often meets since Hurricane Katrina. Those who helped during the time of devastation five years ago tell similar tales, he says, of inspiration and passion they tapped into or stopped ignoring following Katrina’s destructive path along the Coast to help with recovery efforts. “You hear people say, ‘When I volunteered after Katrina, it gave me the courage to …,’” he said. “But a lot of the people who are from down here,” he continued, “it’s their excuse for everything. ‘I would’ve gone to college, but Katrina came ...’ and ‘I would’ve bought a house by now, but after Katrina came I …’” I wasn’t looking for a story from a Coast native who said the storm victimized people, and now they’re still content to blame their lack of forward movement on the storm. There are exceptions to his rule, I’m sure. And I know there are people who probably would have done more for themselves by now had the storm not interrupted their plans. I was disappointed by my friend’s words and the narrative about hope his words had not given me. In Gulfport, the few people I saw out before we left for New Orleans seemed to be going about their lives like normal. I expected
to feel a sense of community on the fifth anniversary of the storm, but I saw, instead, people darting in and out of the outlet mall, avoiding being soaked. It all seemed so ordinary. “You think people aren’t out because they’re home spending time with their families, remembering this time five years ago?” I asked my friend. “Or maybe because it’s raining so much,” he responded. As we drove, I thought “reframe.” In a former life, when I was working on a master’s in marriage and family therapy, reframing was one of the concepts I loved in a class about neuro-linguistic programming. Reframing, at its most basic, is taking a situation or context and seeing it in a different light—putting it in a different frame. It’s all about who you are and the experiences you bring to the table with you that shape how you perceive things. And the beauty about the human condition is that we can change our perception and, therefore, change our realities. It’s all about the frame. One of the things I’ve been working on for the past couple months is learning to be in love with my life. Another friend and I have different opinions about the possibility. He believes I’m naïve and that life has too many variables and uncontrollables for one to be in love with his life. I believe while those things are true, it has little to do with how you choose to see your life and circumstances. It’s only when we take responsibility for ourselves and our lives that we can begin to live fully. This is what, I believe, distinguishes a person who lives their life from a person who life happens to. We all experience periods in our lives where we just don’t want to do it. We don’t want to try. We don’t want to believe. It’s human. But we also, at some point, have to decide that we will. We will create for ourselves the lives we want to love, and if we fall short, at least we had lives we really liked. It’s not about having a perfect life. In a perfect life, Katrina wouldn’t have hit; we wouldn’t have to mourn the loss of loved ones; we wouldn’t have to look for new jobs because we were laid off from the old ones; and I would have made it to Brad Pitt’s neighborhood before nightfall. But it’s about embracing what life throws at you and finding the best way to manage the setback. Few people I know have difficulties accepting blessings life throws them, so why not find ways to fashion blessings out of barriers? Sitting in the memorial service, the pastor asked that the congregation repeat the chorus “To you, God, we give thanks and praise,” as she read from index cards the various things congregants were thankful for since the storm: restoration, volunteers, safety, financial donations, provisions; the list was a long one. Those congregants found hope and inspiration, and they found more love. They reframed, and you don’t have to have experienced a hurricane to do that.
Lacey McLaughlin News editor Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. E-mail Lacey@ jacksonfreepress.com or call 601.362.6121 x. 22. She wrote the cover story.
David Rae Morris Photographer David Rae Morris is a long-time resident of New Orleans. He and his partner, Susanne Dietzel, and their daughter, Uma Rae Morris Dietzel, also live in Ohio. He took the cover photo.
ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome, a Pepperdine University alum, enjoys family game night, loves her dog Duchess and wishes she could be a roller derby girl (named Strawberry POUNDcake.) She helped coordinate FLY.
Ryan J. Rudd Former editorial intern Ryan J. Rudd is a Jackson native in his junior year at Prairie View A&M University near Houston, where he is editor-in-chief of the student publication, The Panther. He wrote a Talk.
Byron Wilkes Freelance writer Byron Wilkes craves sushi incessantly, and has considered living in Tokyo. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and currently works part-time at the Meridian Star. He wrote the book reviews.
Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is a freelance writer who lives in Hattiesburg. She writes for regional publications. Follow her on Twitter at sehoy13. She wrote a food piece.
Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a graduate of Tougaloo College and the proud mother of one cat. Her JFP blog is “The Bricks That Others Throw,” and she sells design pieces at zazzle. com/reasontolive.
Randi Ashley Jackson Account manager Randi Ashley Jackson is a Brandon/reservoir area native. She loves organic gardening and her goldfish GillBert. She strives to be the next Food Network star chef, if only in her own mind. She manages JFP sales accounts.
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Friday, Aug. 27 During a special session, Mississippi legislators approve a $45 million incentive package for Houston-based KiOR to produce a crude-oil substitute from biomass in the state. Saturday, Aug.28 Fazel Ahmed Faqiryar, former deputy attorney general in Afghanistan, accuses President Hamid Karzai of firing him to block more than two-dozen corruption investigations. … Ultra-conservative Fox News commentator Glenn Beck calls for a religious rebirth of America, claiming title to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a tea-party rally in Washington, D.C., on the 47th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
he city of Jackson may host a new Latin and Caribbean-culture festival in September if the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and Novia Communication & Media Group can agree on using Union Station and Union Marketplace as its venue. Novia CEO Ben Minnifield approached the JRA last week with the prospect of convincing the JRA, a quasi-governmental authority that owns and manages Union Station, to allow Novia to use the property to host a Sept. 18 festival featuring Latin and Caribbean music, food and entertainment. “This is a one-day, Saturday, event,” Minnifield told the JRA three weeks before the event was scheduled, adding that the event coincides with Hispanic Heritage month, which begins Sept. 15. “We’ll be looking to tap into the culture of people we often overlook: the Hispanic and African-Caribbean markets that are here. We have a cadre of Latin artists that have already signed up to perform at this event, and we’re having an international talent contest,” Minnifield said. “… We’re asking JRA to waive the costs associated with the use of Union Market and Union Station to allow us to share the proceeds with JRA. We’ll generate profits through the sale of tickets and booths, but we need a platform to allow this festival to begin.” The JRA may not allow free use of JRA property to for-profit companies, but the authority can arrange an agreement for a percentage of revenue the venture generates. Minni-
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field said sponsors like Target, Kraft foods and Walmart are eager to jump on board so long as Novia Communications pins down the venue. The JFP was not able to confirm the sponsorship with the companies before press time. JRA board member John Reeves said he was leery about using the picturesque Union Station to host a party. “We spent $7 million renovating that building,” Reeves said. “It’s a beautiful building that’s been renovated back to an earlier period—wooden floors, gorgeous structure. I’m worried about a big party of people running in
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and out of the building like that, for the same reason we wouldn’t want a big party like that at the state capitol. Who is going to pay for the damage if they spill beer or wine on the floor?” Minnifield pointed out that the festival, which should run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is an alcohol-free family event, and said his company would arrange for insurance coverage of up to $1 million to handle any damage. Reeves referred to the recently defunct Jubilee!JAM festival, warning that the city JRA, see page 9
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Monday, Aug. 30 Roadside bombs kill seven American soldiers in Afghanistan, bringing the American death toll in the war to 14 since Saturday. … University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders announces 29 faculty member cuts due to budget issues. Tuesday, Aug. 31 The East Coast, from Cape Hatteras to Cape Cod, braces for Hurricane Earl, a category 4 storm on target to be the strongest in the past 20 years. … U.S. banks post their highest quarterly earnings in three years with $21.6 billion in profits.
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“[Y]ou never underestimate Mother Nature, God and that Gulf of Mexico. It can be a killer.” —Ocean Springs resident Betty Maerker about her experiences on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
Match the celebrity to their “shining fashion moment” or “awful fashion blunder.” 1. What was this singer thinking when she wore a swan dress to the 2001 Oscars? 2. This “material girl” hit the wrong note in her unforgettable Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra. 3. Three words: silk smoking jacket, a pipe and bunnies. 4. This Elie Saab burgundy gown with strategically placed flowers was a shows topper when this actress won her first Oscar in 2002. 5. They ushered in the ridiculous trend of wearing your clothes backward in the 1990s and everyone “jumped” on board. 6. From one-pant leg pushed up and Kangol hats, to three-piece suits and designer sunglasses, any “around-the-way girl” will agree that this man is devilishly handsome either way.
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Sunday, Aug. 29 An engineer says that the 33 miners trapped in a Chilean gold and silver mine since Aug. 5 will have to move tons of rock to aid in their rescue, which could take up to five months. … On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation to the Gulf Coast, President Barack Obama pledges to finish the area’s restoration in a speech he delivers in New Orleans.
JRA Considers Latin Festival, Parking Robots
Answers: 1d; 2f; 3e; 4a; 5c ; 6b
Thursday, Aug. 26 A Russian court orders prosecutors to reopen an investigation into the 1918 murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family.
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Wednesday, Aug. 25 Former President Jimmy Carter arrives in North Korea to negotiate the release of Bostonian Aijalon Mahli Gomes, 30, arrested for crossing into North Korea and sentenced to eight years of hard labor and fined $700,000. … Gov. Haley Barbour asks the EPA to stop a proposed casino on land owned by The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ in Jones County, saying its wastewater treatment plant is deficient.
Hurricane Katrina was the largest storm to make landfall in recorded history, affecting more than 90,000 square miles. It was the most deadly, with 1,836 confirmed deaths, and the most costly, with economic damages estimated at more than $150 billion.
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by Adam Lynch department. A second, $126,000 software package, Timmons GIS’ Request LoGIStics, allows residents to report problems using the city’s website. • Approved the appointments of Jackson residents H. A. Beau Whittington and Beneta Burt to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. Burt replaces John Wicks, who retired this year. Whittington replaces departing board member Jay Schimmel. • Passed a new ordinance that adds a petition requirement for renaming streets and public facilities. The council removed a requirement earlier for a petition requiring 75 percent approval from neighbors of the street or facility. Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba led the effort to remove the petition, saying the 75 percent requirement acted as a deterrent to renaming. He added a new petition requirement mandating “50 percent plus one” last month, which the council approved last Tuesday. File Photo
t the Aug. 24 Jackson City Council meeting, council members took the following actions: • Voted to approve a grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation to widen Lynch Street. The federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant could widen a section of Lynch Street to four lanes with a median, and could reconstruct the Highway 18/Lynch Street interchange. The $32 million grant requires $8 million in matching funds from the city. • Approved the purchase of software that could eventually allow Jackson residents to log and track complaints and service requests to the city including complaints of potholes, police behavior or barking dogs. Cityworks software, produced by Utah-based Azteca Systems, costs $170,000 and will generate service requests for the city department overseeing the type of complaint, from public works to the police
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does not “have a good history of successful festivals,” except for an annual crawfish festival on the fairgrounds which, in Reeves’ words, “sold a lot of beer and got people drunk.” JRA member Ronnie Crudup said he was “excited about doing something” with the largely unused Union Marketplace, however. “We’ve had a lot of arguments at the board about not using these facilities. I’m hoping that these events will be the first among many,” Crudup said. “I’m confident our lawyers can craft the kind of agreements that will enforce reasonable risk in order for this to move forward.” Reeves, who said he had nothing against the festival itself, made a motion for JRA attorneys “to move forward” with crafting a lease agreement with Novia Communications that would protect Union Station and Union Marketplace, bringing the agreement back to the JRA for approval. The JRA also agreed to begin work with Full Spectrum on the construction of an 806car parking garage and a cooling unit serving Full Spectrum’s $1.3 billion Old Capitol Green development. The automated garage, which would use Boomerang Systems’ proprietary robot valets, has an estimated $27 million price tag after adding $5.3 million for an adjoined communal cooling system. Full Spectrum Development Director Malcolm Shepherd said the project will likely qualify for about $6 million in federal and state new market tax credits and would require a $20 million bond, either issued through the Redevelopment Authority or Senate Bill 3281, allowing Full Spectrum to borrow $20 million
from the state. Traditional parking garages come much cheaper. Parkway Properties completed its 500-parking space City Centre garage for only $6.9 million in 2005, but Shepherd said the Old Capitol Green project requires an 800-car garage with a comparatively small footprint. “A $10 million parking garage would not produce the type of space we need,” Shepherd said. “On the average, a structured parking garage runs about $22,000 per space. Multiply that times 806 you get a $17.7 million garage, so either way we go, a $10 million garage wouldn’t get it. We’d need a $17 million garage, and it’s going to cost us more because more people are going to have to work in that traditional parking garage. This way, we’re creating new, high-tech, green jobs in the robotics industry, and we’re bringing a new product to the city of Jackson—which really should initially turn out to be tourist attraction. Nobody around here has robotics parking.” Full Spectrum anticipates the garage and the cooling system to pay for itself with revenue drawn from a multitude of residential and commercial residents spanning the 50-acre development. Ownership of the building could fall to the JRA after seven years. Reeves said he was eager to get the process moving and voted in accord with other JRA members to dedicate attorneys and accountants to work with Full Spectrum to devise a $20 million bond and payment plan. “I was impressed with the Full Spectrum presentation, and I’m excited to see this project finally turn dirt,” Reeves told the JFP. “I voted in favor of the project while I was in the Legislature, and I’ve been optimistic that something would happen, and this is wonderful.”
