DAILYBREAKINGNEWS DAILYBREAKING DAILY BREAKINGNEWS BREAKING NEWS@JFPDAILY.CO JFPDAILY.COM M
OF 2010 PP 14-17
SPEAK MCLAUGHLIN, PP 7-8
BASKETBALL FOR DUMMIES HOSEY, P 25
Doctor S, pp 18 - 25
THE POWER OF MYTH P 42
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
Jesse Gallagher Sarah J Griff Howard Lori Carpenter Scroggins Ginger Rankin Brock Freeman
Now a Paul Mitchell signature salon.
775 Lake Harbour Drive #H in Ridgeland 601.856.4330 | fax: 601.856.4505
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
For more information: 601.957.1050 â€˘ www.thepremierbridalshow.com
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
9 NO. 16
Hayne, Again The notorious medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne resurfaces in a Jackson murder case.
XXXXKRISTIN BRENEMEN; KRISTIN BRENEMEN; COURTESY MISSIPPI STAET; JTRAN
Cover photograph of Gary Flowers Courtesy University of Southern Mississippi
THIS ISSUE: Give Me Money
30 31 32 33 34 36 37 42
Entergy wants a door left open to recoup losses—on ratepayers’ backs—for a failed nuclear reactor.
.............. Editor’s Note ............................. Talk ...................... Editorial ........................ Stiggers ............................ Zuga ...................... Opinion ...................... Opinion ................... Intriguing ................... Basketball .............................. Arts ......................... 8 Days .................. JFP Events ............... NYE Events ........... Music Listings ............................ Astro ............................ Food .................. Body/Soul
alisa ross At first glance, Alisa Ross appears to be a shy 17-year-old senior at Callaway High School. Standing 5-foot-6-inches tall, Ross, like other high school students, enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to church and shopping at the mall. But catch her on the basketball court, and she lights up with a fire in her eyes and a million-dollar smile after making a shot. Ross is a self-proclaimed “gym rat” who spends every chance she gets working on her game, and it has paid off. She is one of the top female basketball players in the state of Mississippi. Ross has been honored in several Mississippi publications and websites as one of the top basketball prospects in the state. At the beginning of the year, a committee of coaches selected Ross to play in the 2010 Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star basketball game. The Jackson native has some pretty lofty goals as she finishes up her high-school career. “I would like to make the players around me better, win the 5A state championship, … and be named Ms. Basketball,” Ross says. She is an excellent passer, nearly doubling her assists from her junior year. Although her scoring is down this season so far, Ross still puts up a number of points on the scoreboard. She averages 15 points per game with three assists, 3.7 rebounds and two steals.
Even though she spends much of her time playing basketball, Ross does not let her studies slide. She has a 3.0 GPA and has qualified with the NCAA Clearing House with her ACT score of 16—making her eligible to play for NCAA division I or II sports in college. Ross plans to retake the ACT because she wants an even better score. As her days at Callaway begin to dwindle, Ross is looking forward to the April signing period for college basketball. She has seen interest from the University of Southern Mississippi, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Jackson State University and several others. “Staying close to home would be nice,” she says. “My parents have been great support to me, and I like the idea of knowing they can come watch me play on a regular basis and not need to take a flight to see me play.” The teen credits her father, Anson Ross, for her love of basketball. “He was the one who got me started playing and coached me to be a better player,” she says. Ross is looking forward to playing at Jackson Public Schools Pepsi Tournament Dec. 28 through 30, and the Martin Luther King Lady Hoop Festival in Vicksburg featuring top Mississippi and out-of-state teams Jan. 15, 2011. —Bryan Flynn
25 Fab Five It’s a basketball dream team, made up of the best college players in the Magnolia State.
28 R-Rated For local band J-TRAN, danceable music includes lyrics requiring a parental-advisory warning.
6 7 12 12 12 13 13 14 18
Doctor S Doctor S is the JFP’s sports consultant. He is a graduate of Miskatonic U. in Arkham, Mass., where he majored in Cthulhu Studies and was a member of the varsity 43-man squamish team. He wrote the College Basketball Preview.
Diandra Hosey A native of Bay Springs, Diandra Hosey played basketball at Jones County Junior College and Mississippi College. She received her law degree from MC School of Law and is an associate with the law offices of Matt Greenbaum. She wrote a sports feature.
Ward Schaefer JFP reporter Ward Schaefer came to Mississippi to teach middle school, and is now a journalist. His hometown of Chevy Chase, Md., was not named for the actor. He is slowly learning to play banjo. He wrote Talks and Most Intriguing profiles.
Kimberly Griffin Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.
Terri Cowart Freelance writer Terri Cowart lives in Vicksburg with her family. A lover of dark chocolate, she can’t live without “Days of Our Lives.” She wrote a food feature.
Jessica Kinnison Freelance writer Jessica Kinnison is a former JFP intern and graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans. She wrote the Body & Soul feature.
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
Lance Lomax received a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007. He is a manager and technical writer for a human-service transportation firm based in Ridgeland. He wrote a music piece.
Ashley Jackson Account Manager Randi Ashley Jackson is a Brandon/Reservoir area native. She loves organic gardening and her goldfish GillBert. She strives to be the next Food Network star chef, if only in her own mind. She manages JFP sales accounts.
by Todd Stauffer, Publisher
Common Sense in 2011
olitical junkies watched with some surprise as the lame-duck 2010 Congress passed a number of lastminute bills to bring the year to a close. Widely heralded as a week of “wins” for President Obama, the accomplishments are hopefully a bit of a harbinger of things to come. With Republicans taking firm control of the House and weakening the Democrats’ majority in the Senate, it would be nice to see the GOP start to take the business of governing more seriously and leave their “Party of No” signs in the cloakroom. The lame-duck session offered lessons for liberals as well. Perhaps the most impressive feat for the Obama administration was the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—mostly because it was done in exactly the way the president wanted it done, by act of Congress, not by court mandate. While many liberals howled in anger when the administration chose to fight court cases that might have overturned DODT this summer and fall, Obama’s strategy was vindicated. Now, DODT is effectively and completely overturned within 60 days, instead of dragging through the courts for what could have been years. Pretty much no one is happy with the tax compromise that occurred in this session, with both liberals and conservatives complaining that if their party had waited until the new year, they could have gotten more of what they wanted. The truth is, this is probably good economic policy in the short term. The payrolltax holiday will offer the most direct stimulus to the economy thus far. And while I’d prefer to see marginal tax rates on the top two income levels return to Clinton-era numbers, I understand that any tax increases are best held on to until the economy is firing on all cylinders. These tax rates should have been higher during the 2000s, when revenues would have been much easier to capture and retain. When times are flush, the coffers should be filled, not emptied further. When times are lean, governments spend. Over Christmas weekend, we made a whirlwind trip from Jackson to Savannah, Ga., and back to Neshoba County in about 72 hours total; one thing we saw were miles and miles of improved highways and infrastructure, and we heard tales of more finished construction throughout the Southeast. The original Obama stimulus may have taken a while to get rolling, but the evidence is that we’re still bearing that fruit. (President Obama himself recently said that one of the things he’s learned in his first two years in office is that “there’s no such thing as a shovel-ready project.”) Now, stimulus will come in the form of additional dollars in the paychecks of working folks, which will no doubt find their way back into the economy. (Hopefully not exclusively at Walmart. Think local, y’all.) And, yes, thanks to this compromise, we’re set for some dramatic debates on tax
policy in the next few years. I, for one, hope that they’re fruitful debates and that conservatives decide to come at them honestly and intently, and not just with more obfuscation and obstructionism. As Obama said this past week of the GOP (paraphrasing Spider Man), “With greater power comes greater responsibility.” Here’s praying the Republicans take that to heart. Recently I’ve been reading a book called “Political Common Sense for America: The Creation of the Franklin Party.” This book, which appears to be self-published, begins as a parable and ends with a treatise and platform for the formation of a third party, called The Franklin Party. The premise for the party is that “common sense,” simplicity and full individual participation should prevail. (More info at http://www.thefranklinparty.org/.) While I don’t agree with every plank in the platform (some of it is a bit too xenophobic and “tough on crime” for my taste) the book does lend itself to the argument that many conservative and liberal principles can co-exist if they’re not specifically designed to explode on impact. Ideas like a flat tax, health care directly from the provider, and radical new rules for ending our reliance on fossil fuels are real winners—not always for the special interests that currently buy elections, but for the actual country that these officials are supposed to be governing. The likelihood of the Franklin Party taking hold seems limited—aside from a blog, a newsletter and a Squidoo page, there doesn’t seem to be much organization there. But the need for “common sense” in politics remains. For two years we’ve watched the GOP in Congress spend entirely too much time
trying to block President Obama. In two weeks, we got a much better sense of what progress can look like if there’s some giveand-take among the parties and branches of government. Likewise, I think we’ve seen the benefits of President Obama’s focus on the “long view” and his patient approach to governance—leadership we’ll need going into this next Congress. In 2011, we need government aimed squarely at growing this economy, not just to increase consumer spending, but with an eye to the future of industry in the U.S. We’ve got a green infrastructure we could be building, a bio-tech industry poised for rapid growth, and a maturing Internet economy that needs care and feeding. I’d love to see a revamped, simplified tax structure—not to mention an emphasis on educating children—looking toward a future of smarter, professional Americans ready to lead the world again in math, science and the arts. Accomplishing these things will require leaders interested not in smaller government for small government’s sake, but rather in good government: efficient, effective … and sensible. Mississippi is sending an almost completely Republican delegation to Washington in 2011; we need to demand from them not party fealty or ideological purity, but common sense. They work for us, not their lobbyist benefactors. Mississippi needs smart progress, not just corporate welfare. And we need a government that works for us, not one that shuts down over winnertake-all party politics. Let’s watch our delegation closely and hold them accountable for sensible governance for our state and country.
in Palmer staggered out of Jackson City Hall the evening of Dec. 20 visibly angry and frustrated as he joined other JATRAN riders to load the city buses that had transported them to a public hearing regarding cuts to the city’s bus system. He balled up his fist as he predicted what would happen when city residents could not get to work anymore. “You got 21 jobs you want to cut? How are you going to replace them?” he asked. “… I use the bus for everything. I used to bus to get here. When I go to work, I use the bus. I use the bus to get to doctors appointments. If I want to go to Taco Bell, I use the bus. If man can’t get to work, he can’t eat. If a man can’t work to eat, he will steal.” Ward 2 Chokwe Lumumba says that the city’s proposal to cut JATRAN routes and layoff drivers is retaliation over a $1.5 collective-bargaining agreement the Amalgamated Transit Union won in October. “The only reason this is being proposed is because the workers were successful in wining their challenge to the city,” Lumumba said after the Dec. 20 public hearing “… I come from a working-class family. The only reason workers have anything in this country is because they fought for it. They were punished for collective bargaining. I think everyone on the City Council should be opposing it.” Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. informed Jackson City Council members in November that the city will have to shell out $984,000 in
JATRAN Cuts: A Long Time Coming?
