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daniel fuller Daniel Fuller isn’t your mama’s English teacher. He knows getting students excited about 16th-century literature requires a little innovation. Recently, the Forest Hill High School teacher required his students to create an MP3 file of a scene from William Shakespeare’s “MacBeth” using recording software. Students read the play out loud, recording it using microphones from their laptops, and added sound effects and music. “It has created a lot of buzz,” the New Mexico native says. “… When we told (the students) we were going to be studying ‘MacBeth,’ it may not really have grabbed their attention. But when we moved to the laptops, and they set up a recording studio, that drew in students who would typically be turned off.” Earlier this year, Jackson Public Schools named Fuller as its Teacher of the Year for his use of technology in the classroom. Fuller also hosts web-training seminars for teachers and recently helped Forest Hill launch a new website. His classroom activities include text-message conversations between book characters using post-it notes, creating Facebook profiles for characters and using video to teach his students. Fuller says technology must stimulate a deeper level of thinking to fully engage the students. “Anytime I bring technology in, I try

to think about what my teaching goal is,” he says. “It’s real tempting to bring in new technology because I’m really excited about it, but there has to be some learning objective.” A few years ago, Fuller, 34, decided to change career paths from running his webdevelopment company to being a teacher. His wife, Janet, who teaches English as a second language in the Madison County School District, inspired him to work with students. “I was watching her work and saw the impact she had on her students,” he says. Fuller moved to Jackson to attend Mississippi College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English. He spent short stints in San Francisco and in Dallas where he earned his master’s degree in theological studies from Texas Christian University. He wanted to move back to Jackson to start a family. Outside his classroom, the father of two is an active member of the Mississippi Scholastic Chess Association and serves as its board secretary. He also helped start the Forest Hill’s chess, drama and literary clubs. He says his students give him a glimpse into Jackson’s promising future. “I hear a lot of my students talking about wanting to live and work in Jackson,” Fuller says. “… I think there is so much going on in the city with all the development, and it’s an exciting place to be.” —Lacey McLaughlin

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ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome is learning to pray without ceasing, to trust in the Lord completely and to have hope and faith in his timing. She wrote a food piece and the shopping guide.

Holly Perkins Editorial intern Holly Perkins is originally from the Jackson area. Holly loves the arts—acting, painting, photography, writing and music. She is a freshmen at Belhaven University and hopes to travel the world after she graduates.

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Jesse Crow Former editorial intern Jesse Crow, a Pensacola, Fla., native, is a junior at Millsaps College. She enjoys playing with puppies, summer camp and going on long drives in her station wagon named Herman. She wrote a GOOD feature.

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Of Barbour and the ‘Uptown Klan’ It seems Haley Barbour went too far this time. In an interview with the conservative Weekly Standard, he downplayed the terror and racial caste system of his town and our state during the Civil Rights Movement. “I just don’t remember it as being that bad,” said the Mississippi governor who apparently wouldn’t mind being president. To point, he defended the dreaded Citizens Councils—which Greenville newspaper editor (and fellow southerner) Hodding Carter Jr. dubbed the “uptown Klan” for their vicious tactics to keep the races separate. “You heard of the Citizens Councils?” Barbour said in the interview. “Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from, it was an organization of town leaders. In Yazoo City, they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town. If you had a job, you’d lose it. If you had a store, they’d see nobody shopped there. We didn’t have a problem with the Klan in Yazoo City.” Well, the Citizens Councils—the national headquarters were here in Jackson—were groups of white “town leaders.” Tragically, after the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, many business and professional leaders came together to do everything in their power to stop the integration of schools, businesses and everyday life in Mississippi. They did not overtly support violence, although their rhetoric helped lead to it and spread the anger that caused the Ku Klux Klan—the violent terrorist arm of segregationists—to re-form in Mississippi after being largely dormant for decades. Some members of the Citizens Council would later say they chose to be part of the council because it was the less violent means of “keeping the peace”; of course, that meant keeping the races separate and spreading innuendo and crime hysteria about black people. The Citizens Councils were, in part, state funded and closely allied with the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a state spy agency that sent agents all over the state looking for evidence of “subversion” (also called liberalism and communism) that ranged from allowing a black man to use your gas station bathroom (from an “intelligence” report about Neshoba County) to feeding the license plates numbers of civil rights workers like James Chaney to sheriffs in the Klan so they could find them and kill them as they did Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner on Father’s Day, 1964. On the Sovereignty Commission website you learn that racist Gov. Ross Barnett got the state to start paying Citizens Councils about $200,000 a month to help maintain segregation, keep blacks from voting and fight federal civil-rights legislation. Members of the Citizens Councils also contributed to legal funds to defend Klansmen who committed violence. This was the kind of group Barbour defended in another example of his attempt to rewrite Mississippi’s race history. Several weeks ago, he said in another interview that schools were integrated in Yazoo City when he was in

school—another blatant untruth. Barbour’s Orwellian approach to denying the bad race stuff is disturbing—and not just because he is either ignorant about his own race’s history or because he might hold some of those views personally. People who are ignorant of racism or sympathetic to racists are a dime a dozen in our state and beyond. It’s bad, but it’s not the real problem. Our governor has long gone beyond simple denial when it comes to our race history. He is dangerous because he actively uses many people’s shame and desire to forget as a way to divide people and froth up white folks to vote against what is actually in their best interest. He uses the “southern strategy” he helped perfect to convince them that black people are scary and want their hard-earned money. It’s no secret that this strategy spawned George Bush Sr.’s “Willie Horton” and Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” scare tactics to elicit the “I fear black people” voter response. (The typical welfare recipient in our state is an older white woman.) The Republican Party even apologized to the NAACP for this racebaiting for votes. But Barbour’s role as a clever southern strategist who helped the Republican Party complete its switch from being the party of Lincoln isn’t the most infuriating part—not in the way that it (suddenly) is outraging national journalists this week, who haven’t bothered to pay attention to the real Barbour in the past. As a Neshoba Countian who watched my town and state wrecked by our slavery and Jim Crow legacies, I take Barbour’s whitewashing of our history personally. No, let me be even plainer: I think it is shameful and sinful for a politician or strategist to treat white Mississippians as if we haven’t changed, and then expect

us to respond by giving them everything they want (to benefit their corporate donors). The southern strategy plays right to the heart of the kind of backward bigotry generations of white Mississippians were taught from the cradle to justify our state’s horrifying mistreatment of black people. Even the less prejudiced among us grew up amid a culture of fear of black crime, even as white people were committing the most heinous ones against African Americans—often with a crowd cheering them on. We were taught horrible things about blacks to dehumanize them, often by people whose parents just handed down prejudice without thinking about it. And so on. Thus, to watch someone like Barbour— an educated man—stand up and play us against each other to build a voting base for corporate America turns my stomach. And to listen to him try to make our history sound like it wasn’t as bad as it was infuriates me, especially since it is so important for Mississippians to know how bad it was to fully appreciate how far we’ve already come in a few decades. Knowing and understanding that remarkable progress is what will give us the strength and will to keep going, to rebuild what the white supremacists Barbour loves to defend tore apart, to build diverse alliances for progress. Our racist legacy has left us so much to repair: from “ghettos” created by white people who wouldn’t allow blacks to get loans or build wealth, to a pattern of crime instilled by our state’s habit of dehumanizing black men to the point that too many of them still believe it. We can, and by damn are, bridging these gaps and making progress precisely because of our shared history. We can’t allow a power-hungry southern strategist take that away from us.

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Thursday, Dec. 16 Vowing to continue releasing classified documents, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange walks out of jail after nine days on $315,000 bail. … The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announces that 120 Mississippi teachers have earned board certification, making the state 16th nationwide for new certifications this year. Friday, Dec. 17 In the face of Republican opposition to a $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill, Congress approves a stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown. … Freshman U.S. Rep.-elect Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, secures a seat on the House Appropriations Committee in the 112th Congress. Saturday, Dec. 18 The U.S. Senate kills the Dream Act, which would have paved a path to citizenship for young adult immigrants who came to this country illegally as children, and repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” … Kroger recalls a number of its dog and cat food brands saying the products may pose serious health risks to pets. Sunday, Dec. 19 An explosion in an oil pipeline east of Mexico City kills at least 28, including 13 children. Authorities blame oil thieves. … The U.S. Senate passes a revised version of a food safety bill, mandating tougher rules for large producers. … The Saint’s six-game streak ends when they lose to the Baltimore Ravens, 37-24.

Mississippi led the world of medical research and technology when doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center performed the world’s first human lung transplant in 1963. Dr. James D. Hardy performed the world’s first heart transplant, on Jan. 23, 1964.

Tax Exemptions As Reward AMILE WILSON

Wednesday, Dec. 15 The United Nations Security Council lifts three sanctions against Iraq at the urging of the United States, including developing a civilian nuclear program. … The U.S. Justice Department files suit against BP and eight other companies to recover billions from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said last week that the city should follow through with numerous tax exemptions for businesses choosing to stay in the city.


our businesses will save $1 million in property taxes on expansions they made to properties in the city of Jackson last year. The Jackson City Council voted during its Dec. 14 meeting to approve resolutions supporting property-tax exemptions for the businesses. The businesses include: utility company Entergy Services Inc., which expanded the square footage of its operations center and its data processing center near Interstate 220 ; Hesselbein Tire Company, which expanded the size of its Jackson warehouse; Eaton Aerospace, which expanded its facility; and Metal Processors Inc., after it expanded its scrap-metal recycling and processing plant.

The exemptions, which last no more than five years, means the city will accrue no revenue on the extra square footage the businesses added. The city bases property taxes on square footage. Increase your square footage, and you likely increase your property taxes. This is one reason some city residents do not report additions to their homes, like the late Mayor Frank Melton, who did not inform the city for years after adding a large addition including an indoor pool and home theater to his north Jackson home. All in all, the business exemptions will cost the city about $1 million over five years. Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber voted

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by Adam Lynch in favor of the tax exemptions, but said he had reservations about the financial loss. “I am nervous about them, but it speaks to the times that we’re in,” Yarber said. “I’m not happy with the revenue loss, but we’ve got to hold on to the jobs we have. It’s a necessary trade-off. The city is facing massive drops in sales revenue in the next five years. Jackson managed to cover a projected $9 million short-term deficit by restructuring its bond debt in a scheme that could require an additional $5 million in annual debt payments by 2014. “This is the city’s way of encouraging development and people to make investments in the city of Jackson,” Jackson Planning Director Corinne Fox said. “Entergy, for instance, has invested so much money into improvements on that center, and the exemption is just on the improvement, the additions. They’re still paying taxes on the original amount.” Fox added that the city does not exempt the businesses from tax increases connected to the city’s fire and police departments, among other things. Former Ward 6 Councilman and mayoral candidate Marshand Crisler said last week that he is still anxious over generous property-tax exemptions. Crisler, now the district director of the adult education department at Hinds Community ColTAXES, see page 9

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Monday, Dec. 21 The U.S. Senate confirms Jackson attorney Carlton Reeves as a federal district judge for the southern half of Mississippi. Tuesday, Dec. 22 Gov. Haley Barbour receives criticism for his comments regarding the antiintegration Citizen Council activities in 1960s Yazoo City published in the Weekly Standard … Executions in the U.S. were down 12 percent in 2010 from the previous year, reports the Death Penalty Information Center.

Hinds County DA Robert Shuler Smith takes up bail bonds with the Jackson City Council. p 12

“You heard of the Citizens Councils? Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders.” —Gov. Haley Barbour quoted in the conservative Weekly Standard about the white supremacist Citizens Council of America’s activities in his hometown of Yazoo City.


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lege, spoke out against tax and fee exemptions for major downtown development in 2007, including Parkway Properties’ $50 million Pinnacle development. The city agreed to waive one-time building, construction and utility connection fees for the project through an ordinance change that would waive fees to any development costing more than $50 million. Parkway Properties Chief Executive Officer Steve Rogers said the one-time waiver for Pinnacle would cost the city a little more than $100,000, but Crisler worried then that this sacrifice, when combined with nearby construction of the King Edward, Standard Life and Convention Center developments, could cost the city up to $1 million. Fox said the city had no standard code for tax exemptions that determines the value of a tax exemption versus the number of new jobs created, but Crisler said last week that the city should look into creating one. “I’m advocating for a standard code, that the city should benefit from X number of jobs in order to get X number of exemptions, and we should have commitments from these businesses to remain within the city after their exemption period expires,” Crisler said, and then pointed bitterly to the relocation of a Home Depot, near Highway 18 in south Jackson, just months

after its tax exempt status evaporated. “I’m still thinking about that Home Depot,” he said last week. “I wasn’t too pleased about that. The previous council approved the 10-year deal. That was right before I got on that they inked it, but we had to go back and do some type of revision because it came up in several council meetings. One part of the dialogue was what was going to happen after the exemption is over. Next thing you know, they packed up and left,” Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads said his city rarely offered tax exemptions to new businesses moving into the area. “We don’t give too many tax exemptions for new businesses. We’ve offered tax increment financing to help developers build out infrastructure on some of the shopping centers in our area, but as far as somebody coming over here and starting up a printing shop, no, we don’t do things like that,” Rhoads said. Rhoads said the city offered a tax exemption to Nucor Steel almost 10 years ago on square-footage expansions the company made. “We just renewed the last two years of their 10-year (exemption) because they came in years ago and did a $70 million expansion to the steel industry over there, but that’s the only one we ever did as far as tax exemptions.”