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elvin Priester Sr. believes better communication can make the Hinds County judiciary more efficient. Priester grew up in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Mass., and attended Boston University, where he met his wife, Charlene. Priester received his bachelorâ€™s degree in 1972 and a masterâ€™s in rehabilitation counseling in 1973. After working as a psychiatric social worker for eight years, he entered law school at the University of Texas in Austin, alongside Charlene, and received his J.D. in 1985. The couple moved to Jackson and opened the Priester Law Firm in 1988, focusing on general civil practice. The firm has represented the Jackson Medical Mall, Hinds County and the Jackson Convention Center. Mayor Frank Melton appointed Priester to Jackson Municipal Court, where he served until July 2008, when the state supreme court tapped him for a new opening as a Hinds County special circuit court judge. In that post, Priester hears drug and violent crime cases investigated by the Jackson Enforcement Team, a federally funded task force. Whatâ€™s the logic of creating a task force like JET? It allows law enforcement to, in a cooperative manner, do a lot of things and get into a lot of places (where) I think oftentimes, agencies will say, â€œThis is my turf.â€? The creation of the judicial component allows us to process those crimes much quicker. For example, I believe it was last August, we had a lady, a 65-year-old lady from Clinton, who was the victim of a home invasion. Four people broke down her door, pistolwhipped her, pulled her by her hair throughout her house, making her point out her valuables. Clinton police apprehended those folks within a couple of weeks. By February or March, all four of those people had been sentenced from the JET court. How does that compare to the normal circuit docket? I think normally you would probably be
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Hinds County Special Circuit Judge Melvin Priester is seeking his first elected judicial position after five years in appointed seats.
looking at at least a year, if not two years, to get something like that to trial. Wouldnâ€™t county court be less exciting than JET court? I think the attraction, for me, is that you do hear civil cases. You have the possibility of hearing criminal cases, if appointed by the senior circuit judge. And if Iâ€™m not mistaken, county court cleared 3,000 more cases than did circuit court last year, which means to me that you have an opportunity to impact more lives in county court. â€Ś After five years of being an appointed judge, it was time for me to offer myself up for election. In other words, see whether the people want to keep you? Thatâ€™s one way of putting it. Youâ€™ve mentioned the possibility of seeing criminal cases. What kind of assignment system would you like to see at county court? Personally, I would like to at least be considered for some involvement in the youth court, based on my background â€Ś with
troubled youth, but I have no problem with the mechanism of the senior judge making assignments. What other kinds of things could change in county court that would be positive? This doesnâ€™t apply only to county court: I think we, as an entire courtâ€”weâ€™ve got to start looking at sentencing. Thatâ€™s not to say that every judge must sentence a case to the same amount. I donâ€™t want to take the discretion vested in trial judges away, and I certainly donâ€™t want to go to the federal system of sentencing guidelines, but I think we need the opportunity to come together and discuss. What types of things are we looking at when we sentence? â€Ś I guess what Iâ€™m talking about is increased communication among the sitting judges. How did you know Frank Melton? Frank and I actually were friends for over 20 years. â€Ś We did some work for WLBT, when I was at my brother-in-law (Frank Stimley)â€™s firm. That was about the time he started getting actively involved with the young people in the community, and I had the opportunity of representing some of the young folks he was working with. â€Ś I handled a couple of aggravated assaults, just the whole gamut of things that young folks do that end them up in Youth Court. How familiar were you with the more controversial parts of his administration? I think I know what youâ€™re asking, and I have to say, Frank was a friend of mine, as well as a client, for a very long time. I think the lesson here is that one has to stay focused on the means as well as the ends. And thatâ€™s what I have taken away from Frankâ€™s tenure. Meaning that his means and his ends didnâ€™t match up? Well, thatâ€™s kind of all I feel comfortable saying about Frank. Iâ€™ll put it this way, my mama told me, â€œDonâ€™t talk ill of the dead.â€?
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Hinds County Court Judge Houston Patton is facing an ethics proceeding, in addition to a 2008 federal civil-rights lawsuit. He is up for re-election.
ouston Patton may have a busy docket as Hinds County Court judge, but he must also contend with an increasing number of cases that feature him as a defendant. On Aug. 24, the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed a proceeding against Patton with the state Supreme Court asking for a formal reprimand and $1,000 fine. The commission, which investigates ethics complaints against judges, concluded after its closed hearings that Patton violated the state’s codes of judicial performance by discussing a case outside court and wrongfully
jailing parties in civil cases. In 2007, Patton heard two complaints against Billy Ralph Sullivan. In the first, Joseph and Debra Gregory alleged that Sullivan’s company, A & S Environmental, owed them $21,875 for lease payments on a Daewoo track-hoe. The commission found that Patton spoke to the Gregory’s about their suit outside of court, failed to give Sullivan proper notice of hearings and wrongfully held Sullivan in contempt. The second complaint, from John Woodward and Vivian Wajda, demanded lost income from Sullivan for allegedly breaking a water line and failing to complete construction of a pond levee. Again, the commission found that Patton discussed the issue out of court with the plaintiffs, held hearings without giving Sullivan proper notice and wrongfully held him in contempt, leading to his incarceration. In a third 2009 case, Patton found in favor of former Jackson Fire Chief Vernon Hughes and his wife, Constance, in their suit against Homer Tillman, the brother of Ward 5 City Councilman Charles Tillman. The $44,300.82 judgment resulted from a dispute over Homer Tillman’s work as a housing contractor, according to The Clarion-Ledger. A year after Patton’s ruling, the Hughes asked the judge to hold Tillman in contempt
for non-payment. Patton granted their request two days later without notifying Tillman and ordered Tillman jailed. After Charles Tillman called Patton, the judge released his brother. Patton is also the defendant in a federal civil-rights lawsuit based on a complicated bribery allegation dating back to 1997. The story starts with James Jennings, who was embroiled in 1994 in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Stacey Kenney. In late 1996 Jennings enlisted attorney Keith Shelton to file a civil complaint against Patton, who—Jennings alleged—had him held in jail until he agreed to give up a $35,000 judgment he had won against his ex-wife. Shelton approached Patton in late March 1997 about settling the suit, and Patton responded by going to the Hinds County district attorney’s office and telling them that Shelton had tried to bribe him. Jennings maintains that Patton misrepresented the interaction. Patton later agreed to settle the case for $25,000, with $5,000 to be paid to Jennings upfront. He arranged a meeting with Shelton and Jennings for April 16, 1997. In the parking lot of a McDonald’s at the Metrocenter Mall, while wearing a wire, Patton handed over the money, but he deviated from a script provided by investigators. The Hinds County district attorney’s of-
fice indicted Shelton and Jennings on bribery and conspiracy charges Aug. 14, 1997. It was not until November 2005 that Chief District Attorney Robert Taylor, the attorney with the DA’s office who handled the case, dismissed the cases against both men “with prejudice.” In November 2008, Jennings filed suit against Patton and former Hinds District Attorney Ed Peters for wrongful prosecution. Judge Tom Lee ruled in February of this year against Patton’s motion to dismiss the suit. Patton had claimed judicial immunity, arguing that he could not be sued for actions he took as part of his judicial duties. Lee decided Patton’s alleged conduct was not protected. “In the court’s opinion, under the version of facts offered by Jennings … Patton’s actions may not fairly be characterized as judicial,” Lee wrote in his order. The case is currently pending in U.S. District Court. Lee dismissed Jenning’s complaint against Peters, however, on the grounds that prosecutors have considerable leeway in pursuing cases that they find convincing. Reached at his home Monday, Patton declined to comment on the Judicial Performance complaint or the federal lawsuit. “I’m in the middle of a re-election campaign, and all my effort, energy and concentration is on that re-election,” he said.
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ince the mid-1990s, the U.S. Department of Interior’s much-maligned Mineral Management Service (MMS) has sponsored projects to examine the history of the Gulf. Research teams from the University of Houston with the assistance of researchers from the University of Arizona have been working on developments in Gulf Coastal communities. Their first two studies, “Assessment of Historical, Social and Economic Impacts of OCS Development Industry on Gulf Coast Communities” and “History of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry in Southern Louisiana,” have led to a third study in progress, “History of the Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oil and Gas Industry during the Deepwater Era: Worker, Family and Community Perspectives.” The third study, funded with nearly $500,000, began in 2009 and will determine cumulative effects of offshore development on the Coast, and community and family relationships. The study will analyze information from three different perspectives: the pioneers and entrepreneurs; oral histories from workers and the community; and government and political leaders who have developed laws and strategies used to regulate the industry. Diane Austin and Tom McGuire of the University of Arizona co-lead the project, and UA anthropology graduate student Preetam Prakash is conducting field research in Moss
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try impacts or disrupts the flow of the fishing industry, there is often compensation. In some ways they co-exist, in other ways they have concerns on the effects they have on each other.
Based on the research that has been done so far, what is the outlook of the oil and gas industry? Diane Austin: In terms of being able to talk about the industry, I will say that the U.S. is so dependent on oil and gas that we cannot switch out of it overnight. Even as disastrous as this spill has been, our economy and our livelihood will not allow an immediate transition. I think there has been a transition already in place, but in talks of the next few decades, this industry will still be around.
The industry has nearly 4,000 oil platforms in the Gulf, only 33 of which are in deep water. Drilling proponents are saying that a moratorium on new wells will destroy the industry and America’s energy security. What’s your take? DA: There were pieces of the moratorium being lifted, so much of the activity going on in the gulf will continue. There are thousands of platforms out there that are still producing, and are not being shut down. The initial moratorium was 500 feet, however, that may have even changed. The real concerns for regulations were in the deep water, which is why a moratorium was not placed on the near shore, because there is a long history of that operation going on.
Has the industry presented lifethreatening factors to workers and surrounding communities? DA: There are risks in many aspects of the industry; I think we witnessed that with the explosion. The risk of explosion and other hazards exist in this industry. If you look at it historically, the industry has certainly improved its safety record over time, but there is no guarantee in an industry like this, that there will be no accidents. Oilworkersaremadeupindependent and tough men. From a sociologic standpoint, do you see specific problems within those communities, battering, for example? DA: Based on the research we’ve done thus far, that is undetermined. However, I would like to think this depends on family dynamics and expectations. With workers having shifts that require them to be on and offshore for weeks at a time, the extended, nontraditional schedules certainly play a factor in keeping workers apart from their families. Is there tension between the different populations? (Tourism vs. oil, fisherman vs. oil) DA:There is a very long-standing relationship among the three. Whenever the oil indus-
What is the attitude of industry workers toward shifting away from oil and toward green, sustainable energy? DA: We’ve yet to study that as well, so I’m unable to provide you with a percentage. I think the real question is how much work would there be? Would there be enough to replace the number of jobs? Would they have the same skill set, so that people losing jobs in the oil industry could actually get jobs in another industry? Will the MMS be making the study, or any parts of it, public? DA: Yes, we have central archives at the University of Houston, and copies at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and at Nichols State University. Because this is the first study we’ve included people from Mississippi, we will be working with archives to see where the interviews will go after they are transcribed. At some point, we will provide a Mississippi university with copies of all the materials, but we aren’t there yet.
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There’s Oil In Them Trees
Houston-based KiOR is set to receive $75 million to build three plants that will convert wood into “renewable crude oil.”
n a special session Aug. 27, the Mississippi Legislature passed a $45 million bond issue that will allow the state to loan $75 million to KiOR, a Houstonbased startup that converts biomass into a crude-oil substitute. KiOR expects to employ 1,000 people directly and indirectly and spend $85 million in the state. But the promise rests on a technology that is unproven at a commercial scale. KiOR’s Houston demonstration plant currently produces 15 barrels of its crudeoil substitute per day, using 20 tons of wood chips. Using a process similar to fluid catalytic cracking—a chemical process used in oil refineries—and a proprietary catalyst, the plant essentially speeds up the natural process by which biomass turns into petroleum. The startup has backing from Khosla Ventures, a venture-capital firm headed by Vinod Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems and an investor in alternative energy projects. Khosla also funded Range Fuels, a biofuel project in Soperton, Ga., that proposed to produce ethanol—which can be blended with gasoline for use as a fuel—from wood. That project has suffered from dramatically diminishing expectations, however. In 2007, the company projected an initial production capacity of 20 million gallons, with a peak capacity of 100 million gallons per year, at a cost of $150 million. By February of this year, it had revised those projections: The plant would produce only 4 million gallons this year, and its product would be methanol, a less useful and more volatile cousin to ethanol. Some legislators seemed wary of investing in a commercially unproven technology, making references to the Mississippi Beef Processors plant that closed in 2004 after three months of operation and an investment of $50 million in state money. Mississippi Development Authority Chief Financial Officer Kathy Gelston noted that KiOR raised $110 million from investors, a sign of the company’s viability, she said.
The state is making its loan contingent on KiOR having a signed purchase agreement with an oil refinery. Gelston said that KiOR has already obtained letters of intent from two such companies. The equipment that KiOR purchases with the state loan will also serve as collateral. If the plant fails to produce its projected $85 million in expenditures, the state could take ownership of the equipment. The state’s confidentiality agreement with KiOR prevented Gelston from sharing specific price projections for KiOR’s “renewable crude,” but she assured senators that the oil would be competitively priced. “The price of gas could go down significantly from where it is today and the company would still be viable,” Gelston said. Unlike the highest-profile biofuel, cornbased ethanol, KiOR’s crude oil substitute would benefit from being a “drop-in fuel,” one for which a refining and distributing infrastructure already exists. The manufacturer has pledged to build its first three production facilities in Mississippi—in Newton, Columbus and in Franklin County, near Bude. When operating at peak capacity, those facilities would each produce anywhere from 800 to 1600 barrels or more of synthetic crude per day, using between 100 and 250 truckloads of wood. That demand would help small timber farmers by bringing competition for lumber with large wood pulp mills, but it would not significantly overburden the state’s timber industry or deplete the state’s woodlands, according to a state timber industry source. KiOR estimates that over its entire lifecycle—from harvesting wood to burning gasoline—the company’s “renewable crude” will have 70 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional petroleum. The company’s approach represents an uncharted direction for biomass-based alternative energy. The two dominant methods thus far have used wood chips and agricultural waste to produce either ethanol or electricity. Of those, biomass electricity plants have an inherent advantage in terms of efficiency; burning a biofuel in an internal combustion engine necessarily means losing up to 50 percent of the fuel’s energy in heat. John Bonitz, farm outreach and policy advocate for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said that makes biofuels like KiOR’s more effective as a short-term solution than a long-term one. “From an energy-economics standpoint, … it actually makes more sense to convert that biomass into electricity, which charges an electric vehicle, and you get more miles to the ton of biomass,” Bonitz said. “As policy-makers, … that’s probably something we should consider, but that doesn’t necessarily help us with our goal of energy independence in the near-term. … If we can generate stuff in the near-term that gets poured straight into people’s existing cars and trucks, that will help us with our addiction to foreign oil.”
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ast week, Gov. Haley Barbour called a special legislative session to have Mississippi lawmakers vote on a $45 million incentive package for KiOR, a company that produces a crude-oil substitute. KiOR used 20 tons of wood chips in its model plant in Texas to produce 15 barrels of oil. The three proposed plants in Mississippi will eventually employ 1,000 workers. The governor was anything but transparent with his constituents regarding the deal. Why was secrecy over the deal requisite? What does Barbour not want citizens to know? Who’s making money? Who stands to lose? KiOR’s technology is, admittedly, experimental. It has yet to be proven in any large-scale production capacity. How can such technology be certified as a good deal for taxpayer money in the current economic climate? Biofuels have yet to be shown as viable sources of energy. Most biomass proposed for production of biofuels has proven to take more energy to grow than the resulting fuel they produce. Putting agricultural land in the service of growing biomass reduces production of food, driving up its cost, which ultimately hurts most the people who can least afford it. KiOR’s model plant used wood chips for biomass. The math should give pause: If it takes 20 tons of wood chips to produce 15 barrels of oil, it will take more than 5,300 tons of wood to produce the 4,000 barrels a day the company’s forecasts project (about 0.02 percent of America’s current fuel consumption). Assuming the average loblolly pine produces 1,500 pounds of wood, we would need more than 7,000 trees a day, or, at 350 trees an acre, about 20 acres of trees every day. And while trees are technically renewable, it will take about 35 years to re-grow a mature forest once cut down. Where is the biomass going to come from to feed the KiOR process? Where, governor, is the integrated management approach and partnership with federal agencies called for the in the current administration’s plan to ensure the success of biofuel ventures throughout the entire supply chain? Finally, simply replacing the source for oil is a minuscule part of the equation. We can neither drill nor grow our way out of our massive dependence on oil. America must significantly lower its demand and use of oil to wean us from our oil addiction. We must make significant investments in alternative forms of energy, including solar, wind and water. One thousand jobs is nothing to sneeze at when more than 150,000 Mississippians are unemployed. But is this investment worth $45,000 per job? Par for the course, this deal was rammed down the throats of the Legislature with insufficient time and information. Without knowing the real costs, the Legislature’s pro votes were simply irresponsible.