Jackson resident Kin Palmer, who depends on JATRAN for transportation, predicted that cutting bus routes will lead to an increase in crime.
back pay, vacation and other costs in January, and include an extra $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 mayor added that the $560,000 represents a recurring annual 3-percent increase in wages that may increase as the cost-of-living dictates. Before Christmas, the city held three public hearings at different locations to allow residents to speak about the proposed cuts. Lu-
by Lacey McLaughlin
mumba attended every hearing. Council President Frank Bluntson, Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman and Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber attended the Dec. 20 hearing. For the past few years, the city has questioned the sustainability of JATRAN. Last January, the city unveiled 16 new JATRAN buses, costing $4 million, financed primarily through federal grants. The upgrades came only after Council members approved a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice after advocates for the disabled—including the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, and the Mississippi Council for the Blind—sued the city in 2008 for failing to provide buses with operative lifts, denying transit trips to the disabled and failing to adequately train staff members on dealing with disabled passengers, among other complaints. The consent decree required the city pay up to $139,000 over the next three years to finance an Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, who will monitor the JATRAN system for disability compliance. During that time, JATRAN Operations Planner Arthur Gaudet told the Council that it would have to make tough decisions in the future regarding financing the bus system. Lumumba criticized the administration for not planning for its financial woes better. He suggested the city tap its reserve fund to offset the $1.5 million in fees. He also recommended that the city offer service to the surJATRAN, see page 8
e would love to be able to report that everyone made stellar decisions in 2010. Such is not the case, however. See if you can match the individual or entity with a bad decision made last year. No fair peeking at the answers! DECISION a. Jumping on the tea-party bandwagon b. Cancelling the prom c. Mistaking a weight belt for a paddle d. Deepwater drilling e. Little focus on jobs f. Talking g. “Spiderman: The Musical” h. Kemper County coal plant i. Personhood Initiative j. Adopting “anchor baby” rhetoric ANSWERS: 1-I, 2-F, 3-C, 4-B, 5-A, 6-H, 7-J, 8-D, 9-E, 10-G
DECIDER 1. Malcolm Harrison 2. Gov. Haley Barbour 3. Murrah High School Coach Marlon Dorsey 4. Itawamba School Board 5. Kim Wade 6. Public Service Commission 7. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant 8. BP 9. President Barack Obama 10. Broadway
“The cuts seem haphazard and concentrated in northeast Jackson. I am concerned about that.” —Ward 1 City Councilman Jeff Weill regarding proposed cuts to the city’s JATRAN bus system.
Oliver Bass’ one wish for the New Year is a job, p 11
Wednesday, Dec. 22 President Barack Obama signs the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military. … Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks says DNA tests on the rope that hung Frederick Jermaine Carter confirm his death was a suicide because no other DNA is present. Thursday, Dec. 23 The United States Chemical Safety Board says it has been shut out of analyzing the blowout preventer at the root of the BP Gulf oil disaster this summer in favor of the companies that built and used it, undermined the investigation’s credibility. Friday, Dec. 24 Hou Yifan, a 16-year-old Chinese chess player, becomes the youngest world chess champion by defeating Ruan Lufei in the Women’s World Chess Championship, toppling a record held since 1978. … The U.S. Senate adjourns prior to confirming 19 federal judgeships, including that of James Graves Jr., nominated to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Saturday, Dec. 25 Historians reveal the contents of an encrypted 6-line message to Confederate commander Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton in Vicksburg dated July 4, 1863, the date of Pemberton’s surrender: Reinforcements are not on the way. Sunday, Dec. 26 A post-Christmas blizzard strands thousands of travelers from the Carolinas to New England. … Jackson begins its “Save One for the Chipper” tree recycling program for residents through Jan. 3. Monday, Dec. 27 British police charge nine men for “engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism” following raids in three cities. … President Barack Obama ranks as the man most admired by Americans for the third straight year in an annual USA Today-Gallup poll. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the most-admired woman spot for the ninth year in a row. Tuesday, Dec. 28 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announces publishing deals for his autobiography, which could bring him $1.7 million. … Holiday retail sales rose 5.5 percent, exceeding predictions. … Frigid overnight temperatures see Jackson’s homeless shelters filling up early.
news, culture & irreverence
Canadian clergyman and physician James Naismith invented basketball as a vigorous indoor winter sport. The first ball was a soccer ball, and the first goals were wooden peach baskets affixed to the gymnasium walls.
Public schools do more than educate children. They measure a city’s pride. They reflect community. They predict the social and economic well-being of a city’s future. For 20 years, Parents for Public Schools of Jackson has worked to keep our public schools strong, to empower parents as leaders for positive change, and to engage community support of our public schools.
Join us. For our city. For our children. For our future.
news, culture & irreverence
JATRAN, from page 7
rounding suburbs to increase ridership, or use the buses to transport Jackson Public Schools students who could use vouchers to ride them. City spokesman Chris Mims said dipping into the reserve fund would not be a long-term solution to make JATRAN sustainable. “About $600,000 of this—at least—is going to be money that has to be carried forward in upcoming years budgets,” Mims said. “If we were able to take money from the reserve funds to offset it this year, that money would not necessarily be there in the reserve fund in the year coming up.” Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Weill has advocated in the past to cut the bus system because more taxpayers finance the bus system than those who use the service. The Dec. 28 coun-
cil meeting will be the last meeting for Weill, and on Tuesday morning, he was still undecided about his vote. The majority of cut routes are in Weill’s ward, and he said he would like to see consolidation of services rather than cutting routes altogether. “The cuts seem haphazard and concentrated in northeast Jackson. I am concerned about that,” he said. On Tuesday afternoon, JATRAN employees offered suggestions for additional amendments to the proposal during the city’s planning committee meeting in a last-minute attempt to work out a comprise with infuriated JATRAN riders and bus drivers. The City Council did not vote on the issue Tuesday. Watch www.jfp.ms for updates.
Empowerment and Heritage
Founding Chapter, Parents for Public Schools, 1989 200 N. Congress, Suite 500, Jackson, MS 39201
ifteen-year-old Elijah Jamison stood ganizer Akil Bakari to explain the historical somberly behind a table decorated significance of Haiti and how it relates to with a red, black and green African self-determination. Lumumba gave a firstflag as he lit a candle in honor of ku- hand account of refugee camps where citijichagulia—Swahili for the Kwanzaa prin- zens lacked food and adequate shelter while ciple of self-determination. insect bites covered small children’s skin. “Self determination, from my perspec- But since long before the earthquake, Haiti tive, means in simple terms that you would has been an oppressed society. After gaining do anything to fight and save the world,” independence as the first black republic in the young aspiring minister said. the western hemisphere, France forced the The weeklong Kwanzaa celebration, country to pay reparations in 1825—perheld at the Medgar Evers Community manently destroying the country’s wealth. Center through Jan. 1, “Imagine that, is in honor of the Afrithis country comes in can American holiday and says it’s to occupy that affirms the dignity you, or you have to pay of humanity, tradition this country because and culture through its you deprived them of seven principles: unity, your expected slavery,” self determination, colBakari said. lective work and respect, The country has cooperative economics, also victim to corporate purpose, and creativity greed and devastating and faith. United Nations poliStanding in front cies, Lumumba said. of a portrait of the “Haiti’s struggle late civil-rights leader Elijah Jamison lights a candle for liberation is our Medgar Evers, Jamison symbolizing self-determination struggle for liberation,” joined Ward 2 Coun- during a Kwanzaa celebration at he said. the Medgar Evers Community cilman and Malcolm Center Dec. 27. The ceremony X Grassroots Moveended with an umojaa ment member Chokwe circle, in which all parLumumba, who explained the significance ticipants held hands and took turns saying of the flag. Red represents the blood people what kujichagulia meant to them. Children shed for liberation, black represents the spoke about the desire to fufill their divine people, and green represents the land stolen purposes. A man paid homage to Bob from African ancestors. Marley. One woman broke down in tears Attendees watched a clip from the as she vowed to educate others about racial film “Haiti: The Untold Story.” Earlier this discrimination that still persists in Missisyear, Lumumba and other members of the sippi today—even though she claimed she Malcolm X Grassroots Movement went on lost her job for speaking out. As the smell a fact-finding mission to the country after of curried chicken drifted into the coma major earthquake in January, 2010. Dur- munity center for that night’s karamu feast, ing a panel discussion, Lumumba joined we held up thimble-sized cups of water and Jackson State University Professor Safiya toasted each other, then ended the ceremoOmari, long-time Chicago educator Han- ny chanting “Harambee,” Swahili for “Let’s nibal Arfik and Malcolm X Grassroots or- all pull together.”