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Oriental Supermarket and Restaurant Opens One of Mississippi’s largest Asian markets and restaurants celebrated its grand opening in Jackson Tuesday next to Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City and Big Lots. Assistant Manager Shery Chen said her family chose the Interstate 55 location for its high traffic and ample parking space. The store stocks an extensive selection of Asian products, including dry

Economic Recovery Slow The January 2011 issue of the Mississippi Economic Review and Outlook, published by the Center for Policy Research and Planning of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), finds that the state economy is chugging along and gaining momentum, but slowly. “Fiscal austerity and high unemployment rates continue to slow the pace of recovery,” senior economist Marianne Hill wrote. “However, several economic indicators confirm that the economy is gradually gaining steam.” The report, available at www. an economic forecast for the state between 2011 to 2015, and includes employment forecasts, and an examination of developments influencing the state economy.


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“If we just built the hotel with a flat, surface parking lot, we could,” Landry said. “That would be a no-brainer. But the city needs parking downtown.” ADAM LYNCH

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hile plans for a convention-center hotel remain in limbo, downtown Jackson is seeing plenty of hotel development on a smaller scale. Last week, a team of developers that included several Jackson businessmen presented the Jackson Redevelopment Authority with their vision for a 100- to 130-room hotel and residential building at Court and Lamar streets. The group includes businessmen Dean Blackwell and Socrates Garrett, along with Atlanta-based developer Roger Landry. Landry told the Jackson Free Press that construction on the $18 million to $20 million project could start within 12 months. Total construction costs will vary depending on the building’s height. Landry envisions the hotel rising four to five stories above a three-story condominium complex. Landry said the group has selected an Ohio-based hotel operator but has not settled on a hotel brand. The planned hotel only represents 30 percent of the group’s property in the Jackson area and is a “phase one” development, adding that he hoped to see subsequent phases follow the hotel. “It’s hard to visualize right now, but I really think in the next 10, 15 years—with the convention center, the museum, the federal building—all that’s going to become real viable,” Landry said. “Midtown Atlanta, 20 years ago, was just like what downtown Jackson looks like (now).” The three-story apartment complex would consist of between 10 and 20 “livework condos” for sale or long-term lease aimed at attorneys and other professionals with work nearby. A market study will help determine the appropriate number of condominiums and their amenities, he said. The building may also include restaurant and retail space. Parking for hotel patrons could combine with a parking garage planned for the federal courthouse, said JRA Executive Director Jason Brookins. The resulting 300-space parking garage would offer between 100 and 120 spaces for hotel patrons, leased to the hotel, with the remainder going to courthouse employees and visitors, along with other commuters.

Ryan Warren is the general manager of the Sleep Inn & Suites, which opened in Jackson the same day developers floated another downtown hotel proposal.

The JRA board approved negotiations with the group’s attorney, Sam Begley, to craft a public-private partnership laying out the two parties’ intentions. Supporting a parking garage would be a logical step for the authority, Brookins noted, because JRA currently owns and operates three parking garages downtown. Parking garages are more conducive to urban development than the surface lots that dot much of downtown. “The more we can get a denser footprint, the better off we are,” Brookins said, adding that a parking garage typically costs $12,000 per space to build, giving the new proposed garage a $3.6 million price tag. Sleep Inn Opens The LEAD Group, a Jackson-based team of 12 African American investors, completed its first development Dec. 16 with the opening of a Sleep Inn & Suites in downtown Jackson. The 67-room hotel is located between Pearl, Pascagoula and Gallatin streets, where investors hope it will attract visitors from downtown and Jackson State University. The group received $2 million in federal Recovery Zone Facility Bonds from the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to complete the $4.7 million project.

LEAD Group member Robert Gibbs said that the group would like to buy properties adjacent to the Sleep Inn but is not making firm commitments, yet, because of the time it took to complete the hotel. Work began in June 2009 but stopped early this year when the group had to find new financing after missing a December 2009 deadline for finishing construction. The group already owns a strip of buildings on Pascagoula Street east of the hotel that it intends to renovate. “We would like to do it in 2011, but it would be dependent on financing,” Gibbs, a Jackson attorney, said. Metrocenter Avoids Foreclosure Texas-based Jackson Metrocenter Mall Ltd., which owns portions of Metrocenter Mall excluding several anchor stores, avoided foreclosure last week by bringing its mortgage payments up to date. The company had until Dec. 15 to make the overdue payments. Developer David Watkins told the JFP that keeping the mall in the same hands for the moment actually benefits his company, Watkins Development. “This (threat of foreclosure) took us by surprise,” Watkins said. “I wasn’t quite ready to take on another large financial obligation for buying the core, and I’m glad that they brought it current.” Watkins Development is in talks with the Texas company to purchase the property, but the two parties have not agreed on a price. New Look for Belk in 2011 Another Metrocenter Mall property, the former Belk department store, could see changes within 60 days. Watkins Development already owns the 250,000-square-foot property and has plans to redevelop the building as an “office plaza,” with office space, a new food court and new retail tenants such as a drug store. The $27 million project will start in early 2011 and should finish by “the middle of the year,” Watkins said. “We believe that that will stabilize the mall and then give us a chance to continue the negotiations with the owners,” Watkins said.


by Adam Lynch

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translate as a lower monthly insurance bills rather than a check in the mail. The state insurance department also outlined certain penalties for employers who fail to offer an employer-sponsored insurance plan as the new health-care law mandates. Employers with 50 or more employees who fail to offer minimum coverage will suffer an annual $2,000 tax penalty for each of their employees who receives a subsidy through the exchange. Also, if an employer does offer minimum insurance coverage, but one or more of their employees still receive a subsidy from the federal government, the employer could suffer an annual tax penalty of $3,000 per employee. The law exempts small businesses, those employing fewer than 50 workers,

from this penalty. Individuals who are not exempt from buying insurance, in comparison, must maintain essential insurance coverage or pay a $95-a-year penalty for each uncovered family member. That penalty increases to $695 a year per uncovered family member by 2016 and beyond. Anton Gunn, the new regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the southern region, said the new law offers a host of legislative changes that carry many benefits to Mississippians, including 14,531 rebate checks for Medicare beneficiaries to pay for gaps in the infamous Medicare Part D “Donut Hole.” This coverage gap in prescription drug plans temporarily forces enrollees to go from making co-payments on their prescription drugs to paying 100 percent of the costs. Specifically in Mississippi, the new law also makes possible $924,818 in tax credits and grants to support new biomedical research for therapy, curing cancer and reducing long-term healthcare costs. It will also provide $266,000 to the attorney general’s office to create outreach and education programs for parents regarding expanded Medicaid and CHIP coverage. In addition, the federal government is also paying the state $1.4 million for childhood home visiting programs, $400,000 to expand laboratories and health-information systems, $1.6 million to support state health centers, and $1.5 million for “nurse-managed health clinics,” and invest $100,000 in HIV prevention and public-health activities. The federal government will also provide the state $1 million specifically to “crack down” on unreasonable insurance premium increases, Gunn said. Maley said a state agency, most likely the state department Insurance, will monitor and vet proposed insurance price increases, and most likely will have a say in whether or not the increase is allowed.


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Department of Health spokesman Keith Maley said states will work with the federal government in setting up the subsidy scale, and added that no scale existed yet for Mississippi. “Four-hundred percent of Federal Poverty Level is $88,000 (for a family of four), so with Mississippi’s average income, a very large number of Mississippians will be eligible for some kind of subsidy,” Sisk said, adding that the federal government will pay subsidies directly to the insurer, so they will FILE PHOTO


he Mississippi Primary Health Care Association and Health Help for Kids hosted a community forum last week featuring federal and state leaders who outlined some of the changes Mississippians could expect as a result of the new health-care legislation. Each state will feature its own American Health Benefit Exchange, a program required by federal law to be up and running by January 2014, which will act as a marketplace for medical insurance. Mississippi Department of Insurance Senior Staff Attorney Aaron Sisk compared the exchanges to organizations like Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline, describing them as a “one-stop shop for health insurance.” In addition to offering a selection of insurance plans, however, the exchange will also certify and de-certify health plans, operate a toll-free hotline, maintain a website, and determine a customer’s eligibility for government health plans such as Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or other state and federal plans. Exchanges must also calculate the actual costs of insurance plans after taking into account federal subsidies the government will offer individuals in exchange for buying into a health-insurance plan. The federal government will provide Mississippi $1 million annually to plan and create its health insurance exchange. The new law demands most Americans have some form of health-insurance coverage, either through a government program or through private insurance by 2014—the inception date of state exchanges. Not everyone has to buy healthinsurance coverage, however. The new law expanded Medicaid coverage to those with incomes up to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty level ($14,404 for an individual and $29,326 for a family of four). Sisk pointed out that federal subsidies will be available to taxpayers whose household incomes do not exceed 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. U.S.



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ity Council President Frank Bluntson was certainly not alone in his frustration at last week’s council meeting. Venting about the Dec. 11 arrest of a 16-year-old suspect in connection with an early-morning burglary and armed robbery in south Jackson, Bluntson demanded to know why the suspect was out on bond the day of the crime, having been charged in other robberies this summer. “My understanding is that he was arrested in July, and the bond was set at $150,000,” Bluntson said. “How could a 16-year-old boy make a bond (of) that amount? First of all, he’s not in school. Next, he doesn’t have a regular job.” Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith told Bluntson that retiring County Court Judge William Barnett set the suspect’s bail but “probably didn’t anticipate” his meeting the 10 percent bond fee—in this case $15,000—that most bail-bonding agencies require. “If … that 16-year-old boy can make that $150,000 bond without being in school or even having a job, a light ought to go off in your head,” Bluntson said. “(You should) say: ‘Wait a minute. Something must be going on. Why am I releasing this person?’ ” Bluntson’s anger that Hinds County released a suspected repeat offender is understandable, but the young suspect’s first bail was a right and a necessity, defense attorney Matt Eichelberger said. The state and federal constitutions both recognize a right to bail. “Bail is the recognition that people are innocent until proven guilty,” Eichelberger said. “And people aren’t proven guilty unless they’re tried and convicted, or they plead guilty. None of those things happen within three months on felony charges.” The sheer volume of cases that the dis-

trict attorney’s office handles makes filing indictments within three months of an arrest a challenge, he conceded. Smith maintained that Barnett, who is retiring at the end of this year and handled preliminary hearings for all criminal cases in county court, set “significantly low” bail amounts for some violent and habitual offenders. Eichelberger disagreed. “I thought he was very reasonable,” Eichelberger said. “He didn’t give away the farm; he didn’t say, ‘Here’s a $10,000 bail on a murder case.’ He wouldn’t do that, but he also wouldn’t give you $5 million bail, either.” Eichelberger, who served in the Hinds County Public Defender’s office from 2007 to June of this year, said Barnett typically requires prosecutors to file an indictment within 90 days of a suspect’s first court appearance. If prosecutors fail to meet that deadline, Barnett more often than not submits an order releasing the suspect on his own recognizance. The deadline is “a safeguard, to make sure that we’re not just warehousing people,” Eichelberger said. Police arrested the 16-year-old suspect, whom other media outlets have named, in July following a series of armed robberies of homes. Though a minor, the teen appeared in Hinds County Court rather than youth court, because crimes involving a weapon automatically move to county court. Barnett set his bail at $150,000, and the teen went free Aug. 29 after posting bond—paying a fee to a bailbonding agency that in turn promised to pay his full bail amount if he failed to appear in court. In November, the Hinds County district attorney’s office indicted the suspect on 10 counts of armed robbery for the summer offenses. His original bond covered bail both before and after the indictment, which Eichelberger said was also standard practice. As long as a defendant’s indictment does not differ from the charges in his original arrest, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department will usually allow the suspect to pay a $25 service fee, colloquially known as a “turning-thekey fee,” and leave on the same bond from his or her arrest. A Jackson Municipal Court judge denied bail to the suspect, along with three other young men, in a Dec. 13 hearing following his most recent robbery arrest, however. The same section of the Mississippi Constitution that provides for bail also mandates that a judge revoke bail from anyone charged or suspected of committing a felony while out on bond. Two days later, Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Malcolm Harrison denied the teen bail in his arraignment for the November indictment. “I know that people are just clamoring for justice, and they want the streets clean,” Eichelberger said. “I want them clean, too, but we don’t just get to lock people away when they’re accused of a crime. We have to let the process work.”

by Natalie A. Collier



Save Our Routes tra $560,000 in next year’s city budget to fund wage increases for the city’s 49 unionized bus drivers and 14 maintenance employees. The additional expenses are a result of the city’s most recent collective-bargaining agreement with union bus drivers. Protesters were unequivocal about whom they thought the change would affect most: “blacks, the poor and the disabled,” one woman shouted to nods of affirmation. In a city that reports 1.2 percent of its population relies on public transportation, including taxi services, the numbers may seem negligible. But it isn’t numbers that will be affected; it’s people, and the suggested service changes are far-reaching. Aside from a 21-person workforce reduction, riders can expect a decrease in peak services from 27 buses to 12; routes 4, 5, 6 and 8 will operate only in peak morning and afternoon hours; routes 10, 11, 13 and part of route 6 will be completely eliminated; handilift services will not expand; and Saturday service will be discontinued. One attendee voiced the concerns of her wheelchair-bound brother Scott Crawford from her notes. “This will devastate the working class of Jackson, and you can forget their taxes,” she said, explaining that those who depend on the bus system to get to and from work, to grocery

shop and conduct their business affairs would reduce the sales tax they pay to the city merely because they will be unable to get around with cut routes. “Who’s going to pay for the public assistance they JATRAN bus drivers stand in solidarity at one of several townhall meetings where the public expressed their opinions need?” she asked. about proposed bus service changes. Her question is valid in a city where, at the last 2000 As one of the last to speak, Pittman urged Census, more than 30 percent of its popula- the audience, as she concluded, to “vote against tion lives below the national poverty line. those who vote against you.” Before JATRAN user Fannie Wilson Saying that city officials told him not to spoke about how the proposed changes affect speak out against the changes, at the meeting’s the poor, she commended Lumumba for his end, Lumumba said, “I am fundamentally opwork on the behalf of the people, to which he posed to this change.” replied, “Thank you, sister, because all of the Some in the crowd showed their apstories on the news aren’t that good.” preciation for his words by standing and Wilson asked, supposedly, Mayor John- applauding. son and those who support the JATRAN serAnd with a twist of irony that confirmed vice changes rhetorically, “Who are you cater- how deeply the proposed service changes will ing to?” affect the citizens of the city without cars, Certainly not the poor and working class, JATRAN Director of Operations Dewayne she suggested. Cheatham orchestrated with Jackson resiThe dissidents who spoke were not all dents who had taken the bus to get to the JATRAN dependent. Some said they were meeting, consolidating routes to ensure they merely concerned citizens who cared about all made it home. not only their neighbors but also about the The proposed JATRAN service changes city’s growth and how the proposed cuts con- are scheduled for a Tuesday, Dec. 28, vote in tradicted the state’s claim to hospitality. the Jackson City Council.