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oneqweesha Jones: “This is the Labor Day edition of ‘Qweesha Live 2010.’ During the last eight weeks of summer, America and the world have experienced more drama than the soap operas and reality-television shows combined. The summer of 2010 will probably be remembered for the BP Oil Spill Television Marathon; D.J. Andrew Breitbart’s abbreviated, chopped and screwed disco mix of Shirley Sherrod’s 45-minute speech to the NAACP; and Glenn Beck Luther King’s re-enactment of the March on Washington. “All of this division, spitefulness and red tape makes me want to holler, throw up both my hands and ask: ‘What’s Going On?’ All of this hot mess happening in the world makes me recall lyrics from an Earth, Wind and Fire song: So you say you tried. But you just can’t find the pleasure. People around you givin’ you pressure Try to resist all the hurt that’s all around you. If you taste it, it will haunt you So come, take me by the hand, We’ll leave this troubled land. All of this foolishness makes me want to get away. “Before I close, I want Brother Sylvester, ‘Missing Toe’ artist, to briefly talk about his thought-provoking T-shirt graphic art series called ‘Msicar Esrever.’” Brother Sylvester: “‘Msicar Esrever’ is the phrase ‘Reverse Racism.’ It’s my T-shirt art campaign to eliminate the rise of hatred, bigotry and racism by flipping the phrase and spelling the words backward.” Boneqweesha Jones: “Now that’s what I call ‘flippin’ the script,’ Brother Sylvester.”
t’s five years post Hurricane Katrina, and I’m still angry. Old images of the disaster dominated my TV screen and the Internet this past weekend: old images of Mother Nature at her most fierce; old images of destruction left in Katrina’s wake; old images of bodies floating in flood water; old images of thousands of people starving, hot, sick, despondent. I’m just as angry as I am now as I watch those images in my living room. Five years may seem like an eternity to some, but for those who survived that horrible summer of 2005, time has yet to heal the wounds of homes and loved ones lost, and family members displaced. Imagine starting your life over again in a new city with just the clothes on your back. It’s unfathomable for a lot of us to think, but we should all be angry. It’s unfathomable because in a country that has so much, at a time when our fellow man needed us most, I feel the country failed us. The pictures I saw, the stories I heard sounded like stories after a nuclear attack: anarchy, looting, violence, rape, murder. It was a real-life version of “Lord of the Flies,” where only the strong survived. We watched police corruption rise to an all-time high, watched the gentrification of neighborhoods, watched the destruction of a school system. We watched the transformation of cities right before our very eyes. And we stayed glued night after harrowing night, just as a lot of us did this past
weekend, watching footage of Aug. 29, 2005, and the days afterward. You should be angry because never again should human life be treated so callously. It’s not a matter of “if”; it’s only a matter of when the unpredictable whims of Mother Nature will touch us again. Five years after Katrina, we must still remember. And in that, let us remember that ground zero for Hurricane Katrina was the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With all the attention that New Orleans gets, know that those on our Coast were and are experiencing twofold those images that the media shows of our Louisiana brethren. The pain and suffering that washed over New Orleans when the levees broke had already visited Gulfport, Biloxi, Long Beach, Bay St. Louis, Pascagoula, Moss Point and all points in between. Entire cities were flattened, and businesses completely wiped off the map. Let’s not forget them, either. There was no Spike Lee documentary, no Harry Connick Jr. or Branford Marsalis getting air-time about our Coast, no Saints Super Bowl victory to lean on. And that should make you angry all over again, like it has made me. No one wants to see a disaster like Hurricane Katrina and what happened in its wake happen again in his or her lifetime. We better start making sure we put the people in place to ensure that it doesn’t. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff!
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drove down to the Coast last week. I needed to see for myself what my home of four years looked like. I hadn’t seen anything that made me feel good about what was probably happening there. I had no plan. I just wanted BP’s head on a platter. Friday evening, I rolled in and met a friend in downtown Gulfport. As I was driving through downtown, I tried to reconcile my pleasant shock over what I was seeing. Residents had renovated old, dilapidated buildings that were unused even before Katrina, and had converted them into businesses with cute little shingles hanging over the doors. Sidewalks were clean and dotted with seating and tables for people to rest between stops. Flower beds strategically punctuated concrete and asphalt with green and yellow. The most noticeable change was the presence of people meandering in and out of little pubs and restaurants. It was nothing short of miraculous to see people gathering in downtown Gulfport after 5 o’clock on a Friday night. As I made my way into the Quarter Bar, a colorful little place inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter, my friend waved me over to join him and two others at a black hardwood table. I couldn’t curb my enthusiasm at Gulfport’s renaissance. I asked him about the beach. He told me the beach has tar balls, and a cleanup crew is working the area. Indeed, the beaches don’t look that different. I decided to put the bad news away for the night and just revel in what feels like downtown Gulfport’s resurrection. Later, we headed to a favorite restaurant in Long Beach, with visions of pulled pork plates and shrimp Creole dancing in our heads. The restaurant was, as usual, crowded on a typical Friday night, and a band was playing out back. We ate wonderful food and drove back to downtown to walk around and listen to the live music playing in each establishment. The two-man band at Watson’s Piano Bar was rocking the black baby-grand piano gracing the front of the bar. We had chocolate martinis and watched the crowd. The next day, I just wanted to take photos. I ventured out to the Bank House Coffee in downtown Long Beach to fortify myself with some caffeine. Apparently, renaissance is contagious. I got several shots
of construction and established businesses in Long Beach’s downtown. Vendors had set up tents along the side of the coffee house, which is fast becoming an epicenter for the community. They were selling homegrown and homemade goods: everything from eggplants to goat milk soap. People were out and about, walking on the new sidewalks, stopping in the coffee house, talking to the market vendors. I went west to Pass Christian that afternoon. The city has redone its memorial park. Live Oaks that Katrina claimed were resurrected through majestic sculptures of eagles and dolphins. The park stretched out to end in a breathtaking beach view. A family was having a picnic, and their kids occupied a new children’s play area. A grove of stately live oaks beckoned exploration. Cedar facades even adorned garbage cans— the city had painted one word on them in forest green: pride. Bay St. Louis was my last stop of the day. I discovered a new local bookstore with books by local authors—most of them chronicling the Coast’s struggle to rebuild after Katrina—decorating the display window and most of the display tables. I bought Ellis Anderson’s “Under Surge Under Siege.” I walked along the sidewalks of the Bay, taking shots of whatever took my fancy. It was monstrously hot, but I couldn’t seem to keep from walking and shooting. I ended the evening having dinner with a friend who had lived in the Bay for about 15 years. We went to Waveland to eat at one of her favorite establishments. She was getting her life back. We joked and laughed like we used to, before the storm. Irony can be beautiful. I came to the Coast on the warpath against a huge entity for what it had done to hurt this place I came to love so much. Instead, I uncovered the unflinching spirit of the people who have rebuilt a place they believed in with an almost apostolic faith. The BP oil spill was nothing short of tragic. But it would be doubly tragic for this incident to negate the Coast’s rebuilding efforts. Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who is owned by Phoebe, a 9-year-old Lhasa apso. She works as a nurse in a local hospital.
It was nothing short of miraculous to see people gathering in downtown Gulfport after 5 o’clock on a Friday night.
CLARIFICATION In “JRA Seeking $61K Delinquent Rent” (Vol. 8, Issue 50, Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2010), reporter Adam Lynch’s story could have implied that David Watkins was in arrears on rent. Watkins and Young PLLC was not behind in payments at the time of his 2008 departure from the firm. Similarly, Watkins Development is not behind in any payments to JRA for the company’s offices housed in Union Station. CORRECTION: In the Jackpedia listings (Volume 8, Issue 48, Aug. 12-18, 2010) we incorrectly listed Dr. Shirley Donaldson under the heading “Colon Hydrotherapy.” She does not perform this procedure. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the confusion.
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by Lacey McLaughlin The future of Bay St. Louis seemed bleak Saturday Sept. 3, 2005, five days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.
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Betty Maerker often visits Ocean Springs’ shoreline right before a storm, where she watches the waves rise and fall, and gathers her thoughts. But for the past five years, her trips to the beach have reminded her of what her community lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “I feel calmer. It sounds strange, but the ocean draws me,” she says. “I go to the beach now, and I can’t remember where anything is. It’s almost like you’re in a dream or a nightmare, and you are still waiting to wake up.” For Maerker, 69, the ocean is her home. Her determination to stay in Ocean Springs—the only place she has friends and family—was tested five years ago when Katrina, a category four storm, descended on the Gulf Coast. To demonstrate what the past five years have been like, Maerker extends her hands, revealing her red and frayed fingers, a result of constant nail biting. “See my nails?” says Maerker, who spent four and a half years living in a Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer. “They used to be nice and long. That’s what happened. Maerker moved to the Coast in 1957 from Vicksburg, and despite spending a short stint working in Maryland, she claims the Coast as home. Before Katrina, she rented a 1,500 square-foot home in Ocean Springs’ Gulf Park Estates subdivision, which she 16 shared with her son and mother. Maerker
admits that she hasn’t shared her story with anyone and is still so shaken that she hasn’t visited her former neighborhood since the day she tried to salvage what was left of her flood and wind-damaged home. “Had anyone told me this is how bad it’s going to be, I would have called them a liar,” she says. “But you never underestimate Mother Nature, God and that Gulf of Mexico. It can be a killer.” Maerker is one of tens of thousands of Mississippi residents who lost her home and belongings in the storm. Steps leading to nowhere were the only trace of some homes; remains of Biloxi’s casinos were scattered throughout the Mississippi Sound; and the bodies of humans and animals lay among the ruins. In the first few days after the storm, the national media—which heavily focused on New Orleans—drew attention to the federal government’s delayed response. In the months that followed, an outpouring of donations prompted nonprofits and disaster-relief workers to set up shop and help the Coast rebuild. Today, homes and casinos along U.S. Highway 90 show signs of life on the Coast. But the small gaggles of men and women in bright yellow vests picking up tar balls on the state’s beaches are a reminder of a more recent threat to residents and businesses. When BP announced that oil was seeping into the Gulf of Mexico after the April 20
Deepwater Horizon explosion, local fishermen and charter-boat captains joined with the Mississippi chapter of the Sierra Club to organize press conferences, calling for a full government response to the spill. Last month, The Sun Herald reported “bus-sized” tar mats reached the shores of Long Beach Island. A University of Southern Mississippi economic report released in June investigating the oil spill’s impact on business states that the state’s coastal restaurants were down 30 percent from last year, while seafood prices are up an average of 30 percent. The charter boat industry took the biggest hit with average 70 percent decline in business. Then on Aug. 17, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced that BP had not paid 63 percent of business and individual claims for financial losses incurred since the disaster. While Katrina’s damage was far more visible, the oil spill is an unprecedented event. Its effects, while still largely unknown, threaten the Coast’s entire way of life. State Sen. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, says it’s been hard enough for businesses and communities to recover over the past five years because of a steep cost increase for insurance premiums. After recently reviewing an aerial photograph of the Coast, he noted that many empty spaces remain where businesses and homes once stood. After the storm, he says, insurance
companies required businesses and homes to meet stricter standards, which meant residents had to pay more. “Insurance continues to be a 500-pound gorilla,” he says. “We have new regulations, like building codes and elevation requirements and those kind of things that hamper building, and then you have costs that hampers rebuilding, and then you have insurance cost. All of it goes back to insurance.” Baria says that businesses and residents are dependent on each other. If people aren’t moving back into an area, then it’s unlikely grocery stores and other retail will follow. The only major grocery store in Bay St. Louis is at Walmart. The local soccer league still hasn’t come back, either. Baria now takes his children to Gulfport to play soccer. Hand Up, Not Handout A few days after Katrina, Maerker applied for a FEMA trailer while she was temporarily staying in a friend’s RV. Six months later, the trailer arrived, and she moved into the 240-square-foot, one-room camping trailer with her 84-year-old mother and son. Maerker had anticipated a short, temporary stay. She had no intention of calling the cramped space her home for the next four and a half years. “I used to call it my candominium,” she says. “It was like living in a can. I’m 5 foot, 8 inches tall, and I could stand up and touch
State of the Coast cessful that they became permanent solutions for those who could purchase them; 2,800 residents lived in the cottages at the peak of the program. “The purpose of the (cottages) was to see if there was a better use of temporary housing than a FEMA trailer,” Womack says, adding that the $2 billion left for the state’s Community Development Block Grant program must go to restoring infrastructure and businesses in addition to building affordable housing. But the cottage program introduced several logistical problems for residents. In addition to supplying their own land for the property, cottage owners must also meet elevation, zoning and neighborhood-covenant requirements. If a person owes back taxes on their property or has ever been convicted of a felony, they do not qualify for ownership. Womack estimates that 700 families are still living in the cottages despite the fact that their leases expired in January. “There are certainly jurisdictions that have valid codes in place that say that the cottages don’t meet minimum square-footage requirements; there are certain flood zones that they can’t be placed in because of FEMA and other issues,” he says. Womack added that the program pays for the cottages’ insurance for one year for owners. The program will also pay to elevate the homes 5 feet, 7 inches off the ground,
The Biloxi Public School District Board voted to close Nichols Elementary School this year, citing budget issues. Community residents, however, claim racism motivated the decision.
