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6 Forward Farish Farish Street developer David Watkins puts $4 million of his money where his mouth is. FILE PHOTO

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cassio batteast ership development program. It provides young men with mentors, tutors, lifestyle classes and recreational activities. The program is year round. One part of FAITH Inc. is the Knowledge Institution, a New Generation of Scholars, or KINGS. There five components within KINGS: a basic mentoring program; a college prep program; a support program for young men to stay in college; helping incarcerated males get their GED and re enter society; and Father University, a program that gives young fathers the resources Batteast didn’t have when he was a young father such as parenting skills and job training. Becoming a mentor for young males might scare some people but Batteast welcomes the challenge. “I feel like everyone’s a role model, regardless of if I didn’t have the program, I’m still in a situation where there’s going to be some young person that’s gonna look to me, even if I don’t want them to,” he says, adding, “There is a lack of positive role models. Drug dealers are role models, too, but I consider myself a positive role model for young men and women.” Batteast says his passions are his daughter and his work with FAITH. “Everything I do is for her,” he says, later adding, “I truly believe we all have a moral obligation to someone else besides ourselves. —Jonnett Johnson

14 Opening Doors Former Jackson Police Chief Tyrone Lewis puts his hat in the ring for Hinds County Sheriff. AMELIA SENTER

Cassio Batteast is slow to talk about himself, but his infectious smile and upbeat personality shine through as he talks about his experiences working with young men. Batteast, 31, is a case manager with Catholic Charities and the founder of Fathers Active In Their Hoods, known as FAITH Inc., a summer camp for men of color. Batteast is a 2003 graduate of Tougaloo College with a bachelor’s degree in child development and is currently studying at Jackson State University to get his master’s degree in urban and regional planning. In 1997, at 18, he became a father. Growing up in a single parent home, Batteast and his four siblings had no example of what a father should be. Like many other new single fathers, he thought money could take the place of quality time. Batteast said his daughter, Lyniss, now 13, once called him by his first name instead of “Dad.” “I had to learn how to be a father,” Batteast says. Once he tapped into paternal side, though, Batteast became “Super Dad.” “We have a great relationship now; we talk about everything,” he says. Batteast also became a father figure to his sister’s two sons when she was deployed to Iraq in 2008 until last December. “I was in a position to do it, and I stepped up and did it,” he says. It was around this time that Batteast started FAITH Inc. FAITH is a male lead-


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Adam Lynch Award-winning senior reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. E-mail tips to adam@, or call him at 601-362-6121, ext. 13. He interviewed Tyrone Lewis.

Kenya A. Hudson After studying political science at JSU and public policy at Pepperdine, Kenya A. Hudson is deciding whether or not to pursue a doctorate degree. Until then, she is a freelance photographer and Web designer. She took the cover photo.

Amelia Senter Editorial intern Amelia Senter attends Tulane University in New Orleans and is a Jackson native. She wrote an arts feature and a Guys We Love profile.

Jordan Lashley A native of Philadelphia, editorial intern Jordan Lashley loves culture and the arts. She is an avid reader and animal lover. In the fall, she will pursue her master’s degree in English at Mississippi State University. She wrote a Guys We Love profile.

Jonnett Johnson Editorial intern Jonnett Johnson is a super cool senior at the University of Southern Mississippi. She wants to be the next Carrie Bradshaw. She wrote the Jacksonian and a Guys We Love profile.

Dustin Cardon Editorial Intern Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi from Brandon. He idolizes J.R.R. Tolkien and also enjoys playing RPG video games in his spare time. He helped edit many pages in this issue.

Christy Dawson Graphic design intern Christy Dawson enjoys travel and good food. This summer she is attempting to make a T-shirt quilt and is available for design work. email christydawson@ymail. com. She helped design ads and layout pages.

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From Jackson originally, Rachel Bush is a graphic design intern. She plans to return to Delta State in the fall, and complete her double major in graphic design and photography. She helped design ads and layout pages in this issue.

by Valerie Wells, Assistant Editor

Men I Love


he small hallway just outside the courtroom buzzed with potential energy. It was family court a couple of years ago somewhere south of Jackson, and sparks were possible. Two divorced parents came to resolve custody of their child. Everyone waited on the judge to show up. A few people sat inside the courtroom, but most paced in the hall, getting a sip of water and going to the restroom. The mother’s family and friends clustered in a group while the father and his supporters stood closer to the door. Sideways glances and nervous over-the-shoulder glimpses ricocheted between the two camps. An older woman wearing pale blue pajamas worked her way down the hall to the ladies’ room. Nearby, the father spoke to friends about the challenges of his job, his plans for the future. He was a tall man, well over 6-and-a-half feet, towering above everyone else who was there that day, strong with wide shoulders and a solid build. He was a working man, but on that day he wore a new, dark suit that accentuated his large presence. He remained calm and steady, polite even, as he made small talk about football teams and cold fronts. The older woman wearing pale blue slowly crept back up the hall and stopped briefly when she noticed the tall, strong man. “Hello,” she said, calling out his name. She paused waiting for the deference, the respect, the homage she thought was her due. She didn’t get it. The father stood there without looking at the older woman who had gone to great lengths and expense to hurt him. She was on the mother’s side in this legal battle. He ignored her, which to many may seem rude, but in this complicated family saga, it was the kindest thing he could do. He continued speaking to his friends in his slow, steady voice, never getting loud or talking faster. He did, however, start to turn red. She stood a few seconds longer, seemingly shocked that he didn’t respond to her. She had lost her power. She waddled off and the tall man’s feet grew roots into the hard floor of the courthouse. He stood even taller and the air around him seemed to respond. It was as if his force field surrounded all of us standing near him, protecting us. The moment struck me with awe. This 30-something giant, who deeply loved his child and was determined to protect her, stood here now as a man of conviction, sturdier than any oak tree. I almost didn’t recognize him as my younger cousin. When I was 13, he was a goofy baby who could barely stand up in his crib on shaky legs. He’d smile at me and I’d sing, “I’m Your Boogie Man” to him. He would dance in that side-to-side rocking way babies dance in cribs when silly cousins sing. To see him become this strong protec-

tor, this oak tree, amazed me. He prevented his daughter from living in a dangerous, maybe abusive, scenario. My love for him was so intense in that moment. His restraint tempered his strength. Men who care about children, who stand fast to protect them, who work hard to make this world better and safer and even a little bit more fun are absolutely men we love. So many men fit that description here in Mississippi. I’ve had a chance to meet them: the hardworking bureaucrats who get grief from every side but still do their best, the dreamers who dare to say the unthinkable and push us to the next stage of advancement, the calm intellectuals who take their time planning and thinking. Consider Dr. Herman Taylor, lead investigator for the Jackson Heart Study, a huge deal in medical history and the local economy. We met at Broadstreet Bakery for a breakfast meeting a few months ago, and he ordered granola. As he patiently explained his work and its implications for future generations, I couldn’t help but think how lucky his children are to have such an intelligent and generous father. I wonder how many great men and fathers we meet all the time without noticing that quiet strength. In this issue of the Jackson Free Press, we acknowledge just some of the Men We Love. You’ll find profiles of several men we admire who are good people doing great things. Life is better because they are here. Obviously, it’s not only men who create this vivacious society of ours. The men in my life know I prefer to focus on women who make a difference but rarely get credit. Every once in a while, it’s good for me

to stop and pay attention to these silent, strong men in my midst. I’m also one to quickly point out the Men Who Disappoint Us: the priests who abuse children, the politicians who think with the wrong head, the fathers who don’t care, the guy in an oversized pick-up truck who cuts me off, the good old boys who want to control our thoughts and bodies. We often pay attention to the bullies and the sensational screw-ups. Take time with me to reflect on the Good Guys. I spent a weekend with my family recently, catching up with my grown sons and their exploits. My husband and I sat with them outside way past twilight as they dissected culture and politics. My younger son, who works in the film industry, sees artistic nuances everywhere. My older son, a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, told us about his challenges mentoring middleschool students who need help with math as well as the presence of an adult male. The idea humbled me that my baby could be that man. As he talked, we heard a kitten mewing. The poor creature was stuck in an odd hole near the roof line of the house and kept peeking its fuzzy head out. My sons jumped up, grabbed a ladder and went into action, stopping everything to rescue her. I was still sitting in amazement at their energy, youth and compassion. It turned out to be a complicated retrieval. Their dad chuckled. I looked at him and was glad he was their father. He smiled back at me, and I felt washed over with love for this oak tree of a man who is always steady, always there, always carrying that potential energy.



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Standing at 23.5 inches, the height of two soda bottles, Junrey Balawing, 18, from the southern Philippines holds the record as the world’s shortest man in the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

Watkins ‘Tired of Screwing Around’ ADAM LYNCH

Wednesday, June 8 Delta Airlines says it will reimburse the $200 bag fee each it charged to American solders who brought back more than three pieces of luggage from Afghanistan. … The Southern Poverty Law Center files a federal civil rights lawsuit against Jackson Public Schools for mistreating students at the district’s alternative school.

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Thursday, June 9 Gov. Haley Barbour appoints Leslie Lee to serve as state public defender… The Port of Gulfport receives a final $481 million in federal funds to complete its restoration. Friday, June 10 The state of Alaska releases thousands of Sarah Palin’s emails from her first two years as governor. … The Senate Judiciary Committee approves Attorney Felicia C. Adams as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi. Saturday, June 11 Rep. Anthony Weiner announces that he is receiving professional treatment and requests a leave of absence from the U.S. Congress after his sexting scandal. … The Mississippi Braves suffer their 10th straight home loss to Chattanooga, 2-3. Sunday, June 12 A fire burns 850 acres in Jackson County. The Mississippi Forestry Commission says arson or carelessness is to blame. … Newt Gingrich gives a foreign-policy speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition accusing the Obama administration of placing more importance on being politically correct than on using common sense.

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Monday, June 13 Minnesota Republican and Tea Party supporter Rep. Michele Bachmann announces her run for president. … A federal court judge sends former Mississippi attorney Paul Minor and two former judges back to prison.


Tuesday, June 14 Hope Enterprise Corporation, a community-development organization, announces its membership with NeighborWorks that will assist with local and regional affordable housing projects. … The majority of American students have insufficient knowledge of American history, according to test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Get daily news updates at

Farish Street developer David Watkins said he is investing more than $4 million to comply with a B.B. King Blues Club lease agreement.


fter a host of leasing delays, developers of the historic Farish Street Entertainment District have decided to sweeten the deal for entertainment venues by kicking in almost $5 million in personal build-out money. The Jackson Free Press reported last month that B.B. King Blues Club signed a lease deal with Farish Street developer Watkins Development, LLC, but that the nature of the deal commits Watkins Development to fund further construction and

build-out for the venue. David Watkins, President and CEO of Watkins Development, said he got tired of waiting for investors and loans and decided to prop up the build-out with his own funds. “I put $4 million into it, and I’m continuing to put more money into it. That’s personal money,” Watkins said. “It’ll be alright because the reward will be worth it. I got tired of screwing around. We’ve made a gut-wrenching decision that we’re just going to move forward, to put more money into

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the project. Whatever money the tenants have come up with, we’re going to backfill those shortstops with additional equity investment from us.” Watkins made the announcement after The Clarion-Ledger ran a story reporting the Jackson City Council’s impatience at seeing slow progress on the Farish Street Entertainment District. Last Tuesday, Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen gave the council an update on various developments including Farish Street. Allen told the council that the state of Mississippi had backed out of a $5 million loan for the project, which has pushed Watkins to overcome the $5 million financial void. “How that turned into Ben Allen saying the project is stalled is honest-to-God beyond me,” Allen told an audience of about 50 at Koinonia Coffee House June 10. Allen made no reference to the project being on hold or on the shelf during his portion of the council presentation, which included input from Jackson developers Mike Peters and Ted Duckworth on the need to reauthorize the DJP-managed business improvement district. In fact, Allen told the council that he believed Watkins would succeed in opening venues in the district soon. News of Watkins’ most recent personal investment arrives almost three years after the developer took over the Farish Street District WATKINS, see page 7

Stuff My Dad Says


Dads say the darndest things, sometimes not making a lick of sense. We asked readers for a sampling of their favorite dad-isms. Here’s what they told us:

“Anything after midnight is for the devil.” “You’re riding the gravy train. I do all the work.” “I’m not mad at you. I’m just irritated you had the audacity to keep me up at night worrying about you.”

“The possums are after me.” (when he shivered).

When cutting grass, my dad never says, “I do front-yard work.” Instead he calls it “the work you would want people to drive by and see.”

“You were country before country was cool.”

“I’m so hungry I could eat the southern end of a northbound donkey.” “How that turned into Ben Allen saying the project is stalled is honest-to-God beyond me.” —Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen regarding The Clarion-Ledger’s misinterpretation of his statements during a Jackson City Council meeting June 7 regarding development of the Farish Street Entertainment District.

“Anything you can do after 10 p.m., you can probably do before.” My dad was an announcer at little league games. The phrase I heard most often when pitching was (almost mumbling), “Hit bats man.”

“Want in one hand, sh*t in the other; see which one fills up first.”