hen Mississippi winter sets in, you’ll find warmth at Quizno’s Subs of Fondren, from your favorite sub or soup, like the broccoli and cheese soup, served up fresh, to the front door welcome. Actually, at any time Quizno’s Subs of Fondren of the year you will personally experience a welcoming atmosphere and subs deliciously appeasing to the palette. Quizno’s Subs of Fondren, located at 2946 Old Canton Road, provide great, fresh food, a valuable product and just plain Southern charm. For five years, Quizno’s Subs of Fondren have set prices so that everyone can afford a meal away from home or the office. To show appreciation for customers, Quizno’s Subs of Fondren is offering a customer appreciation lunch special that will run into 2011, so grab any small sub, a bag of chips, a cookie and a drink all for $6 plus tax. And if that isn’t tempting, you can pick any 2 menu items and mix and match them, for $5 plus tax. These deals will you give a reason to try a specialty like the Chicken Carbonara sandwich that has all-white meat chicken marinated in creamy bacon alfredo sauce, with mozzarella cheese and bacon. The popular Mesquite Chicken sandwich, with marinated allwhite chicken meat, buttermilk ranch, bacon, fresh cheddar cheese and your choice of vegetables, is a hit, also. A crowd favorite is the freshly sliced, piled-high, juicy, slow-cooked Prime Rib subs. Quizno’s Subs of Fondren sells an “only at Quizno’s Subs” flatbread salad topped with all-white chicken meat, your choice of vegetables, dressing, and artisan garlic bread. Quizno’s Subs of Fondren slices their meats and cheeses many times throughout the day so that customers have fresh ingredients on their subs instead of “pre-sliced” products, creating a “wow factor” so customers can cherish every bite. The employees stand behind the belief of treating others the way you want to be treated, ensuring that each customer has the best lunch or dinner experience possible. Have your next function or event catered by Quizno’s Subs of Fondren or step in for something to warm your body and a greeting to warm your soul when it’s chilly outside. Located on the corner of Lakeland Drive and Old Canton Road next to major hospitals and universities, they are open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are closed on Sunday. They do offer college student discounts and nursing discounts and are annual sponsors of Belhaven and Millsaps’ athletics. They also accept the Jackson State Supercard.


neva May-Pittman took the mic and walked with a slight limp toward the front of the room to face the audience. Someone said, chuckling, “Ms. Pittman!” If her salt-and-pepper bob and conservative dress didn’t give it away, what she said confirmed her senior-citizen status. May-Pittman’s carinsurance rates have increased. “They say the people who have the most accidents are young people and old people. I may not be able to afford to drive any more and may need the bus,” she said. Depending on what route(s) she would need, however, soon she may not be able to. Nearly 100 concerned citizens gathered in the gymnasium of the Fresh Start Christian Church on Manhattan Road in Ward 2, on Thursday, Dec. 16. The feelings of distress were palpable. Among the citizenry, Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, city attorney James Anderson and local JATRAN union president Al Burns sat as the group, unanimously expressing their diametrical opposition to the city’s proposed cutbacks of JATRAN services. The changes come after Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. informed members of the city council last month that the city will have to shell out $984,000 in back pay, vacation and other costs by January, and include an ex-


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hristmas often brings out the best and worst in people. During the holidays, we are so laden with do-lists, events and shopping that we don’t always take time to look at the underlying issues in our city. In the past year, Jacksonians have celebrated the opening of the Standard Life building, King Edward Hotel (at the end of 2009) and seen several popular new restaurants come online including Parlor Market, Lumpkins and Babalu. But to really measure our success, we need to measure how many people are rising out of poverty, how many Jackson Public Schools students are graduating from high school and how many jobs are available. During public hearings this week, JATRAN riders packed meeting halls and pleaded with council members to not let budget constraints damage their way of life. JATRAN is one city service that predominately serves low-income citizens. If Jackson City Council members vote to cut several JATRAN routes on Dec. 28, it is certain that we will create more economic disadvantages for the community members least able to cope— including those on fixed incomes and the disabled—who depend on the bus for transportation. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. told city council members last month that the city must cut routes and lay off 21 employees because of a $1.5 million arbitration agreement providing mandatory wage increases for JATRAN employees. The city is also proposing to eliminate Saturday service and reduce the number of buses from 27 to 12 during peak hours. While JATRAN is not the most profitable venture, it is a vital service for many city residents. If people can’t get to their jobs, the city will lose additional sales tax revenue, and it will spur the need for more government services such as food stamps and welfare. That’s moving backward, not forward. In a city where 30 percent of residents live below the poverty line, we have to do more to create growth from the bottom up. While we push for new developments, $80,000 arena studies and more convention-center events and hotels, we must also encourage city leaders to examine other small cities’ public-transportation models. The city council should vote against the proposed JATRAN cuts. For Jackson to reach its true potential and create equal opportunities for everyone, we must invest wisely in all areas of the economy, not just in those that make a lot of money for a few.


A Christmas Safety Net

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weem-O-Wheat: “It looks like a lot of people will have a merry Christmas and survive the New Year. Why? Because the left-wing Democrats and right-wing Republicans of the good ship ‘Bi-Partisan’ agreed to appease the rich and accommodate the broke and unemployed by extending the Bush tax cuts and unemployment insurance. Also, those who are fortunate enough to have a job will benefit from a one-year payroll-tax cut. “Meanwhile, the defeat of the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) act has become a nightmare for undocumented immigrant workers who were brought to the United States as children. And the finance pimps are back on the foreclosure scene taking back their homes for the holidays. “What happened to the motto ‘good will to all people’? Good will must be frozen solid in the deep, dark corners of many hearts. “It’s time for the Qweem-O-Wheat Food Bank Foundation to link with the Ghetto Science Community Service Team and establish the ‘QweemO-Wheat Christmas Safety Net for Folks Who Cannot Make It Through the Tax Cuts.’ The ‘Christmas Safety Net’ is a warm gesture during cold times. It’s genuine bi-partisanship with a special interest in helping people. “During the Christmas holiday season, I, Bubba Robinski and Brother Hustle will warm the hearts and souls of the financially challenged community, senior citizens and the unemployed by feeding them hot, ‘qweemy’ and ‘deewishous’ breakfasts daily. “Your safety net is here. Look for our Qweem-O-Wheat Kitchen and Social Service Mobile.”


Same Place, Different Memories


s the years pass, I find it hard to accurately remember each and every detail of my life. It’s easy for stories to be skewed, embellished or just plain forgotten. My wife says I sometimes “adjust” the facts of stories to keep from getting fussed at, and I can’t recall if I do or not. What I do know is that sometimes two people in the same place at the same time can have two totally different accounts of an incident. Nowadays, history is as much about “who” is remembering as it is about the facts. Apparently, our governor—and possible Republican presidential candidate—Haley Barbour has an interesting take on Mississippi history. In an interview recently with the Weekly Standard, Barbour gave a flattering recollection of the Citizens Council. He described them as a “group of town leaders.” Yes, that same Citizens Council that was founded to maintain segregation and white supremacy. Funny thing: I—and many others—don’t quite recall that docile, philanthropic group that Barbour talks about. I guess it depends on which side of the lunch counter you were sitting on, right? Now, the guv’s story is that the Citizens Council made a decree that they weren’t going to tolerate anyone being associated with the Ku Klux Klan in Yazoo City. They’d be run out of town on a rail, he says, and their businesses weren’t going to be patronized. Noble actions I’m sure if the organization in question wasn’t so adamantly opposed to integration. It would be righteous if the group in question didn’t boycott pro-civil rights organizations fighting for equal rights in Mississippi. But then again, I guess it depends on which fountain you had to drink from, right? Look, it’s no secret that the violent Klan quickly started wearing out its welcome in the 1960s, even with other white supremacist groups. It’s well docu-

mented that their aggressive style and penchant for violence brought way too much attention to the covert cause of white supremacy. Those who championed segregation thought it better to abandon the robes and hoods, and adopt a more corporate “suit and tie” approach. The word “Klan” became bad for business. So methinks the all-white Citizens Council’s “intolerance” of the Klan had more to do with “business” than it did with treating black folks as equals. You don’t have to take my word for it, just look up the history. But I guess it depends on what side of the hose you were on, right? What we should all be concerned with is the fact that a lot of our older elected officials have selective memories when it comes to the history of civil rights. Sure, it was a time when these groups held political stroke, and you had to play the role to get their votes. Nowadays, not so much; beware of those that still do. Be leery of those who continue to press you to forget about that turbulent past even as it shapes our futures. Question those who talk about a return to the “good old days” or who say that groups like the Citizens Council “weren’t that bad.” Those things should raise red flags instantly. Governor Barbour could be on the next presidential ticket in 2012. Die-hard Mississippian that I am, I’d hope that a candidate from our state on a national stage does more to destroy stereotypes of Mississippi than enforce them. That starts by not trying to dismiss the atrocities that occurred in our state during the Civil Rights Era as trivial. But then again, I guess it depends on which section of the bus you had to sit in. Funny how folks can see things differently. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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hether you define yourself as Generation X, Y or (like myself) on the XY cusp, you are a part of a unique and powerful generation that desires to change the world, and has the vigor and technology to do it. We are a generation that is constantly challenging the status quo, a generation that is quick to speak out against injustice (we have easy access to Facebook and Twitter, after all) and a generation that demands something beyond the ordinary. We are not shy about going to the Internet to advocate for causes we believe in; we are active in our communities; and we are a generation that is making our voices heard. To truly take that desired step beyond the ordinary, to make a difference in our cities and around the world, we need a culmination of our voices and our actions. Let’s take a stand and do the one thing that scares us the most: Let’s open up our wallets. The generations that came before us learned the importance of regularly writing a check to support the work of charities. In fact, when I first started working as a professional fundraiser, I was astonished at how the vast majority of financial support for our organization came from people over 50. Our parents and their parents support the work of NGOs across the globe and nonprofits here in the United States. Our generation has proven that we can re-think social responsibilities and environmental concerns of corporations, but how many of us have actually written a check? When I ask this question of my peers, the answer I typically receive is that they are simply unable to give financially. These same people own laptops, iPods, smartphones and flat-screen TVs. When I ask someone my age to become a member of a nonprofit for $20, they protest the feasibility of the gift while ordering another beer, renting another movie, paying a cover to see a band or buying an extra-large latte. While I am not criticizing anyone’s choices to purchase these items, I am challenging the idea that my generation can’t afford to give. If we care about the future of the organizations we claim to support in our online profiles, we can’t afford not to give. After all, if nearly half the world lives on just few dollars a day, shouldn’t we at least consider making a small gift to support the future of the world we want to change? The best thing is that it has never been

easier to give than now. So whether you are part of the group that feels financially unable to give because of a low-paying job, other financial commitments or a tight budget, or if you simply don’t know where to start, here are some easy things to consider and they only takes a few minute of your day. • Most organizations offer online giving. Just go to a website and press a button. • Many charities offer texting as an option for donations. • Many of us have our monthly bills automatically taken out of our accounts by bank draft. Did you know you can do this with donations, too? Sign up for a monthly or quarterly draft, and you can give regularly to your favorite charity without moving a muscle. • Next time you attend an event that benefits a cause you believe in, consider giving more than the suggested admission price, or even sacrifice that last beer of the night for an extra $5 donation. Just tell the people collecting at the door that you want the money to go to the benefiting organization. They will love it, and you might even get a hug! • Make a “Giving Jar” for yourself or together with roommates or family members. Label a mason jar for giving and use it to collect spare change for a month. At the end of the month, your household can collectively decide where your money should go. Want to make sure you know where your money goes? Check out www.guidestar .org or to see a profile of your favorite charity. The most important thing we can do to make sure that our generation is helping to sustain these organizations in the future is to establish our patterns of giving now. It’s easy to say that we will give when we get a little older, but that could easily continue for our entire lives. Let’s truly be a generation that puts our money where our mouths are—a generation that speaks out to make our voices heard and a generation of action. Melody Moody spends most of her days raising awareness about bicycle and pedestrian issues through her work with Bike Walk Mississippi and the Jackson Bike Advocates. If you see her around town, she’ll be more than happy to give you suggestions on where you can volunteer or donate locally.

Let’s truly be a generation that puts our money where our mouths are.

CORRECTION: In “Respect for the City” (Vol. 9, Issue 14, Dec. 15-21, 2010), reporter Adam Lynch wrote that Quentin Whitwell received his bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Mississippi. Whitwell’s bachelor degree is in history. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.