but after that, the owner must pick up the tab. The elevation requirements, however, vary by proximity to flood zones. Morse says the obstacles involved in finding affordable housing can discourage many families who lost everything in the storm. In 2008, the state established the Mississippi Case Management Consortium, an organization to help assist families still lacking substantial home repairs or housing after Katrina. On Aug. 31, the organization dissolved with 234 cases remaining. While the organization helped to solve 7,000 cases, the rest of those families will be eligible for pipelines such as the consortium’s “Adopt A Family,” website in which private donors can financially support a family who is trying to find permanent housing. The MCJ report points out that with billions left in federal funds, the “Adopt A Family” program shouldn’t be necessary. “As well meaning as this online appeal may be, Mississippi cannot be permitted to place further demands upon private charity to house our citizens when the state diverted vast housing resources to other uses that still remain unspent,” the report states. In 2008, Barbour diverted $570 million in federal funds for affordable housing to the Port of Gulfport expansion project. To try and get those funds back, the Mississippi Conference Chapter of the NAACP and the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for allowing the governor to divert the funds. In January, federal judge James Robertson dismissed the case for lack of standing, stating: “The plaintiffs have not alleged or offered to show that HUD’s diversion of excess funds to the Port Expansion Project has injured or would injure them.” Morse said the organizations are appealing the case. “I think it’s fair to say that outside of the lawsuit, the evidence that surfaced over the past few months clearly shows that we are right. There is a substantial amount of unfinished housing business that is going to require additional money over and above what the state has already committed,” he said. To date, Mississippi has spent $30.27 million for the port expansion project, which is currently undergoing a design phase and environmental review. Dominos Fall in East Biloxi Well-kept shotgun houses spaced between empty lots line streets just a few miles from Biloxi’s waterfront condos and casinos. The predominately black and Vietnamese community, known as East Biloxi, is a tight-knit neighborhood where neighbors relied heavily on each other after the storm. Biloxi native Sharon Hanshaw grew up here. Before the storm, she operated a hair salon out of her home. After Katrina
meowners’ assistance grants, increasing the supply of rental housing, rebuilding public housing and providing alternative forms of housing such as modular homes. Last week, Barbour issued a statement championing the state’s recovery efforts, stating that only 176 of the 45,000 FEMA housing trailers remained occupied in Mississippi. Morse, however, claims that the state put more money toward wealthy homeowners than renters and low-income residents, and says that just because FEMA trailers are emptying, it doesn’t mean that people don’t still need homes. “The problem is that the state, several years ago, didn’t put enough toward housing. But to make matters worse, they spent the money later and more slowly than they did on grants for wealthier homeowners,” Morse says. “… I think it’s an expression of how the state and Governor Barbour feel toward wealthy homeowners versus the expression of urgency to low-income folks. They moved heaven and earth to get money into wealthy homeowner’s pockets.” MEMA Director Mike Womack maintains the state’s alternative housing program was never intended to be a permanent housing solution for low-income families. The state received federal funds to build 500 modular homes for people who were transitioning from temporary shelter. He says the models were so suc-
the roof. It beat not having anything; and at the time we didn’t, and we needed help.” After the city started to rebuild, Maerker began looking for a permanent place to live. Because she was a renter prior to the storm, she didn’t qualify for a homeowners assistance grant. As a senior citizen on a fixed income, she became discouraged to find that the price of the few rental units available had nearly doubled after the storm. She says that a house that was $700 a month before the storm was now about $1,500 a month. Those who could afford the rent found a place to live. “I never thought I’d see the day that people on this Gulf Coast would be greedy— as greedy as they were,” she says. “We had people living in tents or in their cars. People were just begging for a place to live.” About three years after the hurricane, MEMA officials called Maerker to tell her good news: She had won a lottery to receive a three-bedroom cottage. The state competed for federal funds to build modular cottages for citizens to purchase, lease or receive for free through a lottery. The cottages can withstand 150-mph winds and have turned into permanent homes for approximately 700 families on the coast. “I was so excited. We were so excited. Oh my God,” she says. “These cottages were gorgeous. They were furnished with towels, knives and forks, and dinnerware, everything you needed. All you had to do was buy food.” But when officials asked where she would be putting her new home, that’s when Maerker learned she needed to own the land for the 840-square foot cottage. She attempted to apply for a grant to purchase land at a local nonprofit, but learned the next day that all the grant funds had already been allocated. “I felt like I’d been punched in the gut,” she says. “It seemed like I’d made a little leeway, and then I’d have to go back a mile. I didn’t want to borrow any money from any one. I have X number of dollars that I have each month. I told (FEMA officials), ‘I’m looking for a hand up, not a handout.’” Maerker worried about the toll the living conditions and the stress of the storm were taking on her mother. Last year, her mother passed away before the family got a chance to find a permanent home. Mississippi Center for Justice lawyer Reilly Morse estimates that the 5,000 Coast residents and families who still lack affordable housing have stories similar to Maerker’s. Morse, author of the report “Hurricane Katrina: How Will Mississippi Turn the Corner?,” criticizes the state’s spending priorities for recovery. The report says that of the $4 billion the state allocated for housing, the state spent $1 billion for business subsidies and infrastructure and, between 2006 and 2008, reduced its housing allocation by almost $800 million. In 2006, Gov. Haley Barbour issued a comprehensive plan for housing on the Gulf Coast. In that plan, he proposed allocating federal funds for two phases of ho-
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State of the Coast, from page 17 Lacey McLaughlin
their school is closing down.” Morse agrees with Hanshaw’s assessment, and says that the school’s low population is directly related to the lack of housing in the community. “You can be pushed out, or you can be ignored out of a neighborhood. And (Biloxi) is doing a little of both,” Morse says. If you don’t allow money into a community to restore itself, then it dies. … If you don’t restore housing, you lose the student population for that school, and a school is like a community anchor. The dominoes are falling in East Biloxi because of this housing neglect, and when they fall, the property is cheaper to buy, and other businesses can come in and get it,” he said.
Mississippi Charter Boat Captains Association President Tom Becker says charter boat captains are barely hanging on after the oil spill.
transformed her home into a pile of rubble, Hanshaw found herself starting over at age 51. After spending nearly a year sleeping on others’ couches, she started speaking out about the lack of affordable housing, child care and jobs for women. She founded the nonprofit Coastal Women For Change in 2006, and has become a representative for Mississippi on international panels about Katrina Recovery. She says several East Biloxi businesses never reopened after the storm and, to support the community, the city needs to focus on helping minority businesses and homes. “What we are seeing is new development that does not meet the people’s criteria,” Hanshaw says. “There are no jobs or affordable housing. … Sometimes you just can’t wrap your head around it.” Hanshaw recently took on another fight when the Biloxi Public School Board voted to close East Biloxi’s Nicholas Elementary School in July. The board voted to close the school at the same meeting the issue was put on the board’s agenda. District Superintendent Paul Tisdale claims that in the face of district’s loss of $5.5 million in state education funds, the 248student school had to be closed to save operational funds.
Located on Division Street, the school opened in 2004 and closed for a year after the storm when it was filled with 8 feet of water. East Biloxi community activists cite the school’s successful history, which includes the state’s “Star School” rating for high student performance, employing the recipient of state’s top teacher award and Biloxi’s top parent award. The district also reportedly discovered they had $10 million in savings, which Hanshaw says is a sign that politics are at play. After the school board said that they’d close the school, the Kellogg Foundation announced that it would supply the district with a $1.3 million grant for the district to reopen the school. The school board is expected to address the offer at its Sept. 21 meeting. “It’s a new school. You can’t make sense out of it,” Hanshaw says. “It’s scary because what happened was, they didn’t let anyone know before they made the decision. They didn’t think we would keep fighting. Every time a school board meeting happens, we are there. I try not to think that this is racism, but when you put it all together, it points in that direction. … Little 6-year-olds can’t understand why
Waiting on the Future Behind the Hard Rock Casino off Highway 90, a steady line of people gather to fill their large coolers with fresh gulf shrimp. Manh Tran, captain of the Rising Angle, scoops the large, white shrimp from several coolers on the back of his boat and weighs them. Shrimp season is back in full swing since state waters reopened August 21 after being closed for nearly a month, and local residents are taking advantage. Most people in line buy 20 or 30 pounds of shrimp, and at $3 a pound that’s a bargain, they say. One man asks Tran if the shrimp smell like oil. “I like my BP oil fried,” the man jokes. After losing almost a month of fishing and shrimping, Tran is glad to see business picking back up. David Burrage, marine resources professor at the Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research and Extension Center, says that with state waters closing and many shrimpers working for BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program, shrimpers only brought in 186,000 pounds of shrimp this past June, compared to 1.5 million pounds in June 2009. Tran is able to sell his product cheap, he says, because he sells directly to consumers. Last year, he sold shrimp for just $2 a pound but he is trying to make up for lost business. When the state closed waters in June, he filed a claim with BP for $5,000 and says he received payment about two weeks later. Tran, who operates the boat with his family, is happy to be back in busi-
ness but isn’t sure what the future holds for families who depend on shrimp to survive. “Some of these people, all they know how to do is shrimp,” he says. “Most of them came over from their country and didn’t have an education. They have kids; and (by running) a shrimp boat they can take care of their families.” Down the street at Point Cadet Marina, rows of charter boats sit idly in their boat slips. There are no fishermen or tourists on this sunny August morning, and the only customers at the marina’s fuel station are Vessels of Opportunity contractors transporting workers to the Mississippi Barrier Islands to assist in oil-spill efforts. Mississippi Charter Boat Captains Association President Tom Becker, who houses his 40-foot boat “Skipper” at the marina, feels the weight of the 57 boat captains that he represents. Becker retired from the U.S. Air Force and started his charter-boat service in 1985. Normally on a summer day like today, Becker says there are usually about 15 charter boats out on trips. But today only three boats are out. Becker is tired from a long week of meetings with state officials about issues affecting fisherman from the oil spill, but gets energized when he talks about a bit of good news, which he hopes will breathe life into the Coast’s charter-boat industry. On Aug. 20, the National Marine Fisheries Service re-opened red snapper season. While limited to weekends only, Becker said he hopes the extension will entice tourists to take fishing trips. And though the state opened its waters for fishing Aug. 6, Becker says that boats can only fish about three miles offshore because federal waters—which extend further out—are still closed. The farther charter boats go from shore into the Gulf of Mexico, he says, the better the fishing is. Becker has been working tirelessly to voice the concerns of fisherman on the Coast. This isn’t the first time his industry has taken a hit. “This is our third rebound in five years,” he says. “First Katrina. Then last year, the economy was the worst year we have ever had, and then this year we all had high hopes, everything was looking good; we all had bookings. And then, on April 20, that all ended.”
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One of the biggest obstacles has been getting charter-boat captains employed through BP’s Vessels of Opportunity program, Becker says. After the oil spill, a flurry of out-of-state and recreational fisherman—many of whom weren’t experiencing financial hardships directly from the oil spill—signed up for the program. Becker alleges that many fishermen were buying $100 commercial fishing licenses to have a better chance of employment, and BP
wasn’t verifying those claiming they ran charter boats. With BP paying large boats up to $3,000 a day, Becker fought to get a list of who the company hired. He was outraged when he saw that the majority of workers were posing as commercial and charterboat fishermen. “Right off the bat, BP should have come to us and got our captains involved,” he says. “Our captains know the waters,
they know the regulations, and they’ve had HAZMAT training. Let them do the work; they know what it is like to go out there during the day.” Even when federal waters open, Becker worries about what lies ahead for the Gulf fishing industry. He opens a photo album on his boat cabin’s table, showing pictures of families and friends from years past proudly holding their catches of large amberjack, flounder and red snapper.
“The fish are still good today,” he says. “But when I ask a scientist about what these dispersants are going to do to the quality of the fish, and he says, ‘I don’t know,’ how good does that make you feel?” Barbour recently appointed Becker to serve as a member of his 34-member Gulf of Mexico Commission to help the state design a long-term oil-spill recovery
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The Lingering Effect of Dispersants
by Adam Lynch
beaches and lagoon—many of which serve as the bottom of the food chain for the critters in the open sea, and who will grow up to be the next generation’s food catch—are not so clean. Harriet Perry, a biologist with the University of Southern University’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, found orange oil droplets under the carapace of blue crab larvae, which suggests that oil in the Gulf has worked its way into While Gulf seafood like shrimp is passing the Federal the beginning links of the food chain. Drug Administration’s safety test, the long-term effects of “In my 42 years of studying crabs, I have never seen dispersants on health are unknown. this,” Perry told the Associated Press in early August. The blue crab population could take a hit—and prove ven though the Federal Drug Administration emblematic of other Gulf denizens. Author and marine and other U.S. agencies remain confident that toxicologist Riki Ott, who has reported extensively on the oil and dispersants are not tainting Gulf sea- 1989 devastation of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s food, the jury is still out, according to some Prince William Sound, told the Jackson Free Press that the tests and opinions. true devastation is tied to the growth pattern of marine life As early as Aug. 6, the FDA declared the food col- and may take years to truly manifest. lected from Gulf areas recently reopened for fishing safe “The entire Pacific Herring population of Prince Wiland said 1.8 million gallons of Corexit chemical dispersant liam Sound suffered a 99 percent kill rate a total of four that BP poured into the sea to dissolve oil was unlikely to years after the Exxon-Valdez oil spill,” Ott said, explaining show up in the food chain. that the oil decimated the fish fry and killed off a whole White House energy adviser Carol Browner told re- generation. “This isn’t an apples to oranges comparison beporters earlier this month that the president served Gulf tween Exxon-Valdez and the Gulf Coast disaster because seafood at his birthday party Aug. 4 in part to ease doubt you had fresh toxic oil every day for three months. It doesn’t about the safety of food. The White House website states, matter that BP is saying (the oil is) weathered. If it was so “Consumers need to know that seafood from the Gulf of weathered, why were BP employees getting such ripping Mexico is safe and fishermen need to be able to sell their headaches? If it had been a one-day blowout, it would have products with confidence,” and claims multiple agencies been a whole different scenario, but it was every day, and including the FDA and the National Oceanic and Atmo- every day there was more oil and more dispersant.” spheric Administration are working to “ensure the safety Unfortunately, the loss of whole generations of sea of Gulf Coast seafood” by testing samples from reopened life may not be the end of it. Ott said many of the lowly waters for oil and dispersants. links of the food chain may actually gather too little oil to But while adult organisms from open seas are passing prove toxic to their systems, but predators devouring the government tests, organisms wriggling through the Gulf’s small links could end up retaining their prey’s oil traces. In
this manner, the ingested toxins become more and more concentrated as they slither up the food chain toward the Gulf’s top predator—fishermen. Fox 8 in New Orleans reported earlier this month that Tulane University researchers may have uncovered the presence of BP’s toxic dispersant Corexit in more blue crab larvae. Preliminary results suggest that the same orange blobs of oil discovered under the carapace of blue crab larvae appear to contain traces of Corexit. Martin O’Connell, director of the Nekton Research Laboratory at the University of New Orleans, told Fox that the jury is still out on Corexit’s ability to accumulate down the food chain: “If you’re a small fish and you eat 1,000 of these small crab larvae and all of them have oil or Corexit droplets in them they could get into the fish — that little fish could be eaten and so on and so on,” O’Connell said. Mississippi Sierra Club Executive Director Louie Miller said the BP disaster likely won’t be over for years, despite the capping of the well. “This disaster is just beginning. It’s not ending, despite what BP and their apologists want you to believe. The bottom line is there are still 103 million gallons of oil in the Gulf. Even using the White House’s cherry-picked low estimate, there’s still 103 million gallons. That’s nine times greater than Exxon Valdez, settling onto the ocean floor, getting into organisms. Nobody knows how long this stuff is going to be with us, but if history is the teacher here, we’re in it for the long haul.” Miller’s opinion on the safety of Gulf seafood, at the moment, marks a stark contrast to that of the White House. “I wouldn’t eat gulf shrimp. And since Corexit … is listed as carcinogenic and rejected for use by the European Union—which actually has a way to de-list a dangerous dispersant, unlike the EPA—I’ll be eating South Carolina shrimp,” Miller said.