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
by Lacey McLaughlin
by Ward Schaefer
The Doctor is Still In ing away from him. “We are pleased to announce that Steven Hayne, M.D., will be available immediately to assist criminal defense attorneys in the State of
Mississippi,” the undated letter from Hayne’s company, Madison-based Pathology Consultations Inc., read. The letter added that Hayne has testified in more than 4,500 court cases and repeated his misleading claim to be “board certified” in forensic pathology. Hayne has previously claimed to be certified by the American Board of Forensic Pathology, an obscure organization that folded in the early 1990s. He failed the American Board of Pathology licensing examination, the widely accepted standard for certifying forensic pathologists. House Bill 1456, passed by the Mississippi Legislature last March, implicitly targeted Hayne’s lack of certification by mandating that county coroners may only hire medical examiners who are licensed doctors with American Board of Pathology certification. It does not cover judicial appointments for medical examiners in specific cases, however. The bill was a response to news, publicized by Balko in August 2009, that some county coroners were planning to band together to hire medical examiners not on the DPS list of approved pathologists. A group of coroners obtained a legal opinion from Attorney General Jim Hood granting legitimacy to new “districts” of counties to contract with pathologists without state approval. The Mississippi Innocence Project, which has successfully won exonerations for two men wrongfully convicted on Hayne’s testimony, pushed for a bill preventing the tactic. Allowing county coroners to circumvent a state-approved list would have made reform of the state medical examiner’s office difficult, Mississippi Innocence Project Executive Director Tucker Carrington said. “There were plenty of problems with a (new) state medical examiner coming here, because of the history of how that office had been treated,” Carrington said. “If you’re a state medical examiner … at the very least you’d like to think that the pathologist who you’re overseeing was licensed by the governing body. That was our other thought—let’s make it a more attractive job for people.”
r. Steven Hayne may have built a name—and notoriety—for himself with prosecution-friendly autopsy testimony, but it was a defense request that may bring him into a Jackson murder case as an independent expert. For two decades, Hayne was Mississippi’s de facto state medical examiner, although the state Legislature never officially appointed him to that post. He handled thousands of autopsies and delivered prosecution-friendly findings—some later discredited—in many of them. In 2008, Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson finally removed him from a list of approved medical examiners following the exonerations of several men whom Hayne had implicated with his “expert testimony.” The state then temporarily contracted with a Tennessee-based firm to provide forensic pathology services before hiring its first official medical examiner in November 2010. Nevertheless, on Dec. 9, Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger granted Assistant Public Defender Alison Kelly’s request for an independent autopsy review by Hayne. Kelly represents Darion Givens, 18, who faces murder charges in connection with the June 13 shooting death of his girlfriend, Falisha Miller, a Jim Hill High School student. In court filings, Kelly argued that a second opinion of Miller’s autopsy is necessary to examine inconsistencies in the first autopsy, conducted by Dr. Thomas Deering. Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot, while Deering’s autopsy suggested that Miller’s shooter had used a silencer. Kelly maintains that Jasper Bell, who is charged as an accessory after the fact, was the shooter. Kelly said this week that for Givens’ case, Hayne was the “best choice for defending [her] client in the most zealous manner.” While aware of controversy surrounding Hayne, Kelly said that she had not thoroughly investigated criticism of his work. Kelly did not seek out a forensic pathologist from the state medical examiner’s office because she wanted a second opinion on work performed by that office. “In the state of Mississippi, Dr. Hayne is the only (forensic pathologist) that I know of, other than these people that the state is bringing into Mississippi to do their pathology work,” Kelly said. “I’m limited. I can’t use their pathologists to do my cross-examination of their reports.” While he no longer carries the Department of Public Safety’s blessing, individual judges or prosecutors can still hire Hayne. In addition, as Reason Magazine’s Radley Balko—who first uncovered Hayne’s questionable cases—reported Dec. 6, Hayne must still appear in court regularly to discuss autopsies he performed before 2008. When Simpson removed him from the approved list in August 2008, Hayne had a backlog of 400 to 500 autopsy reports to complete in 90 days. Balko also obtained a letter from earlier this year marketing Hayne to defense attorneys, indicating that prosecutors may be shy-
by Adam Lynch
Entergy Seeks $51 Million for Failed Reactor
1935 Lakeland Dr. 601.906.2253
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
In 2010, more of you chose us as your wine store than any other store in the state and we appreciate it! We love what we do!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
1855 Lakeland Dr. | 601-366-6644 | M-Sat 10a-10p Get insider news, special deals and updates!
risk that “utilities do not want to take.” Leonard told Reuters that to make nuclear affordable for Entergy, he would have see “double-digit natural-gas prices” and that KRISTIN BRENEMEN
ntergy Mississippi Inc. is requesting $51 million in reimbursements over a stalled nuclear-reactor project at its Grand Gulf nuclear-power plant. Entergy filed an application with the Mississippi Public Service Commission in October, which, on approval, would allow the company to charge ratepayers for costs it incurred while unsuccessfully trying to construct Grand Gulf Unit 3 in Claiborne County. “The commission’s approval of the accounting treatment and other relief sought herein simply preserves the company’s right to seek at some future time recovery of prudently incurred costs and expenses incurred and to be incurred related to the development (of) Grand Gulf 3,” the Oct. 29 filing stated. The company ran up $51 million in planning, evaluation and monitoring fees while trying to develop a Westinghouse reactor, including $27.8 million in specific site costs, $21.8 million in generic project development and $1.5 million in companyspecific costs. Entergy selected a GE-Hitachi design for the new reactor, but the U.S. Department of Energy ranked Entergy’s application at No. 7 in terms of importance, in a race where only projects ranking at third or fourth place would have access to the federal government’s $18.5 billion cap on loan guarantees, according to testimony from Entergy’s Vice President of Nuclear Business Development Kenneth Hughey. He said Entergy failed to reach a contract with GE-Hitachi due to cost overruns during the planning phase. “The last estimate GE-Hitachi provided, in late 2008, was approximately 147 percent higher than their mid-2006 estimates,” Hughey testified, adding that Entergy requested the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which approves the construction of every nuclear plant, to suspend its consideration for the Grand Gulf 3 project Jan. 9, 2009. After the company decided to suspend its license request for the Grand Gulf expansion and a second reactor in Louisiana, Entergy Corp. Chief Executive Wayne Leonard said in May that building nuclear-power plants was a
Congress would have to set a price on carbon emitted by utility plants. The American Power Act—an energy proposal that the GOP helped shoot down in 2010—included cap-and-trade legislation that would have put a limit on the amount of carbon a power company can put into the atmosphere. To avoid reaching that cap, a carbon-emitting company could have purchased carbon permits from another power-producing company that has earned permits by investing in renewable or non-carbon-producing sources such as solar or nuclear technology. Despite the death of cap-and-trade legislation that would have made the plant affordable, Entergy still considers the project “to be in its early stages,” and describes its development as “proceeding at a measured pace.” Entergy says it will seek to “preserve existing nuclear site options … so as to be able to continue to consider the project as a feasible option … for the (year) 2024 period and beyond.” As of June 30, 2010, however, Entergy Mississippi incurred approximately $51.1 million, and intends to hold open the option of charging ratepayers for current and future costs in the development of the plant. The company proposes creation of an Allowance for Funds Used During Con-
struction account, which defers the costs, but makes recovery possible in the future. The account does not produce revenue for the company but will add to the total capitalized cost of the plant, allowing Entergy to get a return on its investment if the plant is ever included in the rate base. Entergy said in its October filing that it is not currently seeking money to cover the lost investment, including “any increase in rates or any change in its present rate schedules now on file with the (Mississippi Public Service) Commission.” However, Mississippi Sierra Club Director Louie Miller said the company should not look for ratepayers to cover the failed start-up, not even in the future. “If anybody should be paying for Entergy’s failure to build this thing, it ought to be Entergy stockholders, not ratepayers who will never see this thing working,” Miller said. “It was their fault they went with Hitachi, not ours. Other power companies got their plans together, so why do we have to pay for this failure? Miller opposes expanding nuclear power in the state until utility companies figure out “where to put all the nuclear waste,” which stays toxic for thousands of years. Miller compared the cost to the Mississippi Beef Processors plant fiasco, which cost Mississippi taxpayers about $55 million after the plant failed within weeks of opening in 2004. “We’ve made a lot of political hay out of the beef plant, and this is like another beef plant,” Miller said. “At least they built the beef plant. This, they’re not even going to build, and they want us to cover it.” Entergy Mississippi Communications Manager Joey Lee pointed out that nuclearbased electricity is one of the cheapest forms of electricity available, after getting past the construction costs. He said the company’s request before the PSC was merely “a formality,” to the keep the project alive for a future construction date. “Nuclear is the most reasonably-priced fuel out there, so it’s important to keep this option open for the customers in order to keep the rates as low as we possibly can,” Lee said.
by Adam Lynch
Not So Happy New Year
Unemployed Vietnam veteran Oliver Bass is slated to lose his Habitat home in January if he does not pay $1,056, plus attorney’s fees.