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renovation project from Memphis developer Performa Entertainment. Watkins paid Performa more than $400,000 and assumed $1.5 million in debt after Performa proved unable to complete the renovations. Watkins had been expecting a $5 million state bond from the Legislature to supply the build-out money, but legislators did not include the $5 million in a $420 million bond package for statewide projects this legislative session. The arrival of the B.B. King Blues Club heralds the opening of other venues, according to Watkins. “They finally agreed to (move in) in December, so we know we got B.B. in December. That triggers three other clubs that were waiting for B.B., so they’ll hopefully be in by December or soon after,” Watkins said. “Thankfully, these other three clubs already have their (build-out) money. We hope to have five clubs open by December. The remaining seven or eight will be open within 12 months,” Finding venues to sign leases on Farish Street is no easy feat, because Watkins and developers want the area to host considerably high-end venues. “We want young clubs and young and local entrepreneurs, but we require that they have some financial stability and depth, because the last thing we want are revolving doors. We turned away a whole lot of clubs where the owners did not have the financial stability to pay the rent. If they generate less than $1 million in revenues, they’re not going to stay in business down there,” Watkins said.

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Zoo Dues

The Jackson Zoo is asking the city to back its attempt to restructure debt.


He adds that most venues opening in the area must expect to serve “500 meals a day.” Watkins said the main reason he was personally reaching into his own pocket was because of “the pressures of the public and the politicians who want to see something right now.” So far, developers expect Wet Willie’s Daiquiri Bar and Red Rooster to be the next venues to open this year or early next year. Watkins said he also expected an as-yet unnamed upscale cigar lounge and premium liquor club to also open its doors. Although Watkins Development LLC is in charge of developing the district, the property is owned by quasi-government entity Jackson Redevelopment Authority, which has been holding off charging the developers lease money as they jump through an army of hoops. Jackson Redevelopment Authority member John Reeves told the JFP last month that Watkins was having a difficult time gathering local investment in the project. “The banks, it seems, don’t consider Farish Street to be a high priority,” Reeves said. He added that if anybody was likely to complete Farish Street it would be Watkins, the developer who spurred the renovation of the King Edward Hotel and the Standard Life Building. The Farish Street project is 85 percent complete. Watkins expects total investment in Phase 1 of the project to be $11.7 million after build-out costs. Every restaurant, Watkins said, is required to have four days of live entertainment a week. Comment at

he Jackson Zoological Park, which faces re-accreditation this year, is looking to tackle its money-issues. Zoo Director Beth Poff said the zoo will ask

the city to back the facility’s attempt to restructure $880,000 in debt. “The city is essentially guaranteeing that it will be honoring its (lease) agreement with the zoo for the next eight years or so, and that the amount (the bank) gets will be continuing, so the bank will be comfortable in restructuring the debt,” Poff said. Mims said that if the city commits to the restructuring, it will not be required to dedicate any extra money to the zoo’s budget. Instead, the city would steer a portion of its annual allocation to the cost of the restructuring, rather than directly to the zoo. “Still, this is very preliminary right now, and we’re waiting for the details,” Mims said. Poff said attendance at the zoo has fallen in the last three years during the recession and that it has had to lay-off some personnel and eliminate some unfilled positions to adjust to the revenue drop.

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inson suggested that if voters viewed the ballot initiative as illegally superseding the language of the constitution, that they could rightfully vote against it in November. “If you say that people look to desire to place that limitation in the language ... (then) you have no reason to oppose this, because when this gets on the ballot, and the people vote, they’re going to vote consistently with ADAM LYNCH

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Attorney Rob McDuff argued June 6 that a ballot initiative should not be able to alter the Mississippi Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

that desire they have, and they’ll turn this (initiative) down,” Dickinson said. The court, which recessed, could be leaning in favor of allowing the Personhood Initiative if Dickinson’s arguments prove to be the opinion of the majority, despite constitutional language stating that “the initiative process shall not be used ... for the proposal, modification or repeal of any portion of the Bill of Rights of this constitution.” If justices vote to allow the initiative to proceed, the conservative court may have to tie itself in a knot trying to placate Republican ally Leland Speed, interim executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, who filed a suit in Hinds County Circuit Court challenging the legality of a Mississippi Farm Bureau-sponsored eminent-domain ballot initiative. Speed, who did not file suit in his role

with the MDA, but as “a taxpayer and qualified elector,” opposes the eminent-domain restriction initiative because, the suit states, the Mississippi Constitution of 1890 “prohibits use of the initiative process for the proposal, modification or repeal of any portion of the constitution’s Bill of Rights.” It is essentially the same argument McDuff used against the Personhood Initiative. “The enforcement of Section 273(5)(a) is necessary to protect the Bill of Rights from the initiative process,” wrote attorney Fred Banks, representing Speed. “While some land owners may think Initiative 31 enhances their property rights, it will in fact take away sales opportunities from many property owners. In addition, if the initiative process can be used to modify or repeal property rights, it could be used in the future to take away those rights if a popular majority chooses to do so.” Last year, plaintiffs opposing the Personhood Initiative took their suit to Hinds County Circuit Court, but newly appointed Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Malcolm Harrison, appointed by Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, kicked the issue to Supreme Court by ignoring the constitutional language and concluding that Personhood Mississippi had collected enough signatures to get started. Hinds County Circuit Court has not ruled on Speed’s suit. But if the court punts the second initiative to Supreme Court, judges ruling in favor of the overriding strength of the ballot initiative for the Personhood Initiative would be hard pressed to explain the sudden deterioration of that strength when confronted with an initiative opposed by Republican leaders like Gov. Haley Barbour. Barbour refused to restrict eminent domain during the 2009 legislative session despite overwhelming bi-partisan support from the state’s Republican and Democratic legislators. The governor vetoed a bill restricting eminent domain that year, arguing that excluding eminent domain for for-profit companies would discourage business growth in the state. Comment at

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Levee Board member Socrates Garrett said he approves of a new conflict-ofinterest policy to move forward flood control along the Pearl River.

Board was signing on to the resolution was the foundation’s willingness to foot the board’s half of the study cost it shares with the federal government. Corps attorneys, however, told Levee Board attorney Keith Turner that the board needs to have a strict conflict-ofinterest policy in place for PRV contractors before moving forward with any work arising from the resolution. Turner submitted to the board June 13 a four-page draft policy that demands from contractors a detailed disclosure of financial interest in the project, among other things. One requirement is “a list of the contractors, subcontractors and members of each entities immediate family’s interests in real property located� in the area affected by the new lake or levees. The agreement, drafted by Turner’s office, restricts deals made with contractors who are friends or family members or who offer special considerations. “If we were retaining (a contractor) to

go out and do the work it would be a different situation. John has already acknowledged (the need for this) because some of his people have property in the project area, and the Corps was concerned about conflict of interest and wanted to have a policy in place before we moved forward,� Turner told the Jackson Free Press. The USACE only recently decided to consider offering federal financing for a flood control plan containing a lake. For years, the Corps refused to allow a locally preferred lake plan to get federal review and instead insisted that a levee expansion was the only viable option for flood control in the area. The Corps claimed a new lake would pose a threat to local wetlands. It altered this view last year. The JFP previously reported that McGowan and his family members, as well as members of McGowan Working Partners, Levee Board member Leland Speed and other supporters owned land in the Two Lakes footprint. That footprint is different from the proposal the Levee Board is now considering; however, some areas overlap. Turner described the draft confict-ofinterest policy, which applies to the Levee Board’s service agreement with the foundation, as “pretty tight.� “I’m sure it will get tweaked some more, but the fact is we’re trying to be as above board and open as possible,� Turner said. Levee Board member Socrates Garrett said he had reservations about the restrictive nature of the policy but was among the members who voted unanimously in favor of it for the sake of moving the process along. The list of contractors and technical consultants proposed to form a percentage of the foundation’s board include Wildlife Technical Services Inc., and Sol Engineering Services, among others. Also see Comment at

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he details are too similar. A school security officer leads a student to the stairs near the gym. He closes one cuff on the child’s wrist and the other on the stair railing. He leaves the student alone for hours. Many Capital City Alternative School students tell the same story. They claim extreme and excessive treatment for infractions such as not wearing a belt, wearing the wrong shoes or talking back. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court June 8, saying Jackson Public Schools unconstitutionally punished students over minor offenses. Children as young as 9 face severe punishment for dress code violations or talking back at the alternative school, neither of which are crimes. A 15-year-old girl loudly called out the name of a friend in the hall to get her attention. A “campus enforcement officer,” the suit alleges, told her to “shut up.” “Who are you talking to? I ain’t your child,” the girl said. For talking back, the officer walked the girl down the hall where they met principal Marie Harris, the suit alleges. She asked where the officer was taking the student. “To the stairway,” he said. Harris allowed him to continue. The officer cuffed the girl to the railing and left her alone for hours. Jackson Public Schools released a statement last week saying it takes any allegation of this nature seriously. “The JPS legal department will respond to the lawsuit in the appropriate legal manner,” the statement reads. “JPS is totally and fully committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of its students.” Jody Owens, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center office in Jackson, said he is waiting to hear back from the school district. JPS has 21 days to respond to the complaint. “We want to bring this to a quick resolution,” Owens said. The lawsuit details other allegations from other students. Earlier this spring, the suit says, a boy showed up at school without his belt. The 16-year-old walked up to the

metal detector that all the students at the alternative school have to go through. The boy reported to in-school suspension for violating the dress code. A counselor offered him a replacement belt so he could go to class. Bobby Walden, assistant principal, stopped the counselor. The boy protested. He wasn’t physically aggressive, and he didn’t threaten anyone. For talking back, the assistant principal told a school safety officer to take the boy to the school gym and handcuff him there. Officer Franklin McGee, the suit alleges, took the boy to a spot in the gym next to the stairs leading up to the stage, handcuffing him to the railing. One cuff went on the boy’s wrist, the other on the railing. No one uncuffed the boy so he could eat lunch. Someone brought him food, and he ate cuffed to the railing. The SPLC lawsuit claims that the boy faced the same punishment three more times that week for not following the dress code. “This excessive use of restraints was not designed to reduce or curb misbehavior or prevent violence,” the lawsuit states. The lawsuit also alleges: • A 14-year-old boy who wore a stocking cap to class threw his papers on the ground and refused to do his schoolwork. When he was left alone, cuffed to the railing, he yelled out because he had to go to the bathroom. The school safety officer refused to let him go. When the cuffs came off at the end of the school day, they left marks on his wrists. The boy got similar punishments for wearing mismatched shoelaces and not bringing back paperwork. • A 14-year-old boy refused to take off his shoes during a routine search. He didn’t want to do it and went to class upset. A school safety officer dragged him by his belt to the gym. The officer handcuffed his arm and leg and shackled the handcuffs to the pole. The boy said it was too tight. A school official called his mom, but when she got to the school she wasn’t allowed to go to him. The officer uncuffed the boy and brought him to the office to his mother. She saw bruises and scratches on his wrists that he didn’t have that morning. • A 15-year-old boy was dancing and rapping in his classroom. Walden told him to stop. The boy stopped. “Boy, you look like you got an attitude,” Walden allegedly said. Two security guards took the boy to the gym and handcuffed him to the stair railing. The cuffs left marks on his wrists. The lawsuit asks the court to prohibit the school from cuffing students and to protect the students’ constitutional rights. Comment at


by Adam Lynch

JPD Investigating Communications Failure

The Jackson Police Department is investigating Leslee Foukal’s recovered car being held in the city impound lot for weeks without notifying the owner.

Vance would not speculate on whether the departmental breakdown happened at vehicle check-in at the impound lot or after the employee did a vehicle check. “It’s too early to say what happened,” Vance said. “I really am sorry that it appears that she had all of these things happen to her in the course of this investigation, but I’m glad she notified us of what has happened because that gives us an opportu-


nity to review our procedures.” Vance added that if department procedures are not working or if they allow people to “fall through the cracks,” then the department intends to fix the problem. “If there’s something we can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to her or anybody else,” Vance said, “that’s what we’re going to do.” Comment at


t first thought, you might think you know Outback Steakhouse. Sure they serve USDA Choice steaks and imported Danish Blue Cheese and make their soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch everyday (oh, and yes, that includes Outback Steakhouse the hand-cut croutons and homemade chocolate sauce). Sure, they were voted #1 Best Steak in the 2009 and 2010 Zagat surveys. But did you know they are great patriots too? In 2002 a team of Outbackers travelled to Afghanistan to feed troops stationed there. The idea was to bring a little bit of food and comfort from home to the brave men and women serving our country overseas. Thus, Operation Feeding Freedom was born. Since that first trip, another six trips, serving troops in Djibouti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and aboard the USS Nimitz in Bahrain have taken place. Overall, 167,000 troops have been served. Given that this is SEC country, to not mention the Outback Bowl would be a penalty! The Outback Bowl is a New Year’s Day college football game matching teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference. 2011 was the 25th anniversary of the Outback Bowl. What makes Outback so unique is that it’s hardly just a steakhouse. From fresh soups and salads, to the famous bloomin’ onion, to great chicken and fish dishes, every member of the family leaves happy and full from a trip to the Outback. With a gluten-free menu, Outback offers a variety of options that allow even those patrons with food allergies to find a great meal at Outback. Need something special to wash down that steak? Try one of the many signature cocktails from Outback’s expansive drink menu. Or, choose from a great selection of craft beer or wine, with options that will pair perfectly with your dinner. Make sure you save room for dessert, because with offerings like the Chocolate Thunder from Down Under, classic New York-style cheesecake, and Carrot Cake, good things truly do come to those who wait. Can’t decide which to choose? Go for the Sweet Adventure Sampler Trio and have a bite of all three. With so many incredible, tasty options there is a menu full of reasons to eat at Outback. Perhaps the most important reason is patronizing a restaurant that truly believes in giving back. From Operation Feeding Freedom to Outback’s other charitable actions, eating good never felt so good.