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echnology is a powerful force that is ever changing and evolving. The way we interact with technology can determine the future for our community and society as a whole. If we become consumed with the latest gadgets and have a dependence on our cell phones, technology can take the place of one-on-one communication and time spent with our friends and families. But, if we use

Clicking For Dollars


he moment any person or group forms a new idea, the next question is, “How will we pay for it?” Whether it is a charity marathon, a city proposal for a bike trail, an idea for a comic book or the inspiration for a new work of art, few ideas come without a price tag. The bad news is that finding money is often more difficult than completing the project. Many grants exist, but the competition is fierce, and the grant-writing process is often too complicated for most would-be applicants. Investors are also hard to come by, especially if the project is non-profit or art-based, and investors see no concrete return on their funds. The good news is that while some traditional fund-raising approaches have become more difficult, new approaches and new technology have combined to create easier, more aaccessible means of paying the project bills. Here are a few ideas on how to raise money using the Web.

by Bret Kenyon of independently funded projects. The rules of Kickstarter are simple: You have a project that you need a certain amount of money to complete— let’s say a short film about out-of-work actors living in New Orleans that will cost $2,000 to film, edit and distribute. You open a free account on Kickstarter, create your project, tell the site how much money you need, then sit back and wait for a donor. A donor is someone who wants to fund a project that impresses him or her in some way—whether it’s an artistic element, a humanitarian element or just plain curiosity. The donor pledges an amount to the project, and if the full

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Set Up A PayPal account Setting up a PayPal account allows donors to fund your cause directly with a few simple clicks. To set up a Paypal account, visit and select “personal account.” Once you go through the proper steps to make an account, you can set preferences for auctions, register your site as a PayPal shop and set up invoice templates.

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The Kickstarter website ( is “a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors” and its philosophy is “a good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.” The site appears to have unleashed an effec16 tive and potentially game-changing concept into the world

to anyone considering a project. Business proposals range from an American mother wanting to start her own day care, to a woman in Cambodia who needs $1,000 to buy a truck for her broom-making business. Kiva has facilitated more than $100 million in loans since November 2009. Sites such as these and concepts such as the ones behind them are not only encouraging to those with “the next great idea,” but they are a testament to the generosity of strangers. With every transaction, these technologies prove that one person’s inspiration can move another to action. And as these technologies continue to evolve, the next world-changing idea could come from anyone, anywhere, and may be only a few keystrokes from becoming a reality.

Examples of Successful Kickstarter Fundraising: • Academy Award-winning filmmaker Zana Briski raised $50,000 to build a traveling migratory museum with photographs, film and music that explores the connection between humans and insects. The exhibit opens Dec. 21, 2012, in New York City. • Technology consultant Stephen McGloughlin raised $19,000 to build a desktop computer numerical control machine to put computer-automated machining and fabrication in the hands of creators. • Virginia artist McLean Fahnestock raised $2,000 to produce “Grand Finale,” a large-scale video installation that shows 134 NASA space shuttle launches.

Using Social Media While Facebook, Twitter and MySpace can’t fulfill all fundraising needs, they can accomplish the most difficult part of the process—letting folks know you need their money. Once you have raised awareness, it’s a matter of linking the reader to the charity’s website, PayPal account or other means of fund collection. Of course, the drawback is one that has already been mentioned—your audience is limited to your friends and family, and there are only so many times they’ll send a check for your “Macaroons for Melanoma” charity drives. The best fundraising source is a continuous source available to the general public, and this is the arena where things are starting to get really exciting.

technology to bridge social and economic gaps, connect with others and spread awareness on important issues, then we can advance our community and provide more opportunities for a better future. In this GOOD issue (inspired by the national GOOD Magazine) we bring you ideas on innovative ways to use technology whether it’s raising money for a good cause or recycling your e-waste.

project cost is reached, the project creator gets the money. It’s important to note that the site uses the word “donor” and not “investor.” These aren’t projects that promise any sort of return (though project creators can promise “rewards” to their donors—a T-shirt or copy of the film, for instance), so there is no profit on the table and no need for the project creator to worry about how they will pay back the funds. Naturally, there are rules and regulations to protect all involved (funds aren’t transferred if the total budget isn’t raised, funding is organized through, etc), but overall the site is just like the concept—simple, straightforward and surprisingly effective.

MicroFinancing Along similar lines is the site Kiva (, a site that pairs entrepreneurs from around the world with potential investors. Unlike Kickstarter, Kiva is a loan site— any money a person donates will be paid back in full. But the loans are interest free—no one is making money off the deals—and the repayment percentages are encouraging

More Online Fundraising Ideas Pepsi Refresh Project ( Any business, nonprofit or person can submit and idea to the project, and Pepsi awards funding for the project with the highest number of votes. Grant categories include: arts and culture, health, the planet, education, neighborhoods, and food and shelter. American Express Members Project ( membersproject) Vote for charities to receive $100,000,000 from American Express, find local volunteer opportunities and find a charity to donate to. Donors Choose ( Teachers post a project that they would like to do with their classrooms, and individuals can donate to the project they like best. You can search for projects based on criteria or school districts. The Jackson Public Schools district currently has 15 projects on the site.

Internet Technology and Privacy by Charlotte Blom

How to Protect Your Privacy Online Under the Bill of Rights, the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees protection of American citizens against unlawful search and seizure, including reading mail, wiretapping and entering homes without a warrant. But it is up to individuals to prevent cyber stalking and identity theft. â&#x20AC;˘ Check the security settings on your social networking sites, including on photos and things you or others post. Facebook and other sites are infamous for frequently changing settings without letting its users know. On Facebook, under â&#x20AC;&#x153;Accountâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Privacy Settings,â&#x20AC;? you can customize what you share and with whom. You can also alter your application settings there, as well as customize settings to block unwanted visitors. â&#x20AC;˘ For immediate personal privacy, Dr. Shaoen Wu, a computer-science professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, uses Facebook but always keeps the chat option turned off. He recommends an â&#x20AC;&#x153;awareness of what we are trying to disclose to others. (Social networking sites) provide features but you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to use those features,â&#x20AC;? Wu said. â&#x20AC;˘ Facebook requires several steps to cancel your account. If you only go through the first step, Facebook â&#x20AC;&#x153;holdsâ&#x20AC;? your account, so that you can return to your profile if you decide to reinstate your account. â&#x20AC;˘ Clear your web browserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, cache and

cookies on a regular basis. â&#x20AC;˘ Install good antivirus and spybot programs. Check for free options. â&#x20AC;˘ Be wary of who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving your private info to, including your Social Security number, bank account or credit card info, what sites you join or where you make online purchases. â&#x20AC;˘ Be careful about accepting unknown â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendâ&#x20AC;? requests. Some may be looking to spread the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Koobfaceâ&#x20AC;? virus by sending infected links via e-mail and/or wall posts in the hopes people click on the infected links. â&#x20AC;˘ Use a unique password for each social network, e-mail or e-commerce account. The passwords should be difficult to guess and include a combination of nonsense words, numbers and symbols. â&#x20AC;˘ Switch browsers. Internet Explorer is the most commonly used browser and the most susceptible to intrusion. Switch to Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, both with built in malware and phishing protection.

Identity Theft Identity theft happens most commonly through â&#x20AC;&#x153;dumpster divingâ&#x20AC;? for unshredded mail or stolen wallets, which can reveal Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other personal info, and from organizations that store sensitive information in hard copy or online. In the online world, one must also be aware of phishing: bogus e-mails or spam, often in the forms of â&#x20AC;&#x153;your bankâ&#x20AC;? or other institutions asking for your personal information. Also, watch out for fake charity websites or PayPal accounts set up to take your money. Of course there is also the potential threat of hackers, hijackers or malware, so always use secure sites for any online purchasing. Secure sites include https:// in the URL, display a padlock (usually on the lower bar of an Internet window) and the URL should be an â&#x20AC;&#x153;officialâ&#x20AC;? domain name. Watch for a string of numbers in a URL or an address separated using â&#x20AC;&#x153;dotâ&#x20AC;? segments, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;?

Protect Your Photos Exchangeable Image File Format, or EXIF, tags embedded in a digital camera photo can tell not just technical details about the photo, but also its location using the Global Positioning System. GPS is more commonly found in cell phone cameras like iPhones or smartphones. This feature, just like reverse e-mail address information, can work to a cyber-stalkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advantage. If you have a Flickr account or another online site where you upload unprotected photos on the Internet, make your photos available only to trusted friends, or disable the EXIF feature either in your camera or by using software like Photoshop or Gimp.

Attitudes Toward Social Media â&#x20AC;˘ Niaeshia Jones, 19, is senior at Hattiesburg High School. She has a Myspace account and joined Facebook this fall. She is not worried about government surveillance or advertisers soliciting her. She does worry, however, that someone will see her info about her boyfriend, for instance, and spread rumors from what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share too much information on Facebook,â&#x20AC;? Jones says. She says she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accept friend requests from people she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know and intends for family and friends to be the only people who see her information.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Nathan Bush, 32, a computer programmer for Merchants Foodservice, only has a Facebook account; he cancelled his MySpace account from lack of use. His Facebook page is open to people who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t friends because he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really use it, he says, but his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s page has the security features enabled because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where they share photos. Bush is not worried about government or other entities looking as his data because he has nothing to hide and he is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of those conspiracy theorists.â&#x20AC;? His biggest concern about Facebook is people updating their status with their whereabouts, especially if their security features arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enabled. â&#x20AC;˘ Bernard Jonson, 52, thinks that the Internet and the government, have gone too far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are overstepping their boundaries,â&#x20AC;? Jonson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any privacy any more.â&#x20AC;? Jonson does not use the Internet at all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think God intended for all this,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m old fashioned anyway.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Evaluation consultant Ann Beardshall, 71, says her biggest concerns are identity theft, social marketing and social media networks. Beardshall joined Facebook about two years ago, mainly as a way to enjoy photos of her grandchildren, but she maintains all the security settings so she â&#x20AC;&#x153;can lurk, and they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see me.â&#x20AC;?







he use of and dependence on the Internet and social networking has various implications for personal privacy. Many people worry â&#x20AC;&#x153;big brotherâ&#x20AC;? is watching their virtual footsteps or that their personal data can be auctioned to the highest bidder in the advertising world.




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ime Magazine reported this month that the United States throws away 20 million to 50 million metric tons of “e-waste” each year. When you throw out a computer, it will likely end up in a landfill or incinerator. E-waste from our trashcans can also end up in developing countries where scrap-yard workers extract valuable substances such as copper, iron, silicon and gold. When you throw electronics away, their hazardous components leak into the earth, poisoning the surrounding ecosystems. Instead of tossing your old phone, computer or television, recycle or reuse it. Most electronics contain lead, mercury and/or cadmium, so it’s important that you dispose of them properly. If your electronics are still functional, donate them so they can be reused. Here’s a list of places you can take your electronics to be recycled or reused: •More than 4.6 million tons of e-waste ended up in U.S. landfills in 2000. (SOURCE: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY)

• In 2003, at least 23,000 metric tons of electronic waste was illegally shipped to the Far East, India, Africa and China. (SOURCE: GREENPEACE)

• 50 to 80 percent of waste collected for recycling is exported to developing countries. (SOURCE: GREENPEACE)

Where to Recycle Electronics in Jackson: • Jackson’s E-Service Center (1570 Terry Road, 601-960-2045) accepts batteries, cell phones and computers for free. Just drop off electronics. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and on the fourth Saturday of every month. • Best Buy (194 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601-919-0176 and 6370 Ridgewood Court Dr., 601-977-9115) accepts most electronics, working or not, regardless of where they were purchased. Best Buy won’t take monitors over 32 inches, hard drives, appliances or any electronics with refrigerants. They will take three items per household per day. There is a $10 charge for TVs and monitors, but you get a $10 Best Buy gift card in return. Best Buy will pick up old televisions and appliances to be recycled when they deliver a new television or appliance. The company also has kiosks at every store for recycling ink cartridges, CDs, DVDs, cables and cell phones. • The Apple Store (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 4010, Ridgeland, 601-607-4521) accepts iPods and iPhones and will give you 10 percent off your new iPod or iPhone. You can also mail in your old Apple computer and get credit on an Apple gift card. • Dell Computer owners can call 1-800-463-3339 to schedule a free at-home pickup through FedEx. When you call, tell FedEx you’d like to participate in the Dell PRP Recycling Program. Visit for a checklist of what to do before they pick up your computer.

How to Reuse Technology • If your electronics are still functional, consider dropping them off at N.U.T.S. (114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-7458), the Salvation Army (110 Presto Lame., 601-948-0737) or Goodwill (104 E. State St., Ridgeland, 601-853-8110). • Jackson State University’s (1400 J.R. Lynch St., Just Hall of Science, 601-979-8258) Department of Technology accepts computers, which they test and donate to low-income families. Make Art out of Technology Check out “62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer” ($14. 95, Workman Publishing Company, 2010) by Randy Sarafan for projects to turn technology into art.

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Where Does My e-waste Go? Even if you recycle your e-waste, it could still end up in a developing country’s landfill where children or poorly paid workers are exposed to hazardous material. In 1998, The United Nations’ Basel Ban required countries to ban exporting all forms of hazardous waste to developing countries. The United States, however, fought the ban, and refused to sign it. The nonprofit, e-stewards (, launched the “e-stewards pledge program,” which tracks and documents recycler’s toxic materials and certifies that the materials are not exported to developing countries. Unfortunately, the closest e-stewards certified recycler is 5R Processors in Memphis, Tenn. The certification includes: • A certified environmental management system that minimizes workers’ exposure to hazardous materials. • Prohibiting all toxic waste from being disposed in solid-waste landfills and incinerators. • Compliance with international hazardous-waste treaties for exports and imports of electronics, and prohibiting the export of hazardous waste from developed to developing countries. • Prohibiting the use of prison labor in toxic electronics recycling. • Requiring extensive protection and monitoring of recycling workers.