ackson resident Oliver Bass, a 56-yearold Vietnam veteran, has been unable to get a job since 2009. He has experience in machine operation and cooking, and he can run a forklift. He says he will take any job and has applied at restaurants and warehouses all over the city. “They say either I don’t have the right experience or I’m too old,” Bass said. “Well, they really say I’m overqualified, which means you’re too old.” Habitat for Humanity sold Bass and his wife, Julia, a home at 215 Maple Drive in 2006, where they lived until she divorced him in March and returned to New Orleans. Bass said the misery of his long-term unemployment contributed to the divorce. The clock ran out on his 99-week unemployment insurance cap in October, and now Bass will likely lose his Habitat for Humanity home in January after running about $1,000 behind in mortgage payments. Bass’ Habitat for Humanity home sits amid a neighborhood of similar homes filling the area around Jaycee Park, and he is an example of what could be in store for a lot of people next year, regardless of Congress’ agreement to extend unemployment insurance benefits this month. Heidi Shierholz, a labor economist with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., explained that all Congress and the president agreed to do as part of their last-minute tax-cut plan in December was extend the filing deadline for unemployment insurance for people who run out of their state-funded unemployment insurance benefits. “That allows people to file for federally paid-for unemployment benefits until 2012, but it does not extend your benefits if you’ve already passed the federal (99-week) cut-off,” Shierholz said. “There’s a lot of confusion there, but people need to know that this extension does not necessarily mean you’ll be getting any more benefits if you’ve been without a job for too long.” Bass is currently $1,056.26 behind in his mortgage payment, and Cimarron Mortgage Company, which finances his Habitat home, informed him in a Dec. 9 letter that they had approved his home for foreclosure. Habitat for Humanity is willing to help him avoid foreclosure costs if he signs the property deed over to
Habitat and vacates the premises. In exchange, Habitat will pay Bass $500 to save him the cost of any attorney’s fees. If he refuses to sign over the deed, however, Habitat warned that Cimarron will move forward with foreclosure and hold Bass accountable for the $1,056.26 he owes, plus attorney’s fees, which could run up to an extra $1,000. Habitat for Humanity Metro Jackson Executive Director Cindy Griffin would not comment on Bass’ situation, but said the group offers financial counseling and works with families experiencing hard times to reduce the size of their house payments and put together a budget. Average monthly mortgage payments for Habitat homes in the Jackson metro area are between $275 and $325 a month, which includes taxes and insurance. “We work with families who have come into difficult financial situations as long as possible to get them back on track and ensure successful homeownership,” Griffin said. In a Dec. 9 letter to Bass, Griffin warned that foreclosure would start on Jan. 9 if he could not bring his past-due payments up to date. “We helped you set up a payment plan; however, you did not adhere to it,” she stated. Bass said that no payment plan—no matter how generous—would work as long as he has no income. Officials at Cimarron Mortgage Company would not comment on customer issues. Whitney Barkley, an AmeriCorps legal fellow who works at the Mississippi Center for Justice’s foreclosure-prevention program, said she expects another surge in foreclosures over the next couple of years as more unemployment-insurance payments cap out at their 99week maximum. Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported Dec. 13 that the number of U.S. homes worth less than the debt owed on them dropped in the third quarter, but that this was largely because homeowners took the next step and entered into foreclosure. Mortgage default rates are highest in Nevada, Arizona, California and Florida; Mississippi’s rates fall somewhere in the middle. “Right now we’re not at the top in terms of foreclosure rates,” said Barkley, who added that expiring unemployment insurance was only the start of the problem. “Most analysts expect another surge of
foreclosures as adjustable-rate mortgages taken out in 2005 and 2006 begin to reset after their five-year rate. Adjustable rate mortgages allow a (low) payment for five years, which goes up after five years. A lot of people get into these expecting to refinance, but now in the new economy they’re finding that refinancing is impossible, or they’ve lost their job and gotten behind and no longer qualify for a fixed-rate mortgage.” Shierholz said Mississippi will suffer greatly as more Mississippians reach the 99week limit: “On a national level, the impact varies, but the end of UI benefits will have a huge impact upon your local area if your area is suffering high unemployment,” she said. Unemployment is particularly bad among African Americans like Bass. The Economic Policy Institute reports that while unemployment among Mississippi whites is only at 6.6 percent, unemployment among blacks is 17 percent. “If unemployment remains high ... you can still expect the loss of unemployment benefits to have a terrible effect,” Shierholz said. “That’s why extending benefits, even if it is expensive to do so, is one of the better forms of stimulus, because that money goes directly back into the economy. The unemployed have no choice but to spend it.” But economic aid in the form of extending unemployment payments beyond the 99week maximum is slim in the incoming 112th Congress, with a Republican majority in the House. Republicans revealed a jarring indifference to extending UI benefits throughout 2009. In July, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, RMiss., was among many Republicans voting “no” on a cloture vote on H.R. 4213, a bill seeking to extend unemployment benefits to jobless workers who had yet to reach the 99week cap. In November, Wicker joined Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in submitting a letter vowing to block all legislation, including legislation extending unemployment benefits again, if Republican senators could not get from the Democratic majority an extension of tax cuts for wealthy Americans, those making more than $250,000 a year. Democrats were already willing to allow tax cuts for the wealthy on any income they made below $250,000, but Republicans argued that was not enough. Oddly, the Nov. 29 letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid demanding tax cuts for the wealthy begins with the statement: “the nation’s unemployment level, stuck near 10 percent, is unacceptable to Americans.” Bass says he entered the holiday season with a heavy heart, knowing what January is bringing. “I have no reason to have my hopes up,” Bass said. “Maybe I can work out something, but if there’s no job, there’s no job, so there’s not much I can work out (with Habitat). Why won’t someone just hire me? I can show up for work better than any high schooler. They just won’t give me a chance.”
Want to intern at the JFP?
Have fun, hone your skills, gain valuable experience and college credit* by interningwith the Jackson Free Press. You set your hours, and attend free training workshops. We currently have openings in the following areas: • Editorial/News • Photography • Cultural/Music Writing • Fashion/Style
• Arts/Writing Editing
• Internet • Graphic Design • Communications: Marketing/Events/PR
Interested? Send an e-mail to email@example.com, telling us why you want to intern with us and what makes you the ideal candidate. *College credit available to currently enrolled college students in select disciplines.
“I’ve worked as a nurse for nearly 15 years. Massage offers another path for our bodies to heal.”
Massage for healing and wellness.
Gilly MacMillan, BSN LMT #1500 PREGNANCY SWEDISH SHIATZU THAI YOGA REFLEXOLOGY
opining, grousing & pontificating
End Mindless ‘Tough-on-Crime’ Policies
few weeks ago, the Jackson Free Press published a lengthy cover story exposing the mindless politics behind juvenile-justice policies that treat children as adults and end up turning many children into hardened adult criminals, increasing dangerous crime rather than making society safer. The response to the story was encouraging—one judge, who must remain unnamed, even wrote to thank us for educating him about these issues. However, as Mississippi heads into an election year, we are not very hopeful that intelligence will blanket the state capitol when it comes to passing the kinds of criminal-justice policies that actually work, but have little appeal to someone trying to get elected on empty “tough-on-crime” promises. You know the drill in our state: Ultra-conservatives rant a lot about all the thugs taking over (often using old statistics out of context; ahem, governor), and even those who pretend to be more progressive (ahem, attorney general) try to one-up conservative opponents with the kind of policies that are costly and do little or nothing to make our state safer. From state executions to laws that allow unqualified medical examiners to help send innocent people to prison, it’s an idiotic drill that has been hard to change, regardless of the actual facts. But there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Reason magazine editor Radley Balko, who runs his column at JFPDaily.com every Tuesday, wrote this week about conservatives who are actually rethinking policies such as mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, and even starting to support smart options such as rehabilitation rather than incarceration for nonviolent offenders. The Texas Public Policy Foundation just launched Right on Crime, a think tank to convince conservatives to change the way they approach criminal justice. The site quotes Reagan attorney general Ed Meese and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in support, and states: “[R]esearch suggested that (incarceration) reached a point of diminishing returns, as recidivism rates increased and more than one million nonviolent offenders filled the nation’s prisons.” It also pointed out numbers that are hard to ignore in touch economic times: Prisons (many private) are absorbing 85 percent of corrections funds, strapping communities’ ability to afford smarter options like probation, parole and rehabilitation. This effort out of tough-on-crime Texas is encouraging. We urge Mississippi lawmakers to get on board and start thinking smarter about criminal policy for adults and children that will actually make our state safer and save taxpayers money (even if their private prisons donors don’t like it). We are living in a time when we cannot afford the kinds of empty sloganeering that leads to dumb public policy while violating the rights of Americans, including innocent ones.
The Good Foot
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
r. Announcement: “Welcome to ‘Cooking with Fat Meat,’ the culinary arts television show that adds a whole lot of flavor to your life. On today’s show, Chef Fat Meat presents foods that might bring good fortune into the new year.” Chef Fat Meat: “Greetings fellow culinary artists and food connoisseurs. What a year it has been. America and the world have experienced some crucial events that will soon be forgotten at 12:01 a.m. on New Years Day—like that three-month-long Gulf Coast oil spill, the earthquakes in Haiti, Argentina and Chile, and the political squabbles between the conservatives, tea-party folks, liberals and President Obama. “Nevertheless, I’m ready to begin the new year on the ‘good foot’ by recommending these delicious meals: “Collard Greens seasoned with a ham hock represent money and prosperity; “Black-eyed Peas seasoned with some smoked hog jowls means extra change in your pockets all year long; “Pork Roast, the other white meat, represents progress for the new year. “And don’t forget the crackling cornbread with plenty of pork skins to eat with the collard greens and black-eyed peas. “I must add that these recommended meals come with a nutritional health warning: Heavy consumption of pork products may cause hypertension. So be sure to have your high blood pressure medicine and other home remedies ready when eating lots of pork and celebrating the new year. “Here’s a toast to the new year with a cup of warm water and applecider vinegar.”
YOUR TURN by Nicole Marquez
Homage to a Shirley Temple
on’t go far. Mommy won’t be long.” I stood there in my first-grade Saint Richard Catholic School uniform as my mother disappeared to the back patio of Hal & Mal’s. The meeting she was attending was about a three-day music festival called Jubilee!JAM. As I watched a team of adults make big gestures with their hands and write furiously on notepads, my attention quickly shifted to the front of Hal & Mal’s. As we walked in, I had seen different framed illustrations of animals from the Jackson Zoo, so I decided to get a closer look. Only when I was making my way to the front did I notice a kind-looking man behind the bar. My mother always told me not to talk to strangers, a rule I never obeyed. There was a vibrant ruby-red bar stool that caught my eye and began calling my name. It said, “Sit on me, Nicole, please!” I climbed the stool like I was scaling Mount Everest. The nice man asked me if I needed help, to which I replied, “Oh, no, I’ve done this before.” We both knew I was lying, but after a short struggle, I made it to the top. “Well, Miss,” he said, “what can I do for you?” “I’m bored,” I replied. “You’re bored?” he bounced back. “Where is your mama?” “Oh, she is in some grown-up meeting in the back,” I replied. I asked him what his name was. Cotton, he told me. I don’t think he often saw a first-grade girl at his bar; nonetheless, I began asking him 20 questions. He answered each and every question with patience and a smile. When I took a moment to think of another question—and to breathe—he took his cue and asked me if I had ever had a Shirley Temple. “No,” I said. “What is it?”