Unaware that her Jeep was tucked away in the city lot for weeks, Foukal rented a car May 5 and purchased a replacement vehicle May 11. “That had been my sole mode of transportation,” Foukal said. “I couldn’t put off owning a vehicle any longer.” On May 12, Foukal says she called the impound lot and discovered that her vehicle had been sitting there for the past 13 days. Foukal retrieved her vehicle the next day, but the windows had been left down, allowing rain and other elements in. Seven days later, on May 20, a detective called Foukal to tell her that JPD had found her vehicle and stowed it at the impound lot. Foukal claims that someone in the department had identified her stolen vehicle as early as May 10, however, one day before she pointlessly purchased another vehicle. Foukal said she received a letter May 26 informing her that her stolen car was on the lot. The letter is dated May 10, she said, even though its postmark is May 25. “My real goal is to make sure that standard operating procedure is changed and that cops cross-reference vehicles when they tow them and that they’re getting out calls when they’re on the impound lot, and I’m not sure if that’s happening,” Foukal said.



ackson Police Department Assistant Chief Lee Vance said he is looking into suspected communication failures that held a crime victim’s car in impound for more than a month. “I just got a letter from her… and I’ve got my investigators as well as my people in the precinct reviewing not only the letter but the procedures that we have in place,” Vance said. Leslee Foukal, manager of Sneaky Beans on North State Street, says JPD’s poor interdepartmental communication cost her more than $1,000. “I think this is a case of people in the department not talking to other people in the department,” Foukal said. Unidentified thieves stole Foukal’s 2000 Jeep Cherokee from a Jackson parking lot April 21, she told the Jackson Free Press. She reported the theft to JPD and received a case number the next day. Eight days later, on April 29, police found and towed Foukal’s Jeep to the city’s impound lot. The department did not recognize the vehicle as Foukal’s, however, even though she supplied the vehicle’s VIN and tag number to a detective on April 25, four days before the Jeep arrived at the impound lot.


jfp op/ed

opining, grousing & pontificating


Treating Children Worse Than Dogs


andcuffing and shackling children is despicable. Yes, children break rules and need discipline. Yes, they can be rude and annoying. Yes, they can push your limits even if you are a trained professional. None of this means you can handcuff children to a stair railing and leave them unattended for hours. You wouldn’t treat a dog that way. Some might not care, but you do. You get upset when you see a dog chained on a short leash trying to eat. If you notice it’s been a few hours, you might really get upset at the unfeeling and neglectful owner. You might be brave enough to free the dog or to confront the owner. Each of us should care that Jackson children are treated worse than dogs for not adhering to a strict dress code or sassing back. It’s not uncommon for kids to do things like that. You did it yourself, or your own kids do it now. These acts are not crimes. After gathering stories from many students in different grades who attended Capitol City Alternative School at different times, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a class-action suit in federal court asking Jackson Public Schools to stop excessive and extreme punishments for minor offenses. Students said school security guards handcuffed and shackled them for wearing the wrong shoelaces, talking too loud or having a smart mouth. You wouldn’t treat your great-grandmother that way. Someone might, though, if she were locked away in a nursing home and no one ever visited. It’s hard to imagine someone preventing her from going to the bathroom. If you knew, you would at least speak up. You might even take action. Alternative schools are not prisons. They are schools. Teenagers are not scary monsters or thugs we must eliminate. They are children. Their brains aren’t fully developed. Dehumanizing an entire demographic doesn’t solve any problems. It makes all of us less human. Zero-tolerance, tough-love policies that make life unbearable for children who misbehave frequently turn out to be class and race related. Rich kids, white kids, preachers’ kids—all kids act up, sass their elders and push the limits of any dress code you impose. We suspect it was similar repeated infractions of dress-code violations and back-talk that sent these students to alternative school in the first place. But alternative schools shouldn’t be a holding pen where one assumes its students are only going to jail anyway. With that assumption, school administrators might act as if the children in their care are only there to learn what they can expect in prison. Except prisoners get legal counsel, and children don’t always have an advocate. Their parents don’t always know what happens at school. The Southern Poverty Law Center says Capitol City Alternative School and JPS violated the constitutional rights of these Jackson children. If they are right, this abuse must stop.


Dreams Deferred


June 15-21, 2011

iss Doodle Mae: “Jojo hired a few college graduates to work during the summer at his Discount Dollar Store. The temporary summer employees reported to work with their heads hanging low. They are depressed because of the struggling economy and the lack of employment in their field of study. The $40-thousand-dollar-a-year job is just a dream deferred. Today our scholars must settle for a minimum-wage job at a dollar store in the ghetto. Jojo felt the college graduates’ shame and frustration during the new employee orientation session, so he decided to give his new employees a much-needed pep talk.” Jojo: “You’re thinking that this job is way below your standard. Don’t allow this temporary circumstance to control your thinking. In the meantime, apply your acquired knowledge to develop and grow in the discount dollar store business. As an entrepreneur with a college education, the possibilities are endless. You could advance to the level of store manager, regional director or owner of several stores. All it takes is a good idea, plenty of diligence and lots of focus. Just do the best you can each day. Help someone along the way. And, in time, your star will shine when you make your dreams come true.” Miss Doodle Mae: “Oh, well. Jojo did his best to motivate the disappointed college grads. Now it’s time to get the store ready for the Jojo’s 12 Discount Dollar Store Father’s Day Tie and House Slippers Sale.”

LETTERS Dear Editor, @$$holish! That was the best adjective I could coin on my first impression. A friend/coworker gave me a copy of the JFP to read because he appeared in an article. After reading that article, I flipped through the rest of the issue. My eyes fell on the contributor’s photos. For this issue (Vol. 9, Issue 36) the main article featured the story of the Freedom Riders who risked their lives and personal freedoms. So, as what I assume was meant to be a “tribute,” the contributors posed in “mugshots” similar to those of the Freedom Riders who were arrested. Not sure if my first impression was an appropriate one, I shared my opinion with a friend. “Presumptuous,” she called it. (By this time, I had also come up with “pompous” and “pretentious.”) I asked my friend who gave me the paper. He offered, “Yeah, I saw that,” with a shaking of his head, “I don’t know what they were thinking.” (His father worked with the movement in McComb in the early ‘60s.) I was suddenly reminded why I read the JFP at all. It’s free and that’s about it. I know many people who love to read your paper. I like to read multiple perspectives so I’ve tried not to let my attitude of the Fondren/north Jackson area taint my perspective. As a south Jackson native and current west Jackson resident this can be difficult, although we do seem to share a mutual distaste for Madison. It would seem that the JFP sees itself as a kindred spirit of the Freedom Riders. The main lesson that I take from the story of the Riders is to make the effort to put myself in someone else’s shoes. So when I attempt to do that, when I try to imagine how the Riders must have felt and then imagine what they must think when they look around at today’s society, I see myself 50 years later opening the JFP and seeing a parody of my mugshot. It brings me back to my first impression: “What a bunch of A-holes!” —Randy Payne

Editor responds: Yes, Mr. Payne, the staff mugshots were a heartfelt homage to the courage of the Freedom Riders, without whom we would not be publishing our newspaper. The column the photos framed made that point clearly. We were inspired by the Freedom Rider photo exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art where visitors could make and display their own mugshots. The Riders’ return to Jackson was wonderful and emotional for everyone involved. Again, God bless them. Dear Editor, An otherwise good feature, “Good Ideas, Family,” (Vol. 9, Issue 35) is missing the fact that children born are people. Environment is vital, but it is not everything, as the feature seems to indicate. People are born hardwired to some extent, as in homosexuality, and environment doesn’t change that. People are born with intellectual abilities, athletic abilities, artistic abilities, etc., and an environment that encourages these abilities will give each person the chance to optimize their ability. But not all ability is the same and it cannot be nurtured to be the same. Would it not be a boring world if there were not differences? As a parent with three children who could not be more different, I struggled with the implication that nurture was the hands-down only factor in growing a responsible person. —Jill-Allyn (McCluskey) Editor responds: As we stated in “10,000 Hours to Genius,” emerging neuroscience disproves status quo thinking regarding children: that they are either born dumb or smart. Nature may provide a baseline; however “80 percent or more” of what we consider intelligence comes from what happens after we’re born. These new discoveries were the basis of many of our features regarding children.

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ear Dad, I accepted this assignment about a month and a half before it was due. I really do not know why I agreed, because I knew it was going to be difficult. Not that I couldn’t find the words, but I worried that I would not thank you the way I should for everything you did for me as my father. But tonight I realized why. Less than four days before this assignment deadline, my wife, Lisa, explained in a condensed fashion why I accepted it. In the matter-of-fact tone she has with me sometimes, she said, “You accepted because it is time to write about him.” Dad, I often look back at the times we spent together. The first recollection I have of us is sitting in an oilstained stall at the Sonic on Clinton Boulevard on an early Saturday morning in the late ’70s. You moved us here from the Delta to build that restaurant and forge the American Dream. You wouldn’t go inside until you heard the prediction from that voice over the radio of the Mississippi State football game. Thank you for building that restaurant, working seven-day weeks and teaching me to relish the short opportunities to include sports in my life. I recall, especially in the summer, the many hours we spent in the backyard and on the field, practicing and playing baseball. Thank you for pushing me to be a pitcher and the best I could be. But most of all, thank you for letting me pursue other positions because I had the tendency to hit the biggest target at the plate. The batters feared me. Those times you taught me forgiveness, love and acceptance. One of the most important traits you taught me is giving. You worked those seven-day weeks, sent me and two others to private school, had time to teach and play, and provided fresh fruits and veggies from your garden. You taught me the excitement of giving at Christmas. Those presents flowed out from under the tree like a mature root system. Never did we go without, and looking back, it was too much. And now, I admit that my son receives too much as well. Thank you for teaching me one part of his happiness. There are many more thank-yous that I could pen, and fortunately, most were shared in the last few months we had together. I never thought cancer would be your demise. That is why I wasn’t there for a long period after the diagnosis.

Heck, you survived near-death car crashes, being shot by an armed robber, multiple trips to the emergency room and rearing three children. You could handle the big “C.” I missed your last Father’s Day because I was stubborn. Eventually, I brought your gift and am comforted by that. I want you to know that it took me a while to realize it, but you taught me that every day should be Father’s Day. We never know when our last day will be. And in those last months, weeks and days together, they were all Father’s Days. I thank you for fighting the way you fought, like the true Delta farmer you had in you. I can’t imagine missing the first three to four weeks of school because the crop was ready. Thank you for teaching me toughness and tenacity. As a father, you were holding on for me, and I know that. You knew your first grandson was being born soon, and you wanted so badly to see his face, hold him, laugh with him and nurture him. But the outcome of your life was underway, and you realized it. You told me you wouldn’t make it until then so that I could prepare myself, and so we could have the conversations we hadn’t had. I will never let the day disappear from my memory when you wanted me to tell you the big secret we were keeping. You had to know the baby’s name, you said. I conceded and told you our baby would be named Wells. His name carries part of yours, and we chose it to honor you. You cried, and I cried because you taught me it was OK. Thank you. But, Dad, most of all, thank you for showing me love. You are still my rock and I know that I disappoint you in ways, but there is that forgiveness thing you have. I love you and tell Wells about you all the time. I miss you. I thank you, and hope that you still have that smile deep in your heart. The smile of joy you taught me. Love, Langston

It took me a while to realize it, but you taught me that every day should be Father’s Day.

Roy Ellis Moore died Dec. 1, 2002. Wells Bowen Moore was born March 19, 2003. Langston Moore lives in Fondren with his bride, Lisa. He enjoys flea marketing, exploring historic downtowns and photography. He is employed by a statewide, non-profit agency. Follow him on twitter @lstonmo.

CORRECTION: In Volume 9, Issue 39 (June 8-14, 2011) we printed the wrong last name for our “Hitched” couple on the cover. They are Brittany and Geoffrey Simmons. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.


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Opening Doors:

The JFP Interview With Tyrone Lewis by Adam Lynch

June 15 - 21., 2011

You know about the bills, the headaches and the drain upon resources that is the county jail. There’s also the lack of resources and the rotten budget. Why do you want to be sheriff? I’m a public servant. This is something I’ve been doing ever since I got out of college. Some people find their calling later in life. I was lucky enough to find my calling early in life. I was very successful at the Jackson Police Department, and I want to take those successes to the highestranking law-enforcement agency in the county. What’s the difference between the police department and the sheriff’s department? The sheriff has more authority and more power. And he has to do more things with resources because he has more than 14 one municipality to deal with.