To Multitask or Not to Multitask


by Holly Perkins

oday, I took notes on a lecture, researched a project, text messaged a friend and chatted with another friend who lives in England. But this isn’t a typical day for me; it’s a typical class period. I am a multitasker. I like to think I could tell you every key point my professor made in his lecture and the details of my research, text messages and my conversation with my friend. Multi-tasking is something I consider a strength. And I’m not the only one. Whether it’s sending e-mails while simultaneously talking on the phone, or making dinner while text messaging and watching television, almost everyone multitasks. I can barely have a conversation without someone checking his or her phone out of habit. A 2009 Stanford University study found that out of 100 students surveyed, heavy multitaskers—people do more than one or two things at a time—performed worse than low multitaskers. The study concluded that heavy multitaskers had poorer performance when they were presented with tests that weighed the student‘s ability to switch between tasks, how well they performed with multiple distractions and how well they focused. So maybe multi-tasking isn’t exactly a sign of strength. People who considered themselves “brilliant” multitaskers actually performed lower than people who didn’t.

Tracking Online Use Over the course of a week, I used an online tracking device to monitor the amount of time I spent online. Here is what I found: • I spend between one to three hours (with the exceptions of weekends) a day on the Internet, mostly during school hours. • The majority of my Internet use is for school or work, but usually I’m hopping back and forth between research for schoolwork and looking at blogs, watching shows online or wasting time on Facebook. • If I continue this same time frame, I’ll spend nearly 20 days a year online, and during that time, I’m making my performance levels fall lower and lower. •To track your Internet use, download a free add-on at

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Technology by the Numbers • Searching online activates more brain regions than reading printed words. • On average, multitaskers spend 11 minutes on a project before switching to another and typically change tasks within a project every three minutes. • It takes about 15 minutes to return with full attention to a serious mental task after you responded to an e-mail or text message. SOURCE: “DIGITAL NATION,” BY PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICES

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• 39 to 49 percent of 18- to 30-year-olds have sent text messages while driving, which slows their reaction time by 35 percent. • People younger than 24 send more than two text messages for every call they make. • The Neilson Company reviewed more than 40,000 phone bills and found that American teenagers send or receive an average of 3,146 messages a month, which translates into more than 10 messages during every hour of the month that they are not sleeping or in school. • Texting or talking on cell phones while driving (hand held or hands free) is the same as a driver having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely than those not talk on the phone to have crashes serious enough to cause injuries. • Thirty states have enacted laws banning texting behind the wheel. Mississippi’s laws restrict text messaging while driving for minors. Wendy Schenefelt Schenefelt, Children’s Defense Fund regional director

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he U.S. Geological Survey is the federal source for science about the earth. The organization provides information about the health of our ecosystems, and environmental and natural disasters. In Jackson, this technology helps monitor the Pearl River for flood control. The survey’s state Water Science Center, located in Pearl, partners with federal, state and local agencies to monitor, conduct studies, and provide water information that benefits Mississippi’s citizens through publications, data, maps and application software. The Water Science Center also provides forecast information to the National Weather Service, which is then broadcast on the news.

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Surface Water Information Whether you’re monitoring river stages for flood tracking or checking for ideal conditions for a canoe trip on the Okatoma River, the USGS network of realtime surface water monitoring sites is a valuable tool. Mississippi’s real-time surface water data is available at Users can subscribe, at no cost, to a “WaterAlert” service that sends e-mail or text message alerts when water rises to dangerous levels. (water. • Select the site and data type. Use the interactive map to browse or enter a site number. • Click “Subscribe.” You must submit each notifi22 cation subscription separately.

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Malone, whose classroom looks more like a junkyard, said his team members tend to go on to become doctors and engineers. So far, not one of them has tried to take over the world with a mechanical doomsday device. Jackson Public Schools is on a roll when it comes its robotics program. On Dec. 4, Walton Elementary School’s Fusion Robotics Team won First Place in Research in the First Lego League Mississippi Championship Tournament in Hattiesburg. B: Four Atwood electric motors with enough torque to both walk your spaniel and drag the resulting carcass back to your house.



ath is the language of the universe, and speaking that language effectively is the only way to put two gears together and link them with the right kind of motor to get a desired effect. Use the wrong components, and either your gears won’t turn at all, or they won’t stop turning. Getting a grasp of your universe means knowing the mechanics behind it, and absolutely nothing embodies mechanics like robotics. Provine High School knows this: The school’s Team 462 has been building robotic contraptions to compete in national robotics competitions for more than 10 years. Comprised of students from the school’s 9th through 12th grades, the team got its first $5,000 grant from the NASA Stennis Space Center in 1999. Since that time, it’s been nabbing grants from Entergy, Jackson State University and other benefactors and grabbing trophies from all over the country. “We won the regional in 2007, and we were the first team to win the chairman’s award in 2007,” said robotics team sponsor Redmond Malone. “In 2008, we won the Chrysler Team Spirit Award. In 2007, we won the Daimler Chrysler Spirit Award. In 2005, we won the Delphi Award at the Peachtree regional in Georgia.”

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• Choose to receive the notifications at your e-mail address or your text-enabled, SMS mobile phone. Also, select your desired notification settings, such as data type, threshold condition and frequency. Shortly after you submit your form, a message containing your transaction ID will be sent to the e-mail address you specified. You must reply to this e-mail message, without altering it, to confirm and activate your subscription. Other USGS websites of Interest: To purchase maps, aerial photographs, satellite images, publications or other related data, visit www.usgs. gov/pubprod or call 1-888-ASK-USGS. Other mapping services of interest include: • Seamless Data Warehouse (, an interactive map interface that allows you to define an area of interest by drawing a box, defining coordinates or using available templates to cut out the area. Free downloads of up to 3 GB in one request, delivered in 250 MB files. • Web Map Services (ArcIMS & WMS) allow access to seamless data within your GIS application. • EarthNow ( displays live or recent acquisitions from the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites as they pass over North America. • The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Data Center ( holds the world’s largest collection of images of the Earth acquired by civilian spacecraft and aircraft.

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s omnipresent as the Internet has become in most people’s lives, the “digital divide” separating those with regular, fast Internet access and those without persists. By the mid-1990s, the “digital divide” had become a concern for policy makers. Households that don’t have the Internet or have slower connections lose economic and educational opportunities, Jackson State University professor Willie Brown says. “If you don’t have any connectivity at all, there are lots of resources that you can’t access at all—information sources and services,” Brown says. “(With broadband), you can pay bills, sell merchandise and buy merchandise. And even if you have the access, if it’s too slow, it limits the amount of value that you can get from it.” Wireless Internet and cell phones have changed some of the dynamics of the digital divide, though, by making cheap Internet access available to those without a land-based Internet connection. President Barack Obama tried to affect the urban-rural digital divide by including $7.2 billion in the federal stimulus package to extend broadband infrastructure to rural, under-served areas. In Sept. 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $2.63 million grant from the stimulus package to bring broadband to 18,200 people in Panola and Quitman Counties. U.S. Broadband Access Percent w/ broadband 2001

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an App for That

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â&#x20AC;˘ Jackson Prep Football, St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Football and Brandon High Football, 99 cents: These apps let you listen live to the high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football games and gives you their season schedules. â&#x20AC;˘ Mangia Bene, free: This app from the owners of BRAVO!, Broad Street Cafe and Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurants lets you view menus, directions and place to-go orders. â&#x20AC;˘ Upton Tire Pros, free: This app lets you get a quote on tires, get an appointment online and gives directions to Upton Tire Pros locations in the area. â&#x20AC;˘ Ole Miss Mobile, free: Keep in touch with all things Ole Missâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;news, events, sports and even a campus map. â&#x20AC;˘ MSU Cowbell, free: This app gives State fans rosters and schedules for the football and basketball teams. It also plays â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hail State,â&#x20AC;? and you can ring it like a cowbell. â&#x20AC;˘ JFP Mobile, free: Get local news updates, hear the JFP radio show and get access to music listings and entertainment. (Andriod version under construction)

â&#x20AC;˘ Carticipate, free: This app encourages people to carpool. You can search for a ride or let others know your destination and the number of available seats. â&#x20AC;˘ Kiva Alerts, free: Kiva is an organization that connects people through micro lending to reduce poverty. Kiva has facilitated nearly $180 million in loans to impoverished entrepreneurs. This app allows you to view and fill loan requests. Its sister app, KLoan, also free, lets you check the status of your loan. â&#x20AC;˘ GoodGuide, free: Use this app to scan product barcodes while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re shopping to get detailed ratings for the productâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, social and environmental responsibility. This app can be used on more than 65,000 products. â&#x20AC;˘ Free WiFi Finder, free: This app has a database of 110,000 places nationwide with free wi-fi. Use it to find one near you.

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o operate in the 21st century, most nonprofits need a website, computers and technical support. A portion of a nonprofitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operating budget go to covering those costs. Most nonprofits also need tech volunteers, used computers, video cameras and social-media gurus. Here is a list of nonprofits with a technology focus: Mississippi Community Education Center 1435 Lelia Drive, 601-366-6405 The MCEC uses online resources to provide educational and training programs. Mississippi Technology Alliance 134 Market Ridge Drive, Ridgeland, 601-960-3630 The Mississippi Technology Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the State of Mississippi. The organization worked with 109 new entrepreneurial clients and 309 new manufacturing clients in the past year.

Parents for Public Schools of Greater Jackson 200 N. Congress St., 601-969-6015 Parents for Public Schools uses the help of parents, volunteers and effective programs for the students of inner-city Jackson. The organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JumpstART program teaches students how to use digital cameras to document their communities as well software to edit their photos. The Young Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project 2659 Livingston Road, 601-987-0015 The YPP provides mentorships and technology resources such as computers and flip cameras to help Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students excel through math literacy and social change. Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi 1450 W. Capitol St., 601-969-7088 The Boys and Girls club uses academic resources and computers to provide at-risk youth a place to complete homework assignments and receive tutoring in Hinds, Rankin and Madison counties. See more nonprofits at

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Technology and the Government Google Cities


oogle set off grassroots campaigns in dozens of cities this year when it announced its Google Fiber for Communities contest. Google promised to finance enormous fiber-optic infrastructure projects in the city with the best proposal. The project would provide connection speeds of 1 gigabit per secondâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;100 times faster than broadband available to most Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for up to 500,000 people, the company said. More than 1,100 communities submitted proposals before Googleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 26 deadline. Community groups, tech-savvy professionals and politicians banded together to show support for their citiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bids. In publicity stunts, mayors went skydiving and swam with sharks. Six Mississippi cities entered the competition: Clinton, Hattiesburg, Moss Point, Oxford, Ridgeland and Starkville, as well as Harrison County. Google has said it will pick a winning city or cities by the end of the year. Jackson didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enter a proposal, but city leaders could take note all the same. Not only is technology an enormous economic boost, but it can also be a community rallying point.

Government Tech Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much vaunted â&#x20AC;&#x153;311â&#x20AC;? system for making city services more transparent is set for a rollout in

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late February. The Jackson City Council has approved the purchase of equipment for the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which would log, track and map citizenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complaints and requests made by dialing 3-1-1â&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the city is waiting for permission to use the 311 phone number from the Mississippi Public Service Commission. City spokesman Chris Mims said he expects the PSC to grant its permission this month, clearing the way for the city to hire two to three call-center employees and ready the system for public use. â&#x20AC;˘ Citizens dial 3-1-1 on their phones or visit the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 311 website to register complaints about open fire hydrants, potholes, abandoned properties, water main breaks and other issues and nuisances. â&#x20AC;˘ The 311 system automatically logs the complaint, generates a work order and submits it to the relevant city department. â&#x20AC;˘ Citizens can check the progress of their service request online. Johnson hopes to eventually integrate 311 with geographic information systems, or GIS, technology, allowing city personnel and residents to view maps of complaints. â&#x20AC;˘ 311 systems in other cities show varying rates of use. Detroitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system fields an average of 26 calls per year for every 100 residents, while New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s received a whopping 224 calls per 100 residents, according to a 2010 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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ven before Mick Jagger and Keith Moon joined the British invasion of the 1960s, some Mississippi college kids in a band called the Rolling Stones awoke a generation. From 1955 to 1961, they pounded out a beat that grew louder through the night. The Rolling Stones once knocked a frat house at the University of Alabama six inches off its foundation when dancers jumped and stomped until it fell. They bumped into Elvis, Johnny Cash and the Big Bopper at 4 a.m. at shows, auditoriums and lonely highway truck stops. They had hit songs, record deals and wild weekends. Monday morning they had classes at Mississippi State College (renamed Mississippi State University in the ’50s). Unlike Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbinson, the Rolling Stones weren’t planning music careers. They studied engineering, agricultural science and business. Andy Anderson, one of the founding members, was a

freshman at Mississippi State in 1953 when his mama died. His family grew cotton on the 20,000-acre King and Anderson Plantation near Clarksdale. Like other early rockers with the same Mississippi influences, Anderson mixed “hillbilly” music with rhythm ‘n’ blues, and his band became wildly popular. Anderson recalls this history in “Memoirs of the Original Rolling Stone” (AuthorHouse, 2010, $20), which he co-wrote with Erica Celeste. “We were in the right place at the right time,” Anderson says sitting in his Clinton home. Not only was the rockabilly sound an instant, international sensation, the Rolling Stones had something extra that other acts lacked. “None of those guys had a rock ‘n’ roll show band,” he says. It was the percussion, the beats of rhythm ‘n’ blues, that made the Rolling Stones stand apart from guitar-only acts. Anderson holds a metal cup that he’s been drinking water from and taps it on the side with a pen, punctuating his point with each beat. “They had good bands, but they didn’t play music like we did,” he says. “They tried to play rock with the wrong instruments, but we played it with power. We blew the walls out.” A set would start with a “hard-ass rocker,” and then play slow-tempo tunes. Then more hard-ass rock would have the crowd screaming and jumping. Guitar players provoked each other, building the crowd up. They would play two-and-a-half hours without a break. They played at social functions and private parties where the audience liked it loud and yelled for more. “Our egos got the best of us,” Anderson says. “We said, ‘Let’s cut a record.’” They recorded Anderson’s original songs “Johnny Valentine” and “Tough, Tough, Tough” in 1957 for Sun Records in Memphis. The same record company that signed Elvis had its hands full with a stable of musicians. Obligations at Sun got spread thin, and the Rolling Stones record sat in a can on a shelf for years. The band got restless. About the same time, London Records, a classical-music label in the United Kingdom wanted in on the burgeoning rock business and searched for a rockabilly group to promote in Europe. London Records found the Rolling Stones, and the band went to Nashville to record “Johnny Valentine” again. But the studio would only allow union musicians to play, although Anderson did get to sing. He insists the Nashville mu-