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plan. During the commission’s first meeting Aug. 17, community advocate and Biloxi native Linda St. Martin voiced her opposition to the makeup of the governor’s commission, demanding fisherman representation on the panel. Initially, Barbour had not appointed any commercial fishermen. “I hated having to do that,” St. Martin later told the Jackson Free Press. “You don’t know how distasteful that was to me. ... But, there is not a single shrimper or work-boat person on that entire 34-member panel, and they are the ones who are going to be the most directly affected.” Becker doesn’t agree with St. Martin’s approach for getting the governor’s attention. But he says the tension on the Coast is high as fishermen and business owners don’t know what the future holds. Even Becker isn’t sure how much longer he can continue to operate his charter-boat business. “I think they are scared because they don’t know the future,” he says. “How long is this going to last? … I’m 69 years old; how many more years can I sit and wait around?” Coming Back While Maerker is by no means a materialistic person, she often thinks about
the items she will never see again: her mother’s diamond earrings, family antiques and the large trees in the back yard of her former home. In April, Maerker received a rental-assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and she leased a two-bed room apartment, which she shares with her son, who is her caretaker. When she moved in, her apartment contained an air mattress, a love seat and television. She has now added a coffee table, end table and a set of chest of drawers. “For a while we didn’t have anything. We were Japanese-style on the floor,” she says. “But it is so great. I can spread out, there is so much room.” Maerker says she is working with a local nonprofit to get furnishings for her new apartment. Since moving out of the FEMA trailer, she says her health has improved, but her nerves are still rattled from the last four years. Despite the Coast’s history of hurricanes, she says she will never live anywhere else. “We are a resilient group of people. We might get kicked down, but we are going to come back,” she says. “It might take us five years, it might take us 10 years, but we are going to come back.”
The transition to Jackson has been tough but steady.
Ocean Springs resident Betty Maerker lost the home she lived in during Katrina and lived in a FEMA trailer for four and a half years after the storm.
guess we’ll have to catch the bus to school tomorrow,” I thought when I spotted a dim red spot in the water that was our family Chrysler Concorde. From inside the townhouse, I watched the fierce hurricane winds blow water from both the sky and Lake Pontchartrain toward my city. Between emptying buckets of water out the window and cleaning up as chunks of ceiling fell, I decided that it would be best to finish that literature assignment that I had been putting off that was actually due a week prior to Aug. 25, 2005. At that time, I didn’t come close to realizing the severity of the situation. I can remember telling my friends at school that I would see them next week. Saturday, the next day, I waved back to Andre, my lifelong neighbor and best friend, not even thinking that I should say some sort of goodbye. At the time, I didn’t expect it to be the last time I’d see him. It wasn’t until I was out in a boat traveling through New Orleans that I realized this water covered everything, and it wasn’t going anywhere. We were transported to a highway on the edge of town where the water had dried up. There were people as far as I could see; all were stuck in the city because they hadn’t evacuated, either. All of us were hungry and dirty and were being called refugees as the officials tried to figure out what to do with us. After a two-week-long trek out of the city, my family eventually ended up in Jackson. My grandmother thought this to be the best place to go because we would be close to family here. The transition to Jackson has been tough but steady. There was a complete culture shock. My first school experience in Jackson was at Chastain Middle School. I hated it; nothing was the same as back home. The students there seemed like a totally different species. I could barely understand anything they said, and they were amazed at my socalled “accent.” They seemed to be living in a different universe with different popular music, television shows and styles. They were continually complaining about the uniform policy, which I barely considered to be one. I learned some hard lessons the year of Hurricane Katrina, lessons I had to learn fast. I was forced to grow up and be a bit more responsible and alert. My family struggled, and my job became making good grades to ensure a better future. Somehow, I was supposed to not look back at everything that I once had and lost and the life that I could not have back. Ultimately, Katrina somewhat helped me. That two-hour event forever altered my life. Although Jackson is only three hours away from New Orleans, I feel as if I never would have had the same opportunities and I probably never would have become involved with any civil-rights activities. There’s a chance that I never would have explored writing journalistically and that I would have just stayed in the safety of my house and backyard like I did for years. Briana Robinson is a recent graduate of St. Andrews Episcopal School who just started her freshman year at Millsaps College. She is a Jackson Free Press intern and member of the JFP’s Youth Media Project.
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any people do their best dressing in the fall and winter months. This year should be no different, as trendiness is pretty easy to get a handle on. This year’s tres-chic possibilities are endless for the fall/winter season, and it’s easy to tackle two trends with one stone—a top or skirt or bag. En vogue fundamental pieces for the season include animal prints; ruffles and lace; military-inspired dresses, jackets and accessories; capes; boots, booties and more boots; a little red and purple. And don’t believe the hype: Black will always be the new black. A warning: Though you may incorporate multiple trends into one look at any given time, less is always more. Add one or two of these trends to your everyday wardrobe, and you’re a fashionista ready to give tips to your friends.
Red animal print leggings, Posh Boutique, $22
Sheer animal print blouse, Bargain Boutique, $8
Purse, see page 46
Peep-toe animal print platform, Bargain Boutique, $36
Lott’s Girls by Natalie A. Collier
September 2 - 8, 2010
ou don’t mistake Sami Lott when you see it. Sami’s a genius; I don’t know what else to say about it.” says Jonah Monet, who shares work space with designer Sami Lott. You can see and take part in Lott’s genius during her annual Sami Lott Designs trunk show Sept. 1. Expect an impromptu fashion show where guests at the show turn into models. “It’ll be a second-line fashion show. I’m from New Orleans. Every day’s a party when you’re from New Orleans, so the show will be a party!” Lott says enthusiastically. The designer believes the must-have item is anything from her shabby chic or black lace collection. “They’re must-haves to add to your St. John knits,” she says. “You need accent pieces to enhance your wardrobe. This season, I like the eclectic feel, slightly edgy—pieces that can be dressed up or down, from jeans to black tie.” Lott and “her girls,” as she calls her customers (who, in turn, refer to themselves as “Sami’s girls”) would love to see you at the trunk show Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2 to 6 p.m. at Sami Lott Designs and Gallery, 1800 N. State St. Call 601-212-7707.
It may look cool in a picture, but don’t mix too many animal prints together at once. Jungle fever isn’t always a good thing.
Brown crinkled adjustable skirt, $125; multi-animal prints jacket with leather and velour trim, $275; studded vintage belt, $45, all Sami Lott Designs
Canvas hat with feather embellishment, Sami Lott Designs, $175
Turquoise animal print body suit, Posh Boutique, $36
Fall Must-Haves Grey jacket with exaggerated collar, Repeat Street, $18
Tip: Be conservative or daring with lace pieces by layering or not. It’s up to you.
Leather and rhinestone wrap bracelet, Treehouse Boutique, $128 Copper lace sheath dress, Treehouse Boutique, $368
Black lace bodysuit, Posh Boutique, $36
Tip: Jackets are good; jackets with exaggerated collars are better.
Tip: If you own a leather skirt from the ‘80s, pull it out. As long as there aren’t scary, outdated elements on it, you’re already on target for fall. Black leather skirt, Bargain Boutique, $8
Black military-inspired jacket, Treehouse Boutique, $398 Trench coat, Bargain Boutique, $20
Feather earrings, Shoe Bar at Pieces, $30
Tri-color ruffled top, Posh Boutique, $70
Tip: Add kick to a blase coat by replacing the belt with one of your own.
Red purse with twisted details, Tangle, $98
Tip: To make a common bag unique, tie one of your favorite scarves onto the handle.
Tip: Transition looks from one season to the next by layering pieces. Suede carry-all purse, Repeat Street, $48
Strapless dress, Half of Half, $1
See Where2Shop & more ideas on page 46. LIL MCKH Jewelry Gallery & Atelier (200 Commerce St., Above Hal & Mal’s, 601-259-6461, www.lilmckhjewelry.com)
Antique Asian coins bezelset in sterling, $59, which can be customized by using the designer’s antique coins or coins from your own travels.
Peridot and sterling pendant, $110, also available with other faceted stones.
Contemporary stone and Balkan amber sterling earrings, $139, these are oneof-a-kind.
New for fall:
FASHION PROFILE: Mae
hen you’re looking for shoes for the fall season this year, whether you’re at Maison Weiss, Material Girls or Lipstick Lounge (just a few of FLY’s favorite places to shop), there are a few things you must look for: booties, boots and what we like to call razzle dazzle. We found all three elements during a recent trip to Shoe Bar at Pieces. And in case you’re too busy to do your own window shopping for shoes at other stores, be anxious for nothing, we’ll be pleased to help you throughout the season.
by ShaWanda Jacome
Camel peep-toe booties with gold studs, $75
Tip: Don’t be afraid to transition summer sandals and peep-toes to fall by wearing them with tight or leggings. Patent zipper booties, $150
Sequin shoes, $140
Purple cut-out wedges, $285
See Where2Shop & more ideas on page 46.
New fall arrivals & 50 percent off sale. SHAWANDA JACOME
September 2 - 8, 2010
f you perused the silent-auction tables at the 2010 Chick Ball in July, you had the opportunity to bid on Jewels by Mae pieces by local jewelry designer Myrtlena Alice Ertle Hankins: Mae for short. Hankins, a Yazoo City native, moved to Pearl when she was a senior where she graduated from Pearl High in 2001. The 27-yearold designer has always had a love for jewelry and started off in junior high school, making gift pieces for friends and family. Not long after, she started receiving requests for custom items on a regular basis and she created Jewels by Mae. She finds inspiration everywhere. “I like funky, different jewelry,” Hankins says. “I may see a dress with sequins on it or a tiny wood sculpture. I try and use those actual elements in my jewelry. I also like heritagebased jewelry—something with a history.” Hankins is presently working on her website (jewelsbymaye.webs.com) to showcase and sell her jewelry. She also encourages people to e-mail her about custom pieces. She also adds customers to a mailing list and sends them updates on new items and the status of the website. “That is my most favorite thing to do,” Hankins says about of her custom work. “I also try and make all of my pieces one of a kind. Very rarely will you see two (of my pieces) that are exactly the same, unless someone requests multiple pairs.” She currently works as a bookkeeper at Bryant Galleries and is a veterinary technician. Hankins will graduate next August with a degree in veterinary technology and a general associates from Hinds Community LEEANNA CALLON College. Because of her love of animals, Hankins is a strong advocate for spaying and neutering; in the Jackson area, many animals are homeless because of pet overpopulation. Contact Jewels by Mae at Maebeline23@yahoo.com. Jewelry prices range from $7.50 to $40.
New fall arrival: Brown Dress by THEME, $65; Brass and gold pearl earrings, $45; Ginko leaf necklace, $25; Goldenbeaded purse, $45.
Betsy Liles Studio/b. fine art jewelry (Jackson Street District, 215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-607-7741, www.blilesstudio.com) Clearance: Red dress by Angie, $39; Pearl necklace, $26; By Deep Los Angeles Clothing plaidsequin dress, $22.50.
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The Serendipity Art Show and Auction at the Mississippi State Hospital (3550 Highway 468 West, Whitfield) in Building 71 is at 11:30 a.m. Free admission; call 601-351-8018. … See handcrafted items by Sami Lott and Jonah Monet at the Second Line Fashion Show at Lott Gallery (1800 N. State St.) at noon. Free admission; call 601-212-7707. … Culpepper Webb signs copies of “Lifted From the Waters” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North) at 4 p.m. $16.95 book; call 601-366-7619. … Enjoy art, shopping and music during Fondren After 5 from 5-8 p.m. Call 601-9819606. … The opening reception for Mathew Puckett and Baxter Knowlton at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101) is at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-366-8833. … Proceeds from the live art auction at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place)
continues until Sept. 4. Performers include 601, Big V Walker and Eddie Cotton. Gates open at 4 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; call 601-948-5667. … Jedi Clampett performs at Fenian’s at 9 p.m. Free. … Shooting Out the Lights and The Hot Pieces play in Hal & Mal’s Red Room at 9:30 p.m. $5. … Willie Heath Neal performs at Ole Tavern at 10 p.m. Call 601-960-2700. … The Revivalists play at Martin’s at 10 p.m. Call 601-354-9712. … Jackie Bell and Sherman Lee Dillon perform at Poets II at 10 p.m. Call 601-364-9411.
The Jackson Audubon Society’s monthly bird walk at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace) at 8 a.m. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. … Adult Craft Camp at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) begins today and continues through Sept. 6. $100-$400; call 601-856-7546. … Watch the animals eat special frozen treats during Animal Enrichment Day at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission applies; call 601-352-2580. … Donovan Scott, ZeeDub, drummer Rufus and Hugh Addison perform at the Caribbean Labor Day Festival at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.) at 11 a.m. Free; call 601-506-3284. … The house party with DJ Allen at Dick & Jane’s is at 9 p.m. $6, $10 ages 18 and up. … Jackie Bell and Billy Winston perform at 930 Blues Café at 9:30 p.m. $10.
Mac James & Randy perform at the R&B lunch at Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. … The Mississippi Stone Soul Picnic at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle, Flowood) is at 3 p.m. Performers include the Mississippi Mass Choir, The Canton Spirituals, Da Minista, Dorothy Norwood and Benjamin Cone & Worship. Free; call 601-992-6160. … Shaun Patterson performs at Burgers & Blues from 5-9 p.m. Call 601-8990038. … Snazz plays at Shucker’s from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 601-853-0105.
at 5 p.m. benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Free admission; call 601-982-4844. … WLBT anchor Maggie Wade is the keynote speaker at Jackson Public Schools’ annual parent conference at Callaway High School (601 Beasley Road) at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-8945. … Swing d’Paris performs at Parker House (104 N.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland) from 7-10 p.m. Call 601-856-0043. … The Songwriters Showcase at Union Street Books (107 N. Union St., Canton) is from 7-9 p.m. Free; call 601-859-8596.
Jim Bankston will demonstrate how to work with glass beads at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) at 10 a.m. Free; call 601-856-7546. … The Farish 28 Street Heritage Festival on Farish Street kicks off today and
Stevie J performs during the blues lunch at F. Jones Corner at noon. Free. … Music students perform at the departmental recital at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) at 3 p.m. Free; call 601-974-1422.
Fox 40’s Matt Johnson will read a story during Story Time Tuesday at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) in the new Gertrude C. Ford Education Center. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580. … Karaoke at McB’s (7 p.m.) and Martin’s (10 p.m.). Free. … The Drum Circle at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.) is at 7:30 p.m. Free; call 601-352-3399. … The Xtremez perform at Shucker’s from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free.
