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6 Closing Gates Should Jackson neighborhoods put up walls and gates and still expect city services? KENYA HUDSON

Cover photograph by Aaron Phillips

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Former Jackson City Councilman Marshand Crisler may be on your ballot come November. “We are part of what we call the continuum of care—a conglomerate of agencies who work together,” Funches says. “We are a resource to connect people with what they need.” The 52-year-old refers Jackson’s homeless people to one of a variety of programs after assessing their individual needs. Each of these programs is designed to address the participants’ immediate requirements while taking the necessary steps to get them ready to enter the job market and find a home. Funches partners with at least 25 non-profit service agencies and programs in Jackson, which include mental-illness assistance, drug and alcohol treatment, shelters, food services and job opportunity assistance. She makes at least 10 referrals each day. Recently, Funchess headed a program called the Jackson Transitional Homeless Program, assisting participants in building their résumés and preparing for employment. Then, each participant was partnered with various local non-profit businesses as employees. Cases such as these fuel Funches’ drive to help the homeless and downtrodden. Funches lives in Heritage Hills in south Jackson with her husband, Freddie. Together they have five grown children. For more information on Jackson’s programs for homeless people or to connect with an agency that provides services to homeless people, call the City of Jackson at 601-960-1489. —Jordan Lashley

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athy Funches is driven to aid the less fortunate to find their way to a better quality of life. Funches has participated in many mission trips to developing countries. Just last year, she traveled to Bolivia to provide assistance to an orphanage. She realized, however, that her passion for helping the oppressed could be fulfilled at home. “I wanted to help all who are less fortunate,” Funches says. “It became my mission to advocate those types of issues (in Jackson)—to give a voice to those who do not have one.” Funches, a Jackson native, graduated from Provine High School in 1977. She earned an associates degree from Phillips Junior College in Jackson and worked for Allstate Insurance. Returning to school many years later, she earned a bachelor of arts in biblical studies with an emphasis in missions at Belhaven University in 2002. She became an ordained minister in 2003. Funches, who was looking for a way to bring her mission work to Mississippi, became active in the lives of Jackson’s homeless people. She worked at Stewpot Community Services for four years before the city of Jackson hired her as its homeless program coordinator in December 2010. There, she partners with Jackson’s non-profit agencies and serves as the liaison between those in need and the program providers that can address and aid them.

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Lacey McLaughlin News editor Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. Email Lacey@jacksonfreepress. com or call 601.362.6121 x. 22. She wrote the cover story.

Aaron Phillips Originally from Texas, Aaron Phillips has lived in Mississippi for more than a decade. He works for a local graphic design firm and is a freelance photographer. He photographed the cover and the cover story.

Briana Robinson Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School where she worked on the yearbook and school newspaper. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She wrote an arts feature.

Tim Roberson Tim Roberson is a Jackson native and graduate of the University of Mississippi. He is the editor of the digital music magazine, Play Music City and the owner of Light Bulb Writing Studio in Jackson. He wrote a music feature.

Tom Head Freelance writer Tom Head is a lifelong Jackson native. He has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books, is a civil liberties writer for About.com and is a grassroots progressive activist. He wrote a book review.

Andrea Thomas Advertising designer Andrea Thomas is the newest member of the JFP design team. Andrea is a native of Ridgeland and is a recent Antonelli College graduate. She loves to sing, dance and write poetry in her free time.

Bryan Flynn Sports writer Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who resides in Richland. He edits the JFP’s new sports blog, jfpsports. com. Follow him on Twitter @ jfpsports. He wrote a sports story.

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Tom Ramsey is a lobbyist and former investment banker who teaches private cooking lessons, runs with the bulls and has produced an album or two. He owns Ivy & Devine Culinary Group (www.ivyanddevine.com). He wrote a food feature.

by Ronni Mott, Managing Editor

Reverence and the River

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love thunderstorms. From the safety of a covered porch, a nighttime thunderstorm can be a truly awe-inspiring natural lightand-sound show on par with the best July 4 fireworks. Just watching those jagged stabs of light streaking across a dark sky can produce visceral reactions: They can make me gasp suddenly or force me to say completely dumb and unbidden things like “whoa!” The air itself ducks for cover in the rushes of wind that accompany thunderstorms. In the dead of night, you might hear me cussing those storms. Awesome or not, 3 a.m. is no time to wake me with loud noises and flashes of light. My girl-kitty, Tallulah, agrees whole-heartedly. Thunderstorms send her with alacrity to places where I will never find her, and I’ve tried. Nature, taken as is, is always humbling in the best sense of the word, having the ability to leave us mere humans dumbstruck in the face of her beauty and power. Whether it’s a multi-colored sunset or a baby’s first breath, an icicle breaking light into a rainbow or the red claw of death, mere humans simply cannot come close to replicating what the natural world does with ease. Awesome, though, doesn’t cancel out devastating. Just within the last several weeks, Mississippi and her neighbors have dealt with a rash of wreckage and death left in the wake of lethal tornadoes. Combine nature’s killer side with our predilection for controlling our environment, and you get even more “interesting” events. Last summer’s oil catastrophe in the Gulf is one example. Another is Japan’s ongoing struggle to control the radiation leaks from its damaged Fukishima plant after the one-two punch of an earthquake and tsunami. After a devastating natural event, mere acceptance is way, way down on the list of our reactions. After an initial surge of fear or sorrow, catastrophic events tend to temper our will to fight. We’re in a hurry, after all, to clean up and get on with our lives. We’ll rebuild stronger. We’ll figure it out so it doesn’t happen again. We’ll dredge the river and buttress the walls. We will be back. But as the Yiddish saying goes: “Men plan; God laughs.” We set ourselves up when we do battle with the natural world. It seems every time humans try to outwit nature, we come out with the proverbial short end of the stick. The clouds don’t care that you picked the least likely day of the year for rain to celebrate outdoors. Tornadoes don’t check to see if we have insurance. And the Mississippi River doesn’t care about our paltry little levees, though for now, they’re holding most of the river back. It is ironic that all that rich black Mississippi Delta soil—some of the best soil for growing things on the planet—has to be under water every so often. When it is, the water destroys crops and farms and the lives and homes of people who live there. It’s ironic that California sunshine comes with the San Andreas Fault, too, but that doesn’t stop Californians

from living in Los Angeles or San Francisco. Our Delta derives its richness from the occasional Mississippi River flood (hence “alluvial”) leaving its nutrient-rich deposits. And as much as we try to control the river with our grandiose schemes to re-route it or build levees to guard against it, the river always wins in the end. To me, the most surprising thing about Mississippi River floods is that they surprise us. Maybe it’s more resigned than surprised. Snaking through some 2,300 miles of the United States from Lake Itasca, Minn., to 95 miles south of New Orleans, the river neatly cuts the country in two. It touches 10 of our 50 states, or 31 states if you count its major tributaries, the Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas and Red rivers. It’s the fourth longest river in the world. It is a natural wonder. Mississippians knew this flood was coming. The Mississippi is nothing if not slow (in a relative kind of way), never flowing faster than about 3 mph. The National Weather Service has been talking about the flooding since January due to heavy snow in the Midwest. It has taken months for the snowmelt to merge with the ordinary heavy spring rains to bring record flood crests to our shores—months of watching and waiting, because, really, we could do little else. Nature tends to work that way. Try to stop the rain if you’re not clear about that, or the coming heat of summer. And now, we’ll watch and wait until the river decides to recede from our homes and farms. With any luck, we got out what we needed to get back in, clean up and rebuild. Some folks already know they’re not that lucky. This time, the river has taken what she wanted from them, and she won’t be giving it back. My mother told the story of an ancestor whose house was struck by lightening back

in the days when that was still common. The woman, a great-great-great-great aunt I think, lived in the country. This being mountainous terrain, it wasn’t unusual for people to house their animals below the house facing west with the house on top, facing east (or maybe it was north and south). This particular lightening strike killed the animals in the barn, ripped the woman’s shoes off and burned her feet. She never walked again, I was told. I bet she didn’t love thunderstorms. If you’re into contests, attempting to defy and control nature is a fool’s game. Nature always wins in the end and invading our cozy homes, our refuges, is standard fare. Ultimately, all of us succumb to nature whether we like it or not. That tends to scare us silly regardless of the fact that none of us will escape. In our more primitive traditions, the sheer majesty of nature evoked fear, gratitude and reverence. Fear for what she could take away; gratitude for what she provided; reverence for all that and everything else. It’s not difficult to understand when you look at rooftops and treetops dotting what could be lakes but were actually farms a month ago. Imagine life without the NWS telling us what’s probably coming tomorrow. My heart goes out to the people dealing with nature’s latest caprice. In the bigger scheme of things, this flood will fade from memory like the flood of 1927. A hundred years from now, who knows what form this footnote will take. Lots of folks would like to think that we can tame nature or fool her or continue to befoul her without consequence. I am not convinced. If nothing else, I think I’ll treat her a little better than before. You know; show her some reverence.


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To Gate Or Not to Gate?

by Adam Lynch

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Wednesday, May 27 Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy announces that he will not run for re-election. … The Mississippi Department of Revenue reports that gaming revenues fell 11 percent from March to April. … After 25 years of being on the television, Oprah Winfrey hosts her last show.

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Thursday, May 26 The U.S. Census Bureau releases data showing that in 2010, married couples represent just 48 percent of all households. … Freedom Riders return to the Mississippi State Penitentiary for the first time in 50 years to tour the facility. Friday, May 27 Actor Jeff Conaway, who played in the sitcom “Taxi” and the movie musical “Grease,” dies at age 60. … Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards gives his testimony during the 8th day of his public hearing on whether the JPS school board should renew his contract. Saturday, May 28 After 37 years in business, Be-Bop Record Shop closes its last location in Jackson due to an overall decline in sales over the past several years. Sunday, May 29 President Barack Obama tours areas of Joplin, Mo., a week after one of the worst tornados in decades killed more than 210 people. … Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin arrives via motorcycle to the annual Rolling Thunder rally in Washington, D.C.

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Monday, May 30 Approximately 75 people gather at the Hinds County Courthouse for its 35th Memorial Day program to honor fallen solders. … President Barack Obama pays his respects to fallen solders at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Tuesday, May 31 The International Agency for Research on Cancer lists cell phones as possible cancer-causing agents. … National home prices reach their lowest levels since the U.S. housing crisis in 2006, due to foreclosures. Get daily news updates at jfpdaily.com.

Jackson residents could erect gates to their communities, and still have the city pay for their streets, under a proposed ordinance.

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ackson residents could vote to gate their neighborhoods around city-maintained streets under an ordinance Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell proposed this week. Whitwell said at a May 31 Jackson City Council meeting that he wants to make it easier for a majority of a particular city neighborhood to vote to erect a gate to their community, and make it so that they do not have to pay for infrastructure inside the walls. “We have no ordinance that specifically

addresses gates, so the mayor has adopted his own policy on gates, and that’s that 100 percent of all citizens (in the neighborhood) must approve of it (before it can be built),” he told the council. Whitwell’s ordinance allows residents to build a gate with only 75 percent approval from residents—the supporters would finance it, he said—and it does not force residents to maintain their own roads as is typical in Jackson gated communities. The councilman called his ordinance a “traffic-calming mea-

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sure” that would not require a pass code or security clearance. “It’s an automatic gate,” the councilman said. “It’s still a public neighborhood. You just pull up, and the gate opens automatically. It’s just a way to slow people down, and if there is something suspicious going on, it gives the citizens a chance to identify or apprehend (a perpetrator).” Whitwell is advocating for the new ordinance for residents of north Jackson’s highend Avery Gardens neighborhood, which is already enclosed in a barrier, and only has one ungated entrance on County Line Road. Jackson residents do not use the enclosed neighborhood as a thoroughfare. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. argues that gates delay city firefighters and police access to the sequestered community, and said such a gate could pose an insurance risk to cumbersome city or contracted vehicles, such as garbage trucks. He also said the gate may be a problem for city employees who must visit homes to read water meters. Whitwell indicated that the gate idea is about more than traffic, however. “There are neighborhoods all over the city that want this. They’re begging for it,” Whitwell said. “There are too many people right now just wandering around neighborhoods, or just driving through neighborhoods scoping out (burglary) opportunities, and we’ve got to be vigilant, and we’ve got to have GATE, see page 7

by Jonnett Johnson and Dustin Cardon The courts delayed Robert Simon Jr.’s execution, perhaps indefinitely. With that in mind, we asked a few Jacksonians if they thought the death penalty is fair, and why or why not? “It depends on what the crime is, so sometimes I can go for it, and sometimes I feel it’s unjust.” — Brenda Tangle “Never. First of all, it’s expensive; it costs more to kill someone than it does to house them in prison for life. There’s no way to reverse a bad decision in a death penalty case; there’s no way to reverse killing an innocent person; and it’s disproportionally used against minorities and people who are poor. I just don’t think that it’s necessary.” —Laurie Roberts “I think it’s a harsh punishment. I don’t think anybody has the right to decide when another person should die. I know taking life is wrong, but I’m kind of indifferent about it. I’m not sure a death sentence is the right form of justice.” — Rishi Patel

“We’re going to see a rash of knot heads at Parchman. We’ll have to put cameras into every cell on death row because they are all going to claim they fell and bumped their head.” —Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in a May 26 Associated Press interview about death-row inmate Robert Simon Jr.’s request for a mental-health evaluation.