He told me it was something he was making just for me. I watched as he got a jar of cherries from underneath the bar, picking the fattest and most ripe ones and putting them into my glass. He then filled the glass with the perfect amount of ice and used the multi-drink dispenser to pour Coca-Cola into the glass. When the fizz settled down, it was just right. I took one of the straws from the bar, stuck it into my drink and started sipping. I was speechless. It was sooo good! By that time, my mother was done with her meeting and scouring the restaurant to find me. You can imagine the look of astonishment on her face, seeing her first-grade daughter at a bar sipping on a drink. Not to cause a scene, she calmly asked me what I was doing and what I was drinking? “A Shirley Temple, Mom!” I said, and she quickly followed with: “Well, how did you pay for it?” Cotton politely convened and said, “With her smile.” He had quickly diffused any scolding that possibly awaited me in the car ride home. After that first introduction to Hal & Mal’s, I was addicted, to say the least. Whenever I was good, my mom would take me to Hal & Mal’s after school for a bite to eat and to see my new friend, Cotton. When I began high school, and music and boys came into my life, I saw some of my first concerts at Hal & Mal’s. Every time I came in, no matter who served me, we knew each other’s names, and I would always get the recurring question: “How’s your mama?” When I turned 21, I got my first “real” drink at Hal & Mal’s, and now every time I go in, it’s better than the last. Cotton Baronich is now a bartender at the Roberts Walthall Hotel on West Capitol Street.
E-mail letters to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 601-510-9019 or mail to P.O. Box 5067, Jackson, Miss., 39296. Include daytime phone number. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.
Kids Need Sports
EDITORIAL Managing Editor Ronni Mott News Editor Lacey McLaughlin Associate Editor Natalie A. Collier Senior Reporter Adam Lynch Reporter Ward Schaefer Events Editor Latasha Willis Music Listings Editor Natalie Long Assistant to the Editor ShaWanda Jacome Writers Quita Bride, Lisa Fontaine Bynum, David Dennis Jr., Scott Dennis, Bryan Flynn, Carl Gibson, Garrad Lee, Lance Lomax, Anita Modak-Truran, Larry Morrisey, Chris Nolen, Robin Oâ€™Bryant, Brandi Herrera, Casey Purvis, Tom Ramsey, Doctor S, Ken Stiggers, Jackie Warren Tatum, Valerie Wells, Byron Wilkes Editorial Interns Julia Hulitt, Holly Perkins Consulting Editor JoAnne Prichard Morris
ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY Art Director Kristin Brenemen Advertising Designer Lydia Chadwick Production Designer Latasha Willis Editorial Cartoonist Chris Zuga Photographers Christina Cannon, Jert-rutha Crawford, Josh Hailey, Charles A. Smith, Jerrick Smith, Amile Wilson,Tom Beck, William Patrick Butler
SALES AND OPERATIONS Sales Director Kimberly Griffin Account Executive Randi Ashley Jackson Account Executive and Distribution Manager Adam Perry Events and Marketing Coordinator Shannon Barbour Accounting Montroe Headd Marketing Interns Xavia McGrigg, Nikki Williams Distribution Lynny Bradshaw, Cade Crook, Clint Dear, Linda Hamilton, Matt Heindl, Aimee Lovell, Steve Pate, Jim Poff, Jennifer Smith
ONLINE Web Producer Korey Harrion
CONTACT US: Letters email@example.com Editorial firstname.lastname@example.org Releases email@example.com Queries firstname.lastname@example.org Listings email@example.com Advertising firstname.lastname@example.org Publisher email@example.com News tips firstname.lastname@example.org Internships email@example.com
Jackson Free Press P.O. Box 5067, Jackson, Miss., 39296 Editorial (601) 362-6121 Sales (601) 362-6121 Fax (601) 510-9019 Daily updates at jacksonfreepress.com The Jackson Free Press is the cityâ€™s award-winning, locally owned newsweekly, with 17,000 copies distributed in and around the Jackson metropolitan area every Wednesday. The Jackson Free Press is free for pick-up by readers; one copy per person, please. First-class subscriptions are available for $100 per year for postage and handling. The Jackson Free Press welcomes thoughtful opinions. The views expressed in this newspaper are not necessarily those of the publisher or management of Jackson Free Press Inc. ÂŠ Copyright 2010 Jackson Free Press Inc. All Rights Reserved.
tâ€™s not news that childhood obesity is a major problem in America. The problem is particularly bad in Mississippi. As recently as last June, our state led the nation in obese children, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in â€œF as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens Americaâ€™s Future 2010,â€? One of the problems I have with this report, however, is its use of body mass index, or BMI, as the end-all and be-all of measuring physical fitness. BMI does not distinguish between body fat and muscle, nor does it account for bone density, muscle or where fat is located on the body. To me, that makes using BMI a poor statistic to determine obesity rates. Case in point: Major League Baseball players are getting fatter, reported Eric Ding of the Harvard School of Public Health in March. Researchers used the playersâ€™ BMI to determine if the players were overweight. In the steroids era, however, athletes in all sports have been getting bigger, stronger and faster for years. In this case, using BMI to determine obesity is irresponsible. I am not saying that Mississippi adults and children donâ€™t have a problem with obesity, but I question the near-exclusive use of BMI to figure obesity rates. Hydrostatic (underwater) weighing is the most accurate way to calculate body fat (if you can find a hydrostatic weighing tank, which can be a problem). The next best way is by using a skin-fold caliper. This leads me back to childhood obesity and how to fight it. Many have pointed out that schools need to do more to help combat obesity in children. While schools should help in this fight, good physical fitness habits need to begin long before children start school. It is hard to get kids fit if they do not learn and reinforce good habits at home. Parents can start their children on the road to good physical health by having them go outside and play, for example. When my wife and I are out on the weekends, I am amazed that we do not see kids playing outside very often. The same thing goes for eating habits. It is all well and good to demand better school lunches, but parents have to enforce healthy eating in day care and at home, too. Finally, kids need to learn good sleep habits. Mississippi has done a number of things to promote healthy children while at school. One such measure is the 2007 Mississippi Healthy Students Act. The law mandates minimum requirements for healthy lifestyles and physical education in public schools, in-
cluding: â€˘ For kindergarten through eighth grade, 150 minutes per week of physical education and 45 minutes per week of health education. â€˘ For grades nine through 12, one semester of physical education or physical activity for graduation. â€˘ School wellness plans to promote increased physical activity, healthy eating habits, and abstinence from tobacco and illegal drugs. â€˘ A physical activity coordinator at the State Department of Education. â€˘ Directs the State Board of Education to adopt regulations that address healthy food and beverage choices, healthy food preparation, marketing of healthy food choices and methods to increase participation in the Child Nutrition School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, among other items. With schools facing more budget cuts, they must also find and use innovative ways to keep physical education on the curricula. Sacrificing PE doesnâ€™t mean kids will do better in math and English; in fact just the opposite is true. Kids who are physically active and fit tend to perform better academically. Major sports leagues across the country have programs to help schools fund physical education. The NFLâ€™s â€œKeep Gym in Schoolâ€? program gives grants to schools and recognizes gym teachers for their performance. The league also challenges kids to do 60 minutes of physical activity every day through its â€œPlay 60â€? program. Also getting into the act to inspire kids to become active is the NBA and Major League Baseball. I am sure one reason behind their fitness campaigns is that healthy and active kids will provide those organizations a better work force, but even 1980s pro wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper is working to end childhood obesity. By far the biggest star has been first lady Michelle Obama, who made physical fitness and fighting childhood obesity her crusade during her husbandâ€™s first term. Getting kids fit starts at home, but schools have to pick up where parents leave off. And even in this lousy economic climate, we can find ways to fund physical education. Our countryâ€™s future depends on it. A self-described â€œsports junkie,â€? Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who resides in Richland. When not working for the JFP, he writes a national blog, playtowinthegame.com. He lives with his wife and their four cats.
Getting kids fit starts at home, but schools have to pick up where parents leave off.
AV]eabO`baOb%^[ 2]\ObSOPZO\YSb5SbW\T`SS dWaWbeee@]QY'!'Q][T]``SRSbOWZa
/:B3@0@72537a]ZObW]\ 47D347<53@23/B6>C<164O`4`][S ! A/D7<5/03:BVSASfWa5]]R " 67<23@/ZZ/[S`WQO\<WUVb[O`S # 27ABC@032BVS/\W[OZ $ A97::3B/eOYSO\R/ZWdS % 2@=E<7<5>==:Bc`\A]1]ZR & >=>3D7::Oab;O\AbO\RW\U ' /D3<532A3D3<4=:2ESZQ][Sb]bVS4O[WZg A67<32=E<2WO\R3gSa0]][:Og0]][
ENTERTAINMENT WRITERS WANTED
See a play recently and think â€œNo one else should waste their money on thisâ€?? Perhaps an exhibit that broadened your world perspective, and now you want everyone to see it? Got tips about getting rest after the holidays?
You need to be writing for Diversions, the JFPâ€™s arts and entertainment section. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Editor in Chief Donna Ladd Publisher Todd Stauffer
MOST INTRIGUING E
very year, the JFP staff revisits the big newsmakers of the year to recap the “most intriguing” Jacksonians to make the news. Some are heroes; others are, let’s face it, scoundrels, but they all made us take notice in 2010.