Memphis Boys Make Music History


December 22 - 28, 2010

old On To What You Got,” Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind,” and the list goes on and on. Carrying out Moman’s vision was an extraordinary group of southern-grown musicians known as the 827 Thomas Street Band. In 1985, Moman told me: “I’m a pretty good musician, but every one of them is better than me. I’m not in their league.” The story of the 827 Thomas Street 28 Band is told in Roben Jones’ “Memphis Boys:

The Story of American Studios” (University Press of Mississippi, 2010, $50). Handpicked by Moman for his Memphis-based American Studios, the band played together through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Moman’s career had three major creative surges during that time: the early years at American Studios; the mid-years at his Nashville studio; and his 1985 return to Memphis, where he recorded at a renovated fire station named 3 Alarm Studio. This book covers the first two periods, but not the third, even though his band stuck with

by Valerie Wells

sicians did not know how to play rock. “You listen to the Memphis version and the Nashville version, it’s two different songs,” Anderson says. The Nashville song is country swing. Much to his dismay, radio stations played that version. It sold 750,000 copies. After nine months of frustrating dealings with London Records, the Rolling Stones signed with Apollo Records. They didn’t ask London for permission and they never dealt with London Records again. In 1959, Anderson left the Stones to help run the family plantation in Clarksdale. He had a falling out with his dad, though, and soon left for Jackson. Anderson wound up starting another band, the Dawn Breakers, and they had some regional hits. In the late 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles and roomed with Aaron Spelling for a bit, managed bands and actors, and even developed a golf course. He flirted with the idea of acting but other business ventures kept getting in the way. Anderson had to keep moving. He came back to Mississippi but wound up moving to New Mexico in 1976. He kept writing songs and performing until he cut off half of a finger on his left hand using a hydraulic lift that same year. (His book, by the way, says it was an elevator, but he says that’s incorrect.) The New Mexico influence shows in every room of Anderson’s Clinton home. Clay tiles, wrought-iron details and mission-style furniture fill the home. He built a lot of the heavy furniture himself and created much of the iron details with his own hands. About twice a year, old members from the Rolling Stones and the Dawn Breakers have a reunion and play for family and friends and rockabilly fans. Anderson has no hard feelings that a later Rolling Stones group became more famous. While he was a Rolling Stone, life got dangerous. A series of disasters changed everything. “We played with Big Bopper just one month before the crash,” he says of the 1959 plane crash that killed the Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly. “Every time I turned around, one of us was getting killed. We could walk into any place in the world and create a riot. It was a feeling of power,” he says. “After a while, it wasn’t a challenge anymore.” So Andy Anderson kept going to the next thing, never stagnating and, just like a Rolling Stone, gathering no moss.

by James L. Dickerson

him to the bitter end, commuting to Memphis from Nashville. Today, the musicians all live in Nashville (Moman resides in Georgia) where they still are considered among the best studio musicians around. They acquired the name “Memphis Boys” when they moved to Nashville in 1973 and started churning out country hits that had a decidedly Memphis feel to them, which is to say the music was soulful and had more of a rock edge to it than the music recorded by Nashville session players, few of



Clintonian Andy Anderson was a member of the original Rolling Stones and has written a book about those years.

The Original Rolling Stone

Memphis Boys guitarist Reggie Young in a recording session in Memphis.


Chips Moman, with back to camera, in the studio with recording artist Bobby Womack, left, songwriter David Porter (“Soul Man” and “When Something is Wrong with My Baby”) and background singers in 1986.

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past-due taxes. In 1986, Moman recalled to me the band’s reaction, explaining his devotion to his musicians: “Bobby Emmons was the first one. ‘I just heard about it,’ he said. ‘The bank told me they would let me have $80,000, and I’ll have it for you by this afternoon.’ Reggie came in and said, ‘Hey, man, I’m gonna borrow some money on my farm. I can let you have $100,000.’ Bobby Wood called. They all came to bail my ass out. I said, ‘I don’t want you to do that. Let me see if I can’t take care of it myself,’ and I did take care of it myself. But do you know what kind of an honor it is to have your friends offer to do that for you? These are special people. Whatever I got, it’s theirs if they want it. That’s the kind of relationship we’ve got.” There are things that I like about this book—beginning with the fact that someone took the time to tell their story in great detail (few people in Memphis knew their names, even when they were enjoying a string of more than 100 hit records)—but there are things I do not like such as the hefty price; the twocolumn text format, which makes the book read like a dictionary; the author’s excessive reliance on interview quotes at the expense of research (just because someone says something doesn’t make it true); and the passionless, plodding writing style that does not come close to capturing the energy that characterizes the incredible music created by the Memphis Boys. That said, the book is well worth reading. To put it in musical terms, it may not be a chart-topping hit, nor will it win the writing equivalent of a Grammy, but you can learn things that you did not know about the most respected studio band in America. James L. Dickerson is the author of two award-winning books that focus on Memphis music, “Goin’ Back to Memphis: A Century of Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Glorious Soul” (1996 Gleason Award finalist) and “Mojo Triangle: Birthplace of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll” (IPPY best nonfiction book of 2006 from the South). COURTESY UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI

whom employed accent horns, hard-driving drums or blazing guitar riffs. Doing what came naturally, the Memphis Boys laid the foundation for country music’s Outlaw Movement and pretty much everything that is now defined as “country.” I have known Moman and the “Memphis Boys” since the mid-1980s, when I wrote about music for The Commercial Appeal and later in my magazine, Nine-O-One Network, the first southern-based publication to ever achieve newsstand distribution in all 50 states. I featured Moman and the band in the first and several subsequent issues, and spent countless hours in the studio with them, watching them effortlessly weave Moman’s inspired ideas and gambler’s hunches into memorable music. Each of the players in the 827 Thomas Street Band is a star in his own right and could have achieved success on his own, but they have recorded together for more than four decades because they are a family, having started out together in their late teens and early 20s, going through all of life’s crises and challenges as a supportive unit. Today they are in their late 60s and early 70s, miraculous survivors of a hardliving culture that long ago felled most of their contemporaries. Two of the core band members are Mississippians—keyboard players Bobby Wood and Bobby Emmons. Two are from Memphis—Gene Chrisman on drums and Mike Leech on bass. The fifth member, legendary guitarist Reggie Young, is from Osceola, Ark. Once they began cutting hit records in the early 1960s, as often as not with African American singers, record executives from New York traveled to Memphis to witness the studio’s “black” music phenomenon first-hand. To their amazement, they discovered that all the band members were white. Years later, after they had relocated in Nashville, playing sessions with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristofferson, Moman found himself in trouble with the IRS over a bill for


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Anna Kline performs during F. Jones Corner’s blues lunch. Free. … Bewey Bowden’s “Adventures in Color” exhibit at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive) is up through Dec. 30. Free; call 601-4324056. … Photographer Ken Murphy signs copies of “Mississippi: State of Blues” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.) at 11:30 a.m. $60 book; call 601-366-7619. … Robbie Peoples performs at Fenian’s. Free. … Jason Turner is at Char. … The Supakidz host Wasted Wednesday at Dreamz Jxn. … Dreamer plays at Pop’s. … The DJ Brikabrak & Friends Hip Hop Show at Martin’s is at 10 p.m.

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The Wonderland of Lights celebration at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland) continues nightly at 6 p.m. through Dec. 31. Free; call 800-468-6078. … This week’s Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “Nora’s Will” at 7 p.m. and “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” at 9 p.m.; encore showings on Dec. 25. $9 per film; visit … David Hawkins performs at Wired at noon. … Kenny Hollywood performs at Queen of Hearts. $5. … Sherman Lee Dillon and Johnny Owens perform at F. Jones Corner at 10 p.m. $5, $10 after midnight. … Dreamz Jxn has music by DJ Phingaprint. Free until midnight.


The Power APAC art exhibit at the Jackson-Evers International Airport (100 International Drive) is up through Jan. 7. Free; call 601-960-5387. … The Holiday Blues and Southern Soul Festival at the Jackson Convention Complex at 7 p.m. includes performances by Mel Waiters, The Manhattans, Bobby Rush and more. $44.50 and up; call 601-960-2321. … The Juvenators perform at ToMara’s at 9 p.m. … Martin’s annual Christmas show at 10 p.m. features music by Mr. Kid, The Brothers Fox and Dent May. Call 601-354-9712. … Furrows and Brad Ward perform at Ole Tavern.

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Howard Jones Jazz performs during King Edward Hotel’s brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. … Knight Bruce plays during brunch at Sophia’s at 11 a.m. … See the ballet film “The Nutcracker” at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) at 2 p.m. $16; call 061-9602300. … Mike & Marty’s jam session at ToMara’s is from 4-9 p.m. Free. … The annual community Kwanzaa celebration at Medgar Evers Community Center (3159 Dent May performs at Martin’s annual Christmas show Dec. 25 at 10 p.m.

December 22 - 28, 2010


The Global Tree Display at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) is on display through Dec. 31. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580. … The Winter Holidays Exhibit at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) closes today. Free; call 601-5766800. … The “Christmas in Canton” Victorian Christmas Festival at Canton Historic Square ends today. Free with $3 per museum admission and $1 per ride; call 800-8443369. … Blind Dog Otis plays at Underground 119. … Burgers and Blues has music by Double Shotz Trio. … Hunter Gibson performs at Georgia Blue from 8-11 p.m. Enjoy Ladies Night with DJ Stache at Ole Tavern. … Dead Irish Blues plays at Fenian’s. Free.

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The exhibit “Reflections on Welty’s World” at the Powell Museum (129 E. Ash St.) is up through Dec. 31. Free; call 601-209-4736. … The Festival of Christmas Trees display at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) can be seen through Dec. 31. Free; call 601960-1557. … Karaoke at Fenian’s from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. … The open-mic free jam at Martin’s is at 10 p.m. Free.


Roselyn Polk’s craft exhibit at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) is on display through Dec. 31. Free admission; call 601-856-7546. … The JPS Pepsi Holiday Basketball Tournament at JSU’s Williams Athletics and Assembly Center (1400 John R. Lynch St.) is Dec. 28-30. $8, $10; visit for brackets and game times. … Karaoke at McB’s at 7 p.m. Free. … The Xtremez play at Shucker’s from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free. … Pub Quiz at Hal & Mal’s at 8 p.m. … Open-mic at Time Out (8 p.m.), Fenian’s (9 p.m.) and Ole Tavern.


The Four Seasons at the Cedars Winter Art Exhibit at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road) is on display through Jan. 7. Free; call 601-981-9606. … Snazz plays at Regency Hotel at 8:30 p.m. Visit facebook. com/snazzband2. … Passenger Jones performs at Hal & Mal’s. … Ralph Miller performs at the Irish Frog. More events and details at

Bobby Rush performs at the Holiday Blues and Southern Soul Festival at the Jackson Convention Complex Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. COURTESY BOBBY RUSH


Edwards Ave.) kicks off at 6 p.m. and continues nightly through Jan. 1. Free admission; call 601-454-5777. … The Thelma Sanders Scholarship Dance at the Regency Hotel at 8 p.m. includes music by Derrick Burt & Friends. $30, $325 tables; call 601-924-5746 or 601-856-2431.

jfpevents Radio JFP on WLEZ at WLEZ 100.1 FM and returnes Dec. 30. Listen to all past shows at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Valentine’s Date Night Feb. 4, at circa. (2771 Old Canton Road). Artist Christy Henderson debuts her exhibit of intriguing abstracts and love-themed works. With artisan-made gifts and a scent bar, you’re sure to find a perfect Valentine’s gift for someone special – and for yourself. Free admission; e-mail Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS Feb. 12, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The benefit is a huge live and silent auction of Mississippi’s best-known artists with live entertainment headlined by Scott Albert Johnson and cuisine catered by dozens of local restaurants. $35, $25 students with ID; call 601-668-6648. Mississippi Happening ongoing. The monthly broadcast is hosted by Guaqueta Productions and features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at

HOLIDAY “Calls From Home” Radio Broadcast for Prisoners through Dec. 22. Call Thousand Kites’ toll-free line and leave a recorded message for prisoners to listen to during the holiday season. Poets and singers are welcome to participate. Call 877-410-4863. Winter Holidays Exhibit through Dec. 23, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Enjoy the 1940’s train town of Possum Ridge and the historic Christmas trees and vintage toys. Hours are noon–4 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Tours for school groups are available by reservation. Free; call 601-576-6800. “Christmas in Canton” Victorian Christmas Festival through Dec. 23, at Canton Historic Square. Come celebrate the joy of the season in the glow of hundreds of thousands of sparkling white lights. Free with $3 per museum visit and $1 per ride; call 800-844-3369. Bright Lights, Fondren Nights through Dec. 25. Fondren residents are asked to decorate their homes and yards for the holidays. Members of the Fondren Neighborhood Association will award prizes for the best decorations. Visit 21st Annual Community Kwanzaa Dec. 26-31, 6-9 p.m., at Medgar Evers Community Center (3159 Edwards Ave.). The event includes panel discussions, entertainment, presentations and literature. Refreshments will be served. Free admission; call 601-454-5777. Global Tree Display through Dec. 31, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Take a memorable journey traveling through South America, Asia, Africa and India while embracing each holiday tree’s unique culture. Free with paid admission; call 601352-2580. Wonderland of Lights through Dec. 31, at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). Celebrate the holiday season by viewing Christmas lights and participating in family-friendly activities. Call 800-468-6078. Festival of Christmas Trees through Dec. 31, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See a showcase of various civic, social and religious organizations’ creatively decorated Christmas trees. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601960-1557.

