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6 Hot Property Did another local publication get it all wrong about the city’s Convention Center Hotel plans? ADAM LYNCH

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Corporate media’s mandate is to “maximize shareholder profits.” What about employees and readers?

sara murphy it as a natural part of aging,” Murphy says. But Alzheimer’s is a disease, and we want people to know that it is a publichealth crisis.” Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, she says, but its deadliness is unknown. The cause Murphy advocates is personal to her. At 19, she saw a relative suffer from the disease. “I saw my great-uncle suffer from Alzheimer’s, and it really affected me,” she says. “It hurt to have someone you love not be able to recognize you.” In May, Murphy helped organize and then played in the “Blondes vs. Brunettes” flag football game in Jackson. Young women with different hair colors battled each other and raised more than $21,000 for Alzheimer’s research. Even though she has red hair, she played on team blonde. Murphy hopes the fundraiser will become an annual event in Jackson and draw more support. Murphy has spent most of her life advocating awareness. She recognizes that people fear Alzheimer’s, but lack the resources to deal with it. Even though Murphy has a difficult challenge, she has no plans to stop. “I love what I do,” she says. “I want to continue to spread knowledge about the brutality of Alzheimer’s.” —Brianna White

32 And the Winner Is … Local star MC Pyinfamous proves that Mississippi (and Jackson) wins in the music category. JULIE SKIPPERA

ike David fighting Goliath, Sara Murphy is attempting to slay a monster: Alzheimer’s disease. Murphy, 30, is the outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter, an organization working to raise awareness and help victims of the disease. Murphy’s job is to spread the word about Alzheimer’s destruction and to aid anyone affected. A Virginia native, Murphy moved to Ridgeland in 2009 with her husband Tim Murphy, a local radio personality on Y101. Throughout her life, Murphy had a strong bond with her family, specifically her grandmother. And when her grandmother injured herself and moved to an assisted-care facility, Murphy decided that her destiny was in helping elderly people. To fulfill her dream, she acquired her bachelor’s degree in nutrition at Bridgewater College near Harrisonburg, Va., and a gerontology certificate from James Madison University. Murphy sees her education as an opportunity to study the aging process and the diseases that strike some. As one of only four employees of the state’s Alzheimer’s Association chapter, Murphy works throughout Mississippi creating support groups and providing help to victims. One of the biggest obstacles Murphy sees in fighting Alzheimer’s is public opinion. “People incorrectly assume that

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Alex Woodward Alex Woodward is a staff writer with New Orleans alt-weekly newspaper Gambit and a journalism graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. He joined Gambit in 2008. He wrote the cover story.

Brianna White Editorial intern Brianna White is an avid sports fan who loves Harry Potter and Mandarin Chinese. Everyone thinks she would make a great doctor, which means she’ll become a writer. She wrote the Jacksonian.

Richard Coupe Richard Coupe, lover of the beautiful game (soccer), husband, brother, father of four and still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote about Vicksburg.

Pamela Hosey Pamela Hosey is originally from West Point, Miss. She loves to write, read James Patterson novels and spend time with her family. She wrote a Body/Soul and a food feature

Brooke Kelly Brooke Kelly is an editorial intern from Jackson State University. She likes to watch movies, play card games, dominoes and chess, read, go to new places and eat good food. She wrote a July 4 FLY feature.

LaShanda Phillips Editorial assistant LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. Her motto is: “Make-up is fantastic!” She wrote a July 4 FLY feature.

Meredith W. Sullivan Former New Yorker Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She spends her days dreaming about where to travel next. She is enjoying life in Fondren with her husband and Diggy dog. She styled a July 4 FLY feature.

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

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Why We Do It


n just the past week or so, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the question of “Why?” It started with a TED Talk that I watched one evening on YouTube while making dinner. The talk was by Simon Sinek, author of the book, “Start With Why” (www. I haven’t read the book, yet, but I plan to dig into it almost immediately; it might be a perfect fit for the long Fourth of July weekend. But even the very premise he communicates in his talk—the idea that to truly inspire people you need to lead with your passion, or your “why” for doing something—has my head spinning on a number of different levels. There’s the JFP level. We produce the Jackson Free Press for a fairly straightforward reason, but one that we don’t always articulate. Our goal is to make Jackson—and Mississippi—a better place for its citizens by celebrating their diversity, creativity and vitality. That’s why we publish. As an independent media outlet, I think we can add to the dialogue, helping people make informed decisions, and shining a light on public decision-making and the use of community resources that don’t benefit the diversity of our population. We’ve devoted all our resources and efforts to that end, and we’re constantly striving to get better at it. Sinek’s proposition is that you move from your “why” to your “how”—how you do something is informed by why you do it. Our “how” is that we produce engaging stories that seek to grab our readers’ attention and give them new information. Above all, we seek to publish the truth—not always “both sides” of a story, as false objectivity is the refuge of a press that seeks primarily not to offend advertisers. As Carl Bernstein of “Woodward and Bernstein” fame has said, we seek to print the “best obtainable truth.” It’s a good start. This past week the Jackson Free Press’ editorial staff was again commended for doing that job well. In the 61st Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, the JFP staff was given four awards for excellence in reporting in the southeastern United States by the Society of Professional Journalists. First Place in Courts and the Law reporting went to Valerie Wells and Donna Ladd for their in-depth narrative story about prosecuting children as adults. Second place in Political Reporting went to Adam Lynch for his cover story about judicial corruption in the state, and Third Place in Feature Writing went to Lacey McLaughlin for her in-depth and unpredictable story about teen pregnancy and the problems with abstinence-only education. And Donna got her second First Place in Serious Commentary in as many years from the SPJ for her Editor’s Notes. We’re particularly gratified by these awards as they give us an opportunity to compete against a variety of publications in towns and states much larger than ours, giving our staff the well-deserved kudos that they can bring back to Jackson and Mississippi with

great pride. And we were the only media outlet in Mississippi that won Green Eyeshade awards—for the second year in a row. Beyond our award-winning news and analysis, we seek to tell stories about authentic local people and the businesses and organizations they create. We champion the idea of buying local and we encourage you—whenever possible—to consider the source of your goods and services. We believe strongly that local businesses, organizations and arts groups are what make Jackson unique and vital—and that it’s small, local businesses that will drive the economy and create jobs. It’s local people, engaged in innovation, entrepreneurship and free enterprise—working with smart government, people of faith and dedicated non-profits—who will lift Jackson to new heights. Another “why” level to what we do is the idea that we can use media to do good in our community, bringing people together in common cause. That fundamental “why” has led to a “what”—the JFP Chick Ball. Now in its seventh year, the Chick Ball celebrates female musical talent in Jackson (a frequently overlooked and under-booked group of creatives) while driving donations to an extremely worthy cause—the cessation of domestic abuse in central Mississippi. The JFP is partnering with the Center for Violence Prevention to plan the biggest evening, yet, of entertainment, food, drink, art and music. Already, the donations and sponsorships are higher than they’ve ever been, with more people participating prior to the event than ever before. The music is lined up, the supporters and volunteers are pitching in, and one heck of a party is coming together for July 9, 2011 at Hal & Mal’s. The suggested donation

to get into the event is only $5, with ample opportunity for you to give more. Sponsorships start as low as $50 and includes entry to the Chick-A-Boom VIP reception from 6 to 8 p.m. during the regular Chick Ball. If you’d like to be a sponsor, call 601-3626121 x16 or write chickball@jacksonfreepress. com or just swing by the JFP with a check made out to Center for Violence Prevention. You’ll find details online at www.jfpchickball. com and in next week’s 2011 Chick Issue, featuring a guide to the Chick Ball, its silentauction items and the 2011 “Chicks We Love” feature. Or follow @jfpchickball on Twitter or look us up on Facebook. The goal this year with the Chick Ball is to raise at least $30,000 to go to rural programs in the counties surrounding Jackson; in years past the Chick Ball has bought the Center a “Freedom Van,” raised seed money for the area’s first batterer-intervention program and created a fund to help victims get out of legal entanglements with their abusers. Along the way, the Chick Ball has celebrated heroes who have worked to pass important legislation, bear witness and make changes to help battle domestic violence. Why do we do the JFP? Why do we throw the Chick Ball every year; keep a watchful eye on issues of vital public interest; and support local arts, non-profit fundraisers, entrepreneurs, educators, musicians, festivals, markets, artists, creatives and local business? Like most of you, we want to help make Jackson a better place for everyone who calls it home. We believe the community includes every neighborhood and every ZIP code and that each person deserves a chance to help build a great city and state. What could be a better “why” than that?