Most Intriguing Haley Barbour
Gov. Haley Barbour apparently has been toying with the idea of running for president in 2012 since long before the 2008 elections. He hasn’t said yes, yet, but he ain’t saying no. Barbour, involved in politics since his days at Ole Miss in the mid-1960s, presents himself as just a “fat redneck,” in his own words, advancing the disingenuous good ol’ boy meme of George W. Bush. Few things are further from the truth. Born and reared in Yazoo City in a privileged family of lawyers, Barbour cut his political eyeteeth under the tutelage of Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign and Republican icons like Lee Atwater (see: Southern Strategy). He has been, in fact, credited as a co-author of the cynical race-baiting strategy of getting whites to vote for Republicans (for which the GOP recently officially apologized to the NAACP). The governor has attempted to rewrite the story of his formative years, with the dubious claim of forging the “not so bad” Civil Rights Era, and defending the segregationist Citizens Council, just as he con-
tinues to frame his preference for Big Business and the wealthy as things good for all Mississippians. The problem with the latter is that the state had some of the nation’s highest rates of poverty, illiteracy, obesity and ill health when he entered the governor’s mansion in 2003, and he hasn’t moved those needles one iota. We do have an expanded port on the Coast, however, and the promise of a new auto plant. Mr. Barbour is adept in crafting and pushing an agenda, talking in conservative bumper stickers and demonizing lib’rels, especially the press, if they criticize him. He plays it like a chess master, always looking three steps ahead of his opponents. It’s a skill honed from decades of being a big player in big-time Washington, D.C., politics. Whether the country will have the tolerance for his divisive brand of politics and his insider status long enough for him to make a run for the highest office is questionable. Meantime, Barbour sure is spending a lot of time in Iowa and New Hampshire. —Ronni Mott
Intriguing Runners-Up NATALIE A. COLLIER
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
NATALIE A. COLLIER
COURTESY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON
This year has been a whirlwind one for 28-year-old Rev. CJ Rhodes, the pastor at Mt. Helm Baptist Church. After moving back home to Mississippi upon completing his master’s in divinity at Duke University, he eventually settled in as the youngest pastor and leader of the oldest black church in the city. Rhodes isn’t shy about his intentions for the church to be a vanguard in social change. That may be one of the reasons he and First Baptist Church of Jackson’s senior pastor Dr. Stan Buckley get along so well. Buckley, also the youngest cleric at his church, has spent his tenure managing his congregation, being involved in downtown redevelopment, and ruffling a few feathers every now and then. While they don’t agree about everything, the duo is destined to help create a better Jackson. —Natalie A. Collier
COURTESY JILL CONNER BROWNE
CJ Rhodes & Stan Buckley
Curnis Upkins III The cyber world knows a lot more about west Jackson thanks to Curnis Upkins III. The website, westjxn.com, he started as a challenge by his supervisor at the Jackson State University Center for University-Based Development, has more followers than a little bit. Upkins, a regular at the Friday Forums at Koinonia Coffee House on the city’s west side, is committed to de-stigmatize that side of town. West Jackson thanks him for it, too. With the WESToration Project and heavyweights like Dr. Bill Cooley championing the cause, west siders will prove Upkins right. —Natalie A. Collier
Curnis Upkins III
Jill Conner Browne
Jill Conner Browne Last year saw an end to the long-standing relationship between Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade and the Sweet Potato Queens, the devotees of author Jill Conner Browne’s book series who have traditionally marched in the parade. Browne announced March 21 that the Queens’ annual gathering, which raises money for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, would split from the parade. Browne first announced that the Queens would parade in Ridgeland, but in June she unveiled new plans for a gathering in Fondren to coincide with Sal & Mookie’s Street Festival the weekend after the St. Paddy’s event downtown. —Ward Schaefer
Quick. Think of a new development in Jackson. Now, think of a person connected to its success. Odds are, David Watkins comes to mind. As the visionary behind renovations of iconic Jackson landmarks like the King Edward Hotel and the Standard Life Building, the city celebrates Watkins’ tireless advocacy of Jackson’s renaissance. Look for his stamp on upcoming projects like the Farish Street entertainment district, Project Retro Metro as his company revitalizes the near-bankrupt Metrocenter Mall, and even a proposed Riverwalk project on downtown’s Town Creek. Not all of Watkins’ ideas are met with overwhelming enthusiasm. His recently unveiled plans for Whitney Place in Fondren, slated to fill what is mostly an empty eight-acre lot just off State Street, has met with resistance from devotees of the 1930s-era shopping strip that fronts the lot, who are forming a group to protest. —Ronni Mott
COURTESY MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART
Gwendolyn Magee In December, the Mississippi Museum of Art selected textile artist Gwendolyn Magee as a community representative to speak at the Institute of Museum and Library Services award ceremony in Washington, D.C. The IMLS selected the museum, among several other facilities in the country, to receive a National Medal—the nation’s highest honor for outstanding museums and libraries. Magee, who has exhibited her work at the Jackson museum and museums from coast-to-coast, spoke about the museum’s impact on the community and Mississippi arts scene. In addition to being an art advocate, Magee tells stories about her heritage through abstract and figurative quilt pieces. She is currently working on a quilted series to illustrate slavery and a series on Hurricane Katrina titled “Katrina Narratives: Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” which she hopes to showcase next spring. —Lacey McLaughin
Ed Peters Just when you thought former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters had disappeared from the scene—finally—here comes a scathing expose of the Richard “Dickie” Scruggs scandal that shows just how integral he has long been in what author, journalist and University of Mississippi professor Curtis Wilkie calls the “Eastland cabal,” a shadowy group of powerful men who have held sway over politics in the state for years. At the very least, reading “The Fall of the House of Zeus” (Crown Publishers, 2010, $25.99) shows just how lucky Peters probably should feel that he is not behind bars, too—and reveals an underbelly of Mississippi that boggles the mind. Read it. — Donna Ladd
Mortgage lender Bo Smith has carved out a niche for himself as a professional booster for responsible homeownership in Jackson. Smith’s company, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc., has heavily marketed the Federal Housing Administration’s 203(k) home loan program. The program offers lower interest rates to people buying houses in need of some repair or improvements. A fixture at Koinonia Coffee House’s Friday Forum, Smith teamed up with Jackson State University’s Center for University-Based Development to promote the program in west Jackson, where older but still high-quality houses are ripe for renovation. Smith recognizes that homeowners increasingly want to live closer to work, in the right size house for their lifestyle, and he has seized on housing in Jackson as an emerging market. —Ward Schaefer
4949 Old Canton Road | 601-956-5108
www.briarwoodwineandspirits.com NATHAN S. M C HARDY & LESLEY M C HARDY OWNERS & SOMMELIERS
Young restaurateur Craig Noone burst onto the local scene in early 2010 as everyone started talking about his planned restaurant, Parlor Market, which opened on West Capitol Street in the fall. Due to Noone and his friends’ social-media prowess, and his willingness to share the spotlight with other local restaurants and chefs, the hype about his restaurant was off the charts before it opened. The restaurant then lived up to the buzz, raising the standard for great food in the city. —Donna Ladd
It’s hard to know whether Josh Hailey always goes to where the fun is or if he just brings the party with him in his lithe little frame. Jackson’s indomitable sprite of the arts scene, Hailey’s oversized spirit radiates from him like sunshine, punching out in some of the most interesting hair and couture imaginable, along with hugs and kisses for everyone, and a rapid-fire stream-ofJosh Hailey consciousness chatter punctuated liberally with shouts of “Joos!” Hailey is also one of Jackson’s freest, most unconventional artists, unafraid to try any media or technology in furtherance of his art. Add to that his forays into music, events, teaching and his tireless promotion of Jackson as “the” place to be, and you have a man who has single-handedly crafted himself into a city icon. This month, Hailey is making his way to the left coast for greener pastures. He’ll be back, he says. We hope so. We’ll miss him. —Ronni Mott
Lonnie Edwards Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards confounded many with an Aug. 17 press conference addressing controversial book purchases in his former school district. Edwards was ostensibly denying any influence or wrongdoing in bulk purchases of his 2002 book “A Teacher’s Touch: Reaching Beyond Boundaries,” by the DeKalb County, Ga., school system, where he worked from 1971 to 2004. Instead of directly addressing questions about the book purchases, Edwards first showed reporters and JPS staff a 10minute clip of his 1996 appearance of Sally Jessy Raphael’s talk show “Sally.” The show, like Edwards’ book, focused on his relationship with a disabled student. After elaborating on the story for nearly 45 minutes, flanked by blown-up posters of positive press clippings, Edwards took questions but still dodged direct answers. Edwards will find more attention on him in 2011 as the board weighs whether to renew his contract. —Ward Schaefer
COURTESY JOSH HAILEY
JACKSONIANS, see page 16
JACKSONIANS, from page 15 COURTESY WAPT
Mary Hawkins Butler
Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler is revered and even feared by many of her constituents, but her efforts this year to make Madison an exclusive city struck a cord with many Jacksonians. In September, Hawkins Butler canceled her city’s annual Freedom Fest, citing unexpected budget expendiMary Hawkins Butler tures and that too many people had come from outside the city to attend the event in prior years. Hawkins Butler referenced Franklin, Tenn., as a model city for a residents-only festival next year, but Franklin officials said they had never heard of such a practice. Expect Hawkins Butler to make more headlines in 2011, if she carries through with a rumored run for state auditor in next year’s elections. —Lacey McLaughlin
Jackson musician Taylor Hildebrand took the city’s music scene to a new level this year with the formation of his band Horse Trailer and release of his EP “Nena.” Over the summer, Hildebrand held the EP’s release at Jackson’s War Memorial Building, providing a symbolic back drop to an album inspired by letters his grandmother wrote to his grandfather during World War II. The band is composed of local musicians Dave Hutchinson, Johnny Bertram, Jamie Weems, Tommy Bryan Ledford and Valley Gordon. Perhaps Hildebrand’s most notable accomplishment is his ability to bring musicians together and strengthen Jackson’s music scene. And he’s a nice guy. —Lacey McLaughlin