You’re right about that, and there will be an issue with spreading those resources over those municipalities. Places like Clinton and Jackson will compete for patrol vehicles. How do you strike a balance between those places? The key to that is developing relationships and partnerships with their municipal police departments. Most of them are small, like Bolton, Edwards and Clinton, and everybody needs to sit at the

table. No one entity can do it by themselves. We have a Bolton Police Department that doesn’t have but two or three people in it. You want to define what their issues are. If its drug-related, for example, then you want to team them up with the sheriff’s department’s narcotics team and the state drug task force. It’s a matter of shuffling manpower to where the needs are, and you can redistribute manpower on a daily basis. With the police department, we followed our COMSTAT assessment and deployed manpower where the greatest need was, often differently every week.



yrone Lewis, former Jackson Police officer (1983-2010), police chief and Democratic candidate for Hinds County Sheriff, is not a small man. He stands about 6 feet, but his barrel chest is like a cowcatcher on a 19th-century steam locomotive. When he flexes his arms, the muscles beneath the skin tumble over one another like a bag of basketballs. This year will mark Lewis’ second attempt at replacing Hinds County Sherriff Malcolm McMillin, who beat back Lewis four years ago with the support of rural areas and fair support inside the city. Lewis believes the tables may have turned this time around. During the interview, Lewis made a point to introduce “American’s Toughest Sheriff,” a book by controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for making inmates live in tents to make space at the county jail and wear pink. Lewis says he’s not as controversial as the Arizona hothead, although like Arapio, he is looking to devise new ways of solving old problems.

Overcrowding at the county jail is a popular issue. What’s your plan to deal with it? You need to have a better relationship with the Mississippi Department of Corrections and with the commissioner himself. The county houses a lot of state inmates, but you’ve got to think of the safety of the inmates and the employees. If there’s room at the state facility, they need to house their own prisoners. Also, you want to keep prisons open to more violent offenders versus less violent offenders. I want to look at workrelease programs. There’s no need to pull over somebody and incarcerate him for three days over a $35 speeding ticket. You’re looking at a food service bill and medical bills, which can drive the $35 gained to a $5,000 bill. It’s better to develop a work-release program for people to work off their fines, and it frees up space as well. This kind of program requires permission from a judge, right? Yes. You’d think judges would be all over this tactic already. It has to be presented to them first, and you have to befriend them. I think I have a pretty good relationship with a lot of the judges, including two of the new judges, Judge Jeff Weill, who just got elected, and Melvin Preister. I’d be willing to sit down at the table and talk to them. It’s a matter of presenting this to them.

Name: Tyrone Lewis Age: 50 Born: Jackson Education: Jackson State University, bachelor’s degree in mass communications

Employment: 28-year veteran of Jackson Police Department, retired Currently: Democratic candidate for Hinds County Sheriff

How much do we bring in from the state for housing their prisoners? $29 per day, per inmate, approximately. Is that money we can afford to give up to make space for our local folks? It depends on our (county) assessment. If you’re housing more violent offenders, then no; you have to clear out your serious offenders first. Revenue will definitely be important, but it shouldn’t be a key factor when you’re facing serious overcrowding.


Lacelle and W.D. McClendon discuss concerns over breakfast with Tyrone Lewis during a campaign event June 8.

what had to be jettisoned? Nothing. Nothing had to go. In fact, we brought programs back. We were able to bring back programs like the Quality of Life program. We brought back the reserve unit. You have no plans when you walk in the door of considering lay-offs? No. Layoffs aren’t even on the table? No. Is that a healthy way of considering budget solutions, by removing options from the table? I don’t think it’s an option that we have to consider.

Cutting paperclips did that? Seriously, what sacred cows had to go? When you say sacred cows, what do you mean? Personnel?

How would you have handled the issue of abuse at the county jail? I’m the former training director for the Jackson Police Department. What we need to look at is their hiring practices, and we need to have criteria for hiring jailers and then make sure they get the appropriate training. The state requires correction officers to go through 80-hour training courses—funds reimbursed to the agency that sends them off for training. They need that, and continuing education training as well. Also, you can’t just hire anybody who wants a job. It requires hiring people with patience, integrity and the understanding that they’re going to be locked up as well.

Anything—programs, people—

These guys aren’t paid much.

How did you work out a 3 percent budget cut? What was that fairy magic? We went through the budget with a fine-tooth comb, prioritized need, whether we had to cut paper, paper clips and pencils to save public safety, and we gave up those things that we could do without.

What kind of personalities will work for that kind of money? That’s something else you’ve got to look at. We’re the largest sheriff’s department in the state, and we should set an example as far as salaries, training and equipment. We need a salary adjustment to get the best and brightest people. Supervisors will tell you that we don’t have the budget resources to spare for salary increases almost every time. What will you say different to convince them? I’m very frugal. I’ve proven that I’m a good manager of money. They have to see a proposal to show them exactly how the money’s being spent, line item by line item. They have to see where the raises will be going. We need to be able to show supervisors how the money is being spent so that we can afford to put raises where they need to go. Running for sheriff means there’s room for improvement in the office. What do you plan to do differently from the incumbent? I’m going to be more visible in incorporated areas in Jackson, and I’ll be more transparent with taxpayers’ money, and I’ll be more accessible. I don’t think enough of that in Jackson. There’s a misunderstanding that the sheriff is restricted to the rural areas, and that’s not the case. Hinds County is more than just rural areas. I definitely plan to be seen in more neighborhoods so the public gets a sense of safety seeing deputies involved in their neighborhoods.

More visibility means getting more people out on the street. How many deputies are there? The figures I got on paper last month was 118 certified deputies. They’ve got 81 reserve deputies. That gives you a large number. I want to look at the budget to see how many more than 118 we can hire, for the sake of visibility, and I want to conduct more classes for reserve deputies. They’re not paid, so they don’t affect the budget, and they’re obligated to the department for at least 16 hours a month. That’s what I did as Jackson police chief. You saw a police vehicle at almost every red light because reserve officers helped offset the sworn officers. Do reserve officers get their own patrol vehicles? Yes, and we need to do an assessment to see what is the budget for vehicles. That’s good, because there’s a brick wall waiting for you to beat your head on regarding gas allowances. You have to always anticipate gas prices being a problem. Again, we need an assessment by a team of the brightest and best minds to break down areas to patrol into smaller beats, like we did in Precinct 1, to make sure we have quicker and better response time and more efficiency with our gasoline. We’ll have to be creative. As technology changes, so must law enforcement.

How do you intend to deal with budget shortfalls? It’s not a tough question for me. When I was picked to be interim chief April 1, 2009, the first thing they told me was to cut the budget by 3 percent without disrupting public safety. At the time, the budget was $38 million. We were able to cut that budget and maintain our manpower without disrupting public service. The sheriff’s department is smaller than JPD, and we need to assess it and see what we can cut while keeping public safety in place. I notice they’ve got a furlough right now, but public safety should be the last division with a furlough. I would look in the budget to see how many deputies we can afford to hire to put on the street, and I want to supplement their numbers by revamping and re-instituting the volunteerreserve unit.

TYRONE LEWIS, see p 16


JFP Interview with Tyrone Lewis AMILE WILSON

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of construction going on across Hinds County. You have to take advantage of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there. Until you can get where you want to go, we want to try to open up doors to get you where we can.

Johnny Wilson speaks with Tyrone Lewis at a campaign event.

Fuel-efficient vehicles? Hybrids? If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re affordable, and we can budget for them. And you also have Segways. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of creative technology to help run a department. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough enough convincing supervisors to replace your old cars. Good luck. What plans to do you have to try to counter recidivism? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to develop strong partnerships with other agencies that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have now. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want criminals thinking they can come here and do bad business in this county. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same fear you get in Madison or Rankin County. We need to put our egos aside and bring everyone to the table. If there are mentoring programs or college incentive programs that need to be reinforced for crime prevention, we need to do that. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to reinvent the wheel. There are programs out there. Also, we need to do an evaluation of each person that comes to the jail to put them back in society, and make them a more productive person. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get a job if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a record. People just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hire you. How can you help that? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have all the answers, but I intend to bring work programs to the table and introduce them to inmates going back into society. I want to introduce potential employers to potentially good workers.

You mentioned that you would work more with surrounding law enforcement to combat crime in the area. We deal with many of the same clients, or criminals. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m able to extend an olive branch to different agencies. As police chief, we were able to form teams and partnerships with other agencies. This implies that the guy in there already isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing enough. In what ways is he not doing all he can to be a good partner with Madison and Rankin counties and other agencies? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had talks with agencies in the tricounty area, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to form relationships with the Hinds County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department â&#x20AC;Ś which they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have now. So thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a barrier to these types of relationships in Hinds County? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told by the agencies that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been speaking with. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the downside to forming relationships with these other agencies? Do you have to share more of the bust money gathered from arrests or something? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the big issue, but it may be part of the issue. Most of it is territory and ego. Everybody wants to be the shining star and get the credit, but as far as drug interdiction thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something everybody should be a part of because everybody gets a part of the pie, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $1 or $2. You know what kind of personalities you could be dealing with, right? Remember Madison County sheriff candidate Mark Sandridge, the guy describing Hinds County as the kind of place

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where people eat their own children or something like that? Could you work with a personality like that? I can. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the type of person who believes in building relationships rather than building walls. I will be the one to reach out and keep that line of communication open, rather than putting up walls. â&#x20AC;Ś We need to stay involved with other agencies and city government to send a message that this is a safe place to live and shop. Law enforcement has to take a new attitude in public safety. They have to be in touch with city government. They have to be in touch with county and state government to attract the tax base and keep a community thriving. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit back and not be involved in the planning and development of a community. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a get a gauge on your personal feelings. Say a deputy catches two African American young people sharing a joint. Do these young people need to be in jail? I think there needs to be some consequences behind that, but jail time is a question that depends on the amount. The underlying factor that everybody is missing when it comes to youth is that we may have a problem with youth, but the youth have their problems because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not holding adults accountable. Let me rephrase this: OK, Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say we got a couple of 43-yearold slackers caught in a car with a joint. Again, philosophically, do you think they need to be in jail? Well, according to the law, they should be arrested. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the top lawenforcement officer and tell my deputies to look the other way. But is that a waste of resources? Admittedly, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a legislator; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a sheriff. But if you had a chance to change it, would that be a law that needed changing?

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking at this situation across the nation. In other states theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve legalized this kind of thing. My opinion, as a law enforcement officer, is that the jury is still out on whether or not it should be. Under the law, they should be processed by the system. But should they stay in jail two or three days for that? No; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree with that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to put them on a work-relief program, and then maybe see if they need any rehabilitation help. Yeah, those guys would welcome that rehabilitation, I can tell you. Hey, remember the Arizona bill that almost made it through our Legislature this year? It would have demanded that your deputies inquire about suspectsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; residency status and then hold them in jail if they are determined to be undocumented residents. What were your personal feelings? I still have mixed feelings about that law. Of course, whatever the Legislature passes as law we have to enforce, but we would have to be creative enough to find ways to house them. Anything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the books you have to enforce, and as a sheriff, you have to be creative with the resources you have to accommodate a situation like that. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen some creative work, like Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He already had in mind what he was going to do with his tent city. That would be an option I would be looking at. Take off your sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hat for a minute and put on you accountantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visor and tell me: Were you nervous about that bill? I was. Because of the potential drain that it represented to the county budget? Most definitely. Comment at




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Magnus Eklund


icensed massage therapist Magnus Eklund’s professional and charity-based efforts show a penchant for easing tension. A native of Sweden, Eklund grew up an avid tennis player and skier. His initial foray into massage therapy came as a consequence of his hyperactive lifestyle. “I started doing yoga when I was in my early 30s because I had so many early injuries,” Eklund says. After coming to the United States in 1983 to play tennis at the University of Southern Mississippi, Eklund came to Jackson in 1989. He started his work as a structural integrator, and now operates his own structural integration therapy studio, Mind & Body Inc. on Lakeland Drive in Jackson. What differentiates structural integration therapy from regular massage therapy is the emphasis on movement. “When a client comes in they’re not just going to lay down, they’re going to participate in the work,” Eklund says. Though clients often come to this therapy for treatment of various injuries, it also facilitates general well-being and, Eklund says, helps bring the body back into balance. “As we get older, our muscles get tighter. SI is a lot about opening up space in the body and (creating) more movement,” he says. Eklund is one of few active SI therapists in the state, and his studio sustains a large clientele. He stresses that his license number is LMT144 and that he’s a U.S. citizen. In spite of his commercial success, Eklund lists community involvement as a continued priority. He is planning the second annual Yoga for Non-Violence charity event to benefit the Center for Violence Prevention, a women’s shelter and advocacy organization in Pearl. He came up with the idea last year and enlisted yoga studios to help. “I wanted to do something for the community. … Yoga and non-violence are both things that I feel passionate about,” he says. The event is $25 and begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Arts Center of Mississippi. Eklund invites attendees to participate in a 108 sun salutations: 108 repetitions of 12 basic yoga positions. “People can also train for this event at local yoga studios,” he says. Local studios are offering the trainings for free to support the event. Eklund attributes his affinity for peace and non-violence to his education. “Growing up in Sweden, I would read about Martin Luther King and Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, and I just felt like that was the way to go: peaceful solutions to conflict,” Eklund says. To allay conflict in his own life, Eklund enjoys reading, meditation and live music. “I especially like the blues down here,” he says. —Amelia Senter