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Wednesday, June 22 President Obama announces that he will pull 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer, with 10,000 troops leaving the country by the end of this year. … Comedian ventriloquist Jeff Dunham performs at the Mississippi Coliseum. Thursday, June 23 Columbus District Attorney Forrest Allgood announces that Robbie Norton will not face felony charges for striking a 57-year-old cyclist with her car in Clay County. … The Mississippi Department of Transportation reopens Mississippi Highway 465 in Warren and Issaquena counties after floodwaters recede. Friday, June 24 First lady Michelle Obama uses her trip to South Africa to defend the president against criticism that he does not pay attention to the continent. … New York state lawmakers vote 33-29 to legalize samesex marriage. Saturday, June 25 Former Jefferson County Justice Court judge Charlie Chambliss, 58, is arrested for allegedly selling drugs to undercover officers in separate instances. … At least 35 people die in a suicide car-bomb attack at a small clinic in eastern Afghanistan. Sunday, June 26 A Jackson County wildfire breaks out in a new subdivision in south Gautier, threatening to destroy an animal shelter. … The maker of tear gas used in a 2006 Jackson police raid owes $1.1 million to the five children of a woman who died after inhaling the fumes, a judge has ruled.

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City Not Ready on Hotel Deal

The city is not ready to finalize plans for a convention center hotel in downtown Jackson.


Mississippi Business Journal article reporting that the city of Jackson is “set to bet” $40 million from its general fund to own half of the long-proposed convention center hotel is misleading, city spokesman Chris Mims says. No agreement is before the city council at this time. “Number one, I don’t know where they got that number from, and number two, I can’t see us ever pulling $40 million out of the general fund for any development,” Mims said. “That’s not what the general fund is for.” Earlier this month, the Business Journal’s page-one article “A Wing and a Prayer” focused on the development, long

stalled due to financing issues. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s relationship with the developers of the convention center hotel resembles an arranged marriage. The late Mayor Frank Melton secured the deal with MJS Realty, an offshoot of the Texas-based real estate firm, TCI Investments, in 2006 to purchase the property from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. Since Johnson took office in 2009, the city hasn’t approved a cost-sharing agreement with the developers needed to make the hotel a reality. The hotel would enable the Jackson convention center to secure larger events and boost the city’s economy, according to city and convention center officials.

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In March, TCI Investment Executive Director Alfred Crozier presented the city with a draft of a cost-sharing agreement. The proposal requires the city to obtain 50 percent ownership of the hotel. The city would also designate four blocks of Pascagoula Street as an urban renewal area and extend the terms of a $7 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development loan the city gave to the developers in 2007. The proposal states that the developers have secured $84 million in GO Zone bonds to fully fund the project and calls for the city to “approve the bonds to be secured by grants and contributions from the general fund.” Congress has extended GO Zone bonds, which were set to expire last year. The new deadline is Dec. 31. The mayor and developers have had discussions over the past several months regarding the development, said City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen. He has not reviewed an agreement for a legal opinion, however. “(The Mississippi Business Journal) has assumed that this draft is what the administration and city council supports,” he said. The Business Journal also reported that the developers conducted a TCI-financed feasibility study determining that the hotel would need to charge $150 per night to be financially viable. Teeuwissen said that before a proposal is put before council, the city would likely conduct an HOTEL see page 7

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Monday, June 27 A 5-year-old boy drowns at Clarkco State Park in Clarke County. … The Jackson school board votes to name Jayne Sargent as interim superintendent. Tuesday, June 28 The Texas Legislature approves a bill to prohibit airport security officials from conducting invasive pat downs on airline passengers. … Columbus District Attorney Forrest Allgood reopens his investigation into Robbie Norton, who accidently struck a cyclist with her car in Clay County. Get daily news at

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Tuesday, June 21 Rubel L. Phillips, former chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party and threetime gubernatorial candidate, dies at 86.

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, what does freedom mean to you?

Tony Compton, veteran, 53: “It’s about what your forefathers have done for everyone. I believe very strongly in the flag of the United States and about what it represents.” James Ford 29: “Freedom means life without restrictions. Freedom means opportunity.” Mary Bennett, 22: “It means being able to have your constitutional right to express yourself.”

“If I tell you a chicken did snuff, you could look under his wing and see the can.” — Republican gubernatorial candidate Hudson Holliday during a debate June 25, describing his integrity. He said that he won’t take a “no new taxes” pledge because circumstances can change.

Blake Giles, 22: “Freedom to me is having the ability to express yourself how you choose. You can pursue whatever outlet you want in life. Delois Felder,, 43: “Being able to live out my own choices in life.”

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independent market study or update the current study so it doesn’t solely rely on the developer’s numbers. In June 2010, the Jackson City Council approved a non-binding resolution that called for the city to issue an unspecified amount of bonds to finance the hotel project. Original plans for the Capital City Center included a $200 million multi-use development with a 19-story Crowne Plaza Hotel, a Staybridge Suites Hotel, a 1,500car garage, skywalks linking the hotels with the convention center and a 200-unit apartment building. The Business Journal reported that developers have temporarily postponed the retail, residential, garage and Staybridge Suites portions of the development. Mark Small, president of MJS Reality, had been the front man for the proj-

ect; however, Teeuwissen confirmed that Crozier has now taken a dominant role in negotiations with the city. In a February 2010 email to the city, Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen wrote that “the developers may be near snake eyes” and suggested two alternate firms to take over the project: Dallasbased developers Garfield Traub and Missouri-based developers John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts. Mims said that the mayor is still on board with TCI and that the city is not expecting anyone else to take over the project at this time. “Johnson has said that he is more confident now that he has been in the past with this project,” Mims said. Crozier and Small did not return calls for this article. Comment at

‘They’re Going After Me’

by Adam Lynch

Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham says a state auditor’s investigation is politically motivated.

the governmental entity of which he is a member, officer, employee or agent, other than in his contract of employment. Jackson spokesman Chris Mims said the city was withholding judgment against Graham in the case. Graham questioned why Pickering, who is Republican, released the results of his investigation during an election year, considering Pickering’s office had been working on the case since 2007. “The timing seems suspect,” said Graham, who faces no Democratic opponent in the primary but runs against Republican challenger Roger Davis in November. Graham’s attorney Lisa Ross said Graham will dispute the $45,000 demand from Pickering’s office. “We intend to put Pickering to the test. If he says the money is owed, then he should have to convince a jury,” Ross said. “Pickering says the $45,000 represents an amount paid to Mr. Graham and others. Where are the others?” Ross added that Pickering frequently makes demands of officials but rarely releases the news of the demands to the public. She said Pickering would likely turn the case over to Attorney General Jim Hood since Graham disputes the demand. Comment at