Ronald Mason knows how to make a big exit. In January, the then-president of Jackson State University distributed a proposal to merge Mississippi’s two other historically black state universities, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State, Ronald Mason into JSU to make a single school, renamed “Jacobs State University.” The plan followed calls by Gov. Haley Barbour and some legislators to consolidate the state’s HBCUs, and met with widespread derision. Three months later, on April 30, he announced his resignation from JSU to become president of Louisiana’s Southern University and A&M College System. The new position offered relief from the public scrutiny he endured at JSU, he told reporters May 5. —Ward Schaefer
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
Rebecca Coleman Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman will always be one of the first people to tell you that she depends on the hard work of subordinates. The chief came on the scene soon after the election of Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who stole her from Jackson State University where she was chief of JSU’s Department of Public Safety. Coleman has presided over a relatively static report of major crime in the city, with auto burglary, business burglary, carjacking and homicide virtually identical to what it was last year. The city, for example, suffered 35 homicides by November 2009 and logged 35 this year as well. Jackson suffered 61 more business burglaries this year than last year, while rape dropped 20 percent from 2009. Coleman Rebecca Coleman does not kick her team over disappointing numbers any more than she takes credit for positive weekly numbers. Her crowning achievement, however, appears to be her ability not to turn the local media into either a blood-craving enemy or some kind of lip-kissing friend-girl. This is a big difference from the last few chiefs, who left the city under bitter circumstances, regardless of whether crime actually dropped during their regimes. —Adam Lynch
Former Gov. Ray Mabus has kept plenty busy since leaving his post here in the state as its commander in chief. He is now serving as the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy. President Obama asked Mabus to prepare a longterm recovery plan for the clean up and recovery of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The plan, “America’s Gulf Coast: A Long-Term Recovery Plan after the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill,” received wide support from leaders on either side of the aisle. — Natalie A. Collier
Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Community Organizer Ulises Hernandez is the embodiment of grassroots work. He travels across the central portion of the state, from Meridian to Vicksburg, organizing and rallying the state’s slowly emerging Latino population. It is a population that Hernandez describes as Ulises Hernandez loosely connected, fearful and—above all—vulnerable. Hernandez, whose mother is working to get her own visa extended, is a native-born American who, along with his younger brother, gets to see firsthand how accepting Mississippi’s white population is of immigrants. He goes door to door in places like Morton and Forest—places with a high immigrant population—thrusting himself into the lives of complete strangers while promising organization, strength and a stable future. He comes back with tales of aggressive police checkpoints along immigrant work routes, police targeting of Latino-looking drivers and brutal robberies of whole immigrant families (who unfortunately tend to keep their cash in the home rather than putting it in the bank.) Hernandez has hard work ahead of him. —Adam Lynch
As Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant gears up for a run for the governor’s mansion, he is working hard to attract the hard-right vote—from speaking to tea-party rallies to calling for hardcore anti-immigrant laws. For example, he supports new legislation this session that will force state law enforcement agencies to target Latino-looking drivers for police stops or risk suit by state citizens. Similar legislaPhil Bryant tion from Arizona is already under attack by the federal government. Bryant rallies powerful, aging, white voters who see the clock ticking on their demographic majority in Mississippi, with piecemeal, incomplete reports painting Latino workers as a drain upon state resources. Above all, Bryant represents a segment of the state population that Census reports suggest is winding down in Mississippi—a voter base due to be supplanted by African American and Latino voters within the next few decades. In fact, Mississippi, with its proportionately high black population, will likely be one of the first southern states to lose whites as its voting majority. But don’t worry—Bryant will still be a hit at the senior-citizens soup bar in 2040. —Adam Lynch
Jamie and Gladys Scott Sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott became the focal point this year for outrage about Mississippi’s criminal-justice system. The Scott sisters are serving double life sentences at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County for an armed robbery that allegedly netted between $11 and $200. Jamie and Gladys Scott Advocates for the sisters’ release have maintained their innocence and the inherent injustice of their sentences. The sisters’ alleged co-conspirators all served reduced sentences of less than three years. Over the past five years, support for the Scott sisters’ release has grown from a solo effort by their mother, Evelyn Rasco, into a widespread movement. And in 2010, the movement went mainstream, with the NAACP and other national advocacy groups chiming in, and coverage from The New York Times and USA Today. Gov. Haley Barbour is currently weighing a pardon petition submitted on their behalf, but time is running out for Jamie, who suffers from total kidney failure. —Ward Schaeffer
PA I D A DV E RT I S E M E N T
abalu Tacos and Tapas, a fun, hip, funky taco and tapas restaurant that perfectly fits the eclecticism of the Fondren area, offers a unique, culinary trend to Jacksonians: Spanish tapas with the simplicity of ethnic gourmet “street food” using small portions and the freshest Babalu Tacos & Tapas in Fondren ingredients. Patrons reminisce and wax nostalgic as they eat, while also getting to watch the chefs at work in the display kitchen at Babalu, located at 622 Duling Avenue in the former Duling School. Owners Bill Latham and Al Roberts have been business partners for 28 years and had the idea for Babalu from the menu down to the industrial retro look and stylish atmosphere earlier this year. Chef David Ferris’s extensive culinary experience helped put the finishing touches on the menu items with his calling, the passion, and the hunger. His excitement has led to the creation of bold, intense, flavorful food that makes Babalu’s clientele happy and heartened. “Every item on the menu, down to the individual taco shell, is made fresh daily,” says Chef Ferris. “Every day, corn tortillas are hand-pressed from maseca, or corn flour, before the lunch crowd arrives and again in the early afternoon before the dinner crowd arrives. The same technique applies for the tortilla dough used to make empanadas.” According to Latham and Roberts, the guacamole prepared tableside has been a hit. A Babalu staff member will prepare the guacamole tableside by mixing fresh ingredients of red onion, cilantro, and sun-dried tomato, literally next to your table. It’s an exclusive experience you will only find there. The small tapas portions allow culinary discovery and sharing at the table for patrons. Customers can order something different and share with one another at the table. Unique, eclectic menu items—Mexican Street Corn, Braised Beef Short Rib, or Carne La Vaca (rosemary roasted flat iron steak, pico de gallo, salsa roja, and cojita cheese)—offer a dining experience like no other in Jackson. According to Chef Ferris, “The flavorful taste and high quality meats, like the tuna from Hawaii flown in within 24 hours or the Prince Edward scallops you will taste in the ceviche, all are the best around.” The bar carries the finest tequila, and all drinks, like the food, are prepared from scratch using the best and freshest ingredients. If you order the Babarita, Babalu’s margarita, it will be prepared with freshly squeezed limes right before your very eyes. The Pepe O’Malley—mixture of Hendrix gin, a fresh cucumber slice, fresh mint, and freshly squeezed lemon juice—is another patron favorite. And there’s wine, a combination of domestic and Spanish. Another attractive quality, too: They are good stewards of the earth. All recyclable products are recycled, such as the aluminum cans. Experience hip, upscale dining at Babalu, open Sunday–Thursday, 11am - 10pm; Friday & Saturday, 11am - 11pm Find them on Facebook or www.eathere.com to view their menu, or call 601-366-5757.
COURTESY MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
COURTESY ACLU SHAWANDA JACOME
Itawamba County Agricultural High School senior Constance McMillen made national headlines last spring when school district officials canceled the school’s prom because McMillen wanted to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. With pressure from the media and the ACLU, school-district officials conceded to a parent-sponsored private prom, but the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of McMillen, 18, saying the teen suffered “humiliation and harassment” after parConstance McMillen ents, students and school officials executed a plan to put on a “decoy” prom for her while the rest of her classmates were at a private prom 30 miles away. As a result of the suit, McMillen received $35,000 from the district for damages plus court costs, and the district adopted an anti-discriminatory policy on sexual preference or gender identity. The teenager finished her senior year at Murrah High School in Jackson and since then, ABC Family announced that the television station was is in the production stages of a made-forTV movie about McMillen. Glamour magazine named her one of their Women of the Year in its November issue. —Lacey McLaughlin
here’s plenty of reason for confidence as conference play begins in college basketball, especially for fans of Mississippi State, Jackson State and Southern Miss. But there are also lots of questions. At MSU, can Renardo Sidney get on—and stay on—the court long enough to help the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Tournament again? Can JSU avoid its seemingly annual SWAC Tournament letdown?
by Doctor S Can USM, which returns five starters, challenge C-USA big boys Memphis and Central Florida? After a string of player departures, does Ole Miss have enough bullets left to compete in the SEC West? It’s time again for Doctor S to make his patented roundball SWAGs (sophisticated wild-ass guesses):
COURTESY MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
Coach: Rick Stansbury (12 seasons, 255-140) 2009-10: 24-12 (9-7 SEC), tied for SEC West title, lost in SEC Tournament final, lost in second round of NIT Arena: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville Radio: 105.9 FM Renardo Sidney has been the best offensive player at Mississippi State since he arrived in Starkville. But he wasn’t been able to play because the NCAA suspended him for one season and nine games for receiving improper benefits. Too bad he doesn’t play quarterback for Auburn. In that case, he would have been eligible immediately. Sidney finally got on the court and immediately ran into trouble again. He was suspended from MSU’s first game in a Hawaii tournament for unspecified violations of team rules. He played well in the second game. But after that game, he got into a fight with his roommate, Elgin Bailey, in the stands while watching both games. Both players are now suspended indefinitely. Diva Sidney obviously has a lot of growing up to do. It’s a pity because he has been impressive when he’s played, in spite of being overweight and out of shape. Point guard Dee Bost also had to sit out after he withdrew from the NBA draft after the deadline. He can’t play in a regular-season game until Jan. 8, when the Bulldogs open SEC play.