Kevin Gilbert


evin Gilbert chuckled as he picked up a dropped blue pen. “I’ve got an 18-month-old baby and a 5 year old to deal with this morning,” he says. Gilbert arrived a few minutes past 8 a.m. at the Mississippi Association of Education, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the education quality for public school districts. At 39, Gilbert has been its president for four years. He moved to Madison when he was 14, and attended Madison Central High School, then called MadisonRidgeland High School. He went on to the University of Southern Mississippi, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1994 and a master’s in 1996 in political science. After graduating, he began teaching at Sumner Hill Junior High in Clinton. He juggled teaching social studies with coaching basketball and track and field. Two years later, he accepted a job offer from Northwest Rankin High School where he taught economics and social studies and coached basketball until 2000 when he returned to Sumner Hill. He spent a year at Carver Middle School in the ‘04-’05 school year, then became assistant principal at Clinton High School where he served until 2007, when he was elected the president of MAE. He has volunteered with the organization since he first began teaching. “And that’s my education resume,” he says. He laughed as he leaned back in his office chair. A plaque that reads “Assistant Principal” gleamed in the light as well as a few other memorabilia from his teaching jobs across the three public school districts. At MAE, Gilbert has worked to reduce dropout rates, raise educators’ paychecks and spread awareness of the cultural competency of public school districts throughout Mississippi. He strives for the day that Mississippi students can compete equally against other students on a national or even a global scale. “I want the schools to have all the resources necessary, highly effective educators, and the support from the community, Gilbert says. “Those three are important to the success of the public schools.” Gilbert has spent most of his life in Mississippi and plans to raise his family in Madison. “What I like about Mississippi is the hospitality, the opportunities and the potential,” he says. “I’ve noticed that when I was graduating college, many people were leaving the state. But now, more educated people are choosing to stay in Mississippi. That is good thing.” —Callie Daniels

Chris Goodwin


s a transplant to Mississippi’s capital, Chris Goodwin was initially reluctant to build a life here, but he soon found himself smoothly incorporated into the city, embracing all its diverse parts. Originally from Water Valley, Miss., Goodwin married his wife, Elizabeth, in 2000. Goodwin tried to persuade his new bride that Oxford was the place for them. She was of a different mind, however, and eventually, convinced Goodwin that Jackson is where they were meant to be. After a few months as a Jacksonian, the history buff recognized the accuracy of his wife’s intuition. “It was one of many discussions where it turned out she was right, and I was wrong,” Goodwin says, jokingly. Now 11-year Belhaven residents, the Goodwins have two children, Charlie, 10, and Eleanor, 7. Though very much a family man, he merges his home life with the arts and Jackson culture on almost a daily basis. “I grew up outside a small town in the county,” Goodwin says. “Just having a choice of more than one restaurant, a great independent bookstore and some good live music to listen to is mighty fine.” A 1993 graduate of the University of Mississippi, the 42-year-old studied journalism, history and anthropology. He found his passion for history, culture and writing, and decided to further his career incorporating these interests. In 2001, he took a job with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where he is director of public information and managing editor of the Journal of Mississippi History. His work includes planning for the future Mississippi Museum of History and the Civil Rights Museum. Goodwin also became part of the Jackson music scene by pursuing “good live music,” he says. A talented drummer, he was the driving beat in the former band The Moils for four years until the band called it quits in 2008. About nine months ago, Goodwin joined up with Matthew Magee, Austin Sorey, TB Ledford and Aven Whittington to form The Hustlers, a honky-tonk rock band. They play gigs at local venues, and draw a crowd that likes folk-based beats, what he calls “low-fire rock ‘n’ roll.” Goodwin also finds solace in jazz. “I enjoy the individual expression that each musician brings to the best jazz.” For information about The Hustlers, visit reverbnation. com/themississippihustlers. —Jordan Lashley see page 18







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Guangzhi Qu


r. Guangzhi Qu relishes the scientific challenge of treating cancer and the human side of healing patients. Qu, 43, an oncologist with Jackson Oncology Associates who practices at area hospitals, was weak as a child, suffering frequent colds. While still a young boy in China, he resolved to become a doctor to help people like his grandmother, whose chronic illnesses cast a shadow over his childhood. After completing medical school at Peking University, Qu came to the United States in 1992 to pursue a doctorate at Tulane University, studying a process called DNA-methylation and its relationship with cancer. He moved on to a residency in internal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, completing it in 2000. Qu fell in love with the good weather and good people in Jackson. He had to part with the balmy clime of Mississippi for three years, though, to complete a fellowship from 2000 to 2003 at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. There, Qu felt a strong affinity for the clinic’s collaborative, patient-centered approach to medicine. “The patient’s interest is the only interest we should consider,” he says. The eminently qualified doctor came to St. Dominic, where he practices with Jackson Oncology Associates, in January 2004. Though he often works 11-hour days, Qu never gets tired of his job. “I love what I’m doing,” Qu says. “I tap-dance into work.” Qu lives in Ridgeland with his wife, Xinhong, a neurologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital, and their four children. On weekends, he travels to tennis tournaments to support his children, all of whom play competitively. Oncology is a comparatively young field in medicine, Qu notes, making it an exciting arena, full of breakthroughs. Scientists only discovered the genetic roots of cancer 40 years ago, and researchers are only now harvesting some of the fruits of earlier discoveries, he says. Still, Qu says that the thing that sustains him is medicine’s age-old mandate to help people. “A thousand years ago, they used crazy ways to treat a patient,” he says. “But the attitude, the compassion—that’s (still) the keystone to what we’re doing.” —Ward Schaefer

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ark Jones could have taken his humanitarian efforts anywhere, but he chose to do good in his home state. Jones is a former youth minister, Sundayschool teacher and a public-relations director for the Salvation Army. When we met, a guy in shorts and a T-shirt with the most inviting, infectious smile I’ve ever seen approached me. Once we began to talk, Jones, 39, sent all my preconceived notions out the window. He is passionate about his job at the Salvation Army. “This job gets to blend my two loves: communication and the church,” Jones said. He graduated from Mississippi College in 1995 with a degree in communication and got a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 2000. Jones is also involved with a Salvation Army non-profit fundraiser called the Empty Bowl Program that feeds homeless and hungry people in the area. “The great thing is not only raising the funds, but actually getting to see the stomachs filled. It’s hands-on work as a P.R. director for the Salvation Army,” Jones said. Jones’ coworker Kim Jones (no relation) said he is an asset to the Salvation Army. “Although his assigned territory is the Southern region, he has trail-blazed many fundraising efforts for devastations across the world. Programs for the tsunami (relief) in Japan, the ‘killer tornadoes’ in the South, and the Empty Bowl Program all have been great accolades (for) Mark.” He isn’t doing all these things to prove anything; he does them because that’s how he was raised. Jones’ father is a minister and his mother a nurse. His father instilled in his four children the need to find and help the broken and hungry. Jones is married to a teacher, Kelly Jones. The couple has four children, a son, Andrew, 13, and three daughters: Ashley, 9; Megan, 7; and Meredith, 5. When he mentions his kids, Jones’ face lights up. “They’re my pride; they’re my joy,” he says. “Each one of them has a unique personality unto themselves. They all have a softness to their heart, but they also have a strongness to their character. I work every day to make them proud, to train them to be Godly children, to be good citizens, to be good students, but also to grow up to eventually be my partners in service, and hopefully, one day a really good friend.” He says Mississippi is a very special place. “We have so much to offer, and if I can make the Jackson area just a little bit better and see lives change, then it’s well worth living here.” —Jonnett Johnson

Sean Perkins


ean Perkins always thinks about the city of Jackson. As the chief of staff for Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., Perkins is responsible for overseeing the city’s nine departments and assisting the mayor. “We are always working,” he says about the mayor’s office. “It’s not just a job where you say, ‘OK, I’m not going to think about the city right now.’” The 36-year-old Jackson native has deep roots in the city he calls home. A graduate of St. Andrews High School, he left Jackson to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta for a few years, but came back to Jackson in 1992 to be closer to family. Perkins received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in public policy from Jackson State University in 1997 and 1999, respectively. After graduating from JSU, Perkins worked as director of constituent services during Johnson’s second term in 2001. When Mayor Frank Melton was in office, Perkins worked as the executive director of 100 Black Men in 2005 and as a branch manager for Regions Bank in 2008. He returned to work for the city when Johnson was re-elected in 2009. Perkins wants to re-create the support he received from the community growing up for his family and others in Jackson. The father of three is a fierce supporter of Jackson Public Schools, and his oldest son, Joseph, attends Casey Elementary School. “It feels good to be around people who have known me as a child,” he says. “These are the people who have kept me on the right track and helped me do things I am supposed to do. I think that coming back home and being around that nurturing environment is what helped me get to where I am today. … The one thing that hasn’t changed is that Jackson has always had a strong sense of community.” As Johnson’s go-to man, Perkins is accustomed to working on tight deadlines and dealing with unexpected issues such as the city’s water crisis in 2010. He always makes time, however, to have fun with his colleagues and spend time with his family. “Local government is where the rubber meets the road,” he says. “So there are times when things are very serious, but we have fun and are focused on getting the job done because our mayor is always focused on getting the job done,” he says. “At the end of the day, the citizens are at the heart of everything we do.” —Lacey McLaughlin

Ed Payne


amily history intrigued Ed Payne so much that his part-time genealogy hobby turned him into a published historian. As he researched his family’s Piney Woods past, he discovered connections to ancestors who lived in the Free State of Jones during the Civil War. It’s a complicated story. Jones County in southeast Mississippi, with an economy based on cattle and fierce individualism, supposedly seceded from the Confederacy in 1863. “People don’t follow a script,” Payne says. The Jones County folk weren’t necessarily abolitionists. They had a history of declaring themselves free from whatever government was over them. Most of them, though, didn’t own slaves and disliked plantation owners who were often officers in the Confederate Army. “The first real impact these people (in the Piney Woods) experienced of government coercion—you join the army, we take 10 percent of your cattle—was the Confederate government,” he says. Payne spoke at a genealogy society two years ago in Hattiesburg about some of the white men in Jones County who enlisted in the Union Army in New Orleans. La. After he spoke, three older white ladies approached him. He took a deep breath, expecting them to be upset, but what they said surprised him. “Why do you only talk about Jones County?” one of them asked. They all had stories of Civil War family members from all over South Mississippi who fought for the Union. Since he started his research, Payne has uncovered hundreds of Union enlistees from the Piney Woods. “The majority of my history work is this episode of South Mississippi history that is contrary to ‘Gone with the Wind,’” he says. Payne, 61, began his research seven years ago. About the same time, he started thinking about retiring from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. He lived in Jackson but wondered if retirement meant he needed to move away. He set out to discover Jackson as he had never seen it before, and realized he could retire here and be happy. He went to venues where local bands played, going out three times a week. Payne hung around and met musicians of all genres. Now, he’s friends with many of them. He still goes out several times a week to hear live music in Jackson. Payne recalls hearing Cary Hudson sing “The Free State of Jones.” It turns out Hudson, like Payne, has deep Piney Woods roots. —Valerie Wells see page 20



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yron Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Andra Oreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inquiring mind has taken him as far as Oxford, England, and Ghana, Africa. But the Jackson State University political science professor calls Jackson home and researches African American attitudes in Mississippi. The Jackson native has devoted his career to understanding statistics about African Americans and politics. He graduated from Callaway High School and earned his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in business administration from Mississippi Valley State University in 1988. He received a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in public administration from Ole Miss in 1990, a second masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in political science from the State University of New York in 1993 and doctorate in political science from the University of New Orleans in 1999. Oreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, a lobbyist, introduced his son to politics at an early age. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize I was being socialized to become a political scientist,â&#x20AC;? he says about his father, who exposed him to politicians, political advocacy and literature. Orey is researching African American racial identity and is taking surveys of JSU students about their attitudes to resolve inequalities along race, gender and age lines. He finds his work rewarding because there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of data available specifically relating to African Americans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given the fact that we have a historically black university and we have access to all these African American students, we have a unique population,â&#x20AC;? he says â&#x20AC;&#x153;We offer a unique population that many universities canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get access to in large numbers. I saw coming back to Jackson as a huge opportunity.â&#x20AC;? Orey, 45, often travels to schools like Vanderbilt and Harvard University to discuss his findings. So far, he has found a correlation between racial identity and grade point average. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we are able to teach young Africans more about who they are and where they come from, this tells me that will lead to higher self esteem and higher achievements,â&#x20AC;? he says. The father of one son, Kalen, 17, laughs when asked what he does in his spare time. He is often so fascinated in research that it is hard to break away, but he finds time to be active in the community, eat crawfish and attend college SWAC football games, especially Mississippi Valley State University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the research that I do has simply been neglected,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so easy to capitalize on research that people havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done or hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been done well.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Lacey McLaughlin



amily was always important to Stuart Rockoff. In fact, curiosity about his Jewish heritage led to his position as director of the history department at the Goldring/ Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. After spending his youth in Houston, Texas, Rockoff studied history at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, graduating in 1991. Doing graduate work at the University of Texas, he studied race and ethnicity and grew fascinated with his background, conducting research on how the Southern Jewish experience differed from that in the North. After completing his doctorate in 2000, he came to the institute to preserve that history. The instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to preserve the history of Jewish life in the South, especially in communities with shrinking Jewish populations. In addition to its history focus, the institute fosters Jewish culture throughout the region with a circuit-riding rabbi, educators who work with approximately 70 congregations and cultural programming. Rockoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work allows him to mentor future generations of historians, too. Each summer his department has four interns, mostly from the East Coast and northern United States. These interns research and visit small Jewish communities throughout the South. Rockoff likes that many of them have never visited Mississippi before and â&#x20AC;&#x153;all of them end up loving it,â&#x20AC;? he says. Like his colleagues, he sees the students grow a passion for the work as they learn about and preserve history that might otherwise be lost. After gathering a communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, Rockhoff compiles it in an online encyclopedia he created (available at that now contains histories of 188 Jewish communities from nine states. Complementing this is an oral-history project with video interviews. Preserving history with an eye toward the future is important to Rockoff in his personal life, as well. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters: Bella, 9, and Zoey, 7. He serves on the board of Parents for Public Schools. He also serves on the board of the Mississippi Heritage Trust and is involved in the planning of Temple Beth Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 150th anniversary gala in September. The importance of having a sense of place makes Rockoff, a Fondren resident since 2003, love Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never want to leave,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie Skipper