“I think the death penalty is necessary, yes. Because it’s not fair for people to arbitrarily kill people. What about those people who get murdered who haven’t done anything? And when those who are found guilty of murdering people ... whatever the judge pronounces, if he pronounces the death penalty or if a jury of a individual’s peers, I think it’s fair. Particularly when the evidence is without question.” — John W. Sanders III “I don’t like it at all. I don’t agree with it whatsoever.” — Justin Defee


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GATE, from page 6

Ward 1 Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell has proposed a city ordinance for gated communities.

our citizens feel safe. Whatever we can do to deter crime to be proactive is a good thing.” Critics argue that gated communities promote an enclave mentality that can result in urban fragmentation and separation. In the classic new-urbanist bible, “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream” (North Point Press, 2000, $18), the authors warn that “gated pods” create “income-segregated housing,” which too often contain the people “voting down necessary taxes” for inner-city needs, schools parks and maintenance of the public realm, such as infrastructure and roads. “Meanwhile,” the authors (including über-urbanist Andres Duany) point out, “these people often pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars a month to their homeowner’s association to maintain their personal archipelago. The rest of the world is expected to take care of itself.” The homeowners’ costs for construction and maintenance of the barrier could prove a burden to residents with lower incomes and could, therefore, promote a kind of community gentrification that encourages residents with incomes only above a certain level—or means that only the wealthy can afford the perceived luxury of a community gate. Neighborhood designer and self-professed “New Urbanist” Susan Lunardini, who is also owner of Southern Consultants, said community gates can bring communities together rather than isolate them from the rest of the city.

“When MDOT temporarily blocked off my neighborhood to work on a Frontage Road project, it was the calmest time our neighborhood had. The children played in the street, and there was no fear of traffic causing problems,” said Lunardini, who added that a gate without a pass code should adequately reduce both crime and traffic by imposing a delay before departure. “If somebody knows they have a greater chance of being watched or photographed during their delay, it will act as a crime deterrent,” she added. Lunardini added that she opposes the idea of a homogenized gated neighborhood consisting of people with the same type of income—which critics say the ordinance could help create. “Even though I think gates make safer neighborhoods, I’ll never agree that a gated community should contain the same kind of people. I don’t believe in separating young people from old people or rich people from poor. Society that works can’t work like that,” she said. “Suburban Nation” warns about just such a “seccession of the successful,” and details the harms to a city’s sustainability that results from such tactics. “The unity of society is threatened not by the use of gates but by the uniformity and exclusivity of the people behind them,” the authors warn. Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba said citizens behind the gates should adopt the costs for maintaining the gated roads, because the territory would no longer have easy public access. “They’re basically cutting off community circulation. The reason why we pave those roads are not just so they’ll have good streets, but so that anybody in the city who wants to drive past there will have a good road to drive on,” Lumumba said. Lunardini said citizens should not have to adopt that financial responsibility. “They pay the same taxes they did before the gate went up, so they city should be responsible for the street, in my opinion,” she said. If the ordinance passes, however, it would be open to other neighborhoods on Plantation Boulevard and similar streets, which drivers occasionally use as an alternative route when traffic on County Line Road becomes congested. Council President Frank Bluntson put the ordinance into the Council’s Planning Committee with no discussion. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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Property Owners to Vote on Biz District COURTESY DOWNTOWN JACKSON PARTNERS

within the BID with 24-hour security patrols, trash removal, year-round landscaping and promotional services in addition to promoting downtown real estate. This year, DJP will spend 30 percent of its estimated budget of $1,016,930 on marketing and development, and another 30 percent on safety. The Hinds County Tax Collector’s office collects the BID fees along with the property owner’s property taxes. The city of Jackson then distributes those funds to DJP. In September 2010, Jackson City Council members renewed the district for the curIn order for a 66-block Business Improvement District to continue its existence, 70 percent of property rent year. The BID is expected to owners must approve the plan. generate $1,028,613 this year. The funds, however, do not qualify as ow that property owners approved public funds because the city only approves an expansion plan for Jackson’s Busi- and funnels the fees to DJP. nesses Improvement District May The plan approved last week expands 26, Downtown Jackson Partners the district to the second block of the Farish must obtain 70 percent majority vote from Street Entertainment District, which includes property owners to prevent the district from Peaches Restaurant, the Alamo Theater and dissolving. “The vote has historically been F. Jones Corner. The Jackson Redevelopment very, very close,” Downtown Jackson Partners Authority owns the majority of the property, President Ben Allen wrote in a May 20 email and Watkins Partners holds a 45-year lease to to residents. develop the entertainment district. Last week, 15 out of 17 downtown JackDavid Watkins, CEO of Watkins Partson property owners approved a plan that ners and Downtown Jackson Partners vice would expand the Downtown Jackson Part- chairman, urged property owners to reauners’ Business Improvement District by add- thorize the district during the DJP’s May 26 ing a block of Farish Street, and maintain as- meeting. “If you look at where we were in sessment rates for properties to receive services 1996 and where we are today, the difference from DJP at 10 cents per square foot. for downtown Jackson has really been this orIn 1996, the Mississippi Legislature ganization,” Watkins said. “The only way for passed a bill that created Business Improve- us to have the resources we need to do what ment Districts and allowed cities to levy an we need to keep downtown Jackson clean and assessment on all taxable property in those dis- safe is to go through with this BID.” tricts. The law allows DJP to collect 10 cents Watkins added that the JRA, a quasi-govon each square foot of building space and “un- ernmental agency, is not required to pay the improved” real estate on properties in the dis- BID fees, and Watkins Partners will likely pay trict. In return, DJP provides support services those fees to receive DJP’s services. for the properties. The district must undergo a F. Jones Corner co-owner Adam Hayes reauthorization process every five years. said he favors his business being added to the DJP provides businesses and residents district despite the extra fees.

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“I don’t like giving money away,” Hayes said. “The city of Jackson should be providing these services. But I don’t mind. If it means it’s for a better Jackson, that means we are eventually going to grow, and that’s a small price to pay in my mind.” Tanya Scott is managing partner of Ceva Green, a proposed $70 million mixed-used development planned for State Street at the site of a former abandoned Cadillac dealership that is in the BID. She and her father, Corbett Scott, purchased the property six years ago to border another proposed development, Old Capitol Green. She says they have struggled to get the city to assist with infrastructure needs. Scott wants DJP to play a more active role in helping developers work with the city for infrastructure needs. Three years ago, the Legislature approved $20 million in state bonds for Old Capitol Green infrastructure, but the city of Jackson and Hinds County must commit to co-sponsor the loan before Old Capitol Green can receive the money. The infrastructure would help both developments. “If there are monies sitting out there, then it becomes (a matter of) trying to identify the partnership that would exist between the master developer, private developers, the city and everyone else involved to be able to make that infrastructure come to fruition,” Scott said. On May 27, Scott met with Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. about Ceva Green and Old Capital Green needs, and said she was hopeful about the city’s support. City spokesman Chris Mims did not immediately return calls. DJP submitted the plan to the council May 31, and the council must set a public hearing for the plan this summer. After the hearing, all business owners can vote through ballots they get in the mail. Property owners who do not vote will count as “no” votes. David Price, owner of the commercial real-estate firm DNP Corp. located inside the district, said he favors reauthorizing the district but questioned its effectiveness. “How much of a difference do they make?” Price asked. “I’m not sure. But at the same time, how do you operate a downtown like this without one?”


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Yes on Budget Shift, Electric Cars

The Willie Nelson Concert Will be June 8 instead of June 7

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Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett Simon warned the mayor that the city would have to account for unused bus routes or face stiff budget problems next year.

Barrett-Simon said. “I hope we can look at running our bus services more efficiently, or we’ll face similar (budget) problems in the future.” Johnson said his administration would consider revising bus routes for the 2012 budget year. “We need more paratransit services than fixed routes in some areas,” Johnson said. Paratransit is a method of public transport that more closely resembles an on-call taxi service than a fixed bus route. Some versions of para-transit in other cities include door-to-door transportation service, which can include specialty transportation services for special-needs or disabled customers. Going Electric The city of Jackson is looking ahead to the not-too-distant future and trying to seize funding for a new city infrastructure devoted to commuters driving plug-in electric vehicles. On Tuesday, the city council authorized city administration to submit applications for up to $500,000 in U.S. Department of Energy funds and grants related to a new Clean City program establishing housing and services for commuters riding batteryoperated cars and motorcycles into the city. The funding is timely as new auto-makers roll out the 2013 line of more affordable electric vehicles such as the $33,000 Nissan Leaf and the upcoming Ford Focus Electric. Both vehicles have a driving range between 60 and 100 miles between charging, depending upon the type of driving, which presents an opportunity for the city to offer re-charging services. Jackson developer Full Spectrum South is already preparing to take advantage of the emerging electric economy. Malcolm Shepherd, Full Spectrum South development director, said his company will be breaking ground this year on a new robot-assisted parking garage that will include charging stations for electricity-based vehicles. The garage will be located near Hal & Mal’s Restaurant on South Commerce Street. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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he Jackson City Council approved a $3.5 million budget revision this week, funneling budget savings into new shortfalls found halfway into the budget year. “We’ve discovered some shortfalls that were not expected when we first devised the budget,” Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said. “The money will be coming out of our applied-fund balance.” The city’s “applied-fund balance” is a reserve fund that does not have a council-imposed restriction upon its minimum amount. It is composed of savings created in some city departments, many due to budgeted employee positions that administrators left unfilled this year. After more recent revisions last week, the city will add $1 million to the city’s bus budget and $1.1 million to the city’s police budget. The city concluded a third-party arbitration discussion with JATRAN bus employees, which resulted in $984,000 in back pay and vacation costs paid to unionized bus drivers and mechanics, and an annual increase of about $550,000 for those employees in the 2011 budget. Johnson said the city is adding another $112,000 to the bus system’s gas allowance due to rising fuel prices. The city is also adding $620,000 to its tort claims fund, $40,000 to match an AmeriCorps grant and $300,000 to its medical insurance claim fund. The city is self-insured, and must contend with rising health-care costs on its own. Other shortfalls the city needs to fill include $275,000 in its municipal earlychildhood-centers budget and a repayment of $100,000 to its “grass-cutting” budget, because it borrowed that amount to fund needed demolition work. Minutes before approving the budget revision, Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon suggested the administration consider re-aligning some under-used bus routes. “I was going to work recently and saw one of those big buses cross the intersection, and I could see that no one was on that bus,”

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You were originally contemplating running for the Public Service Commission. Why did you decide on the transportation commission? Both central districts are largely the same 22 counties. They go as far south as Jefferson County and as far east as Lauderdale County. I know that transportation is something that affects each and every one of us in our daily lives. It has so many implications for growth and development in our state. I want to make progressive change in this state and put us on the map as a destination state, and creating a strong, vital infrastructure is the key to doing that. We also want to take a look at opportunities for small and minority businesses. Our state could use a little boost in the realm of minority participation in MDOT contracts. We’d like to see more small businesses, both female- and African American-owned businesses, have an opportunity to bid on some of the contracts that come through the department because we want to be good stewards about growing our small-business community.