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
COURTESY JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
Outlook: We won’t really know what MSU has until the SEC season begins. Sidney needs to grow up and get in shape if he’s to become the star everyone believes he can be. The Bulldogs have the scoring punch and defense to win another SEC West title and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in two years.
Coach: Tevester Anderson (eight seasons, 114-113) 2009-10: 19-13 (17-1 SWAC), lost in first round of SWAC Tournament, lost in first round of NIT Arena: Athletics and Assembly Center, Jackson Radio: 620 AM
Jackson State is right where it was at this time last season. The Tigers are favored to win the SWAC again. Last season, JSU romped to the league’s regular-season title again. And disaster struck in the SWAC Tournament again when the Tigers were knocked out in the first round. JSU got a consolation prize of sorts when they earned a trip to the NIT. JSU suffered its biggest loss last year early in the season when all-star forward Grant Maxey was lost for the season after just two games because of an ankle injury. Maxey is back, thanks to a medical redshirt. He has slowly been working his way back into shape. Last year’s two top players, SWAC Newcomer of the Year Tyrone Hanson (11.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game) and De’Suan Dixon (10.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) are back. Coach Tevester Anderson is enthusiastic about his squad. “I really like this team,” Anderson said before the season. “This group has the potential to be the best team I have had since coming to Jackson State. Outlook: The Tigers have reloaded for another shot at the SWAC title. They should be able to do that. But they don’t have a shot of playing in the NCAA Tournament unless they can reverse their luck in the league tourney. more SPORTS, see page 20
Sell Local Jackson Free Press & BOOM Jackson are seeking candidates for full and part-time advertising sales positions. If you have sales experience, that’s great, but what we’re really looking for are outgoing people with a customer service orientation.
SALE ENDS JANUARY 5TH
Resolve to help your brothers or sisters who are hurting or in crisis.
Your job will be to consult with local businesses to help them get the most bang for their advertising buck. If you love Jackson, love *local* and are ready to live out the JFP’s mission, send a well-written cover letter and a resume to email@example.com.
Help Save Lives 2475 LAKELAND DRIVE FLOWOOD MS 39232 601.933.0074
JFP is an equal opportunity employer.
Be trained as a Certified Crisis Line Counselor
New Training Session Begins
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fondren Presbyterian Church 3220 Old Canton Road - Jackson MS
Give a gift that helps feed, shelter & provide child care for over 600 people per day!
Your Stewpot Does All of These Things! Simply fill out this form and send it to Stewpot: Name:
Amount of Gift:
Go to www.stewpot.org to donate with a credit card or your PayPal account.
Upon receipt of your donation, we will send a card immediately notifying your designee(s) of your gift! Stewpot Community Services, Inc. 1100 W Capitol St., Jackson, MS 39203 • 601-353-2759
¿ Habla usted Español ?
We also need bi-lingual volunteers for CONTACTO Línea de Crisis – our statewide Spanish language crisis line
24/7 Crisis Line number is
Having a hard time finding a gift?
For more information call CONTACT the Crisis Line office: (601) 982-9888 or (601) 713-4099 or register online at: www.contactthecrisisline.org
SPORTS, from page 18
FRIDAY, DEC. 31 Men’s college basketball, Alcorn State at Ole Miss (7 p.m., Oxford, Fox Sports South, 97.3 FM): The Braves and Rebels meet in an intrastate throwdown. SATURDAY, JAN. 1 College football, Gator Bowl, Mississippi State vs. Michigan (12:30 p.m., Jacksonville, Fla., ESPN2, 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs must find a way to slow down the Wolverines. Can the Wolverines contain the quicker Bulldogs? … Rose Bowl, TCU vs. Wisconsin (4 p.m., ESPN): The Horned Frogs have crashed the BCS party for the second straight year. Can they knock off the Badgers? SUNDAY, JAN. 2 NFL football, Tampa Bay at New Orleans (noon, Ch. 40, 620 AM): The Saints still have a shot at the NFC South title, while the Bucs have to win to make the playoffs. … Men’s college basketball, Southeastern Louisiana at Ole Miss (6 p.m., Oxford, CSS, 97.3 FM): The Rebels play the Lions in a rare Sunday home game.
Larry Eustachy starts his seventh season as Southern Miss coach as the dean of C-USA coaches. Does that mean USM officials are really patient or do they (rightly) figure they can’t do any better than Eustachy? Eustachy also has all five starters back for the first time in his stay in Hattiesburg. Leading scorer Gary Flowers has been even better this season, averaging 21.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 31 points against Alcorn State Dec. 1. He scored 28 in the Eagles’ shocking 80-78 victory at California. “I’ve never been more proud of any player I’ve ever had,” Eustachy said of Flowers after the Cal game. “This is his team and wants to be the guy. But what comes with that is a lot of responsibility, and he’s earned it.” Other top returnees include Angelo Johnson, Lanier alum R.L. Horton and Sai’Quon Stone, who made the C-USA AllDefensive Team.
Coach: Andy Kennedy (four seasons, 85-50) 2009-10: 24-11 (9-7 SEC), tied for SEC West title, lost in first round of SEC Tournament, lost in NIT semifinals Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum, Oxford Radio: 97.3 FM
MONDAY, JAN. 3 College football, Orange Bowl, Stanford vs. Virginia Tech (7:30 p.m., ESPN): The Cardinal and Hokies present an intriguing matchup of two of the nation’s best.
December 29, 2010 - January 4, 2011
TUESDAY, JAN. 4 College football, Sugar Bowl, Ohio State vs. Arkansas (7:30 p.m., ESPN): Four Buckeyes got caught breaking the rules. Since they don’t play for an SEC school, the NCAA says, “Play on.”
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5 Men’s college basketball, Ole Miss at SMU (7 p.m., Dallas, 97.3 FM): The Rebels aim to corral the Ponies in their final game before SEC play begins. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who hopes this magnetic wristband will cure the dreaded deadline doom. You’re always on time at JFP Sports on www. jacksonfreepress.com.
Outlook: The Golden Eagles are off to a hot start this season. The win over Cal could loom large for USM’s postseason hopes. Yes, the Eagles will contend for the C-USA title this year. And they’re a good bet to return to postseason.
COURTESY OLE MISS
THURSDAY, DEC. 30 Men’s college basketball, Millsaps New Year’s Classic, Belhaven vs. Mississippi College (5 p.m.) and Rust at Millsaps (7 p.m.): The area’s denominational schools meet in a church holiday classic.
Coach: Larry Eustachy (seventh season at USM, 95-90; 19 seasons overall, 355-239) 2009-10: 20-14 (8-8 C-USA), lost in C-USA Tournament semifinals, lost in first round of CollegeInsiders.com Tournament. Arena: Reed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg Radio: 1590 AM
COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
Doctor S sez: Here’s hoping 2011 will bring as many great games and performances as 2010 did.
It’s year five of the Andy Kennedy era at Ole Miss. By Rebel standards, Kennedy has been very successful. He’s won 85 games, two SEC West titles and taken the Rebels to the NIT Final Four twice. By comparison, Ole Miss was 55-63 in the four seasons before Kennedy arrived. But there’s still one glaring omission: Kennedy has yet to take the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament. Last spring didn’t help the Rebels’ hopes. Terrico White left early for the NBA draft, Murphy Holloway transferred to South Carolina and Eniel Polynice went to Seton Hall. The only returning starter is senior point guard Chris Warren, who’s averaging 18.7 points per game. Zach Graham, who has been a part-time starter the last two seasons, is averaging 13.6 points. Reginald Buckner, who had a school-record 64 blocks last season, already has 33 this year. “We’re still a work in progress,” Kennedy told The Clarion-Ledger earlier this month. “Two steps forward and one step back. We’re getting solid play from a number of guys.” Outlook: Ole Miss has lost too much to finish any higher than third in the SEC West. The Rebels will have to play at least another year for an NCAA berth.
more SPORTS, see page 22
YAZOO BREWERY BEERS
Now Available in Mississippi!
<^] CdTb CWda Bd]
?1A<X[[Ta7XVW[XUTQ^cc[Tb #%^d]RT_XcRWTab %%^d]RT_XcRWTab "%^d]RT_XcRWTab
Visit us at www.yazoobrew.com for more information.
6OTED "EST OF *ACKSON
Many Mexican beer styles today are descendants of old Austrian styles, from when Austria ruled Mexico in the late 19th century. Our Dos Perros is made with German Munich malt, English Pale malt, and Chocolate malt, and hopped with Perle and Saaz hops. To lighten the body, as many Mexican brewers do, we add a small portion of flaked maize. The result is a wonderfully bready malt aroma, balanced with some maize sweetness and a noble hop finish. The toasty malt flavors go great with barbeque and most hot and spicy foods. Try it with Mexican or Thai dishes.
An authentic example of a Bavarian Hefeweizen. â€œHefeâ€? means cloudy or yeasty and â€œweizenâ€? means wheat. This beer is made with mostly wheat and uses a true Hefeweizen yeast that gives it a fruity, banana aroma with just a hint of cloves. The tart finish makes this the perfect summer beer.
Almost anything goes well with Hefeweizen, but it especially shines when paired with salads and omelets.
+K> *=>K RHNK +:KMR +E:MM>KL ?HK .NI>K;HPE
A new version of an American classic. Our Yazoo Pale Ale bursts with spicy, citrusy hop aroma & flavor, coming from the newly discovered Amarillo hop. The wonderful hop aroma is balanced nicely with a toasty malt body, ending with a cleansing hop finish. Made with English Pale, Munich, Vienna, and Crystal malts, and generously hopped with Amarillo, Perle, and Cascade hops. Fermented with our English ale yeast.