COMMUNITY Thelma Sanders Scholarship Dance Dec. 26, 8 p.m., at Regency Hotel (400 Greymont Ave.).

The Jackson chapter of the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association is the host. Derrick Burt and Friends will provide entertainment. $30, $325 tables; call 601-924-5746 or 601-856-2431. Monday Night Football Mixer Dec. 27, at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.). Each week, come to watch football on the big screen television and enjoy burgers, wings and drinks. Wrestling fans can watch WWE matches in the VIP Lounge. Free admission; call 601-979-3994. Restaurant Rave Call for Contestants through Dec. 31, at Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau (111 E. Capitol St., Suite 102). Write a rave review in 100 words or less about your favorite Jackson restaurant and submit it by Dec. 31, and you could win a dinner for four. The winning restaurant review will be featured on and the Bureau’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. E-mail your review to with the word “RAVE” in the subject line. Include your full name, telephone number, and email address. Entries can also be submitted through by clicking on the “Want Free Food?” banner on the home page. Call 601-960-1891. Mississippi Music Foundation Money Match Program through Dec. 31. The program is for artists living in Mississippi who are seeking to record and release an original CD. MMF will match up to 50 percent of funds raised by an artist to complete one song or group of songs. All genres are accepted, but all groups or artists must apply and acceptance is not guaranteed. Call 662-429-2939.

FARMERS’ MARKETS Farmers’ Market through Dec. 24, at Old Fannin Road Farmers’ Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale MondaySaturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783.

STAGE AND SCREEN Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1552. • Art House Cinema Downtown Dec. 24-25. See “Nora’s Will” at 7 p.m. and “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” at 9 p.m. The Mississippi Film Institute is the sponsor. $9 per film; visit msfilm. org. • “The Nutcracker” Dec. 26, 2 p.m. The ballet film is presented by the Mississippi Film Institute. $16; call 601-960-2300. • “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” Sky Show through Dec. 31. The film is about an alien who kidnaps St. Nicholas. Show times are 1 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. Saturday. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children; call 601-960-1552. • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema through Dec. 31. 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. weekdays, and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Season of Light” Sky Show through Dec. 31, 3 p.m. Explore the origins of the Star of Bethlehem, winter traditions and celebrations around the world. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. 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 Holiday Blues and Southern Soul Festival Dec. 25, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Performers include The Manhattans, Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush, Ms. Jody, T.K. Soul, Wilson Meadows and Vic Allen. $44.50 and up; call 601-960-2321. Mississippi Boychoir Auditions Dec. 28, 4 p.m., at Fondren Presbyterian Church (3220 Old Canton Road). Boys in grades 1-12 may participate. Parents may call to schedule an audition. Call 601-6657374 or 601-549-0473.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. • “Mississippi: State of Blues” Dec. 22, 11:30 a.m. Photographer Ken Murphy signs copies of his book. $60 book. • “The Legs Murder Scandal” Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Hunter Cole signs copies of his book. $30 book. • “Ole Miss at Oxford” Dec. 23, 11:00 a.m. William H. Morris signs copies of his book. $45 book. • “Christmas Memories from Mississippi” Dec. 23, 11:00 a.m. Members of Literary Noise sign copies of the book. $28 book. • “10! Marshall Ramsey’s Ten Year Celebration” Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey signs copies of his book. $14.95 book.

CREATIVE CLASSES Pet Picasso Portraits Dec. 28, 7 p.m., at Easely Amused, Flowood (2315 Lakeland Drive, Suite C, Flowood). Bring a picture of your pet, and the instructors will help you create a Picasso-inspired portrait. $26.75; call 769-251-5574. The Wondrous Cross Dec. 28, 7 p.m., at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Learn how to paint a colorful contemporary cross with any colors you choose. $26.75; call 769-251-5574. Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. Free; call 601-664-0411. Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes ongoing, at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). Learn authentic hip-hop dance techniques and choreography. Open to all ages 16 and older. Classes are offered Mondays from 7:308:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 pm. $5; call 601-853-7480. Dance Classes ongoing, at Central United Methodist Church Family Life Center (517 N. Farish St.). Classes for children and adults are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Visit for a list of classes and start times. $35 registration fee, $50 per month for ages 2-17; $15 per class or $50 five-class card for ages 18 and up. $35 registration fee, $50 per month for ages 2-17; $15 per class; call 601-238-3303. Adult Modern Dance Class ongoing, at YMCA Northeast Jackson (5062 I-55 N.). Front Porch Dance offers the one-hour class on Fridays. Students will learn dance moves that will help them grow in strength, flexibility and coordination. A YMCA membership is not required. $10 per class; e-mail

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS “Adventures In Color” through Dec. 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See paintings by Bewey Bowden. Hours are 8 a.m.-

5 p.m. weekdays. An opening reception will be held Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056. 2010 Exhibits through Dec. 31, at One Blu Wall (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists and photographers include Katie Drummonds, Kyle Goddard, Allan Inman, LaTricia Graves, Christina Cannon, Howard Barron, Roy J. Gattuso, Gerard L. Howard, William Patrick Butler and more. Free; call 601-713-1224. Craft Exhibit through Dec. 31, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See creations by Roselyn Polk. Free; call 601-856-7546. “Reflections of Welty’s World” through Dec. 31, at Powell Museum (129 E. Ash St.). See works by Jack Garner and Andrew C. Young, which reflect Eudora Welty’s interaction with the African American community. Exhibit hours are noon-5 p.m. daily and by appointment. Free; call 601-209-4736. Power APAC Exhibit through Jan. 7, at JacksonEvers International Airport (100 International Drive). Artwork by visual-arts students is on display in the Jackson Public Schools display case. Free; call 601-960-5387. Four Seasons at The Cedars Winter Art Exhibit through Jan. 7, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Artwork by Sara Jane Alston, Cleta Ellington, Patti Henson and Diane Jacobs will be on display. Free; call 601-981-9606. “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. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. “Welty Snapshots: At Home and Away” through Jan. 17, at Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Place), in the Education and Visitor Center next door. The exhibit features eight images from New York City and two from Mississippi during the Great Depression. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; call 601-353-7762. Lego Jackson through Jan. 31, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See Scott Crawford’s model of the city of Jackson made of Lego blocks. Free; call 601-960-1557. “Attention to Detail” through Jan. 31, at Cups in Fondren (2757 Old Canton Road). See artwork by Scott Penman and Jesse Stribling. Free; call 601362-7422.. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE Food for Thought through Dec. 31, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Visitors are invited to donate books and non-perishable foods all month. Special programming for school groups will highlight the value of good citizenship. Call 601-576-6800. Super Bowl Raffle. Raffle tickets are being sold for a Super Bowl trip package for two to Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6. The deadline is Jan. 10. Proceeds benefit Jobs for Mississippi Graduates (JMG), a dropout prevention program operating in all eight JPS high schools. $100; call 601-978-1711. Jackson Public Schools Call for Volunteers ongoing. JPS is seeking volunteers from the community to be mentors for seniors enrolled in the Advanced Seminar: Employability Skills course. Call 601-960-8310.




Natalie’s Notes

It’s Christmas, Pretty Baby


hristmas is here! Seeing the beautiful houses and downtown businesses in the city adorned with lights and hearing the “Merry Christmas, Jackson” compilation CD made by local bands has put me in a festive mood. Jackson had a great turnout of musicians for Hal & Mal’s Salvation Army Toy Drive, Esperanza Plantation’s Showcase at the Capri, the canned-food drive hosted by The Bailey Brothers at Fenian’s, DREAMZ Jxn’s “Concert For a Cause” and the other charitable concerts this season. If you pick up the JFP early enough on Wednesday, take a much-needed break from the holiday chaos by checking out my good friend and musician Anna Kline singing at F. Jones Corner’s blues lunch. Also, Martin’s hosts Christmas rapping with DJ brikAbrak & Friends Hip-Hop Show at 10 p.m. On Thursday, all you ladies out there should head down to Ole Tavern for Ladies’ Night with DJ Stache. Also Thursday, Blind Dog Otis is at Underground

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119 and Dead Irish Blues plays at Fenian’s. Go track Santa on Christmas Eve (anyone else remember when Woody Assaf did that on WLBT?) while partying with the cool kids at ToMara’s (formerly The Warehouse on Highway 18) who’ll be tush-pushing, two-stepping and riding the mechanical bull at Pop’s Saloon. Christmas Day is a day to spend time with your family, but don’t forget your friends. When you’re looking for some holiday rehab, F. Jones Corner has it starting at 10 p.m. The Jackson Convention Center hosts the Holiday Blues and Soul Festival, featuring The Manhattans, Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush, Willie Clayton, plus many others. Go to for more details. Suite 106, the “urban hang suite,” is hosting an after-Christmas dinner party Saturday night, starting at 10 p.m. Not only is admission free all night, so is wine and the gifts the guys will be giving out all night (until 11 p.m., that is). Martin’s hosts its annual Christmas show Saturday with Mr. Kid, The Brothers Fox and Dent May.

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DJ brikAbrak and friends host a holiday hip-hop show, Rock the Christmas Bells, at Martin’s, Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 10 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 27, shake off any Christmas blues with the Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. Also starting at 8 p.m., Hunter Gibson with Rick Moreira will play all your favorite dance tunes—a great way to burn off all those sweets you gorged on—at Fitzgerald’s. Tuesday has open-mic night at Feni-

an’s, Time Out and at Ole Tavern—take your pick. The Xtremez break it on down at Shucker’s, and McB’s has karaoke. I’m so looking forward to hearing The North Mississippi All-Stars at Hal & Mal’s, Thursday, Dec. 30. I’ll be the tall blonde, front-row center, shaking what my mama gave me. If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve, yet, come hear Clinton Kirby and me acoustically accost you at our Soulshine/Township’s unplugged show. We would love to see you, but never fear, the city is ready to welcome 2011. Poets II hosts Diesel 255; Martin’s New Year’s Eve Bash with Spacewolf; Reed Pierce’s has the Tommy Akers Band; Ole Tavern hosts The Peoples; Georgia Blue has Richard Davis, Shaun Patterson and Kenny Davis; ToMara’s gets down and country with The Colonels; Burgers and Blues has The Lucky Blues Band and the Mark Whittington Duo; and Fenian’s throws down with my musical mentor, Chris Derrick & Blind Dog Otis. Please check with these fine establishments on cover charges and times of shows. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Jackson! I hope your holidays are awesome and 2011 rocks your world!