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What are your priorities as commissioner? There are some projects that have been too long ignored. I think the people of the Delta would appreciate Highway 61 being expanded and widened from Clarksdale to Port Gibson. We’d like to look at what feasibility study has been done on that, and how this project can be completed at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. We need to open up the Delta for development. And it’s a safety issue as well. It’s too long a stretch of highway with poor lighting to be two lanes. Also, one of the things I’d like to look at is seeing if we can help cities like Jackson maintain city-owned highways. These are state highways, but through agreements, the 10 city has become responsible for maintaining

them. I think we already do a pretty good job in some of these rural areas, but I think we can do more to offset some of the city’s costs in maintaining highways like State Street, which is Highway 51, and Medgar Evers (Boulevard), which is Highway 49. As city councilman I remember asking MDOT to keep maintenance up on those roadways. I think the voters would appreciate any help we can provide to Jackson. They want their capital city to be attractive. But the main thing I want to promote is consensus building. They cry in the community that there’s too much infighting and politics going on at MDOT. They’ve made a lot of news lately.

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Age: 42 Education: Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice; master’s in public policy administration. Crisler is working on a doctorate in urban regional planning at Jackson State University with a concentration on environment and land use. Current job: District director for Hinds Community College’s adult education program. Candidate for Transportation Commission, Central District Past Public Office: Two-term Jackson city councilman for Ward 6 Family: Married 24 years to Charlotte; three children

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ormer Jackson City Councilman Marshand Crisler thinks he will have an advantage as a Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioner for the Central District. Crisler, who is a district director for Hinds Community College’s adult education program, said the priorities of the commission become obvious when viewed from the vantage point of a city leader. The Jackson Democrat faces Dorothy Benford, another Jackson Democrat, in the August primaries and either incumbent Republican Dick Hall or Madison County Supervisor Timothy Johnson in the general election. If Crisler wins, he will enter an ongoing tug-of-war for limited highway resources as cities compete for funding of new interchanges and roadwork. The failed Interstate 55 Reunion Interchange proposed for the city of Madison is one example of a growing municipality contending for resources.

Jackson resident and former city councilman Marshand Crisler said he believes MDOT should use more minority contractors in highway work.

Speaking of that, what was your take on the (former MDOT Executive Director) Butch Brown firing? Should commissioners have let him stay on until his June 30 retirement? Brown has been a big help to the city of Jackson on certain projects, and we had a great working relationship, but the commission needed to make a decision on the direction of the executive director. Still, as long a tenure as Brown had with MDOT, I truly don’t believe that a couple of months would’ve made a difference. The way it was done publicly is what the community is telling me was their problem with it. We have to be more professional about the way we handle personnel matters. There has been some concern about the lack of communication between the commission and voters. You can have more meetings and better relationships with the local government and municipalities. We need to have standing meetings throughout the district, talking about the issues affecting the district.

Nobody knows these issues like local government, and I think those leaders should have some input on decisions because they know how important things like Highway 61 is to Greenville and Port Gibson, and I would like to get their input before I make a decision affecting them.

way to create jobs in our local communities. With unemployment as it is, infrastructure is a shot in the arm. And then there’s the more immediate issue of saving wear and tear on your vehicle. Nobody wants their car rattling apart because roads have not been maintained.

The American Society of Civil Engineers says infrastructure has been declining across the nation, with roads and bridges in a state of decay compared to what they were 30 years ago. Is that the way you see it, too? It’s clear that there’s not enough being done in road and bridge construction and upkeep, but one of the things I’m also promoting is sustainability. As a (doctoral) candidate at Jackson State University, my area of expertise is environment and land use, and I know that we need to be developing products and roads that have longevity. We need to use material that will last 20 to 25 years as opposed to five or 10 years. That’s being frugal with the tax dollars.

You watched all the drama behind the failed Madison County project, the Interstate 55 Reunion interchange. Do you expect to encounter considerable pull between cities when it comes to road projects? As a commissioner, you have to make sure you are making decisions that are equitable across the board, and fair and impartial. If you govern that way consistently, you’ll have no problem. Drive through the central Mississippi corridor, and you can see there are disparities in how state dollars are being spent. It’s clear that some right-of-ways look better than other right-of-ways. It’s our responsibility to make sure that we are impartial in our appropriations to cities and towns.

I didn’t even know they had options. I thought asphalt and concrete was all they have to pick from. That’s what the average citizen thinks, so don’t feel bad, but there are a lot of options out there. How do you grade the state’s fuel tax? What is it, 18 cents a gallon? Is that enough, considering what all we need to do? That’s one decision that I don’t have to make. That’s up to the Legislature, but higher taxes are not what we need. We can manage with what we’ve got. Voters tend to link words like “infrastructure” to words and phrases like “paradigm” and “going forward.” Their eyes glaze over when they hear them. How do you excite voters about something as mundane as a bridge? First of all, you tell them that the stability of that bridge is going to connect companies and corporations to your cities and counties, which bring jobs. The idea that really resonates with voters is that this is a

Would you consider allowing the Interstate 55 Reunion interchange? I’m going to go visit folks in Madison to hear what they’ve got to say on the matter because I’m hearing, like many citizens, only one side of the story. But I want to get all sides of the story before I make a good decision. I know Madison is a great city, and you want to make sure you do right by communities that we consider hallmarks. What is your take on the longstalled Airport Parkway, which is intended to create a new route from the city to the international airport in Rankin County? We want to make sure we get folks to and from the airport in the most convenient manner, if not simply for the sake of commerce. We want to have a discussion with the airport commission and talk about where we are with that. There’s no denying that it has moved at a snail’s pace, and we want the system unclogged on that particular project.


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by Valerie Wells

Court Stops Simon Execution MDOC

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obert Simon Jr., 47, gets to live a little bit longer on death row. The state of Mississippi planned to kill him May 24, but the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the execution just hours before the scheduled time. The state lawyers arguing for Simon’s execution and the lawyers defending him meet again June 6 in appeals court. Simon’s defense says that he hit his head in January and that Mississippi Department of Corrections didn’t allow Simon’s own doctors to look at him, although state doctors did examine him. For that reason, the federal panel ordered the stay of execution. Simon’s lawyer had requested that the court thoroughly review his mental-health claims, including that the knock on the head in January left him less aware of his circumstances. The Associated Press reported last week that Attorney General Jim Hood predicted more “knot heads” would appear on death-row who would slip and fall at Parchman to avoid execution. The state sentenced Simon to death for the murders of Carl Parker, Parker’s wife, Bobbie Joe, and their son Gregory. He was tried separately for the murder of their daughter Charlotte and was sentenced to life. The four were found dead in their burned home on Feb. 2, 1990, in rural Quitman County. Mississippi uses a three-drug cocktail to execute condemned prisoners. Pentobarbital, a barbiturate anesthetic, replaced another drug, sodium thiopental, which had been the standard anesthetic used in lethal injections across the country. In January, however, Hospira Inc., the only American supplier of sodium thiopental, announced that it would stop manufacturing the drug. The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Hospira faced opposition from the Italian government when the pharmaceutical company planned to produce the drug in Italy. Hospira also faced pressure from activists to stop making the drug.

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Robert Simon Jr. a stay of execution last week.

Advocacy organizations challenged the switch to a new drug. Mississippians Educating for Smart Justice, an anti-deathpenalty group, and Mississippi Cure, a criminal-justice reform organization, filed a lawsuit against MDOC April 14 arguing that the state failed to follow its own legal requirements for providing public notice when changing the combination of lethalinjection drugs. Along with the two organizations, three death-row inmates with impending execution dates also signed onto the lawsuit: Benny Joe Stevens, executed May 10; Rodney Gray, executed May 17; and Robert Simon, who would have died May 24. Mississippi Department of Corrections officials said in an official statement that they await the court’s opinion in Simon’s case and stand ready to carry out the orders of the court. Mississippi has 58 prisoners on death row. Two of those inmates are women. Of the 58 condemned, 33 are black, 24 are white and one is Asian, MDOC reports. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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‘Gated Pods’ a Bad Idea

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adly, Councilman Quentin Whitwell’s ideas are going downhill since he pushed for a food-truck ordinance. Last week, we explained why he is wrong about the potentially Chamber-dominated sales-tax commission; this week we are dismayed to see him pushing an ordinance to allow (presumably well-to-do) neighborhoods to vote on and erect gates to their communities. In one breath, he says it’s about “traffic-calming,” but the neighborhood he says he’s doing it to please (Avery Gardens) has only one entrance; it’s not like they have people speeding through to get to work. In the next breath, he acknowledges that the gates are for “safety” reasons—which leads to the uncomfortable notion that they are really about profiling and slowing down certain people who might drive through the areas. More likely, they are better making people feel safer because they don’t see “the other” tooling around their streets. Sadly, this is not far removed from Madison County sheriff candidate Mark Sandridge’s promise to keep Madisonians away from all us heathens south of County Line Road. To boot, Whitwell wants taxpayers to keep paying to maintain the infrastructure behind the gates, and it’s fine with him if a quarter of the residents don’t want the ugly thing, or to be associated with the message it sends. The truth is that gated communities are not healthy for communities, as new urbanist Andres Duany and co-authors point out in no uncertain terms in their 2000 book “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.” They show how “gated pods” tend to contain people who are against taxes (except when used to pay for their needs): “The rest of the world is expected to take care of itself.” They write that the worst part about “gated pods” is when they lock in homogenous groups of similar income levels and ethnicity. Then, many kids (thankfully not all) who grow up in these insular backgrounds seek out the same thing: “Unfortunately, the segregationist pattern is self-perpetuating.” And worse: “A child growing up in such a homogenous environment is less likely to develop a sense of empathy for people from other walks of life and is ill prepared to live in a diverse society. The other becomes alien to the child’s existence, witnessed only through the sensationalizing eye of the television.” In addition, they write, the poor in turn have little understanding of the middle class and their problems, or how they can become a part of such an alien world. In our ridiculously segregated city with such a blood-thirsty media, this explains why crime and fear of “the other” is so out of proportion with reality, when people are at far greater risk of being physically harmed or killed while driving home to their “gated pods.” Still, if people want to gate their pods, it’s their business. But Whitwell shouldn’t try to stick city government in a pod where it doesn’t belong.

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ister Ice Creamy Man: “I’m sad and reflective today after hearing about the passing of Gil Scott-Heron, one of my favorite artists ever. His brotherly like spoken words planted a ‘critical thinking’ seed in my young and fertile my mind around 1975, when I heard these lyrics from his signature piece titled ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.’ “‘ ‘Green Acres,’ ‘The Beverly Hillbillies,’ and Hooterville Junction will no longer be so damned relevant, and women will not care if Dick finally gets down with Jane on ‘Search for Tomorrow’ because black people will be in the street looking for a brighter day. The revolution will not be televised.’ “It was hard for me to accept what he said because I really liked ‘Green Acres,’ ‘Petticoat (Hooterville) Junction’ and the other television shows. Nevertheless, Gil Scott-Heron’s words opened a new door for me. While my peers listened to the pop, disco, funk. soul and R&B music genres, I immersed myself in the music, poetry, and expressions of artists like Gil Scott-Heron and Nikki Giovanni. After I finished art school, I really understood why the revolution would not be televised, because the revolution is in my mind. “Therefore, I need to share with the kids the wisdom and knowledge my adopted brother Gil shared with me. On today’s ice cream run, I’ll pay tribute to brother Gil Scott-Heron by playing the entire re-mastered CD of ‘Small Talk on 125th Street and Lennox’ through the loud speaker of my Mister Ice 12 Creamy truck.”