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inds County Supervisor Robert Graham is calling a state auditor’s investigation “political.” “I believe they’re going after me,” Graham told the Jackson Free Press last week. “I’m not finding anything coming out of the state auditor’s office on any relevant issue against Republicans, but I see that they’re investigating me.” State Auditor Stacey Pickering served a demand in May for $45,736 for wages Graham received from the city between 2004 and 2007 of Jackson while he was conducting dispatcher certification classes. Graham taught the courses, Pickering said, during regular work hours when Graham—then a city employee—indicated on his time sheet that he had been at work as a spokesman for the Jackson Police Department. Pickering, who did not return calls, said students taking the course paid fees to Professional Dispatch Management, a company that Graham owns, through the National Emergency Communications Institute from 2004 to 2007. NECI Executive Director Charles Carter instigated the investigation when he sent an October 2007 complaint to Pickering’s office, accusing Graham of failing to obtain permission from the Mississippi Board of Emergency Telecommunications Standards and Training to conduct the training. NECI revoked Graham’s certification as an emergency-response trainer after Carter issued the 2007 letter. Carter said that aside from defrauding the state of Mississippi, Graham also defrauded the city of Jackson by earning extra contract work while on the city’s payroll. State law, particularly Section 25-4105, states that no public servant shall “be a contractor, subcontractor or vendor with

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earl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday is not the kind of guy to shy away from questions. At times, his frank opinions surprise reporters who are more accustomed to politicians versed in the art of question-dodging. Holliday’s multiple careers cover almost every facet of legal employment. He’s been a logger, a crop-duster, a developer, a pilot, a soldier, a banker, and now a supervisor and wetlands mitigation fund manager—which he admits is a long way from logger. What separates you from the other candidates? In some ways, the candidates running for governor ain’t all that different. You could put them all in a sack, shake it up and whatever falls out is identical to everything else that’s in the sack. But I like to think I’m different, in that I’m aware we have a really negative image in this state with the rest of the nation. Some of my opponents say I’m running this state down. I’m not running it down. I love this state. I love it so much that I don’t want it to be on the bottom anymore. I’m tired of being No. 50. With all the resources and the quality people we have here, the state’s economy ought to be booming. I see that one of your priorities will be to “represent all Mississippians.” Which ones need more representation? The middle class really needs some representation right now. Go to the secretary of state’s website and count up the number of campaign contributors, and you’ll see that the money’s not coming from even one-tenth of 1 percent of the population of this state. One out of a thousand might be giving money to a politician, but who represents the other 999? What politicians are doing, whether we like it or not, is they’re taking the rich man’s money and buying the poor man’s vote. But they’re obligated to the rich person, and there’s no correlation between how much money a candidate has in his campaign chest and the support they offer the public.

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What kind of representation is the poor man not getting? The best way to grow the state is to change the image of it, and we haven’t done that. Governor Barbour worked on tort reform and made some changes—a little of that went almost too far. It really did. It went too far. As a businessman, wouldn’t tort reform protect your interests? Nobody that I know of wants frivolous lawsuits, but my wife had knee surgery, and a doctor put her knee on crutches, and I wound up having to take her to Georgia to get it fixed. She was in a wheelchair. She’s out of it now, but she was crippled on account of a doctor’s bad decisions, and tort-reform changes protected him, when he really didn’t deserve that protection. What’s your take on the illegal immigration issue? I think that law went after the wrong person. If a guy came here, and he could not find a job because he was an illegal immigrant, how long would he stay? He’d move on. They come here for a job. Can’t blame them for wanting to come here—if you and I were below the border we’d probably both be coming to America because it’s a great country. But there are proper channels for doing that. I think businesspeople who hire illegal immigrants so they can gain a competitive advantage over the guy who doesn’t need to be held accountable. It’s a violation of the law. If there were some really stiff fines out there for these companies that engage in this kind of thing it would make a difference. How do you feel about cuts to Medicaid? Would you consider it to balance the state budget? You have to look at the pros and cons of everything. Just like when I was a general, I always asked the staff, ‘How do we minimize the impact and maximize the use of our money?’ and, ‘What’s the right thing

Hudson Holliday, GOP Candidate for Governor Age: 67 Home: Poplarville Education: University of Southern Mississippi Career: Mississippi Army National Guard, 38 years (major general, retired); principal owner of Wetlands Solution, LLC; Pearl River County supervisor Family: Wife Paulette, three adult children

to do for the people?’ It may take weeks to figure out what we’re going to do, but if it makes sense, I’ll do it. If it doesn’t make sense, or it’s not logical, or it won’t better this state, I won’t do it. It won’t happen. Everybody’s talking about debt reduction, but you know as a county supervisor that much of this debt deals with bonds that fund many hometown projects. How do you balance that? There’s no free ride. I know this will cost me votes, but I’ll never make the statement that I will never raise taxes—because there may come a time when we have to. Some legislators and candidates brag that, ‘I never raised taxes,’ but what they did was push that tax burden on down to the county, so the Board of Supervisors had to raise taxes or cut services to meet needs. You have to be realistic. Our job is to make sure that every dollar we get is spent efficiently. Comment at


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Republican gubernatorial candidates, from left, Dave Dennis and Hudson Holliday parted ways with frontrunner Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant on education and tort reform.

that as a politician, “I’m not responsible for educating your child. You are.” “I’m responsible for making sure we’ve got good safe schools for them to go to, but we need competition. If they’re not getting a good education, they need to go to a school where they can get that,” Bryant added, and advocated expanding charter schools in the state. Mississippi charter schools use state funding slated for public education, but most charter formulas also allow the schools to weed out problem and low-performing students through expulsion—an option less available to public schools, which must follow a mandatory government enrollment policy for schoolage children. Holliday, who represents a largely rural county with a population of about 56,000, said many children would not have access to charter schools. “It’s fine to have a charter school here and there. It’s fine to let the rich folks do it, but what about the poor folks?” Holliday asked. Dennis and Holliday both parted ways with the frontrunner on tort reform. Bryant said he supported imposing new anti-plaintiff state laws to impose penalties on plaintiffs or plaintiff lawyers who lose a suit that he considers frivolous. “(G)uys that are out here with these big billboards who say, ‘Call me,’ for your suit, that guy would have to pay your cost if he sued you frivolously. You’re absolutely right, I’m for that,” Bryant said. The other two, however, said the term “frivolous” is a matter of opinion. “No one likes frivolous lawsuits, but I think it would keep a lot of people with legitimate claims from trying to get their just reward,” Holliday said. “People need to have their day in court, as provided by the Constitution.” “It would be punitive,” Dennis said. “On the surface it sounds great, but candidly … you don’t know how a jury’s going to react.” Comment at

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hree Republican gubernatorial candidates took different views of taxes and education this weekend at a Mississippi Tea Party-sponsored debate at Northwest Rankin High School. Republican frontrunner Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant pushed all the right Tea Party buttons at the debate, which was sponsored in part by WAPT News Channel 16. Mississippi businessman Dave Dennis and Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday refused to follow him down some of those rabbit holes. The most obvious difference between the three was how they dealt with an Americans for Tax Reform pledge to oppose and veto any proposal for a statewide tax increase. Bryant embraced the pledge in an attempt to emulate popular Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who has claimed a “no new taxes” philosophy. “I have signed it, and that’s why I have made sure I have not voted for any tax increase. As governor, I’m going to make sure I’m there to veto tax increases,” said Bryant. Holliday said he would not agree to raise taxes except under the most “dire need,” but refused to commit to the pledge. “If I tell you a chicken did snuff you could look under his wing and see the can,” Holliday said. “I fought against tax increases in Pearl River County … but I don’t know what’s going to happen down the road. We’re in for some hard times.” Dennis, similarly, said that if a candidate commits to a pledge, “you fundamentally need to make sure you can do it.” Both then cited examples of local tax increases the state suffered due to Barbour’s policy of blocking most statewide tax increases. Dennis pointed out that in April, employers’ unemployment compensation doubled. Holliday said beds at nursing homes “went up from $9.27 to $12 a day,” even though this did not count as a tax increase in the code, either. Holliday and Bryant disagreed regarding public education as well. Bryant pointed out