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ntonio Wright became paralyzed from the waist down Feb. 2, 1997, when he was just 22. A tire blew out in the car Wright was riding in on Interstate 55, causing the car to flip over eight times. The driver walked away without a scratch, but Wright suffered severe spinal injuries. Because he understands the emotional trauma of losing mobility, he founded a non-profit organization, the Metro Area Community Empowerment Foundation. It is an outreach to heal emotional wounds of disabled people, and help them regain strength and confidence through recreation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gave me a mission, and Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mercy gave me the opportunity to really push through,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been blessed to see today, and if I have today then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to try my best to bless someone else.â&#x20AC;? Before his accident, Wright was an aspiring football player. He played football when he attended Provine High School and Hinds Community College. At the time of the accident, he was about to start playing for Jackson State University. After recovering from his accident, Wright earned his physical-education degree from JSU in 2004 and helped coach the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football team. After graduation, he was a football coach and defense coordinator at Murrah, Provine and McComb high schools. In June 2010, he retired from football and now works with MACE full time. Wright believes community service is his calling and feels led to cater to the wheelchair community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surreal to think I was a football coach my entire life of being paralyzed and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel as at home as I do now working through my non-profit in the community,â&#x20AC;? he says. Through the foundation, Wright developed various physical-activity programs specifically catering to people with disabilities. One of these programs is the Jackson Rollin Tigers basketball team. The players on this team are all in wheelchairs and typically compete in out-of-town tournaments in places such as New Orleans, La., Mobile and Birmingham, Ala., and Memphis and Nashville, Tenn. When he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t traveling, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mahalia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy seeing athletes become their best and seeing them develop,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is so much like that, but so much better, because I get to see this person who has no idea of what they can do, and give them the tools and watch them blossom into these powerful people in society.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Laney Lenox












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Father’s Day Gift Guide


hy is it that we default to neckties when we think of gifts for Father’s Day? (Hey, I’m guilty, too!) This guide will help you shop for the things Dad really wants. I assure you that none of these items will leave him saying, “Well sweetheart, it’s the thought that counts.”

The Athletic Dad Tifosi port sunglasses Fleet Feet Sports, $39.95-$60

Nike+ Sportwatch GPS Fleet Feet Sports, $199

Nike medium gym bag Fleet Feet Sports, $32

Vibram Five Fingers Komodo shoes Buffalo Peak Outfitters, $100 Baby Jogger “the Summit XC” BabySupermarket, $399.99

Sport manicure and pedicure Aqua the Day Spa, $23 & $45

TriSwim Aqua Therapy Hair and Skin Care Kit Fleet Feet Sports, $16

The New Dad

Collegiate bib, Cullen’s Play Pen, $11.22 Collegiate booties, Cullen’s Play Pen, $6.99 Southern Miss Creeper, Cullen’s Play Pen, $15.99 Ole Miss Creeper, Cullen’s Play Pen, $15.99

J.L. Childress Moxi Tote Cullen’s Play Pen, $39.67

ERGO Baby Carrier Cullen’s Play Pen, $115

Four Roses small-batch bourbon, McDade’s Wine & Spirits

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f you decide to hit the road for Father’s Day this year, head south to the Crescent City. It’s not all bars and French Quarter. New Orleans is one of the most diverse cities in the world, especially when it comes to family-oriented activities with a few extras thrown in—in case you have a babysitter. Here are some suggestions based on specific interests. • Historian. Located in the central business district, the National World War II Museum (945 Magazine St., 504-5281944, is a massive and amazing museum that has everything you would ever want to know about that period of America’s history. It also has a 4-D movie theater with a 120-foot wide screen that uses water and other elements as well as life-sized props to tell the story of the war starting with Pearl Harbor. Admission to the museum and movie is $23 for adults, $12 for children and college students with ID. • Nature-Wildlife Expert. The Audubon Nature Institute (6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629, auduboninstitute. org) includes a zoo, aquarium, insectarium and IMAX theater. This is probably one of the best deals in the city. $40 for adults and $25 for children will get you passes to every attraction, and you can spread your visit out over five days. Also, if you park in one of the JAX Brewery parking lots right next to the aquarium, you get $5 off parking. • The Golfer. The Audubon Golf Course is in uptown New Orleans in Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 504212-5290, If the kids are old enough, let them spend the day at the zoo while you play the 18-hole golf course. Make reservations online or by phone. • The Thrifty Drinker. If you want to start your night out early but are working on a budget and have some self-control, kill a few hours and head to Harrah’s Casino (228 Poydras St.,


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1-800-847-5299, for free drinks. Located in downtown, Harrah’s has a new drink system for gamblers. Gone are the days when you had to wait for a server and wait forever for your drink to arrive. You can now order direct from the machine, deciding from a list of cocktails, wines and beers, as well as straight shots. Two or three minutes later it arrives, tip the server a dollar and repeat. In the meantime, play the penny and nickel slots, get a Rewards cards and get your parking validated. $20 can get White tigers at the zoo at the Audubon Nature Institute. you enough drinks to make up for how weak they are, and you may even win something. • The Chef. The New Orleans School of Cooking (524 siana waters. Try a mixed-green salad with fresh crabmeat, St. Louis St., 504-525-2665, shrimp, coconut dressing and goat cheese balls rolled in bais a great family or couples’ activity for dads passionate about con. Get a side of sweet potato biscuits and homemade pepfood. In a city where food is one of the main attractions, why per jelly. Check the website for hours (they are a bit odd), and not learn how to cook a signature Cajun dish? For $30 a per- don’t let a line scare you away. son, you can learn how to make red beans and rice (only on • The Musician. Drive a little past the French Market Monday, of course), jambalaya and bread pudding. Taught by to Esplanade, park your car and take a walk down Frenchlocal chefs, you’re sure to come home with cooking tricks up man Street to satisfy every musical taste imaginable. From your sleeve. rock ‘n’ roll to quiet acoustic, Latin dance clubs to Japa• The Foodie. For an exceptional food journey, stop by nese business bars, Frenchman Street is the place where the The Green Goddess (307 Exchange Place, 501-301-3347, locals party. You will find every ethnic background, in the French Quarter. This restau- guage and way of life walking up and down Frenchman, rant has been making waves since 2009, pairing southern and late at night a collective of musicians (local Frenchmen and Creole traditional with exotic and sometimes downright residents) bring out a massive music machine, with tamgenius ingredients. Some favorites include the Beet “ravioli” bourines, noise makers, xylophone parts and guitar strings, filled with truffled Chèvre, finished with pomegranate molas- and drums pieces, all for playing at once. Anyone can just ses; Sardinian saba (a grape juice reduction) and avocado oil walk up and join in. You will regularly see street musicians cheese with truffle juice; “Da Meatloaf” sandwich made with perform just like in the French Quarter, but for a more aubison and bacon, served hot with cheese; and the crawfish thentic taste of the city and a real mecca for music, Frenchcakes, made from fresh seafood plucked straight from Loui- man Street is the late-night place to be.

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My husband, Matt Smith, and our son, Simon, search for bugs.

Kids of all ages can enjoy taking a family walk. For smaller children, plan ahead and bring a wagon, stroller or carrier if you are hoping to take a longer walk. Consider creating a scavenger-hunt for older kids to find certain kinds of natural artifacts, animals and landmarks. The Cypress Swamp trail on the Natchez Trace north of the reservoir offers a scenic drive and a short hike through shaded swamps. The Ridgeland multi-use trail (which starts at the Reservoir Outlook on the Natchez Trace and runs for 13.5 miles to near Livingston Road) offers a longer hike, and its paved paths offer easy access for families with young children in strollers. A slightly more rugged

trail runs between Mayes Lake and the Museum of Natural Science in Lefleur’s Bluff State Park. Strollers won’t work well on this hike, but children of most ages will enjoy the wooded trails running alongside the lake and river. The Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton) and Strawberry Patch Park (217 St. Augustine Drive, Madison) also offer some nice walking paths. All the trails listed are relatively shady and can be enjoyed even during the hottest part of the day. • Hit the Water. Boating and fishing opportunities abound in the Jackson metro area. Bring life jackets, fishing poles, snacks and sunscreen and take Dad to his favorite body of water. Popular places to launch canoes, kayaks and other watercraft include the Ross Barnett Reservoir and Mayes Lake at Lefleur’s Bluff State Park. Other exciting water options around town include splashing at the beach along the Pearl River just below the reservoir’s spillway or running around at the splash pad at Renaissance (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland) or the new Shiloh Splash Pad (322 Shiloh Road, Brandon).


reat dad to a meal at one of the metro area’s eateries offering specials this Father’s Day.

Bon Ami (Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 230, 601-982-0405) Brunch Special with prime rib, grillons and grits, eggs Benedict and eggs Sardou. Call for reservations. Serving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601-373-7707) Having a special on meat. Buy 1 slab of ribs, 1 pound of brisket or 1 pound of pulled pork and get a second for half price. Orders available for pickup, call to make arrangements. Serving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mimi’s Family and Friends (3139 North State St., 601366-6111) Serving fried chicken and waffles from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fairview Inn and Sofia’s Restaurant (734 Fairview St., 601948-3429) Offering a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features a carving station with prime rib and pork tenderloin, an ice cream station, 6 varieties of salad, an omelet station, and waffles. Regular price is $22.95, children 12 and under $11.95, free for children 5 and under. Reservations required. Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Road, 601-366-0161) Lunch and dinner buffet featuring fish, chicken and lamb. BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111) Grill-inspired food and wine pairing with sommelier Mitchell Earrey and BRAVO! chef Fern Frechette. Cost is $40 per person for 5 wine with 5 food pairings. Begins at 4 p.m. Reservations required by phone or email,



any Dads like to celebrate Father’s Day with a backyard barbecue and a beer. Before the big meal, work up an appetite with some outdoor fun. Get the gang involved in kicking a soccer ball, hiking through the woods, or splashing in the water with Dad. • Toss a Ball. If Dad is a sports fan, get the whole family involved in playing his favorite game. Gather sporting equipment such as kickballs, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs or Frisbees, and head to your favorite park or field. Most local schools have a soccer field or baseball diamond on the grounds that are likely to be unoccupied on a Sunday. Many playgrounds also offer a field or open space for playing sports. Consider the field behind the playground at Laurel Street Park (1841 Laurel St.) or the large grassy area next to the playground at Lefleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive) as an ideal location for family sporting fun. Don’t forget the sunscreen! • Take a Hike. Pack a cooler with snacks and drinks. Put on socks, sturdy walking shoes and insect repellent. Throw the camera and the kids into the car and head 26 out for a hike at a local natural area.