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Council Considers Gate Ordinance Since the gates would be automatic it wouldn’t cut off any “community circulation.” Anyone that wanted to go through these gates would still be able to do so. Sounds like a good idea to me, especially in Precinct 4 where house burglaries are up 32 percent year-to-date over last year. Thirty-two percent. That number is straight from JPD’s crime report, before Donna (Ladd) or someone starts asking me where I pulled that number from. — RobbieR How would automatic gates cut down on house burglaries? Will they have the same criminal detectors that Mark Sandridge appears poised to use? ;-) —Todd Stauffer I think the logic goes that if the burglars find it difficult to access the neighborhoods with cars, it will cut down on the burglaries because moving the loot is harder. That or they won’t be able to make high-speed get-a-ways waiting for the gate to go up (hee!). Personally, I think temporarily deploying video cameras in high crime areas might make more sense. As to the gates themselves—who pays for the initial installation? Who pays for the maintenance issues that will crop up when the gates are damaged? — Pilgrim

I’d be interested to see if there are any before-and-after studies as to how these affect crime. Could be there’s a noticeable effect; I’m imagining a transitory one if nothing else is done in terms of crime watches, cameras, etc. — Todd Stauffer Very interesting comments from Councilman (Quentin) Whitwell. Because on another conservative blog in town Whitwell provided an email statement that the gates were about public safety, not traffic calming. Whitwell’s statement said in part: “I am introducing this resolution because public safety is the most important issue in Jackson. We do not want to allow for potential criminal activity to fester. We want to be pro-active, and we want to send a message that although streets are public, roads are not to be used to scope out potential criminal activity. Jackson is a great place to live, and we are going to protect the property values of those people who choose to live here. Other counties and cities in the surrounding area have them. So should we.” Whitwell’s not-so-subtle message doesn’t appear to be that different from the Mark Sandridge campaign ad. I guess when he recently fashioned himself as a “tell-it-like-it-is politician,” the councilman failed to mention the part about pandering “depending-on-the-audience.” — GeoRoss

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hen the Clarion-Ledger reported April 21 that several area religious leaders converged on the state capitol to speak out against the death penalty, I broke my rule and opened the comments where readers can respond anonymously. I wasn’t surprised to discover that most of the comments were negative, but one comment disturbed me more than others. The reader argued that “ministers should confine themselves to matters of the spirit. ‌ It kind of makes me ashamed to call myself a Methodist when my church leaders are acting way outside their area of profession and use my tithes to pay for it.â€? I am certainly not ashamed that this reader is a “Methodist,â€? but I am ashamed that in the all the years he has been a Methodist, he somehow got the impression that spirituality and issues of human justice are somehow mutually exclusive. I suspect he views religion and faith solely as a tool by which we gain access to heaven. He understands that the main function of clergy, particularly in the Christian tradition, is to tend to the souls of people lest any be lost and miss the rewards of the afterlife. While I do not disagree, it is impossible to read the Bible without encountering its call to care for the welfare of the world. The story of Zacchaeus, the “wee little manâ€? in Luke’s gospel (chapter 19:1-9), is often told as a children’s story. However, when you consider the kind of person he was in relation to his community, there is nothing childish about it. A tax collector for the Romans, he was reviled by people from whom he collected, often defrauding and swindling them in the process. His name translates as “pure and righteousâ€? but it had become a sneer on the lips of his people. A powerful turnaround occurred when he encountered Jesus, or rather, Jesus encountered him. Looking up at the little man perched in a tree, he said, “Zacchaeus, come down, for I’m going to your house today.â€? At Jesus’ recognition and gracious acceptance, Zacchaeus comes down from his tree and proclaims: “Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.â€? Only after Zacchaeus’ pledge to share his wealth does Jesus say, “Today salvation has come to this house.â€? With all that we know about Jesus and his talk of good news to the poor, how can Christians reconcile ourselves to a society that practices voracious consumption and a system of wealth built on the backs of the poor and vulnerable? Jesus says that the peacemakers are

the children of God, but how do we Christians reconcile ourselves to a culture that overwhelmingly blesses the war makers? We live in a land where murder is illegal, but that is exactly what we do to those who murder. We know well the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,� so how do we reconcile ourselves to living in a country that utilizes the death penalty to “solve� the problem of killing? The answer is that we cannot reconcile ourselves to any of these things. When government policies and practices of this nation or any nation are in direct conflict with the gospel, it is our obligation to stand up and say so. We must demand and work for a world that is more peaceful, more just and more equitable. Back in 1954, a middle-aged housewife and recent law school graduate from Atlanta, Ga., decided to enter the race for Georgia’s governor. Grace Thomas ran as the only woman in a field of nine candidates, and she was the only one to embrace Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to integrate the public schools. Needless to say, she ran dead last. In 1962, she ran again. This time the Civil Rights Movement was in full bloom, and when Grace Thomas spoke of racial harmony and progress, she received death threats. Rev. Tom Long tells about the day Thomas gave a campaign speech in the little town of Louisville, Ga. The centerpiece in Louisville is an old slave market where human beings were bought and sold. She decided to give her speech under the canopy of that slave market. She addressed a gaggle of farmers and merchants, and she pointed at the slave market and said: “This, thank God, has passed and the new has come. It’s time for Georgians to join hands, all races together.� Somebody in the crowd shouted at her, “Are you a communist?� “No!� she said. “Well, where did you get those goldarned ideas?� She thought about it for a second. She then pointed at the steeple of the First Baptist Church, and she said, “I got ’em over there in Sunday school!� When I consider all that I learned in Sunday school, there’s no way I can be quiet. Rev. Rob Hill is the pastor of Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Jackson where he has served since June 2005. A native of Forest, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 1997 and a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University in 2002.

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at Wilson heard the warnings, but she didn’t really think the Mississippi River would reach her trailer in the Kings neighborhood of north Vicksburg. But on May 9, as Wilson watched water rush toward her property line, she realized she had only a small window to save her im14 portant belongings.

The Mississippi River, flowing at a rate of 17 million gallons per second, won that battle. Wilson was only able to move a few pieces of furniture from her home. Fearing for her safety, she drove to higher ground with her 18-year-old son, Trevae. When she returned to her home the next day, she found her scrapbooks, keepsakes and photos underwater. Wilson, who receives Social Security payments because she is disabled, left her

Hutson Street mobile home that she had lived in since 1985, and took refuge at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Hawkins United Methodist Church nearby on Halls Ferry Road. “I have family in town, but they just didn’t have the space for me and my son,” Wilson said. News that a flood was headed toward Vicksburg didn’t come as a surprise to most residents. In late April, the Mississippi Riv-

er and its tributaries began to overflow and reach record crests in Missouri. Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee. On May 6, parts of the Mississippi Delta began to flood, putting farmers’ livelihoods at risk and leaving hundreds of people without homes. What did surprise residents, however, was the historic crest that surged into neighborhoods. The area hadn’t seen so much water since the flood of 1927. Then, the water flooded an area 50 miles wide and


100 miles long, and the water reached 56.3 feet above sea level in Vicksburg. In addition to displacing residents, the flood has severe economic impacts. The flood has disrupted the transfer of materials such as steel and coal from Vicksburg’s port, which is the 11th largest port in the nation. Barges are still allowed to move through the river but at a much slower speed, and many have had trouble reaching the port. The port’s loading crane is also

underwater. Gov. Haley Barbour predicted May 15 that the state would suffer $150 and $200 million in agriculture losses from the floods. The Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports that unemployment claims resulting from the floods total 2,696. Even though the levees did not break or leak, this month’s flood crested at 57.1 feet and left approximately 4,800 residents statewide without a home. Though resi-

dents had time to store their belongings, safeguard their homes and move to higher ground, several of them have never experienced a natural disaster of this magnitude. The Waiting Game On Sunday, May 22, American Red Cross volunteers sat idle at the entrance of the Hawkins’ emergency shelter chatting. Maps and posters noting flood areas and resources for assistance are tacked to a large

bulletin board behind the check-in desk. So far only eight people had checked in to the shelter as of May 22. City of Vicksburg officials estimate that the flood has displaced 835 people, filled 214 homes, and closed 45 to 50 businesses, including two casinos, in the city, which has a total population of 29,000.

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Many residents of the Kings neighborhood in north Vicksburg did not expect flood waters to reach their homes. On May 19, the Mississippi River crested to 57.1 feet, which is higher than the flood of 1927’s crest of 56.3 feet.

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Pat Wilson (right) celebrated her son Trevae’s high school graduation at the Hawkins United Methodist emergency shelter in Vicksburg May 20.

The majority of victims are staying in hotels, with family and friends, or have found temporary rentals. For residents like Wilson and her son, the Red Cross emergency shelter is a lifesaver. She didn’t know where she would have gone if the shelter wasn’t available. Wilson sat among rows of empty cots in the church’s community room. She was calm and relaxed, even though the shelter plans to close early next week, and she didn’t know where she would go next. She said she has found support and camaraderie among the Red Cross volunteers and other storm victims. “I can’t help but be in good spirits,” Wilson said. “It’s like you are homeless, and at the same time, you are not homeless. I have so many friends and supporters here.” Two days earlier, Wilson and her son walked into the shelter to find TV reporters, friends and volunteers waiting for them with cake and balloons to celebrate Trevae’s graduation from Warren Central High School. His graduation ceremony

was scheduled for later that evening, and the shelter volunteers threw a surprise party. They gave Trevae a $250 scholarship to attend East Central Community College in Decatur this fall. “I saw cameras and all these people, and I asked, ‘Are you all here for us?’” Wilson said as she describes the event. Hiccups and Setbacks The next day, Wilson sounded uncertain over the phone. She was attempting to find an apartment. Because she lives on a fixed income, she needs assistance with a deposit and the first month’s rent. Most of the applications she had filled out at various apartment complexes have determined that her income is too low to qualify her for an apartment. Wilson also does not have any flood insurance. “At the apartments I have looked at, they are telling me that I need to have an income of $1,575 (per month),” she said. “Social Security doesn’t pay $1,575 to me.” Wilson applied for rental assistance

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Vicksburg Police Department officer Jaclyn Noel prevents looters and nonresidents from entering the Kings neighborhood in north Vicksburg.