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new Mississippi ethics policy for teachers raises questions about student-teacher relationships in the digital age. The policy prevents teachers from directly communicating with students through social media websites and text messaging. In 1998, the Mississippi Department of Education enacted an educator code of ethics and standards of conduct policy. This year, the state Legislature approved changes to the code to reflect changes in technology and the use of social media. A 20-member legislative task force updated the policy’s guidelines for professional conduct, unlawful acts, and teacher-student relationships. If teachers do not adhere to the code, they could be terminated or suspended. Rep. Brandon Jones, D-Pascagoula, said he supports the new requirements. His district has seen an increase in student and teachers engaging in sexual relationships, and he said modern technology makes it easier for inappropriate relationships to form. For example, in April, police arrested Ocean Springs Middle School teacher Grady Brown, 33, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old. “I’m glad that we are revisiting the code because it reminds teachers of their responsibility and some of the pitfalls of using social media and other outlets to communicate with students,” Jones said. At a time when teachers compete with

technology to reach their students, it’s not uncommon for them to use social networking websites to engage their students. Jackson Parents for Public Schools Executive Director Susan Womack said she knows teachers who create pages on Facebook for afterschool clubs and send updates to members. She says the code leaves some ambiguity about what is permissible. “I hope it does not prohibit creative use of technology as an efficient and practical communication tool,” Womack said in a statement. “It would be a shame to have the actions of a minority of irresponsible adults and students serve as a barrier for the majority of adults and students who do you use technology responsibility.” Mississippi Department of Education spokesman Pete Smith said the policy is meant to give school districts an outline of what is ethical and what is unethical. Local school districts have the authority to enact their own detailed policies on social media use, and many already have. A coach who sends out a mass text message to his team to let them know that practice is canceled, for example, would not violate the policy, Smith said. “That’s not anything that’s unethical or sexual in nature,” Smith said. “In that case, it’s clearly being used as a communication device.” Jackson Public Schools’ “Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy” addresses student and teacher use of the district’s network, but does not specifically address relationships between students and teachers. Michelle Mangum, whose four children attend Jackson Public Schools, said she supports tighter restrictions monitoring student and teacher communication. “As far as the teacher and student goes, I just don’t think that after hours, or anytime, that teachers should have access to student’s Facebook page or cell phone or that private information should be transpired between students and teachers,” she said. Comment at

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It’s All Slipping From Reach $5 million annually. “A big payday for the boss while handing out a blizzard of pink slips suggests that Gannett’s corporate management is egregiously tone deaf,” Gilbert Cranberg, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa, wrote on the Nieman Foundation website. “Look, running Gannett Co. Inc. isn’t easy these days, but it isn’t the roughest thing in the world, and I haven’t heard anything that makes these folks seem like they’ve got any kind of grasp on where to go in the splintered media age. And those salaries are awfully high for a company barely hanging on to its Fortune 500 status and dropping fast,” Ryan Chittum wrote on the Columbia Journalism Review website at In April, The Clarion-Ledger began clucking about its new feature: Deal Chicken, a national Gannett attempt to get in on the Groupon and LivingSocial model that offers huge deals to customers. The Wall Street Journal explained the bigger picture: “The plan also calls for greater matching of hyperlocal community efforts tied to its TV broadcast stations as part of Gannett’s rebranding campaign emphasizing itself as a traditional media company with a digital core.” Many national and multi-national corporations sell themselves in local markets as a “hyperlocal” solution.

Back in March, Gannett launched the “It’s All Within Reach” campaign with a new logo that no longer included the planetoid employees called the “deathstar.” The news release said advertisers could get their message “right down to a targeted demographic, watching an ad in an elevator.” Gannett rolled out the campaign, then announced the job cuts June 21. “By shifting resources to local interactive marketing efforts, Gannett believes it can do more with less, especially as it becomes a different company,” Dan Kaplan writes on PaidContent. org. “To be sure, digital does allow that. But the results, though still positive, will still take time to balance out the print losses, as digital represents 20 percent of all Gannett’s revenues.” The Clarion-Ledger recently reported 40 layoffs at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and averted layoffs at Jackson Public Schools, but did not report its own layoffs last week. Of the 10 people fired, at least four worked in the newsroom—and one was reportedly its Metromix editor. Gannett Blog, an independent site that former USA Today business editor Jim Hopkins runs, featured The Clarion-Ledger several times this week. “Publisher Leslie Hurst established 10 strategic goals for her staff. Among them: ‘Reconnect with our readers, advertisers and our communities, demonstrating that we


The Clarion-Ledger’s huge building downtown now has even fewer employees.

haven’t lost our community heart,’” Hopkins writes. “Indeed, only last week, Hurst directed her employees—shaken by a new round of layoffs—to seek consolation in a re-reading of those goals.” In that memo, Hurst talked about RIFs, an acronym for “reduction in force” as a euphemism for fired people. Hopkins said Hurst told employees at The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La.—a paper she headed before she came to The Clarion-Ledger in December—that “she would not speak to the public, would not answer emails, and if called would not pick up the phone. She also will not answer voice mails.” Hurst did not return calls for comment. Comment at


he saga of the Old West is long, filled with tales of pioneers travelling across the uncharted plains west of the Mississippi River. Among those early pioneers was a faction of African Americans who helped to write the story of the Old West. Of those early African-American pioneers came the story of real black cowboys: a mixed group of cowhands that included white and Mexican cowboys and many exslaves headed to Texas to work as cowboys. Real Cowboy Association Honoring that tradition, the modernday cowboys of the Real Cowboy Association celebrate the history and heritage of the African-American cowboy and the skills they brought to the sport. On July 9th the Mississippi Coliseum will shake with the pounding of cattle and horse hooves and the roar of an expected sold-out crowd to witness the 9th Annual Jackson Mississippi Black Rodeo. The Black Rodeo is a family-friendly event celebrating the skills of African-American cowboys, with modern rodeo stars and amateurs competing in events like roping cattle, bull-riding, and other events. The rodeo festivities also include a parade through downtown Jackson. Rodeo producer Frank “Penny” Edwards came to the sport as an adult. “I didn’t know there were black cowboys. I was an adult when I went to my first black rodeo.” Edwards, who is the founder of the Texas-based Real Cowboy Association, brought the Black Rodeo to Jackson first in 2003 along with Mayor Harvey Johnson, an avid horseman, to show others just how vibrant the cowboy culture can be. In addition to being a dynamic and exiting event for any audience, the Black Rodeo plays an important role in its economic impact to Jackson. In 2010 the Black rodeo saw an attendance of just under 13,000 fans and had an economic impact of $1.11 million to Jackson. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled with the non-stop action of this year’s Black Rodeo. With ticket prices at $16, it’s a fun, affordable event for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or at the Mississippi Coliseum box office. Looking for something fun, exciting, and out-of-the-ordinary for your post-holiday weekend? Giddy-up and head on over to the Mississippi Coliseum to take a gander at a Real Cowboy.


he Clarion-Ledger is hiring a humanresources professional, the Gannett Co. website announced June 1. A cynical observer might assume this is an easy H.R. job, as it calls for someone to “coordinate recruitment and retention initiatives, training opportunities and maintain effective employee relations.” With frozen positions and fewer people to retrain, one has to wonder what “effective employee relations” are left. “This is a HR Generalist position that will be instrumental in facilitating an employee-oriented, high-performance workplace culture.” That “culture” at Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger resulted in at least 10 layoffs last week, and more than 700 throughout Gannett. (Some of them posting on independent Gannett Blog call it the 700 Club.) The cuts over the past few years hit The Clarion-Ledger hard: 15 in November 2010, 20 in July 2009, 15 in November 2010, 11 in December 2008 and 20 in August 2008. Now, rumors are swirling online that Gannett is about to slash 5,000 more jobs this year. It’s not just gossip on Gannett Blog. News agencies are also criticizing the media giant. Adding to the burn of lost jobs and insecure futures, any Gannett employee will tell you that the CEO of the company, Craig Dubow, just got his salary doubled to almost