Dr. Leslie McLemore talks about Fannie Lou Hamer during “History Is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Free; call 601-5766998. … Natasha Trethewey signs copies of “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North) at 5 p.m. $22.95 book; call 601-366-7619. … Enjoy music from DJ Durdy at Mardi Gras (824 S. State St.) from 6-9 p.m. $5. … The Battle of the Bands Playoffs at Electric Cowboy is at 8 p.m. Call 601-899-5333.
See artwork by Power APAC students and photography from the “Day in the Life of a Hutterite Child” exhibit at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.) at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-352-3399. More events and details at jfpevents.com.
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he end of August marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Coast residents have built new houses and rebuilt businesses and other structures, and, though Mississippi’s Gulf Coast looks different than it once did, the doggedness of its communities is unmistakable. Two recent books chronicle Mississippi residents’ trials and efforts during and after Katrina: Ellis Anderson’s “Under Surge Under Siege: The Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and Katrina” (University Press of Mississippi, 2010, $25) and Kathleen Koch’s “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered” (John F. Blair, 2010, $22.95). Both books afford an intimate glimpse into each author’s experiences while Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, focusing particularly on how residents in Bay St. Louis , and elsewhere on Mississippi’s Coast, survived while waiting days for aid, and how the mainstream media lost Mississippi’s plight while turning attention to New Orleans instead. Each book is equally intriguing, if only for the authors’ recollection of making it through Katrina’s landfall and the days that followed. What makes them compelling is that they are records of how others in the community survived as the authors did. Anderson writes about being in Bay St. Louis at the time of Katrina’s landfall and storm surge. Her recollection of the storm’s aftermath is haunting and poignant: “Bay St. Louis had been three hundreds years in the making and had survived dozens of direct hits by storms. Katrina had annihilated most of the town in the span of a single morning.” Koch, then a CNN broadcaster, relays the events from a journalist’s standpoint, first in Mobile, Ala., and then later in Mississippi as she and her crew travel to report on the damage. She uses various residents’ survival stories to examine the hurricane from many points of view, similar to parts of Anderson’s book. The books reveal the moral and amoral sides of people, including looting and the sky-high rates insurance companies forced on coastal clients. Koch’s experiences occasionally border on harrowing. As her crew’s SUVs, fully stocked with food, water and gasoline, drive through the freshly devastated coastal remnants, local residents turn to force to get the sparse supplies. Koch’s colleague Emmanuel talks their way out of an unnerving encounter. “As we approached an intersection, a man with a shotgun motioned for us to stop and then grabbed Emmanuel’s arm as we rolled to a halt,” she writes. “’I need that gas,’ he said, pointing to the red cans strapped to the tops of
the SUVs. ‘I need it!’ The man was sweating, wild-eyed and desperate. “’Listen, brother, I’m with CNN. I’m here to do this story. If it were up to me, I’d give you this whole goddamn car and the gas in it,’ replied Emmanuel. ‘But if I don’t get this story out, you won’t get the help you need. If we’re done at the end of the day and have some left, I’ll come back.’ “Somehow his calm tone and demeanor resonated. The man stepped back and let us pass.” Anderson’s disclosure of coping with post-traumatic stress disorder and the extent to which surviving the storm imprinted on her provide a complete, unabridged narrative. “In 2008, I found myself sitting at a kitchen table with family in South Carolina. Midway through the lunch, I realized that I’d mentioned Katrina at least a dozen times ... I pinched my own arm under the table, furious at myself for dragging my muddy mental baggage into a holiday gathering. Yet a few moments later, ‘Katrina’ popped out of my mouth again, as distracting as a belch in the middle of a Sunday sermon,” Anderson writes. What makes both books worthwhile is their revelation of the tenacity of Mississippi’s residents, even in times of needs. Anderson’s volunteer efforts exist as a testament to the efforts of many others as well. Koch’s struggle between whether to strictly report or help the people on whom she’s reporting culminates in documentaries and a renewed sense of service to her claimed hometown of Bay St. Louis, where she moved at age 12. During discussion with her CNN colleague about one of the documentaries, the resilience of Mississippi’s people shines through. “’I don’t understand how they remain so optimistic,’ (producer Emily Probst) said. ‘Everyone says, ‘We’re fortunate. We’ll be okay. We’ll rebuild bigger and better.’ And I look around and wonder, ‘Are they seeing what I’m seeing?’” Koch writes. These books provide a snapshot of the time between Katrina and its rebuilding endeavors, as well as an intimate look at the experiences of two courageous, determined women who put community above self. To read these books is to peer fleetingly into the tribulations of the authors and their city. Ellis Anderson signs “Under Surge Under Siege: The Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and Katrina” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-7619) Sept. 23 at 5 p.m., with a reading at 5:30 p.m. Lemuria also has available signed, first editions of “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered.” JOHN F. BLAIR
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jfpevents Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and wlezfm.com. Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Fondren After 5 Sept. 2, 5-8 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606. CelticFest Mississippi Sept. 10–12, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The state’s annual celebration of Celtic heritage returns for its 19th year. Enjoy three days of film screenings, whiskey and scotch tastings, music, dance and more. Performers include Téada, Captain Mackey’s Goatskin Band, Donie Carroll & Friends, Tim Britton and Éamonn de Cógáin. Gates open at 7 p.m. Sept. 10, 10 a.m. Sept. 11 and 11 p.m. Sept. 12. $12 adult weekend pass, $8 seniors and students, $5 children ages 5-17, $1 children under four; visit celticfestms.org. The Market in Fondren Sept. 25, 8 a.m., at 3270 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 601-832-4396. Mississippi Happening ongoing. The live monthly broadcast is hosted by Guaqueta Productions and features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at mississippihappening.com.
Holiday Caribbean Labor Day Festival Sept. 4, 11 a.m., at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Hosted by C-Lecta, the festival includes food, Caribbean games, hula hoop lessons, African dances and music by artists such as Donovan Scott, ZeeDub, Rufus and Hugh Addison. Free; call 601-506-3284. Mississippi Stone Soul Picnic Sept. 5, 3 p.m., at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle, Flowood). Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to the Labor Day celebration, which includes performances by the Mississippi Mass Choir, Dorothy Norwood, Benjamin Cone & Worship and Da Minista. Free; call 601-992-6160.
Community Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Youth Flag Football Registration through Sept. 3. Youth ages 9-14 may participate. Interested individuals can fill out registration forms from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. The deadline for registration is Sept. 3. Call 601-960-0471. • Town Hall Meeting Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m. The meeting at center stage is sponsored by the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities. Call 601-982-8467. • NFL Youth Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Registration through Sept. 14. The competition is divided into four separate age divisions: 8-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old. During registration, proof of age will be required. Registration forms may be filled out from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-0471. • After-School Enhancement Program through May 27. The City of Jackson Department of Parks and Recreation’s program takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Youth ages 7-12 may participate. Activities include studying and learning during homework sessions, listening to guest speakers, and participating in arts and crafts. Immunization compliance is required. Parents and guardians must also provide transportation and food each day. Registration continues until all slots are filled. Free; call 601-960-0471.
Precinct 1 COPS Meeting Sept. 2, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly meetings are forums designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0001. Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk Sept. 4, 8 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member will lead the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. An adult must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444.
Public schools do more than educate children. They measure a city’s pride. They reflect community. They predict the social and economic well-being of a city’s future. For 20 years, Parents for Public Schools of Jackson has worked to keep our public schools strong, to empower parents as leaders for positive change, and to engage community support of our public schools.
Join us. For our city. For our children. For our future.
Story Time Tuesday Sept. 7, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). A local celebrity comes to the zoo to read an animal story to kids. After story time, the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580. Five-Day Financial Workshop Sept. 7-Oct. 5, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Classes are on Tuesdays from 5:30- 7 p.m. Edward Jones financial advisor Wayne Pratt will teach investment techniques. A workbook is included. Space is limited, and a reservation is required. $45, $40 members; call 601-631-2997. Financial Education Seminar Sept. 7, 6 p.m., at 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road). In suite 550. Hosted by Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Jackson, the seminar will be led by certified budget and credit counselors. Free; call 601-969-6431.
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Drum Circle Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The event features drummers of all ages and from various musical backgrounds who come together to play traditional and contemporary rhythms. Free; call 601-352-3399. Jackson Touchdown Club Meetings through Nov. 29, at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members of the athletic organization meet Tuesdays at 6 p.m. during football season. Members have access to meals, fellowship and the chance to listen to speakers from around the country. Speakers include Deuce McAllister on Sept. 21, Larry Fedora on Oct. 18 and Ronnie Cottrell on Nov. 15. $280 individual, $1200 corporate; call 601-955-5293 or 601-506-3186. Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering Conference Sept. 8-9, at Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St.). The theme is “Strengthening Partnerships 2 Meet Global Challenges.” The AMIE conference brings together business leaders, engineering professionals and engineering school leaders from 14 historically black colleges and universities. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson speaks at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at the opening session. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new School of Engineering at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) is on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. Registration is required. Visit amiepartnerships.org for a schedule. $425 before Aug. 8, $475 after. “History Is Lunch” Sept. 8, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Hamer Institute director Leslie McLemore will present “Fannie Lou Hamer: Her Religious Foundation.” Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. MIRA Advocacy Meeting Sept. 8, noon, at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.).
Jackson Public Schools Annual Parent Conference Sept. 2, 5:30 p.m., at Callaway High School (601 Beasley Road). The theme is “The Ultimate Partnership: Is the Village Listening?” The keynote speaker is WLBT news anchor Maggie Wade. Parents should arrive between 4:30-5:30 p.m. to complete registration. Various exhibitors will provide free resources and information, and free school supplies will be given. Free; call 601-960-8945.
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MIRA will meet in the conference room. Lunch is included. Call 601-968-5182.
Performances and workshops; for information, see www.celticfestms.org
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Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival Performances & workshops, Monroe, LA; www.nelacelticfest.net for information.
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Fenianâ€™s Irish Pub, 2-5 p.m. Learn an Irish dance or two. Beginners are welcome. Food & drink available for purchase, non-smoking, family-friendly, and free (donations welcome).
We offer weekly classes in Clinton, Madison and Jackson for children & adults, as well as a monthly cĂŠilĂ series. Contact us for more information. Teaching & choreography by Catherine Bishop, MFA, TCRG, is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, & in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. JID is a member of the Mississippi Artist Roster, & is grateful for support from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
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Medical Mall Moment Report ongoing, at WOAD 1300 AM. Find out about the Jackson Medical Mall Foundationâ€™s current activities every second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Call-ins to 601995-1400 are welcome. You can send your questions and comments in advance to zsummers@ jacksonmedicalmall.org or call the office for more information. The broadcast is also available on jacksonmedicalmall.org. Call 601-982-8467. You Have the Mic ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). Open political forum for discussing Jacksonâ€™s current issues is hosted by Othor Cain and Mista Main of Hot 97.7 FM on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. E-mail afrikabookcafe@ gmail.com.
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Ask for More Arts Call for Artists ongoing. Ask for More Arts is currently seeking artists to work with children in grades K-5 in the Jackson Public Schools district. Parents for Public Schools of Jackson is the convening partner. Call 601-969-6015.
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Farmersâ€™ Market through Nov. 7, at Old Farmersâ€™ Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Brendaâ€™s Produce features fruits, vegetables and flowers from Smith County, and Berryâ€™s Produce also has a wide selection of products. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633.
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Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy local 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. Farmersâ€™ 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. Farmersâ€™ Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Projectâ€™s Farmersâ€™ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783. Farmersâ€™ Market through Oct. 30, at Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). The market is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, and baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545. Farmersâ€™ Market through Dec. 24, at Old Fannin Road Farmersâ€™ 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.
Stage and Screen â€œHurricane on the Bayouâ€? Mega-HD Cinema ongoing, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Listen to a story shared through the eyes of four Louisiana musicians that explores the beauty and fragility of the Louisiana wetlands; the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina; and the tremendous efforts being made to bring back the city of New Orleans and the bayou to build a grand new future. Show times are 2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Friday. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children; call 601-960-1552. Jackson Comedy Night ongoing, at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.). Stand-up comedians perform every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $7; call 601-317-0769.
Music Music Student Performance: Departmental Recital Sept. 6, 3 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Enjoy a variety of vocal, piano and instrumental music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. Free; call 601-974-1422. Groovinâ€™ in the Grove Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Snowden Grove House (6205 Old Getwell Road, Southaven). Bring your coolers, blankets and lawn chairs and relax to the sounds of Gabby Johnson. Free; visit groovininthegrove.com.
Literary and Signings Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. â€˘ â€œLifted From the Watersâ€? Sept. 2, 4 p.m., Culpepper Webb signs copies of his book. $16.95 book; â€˘ â€œBeyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coastâ€? Sept. 8, 5 p.m. Natasha Trethewey signs copies of her book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book. â€˘ â€œThe Wolf Tree: Book 2 of the Clockwork Darkâ€? Sept. 9, 5 p.m. John Claude Bemis signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $16.99 book. Mississippi Theatre Association Playwriting Competition through Oct. 1. The Mississippi Theatre Association is calling for Mississippi playwrights to submit original, one-act plays. The winners of each division will have a staged reading of their work presented at the 2011 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. $10 entry fee; e-mail email@example.com.
Creative Classes Adult Craft Camp Sept. 4-6, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Sessions are from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. each day. Topics include recycled art, jewelry making, weaving, fused glass, knitting, woodcarving, spinning and blacksmithing. $100-$400 (based on number of classes taken); call 601-856-7546.
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Albums Releases This Week...
10 Years â€œFeeding The Wolves,â€? Carl Broemel â€œ(My Morning Jacket) All Birds Say,â€? Disturbed â€œAsylum,â€? Goo Goo Dolls â€œSomething For The Rest Of Us,â€? Heart â€œRed Velvet Car,â€? Lyfe Jennings â€œI Still Believe,â€? Jenny & Johnny â€œIâ€™m Having Fun Now,â€? Alain Johannes â€œSpark,â€? Last Nights Vice â€œPerfect Little Noise,â€? Portico Quartet â€œIsla,â€? Sonny And The Sunsets â€œTomorrow Is Alright,â€? Sum 41 â€œScreaming Bloody Murder,â€? Terrible Things â€œTerrible Things,â€? The Weepies â€œBe My Thrillâ€?
Afrikan Dance Class ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The class is taught by Chiquila Pearson on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $5; call 601-951-8976. African Dance Classes ongoing, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the George and Ruth Owens Health and Wellness Center. Classes are Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nana Yaa Abdullah and Dafina Skinner of the Footprints Creative Arts Institute are the instructors. $5, free for Tougaloo students; call 601-977-7910. Bachata and Casino Rueda Class ongoing, at La Salsa Dance Club and Studio (303 Mitchell Ave.). Learn Latin dances on Tuesdays from 8-9:30 p.m. $10; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Clogging Lessons ongoing, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Byram). Mississippi Explosion Dance Crew is offering lessons for ages 3 to adult. Classes from beginner to advanced/competition are available. Classes are held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. $25 per month; call 769-610-4304.
EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free; call 601-960-1515. • The Luxury of Exercise: Drawings and Small Sculpture by Claudia DeMonte through Sept. 12. This exhibition will feature more than 50 works by artist Claudia DeMonte from her recent series on exercise. • On the Wall/Off the Wall: Modern American Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection through Sept. 12. This exhibition presents a fascinating array of some 50 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs by 20th-21st century artists. • Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection through Sept. 12. Dorothy and Herbert Vogel have acquired around 4,000 works of contemporary art since 1962. • Art by Choice Exhibition through Sept. 12. See an exhibition of works from Mississippi artist and galleries across the country. The artwork will be available for purchase in a public sale and auction Sept. 11 from 2-7 p.m. Second Line Fashion Show Sept. 1-2, noon, at Lott Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Enjoy a fall preview of handcrafted jewelry by Sami Lott Designs and Jonah Monet. Sami Lott will also give a trunk show displaying hand-embroidered skirts, tapestry coats, hand-painted silk shawls and other creations. Free admission; call 601-212-7707. Serendipity Art Exhibit and Silent Auction Sept. 2, 11:30 a.m., at Mississippi State Hospital (3550 Highway 468 West, Whitfield), in Building 71. View drawings, paintings, ceramics and other artwork created by Mississippi State Hospital patients, nursing home residents and individuals served in the community. The artwork will be available for sale through silent auction, with proceeds going to the artists. Free admission; call 601-351-8018. Opening Reception Sept. 2, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). See artwork by Mathew Puckett and Baxter Knowlton. Free; call 601-366-8833. Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546. • Glass Beads Demonstration Sept. 3, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Jim Bankston will demonstrate how to create jewelry from glass beads. • Craft Exhibit through Sept. 30, See paper crafts made by Ann Daniel. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. “Bridging Cultural Boundaries: A Childhood’s Sense of Place” Sept. 9, 6 p.m., at The Commons
at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.), in the Tattered Pages Bookstore. See photography from the traveling exhibition “Day in the Life of a Hutterite Child” and photographs by Power APAC students. Free; call 601-540-1267. Robert Holleman Exhibit through Sept. 17, at Light and Glass Studio (523 S. Commerce St.). See Holleman’s exhibition of Neriage pottery and prints. An opening reception Aug. 19 is from 7-10 p.m. Free; call 601-942-7285. Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey through Sept. 18, at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). The national traveling exhibit includes more than 500 items ranging from costumes and instruments to original lyrics from performers such as Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Exhibit hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from noon4 p.m. $10, $5 students; call 601-696-2200. Amber Boardman Exhibit through Oct. 1, at Millsaps College, The Emerging Space (Ford Academic Complex, Third Floor, 1701 N. State St.). See a collection of works by the Atlanta animation artist showcasing the breadth of her film experimentation including ink wash/sound animations, musicbased videos and short-narrative motifs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Free; visit amberboardman.com.
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“Super Realism” Exhibit through Oct. 31, at Cups at the Quarter (1855 Lakeland Drive). Roger Leonard Long’s lifelike portraits and figurative works using the trompe l’oeil technique are on display. Free with artwork for sale; call 601-853-7480.
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ArtBuds - VSA Arts Mississippi through Oct. 31, at Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). This program pairs students with disabilities with professional artists for instruction, mentoring and collaboration on art projects. The program will culminate with an open house on Sept. 19 from 2-5 p.m. featuring individual artwork by the students and by the artists, along with the collaborative pieces they create. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday. Free; call 601-960-1582.
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Art Show through Nov. 30, at Cups (101 W. Main St., Clinton). See paintings by JNet Jarmon. Free; call 601-924-4952. “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” through Jan. 9, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The 60-foot, 2-million-year-old Megalodon looms life-size in this mega-exhibit of modern and fossil sharks. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5, members and children under 3 free; call 601-354-7303. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 601510-9019. 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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The organizers of the 2010 Yoga for Non-Violence would like to thank the over 60 participants & sponsors for helping us raise $2500 for the Center for Violence Prevention. We couldn’t have done it without you! The Center for Violence Prevention would like to especially thank Chris Timmins, Magnus Eklund and Deirdra Harris Glover for all their hard work.
BE THE CHANGE Live Art Auction Sept. 2, 5 p.m., at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). Consignment art from Marie Hull, Walter Anderson, Karl and Mildred Wolfe, Emmitt Thames, Jackie Meena, Lucy Mazzaferro, Lynn Green Root and others. Refreshments and music included. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House. Free admission; call 601-982-4844. Habitat Hideaways through Dec. 5, at Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson (1260 Ellis Ave.). Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson will sell tickets for a child’s playhouse that will be raffled off to raise money to build decent, affordable houses for families in need in metro Jackson. The winning ticket will be drawn on Dec. 5. $20, $40 for three, $100 for ten; call 601-353-6060.
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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.
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COURTESY JEFF STEWART
and new country, soul, and just about everything in between. In fact, the band only plays covers. Jeff Stewart spoke to the Jackson Free Press by phone.
outhbound may be a new band name, but its members—who hail from Jackson, Philadelphia, Sebastapol and Union—are seasoned musicians who’ve played all over Jackson, Nashville and everywhere in between for decades. They left the band Santa Fe and formed Southbound last year. Led by front man Jeff Stewart of Philadelphia, Southbound members are Andy “Cookie” Henderson on keyboard, Nic Massey on guitar and vocals, Joe Latham on bass and vocals, and Clint Marshall on drums and vocals. From running a rental store, to trucking, to farming, to retail, each of these musicians works hard during the day. But at night, they come together away from work to have some fun and make some music together. Covering artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Hank Williams, Southbound plays classic southern rock, classic
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How would you describe your typical audience? We don’t really have one. It’s been pretty diverse. We’ve done a lot of private parties. What is your favorite part of performing? It’s more than just doing the job. It’s the playing for me. I love to play for people. We all do. I play for free. It’s a lot of work when you’re setting up your own equipment and pulling it down. That’s what we get paid for. We love the music and the crowds.
Lights from Oxford to Hal & Mal’s red room Friday night for their Jackson debut, 9:30 p.m. $5. Shooting Out the Lights’ demo for “We Will Outlive our Lives” on myspace.com/ shootingoutthelights is really amazing. Give them some love for their Jackson debut. The fall festival season kicks off this Saturday, and the place to be is on Farish Street for the 32nd Annual Farish Street Heritage Festival, beginning at 4 p.m. $15 at the gate. $10 in advance at Be-Bop Record Shops. The Gospel stage runs from 4-8:30 p.m. Virgil “Big V” Walker kicks off the tunes on the main stage at 7:30 p.m., 601 starts up at 7:30 p.m. Bluesman Zac Harmon performs at 8:15 p.m., followed by Eddie Cotton at 9:15 p.m. The funky R&B group Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players headline the festival, hitting the stage at 11:20 p.m. Go to farishstfestival.com for more details. Not to be outdone, the Mississippi Stone Soul Picnic happens this Sunday at Winner’s Circle Park in Flowood, 3-8 p.m., free. You’ll find the best in gospel and soul with the Mississippi Mass Choir, the Canton Spirituals, Dorothy Norwood, Da Minista, Christian Angels, Benjamin Cone and many more. For the complete sched-
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AJC & The Envelope Pushers—The band is currently finishing recording its demo “Versatility,” which features covers and original songs, and is working on a full-length album scheduled for release early next year.
How would you describe your energy on stage? It’s a high-energy presence. We play a lot off of each other. Everyone is real capable with their instruments. That creates a relaxed feel and confidence. Southbound performs at Chunky River Harley Davidson (584 Bonita Lakes Drive, Meridian, 601-482-4131) Sept. 4 and at Poets II (1855 Lakeland Drive, 601-9824111) Sept. 23.
ule visit mississippistonesoulpicnic.com. Next weekend is the annual Celtic Fest at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Lakeland Drive. The traditional whiskey tasting opens the festival next Friday, Sept. 10 with music from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, the fest runs 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A three-day pass is $12, or $5 for kids, and gets you access to 45 music and dance groups performing on seven stages, plus Celtic heritage music and dancing workshops. Visit celticfestms.org for details on the performers that will be here from Ireland. Many of the stages are inside all the Ag Museum buildings so Celtic Fest is always held rain or shine. Other highlights of the fortnight worth checking out are Quills with Josh Hailey doing a Tom Petty tribute next Friday, Sept. 10, in the Hal & Mal’s Red Room. Also next Friday will be roots-countryman Steve Azar at Fire. Next Saturday Ole Tavern will host a musical tailgate revival with Will & Linda 5 p.m.; Seth Libbey & the Liberals 6 p.m.; Electric Hamhock 7 p.m.; Eric Stracener & the Frustrations 8 p.m.; M.O.S.S. 9 p.m., Bailey Bros. 10:15 p.m.; Iron Feathers 11:15 p.m.; and Furrows 12:30 a.m. $15. The Mississippi Symphony Orches-
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hat better reason to get your music and drink on than to celebrate the ending of August and a long Labor Day weekend. Soon the oppressive heat will be gone. The foot-long corn dogs at the state fair are just around the corner. Throw down with the funk of Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster at Poet’s II on Lakeland Drive this Thursday night to start the weekend off early. Also, Thursday is the southern blues-rock of Hill Country Revue with Tea Leaf Green getting it on in Hal & Mal’s big room. Hill Country Revue is fronted by multi-Grammy-nominated Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars. If you dig the Allstars or Allman Brothers-style jams, it’ll be worth the $15 cover. Try them on at hillcountryrevue.com. Friday night is garage night with the whiskey-soaked, garage-country outlaw Willie Heath Neal at Ole Tavern. Local garage/ punk rock favorites The Hot Pieces will welcome the promising eclectic, punk-tinged, hooky-alternative rockers Shooting Out the
Have you had any large moments or national exposure? We’re just now getting started, obviously. We did get to play for the after-party at the Dixie National. That got us viewed by a lot of people and really opened the door for us.
Cellular South Emerge — It’s a call to musicians to “mobilize your music.” Emerge is an avenue for local artists to promote their music via CellularSouth’s smartphone applications, the Emerge website (cellularsouth.com/emerge) and social networking sites. The best thing about it? It’s free. Artists, sign up to receive notices from the mobile phone company, and they’ll alert you to when it’s time to upload necessary information. Don’t be left behind; emerge. COURTESY AJ COLLIER
Jeff Stewart (center) and his band Southbound cover music by greats like Marvin Gaye.
Tell me a little about the band and how you got started. I’ve been playing around Mississippi for several years. My first band was in 1978, and I’ve been a front man for bands ever since. Southbound has been together about a year. We were all in Santa Fe—some of us for up to 15 years. We played a lot of great shows together at the frats around Mississippi State and Ole Miss. We left Santa Fe a year ago to start Southbound. We’re all seasoned musicians. Our drummer is just an awesome country boy with an incredible voice for country songs. It goes really well to have such a wide range of stuff that we can play. We get together and work out the starts and the stops.
BIG K.R.I.T. — You’ve heard about it and even read about his rise from local phenom to national star here, but now you can celebrate with him. Tuesday, Sept. 7 make your way to the Def Jam signing party at Mardi Gras (824 S. State St., 601-969-6718) hosted BIG K.R.I.T. by DJ Scrap Dirty and the WRBJ 97.7 family. The party kicks off at 9 p.m.
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Cody Dickinson’s Hill Country Revue jams in Hal & Mal’s big room Thursday night.
tra kicks off its fall season with its Bravo I concert next Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 p.m. Order tickets at msorchestra.com. Get your road trip on with Alejandro Escovedo at Proud Larry’s in Oxford Sept. 14; Ghostland Observatory at Oxford’s Lyric Sept. 15; and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jason Isbell, Mary Gauthier and Kevin Gordon at the Lyric Sept. 17. The 33rd Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival is Sept. 18 in Greenville. The Lyric will smoke all fall with The Hold Steady Sept. 22, Jamey Johnson Sept. 23, Rogue Wave Oct. 7, Matt & Kim Oct. 11, MGMT Oct. 30 and Of Montreal on Nov. 5. Wavves will be at Proud Larry’s Oct. 2. Get your tickets and plan to go to Oxford now. You won’t see these bands in any other Mississippi city. —Herman Snell
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OF FULL MOON CIRCUS
F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Blues at Sunset Challenge Band 8-12 a.m. free Lumpkin’s BBQ - Jesse Robinson (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Big Room - Tea Leaf Green, Hill Country Revue 9 p.m. $15 Poet’s II - Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 9 p.m. $5 Underground 119 - Tiger Rogers Ensemble (jazz) 8 p.m. Que Sera - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 6-9:30 p.m. Fenian’s - Jim Flanagan (Irish Folk) 8 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) 5:30-9:30 p.m. AJ’s Seafood - Scott Albert Johnson (blues juke) 6:30 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Trigger Proof (rock) 9 p.m. Parker House (patio) - Swing d’ Paris (gypsy jazz) 7-10 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar 6-9 p.m. free McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Ole Tavern - DJ Nick Union St. Books, Canton (Song)writers Showcase 7-9 p.m. free, 601-859-8596
Sept. 3, Friday
$2 MARGARITAS $1 HIGHLIFE & PBR
September 2 - 8, 2010
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F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6-10 p.m. Underground 119 - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) 8 p.m. Fenian’s - Jason Turner 9 p.m. Ole Tavern - Karaoke Irish Frog - Ralph Miller 6:30-10 p.m. Pelican Cove - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 7-10 p.m. Parker House (patio) - Will & Linda (acoustic rock/soul) 7-10 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. facebook.com/snazzband2 Mardi Gras - DJ Durdy 6-9 p.m. $5 Philip’s, Rez - DJ/Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free
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BLOODY MARYS $4 ON SUNDAY & MIMOSAS ARE $3 ON SUNDAY, 2-FOR-1 MONDAYS
F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues/ solo) noon; 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Lumpkin’s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 12-2 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Red Room - Shooting Out the Lights (alt), The Hot Pieces (garage/punk) 9:30 p.m. $5 myspace.com/shootingoutthelights Ole Tavern - Willie Heath Neal (garage country) 10 p.m. Fire - Lynam (rock) 10 p.m. Martin’s - The Revivalists (jam) 10 p.m. myspace.com/revivalists Poet’s II - Jackie Bell, Sherman Lee Dillon+ (blues) 10 p.m. Soulshine, Old Fannin - Welch & McCann 7 p.m.