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Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration answer flood victims’ questions about low-interest loans available to help homeowners and small businesses recover from the flood.

located on South Street in Vicksburg on May 23. “The receptionist told me that I was on the list, and that I just needed to be patient and wait,” Wilson said. Charlotta Ferguson, an accountant with the United Way of West Central Mississippi, said that her organization has struggled to keep up with the high volume of applications it received after the flood. While the United Way received an additional $14,000 from the public to provide

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from United Way of West Central Mississippi before the federal government issued a disaster declaration for Warren County, making federal funds available for assistance. The nonprofit organization set up a $68,000 special fund to help flood victims with security deposits, rent, storage and up to $500 paid to families housing displaced residents. After submitting an application, Wilson called the office twice and when she didn’t get a call back, she visited the office

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rental assistance, she said that the majority of those funds has already been allocated. She suggested that residents like Wilson file an application with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance, citing the disaster declaration that began May 12. “She needs to make that registration because that’s what’s important,” Ferguson said. “It’s going to be on first-come-firstserved basis. That declaration has been in place for a week now.” Wilson filed a claim with FEMA May

13. Ten days later, she received a letter from the federal agency denying her assistance. Wilson’s trailer is located on her brother inlaw’s property, behind a house that he owns. Both Wilson and her brother-in law filed claims listing the same address, and FEMA specifies that only one member per household can file a claim for the same property. “When FEMA saw the applications, they saw two names for one address,”

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Wilson said. “They didn’t realize that there are two homes on the same property.” Wilson is now in the process of disputing the claim, and said she’s hopeful that she can get it resolved. Disaster’s Toll On the muggy afternoon of May 24, Hutson Street resident Martha Haggard stood at the edge of murky brown floodwater that prevented her from reaching her trailer located several yards away. She pointed at a water line on her pale yellow trailer under a window air-conditioning unit. The trailer is more than halfway submerged under water. “That’s where the water was,” she said. “It’s starting to go down, but it sure isn’t doing it fast.” Haggard has also applied for assistance from FEMA. The federal agency’s website said that 10 days is the expected amount of time to process claims. “I’m going to need rental assistance for at least another month,” she said. “It’s going to be another good two to three weeks before anyone can get in there. It’s rough. I’ve never been in a situation like this, and I’m 40 years old.” Later that evening, Haggard and Wilson sit among 250 flood victims dur-

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never been through a natural disaster and were confused about the claims process and the difference between MEMA and FEMA. Other residents were trying to figure out why FEMA denied their claims or what specific amount of relief they can expect. Wearing a white-collar shirt and blue jeans, Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield acted as a go-between for federal and state officials and his constituents. He admitted that he process can be confusing and intimidating, but encouraged residents to be cooperative and remain calm. It could be anywhere from three to five weeks before the water recedes and FEMA officials can inspect homes. “It’s going to require a lot of more patience (before the recovery process can begin),” he said. “Floods are a lot more destructive because of the nature of the water and how long it takes to go back in. That’s something that everyone needs to understand in this process.” FEMA’s website states that the agency provides funds for rental assistance, repairs, housing replacement and construction. Robin Smith, FEMA public information officer, said that every case is different and couldn’t specify the exact amount residents might expect if they are approved. Throughout the state, FEMA had already allocated $600,000 in assistance, she said May 26. “FEMA’s want is to return things to a sanitary and safe condition,” Smith said. “We as taxpayers would love for everything to go right back exactly the way it was before the flood happened, but the reality of it is, our taxes would be higher than they are now if we could magically do that for everyone who is affected.” On May 25, the Hawkins’ emergency shelter, where the Wilsons were staying, closed. A long-term shelter at a Church of Christ located on the North Frontage Road opened. Wilson is staying there until she finds a more permanent solution. She said she hopes to move back to Hutson Street in the end. Despite losing the majority of her keepsakes, Wilson said her faith has gotten her through this difficult time. “Whatever takes place, I know that God will not leave me out there. I firmly believe that he will not put any more hardships on you than you can bear,” Wilson said. “What I lost, it’s paper. Paper will vanish, so I carry whatever it is in my heart. Can’t no one take what’s in your heart away from you.”

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the Civil Rights Movement,” says Kather- hibition is startling enough to remind the ine Krile, Smithsonian Institution Travel- viewer of that.” ing Exhibition Service project director. One of “Freedom Sisters” educational “We needed to talk about the Afri- community-outreach efforts is an essay can American women who’ve been real contest for elementary and middle school workers and fighters for freedom and justice students where they will write about their for several centuries in favorite Freedom Sisthis country.” ter. The Ford Motor The “Freedom’s Company will award Sisters” traveling exsix winners with savhibit features 20 Afriings bonds to be used can American women in future educational who fought for freeendeavors. dom, whether it was At the end of the through poetry or govexhibition, visitors can ernment leadership, pick up biographies often without earning for each of the women much fame or national and take a photograph recognition. “The adof themselves in a visers of the exhibition photo booth. The rewanted to help visitors sulting photo refers to understand that there the visitor as a “freewere some great womdom leader” in the Former Black Panther Kathleen en doing great things Cleaver is one of the “Freedom’s caption, even if the and fighting for jus- Sisters” featured in the exhibit. only person led is him tice in different ways,” or herself. The person Krile says. can then add this phoInstead of simply to to his or her folder supplying photographs and text, “Freedom’s with the rest of the freedom fighters. Sisters” is an interactive exhibition that “Parents not only want their children includes video, audio and games. Geared to know the stories of these women, they toward children and their families, the ex- want their children to know that it’s poshibition has hands-on features and repro- sible to do what these women did in various ductions of historic scenes to accompany ways,” Krile says. the stories. Smithsonian Institution Traveling ExA section of a bus tells the Rosa Parks hibition Service and the Cincinnati Mustory. To get the full effect, three people seum Center began the traveling exhibition must participate and work together, stand- in 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It ends in ing or sitting in specified areas. When this is Jackson this summer during the Freedom accomplished, a quote from Parks sounds, Riders 50th Anniversary Reunion. and an image of her appears next to the “The fact that ‘Freedom’s Sisters’ is seated person. opening during that period means that our “We wanted to make the point that exhibit will add another component to the although these women did great things in larger celebration and commemoration that and of themselves, they also really worked Jackson is in,” Krile says. with others,” Krile says about the inter“That’s really special for us.” active Montgomery bus replication. “To Among the women honored in ‘”Freebe really effective, you need to work with dom’s Sisters” are several Mississippians, other people.” including Fannie Lou Hamer and Ida B. Another exhibit features a German Wells. Jackson was home to famed freedom shepherd that barks at those who pass by. fighters Medgar and Myrlie Evers, and It is in front of a photograph of police many more civil-rights icons have hailed officers using dogs to threaten civil- from Mississippi. rights demonstrators. “I think that the community in Jack“The reason we had that component son will embrace (the exhibition) in a very is to help people understand that this was special way,” Krile says. really dangerous business,” Krile says. “Freedom’s Sisters” opened May 25 and “You didn’t just make a decision that runs through July 30 at the Smith Robertson you were going to make the world a better Museum and Cultural Center, 528 Bloom place. There were people working against St. The museum is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. you, and there was physical danger and a Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. lot of fear. This one little piece of the ex- Saturday. Call 601-960-1457.

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In 1884, Mississippi native Ida B. Wells was removed from a train for refusing to ride in a segregated car. She sued the railroad and won. The overturned decision prompted her to write. Wells became an investigative journalist, and coowned the Memphis-based black newspaper Free Speech.

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f you press your ear up against the west- the stereotypical borderline personality’s asern literary canon, you can hear a mil- sessment of people. Until I read this book, I lion women whispering—but for the did not realize that good writing is to a great most part, you won’t be able to make extent about rejecting the same kind of simout the words. The past century has begun plistic, black-and-white thinking. to chip away at the silence, but the lives of Every major character in Pershall’s story women—and the emocomes through as complex. tional lives of men—are She undermines any atstill shelved away under the tempts to describe herself heading of “confessional and the people she loves as literature,” as if all honest if they were saints, or the literature didn’t have somepeople who hurt her as if thing to confess, while the they were demons. In a helabel “narrative nonfiction” roes-and-villains world that gets slapped on heroes who celebrates melodrama, that hide their scars and write kind of honesty is more rare about struggles that don’t than it sounds. (Nowhere remind us quite so much does this three-dimensional of ourselves. portrayal stand out more Stacy Pershall’s “Loud than in her description of in the House of Myself: her mother, one of the cenMemoir of a Strange Girl” tral heroes of the book—but (Norton, 2011, $25) is maybe also one of its central the story of somebody villains, depending on how who survived anorexia and you’re reading it. Lovable learned to live with borderand flawed, in either case.) line personality disorder, The author uses her stobut that makes it sound ry to advocate for people like a different book than (nearly all of them girls and it is. Pershall’s description women) who have borderof the support commuline personality disorder or nity surrounding Susananorexia, and the epilogue nah, a little girl with Apert makes a series of policy syndrome (a hereditary suggestions that seem long disorder characterized by overdue. Health-insurance craniofacial malformations access shouldn’t determine and fusing of fingers and whether or not people get toes), whose face and story the psychopharmaceuticals were printed on posters all they need; insurance comover her small hometown —Audre Lorde panies should not dictate of Prairie Grove, Ark., is a whether and how Axis II good illustration of what personality disorders are her own story isn’t: “inspirtreated; girls and women ing” in any kind of safe, affirming way. with BPD should not be written off. Pershall is clearly out to change the “For so long,” Pershall writes, “BPD world with this book, and readers who see was seen as a ‘garbage can’ diagnosis, a themselves in her story and emotionally name—for lack of a better one—for the commit themselves to it will find themselves patients who showed up frequently in emerchallenged in a way they might not have gency rooms and therapists’ office, chronianticipated. This is the literary equivalent to cally threatening suicide in response to the an exfoliant scrub, a book that could have a normal vicissitudes of life.” warning label that reads “warning: contains A century ago, “hysteria” was the garnudity (your own).” bage-can diagnosis. Garbage-can diagnoses That isn’t to say that there’s no warmth are effective ways to shoehorn poorly unand gentleness in it. Pershall takes her title derstood cases away from treatment, but from Anne Sexton’s poem “Double Image,” that’s not what our mental-health system is which speaks of “a small milky mouse / of a for, and Pershall vividly describes the consegirl, already loved, already loud in the house quences of that approach. of herself.” Her story of how she became so As much as the book is “about” BPD loud—how the girl who hid in a closet and and anorexia, though, it’s also about deviwrote insults on her body with a black magic ance—the freedom to be creative; the freemarker grew up to become a powerful and dom to be who we are; the sham we buy into wise adult—is punctuated by descriptions of when we allow others to judge us. people around her that are both sympathetic Pershall, who wrote on her body with and unforgiving. magic markers when she was young, has now Pershall advocates dialectical behavioral made her body a more permanent canvas for therapy as a treatment for BPD. One of the a growing number of tattoos that represent hallmarks of the therapy is the way it un- her values and her story. This book is a tatdermines the “alternating ... extremes of ide- too, too—beautiful, personal, painful—and alization and devaluation” that characterize it has a lot to tell you.

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The “Freedom’s Sisters” exhibit at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.) hangs through Aug. 14. $4.50, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. … Welty biographer Suzanne Marrs speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Dreamz JXN hosts Wasted Wednesday. … Jason Turner performs at Char at 6 p.m. … Olga’s hosts Ladies Night with Hunter Gibson from 7-10 p.m. … The TopherMan CD release show is at 7:30 p.m. at Florence Middle School (123 Beverly Drive, Florence). $5; call 601-540-6077. … Taproot plays at Fire. $15. … Fenian’s has music by Tommy Scarpinato and Tammy Golden at 9 p.m. Free. … Solar Porch is at Underground 119.

Cerami’s Italian Restaurant (5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-919-2829) hosts an Italian Festival at 1 p.m. $12, kids free; call 601-919-2829. … “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) has a 2 p.m. show. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533. … At Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.), see “Bill Cunningham New York” at 5 p.m. and “Princess of Montpensier” at 6:40 p.m. $7 per film; visit msfilm.org. … Deejays spin for The Blast 6-10 p.m. at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). $5; email thevdj@aol.com.

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MONDAY 6/6

Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-9819606. … Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.) offers free dance classes starting at 5:30 p.m. Call 601213-6355. … The D’lo Trio performs at Cherokee Inn at 6:30 p.m. Free. … Donate a baby-care item to the United Way to receive a $5 ticket to the Mississippi Braves game at 7:05 p.m. at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Donations welcome; call 601-948-4725. … Songwriter’s Showcase at Union Street Books (107 N. Union St., Canton) is at 7 p.m. Free; call 601859-8596. … The play “Love, Sex and the IRS” at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon) is at 7:30 p.m. and runs through June 5. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-825-1293.

SUNDAY 6/5

Enjoy burgers and “adult” milkshakes during PM Burger Day from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St.). Prices vary; call 601-360-0090 to RSVP. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is at 7 p.m. $5.

TUESDAY 6/7

The Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) hosts Music in the City at 5:15 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. …Mississippi Murder Mystery presents “Bedlam in Cabin B” at 7 p.m. at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). $38.50; call 601856-9696.

WEDNESDAY 6/8

Photographer Richard Nolan speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Seether, Adelitas Way, Egypt Central and Angels Fall perform at Fire’s street party at 6 p.m. $25; call 800-745-3000. … Willie Nelson performs at the Jackson Convention Complex at 7:30 p.m. $33-$53; call 800-745-3000. More events and details at jfpevents.com.