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Runner Heather Palmer McFarland says her 2-year-old daughter, Robin, is one of her best training partners.


eather Palmer McFarland seemed to have it all in the spring of 2008. She was married to a wonderful husband, Brian, had earned her doctorate in speech communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and was blessed with the birth of the couple’s first child, Robin. McFarland, a life-long Mississippian, was a professor of communication at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas, had a budding, successful career and a growing family. Inside, though, she was a mess and just going through the motions. All she wanted to do was work, go home and sleep. Even as a smart, successful woman, McFarland thought she was a terrible mother. Life with a baby was supposed to be like the movies: perfect. The expectations McFarland placed on herself were impossible for her or her family to meet. “No one could be perfect—not as a family, not Brian, not Robin, not even me,” says McFarland, now 33. “I felt guilty of not being a perfect parent, ashamed, like I did not have the ‘mom gene.’” McFarland says she could not get it right, and neither could Brian. Late at night, while rocking Robin to sleep, McFarland would weep uncontrollably and not know why. The night of the 2008 presidential elections, McFarland learned that her good friend Kevin Rinehart had died in a motorcycle accident. The tragedy would become a turning point in McFarland’s life. Rinehart’s wife, Kelly, wanted to commemorate her husband’s life by having his friends and loved ones take part in a half marathon. Before his untimely death, running was something Rinehart loved to do. McFarland knew if she committed to something she would do it, if only to keep up the outward appearance of a happy life. So she gave her word to run in late March or early April of 2009. By the summer of 2009, however, McFarland had reached an emotional rock bottom. She did not want to go home to her stressful marriage after she ran. She was working and trying to be super mom, too. Baby Robin did not have a babysitter for the first six months of her life. McFarland needed a break but did not know how to go about it. McFarland entered therapy with a psy-

chologist who diagnosed postpartum depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. ‘Robin Will Be There’ Through therapy, McFarland slowly began to put her life back together. She learned she needed a healthier life in all aspects— physically and mentally. “The biggest part of counseling is learning how to deal with the word ‘perfect,’” she says, laughing about it now. “My counselor pointed out I had used the word 80 times in a span of five minutes.” McFarland met with her counselor twice a week for nine months and still keeps in contact with him today. She points out that her therapist is a marathon runner, too. “He made sure I was running toward something and not that I was running away from something,” she says. “I did not know the difference for a while.” McFarland’s postpartum depression took a toll on her husband, Brian, too, and she gives him most of the credit for her recovery. He took care of Robin so she could attend counseling sessions and was there for her when she needed to talk. In October 2009, McFarland finished her first half marathon: Soaring Wings in Conway, Ark. She ran with a mantra repeating in her head: “Robin will be there.” Two years later, McFarland’s life might not be picture perfect, but it is “perfect for us,” she says. She finds her memories are a lot fonder with imperfect snapshots instead of “perfect” professional photos filled with stress. She knows that anyone can have mental troubles no matter their education or how perfect their life may seem. Two years ago, she felt alone. Now she knows that help is out there, even if it doesn’t come from running. “What I learned most is that what I went through does not make me less of a parent, wife or a professor” McFarland says. “If you need help, get it, and know it does not make you weak.” McFarland has learned to like the person she is. Running has become her way to work out problems in her life, and it gives her time alone with her thoughts. She jokes that she and fellow runners have a saying that if their shoes could talk they would get them in trouble. Those hours on the road are not always spent alone. Brian joins her from time to time, and she has one of the best training partners in 2-year-old Robin, who she pushes in her stroller. On Jan. 8, Elvis Presley’s 76th birthday, McFarland will compete in the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon. Her goals include beating her personal best time of three hours and running the majority of the race. McFarland’s mantra this time? Finish for me and only for me. The Mississippi Blues Marathon (26.2 miles) and Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) is Jan. 8, 2011, in Jackson. Teams of five runners can tackle the course as a relay team, and wheelchair competitors are welcome. For additional information or to register, visit

Doctor S sez: College bowl season is like Thanksgiving. There are lots of turkeys and lots of leftovers. THURSDAY, DEC. 23 Men’s college basketball, Hawaiian Airlines Diamondhead Classic, Mississippi State vs. Baylor or San Diego (time TBA, ESPNU, 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs play their second game in the Pacific paradise. FRIDAY, DEC. 24 Men’s college basketball, Cancun Governor’s Cup, third-place game (6 p.m., ESPN2) and championship (8 p.m., ESPN2): Ole Miss will be playing in one of those games. … College football, Hawaii Bowl, Hawaii vs. Tulsa (8 p.m., ESPN2): If you don’t win the C-USA, there’s a good chance you will be in this game. The winner’s “reward” is a trip to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl. Dwell on that, C-USA fans. SATURDAY, DEC. 25 NBA basketball, Boston at Orlando (1:30 p.m., Ch. 16): Can the revamped Magic challenge the Celtics in the Eastern Conference? … Miami at Los Angeles Lakers (4 p.m., Ch. 16): LeBron and the Heat face Kobe and the Lakers in a matchup of the Association’s two best players. SUNDAY, DEC. 26 NFL football, New York Giants at Green Bay (3:15 p.m., Ch. 40): The Giants-Packers winner will make the playoffs. The loser might not. … Minnesota at Philadelphia (7:20 p.m., Ch. 3, 930 AM): Will Brett Favre play for the Vikings? You can’t be sure until kickoff. MONDAY, DEC. 27 NFL football, New Orleans at Atlanta (7:30 p.m., ESPN, 620 AM, 930 AM): The Saints have much more to lose than the Falcons. A loss would severely damage New Orleans’ playoff hopes. TUESDAY, DEC. 28 College football, Champs Sports Bowl, West Virginia vs. N.C. State (5:30 p.m., ESPN): The Mountaineers and Wolfpack meet for the first time since 1979. … Insight Bowl, Iowa vs. Missouri (9 p.m., ESPN): Both of these teams had chances to do big things this season and both blew those chances. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29 College football, Texas Bowl, Baylor vs. Illinois (5 p.m., ESPN): The two head coaches in this game are each 0-3 in bowl games. Somebody is going to get a Gatorade bath. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who wishes happy holidays to all sports fans, no matter how fickle you are. You can find cheer all year long at JFP Sports on www.jackson

by ShaWanda Jacome


n October, my son’s Cub Scout packmaster had a baby. Within a few days of her giving birth, I received an email alerting me that a meal schedule had been set up to keep hot meals on her table as she adjusted to having a new little one in the house. The meal schedule was set up by

another pack mother on a website called Take Them A Meal (takethemameal. com). This wonderful little site is a free service to assist in coordinating meals for friends or family who need a little help. He or she might be ill, have a new baby, be in the middle of moving or any other life-changing event. All that’s necessary is a group of folks wanting to help another person in need. This handy tool provided information as to the type of cuisine our packmaster’s family enjoyed plus food restrictions and dislikes. When I saw vegetables and Mexican food as two of their “likes,” I knew my recipe for veggie-chicken tortilla soup would be perfect. It’s filling, easy to make, easily transported and reheats well.

VEGGIE-CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1/2 of a 10 1/2 oz. can of cream of chicken soup 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 16-ounce can tomatoes, diced or crushed 1/2 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped and seeds removed, optional 1 4-ounce can mild green chilies, undrained 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped 1/2 cup of white onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon of cumin 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 yellow bell pepper, diced 1 10-ounce bag frozen chopped carrots 1 10-ounce bag frozen yellow corn Shredded, cooked chicken—your own or a store-bought whole rotisserie chicken 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper Salt to taste

In a large pot, combine stock, cream of chicken soup, lime juice, tomatoes,

jalapenos, green chilies, cilantro leaves, onions, garlic, chili powder, oregano, cumin, pepper and salt. Stir well to incorporate. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Add bell peppers, carrots, corn and chicken. Stir and put a lid on the pot. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot. To serve, ladle soup into large bowls and garnish with available toppings. Serves four to six.

GARNISH TOPPINGS Each person likes different things in their soup, so I like to put out the options and let people choose for themselves. Tortilla chips Shredded cheese, Mexican blend Hot cooked Spanish rice Black beans (15 ounce can) Chopped avocados Lime juice Sour cream


Instead of taking store-bought cookies or making rice out the box, consider making both from scratch.

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1 onion, chopped 1/2 green bell pepper 4 cloves garlic 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes 1 small can green chili peppers 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup uncooked white rice 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoons oregano 2 cups water 1 teaspoon salt


1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup canola oil 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats (2-1/2 cups for softer cookies)



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From Scratch

Finely chop onion, bell pepper and garlic. Drain tomatoes and chilis. Heat oil in a four-quart saucepan and add onions. Cook onions until soft and translucent. Add bell pepper and garlic. Cook for three minutes, stirring frequently. Add rice, chili powder and oregano, and stir until rice is fully incorporated with other ingredients and begins to brown. Add water, tomatoes and chili peppers, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and continue cooking for 20 minutes or longer if liquid is not fully absorbed. Taste and add salt as desired. Serves six.

Mix all ingredients together either by hand or with an electric mixer, and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until browned. It’s very important to let these cookies cool on the cookie sheet for at least 10 minutes before trying to remove them with a spatula. They are very thin and will crumble if not cooled.

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rior to October, I had never heard of Take Them A Meal. The free site provides sample schedules, schedule ideas, recipes and tips. It allows you to either create a meal schedule or search for existing ones. As the meal coordinator, you set up the account and choose the date range for the meals. From there, you can add information about the family: any likes, dislikes and allergies, the family’s phone numbers, address and driving directions. Once completed, you enter the e-mail addresses of potential meal providers and that’s it. As a meal provider, you can view the entire meal schedule, and also see who is bringing what and when—a great feature to prevent meal duplication. Meal providers receive a reminder e-mail the day before they

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are scheduled to take a meal to the recipient. The meal recipients can pull up a meal history after the schedule has ended, making it easy to send thank-you notes or e-mails. Friends Scott Rogers and Adina Bailey created Take Them A Meal in December 2007. Based in Harrisonburg, Va., they started the site after a close friend collapsed from a heart condition. They received so many calls from other friends, family and neighbors who wanted to help, they became overwhelmed coordinating it all. Rogers and Bailey recently launched a sister site, Perfect Potluck (perfectpotluck. com). The site is similar to Take Them A Meal, but designed to coordinate group dinners, office parties, children’s classroom parties, picnics and other potluck events.

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


BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Award-winning wine list. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license! Fratesi’s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) “Authentic, homey, unpretentious” that’s how the regulars describe Fratesi’s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!








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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and po’boys. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkin’s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.


Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Stamps Superburgers (1801 Dalton Street 601-352-4555) Huge burgers will keep you full until the next day! The homestyle fries are always fresh. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of poboys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Poets Two (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite H-10, 601-364-9411) Pub fare at its finest. Crabcake minis, fried dills, wings, poppers, ultimate fries, sandwiches, po-boys, pasta entrees and steak. The signature burgers come in bison, kobe, beef or turkey!

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Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing wings in a choice of nine flavors, Wingstop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh to order; check out the fresh cut seasoned fries!

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Mimi’s Family and Friends (3139 North State Street 601-366-6111) Funky local art decorates this Fondren eatery, offering cheese grits, red beans & rice, pork tacos and pimento cheese, among many others. Breakfast and lunch, new days are Tuesday-Sunday. Sugar’s Place (168 W Griffith St 601-352-2364) Hot breakfast and weekday lunch: catfish, pantrout, fried chicken wings, blue plates, red beans & rice, pork chops, chicken & dumplings. The Strawberry Café (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Full service, lunch and dinner. Crab and crawfish appetizers, salads, fresh seafood, pastas, “surf and turf” and more. Veggie options. Desserts: cheesecake, Madison Mud and strawberry shortcake. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2010 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun. Crab’s Seafood Shack (6954 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-956-5040). This new casual eatery offers crab in many forms, including an an all-you-can-eat special on Tues-Thurs evenings. Plus oysters, po-boys, appetizers and much more. Great atmosphere!


Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslava’s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino. Parker House (104 South East Madison Drive, Ridgeland 601-856-0043) European and Creole take on traditional Southern ingredients. Crawfish, oysters, crab and steaks dominate, with creative option like Crab Mac ‘n Cheese, Oysters Rockefeller and Duck Jezebel.


Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts. Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison 601-853-0876) Mediterranean cuisine and wood fired brick oven pizzas. Come experience the beautiful patio, Hookahs, and delicious food. Beer is offered and you are welcome to bring your own wine.

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Fuego Mexican Cantina (318 South State Street,601-592-1000) Next to Club Fire in downtown, Fuego is Jackson’s all-new Mexican restaurant. King Tortas International Deli (1290 E. County Line Rd, Ridgeland, 601-983-1253) Bakery and taqueria; try the fried plantains! High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant.

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STIX (109 Marketplace Lane off Lakeland Dr Flowood 601-420-4058) Enjoy the quickhanded, knife-wielding chefs at the flaming teppanyaki grill; artful presentations of sushi; the pungent seasonings and spicy flavors of regional Chinese cuisines. Nagoya (6351 I-55 North #131 @ Target Shopping Ctr. 601-977-8881) Nagoya gets high marks for its delicious-and-affordable sushi offerings, tasty lunch specials and high-flying hibachi room with satisfying flavors for the whole family. Ichiban (153 Ridge Drive, Ste 105F 601-919-0097 & 359 Ridgeway 601-919-8879) Voted “Best Chinese” in 2010, cuisine styles at Ichiban actually range from Chinese to Japanese, including hibachi, sushi made fresh with seafood, and a crowd-pleasing buffet. Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance in this popular Ridgeland eatery accompanies signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stirfrys using fresh ingredients and great sauces.


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Afrika Book Café (404 Mitchell Ave., 769-251-1031); Azul Denim (733 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite E, Ridgeland, 601-605-1066; Bridgette’s Monograms & Gifts (2725 N. State St., 601-362-9947); Brock’s Gift Center and Salon (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 300, 601-366-9343); Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Place, 601-353-7762); The Everyday Gardner (2905 Old Canton Road, 601-981-0273); Heroes and Dreams (5352 Highway 25, Suite 1650, Flowood, 601-992-3100); Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601-856-7546);Mississippi Gift Company (300 Howard St., Greenwood, 800-467-7763, www.themississippi giftcompany); Mississippi Petrified Forest (124 Forest Park Road, Flora, 601-8798189); Oleta’s Gifts, Greek & Baskets (579 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland, 601-8568886); Relish (1716 Highway 51, Suite D, Madison, 601-898-1028)




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Social Agenda Salon (2947 Old Canton Road, 601-982-5575) Great Facebook specials including: Now through Dec. 31, $18 first fill-in when you switch from competitor’s acrylics to gel nails.

Village Beads (398 Highway 51, Suite 30, Ridgeland, # 30, 601-853-3299) Start your new year off with a new hobby, and pay half price in January on basic bead-stringing classes.

Libby Story & Company (120 W. Jackson St., Suite A, 601717-3300) Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with 20 percent off a different item in the store each day. Stop in for details.

Repeat Street (626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland, 601-605-9393) Shop the $2 rack for fantastic discounts on men’s and women’s clothing.

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v9n15 - JFP Winter 2011 Good Issue: The Power of Technology  
v9n15 - JFP Winter 2011 Good Issue: The Power of Technology  

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