Soulshine, Township - Stephanie Briggs 8 p.m. Fenian’s - Jedi Clampett 9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Chris Gill, Derrick Martin & Keith Collins 7-11 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Billy Winston 9:30 p.m. $10 Underground 119 - Lisa Palmer (jazz) 9-1 a.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 9-1 a.m. facebook.com/snazzband2 Electric Cowboy - Trigger Proof (rock) 9 p.m. Dick & Jane’s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Kristo’s - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 7-10 p.m. Irish Frog - Jason Bruce 6:30-10 p.m. Pop’s - The Colonels Marriott Downtown, Windsor Ballroom - First Friday/DJ Phil 10 p.m. The Pub - Emma Wynters, Mark Whittington & Fingers Taylor 7 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - Kasey Swift Band 6-10 p.m. free Reed Pierce’s - Trademark 9-1 a.m. free Ameristar, V’burg - Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster, Broxton Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Jamie Mitchell
Sept. 4, Saturday Farish St. Fest - Gospel 4-8:30 p.m.; Big V Walker 7:30 p.m., 601 - 7:30 p.m., Zac Harmon (blues) 8:15 p.m., Eddie Cotton 9:15 p.m., Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players 11:20 p.m. $15 farishstfestival.com Battlefield Park - C-Lecta’s Caribbean Fest: Donovan Scott, ZeeDub, Rufus & Hugh Addison 11 a.m. free, 601-506-3284 Fire - Big Hair Affair (hard rock) 10 p.m. Martin’s - Bailey Bros. 10 p.m. Poet’s II - The Rainmakers (classic rock) 8:30-12:30 a.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Billy Winston 9:30 p.m. $10 Dick & Jane’s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Underground 119 - The Scavengers 9-1 a.m. Burgers & Blues - Fingers Taylor & Mark Whittington 7-11 p.m. Fenian’s - Shaun Patterson 9-12 a.m. Electric Cowboy - Hillcrest (rock) 9 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - Fade 2 Blue 6-10 p.m. free Pop’s - The Colonels Petra Cafe, Clinton - Karaoke 8 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 9-1 a.m. facebook.com/snazzband2 Jefferson St., Clinton - Olde Towne Market: Ralph Miller, Nicholas Pennock (arts, crafts, music) 9-1 p.m. Reed Pierce’s - Trademark 9-1 a.m. free Ameristar, V’burg - Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster, Broxton
Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Reed Rodgers
Sept. 5, Sunday Winner’s Circle Park, Flowood Miss. Stone Soul Picnic: Miss. Mass Choir, Canton Spirituals, Da Minista, Dorothy Norwood, Benjamin Cone,+ (Gospel/Soul) 3-8 p.m. free mississippistonesoulpicnic.com King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Lumpkin’s BBQ - Mac James & Randy (R&B lunch) 12-2 p.m. Shucker’s - Snazz 8:30-1 a.m. facebook.com/snazzband2 Burgers & Blues - Shaun Patterson 5-9 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - Fade 2 Blue 5:30-9:30 p.m. free Ameristar, V’burg - Broxton
Sept. 6, Monday Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues lunch) free Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenian’s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Dreamz - Marley Mondays/DJ (world) 6 p.m. Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.
Sept. 7, Tuesday F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi (blues lunch) free Lumpkin’s BBQ - Josh Taylor (acoustic/lunch) 12-2 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. $2 Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martin’s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free Shucker’s - The Xtremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Ole Tavern - Open Mic Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free
Sept. 8, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6-10 p.m. Fenian’s - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 9-12 a.m. Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Parker House - Fingers Taylor, Emma Wynters & Mark Whittington 7-10 p.m. Underground 119 - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) 8 p.m. Mardi Gras - DJ Durdy 6-9 p.m. $5 Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. myspace.com/snazzband2 Philip’s, Rez - DJ/Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free
9/03 Blondie - Memphis Botanic Garden 9/3-4 Memphis Hip-Hop Expo - Cook Convention Center, Memphis memphishiphopweekend.com 9/07 Paramore/Tegan & Sara - Lakefront Area, N.O. 9/11 Smokey Robinson - Beau Rivage, Biloxi 9/15 Ghostland Observatory - Lyric, Oxford
venuelist Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944 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
Weekly Lunch Specials
Open for dinner Sat. 4-10pm UPCOMING SHOW:
JACKSON REVIVAL TAILGATING PARTY
Tickets @ Ole Tavern & Lemuria - $10 Advance
LADIES NIGHT with MR. NICK! LADIES DRINK FREE
WELLS & PONIES 9PM-2AM
WILLY HEATH NEAL saturday SEPTEMBER 4
THE WEEKS monday
w/ Wild Emotions tuesday SEPTEMBER 7
OPEN MIC with Cody Cox
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weet Sensations Bakery started out on a leap of faith for owners Jacqui and Phillip Coleman, where they now provide a sweet sensation in every bite of their delectable baked goods. Located at 5036 Parkway Drive in northeast Jackson, this restaurant makes yummy their theme: from donuts, homemade cakes, pies and more; even baking gluten-free products is a specialty. A sense of family and friendship oozes Phillip and Jacqui Coleman from their large neighborhood living room setting. The seating area is one of comfort and is styled in colors for the customer to sense peace, harmony and joy. Specialties that make them the talk of the town include their apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, and â€œto die for brownies,â€? according to Jacqui Coleman, a 15year cancer survivor. Sweet Sensations Bakery cannot keep their one-of-a-kind Hawaiian Delight, loaded with spices galore, stocked in any of their cases. Both Phillip and Jacqui Coleman come from a family of 14 siblings, and were brought up believing that in the end, no matter what, life is all about family when you are born and family when you leave this world. â€œWe both have grown up knowing that in life itâ€™s only what you do for others that gives life its true meaning,â€? added Jacqui Coleman. â€œYou will find that kind of giving spirit and service at our bakery. A lot of customers tell us our restaurant is different than others because of the joyous atmosphere.â€? Phillip Coleman has a passion for cooking that was passed down from his father, Bishop Phillip Coleman, Sr., who was a pastor at Greater Bethlehem Church in Jackson. â€œPhillipâ€™s love for cooking and baking is really how Sweet Sensations was born,â€? said Jacqui Coleman. â€œFrom Broadstreet Bakery, Schimmelâ€™s to Shipleyâ€™s, heâ€™s mastered the art of baking, learning from some of the master chefs the past 35 years.â€? As for customer service, their motto is, â€œA company is only as good as its worst employee.â€? The Colemans believe in having the best staff on board, whether they have to stay late until all the special orders are done or a staff member has to take care of a family member. Thatâ€™s how they also treat their customers, just like family. Visit Sweet Sensations Bakery Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. â€“ 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. â€“ 2 p.m.; closed on Sundays. They are on Facebook as Sweet Sensations Bakery; show your Soul Band and receive 10% off a dozen donuts.
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by Valerie Wells
justice and terrifies the uninitiated who assume it might be some gloppy mess. Gazpacho is an old Spanish dish. The first serving was probably an economical solution to the problem of what to do with stale bread. Crumble it up and soak that hard loaf in olive oil and vinegar. Wait a little while, maybe a day or so, and then drink up. Finely chopped vegetables entered the bowl over the years. Gazpacho is more an attitude than a strict, demanding recipe; I’ve never had the same soup twice. Everyone has a different preference: Some prefer more vinegar; some like to use a whole row of saltine crackers in lieu of stale bread. I suspect some southerners among us might even add sugar to their batch— just a suspicion. Once, I didn’t blanche my onions
old gazpacho just might get us through this hot summer. It quenches that seasonal thirst for tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and onions blended and marinated in vinegar and olive oil. It immediately satisfies, but you always want more so there is never enough. Sometimes green, sometimes pink, sometimes smooth as tomato juice and sometimes chunky as salsa, gazpacho is one of the all-time best summer foods. Calling it “cold soup” doesn’t do this miracle food
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essary to keep it refrigerated at all times and also means that it has no shelf life if unrefrigerated. Using the fresh ingredients keeps Handelman from being able to ship the dressing outside the Jackson metro area, but she doesn’t want to compromise the recipe’s integrity by switching to powders or freezing it. Jackson native Handelman gets her love of food and her top secret Comeback recipe from her father. She would like to keep the dressing a family tradition, and pass down the business of producing and selling it to her daughter. “We have fun doing this,” she says. “It’s just two people, mom and daughter, with a part time son, Nick.” Purchase BethAnn’s Comeback Salad Dressing for $9 at Foodies, Everyday Gourmet and Jimmy’s Gourmet Meats. It’s also available by the gallon and for restaurants; if you’ve ever had the Comeback at Cool Al’s, that’s BethAnn’s. To carry this dressing at your restaurant or food store, contact Handelman at email@example.com. BETHANN HANDELMAN
t all started as a way to save some time and money while making teachers’ gifts. BethAnn Handelman’s comeback salad dressing was such a hit that people kept telling her she needed to bottle and sell it. So, she decided to give it a try. About five years ago, Handelman took a sample of her dressing to Mississippi State University’s food-extension program, which tested it for acidity and safety. Then Handelman, 44, had Magnolia Label Company help create the label, and with that a local food favorite was born. Handelman and her daughter, Amy, make each batch of BethAnn’s Comeback Salad Dressing in a commercial kitchen in Pearl, and they also do all of their own bottling and delivering. “I taste every batch and make sure it tastes just right,” Handelman says. She describes her dressing as similar to Thousand Island, but without the sweetness and with a little kick. The dressing contains all fresh ingredients, like garlic and onions, which makes it nec-
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long enough. The bitter result that came from my blender was a tough lesson. Yet, I couldn’t toss it out. I’m that crazy when it comes to gazpacho. Another time, I served perhaps the most perfect gazpacho ever made to some lunch guests. “This tastes just like V8,” one of them said with a grimace, then pushed the bowl away. While I’ve known people to use V8 or canned tomato juice in gazpacho, I am not one of them. I love both drinks, but gazpacho is layered with flavor and a little basil or garlic or lemon juice. Maybe it’s an acquired taste. When I make it, I make a large batch, fully intending to let it sit for at least a day in the fridge. Once we get into it, it will be gone. It would taste even better if we could let it sit longer. But it is really hot this summer, and we need some relief now. Here’s a basic recipe you can tweak to your taste.
GAZPACHO 6-8 ripe tomatoes, peeled 2 slices stale or toasted bread 2 cucumbers 1 small red onion 1 clove of garlic, minced 2 bell peppers 6 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Chop tomatoes, bread, cucumbers, onions, garlic and peppers. Place in blender. Blend until smooth. Everything may not fit at once, so take your time and blend in batches. Pour in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, cover and refrigerate for at least four hours. Serve chilled. Makes 4-6 servings.
Sneaky or Natural?
by Crawford Grabowski
atching my 3-year-old daughter “cook” in her play kitchen makes me smile. She is constantly pulling bowls out of the plastic oven and trying to feed everyone her invisible goodies. “This is soup, OK?” she says. “It’s hot; be careful, 1 head of cauliflower, chopped 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil OK? Now here’s your coffee, OK?” Salt and pepper I think that Otto, the cat, takes the brunt of most of Parmesan cheese it. Her “kitchen” is where I find my missing pot holders, cups and wooden spoons. Like all proper young ladies, she prefers to cook wearing only an apron and a neon-pink Place chopped cauliflower into a tutu. I think when she moves to the real stove, we’ll have roasting pan. Drizzle with oil and stir to discuss the dangers of cooking naked. until all pieces are coated. Add salt and While everyone in the house readily gobbles up evpepper to taste. Bake at 400 degrees for ery pretend morsel put in front of him or her, getting my about 10-15 minutes. Take out pan and daughter to eat what I give her at mealtime has been a sprinkle Parmesan onto the cauliflower. different story. I’ve had trouble figuring out why someone (Use the good stuff; the cheese in the that eats sand won’t eat a sweet potato. green can just won’t work.) Put back in Because I don’t have the time to be a short-order cook, the oven for about five minutes or until my daughter has a choice of eating what’s been offered or the cheese has gotten slightly browned nothing. After watching her eat only garlic bread for a few and crispy. nights, I realized this wasn’t working. So after consulting various cookbooks on the subject, I tried sneaking veggies into certain foods. It worked. But this, as only a mom can probably understand, made me feel guilty. How would she learn to enjoy vegetables if they weren’t presented in their natural form? Which was better, raising a child to only eat certain foods if they are hidden among other things or raising a child that ate only rice, meat, and bread? I eventually came to the only logical choice: Do both. I hide broccoli in mashed potatoes and spinach in spaghetti sauce, but also still offer the same vegetables in their “natural” I usually puree either leftover roasted cauliflowstate. I just keep offering them up and hope er or frozen cauliflower with cheese sauce. This can that eventually she’ll learn to like them. This then be added to just about anything. I have had the strategy has worked. While my daughter is most success adding it to mashed potatoes and potastill hesitant about broccoli, she’ll happily eat to soup. It’s also good to use as your “wet” ingredient asparagus and lima beans. Her current favorite instead of eggs when making homemade fish sticks food is what she has dubbed “cauliflower with or chicken nuggets. brown stuff.” Little does she know, she eats cauliflower at other times, too.
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Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jacksonâ€™s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee and a selection of pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi. Wired Espresso CafĂŠ (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse across from the Old Capitol focuses on being a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Free wi-fi.
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Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas, pastas and dessert. A â€œsee and be seenâ€? Jackson institution! Campbellâ€™s Bakery (3013 N State Street 601-362-4628) Breakfast, lunch and bakery. Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are accompanied by good coffee and a full-cooked Southern breakfast on weekdays in this charming bakery in Fondren. For Heavenâ€™s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Owner Dani Mitchell Turk was features on the Food Networkâ€™s ultimate recipe showdown. 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. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast (with grits and biscuits), blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery!
ItalIan 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. Ceramiâ€™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! Fratesiâ€™s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) â€œAuthentic, homey, unpretentiousâ€? thatâ€™s how the regulars describe Fratesiâ€™s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!
barbeque Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The â€œBest Butts in Townâ€? features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and poâ€™boys. Wet or dry pork ribs, chopped pork or beef, and all the sides. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkinâ€™s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more. Rib Shack B.B.Q. & Seafood (932 J.R. Lynch Street, Jackson, 601-665-4952) Hickory-smoked BBQ beef or pork ribs, BBQ chicken, giant chopped BBQ beef or pork sandwiches. Fried catfish, pan trout, fried shrimp, po boys. Tuesday-Thursday (11am-8pm) Fri-Sat (11am-10pm).
bars, pubs & burgers Congress Street Bar and Grill (120 N. Congress Street, Downtown, 601-968-0857) With a New Orleansâ€“themed menu, night-time appetizers and a neighborhood bar atmosphere, Congress Street Bar and Grill is a spot to go to for a taste of the Big Easy. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Located downstairs in the Plaza Building and is a popular after-work watering hole.
SoutherN cuISINe Mimiâ€™s Family and Friends (3139 North State Street, Fondren) 601-366-6111 Funky local art decorates this new offering in Fondren, where the cheese grits, red beans & rice, pork tacos and pimento cheese are signature offerings. Breakfast and lunch, new days are Tuesday-Sunday. Julep (1305 East Northside Drive, Highland Village, 601-362-1411) Tons of Best of Jackson awards, delicious Southern fusion dishes like award-winning fried chicken, shrimp and grits, blackened tuna and butter bean hummus. Brunch, lunch, dinner and late night. DINE JACKSON, see pg. 42
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