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harles Smith’s favorite story is one of revelation: “Cutting grass one day, I had this urge to look up at the pear tree. I saw white blooms. Two weeks later … the white blooms had turned into small pears, and I had the most shocking revelation. The tree was born to bloom. The pear came out of the bloom … the bloom came … out of the tree. It changed the course of my thinking,” Smith said. “All life comes from inside of something. Milk comes out of cows. Eggs come out of a chicken. Babies come out of a woman. If I want to produce something that’s alive, it’s got to come from inside of me.” Reclining in a plush chair in the living room of his home in Brandon, Smith, 70, makes another revelation: the fledgling artist was 9 when he started making and selling blackberry wine. “I would sell it to the kids,” Smith says. “I would sell ’em a cup of wine for a nickel. Or some cookies. If they had some cookies, I’d give ’em a cup of wine.” Smith came to his art in his 40s, after what he describes as “a basic life: good, moral living.” When he was 5, his mother and father split up and left him and his four siblings with his grandparents. Smith’s grandparents were sharecroppers, and he lived with 10 other relatives in their three-bedroom house with no electricity or running water. Smith helped his grandparents on the farm, growing vegetables and raising cows, chickens, and hogs. “It was just a good life,” he says. “When I wasn’t working, I’d be … in the woods. The woods were what I thrived on.” Even today, Smith seeks respite in the woods. “I get a bottle of white Zinfandel and some cheese, and I hit the woods,” he says, laughing. The landscape surrounding Smith’s house and studio

Charles Smith, who began painting later in life, works in a cramped studio at his home.

conjures a southern variation on a Pissarro pastoral, with expansive open fields, honeysuckle and the occasional gravel road. Smith’s work, like his life, seems entrenched in this pastoral theme. Some of his most popular pieces are simulated mountable birds’ nests, and his watercolors, boasting bright colors and loose organic forms, invoke the bliss of his childhood. His media, too, reflects the natural; Smith mostly paints on wood canvases and sculpts in wood. In high school, Smith played basketball and had leading roles in several school plays, but he quit school and left home at 15. “Chasing them girls,” Smith says, chuckling. In 1958, Smith beat up a white man in Jackson. “Back in those days that was a no-no,” Smith says. “(The white men) come to kill me, and I got shot, but I got away. I went to Jackson, caught the train and went to Chicago.” Smith says his time in Madison, Wis., was the most instrumental in developing his artist’s identity. During his time there, from 1963 to 1981, Smith worked as a playwright and credits Madison’s “intellectual environment” with altering his thinking. “It opened me up to another side of life, made me more of a pioneer; let my attitude have some heat in it, some life,” he says. When he was 36, Smith moved from Wisconsin to Pearl to be with a woman he was dating and, at 39, he met his future wife, Mabel. The couple has been married for 27 years. Smith worked as a landscaper for 15 years,

but took up painting to design a cover for his book, “The Gift of Understanding.” The impulse to paint proved insatiable. For three and a half years, Smith sold his work at the Mississippi Farmers Market. It was there that Smith met Jason Callander, who invited Smith to display his artwork at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture downtown. Of the exhibit’s title, “Double Take: The Two Sides of Charles E. Smith,” he says, “There are two sides to all of us. There’s a negative and a positive.” Smith’s studio is a cramped space connected to his garage. His unconventional work area coexists with an unconventional artistic process. “I take a whole bucket of paint and put it on the board and start shaping it,” he says. “I can’t … do an outline. I need to be free to explore where I want to go.” He adds: “I don’t want to do anything that someone else has done. I want it (my art) to be hot and fresh.” Smith has a daughter, Jessica, 26, and a son, Peter, 25, who leaves for Iraq in July for eight months. “Have you seen the painting I did for my son?” Smith asks, more than a few times. We move to a bedroom to see the painting—tree-like forms splashed on a narrow panel. “I’m in my field now,” Smith says, “Art—that’s where I’m supposed to be.” “Double Take” hangs at the MSU School of Architecture (509 E. Capitol St.) until the end of July. View by appointment only; call 601-969-6448. You can also view pieces online at

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Mississippi Heritage Trust Director David Preziosi speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … See crafts by Rhonda Blasingame and Anne Campbell at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) through June 30. Free; call 601-856-7546. … The Supakidz host Wasted Wednesday at Dreamz JXN. … Philip’s on the Rez has karaoke with DJ Mike. … See the opera film “Madama Butterfly” at 6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. … Jack Brown is at Underground 119. … Fenian’s has music by Big Juv. … Jason Bailey performs ar Char.

forms during Centric Thursday at Dreamz JXN. … Enjoy Ladies Night at Ole Tavern and Martin’s. … Anna Kline and the Grits & Soul Band are at Hal & Mal’s.


WLBT’s Walt Grayson speaks at the Brown Bag Luncheon at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl) at noon. Free, call 601-932-3535. … EnVision Eye Care (1316 N. State St.) celebrates its fifth anniversary at 4 p.m. with giveaways and an eyeglass trunk show. Free; call 601-987-3937. … Zumba in the Dark Zumbathon at YMCA Fortification (800 E. River Place) kicks off at 6 p.m. $10; call 601-209-7566. … Restless Heart, Grupo LaMafia and Crossin’ Dixon perform at the Mississippi Coliseum at 8 p.m. $35; call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. … Shucker’s has music by Hunter Gibson and the Gators. $5 … Martini Room hosts Martini Friday at 9 p.m. Free. … Sound Wagon is at Fenian’s. … Lord T and Eloise perform at Martin’s at 10 p.m.


The Market in Fondren at Duling Green (Duling Ave. and Old Canton Road) is from 8 a.m.-noon. Call 601-8324396. … The Bentonia Blues Festival at Blue Front Café (214 E. Railroad Ave., Bentonia) kicks off at 9 a.m. and includes music by T.K. Soul, Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Dexter Allen featuring Tonya Youngblood. Free; call 662746-1815. … Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) hosts Reptile Day at the Zoo at 10 a.m. $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-3522580. … The Juneteenth Celebration at Tougaloo Community Center (318 Vine St.) is at 10 a.m. Free; call 601454-5777 or 601-353-4455. … The Swing 4 Knowledge Golf Classic at Jackson Municipal Golf Course (3200 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) starts at 10 a.m. $75, $300 team of four; call 601-366-5463. … Gospoetry is at Cultural Expressions. … King Edward performs at Underground 119. … Soularium at Suite 106 at 9 p.m. includes music by Kerry Thomas, Artistic Approach and Tonya Dyson. $10. Kerry Thomas is among the performers at Suite 106’s Soularium at 9 p.m. June 18.

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The “Freedom’s Sisters” exhibit at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.) hangs through Aug. 4. $4.50, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. … At F. Jones Corner, Housecat performs during the blues lunch, and the Amazin’ Lazy Boi Band plays at 10 p.m. … The Mississippi Artists’ Guild exhibition and LaRita Smith’s exhibit at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) hangs through June 30. Free; call 601-960-1557. … Netwoking in the Neighborhood is at 6:30 p.m. at Burgers and Blues. Free; call 601-624-7738 or 601-718-4056. … Calico Panache per-

Fathers get in free with a paying child’s admisison to the Father’s Day Car and Bike Show at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) at 10 a.m. Call 601-352-2580. … Knight Bruce performs during the 11 a.m. brunch at Sophia’s, Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). … Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “I Am” at 5 p.m. and “3 Backyards” at 6:40 p.m. $7 per film; visit … GenerationNXT at Dreamz JXN at 6 p.m. features music by Rob Gold, Lil’ T and Treasure Tee.


The art exhibit featuring work by Donna Davis, Mississippi State Hospital and Jaquith Nursing Home at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive) hangs through June 30. Free; call 601-432-4056. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is at 7 pm. $5. … Open-mic at Martin’s. … Karaoke at Irish Frog.


The Summer Solstice Pajama Party at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive) is at 5 p.m. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877793-5437. … Expressions of the Orient at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) is at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515. … The Mississippi Wind Symphony performs at St. Joseph Catholic School (308 New Mannsdale Road, Madison) at 7 p.m. Free; visit


Historian Ed Payne speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Fire has music by Oh No Fiasco at 7:30 p.m. and RED at 8 p.m. $12. More events and details at

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jfpevents Radio JFP on WLEZ, Thursdays from noon1 p.m., at WLEZ 100.1 FM and June 16, Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin hosts. This week’s guest is Brother Lukata, who talks about the Juneteenth celebration June 18. Listen to podcasts at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. The Market in Fondren June 18, 8 a.m., at Duling Green (Duling Ave. and Old Canton Road). Local artists and food producers will be selling their goods. Entertainment provided. Free; call 601-832-4396. Sun Salutation Training Sessions July 6-30. Learn sun salutations for the Yoga for Non-violence fundraiser for the Center for Violence Prevention Aug. 6. Participating studios include Mat Work Yoga and Pilates Club (408 Monroe St., Clinton, 601-624-6356), Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St., 601-594-2313), Northeast YMCA (5062 Interstate 55 N., 601-709-3760), StudiOm Yoga (665 Duling Ave., 601-209-6325) and Joyflow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, 601-613-4317). Times vary; call for details. Free; call 601-500-0337 or 601-932-4198. An Evening with Zac Harmon July 7, 7 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the F.D. Hall Music Center Auditorium. The bluesman performs in honor of the late Margaret Walker’s birthday. Proceeds benefit the Margaret Walker Center. $30; call 601-979-2055. 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: and follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. Get involved, volunteer, donate art, money and gifts at chickball@ Be a sponsor for as low as $50. $5; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

HOLIDAY Juneteenth Celebration June 18, 10 a.m., at Tougaloo Community Center (318 Vine St.). The event features a special tribute to Mama Annie Smith, live music, poetry, health screenings and information on economic development. Free; call 601-454-5777 or 601-353-4455. Father’s Day Car and Bike Show June 19, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy live music and an exhibit of vintage cars and bikes. Fathers get in free with a paying child’s admission. $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580.

COMMUNITY Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Call 601-354-7303. • Project WET Teacher Workshop Registration through June 16. The water-education workshop is June 24. Participants can earn .6 CEU credits. $15 workshop, $10 CEU credits. • Camp WILD, Grades 2-3 June 20-23. Campers learn about identification and conservation 9 a.m.-noon. $140, $115 members. Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Parks and Recreation. Call 601-960-0471. Business Owner Workshops through June 25, at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). Free; call 601-540-5415. • June 16, 8:30 a.m.-noon, “Are You Ready? An Insider’s Guide To Doing Business With Corporations and Government.” • June 17, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Business Operations and Production,” and “Real World Professional Development.” • June 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon, “Four Steps to Getting Grants for Your Non-profit,” and “Business Computer Applications.”

Speak Now: Memories of the Civil Rights Era June 15-18, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Share civil rights era experiences with Department of Archives and History. Sessions are 10 a.m. 4 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Call 601-576-6838. “History Is Lunch” June 15, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.), in the House Chamber. David Preziosi, director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust, talks about the 10 most endangered historic sites. Bring lunch. Free; call 601-576-6998. “Entrepreneur’s Spotlight: Maintaining Business Success” Web Chat June 16, noon. The Small Business Administration hosts. Kathleen Devlin, gives insights on entrepreneurship. Visit

BE THE CHANGE Disability Rights Mississippi Fundraising Raffle through June 16, at Disability Rights Mississippi (Regions Plaza, 210 E. Capitol St., Suite 600). Prizes include gift certificates, artwork and vacations. Winners do not have to be present at the June 16 drawing. $5, $20 for five entries; call 601-968-0600. Swing 4 Knowledge Golf Classic June 18, 10 a.m., at Jackson Municipal Golf Course (3200 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Proceeds benefit Cade Chapel Church’s scholarship fund for graduating JPS seniors. $75, $300 team of four; call 601-366-5463. Call for Charity Garage Sale Donations through July 2, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Drop off gently-used items during a class or call to schedule a pick-up. The garage sale is 7 a.m.-1 p.m. July 2. Proceeds benefit Bethel Junior Center and Mountain Child. Call 601-213-6355. Summer Reading Workshops through July 3. Designed to help with JPS mandatory summer reading. Go to or dial 211 for a schedule. Volunteers needed. Call 601-948-4725. JPS Summer Feeding Program through July 15. JPS Food Service Department feeds youth ages 18 and younger at 11 a.m. weekdays, excluding July 4. Call for a list of locations. Free; call 601-960-8911.

Networking in the Neighborhood June 16, 5 p.m., at Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Event offers newcomers a chance to meet locals and get involved while having fun. Free; call 601-624-7738 or 601-718-4056.

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573.

Brown Bag Luncheon June 17, noon, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). WLBT’s Walt Grayson is the speaker. Bring a sack lunch; drinks provided. Free; call 601-932-3535.

Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. WIC accepted, Call 601-987-6783.

Reptile Day at the Zoo June 18, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Zookeepers encounter reptile friends. $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580.

Old Fannin Road Farmers’ Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

National Conference on Civil Rights June 1921, at Pearl River Resort and Hilton Garden Inn (Highway 16 W., Choctaw). The theme is “Rise, Advocate, Educate and Cooperate: Lessons From the Civil Rights Movement.” Speakers include Beasley Denson, the chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, educator and activist Leslie McLemore. $200, $75 June 20 or 21 only, free for high school students; visit Small Business Success Seminar June 20, 5:30 p.m., at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. Lamar St., South Tower, 10th floor). The program tells how business incubators help small businesses. RSVP. Call 601-906-4868. Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Asian Connection for Teens June 20, 6 p.m. Compete in chopstick races and read manga. • Broadway Night June 21, 5:30 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The event for adults includes a costume contest, games, trivia, mask decorating and prizes.

WELLNESS Qigong Medical Group for Healing, at The Shepherd’s Staff Counseling Center (2508 Lakeland Drive). Learn the martial art of qigong to improve health. Sessions are 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6 and July 27. $450 ($225 due June 15, rest due July 1); call 601-664-0455. Zumba in the Dark Zumbathon June 17, 6 p.m., at YMCA Fortification (800 E. River Place). Proceeds benefit the Downtown YMCA Annual Support Campaign. $10; call 601-209-7566. Spiritual Healing Lecture June 18, 2:30 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The lecture is on the teachings of Bruno Groening. Free; call 225-335-3016.

FARMERS MARKETS Jackson Inner-city Gardeners Call for Volunteers through Aug. 30. Produce is donated to the needy and sold to others at the corner of West Northside Drive and Medgar Evers Boulevard. Volunteers needed. Call 601-924-3539. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram), through Oct. 29. The market is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 601373-4545.


“Bread and Jam for Frances” by Russell Hoban. Free; call 601-924-4952. “Return to the Southern Wild” June 18, 2:30 p.m., at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Joe Mac Hudspeth signs copies of his book. $40 book; call 601-366-7619.

CREATIVE CLASSES “Let’s Go Dancing, Mississippi” Registration through June 15. Register for the 10 a.m. June 25 class in Jackson State University’s T.B. Ellis Gym (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Proceeds benefit Arts Klassical. $20; call 601-291-8804.

Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Call 601-936-5856. • “Madama Butterfly” June 15, 6:30 p.m. Part of the Live in HD Summer Encores series. $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children. • “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” June 21, 7 p.m. See the extended edition. $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children.

Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • Kids’ Italian Pasta Party June 15, 9 a.m. Kids learn to follow a recipe, measure ingredients and basic kitchen safety and sanitation. $59. • Sushi Workshop June 15, 6 p.m. Make sushi rice and nigiri-zushi. $99; call 601-898-8345.

OUTwordlyFabulous June 18, 7 p.m., at Safe Harbor Family Church (1345 Flowood Drive, Flowood). Spoken word artist and activist Pandora Scooter performs. Optional dinner (including vegetarian) served at 6 p.m. for $5-$10. $5 suggested donation; call 601-376-9688.

Spanish Cooking Class June 18, 9:15 a.m., at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Learn to make pupusas, stuffed masa cakes. $10; call 601-500-7700.

Art House Cinema Downtown June 19, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include “I Am” at 5 p.m. and “3 Backyards” at 6:40 p.m. $7 per film; visit

MUSIC Restless Heart June 17, 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Grupo LaMafia and Crossin’ Dixon also perform. $35; call 800745-3000. Soularium June 18, 9 p.m., at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Performers include Kerry Thomas with Tammie and Tonya Dyson. $10; email

Broadway Jr. Summer Camp Intensive June 20July 17, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The camp for youth in grades 5-11ends with a production of “Guys and Dolls Jr.” Sessions are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $450; call 601-948-3533, ext. 232. “My Creative Room” Kids Camp June 21-23, at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002). Sessions are 2-4 p.m. Space is limited. $90; call 769-251-5574.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Storytellers Ball Juried Exhibition Call for Entries through July 15, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Art related to the 1980s is acceptable. Submit up to three pieces by July 15. $25 entry fee,; call 601-960-1557.

Mississippi Wind Symphony June 21, 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic School (308 New Mannsdale Road, Madison). Free; visit

Ceramics Showcase Call for Art, at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Write June 30 is the deadline. Call 601-352-3399.


Mississippi Time Travelers Kids Camp June 2024. Students ages 8-12 learn about history through artifacts and tours. Pre-registration required. $40; call 601-576-6800.

Events at Afrika Book Café (404 Mitchell Ave.). Free events, book prices vary; call 769-251-1031. • Brothas, Books and Brew June 17, 5 p.m. Held first and third Fridays, men discuss a book bought in advance. Beverages sold. • Watoto Story Time June 18, 11:30 a.m. Children listen to a story every first and third Saturday. • Sista Speak June 18, 4 p.m. On first and third Saturdays, discuss a book. Advance purchase, registration required. Free wine and snacks. Pillows and PJs Story Time June 18, 10 a.m., at Cups in Clinton (101 W. Main St., Clinton). “The Wide-Mouthed Frog” by Keith Faulkner and

Summer Solstice Pajama Party June 21, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, babies free; call 601-981-5469. Check 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 or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.




by Jordan Lashley

A Bottle Opener and a Band COURTESY THE CHURCH KEYS

side project for both of us. We both had primary bands,” says Scanlon, 36. “When my primary band began to sort of fizzle out, we took on a lot of the covers that Meat and Greet did, and we renamed ourselves the Church Keys.” They took the band name from their ardent love of good beer. A church key, as they explain, is also a bottle opener—originating from the days of prohibition when the mention of alcohol had to be discreet. Crothers, a Gulf Coast native, joined them in February of 2008 to form the current group after the previous drummer left the band. The four made an immediate connection, given The Church Keys, based in Jackson, love beer and quirky music. their similar music influences and love for beer. lthough Jacksonians know the Church Keys for their “We thought it was appropriate because we’ve been fun performances and eccentric humor, their rare and accused of being beer snobs and music snobs,” Scanlon says. custom-made instruments convey their musical depth “When Chris showed up, he had a bottle of oatmeal and and acute focus. coffee beer. It was very appropriate. I knew he was going to The Church Keys is a funky, fun-loving band with an fit right in.” eye, ear and capacity to play seriously good music in a not-so“We are steeped in barley, if you will,” says Crothers, 40. serious way. McHardy, 41, is a long-time Jackson resident. He became This Jackson band of fathers has five members: Kelly a member of the band less than a year ago and was an instant Adams (bass/vocals), Chris Crothers (drums), DeMatt asset, being musically talented as well as a home brewer and Harkins (guitar and vocals), John Scanlon (guitar and vocals), owner of Briarwood Wine and Spirits. He now adds the and Nathan McHardy (percussion), who just joined the band percussion and auxiliary sounds to the band. a few months ago. McHardy and Crothers are fathers; Scanlon While maintaining lives and families outside of the band, and Adams recently learned they are expectant fathers. when these guys come together, they convey their group Adams, Crothers, Harkins and Scanlon joined forces dynamic through performances in local venues. in 2008 with a former drummer to form the Church Keys. Each Tuesday, they get together at Harkins’s house and However, the band’s history lies in two other bands. The way practice for upcoming gigs. There, they share a few funny stories in which they came together is a “cosmic alignment of the about the work days and evenings with family, and then they stars,” Scanlon says. get down to business. A typical rehearsal begins with someone “Dematt Harkins and I sort of had an acoustic duo around starting a little riff, and then, one by one, each of the others town called Meat and Greet. We did mostly covers, and it was a picks it up and adds his own instrument into the mix. They


have unofficially adopted the “hey-hole” practice technique of the band Phish. They describe it as finding a hole in the rhythm and filling it in with a riff. No one overlaps sound with another member. Soon their rehearsal space will be transferred to McHardy’s home. Harkin’s is soon to be married and will be moving into a new home with his future wife. The Church Keys are “music nerds,” Crothers says, with a quirky sense of humor. The band’s recent music video for the song “Day and Night,” filmed with the Crossroads Film Society, includes a food fight that leaves an entire deck covered in mutilated food as well as various sexual innuendos under the guise of a passionate love for Twinkies and mashed potatoes. However, each song the band writes and plays is done so with careful attention, talent and intense regard for the final product being a first-rate piece of music and performance. “In the writing, there is an element of some experimental, almost syncopated music that isn’t mainstream, and I think that is what throws a curveball to a lot of folks. They catch a melody that they really like, but behind it there is a lot of stuff going on rhythmically,” Crothers says. “Just the way it all comes together, we are just kind of uniquely us.” The Church Keys are not your average rock ‘n’ roll band. They have a quirky vibe and a variety of musical influences that render their overall sound and persona difficult to pinpoint but easy to enjoy. In August of this year, they intend to record and produce a record at Tweed Studios in Oxford. It will include 14 original songs and will be available on iTunes. “We are just five guys that have similar, eclectic taste in music who make time to do this outside of our professional lives and our family lives for a reason,” Scanlon says. “We have to have that outlet, that extension of ourselves in our lives.” Catch the Church Keys at 6 p.m. July 30 at Fuego Mexican Cantina, a Club Fire restaurant extension, immediately following Fire’s “Top of the Hop.” Visit their website at www.

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his week, Jackson music fans have an opportunity to propel one of our own into the national spotlight. Jason “PyInfamous” Thompson, 29, is a top-four finalist for Coors Light’s “Search for the Coldest MC” contest as the winner in the South region. Fans can vote for PyInfamous through June 17 at Back in March, Py submitted the song “Bliss (Cooler Than This),” which features Jackson soul singer Kerry Thomas, “as an afterthought.” He wasn’t even sure of the process; he just figured it couldn’t hurt to put the song, which gets a lot of love in Jackson, out there to see what happens. Py later went back and looked at the process that got him into the finalist position. Fans went to the website, where they could listen to the songs, and voted for their favorites in each region (South, North, Midwest and West). This whittled the list down to 100; another vote created the

top 40. Celebrity judges DJ Khaled, Pac Div and Bryan Michael Cox picked the top song for each region based on five criteria: presentation; originality and creativity; melody, vocal ability and music; lyrics; and entertainment value. When Py got a call from Coors May 19, he had almost forgotten about submitting a song in the first place. Five days later, he was on an airplane for Atlanta to perform at The Mansion Elan May 25 as an opener for N.E.R.D. and Pac Div. The performance was streamed live on the Internet for a national audience. After three more concerts in different cities featuring the other regional winners, voting opened June 10 to pick the overall winner, who will get the chance to perform at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans July 2 and wear the crown as the nation’s “Coldest MC” for the next year. The importance of this accomplishment is not lost on PyInfamous. “It’s good for Jackson and Mississippi to be recognized for musical accomplishments, particularly hip-hop,” he says.

“We feel that pound for pound, Jackson has some of the best MCs in the nation. This contest helps get past some of those stigmas that surround the city and the state. It is a chance for all of us to be taken more seriously.” For Py, a win for himself could bring validation to a city that is full of talent, but often stifled because of outside perceptions that keep people from seeing “the intellectual depth and musical talent” GARRAD LEE

by Garrad Lee

Jason “PyInfamous” Thompson, 29, is one of four finalists for Coors Light’s “Search for the Coldest MC” contest as winner for the South region.

that actually thrives here, he says. Winning would also have more personal implications for Py, who feels like he is at a crossroad. “I’m eyeballing 30, and I’ve been thinking about my place in the music business. After 30, what is my music career going to look like?” he asks rhetorically, adding that the contest has re-invigorated him musically and brought fresh perspective. The thing about PyInfamous that will never change, though, are the reasons he does what he does. “Music is strictly passion for me. I never compromise my principles or quality for anything,” he says. Even if he wins, don’t expect PyInfamous to change anything about his music to cater to a wider audience. It is that integrity that makes Py one of Jackson’s best, and also why the country is starting to take serious notice. Go to or to vote for “Bliss (Cooler Than This)” by June 17. Watch PyInfamous perform June 24 at Forever Friday at Suite 106.





























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you are cooking this, it won’t look like you’re cooking TOMYUM GOONG (As enough to feed several people. Trust me; it’s enough.) 1 can coconut milk (14 to 16 ounces) 14 to 16 ounces water 1 stem lemon grass, cut into 4 or 5 pieces 4 kaffir lime leaves 14 to 16 ounce can of straw mushroom halves 4 small red chili peppers, left whole (optional; it’s still spicy without them.) 1 pound shrimp, peeled (de-vein if you wish) 3 tablespoons fish sauce 2 teaspoons tom yum paste (or one small 1.06 ounce packet) 2 or more tablespoons sour-soup base mix (tamarind concentrate) 3 green onions, sliced into 1-inch pieces 1 tomato or about five cherry tomatoes, cut into large chunks

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In a large pan, bring coconut milk, water and lemon grass to a boil. Let simmer for a few minutes and then add tom yum paste and shrimp. Cook until the shrimp begin to change color but aren’t cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add fish sauce, tamarind and chilies. Simmer for 10 minutes until shrimp is almost done, then add tomatoes and green onions. Cook until tomatoes are warmed and somewhat broken apart. Pour over Jasmine rice, top with cilantro, serve and enjoy! Serves six to eight.


Cooking from the Pitiful Garden am not a gardener. I do not possess the proverbial green thumbs. Mine lean more towards “brown-and-dried-up” thumbs. I killed an aloe plant that had survived untended in a steaming hot classroom over the summer. When I finally gave it attention, it lasted about a month before it peacefully shriveled away. My lack of plant skills, however, has not stopped my husband and me from planting a garden the past two years. Last year, we were really ambitious. We (and know that when I say “we” I actually mean “my husband”) sectioned off and dug up a small section of the yard. We even created a time-consuming brick border around our miniature plot. We bought and used all sorts of “necessary” tools and bags of special soil to help aerate and fertilize our clay . We planted yellow squash, peppers, tomatoes and an odd collection of herbs. We harvested about three squash before bugs ate the rest, from the inside out no less. One tomato plant grew to a healthy height, and, in keeping with our luck, grew not a single tomato. The other tomato plant produced succulent little cherry tomatoes— sporadically. My husband and I took turns

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this spring, and now we have good-looking crops of basil, lavender and cilantro. The dill, however, is looking questionable. I’d rather blame its scraggly appearance on one of the 50,000 squirrels that reside in our backyard than to my gardening skills, but I think that’s the herb I actually planted. In addition to the technical problem of simply keeping plants alive, I have some weird mental block against using any of the surviving plants (those would, of course, be the plants that my husband put in the ground.) Maybe it’s some kind of hoarding problem, but once they’ve grown, I’m hesitant to use them. I want to save them for something special, which I know is ridiculous. I’ve discovered that one way to combat this is to have The Child help gather the needed herbs. She would be more than happy to plunder each plant, pulling off each leaf one at a time until all that’s left is a bunch of naked stems. Between my miserly harvesting and her over exuberant picking, we usually end up with the right amount. My mother recently came to visit and raided my cilantro crop to prepare one of my favorite soups: Tom Yum Goong. I must admit that I doubted her at first; I didn’t think there was any way she could make it as yummy as that served at our local Thai restaurant, particularly not with this simple recipe. I must now use this as an opportunity to publicly apologize for questioning her and her cooking abilities. Momma, as always, (well, except for some of those revolting tofu dishes from my childhood) you were right.


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Petra CafĂŠ (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.



Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. Wired Espresso CafĂŠ (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.

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!


Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance in this popular Ridgeland eatery accompanies signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys using fresh ingredients and great sauces.


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 four homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun.


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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