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Ledger: Never Say RIFs Again


ere at the Jackson Free Press, which has been blessed to grow steadily during the economic downtown, we were saddened to watch The Clarion-Ledger’s latest round of layoffs. We feel bad for the demoralized and unemployed that the Gannett Corp. coldly leaves in its wake in its effort to increase “shareholder value.” We do not, however, feel sorry for a company that, like many, orchestrated its own demise by thumbing its corporate nose at the need for community building and in-depth reporting, instead choosing to sensationalize crime and bash the capital city at nearly every turn (remember the infamous “non-existent nightlife” news report?). The Clarion-Ledger has missed so many reporting boats in the last 10 years—from its adoring endorsement of former Mayor Frank Melton to its sophomoric coverage of so-called “jackpot justice” to their reportage that former Klansman James Ford Seale was dead when he was living in a trailer next to his brother’s home in Roxie. Then there is the abysmal passive- and cliché-ridden writing that makes Mississippians look backward, and the complete lack of fact-checking. Although this paper fact-checks every story, mistakes make it into print. But we rush to correct them prominently, not just sheepishly run a follow-up story backtracking without admitting error as The Clarion-Ledger did recently after reporting that the Farish Street Entertainment District was “on the shelf.” But it’s the shell of a news organization now that is the most sad—with yet another publisher lording over the layoffs. The latest publisher, Leslie Hurst, specializes in corporate speak, assuring her staff on layoff day in a peculiar fashion, according to the Gannett Blog: “I hope that after you absorb the information about the RIFs, you will re-read the strategic objectives and feel good about the direction in which we are headed.” (RIFs=”Reduction in Forces”). Those “strategic goals” contain some pretty obvious newspaper tasks that have been sorely missing at the Ledger for years. Like No. 5: “Execute watchdog journalism that holds government accountable. Empower and compel readers to engage in a collaborative, positive conversation to right community wrongs.” This is laughable. Those folks couldn’t even pull need-to-know information about Melton out of their own files before helping to foist him on our city. As for “positive conversation,” has she read the racist trash talk on her website? Her paper sends the message to the world that racists still dominate our state. Ms. Hurst, it’s going to take more than hawking 10 bullet points to rebuild public trust in your corporate brand. And if you really want to show you have “community heart,” you might consider starting with your own employees. If you want to learn from us—your-competition—start here: Corporate B.S. never inspires greatness.


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n 1995, my family uprooted from my familiar New England beaches and replanted in the Deep South. My father, a Jackson native, wanted to live closer to his family and show his northern-born children his old stomping grounds. Before leaving, several classmates showed concern for my well being, citing TV shows that depicted the South as dangerous and still rife with racial strife and inequalities. I was convinced that this was merely an exaggeration on the directors’ part as I had been to the Hospitality State when visiting my dad’s family. And while the area was certainly a lot more rural than I was used to, I felt no fear or dread. Perhaps my black father and white mother shielded me during those visits, because upon venturing out into our new home, I received a culture shock that was completely unexpected. What I expected was an extended version of these previous visits. One of my first memories of living in Mississippi is playing in the yard with my siblings. I expected neighborhood children to walk by and ask to join us. Instead, they patrolled the streets in feral packs, hurling obscenities and racial slurs with the same precision they used to hurl stones through my parents’ car. These were children I would see in school every day, filled with disgust over something as trivial as my skin tone. It didn’t matter what race they were; I wasn’t one of them, and that’s all that mattered. Needless to say, high school was a bit rough for me, not only because I was somewhere new, but because I wasn’t wanted here. From school to work to relationships, racism has slimed its way into all facets of my life. When given tests at school where students had to circle their race, I would circle all the appropriate answers despite the instructions telling us to circle only one. In the workplace, a human-resources assistant returned my application, saying that I could only circle one race. I erased all my circles and circled “Pacific Islander.� When asked if I was a Pacific Islander, I replied, “No, but I’m not one of the other races, either.� While my mom mentioned altercations when she and my dad dated in late-1970s Texas, she didn’t really give details. She didn’t name it as racism to her children until, 15 years later, her oldest daughter was encountering problems of her own. I was 16 the summer before my senior year and head-over-heels for a guy I’ll call Morris. In my eyes, Morris was the Mississippi version of Hugh Grant, floppy hair included, but he traded the lovely accent for a more muscular build. After a month of dating, he invited me to dinner with his parents. His parents were polite, and his mom and I chatted while I helped with the dishes. As Morris drove me home, he said he felt the visit went well and that he thought his mom

really liked me. The next day, I got a call from a harried-sounding Morris saying he wouldn’t be able to see me until the weekend. As we sat pointing out stars that Friday night, he told me that he had moved into a friend’s spare room the day he had called me. And while he debated telling me the reason, he felt I should know what happened: His parents were furious. They couldn’t have their son dirtying himself with “that girl’s kind,â€? so they gave him an ultimatum: Dump her or get out. Morris chose the latter. We broke up a month later, but I still think of him fondly and appreciate him for showing me that, when forced to make a choice, some people will choose love. Because isn’t love about what’s on the inside, not what color a person’s skin is? In March, The New York Times ran an article showing that Mississippi’s mixedrace population had grown 70 percent between 2000 and 2010, and that the state was leading the nation in multiracial marriages. While mixed-race people only make up about 1.1 percent of the state’s population, I was still amazed and overjoyed that progress was documented. Sadly, this joy was overshadowed two weeks later by another article in a local newspaper. The first line said it all: “Nearly half of Mississippi Republicans believe interracial marriage should be illegal, a new poll says.â€? For a week afterward, I was in a daze. Knowing that people believe my parents’ marriage and therefore my existence should be illegal was mind-boggling. On the other hand, why was I surprised? I’ve had two boyfriends kicked out of their homes for dating a girl who wasn’t white. I’ve had a friend tell me that we could not hang out at his house because his grandmother didn’t want anyone that wasn’t white on her property. My parents had all the windows in their newly purchased vehicle shattered because they were a multiracial couple. I’ve had rocks thrown at me, my life threatened and my existence questioned. I believe my inherent naĂŻvetĂŠ keeps me from descending into a bitter, raging mess. There has been one constant that has traveled alongside racism’s looming presence. Some kind souls have made the road bright: friends and lovers who have loved me for who I am, teachers that have helped me keep a brave face and other mixed-race children who wouldn’t let me be anything less than proud. Rose Pendleton is an artist, writer and photographer who hopes to find more people who will choose love over skin tone. She lives in south Jackson and spontaneously writes at

CORRECTION: In “Opportunities Aplenty� (Vol. 9, Issue 41), we incorrectly reported that Jennifer Jackson took part in programs at the Opportunity Center to help her rebuild credit and get a job. It was a city of Jackson program, not an Opportunity Center program. She went to work earlier this year for the private nonprofit Opportunity Center. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.

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T S GULF COA DROM N E Y S One year after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and ensuing BP oil disaster, Gulf Coast communities blame oil exposure and dispersants for health problems they say threaten their lives. by Alex Woodward

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his is the best-hidden secret perhaps in the history of our nation.” Dr. Mike Robichaux speaks into a microphone while standing on a truck bed parked in the shade of a massive tree in his yard in Raceland, La. He’s wearing a blue polo shirt and jeans, and his whitegray hair is parted neatly. The former state senator, known affectionately as Dr. Mike, is an ear, nose, and throat specialist in Lafourche Parish and self-described “too easygoing of a guy.” Today, he’s pissed. “Nobody is fussing about this,” he says. Robichaux invited his patients and dozens of others to speak about their situations. Outside of The Houma Courier, The Daily Comet and The Tri-Parish Times, their stories exist solely on blogs and Facebook—unless you visit Al Jazeera English, or sources in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe. A Swiss TV crew asks me why U.S. media aren’t talking about this. It’s a good question. In the wake of the BP oil disaster, thousands of Gulf cleanup workers and residents have reported illnesses, with symptoms as tame as headaches or as violent as bloody stools and seizures. Nonprofit groups and teams of scientists are looking for answers using blood tests, surveys, maps, and soil and seafood samples. The National Institute of Health began its “Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study for Oil Spill Clean Up Workers and Volunteers,” aka the GuLF Study, to follow the health of 55,000 cleanup crewmembers over 10 years. It’s the largest study to monitor the disaster, but it won’t be treating its participants. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a nonprofit environmental group, recently completed its survey of coastal Louisiana residents and found a dire need