Tommy Scarpinato and Tammy Golden perform at 9 p.m. June 1 at Fenian’s. CHARLES SMITH

THURSDAY 6/2

June 1 - 7, 2011

K Parish Harvey’s “I’ll See You on Friday” exhibit at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) hangs through June 17. Free; call 601-960-1557. … Tonight and tomorrow, the Choctaw Tribal Summer Event at Golden Moon Hotel and Casino (Highway 16 W., Choctaw), is at 7 p.m. $15, $25; call 866-44-PEARL. … Natalie Long and Clinton Kirby perform at Soulshine Pizza, Old Fannin from 7-10 p.m. … Dreamz JXN hosts Can’t Feel My Face Friday. … Philip’s on the Rez has karaoke with DJ Mike. … Southbound plays at Pop’s. … Hal & Mal’s has music by Fried Eggs and Bourbon. … George McConnell and the Nonchalants perform at Martin’s at 10 p.m.

The “FROGS! Beyond Green” exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) opens at 9 a.m. and shows through Jan. 9. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. … The Southern Classic Bodybuilding Competition at Thalia Mara Hall includes pre-judging at 9 a.m. and a competition at 6 p.m. $20 pre-judging, $25 competition, $35 VIP; call 601-605-1316. … Sheila L. Ramsey and Janese Lewis perform opera at 6 p.m. at Central Community Church of God (2305 St. Charles St.). Donations welcome; call 601-316-4415 or 601-918-5946. … A Tribute to the Arts at 6 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road) includes music, dance and an art exhibit. Free, donations welcome; call 601-6657374. … Mississippi Murder Mystery presents “Convicted of Love” at 6:30 p.m. at Sophia’s Restaurant (734 Fairview St.). $75; call 601-355-0617, ext. 315, to RSVP. … Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.) throws a ballroom and salsa party at 7 p.m. $10, $5 students with college ID; call 601-213-6355. … “Shylock” at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg) is at 7:30 p.m.; encore show June 5 at 2 p.m. $10, $5 students and children; call 601-636-0471. The Magnolia Roller Vixens take on the Capital Offenders at 7 p.m. June 4 at Jackson Convention Complex.

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jfpevents Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing WLEZ 100.1 FM and wlezfm.com. Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guests are Karen Quay, Dominic DeLeo and Bevelyn Branch with Jackson 2000. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn gives a commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Fondren After 5 June 2, 5 p.m. This monthly event showcases the shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606. Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby June 4, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The team takes on the Capital Offenders from the Red Stick Roller Derby League. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 601-376-9122. Italian Festival June 5, 1 p.m., at Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Suite I, Flowood). Activities include a spaghetti-eating contest, door prizes, face painting, games, a silent auction and handmade gifts for sale. Proceeds benefit Friends of Hudspeth Center. $12, kids free; call 601-919-2829. Jackson 2000 Spring Membership Social June 9, 5:30 p.m., at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Learn more about Jackson 2000, an organization dedicated to promoting racial harmony. Refreshments served. For ages 21 and up. Free admission, food $5 and up; email bevelyn_branch@att.net. Art Remix June 10, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy food by chef Luis Bruno, a cash bar, and music from Dangermuffin and Valerie June. Enter to win a special prize. Free admission, food $5 and up; call 601-960-1515. Seventh Annual JFP Chick Ball July 9, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). This fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention’s programs in nearby rural areas. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. More details: jfpchickball.com and follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. Get involved, volunteer, donate art, money and gifts at chickball@ jacksonfreepress.com. Be a sponsor for as low as $50. $5; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

COMMUNITY Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-352-2580. • Dream Night at the Zoo June 4, 5 p.m. The invitation-only event allows physically or mentally challenged children and their families to see the zoo at their own pace and engage in activities customized for them. Participants must be referred by an approved organization to get an invitation. Free admission; call ext. 228. • Zoo Camp June 6-July 8. Children will get up close and personal with animals, play games, make crafts and learn about nature at the oneweek camps. Sessions are divided by age groups, and topics and times vary. $150, $140 members, $35 optional lunch, $12 extra T-shirt. • Story Time Tuesday June 7, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). A local celebrity reads an animal story. Afterward, kids do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission. Homeownership and Affordable Housing Rally June 1, 9:30 a.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.), in the rotunda on the first floor. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Jackson field office and the Jackson Housing Authority host the event in observance of National Homeownership Month. Call 601-362-0885. Small Business Success Seminar June 1, 5:30 p.m., at Venture Incubator (200 S. Lamar St., South Tower, 10th floor). The program for business own-

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Computer Class for Adults June 2, 10 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn computer basics. Free; call 601-932-3535.

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Family and Friends Weekend June 3-5, at Central United Methodist Church (500 N. Farish St.). Rev. C. J. Rhodes, pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church, speaks at 7 p.m. June 3, Fun Day is June 4, and Rev. Christopher Diggs, former pastor of GranvilleVance Circuit, speaks at 10 a.m. June 5. Free; call 601-672-3342.

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Rabies Clinic June 4, 8 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Animal Rescue League (5221 Greenway Drive Ext.). The shelter gives rabies shots to dogs and cats. $5 per pet; call 601-969-1671. Jackson Audubon Society Family Bird Walk June 4, 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member leads. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead to borrow binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. D.M. Howie High School All Star Baseball Games June 4, 1 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The Class 1A/2A/3A game is at 1 p.m., and the Class 4A/5A/6A game is at 6 p.m. $10; call 601-924-3020. Hamstock BBQ and Music Festival June 4, noon, at Jackson Street District (between Interstate 55 North and Highway 51). Teams compete in a barbecue cook-off for cash prizes, the title of “Best BBQ” and a chance to go on to the Memphis in May barbecue event. Performers include the Delta Mountain Boys, the Bailey Brothers and Chris Gill. Proceeds from drink sales benefit Adam’s Project, a nonprofit raising money to build a playground in Ridgeland accessible to disabled children. Free admission; visit jacksonstreetdistrict.com.

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Art and Antique Walk June 4, 5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square. Take a stroll back in time to enjoy the square, local artisans, craftsmen and musicians. This month’s theme is “Canton’s Toast to the Bride and Groom.” Free; call 800-844-3369. PM Burger Night June 6, 6 p.m., at Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St.). For one night only, order from an all-burger and milkshake menu. Reservations required. Prices vary; call 601-360-0090. “Are You Ready to Buy a Home?” Workshop June 7, 9:30 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority (2747 Livingston Road). The class overviews the homebuying process, helping potential buyers decide if they can afford to buy a home. Free; call 601-362-0885. Small Business Administration Loan Clinic June 7, 4:30 p.m., at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol St.), in the SBA Conference Room on the 10th floor. Learn how to find approved and participating area lenders. Registration required. Free; call 601965-4378, ext. 11. Net Worth Financial Literacy Program June 8Aug. 3, at United Way (843 N. President St.). Middle- and high-school students learn about banking and finance, investing, building a savings account, using credit wisely and balancing a checkbook. The group meets Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-4725. Jackson 2000 Study Circles Program: The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Jackson 2000 is looking for participants from all walks of life to sign up. Email bevelyn_branch@att.net.

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Movin’ on Main St. 5K June 4, 8 a.m., in Olde Towne Clinton. The run and walk is at 8 a.m., and the one-mile fun run is at 9:30 a.m. Registration required. $25; call 601-924-5472. Cancer Survivors Day June 5, 2 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in Hederman Cancer Center. The event is a chance for cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends and health-care professionals to unite and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. Refreshments served. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Art House Cinema Downtown June 5, 5 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include “Bill Cunningham New York” at 5 p.m. and “Princess of Montpensier” at 6:40 p.m. $7 per film; visit msfilm.org. “Bedlam in Cabin B” Dinner Theater June 7, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). The Mississippi Murder Mystery play is about antics on a haunted dinner cruise boat. Seating is at 6:30 p.m.; RSVP. $38.50; call 601-856-9696.

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Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram), through Oct. 29. The market is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545.

Mississippi Music Foundation Singer-Songwriter Showcase June 1, 7 p.m., at The Spot Sports Bar and Grill (210 E. Commerce St., Hernando). The event spotlights the talents of Mississippi musicians. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Music Foundation’s Money Match program. Free, donations welcome; call 662-429-2939.

Midtown Market (corner of Adelle and Lamar streets) The market is open 9 a.m. -1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. Call 769-257-5757. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. Shop for fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans; includes the Greater Belhaven Market. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. WIC vouchers accepted, and chefs will be on hand to give cooking demonstrations with WIC products. Market hours are 9-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Farmers sell homegrown produce from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” through June 5, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life in the musical. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533. “Love, Sex and the IRS” June 2-5, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Steve Sutton directs the comedy about out-of-work musicians and roommates who pretend to be married to trick the IRS. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-825-1293.

June 1-7, 2011

Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). M. Brady McKellar performs in the one-man play about a Jewish actor condemned by the community for portraying a controversial figure. Show times are 7:30 p.m. June 4 and 2 p.m. June 5. $10, $5 students and children; call 601-636-0471.

TopherMan CD Release Show June 1, 7:30 p.m., at Florence Middle School (123 Beverly Drive, Florence). The contemporary Christian band promotes the CD, “You Think You Know: A Documentary.” Nate Pfeil, worship director at Kingdom Keys Church in Amarillo, Texas, is the guest speaker. $5; call 601-540-6077. Songwriter’s Showcase June 2, 7 p.m., at Union Street Books (107 N. Union St., Canton). Open to artists performing original material. Light refreshments included. Free; call 601-859-8596. Benefit Recital Concert June 4, 6 p.m., at Central Community Church of God (2305 St. Charles St.). Sheila L. Ramsey and Janese Lewis perform to raise money for OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program. Donations also accepted at funds.gofundme.com/ 35tzc. Call 601-316-4415 or 601-918-5946. A Tribute to the Arts June 4, 6 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). Includes music by Mississippi Boychoir alums and the Covenant Men’s Chorus, a performance by the Covenant Women’s Worship Dance Group, an art exhibit and a reception. Free, donations welcome; call 601-665-7374. The Blast June 5, 6 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). The event promotes the Millsaps Arts District. Enjoy music from deejays ScrapDirty, Jonasty, Phingaprint and Sketch. $5; email thevdj@aol.com. Music in the City June 7, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In partnership with St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the museum hosts a series of free concerts one Tuesday a month. Hors d’oeuvres served; performance is at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533.

Choctaw Tribal Summer Event 7 p.m. June 3-4, at Golden Moon Hotel and Casino (Highway 16 W., Choctaw), at The Arena. The event features rockopera group Brule’ & Airo, rock-band Redbone, the 49 Laughs Comedy Show and the Rising Eagles Dance Group. $15, $25; call 866-44-PEARL.

Willie Nelson June 8, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The singer is known for hits such as “Always on My Mind” and “On the Road Again.” Tickets available through Ticketmaster. $33-$53; call 800-745-3000.

Southern Classic Bodybuilding Competition June 4, 9 a.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Pre-judging at 9 a.m.; competition at 6 p.m. $20 pre-judging, $25 competition, $35 VIP; call 601-605-1316.

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FestivalSouth June 4-18, in downtown Hattiesburg. The two-week, multi-genre arts festival includes music, dance, exhibits and theater, and takes place at several venues. Admission per event varies, some events free, $195 Circle Pass; call 601-296-7475; visit festivalsouth.com.

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“History Is Lunch” June 1, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Welty biographer Suzanne Marrs talks about her new book “What There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell.” Bring a lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Chapter 1 Book Club Meeting June 2, 6:30 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). This month’s book is “Murder on the Orient

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ticipants swim a half-mile at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, bike 24.5 miles along the Natchez Trace Parkway and complete a 10K run on the Ridgeland multi-purpose trail. Registration required. $85, $145; visit heatwavetri.racesonline.com.

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ew Stage Theatre has added more shows for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat “ through June 12. Shows through June 5 have sold out. New shows are at 7:30 p.m. June 8-11 and at 2 p.m. June 12 at the theater, 1100 Carlisle St. Tim Rice wrote the lyrics, and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music for the Broadway hit musical that tells the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. The music ranges from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets are $25; discounts are available for senior, students and groups. For information, call 601-948-3533 or visit www.newstagetheatre.com.

Express” by Agatha Christie. Door prizes included. Free; call 601-932-2562. Cursebusters! June 4, 1 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.) Julie Smith signs copies of her book. Call 601-366-7619. Summer Reading Kick-off June 6, 2 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison) and June 7, 4:30 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Enjoy an afternoon magic show by Memphis magician and storyteller Mr. Nick. Free; call 601-856-4536. “The New Southern Garden Cookbook” June 7, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Sheri Castle signs copies of her book. $35 book; call 601-366-7619.

CREATIVE CLASSES Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • Pickling, Canning and Preserving June 4, 9 a.m. Learn basics for preserving fruits and vegetables. Recipes include strawberry preserves and salsa. $89. • Kids’ Pizza Party June 8, 9 a.m. Kids will make and shape dough, and add toppings. $59. Events at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Call 601-213-6355. • Free Dance Classes June 2. Classes include: Bollywood aerobics 5:30 p.m.; Zumba 6 p.m.; cha-cha 6:30 p.m.; hip-hop 7 p.m. • Ballroom and Salsa Party June 4, 7 p.m. The ballroom party is at 7 p.m., the free salsa class is at 9 p.m. and the salsa party is at 10 p.m. $10, $5 students with college ID. Spanish Cooking Class June 3, 7:30 p.m., at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Make empanadas chilenas, Chilean meat pies. Wine included. $15; call 601-500-7700.t Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) June 6-17. Call 601-948-3533, ext. 232. • First Stages Camp. The camp for children in grades 1-4 includes acting through creative dramatic games, structured improvisation and scene work. The camp ends with a showcase performance. Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon weekdays. $250. • Acting Shakespeare Camp. Youth in grades 5-11 receive instruction in Shakespearean and

Elizabethan drama, acting, stage movement and stage combat. The camp ends with an abridged Shakespeare production. $250. The Art of Nature June 6-July 15. Full-day Camp at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Campers ages 6-11 learn about coastal nature and artist Walter Anderson. Weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $225, $150 members; call 228-872-3164. Craft Sampler Summer Camp June 6-Aug. 5, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Children ages 5-8 June 6-10 or July 11-15. Children ages 9-12 June 20-24 or July 25-29. Registration required. $175, $150 second child; call 601-856-7546. Intro to Drawing Workshop June 7-28, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Jerrod Partridge teaches a structural drawing class using still lifes to discuss basic perspective, special relationships and shading. Sessions are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Supplies included. Reservations required. $165, $150 members; call 601-631-2997.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Japonisme Family Day/The Artistree of Bonsai June 4, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Children 18 and under get in free to The Orient Expressed exhibit. Ron Lang, Sharon Edwards-Russell and Guy Guidry demonstrate the art of bonsai. $6, $5 members. Garden Party June 4, 9 a.m., at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Ceramic birds are sold in the flower garden. Call 601-366-1844. Storytellers Ball Juried Exhibition Call for Entries through July 15, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is “Material World.” Artists may submit up to three 2D and 3D pieces related to the 1980s through July 15. The reception is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 4. Winners receive cash prizes and two tickets to the Storytellers Ball held Aug. 11. $25; call 601-960-1557. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE United Way Day June 2, 7:05 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Bring a baby-care item for Labor of Love drive and get a $5 ticket to the Mississippi Braves game. Call 601-948-4725. “Convicted of Love” Dinner Theater June 4, 6:30 p.m., at Sophia’s Restaurant (734 Fairview St.). Mississippi Murder Mystery presents the show; includes a three-course dinner. RSVP. Proceeds benefit the Community Place Relocation Program. $75; call 601-355-0617, ext. 315. “Love Worth Fighting For” Marriage Conference June 3, 7 p.m., at Broadmoor Baptist Church (531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison). The conference provides insight on maintaining relationships through cooperation and overcoming obstacles. Presenters include actor Kirk Cameron and singer-songwriter Warren Barfield. Reserved ticket holders can attend a 5:15 p.m. session with Cameron. Group discounts available. $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door, $35 reserved; feedyourfaith.org.


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n June 8, Willie Nelson will step onto the stage of the Jackson Convention Complex when he makes a Mississippi stop on his tour. Nelson, 77, is a Texas native and one of the most prolific songwriters in history. He is a founding member of the outlaw-country movement, which included Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Nelson came to national notoriety when he moved to Nashville in 1960 and, after finding few takers for his act, began writing songs for other artists. Most famously, he penned the hits “Crazy,” recorded by Patsy Cline, and “Hello Walls,” originally recorded by Faron Young. By 1965, Nelson had released two solo records—”And I Wrote” and “Country Willie: His Own Songs”—before being inducted that year into the Grand Ole Opry. Shortly after, Nelson “retired” from music and settled in Austin, Texas. His retirement was short lived, however, as the burgeoning music scene inspired him to come out of retirement to begin playing his own style of country music that included jazz, rock, folk and western-swing influences. His exploration into this new sound resulted in 1973’s “Shotgun Willie,” which, while critically lauded, failed to sell many copies. In 1974, Nelson released his next record, “Phases and Stages,” a concept album telling both sides of a divorce. It solidified Nelson’s sound and his listeners.

“It was the coalescing of Willie’s audience, where the rednecks and hippies came together. And to this day, that’s Willie’s audience,” producer Jerry Wexler told the Sarasota-Harold Tribune in 2006. With the release of the now-classic 1975 album, “Red Headed Stranger,” Nelson secured his star status and his creative freedom from record label, Columbia Records. By this time, Nelson was collaborating with artists such as Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson as they forged the sub-genre of country music that became the outlaw movement. Not conforming to Nashville standards of songwriting, subject matter and tone, many Nashville purists derided the outlaw movement. Nevertheless, it managed to produce country music’s first platinum album, “Wanted! The Outlaws.” This record, a collaborative effort of Nelson, Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, helped to cement Nelson and Jennings’ outlaw image, an image the pair wore well. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Nelson branched out and began collaborating with artists outside country music’s domain, including Bob Dylan, Sinead O’Connor, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt and Paul Simon. He has continued this trend to this day, touring heavily and partnering with more and more artists. He has worked with U2’s producer Daniel La-

Willie Nelson performs June 8 in Jackson.

nois, and recorded or performed with Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Walsh, Carol King, Ben Harper and Amos Lee, among others. Nelson is an actor (he has more than 30 film credits) and an activist (he set up Farm Aid, an annual music benefit to raise awareness of the plight of family farms in 1985, for example). He is a poet, active in politics, is as entrepreneur and an organizer. With his trusty Martin N-20 guitar, “Trigger,” Nelson is an icon of the world music scene. The Jackson concert is not officially part of the Country Throwdown, Nelson’s

25-city tour with Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice and Brantley Gilbert. His son, Lukas Nelson, 22, also performs at Throwdown cities. Southaven is one of those cities, and the tour stops there June 9. But the night before, Nelson will sing and play inside the convention center for the capital city crowd. See Willie Nelson live at 7:30 p.m., June 8 at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 East Pascagoula St.). Tickets are $33 and $53 and are available at ticketmaster.com. Visit willienelson.com for more information about Nelson, the Country Throwdown Tour and to download six free Willie Nelson songs from iTunes.

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They’ve been in the game since the early West, who trips over himself trying to de’80s and have transitioned from bratty velop his sound, alter his voice and impleparty punks to mature, socially conscious ment different genres into each record. hip-hoppers. Then I think about the Beastie Boys, and MCA uses the opening track, “Make how their fuzzed-out vocals, classic hipSome Noise,” to stake the group’s claim hop bravado, and perfect blend of live inin 2011: “I burn the competition like a strumentation and samples come together flamethrower/My rhymes age like wine as so effortlessly and how they have been doI get older/I’m getting bolder, competition ing it for more than 25 years. Maybe it’s is waning/I got the feeling and assume the time to solidify that top 10. lane and.” There is nothing revolutionary or groundbreaking about these lyrics, but that is kind of the point. In this day and age, with rappers overly exerting themselves to be the next big thing or force the next big sound, the honest sentiments expressed in the lyrics on “Hot Sauce Committee” break ground by not trying to break ground. In the end, that is what has always made Beastie Boys so important, and kept them relevant through the years. I The Beastie Boys have transitioned from bratty party punks to mature, socially conscious hip-hoppers. think of someone like Kanye

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y top-five favorite recording artists of all time are: Stevie Wonder, Wu Tang Clan, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Talking Heads. This never changes, as these are the five artists on which all of my music tastes are based. It does get a little iffy, however, when I try to make a top-10 list. I have a rotating list of at least 10 artists for the five spots. How can I make A Tribe Called Quest No. 6 without putting De La Soul in the top 10? What about legends such as The Temptations, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Sonic Youth, not to mention under-appreciated groups like Cymande? And why did I spend thousands of dollars following The String Cheese Incident around the country if they aren’t even in my top 10? Even when I do expand the list to 10, I invariably leave off one group every time that has been with me my entire career as a music lover: Beastie Boys. I can’t for the life of me figure out why I do this,

as they have proved to be one of the most consistently good, and groundbreaking, acts during my lifetime. Every album is great and different in its own ways, yet comforting, like an old friend. “Paul’s Boutique” is sampling genius; “Check Your Head” is still mind-blowing; and “Hello Nasty” is weird, schizophrenic madness that is the perfect reflection of the world mind. The instrumental albums show that the guys can be funk juggernauts when they need to be. I bring this up because the Beasties just dropped a new record, “Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two” that continues the legacy. At this stage in their career, MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D have nothing to prove, and that creative freedom has allowed them to make their best record since “Ill Communication.” The guys are certainly getting older and are now, in some ways, elder statesmen of hip-hop. Did you think you would ever hear this said, based off the songs on “Licensed to Ill?” I know I didn’t, but it has been amazing to watch it happen.

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wo rabid sets of fans fill the stands, each side cheering loudly. A world championship is in reach, and the fate of a bitter rivalry is at stake for both teams. Clinging to a five-run lead as the game nears the end, a pitcher is about to deliver the biggest pitch of this event. Calmly, the tall captain uses his left sleeve to wipe the sweat from this brow. He places his batting helmet on his head as he faces the pitcher. Time slows as the pitcher winds up and throws the ball. The captain swings with a mighty effort. The crowd grows silent at the loud crack of the bat. Straightening from his batting stance the captain watches the ball fly out of the park for six runs and the victory. Six runs? Wait. How do you score six runs with one swing of the bat? You play cricket. It’s how India beat Sri Lanka in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Cricket lost favor in America around the time of the Civil War for the quicker game of baseball. Cricket remains hugely popular, however, in many countries, including England, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan. This past April, to learn the sport in the U.S., I had to get up at 3 a.m. to watch the Cricket World Cup online on ESPN Star network. Baseball and cricket are similar sports. Both have pitchers—called bowlers in cricket—and both sports have batters, except cricket has two batters. At Jackson State University, cricket is played as a club sport, meaning it is not SWAC-sponsored. Players of the Jackson State University Cricket Club do not get scholarships to play. Team captain Umesh Reddy Remata, an IT worker at JSU, and student-player Naveen Reddy Arra say that the young men play for the pure love of the game. The JSUCC was started in 2009 and has made quick strides in the region. Remata says the club recently beat the cricket club from the University of Memphis to win the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Cricket Tournament. Remata and Arra starting playing cricket in their native India. In fact, most of the JSU 34 team members are from India, and they’re

thrilled that their country won the World Cup. Because it’s a club sport, it allows people from all walks of life to play, not just JSU students. The JSUCC is a nonprofit organization and exists because of donations and sponsors like JSU, team members and area businesses such as Ruchi India restaurant in Ridgeland. The sponsors have allowed the team to buy equipment and uniforms and travel to tournaments. The club was featured during International Week at JSU in April with players demonstrating cricket to students. Remata wants to see more Americans try the sport. He knows its close link to baseball could lead to success for American players. He says that he hopes to help JSU and the surrounding area by being a positive influence and grow the club to help the community. In May, the JSUCC and the Mississippi State University Cricket Club came to Jackson State to play an exhibition game at Jackson State. Last year, the two teams were set to meet in Jackson, but the event was rained out. In a short time, the JSUCC and MSUCC have built an in-state rivalry. Remata says that a major goal this coming season is to win the Bulldog Championship Cup at the MSU tournament. The JSU team would also love to beat Auburn University, another strong competitor in this region, Arra says. The team practices at Brighton Park (530 Brighton St., off old U.S. 80 in Clinton), and anyone can come out and try the sport. “We love to play Saturday and Sunday at the park and welcome any and every one,” Remata says. He adds that the game started in England, came around the world, and found a home at JSU. For more information, visit the JSUCC website (www.jsums.edu/cricket), or email jsucc@jsums.edu. The team provides all equipment to players through donations and sponsors. While the club waits for the chance to win the Bulldog Championship Cup later this year (at a date and location to be determined), it will demonstrate cricket at the Madison Library (994 Madison Ave., 601856-2749) in June. Contact the club for the exact date and time.