for medical attention. GuLF Study leader Dr. Dale Sandler says the illnesses “need to be taken seriously.” “People are sick, and they have concerns,” she says. So where is the help? Behind Robichaux, cars line a gravel drive along the bayou. Guests pull up chairs around the truck bed, cameras are rolling, and members of the media outweigh the guests 10 to one. One year after the April 20, 2010, wellhead explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers, spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf for more than 100 days and closed fisheries and businesses along the Gulf Coast, people are listening. Headaches, Brushed Off “We wanted to be proactive and go out there and get it cleaned up as fast as we can, and do whatever it takes,” remembers charter-boat captain Louis Bayhi, who worked for BP in the early days of the

disaster. When his crew made it to shore, he went through a triage tent where doctors asked how he was feeling—but his complaints of headaches were brushed off as seasickness, he says. Months later, Bayhi still hasn’t been paid for his work as a Vessels of Opportunity participant, a sum he says is $255,000. He’s visited hospitals for severe abdominal pains, but he doesn’t have health insurance, and no insurance provider will take him on, he says. He lost his home, and he and his family— his wife and his 2- and 3-year-old daughters—now live with his wife’s grandmother. The family visited Grand Isle beaches in August, where his kids swam in the water and played in the sand. “My little girls now have more toxins in their blood than I have. That hurts more. I blame myself,” he says, fighting back tears. “I let them go and swim and play in the beach, but at the same time those sons of b*tches said it was safe.”

“My little girls now have more toxins in their blood than I have. That hurts more. I blame myself. I let them go and swim and play in the beach, but at the same time those sons of b*tches said it was safe.”

Bayhi’s story is not uncommon for many living on the Gulf Coast. One of the first “whistleblowers” in south Louisiana, Kindra Arnesen, a fisherman’s wife in Plaquemines Parish, became a public face of mysterious diagnoses and chemical exposure symptoms in south Louisiana last summer. Others have come forward, like 22-year-old Paul Doom from Navarre, Fla., who says he swam in the Gulf last summer and now experiences daily seizures and is in a wheelchair following a stroke, yet the hundreds of doctors he has seen can’t explain why, he says. Clayton Matherne is a former professional wrestler of 15 years, and at 295 pounds, he looks it. “When I first met him, he was dying. Literally dying,” Robichaux says. Matherne was an engineer on a support boat near the Deepwater rig when it exploded, and says crews sprayed dispersants directly on top of him. Matherne wasn’t provided a respirator. Since May 30, 2010, he has suffered paralysis, impaired vision, severe headaches, and he frequently coughs up blood. “I don’t know why things are happening like this,” he says through tears in a YouTube video dated March 25. “It seems to get worse every day. … It’s driving me crazy. … I prayed that God last night would let me die. I’m tired of suffering and tired of watching my family suffer.” Matherne’s wife, Becky, says her parents are supporting the family after they lost their house. She says she and her husband have been approved for a home through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s really not like anything I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing this 25 years,” says Louisiana En-

vironmental Action Network director Marylee Orr. LEAN started receiving health complaints from Gulf workers and residents in the explosion’s aftermath. The group purchased $10,000 worth of respirators (about 200) and protective gear for oil cleanup responders, but BP wouldn’t allow the workers to use them, she says. Stuart Smith, the group’s attorney, argued that the Master Vessel Charter Agreement, a contract to hire fishermen to perform cleanup operations for BP, didn’t account for the health and safety of the workers. Smith has served as lead counsel against more than 100 Big Oil cases and currently represents at least 1,000 clients along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida tackling BP and others involved with the Deepwater rig. His clients include the United Commercial Fisherman’s Association, the Gulf Coast Charter Captain Alliance and hundreds of sick Gulf workers. (The firm is scheduled to face Transocean Ltd.—the company that owned the rig—in court in February 2012.) “They did what they did,” Smith says. “My job is making them pay for it.” Working with LEAN and Smith is a team of researchers and scientists across the Gulf Coast led by environmental scientists and toxicologists William Sawyer and Marco Kaltofen. The team has collected seafood samples for safety tests and sent blood work to Metametrix, a clinical laboratory in Duluth, Ga. Results from one patient’s volatile-solvents blood screening show higher-than-average levels of ethylbenzene and xylene, two compounds present in oil. According to Metametrix, adverse effects that can follow exposure to the compounds include “brain fog,” hearing loss, headache and fatigue. Con-

Staying Alive Many cleanup workers and coastal residents blame the dispersants and an oil-dispersant mix for their illnesses. Sprayed by planes and pumped into the Gulf, BP used more than 1.8 million gallons of the dispersant Corexit to break up the oil—though the product is banned in the U.K.. In May 2010, the EPA provided BP with a list of less harmful dispersants. BP stuck with Corexit. BP hired Douglas Blanchard, a third-generation fisherman (“I got my degree on the back deck of a shrimp boat,” he says), to handle dispersants, but he says he wasn’t allowed to use a respirator. “They never gave us no nothing to breathe, no protection,” he says. “It was a bad smell—it’d burn your nose, your eyes, your throat, headaches. Take pills like they’re candy, all day.” He was flown via helicopter to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero where he says hazmatclad workers scrubbed him with soap. “Afterward, GULF COAST SYNDROME, see page 16


Greenpeace USA Executive Director Phil Radford walks through oil washed up along the break water in Southpass where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana May 20, 2010.The BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20, 2010 and sank after burning, leaking more than 210,000 gallons of crude oil per day from the broken pipeline to the sea.

tinued exposure to xylene can affect kidneys, lungs, heart and the nervous system. The patient’s blood work also showed the presence of hexane, 2-Methylpentane and 3-Methylpentane and isooctane—all compounds present in oil and gas. LEAN also reported three divers from EcoRigs, a nonprofit marine science group, found high levels of ethylbenzene and xylene in their blood tests after diving in the Gulf near Grand Isle and the Mississippi Canyon, the site of the Deepwater rig explosion. Their symptoms include bloody stools, bleeding from the nose and eyes, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps and dizziness. From July to October 2010, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Tulane University’s Disaster Resiliency Leadership Academy performed 934 health surveys of residents in Terrebonne, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes at seven survey sites. The results show three-quarters of respondents reported an increase in coughing, eye irritation, headaches and sinus irritation. Grand Isle resident Betty Dowd, who suffers a persistent cough, says its residents need blood work “to find out what exactly is causing these problems—whether it’s BP or not, we just need to know where it’s coming from.” Pointing to the health and lack of long-term studies of Exxon Valdez victims, Sept. 11 cleanup workers and FEMA trailer residents, Bucket Brigade Director Anne Rolfes says she hopes the survey results serve as a warning sign. “We don’t want to be in a situation 10 years from now … where we wish we would’ve done something,” she says. The data should be used “not just to study people but treat their problems,” she says. “We don’t want to end up in 10 years with data on a bunch of dead bodies.” The report recommends the government provide better access to health care (including mental-health services). Only 54 percent of respondents had health insurance, and just 31 percent sought treatment. “The money’s another situation. That’ll come. The good Lord will take care of me and my family,” Bayhi says. “But without your health, you don’t have nothing. I just praise God every day that I’ll be able to wake up and continue to watch my little girls grow up.”



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• 44 percent of Mississippians living near the coast reported being exposed to the spill as of July 2010, a National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University survey reports. • 39 percent of Mississippi children near the coast reported physical or mental effects, the NCDP survey reports. • 25 percent of Mississippians near the coast said they might move from the Gulf because of the spill, the NCDP survey reports. • 55 oil-related visits were reported by patients to coastal emergency departments in Mississippi, from June 11 to Sept. 15, 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. • 262 calls were made to poison centers in Mississippi for information or to report exposure to an oil-spill related toxin as of Oct. 15, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reports. • Three workers involved in the Deepwater Horizon response April 23-July 27 received first aid for exposure to oil or dispersant vapors, Unified Area Command safety officials reported to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. • 56,036 people and businesses in Mississippi have filed claims with BP, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which processes claims relating to the oil spill, reports. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court April 7, 2011, by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood: • On average, BP has offered less than $8,200 to individuals as a final payment. • On average, BP has offered less than $56,000 to businesses. • BP pays claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg $1.25 million per month From the Centers for Disease Control: • Most people in coastal areas are not coming in direct contact with oil spill dispersants. • Brief contact with a small amount of dispersants should not be harmful. • Long-term, repeated exposure is unlikely; however, the health impact has not been studied.

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• Contact with dispersants that have not been mixed with water, oil or land could cause rash, dry skin and dry, irritated eyes. Breathing in fumes repeatedly or for long periods of time can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.


• If swallowed, unmixed dispersants could cause an upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. More contact could cause a metallic taste in the mouth and could make the liver and kidneys not work as well as they should. It could also cause people to pass out and, in rare, serious cases, go into a coma.


they told us it’s not harmful,” he says. “We made good money, but the money’s not worth it.” Tate Cantrell also remembers bringing a respirator on board his boat before handling dispersants and says he and his crew would be fired if they were caught wearing them. He says he now has trouble breathing. “It feels like an elephant on your chest all the time, like your lungs want to collapse,” he says. “I made a little bit of money, but everything I have now I’m trying to sell just to stay alive.” The dispersants Cantrell and others were exposed to are a product of Nalco Holding Co., which has several high-profile oil industry ties. Exxon Mobil former president Daniel Sanders now sits on Nalco’s board of directors, and its audit committee chairman, Rodney Chase, served as BP’s chief executive and managing director from 1992 to 2003. Deepwater Horizon Response, the multi-agency oil response team helmed by BP, says it halted dispersant use in July, but both residents and cleanup workers say dispersant still was being sprayed months later. Dr. Sandler with the NIH GuLF Study says one of the aspects of the study is a look at the effects of dispersants versus the effects from oil exposure. “I think the exposure people have had varied quite a bit, depending on where they where and when, and when things during the spill were happening,” she says. “The issue is, what is the source of the chemicals in their blood, and how to interpret it? By starting with the workers, we can see who among them get sick. It will be easier to draw conclusions, (and) we’ll understand the full range. If one person gets sick, that’s not a trend.” “One of the concerns people have is if you measure someone’s blood today, it does not reflect exposure they received from the oil spill, unless there are ongoing exposures. As best I know, that oil well is capped,” Sandler says. “There may be other ongoing sources of oil in the community or other things to cause the (levels of contaminants in the blood) to go up, but until you’ve done studies like ours, you just don’t know what to make of it. But we do have concerns for these people. They need to get medical care. They need to be seen.” What puzzles Robichaux and others, however, is that many blood screenings show no sign of chemicals despite the patients’ illnesses. Commercial fisher and marine toxicologist Riki Ott believes chemicals may have “parked” in fatty tissue, and other tests are necessary. “If you go get a blood test now, it might not show any oil in your blood,” she says. “It’s not a clear reflection of what’s in your body.” Ott closely studied the environmental and health effects following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after which she wrote two books: “Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” and “Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.” Since 2004, she has helped shift oil-dependent communities to more sustainable resources. She arrived in the Gulf in May 2010 and has been here since. “I witnessed the emergence of a public-health epidemic,” she says. “I think 6 million people, conservatively, were overexposed to dangerous levels of chemicals,” accounting for residents along the coast and its tourists. Ott believes Gulf residents deserve long-term medical attention, an overlooked need in Alaska, where workers who cleaned up following the Exxon disaster continued to suffer long after their jobs were finished. Sandler says the GuLF Study will examine long-term health effects and chronic diseases like cancer and heart dis-


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ease. She points to the 2002 Prestige disaster that spilled 20 million gallons of oil into the Atlantic Ocean off the Spanish coast. A Spanish Navy study five years later found those involved with cleanup suffered from lung and cardiovascular diseases. “I’m very happy they want to put resources in documenting the workers’ health, but that’s not enough,” says Orr with LEAN. “Where’s someone to help them with all this?” ‘We Don’t Have Answers” After the testimonies, Robichaux’s patients and their families and reporters swarm him. He smiles and shakes hands before going inside the house to see his daughter before she leaves for a dance. In a private conversation, Robichaux confides, “I’ve been working for this community for 40 years. These are my people.” He sees about 60 patients, he says, though most from a distance. His wife Brenda is principal chief of the United Houma Nation. “We don’t have answers,” Brenda tells the audience in Raceland. “But we’re trying to come together, get a really good handle on what’s happening—the illnesses and all the consequences—and stand together to see what we can do to see something happen.” Clayton Matherne’s wife, Becky, echoes Brenda. “We all need to stick together as one,” she says. “Without us being a whole, we can’t fight, we can’t do nothing.” Becky lowers her voice before she leaves the microphone. “I hope you all aren’t that sick,” she says. “And our prayers go out to you if you are.” This story originally appeared in Gambit Weekly in New Orleans.

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Interns scoured the streets looking for folks to answer the question: “With the Fourth of July just around the corner, what does freedom mean to you?” Here’s what they heard: “Traveling around the world, you encounter people that are guarded about their feelings. But in America, it is a fundamental aspect of my life.” —Nathan Boggan, 39 “Freedom to me is the ability or privilege to progress without set parameters or limitations.” —Eric Norwood, 42 “Being able to do what you want to do.” —Cole Simpson, 23 “I’m a Christian, and I want to be able to worship how I want. So for me freedom means freedom of religion and freedom of speech.” —Lindsey Cauthen, 24 “To work in whatever field I want to and the government can’t tell me what my job has to be.” —Richard Rolf, 37 “Freedom for me is opportunity to exist and thrive in ways you so desire. We live in a unique society that allows us to limit or capitalize on our own possibilities.” —David Johnson, 30 “Being able to pursue something greater than yourself.” —Rebecca Johnson, 27

June 30 – July 3 The 25th Annual Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Canton Multi Purpose Center (501 Soldiers Colony Road, Canton) Huge balloons will hover in the sky for the four-day festival that features balloon races, balloon glows, two firework presentations, children’s activities, food and entertainment. Saturday night is the biggest night with the Balloon Glow, Fireworks and Special Shape Fiesta. The festival is a fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Center Inc. Find more information at June 30, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Red, White and Jackson Smith Park in downtown Jackson (302 Amite St.) Enjoy entertainment from Faze 4 and free food.

July 1, 6-10 p.m. Celebrate America Balloon Glow and Fireworks Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) Enjoy live music performances while eating “fair food” and summer favorites such as fried turkey legs, funnel cakes and barbecue. The Mid-Mississippi Balloon Association brings their hot air balloons from Canton to Ridgeland for a balloon glow, and the night ends with a big fireworks show. July 2. 9 a.m. Fourth of July Celebration Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Rd. Ridgeland, 601-856-7546) The event is a tribute to days gone by with activities such as making soap, crafting, Native American dancing, old-fashioned music instruments, stickball and more. Food available for purchase from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Artisans will give demonstrations and sell their goods throughout the day. FILE PHOTO

June 30, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Red, White and Jackson Old Capitol Museum in Jackson (100 S. State St.) Pepsi and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce present Red White and Jackson. Everyone is welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a fireworks display, entertainment by First Baptist Church of Jackson, food vendors, crafts, space jumps, tours of the Old Capitol Museum, reptiles display and more.

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July 2, 10 a.m. Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601856-7546) Enjoy a picnic on the grounds, craft demonstrations and displays. The Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians dance and play stickball. Hamburgers and hot dogs sold.