Doctor S sez: Enjoy NBA hoops while you can, folks. Your favorite hoopsters are about to be locked out by the owners, too. THURSDAY, JUNE 2 NBA basketball, NBA Finals Game 2, Dallas at Miami (Ch. 16): It’s the Mavericks (Grumpy Old Men) vs. the Heat (Axis of Evil). The odds makers say Miami. The Doctor says Dallas in six games. FRIDAY, JUNE 3 College baseball, NCAA Atlanta Regional, Southern Miss vs. Mississippi State (2 p.m., Atlanta, TV TBA, 620 AM, 105.9 FM): The Golden Eagles and Bulldogs meet in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. USM is playing in its ninth straight regional. MSU is in its first since 2007. Do these two have what it takes to get to Omaha? … Houston Regional, Alcorn State at Rice (6 p.m., Houston, TV TBA, www. wprl.org): The SWAC-champion Braves face a big challenge against the C-USAchampion Owls. SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Montgomery (7 p.m., Montgomery, Ala., 103.9 FM): The M-Braves and Biscuits begin a series next to the railroad tracks.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 NBA basketball, NBA Finals Game 3, Miami at Dallas (7 p.m., ABC): The series goes west for the third game. MONDAY, JUNE 6 NHL hockey, Stanley Cup Finals Game 3, Vancouver at Boston (7 p.m., Versus): The Canucks-Bruins series heads east. TUESDAY, JUNE 7 NBA basketball, NBA Finals Game 4, Miami at Dallas (8 p.m., ABC): Is this the night the Heat or Mavericks complete a sweep? No way. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 Major League baseball, Boston at New York Yankees (6 p.m., ESPN): ESPN is showing a Red Sox-Yankees game again? What are the odds? The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who is wondering what the deal is with the woman in that ITT Tech commercial? Find more relevant material at JFP Sports on www.jacksonfreepress.com.

Curses, Foiled Again

Define “Certain Goods”

Dexter White, 41, called 911 in North Charleston, S.C., complaining that he paid $60 to a drug dealer for crack cocaine but received only $20 worth of drugs and that the dealer refused to give him his $40 change. White said he smoked his crack before calling the cops, who arrested him anyway for disorderly conduct. (Charleston’s WCSC-TV)

FBI Special Agent Frederick C. Kingston decided to take a joy ride in a 1995 Ferrari F50, which was being stored in Lexington, Ky., as evidence in a car-theft case. Within seconds of leaving the warehouse, Kingston lost control of the high-performance vehicle, which “fishtailed and slid sideways” and then crashed into a curb, bushes and a small tree, according to his passenger, Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson. Declaring the rare automobile a total loss, Motors Insurance Co. sued the government for the $750,000 it had paid the stolen car’s owner five years before the FBI recovered it. The Justice Department refuses to pay the Michigan company, insisting it is immune to tort claims when “certain goods” are in the hands of law enforcement. (Detroit News)

Texting Crime

When Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton received a text message from a Helena, Mont., teenager asking to buy marijuana, Dutton realized the boy had misdialed his drug dealer’s number. He directed the texter to meet a detective posing as the dealer. When the texter arrived with a friend, the detective identified himself. One of the boys fainted. No citations were issued, but Dutton said they faced worse punishment from their parents. (Helena Independent Record)

Poetry Ph.D.s Cheap

Ninety-three of 162 U.S. public research universities have adopted a “differential tuition” scale that charges students in potentially highearning fields more than those with less earning potential. Business and engineering students typically pay more than English majors, for instance. Before 1988, only five institutions used the sliding scale, according to Glen Nelson, who researched the issue while at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the past three years, Nelson said, 18 institutions have adopted the practice, with business students paying 14 percent more tuition and engineering students paying 15 percent more. (Omaha World-Herald)

Don’t Thump the Melons

As many as 115 acres of watermelons exploded in China’s Jiangsu Province after farmers there overdosed the melons with the growth stimulator forchlorfenuron during wet weather, turning them into what Chinese news media described as “land mines.” The 20 farmers affected were using the chemical for the first time, hoping to capitalize on a surge in watermelon prices. (Associated Press)

Way to Go

Louisiana State Police reported Jacques Luckett, 27, rear-ended another car on I-20 outside Ruston, then, for some reason, got out of his car and lay down on the road, where another vehicle ran him over. He died. (Monroe’s News-Star) Compiled from mainstream news sources by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.


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Eslava’s Grille Seafood, Steaks and Pasta

by Tom Ramsey

Pop-up in Paradise TOM RAMSEY

By popular demand, we have added Shrimp Scampi to our menu!

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Danilo Eslava Caceres, Executive Chef/GM 2481 Lakeland Drive Flowood, MS 39232

601-932-4070 tel 601-933-1077 fax

The Funbarrel Fork and Knife Footlong (a footlong hamburger topped with a chili cheese hot dog, chili cheese fries, mustard, pickled jalapenos and Fritos) will be available at the “PM Burger” Day June 6 at Parlor Market.

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to come down to Parlor Market and taste a couple of their signature creations. When I arrived, the kitchen was abuzz with chopping, grinding, toasting and grilling, and the smells were as intoxicating as a barrel of whoop-juice at a frat-house mixer. I should have gotten a clue of what I was in for when the waitress brought me four napkins, but nothing could have properly prepared me, except perhaps a week of training camp with Takeru Kobayas-

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immy Buffet sang about them. Wimpy ate ’em with abandon (and would gladly pay you Tuesday for one today), and 86 percent of Americans ordered at least one last year. We’re talking about the hamburger, the ubiquitous food of everyman. You’ll find it in Michelin-starred gourmet palaces and lunch counters alike, and for one day only, it stars on the Parlor Market menu. Following “PM Steak” March 21, the Parlor Market folks (115 W. Capitol St., 601373-9841) launch their latest pop-up restaurant concept, “PM Burger” at 11 a.m., Monday, June 6. It will remain open for 12 short hours and vanish into the rear-view of Jackson foodies. The menu for the night will consist of five “chef-burgers” (ranging from the classic to the down right ridiculous), fries and shakes. Smiling, paper-hat-clad carhops will serve up the gourmet treats, accompanying them with “Happy Meal”-style toys. Burger prices range from $10-$16. Just for kicks, there will be a $1000 burger made with Kobe beef, foie gras, truffles, edible goldleaf served with champagne and caviar on a antique silver platter that you get to keep. One of the perks that comes with being a food writer is the sampling. Last week, Craig Noone and Jesse Houston invited me

hi. I tucked one napkin into my collar, put one on my lap and held two in reserve as Jesse emerged from the kitchen, sporting a paper hat and carrying the massive Reuben burger. This masterpiece consisted of an 8-ounce patty of house-ground beef, topped with sauerkraut, pastrami, Swiss cheese and comeback dressing, sandwiched between perfectly toasted buns made by pastry chef Whitney Evans. I made it about a third of the way through this massive meat bomb and had to stop myself, knowing that I had another burger to come. Again, Jesse came out from the kitchen in that hopelessly cheesy hat, grinning like he was on the verge of telling a secret. On his tray this time was the AM Burger. A pair of waffles could barely contain all the goodness found within. Although it was hard to pick up, I attacked the stack of burger, hash browns, duck egg, bacon, cheese and maple syrup. But I could hardly make a dent in it. There are few certainties in life, but you can take it to the bank that I’ll be stuffing a burger in my happy, happy face June 6. The only question is: Which one? A free “PM Burger” Day concert in the parking lot features Iron Feathers, Furrows, Taylor Hildebrand, Spacewolf and Liver Mousse from 6-11 p.m.


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Tres Amigos (3716 I-55 North, 601-487-8370) All your favorites including nachos, fajitas, chalupas, carnitas, flautas, chimichanga, quesadillas and more. Steak, Seafood, Chicken and Vegetarian options, along with great prices on combinations dinners and ala carte dinners.

STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING Crab’s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crab’s Seafood Shack offers a wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Full bar complete with multiple televisions for all of your favorite sporting events. Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslava’s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.

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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads, and their famous Hershey bar pie. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkin’s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.

PIZZA

The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010 and 2011’s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Best Kid’s Menu & Best Ice Cream in the 2011 Best of Jackson. Plus, Pi(e) Lounge in front offers great drinks... and a grown-up vibe.

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Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Road, 601-925-0016) Mediterranean and Lebanese Cuisine. Everything from Stuffed Grape Leaves, to Spinach Pie, Shrimp Kabobs, Greek Salads, Hummus and more. Now Open in Fondren! Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts. Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison 601-853-0876) Mediterranean cuisine and wood fired brick oven pizzas. Come experience the beautiful patio, Hookahs, and delicious food. Beer is offered and you are welcome to bring your own wine. Vasilios (828 Hwy 51 in Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic Greek dining featuring fresh seafood daily along with gyros, greek salads, appetizers and signature Mediterranean desserts. Their redfish is a standout, earning rave reviews.

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Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. Wired Espresso Café (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse is a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Wi-fi.

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

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BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar and friendly favorites. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Stamps Superburgers (1801 Dalton Street 601-352-4555) Huge burgers will keep you full until the next day! The homestyle fries are always fresh. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Best of Jackson winner for Live Music Venue for multiple years running. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Poets Two (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite H-10, 601-364-9411) Pub fare at its finest. Crabcake minis, fried dills, wings, poppers, ultimate fries, sandwiches, po-boys, pasta entrees and steak. The signature burgers come in bison, kobe, beef or turkey! Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing wings in a choice of nine flavors, Wingstop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh to order; check out the fresh cut seasoned fries!

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SOUTHERN CUISINE

Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2010 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun.

BAKERY

Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas and dessert. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast, blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery! For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Beagle Bagel (4500 I-55 North, Suite 145, Highland Village 769-251-1892) Mmmm... Bagels. Fresh bagels in tons of different styles with a variety of toppings including cream cheese, lox, eggs, cheese, meats and or as full sandwiches for lunch. Paninis, wraps and much more!

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evening to talk downtown things and enjoy some fellowship. Madison was there, too, fresh from dance class (a Girl-About-Town has to be well-rounded, you know) and proudly showing off her metallic gold sandals. No matter one’s age, good shoes are key in Girl-About-Town world, and I’m glad she’s learned this important lesson early. May being a popular month for birthdays, the following week some downtowners headed to the suburbs to celebrate Jennie Pitts turning another year older with dinner at Ely’s Restaurant & Bar (115 West Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-605-6359). Madison once again joined the party, this time sporting an adorable cardigan with sequin embellishment. (Told you she was classy.) Once again, she was a perfect little lady, and relished in half of her decadent chocolate dessert, saving the other half for later. Tonight, I’ll raise a glass in honor of the grandfather who taught me how to eat out, and to Tammi and Ramel for giving their “Little Girl-About-Town” a similar memory-filled childhood.


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