July 2, 5:30 p.m. 22nd Annual Family Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza 200 Soccer Row, Clinton Fireworks accompanied with great food, live music and activities. $5 parking fee. July 2, 9 p.m. Stunna Saturday Fourth of July Kickoff Freelon’s Bar & Groove (440 N. Mill St.) Birdman hosts the holiday party, which includes music from DJs T. Lewis, Unpredictable and Jonasty. For more information, call 601-502-6884 or 601-624-2835. July 3, 1 p.m. Southern Soul Summer Fest Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) The Southern Soul Summer Fest includes a big line-up of musicians to entertain all ages: Clarence Carter, Shirley Brown, J. Blackfoot, Lamorris Williams, LJ Echols, Andre Lee, Tina Diamond and Noo Noo. Grills, lawn chairs and tents welcome. Also, see the bike show. Tickets are $20. Children 5 and under admitted free. For information, call 601-352-2581. July 4, 7:30 a.m. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Watermelon Classic 5K Run/Walk MS Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive, 601-982-8264) Family friendly race presented by Baptist Health

Systems and Pinelake Church July 4, 10 a.m. Fourth of July Parade Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive, 601-366-1403) Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association hosts the annual event with a luau theme. Costumes encouraged. July 4. 7 p.m. Fourword Progress Music Festival Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.) The theme is “Music Is My Life.” Enjoy music from Jackson hip-hop, R&B and soul artists, and shopping from local vendors. Tickets are $4. July 4, 9 p.m. Family Fourth Celebration Liberty Park in Madison (810 Madison Ave., Madison) Madison’s annual Family Fourth Celebration includes live music, watermelon, lemonade and a fireworks display. July 7, 5-8 p.m. Fabulous Fondren Freedom Fest Fondren Building Corner (2906 N. State St.) Fondren After 5 with a patriotic twist. Children’s carnival, space jumps, dunking booth and lots of food. The highlight will be a children’s parade with decorated bikes, wagons, and strollers, led by a “second line”’ cadre of musicians.

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June 29 - July 5, 2011

s I pulled into Navy Circle in Vicksburg, my passengers, two female French engineering students, spoke politely and hesitantly in English. When the Mississippi River first came into view, their speech turned to a shrill, rapid-fire French. They scrambled for cameras and attempted to open the car doors while the car was still moving. All the while, their French was getting louder and more excitable. Navy Circle, actually a semi-circle just off Washington Street, is complete with the ubiquitous cannon and signage marking the southwestern edge of the federal lines during the siege of Vicksburg. At several hundred feet above the Mississippi River, it provides an excellent viewpoint of the river and is one of my favorite places. Just north of the two bridges that cross the river in Vicksburg, Navy Circle is little visited and somewhat isolated. At this point, the Mississippi River is about as big as it gets, draining some 41 percent of the United States and parts of two Canadian Provinces. A few miles downstream from here, about 30 percent of the river is diverted into the Atchafalaya River. Vicksburg is the nexus of at least two titanic struggles and where you can get a feel for the passion and depth of the conflict of both. Here you can see evidence of a continuing struggle against nature in the temporary taming and confining of the Mississippi River and of the conflict that tore at the soul of this country and still reverberates 150 years after the Civil War. I take all my out-of-town visitors to Vicksburg for a visit. Casinos are not on my list, nor is touring the Vicksburg battlefield until you are numb and confused about the entire event. Rather, it is a leisurely relaxing day with time to contemplate the enormity of the history of this town in just four stops. From Navy Circle, the students and I headed north on Washington Street and turned left onto Clay and passed through the floodwall, which protects the city from any possible floodwaters, stopping on the steep ramp leading to the 28 Yazoo River. Being hydrologists in training, the French students

stuck their hands in the Yazoo River, then tasted it (that must be a French thing) and asked why it was that color, and was it always that brown. After a few minutes, I casually pointed back up the ramp to the floodwall. I loved watching their eyes as they first looked on in confusion trying to figure out what I was pointing at. Painted high up on the floodwall are the highwater marks from the various floods. It is fascinating to look up and think of the water that rose that high. We then drove up Clay Street about five blocks and turned left onto Cherry Street. As the road narrows, you realize it is built on top of one of the many narrow and heavily wooded ridges that made Vicksburg such a formidable fortress. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a little known, little used and, for the most part, unmonitored entrance to the Vicksburg National Battlefield Park. After entering the park, just downhill to the left and covered with a large outdoor tent, is the most amazing Civil War relic I have ever seen. The USS Cairo, one of the six city-class gunboats the union built during the Civil War to control the Mississippi, is here. In the tented half-light from overhead and with the background hum of humidifiers, you can enter its skeletal remains. It put the French students into a somber mood to think of the awesome power and ingenuity built into that gunboat for the purpose of death and destruction. After years of neglect, the boat became impacted in mud, making the museum deliciously cool during a hot Mississippi day. It has clean bathrooms, and best of all it is small, but still packed with fascinating items that tell the story of the USS Cairo, of its sinking and its recovery some 100 years later. Up until the 1880s, the Mississippi River approached Vicksburg from the northwest. Just before Vicksburg, the river curved to the northeast and then did a 180-degree bend on itself just in front of Vicksburg where the bluff hills meet the alluvial plain. This created a long stretch of land on the Louisiana side where the Mississippi River was just a few hundred meters in most directions. The Yazoo River joined the Mississippi well




upstream of Vicksburg. As any good hydrologist knows, however, rivers are fickle and go where they want to. The Mississippi River cut through the neck of the meander in the 1880s, leaving the Port of Vicksburg high and dry. We headed out of the parking lot of the USS Cairo museum and up to the top of the hill to our last stop: the aptly named Fort Hill, which marks the northwestern limits of the Confederate lines. The hill is 200 feet high and dominates the landscape providing a beautiful vista in all directions. Now, the Yazoo River is on the western side, but during the Civil War the Mississippi River was there. Every time federal gunboats ran the Vicksburg batteries, they had to go by this hill. The French students were fascinated with the story of how the Mississippi River decided to go further west, leaving the Port of Vicksburg high and dry, and how someone decided that to keep the port open they would change the course of the Yazoo River. They wanted to know how we could do such a thing. Why didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we just move the port? Later that night, hundreds of pictures went up on Facebook. The comments from their friends, although in French, were just as excited as they were. I knew then it was another successful tour of Vicksburg.

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Sportswriter Rick Cleveland and baseball legend Boo Ferriss speak during History Is Lunch at noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … DJ Cadillac and RPM spins hits at Poets II. … The Supakidz host Wasted Wednesday at Dreamz JXN. … See the film “Simon Boccanegra” at 6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. … Fitzgerald’s has music by Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer. … Anna Kline and the Grits and Soul Band play at Fenian’s. … Philip’s on the Rez has karaoke with DJ Mike. … Emma Wynters is at Brady’s.

Canton Multi-purpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). Free; call 601-859-4358 or 800-8443369; visit for a complete schedule. … Artist Ormond White presents “In Need of Virtue: BOOM shocka locka_BREAK” at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagouula St.) at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1557. … John Wooten’s Caribbean Funk plays at Underground 119. … Legacy is at Fenian’s.


Through Aug. 7, bring your children to the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) to enjoy inflatable water slides and story time. Free with paid admission; call 601-3522580. … Darryl Worley performs during the Celebrate America Balloon Glow at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) at 6 p.m. Free admission; call 601-853-2011. … Yankee Station performs at Reed Pierce’s Fourth of July Celebration. … and Blue Party play at 9 p.m. at Ole Tavern’s New Orleans Music Night. … At Hal & Mal’s, Swing d’ Paris is in the restaurant, and Southern Komfort Brass Band is in the Red Room. … Ghost Town performs at Pop’s.


The Jackson Square Farmers Market is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today and tomorrow at Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road) and runs through Sept. 25. Free admission, $5-$10 vendor fee; call 601-372-7157. … The Fourth of July celebration at 10 a.m. at Mississippi Crafts Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) includes food vendors, crafts and Native American dance. Free; call 601-856-7546. … Independence Day Showdown: Battle of the Bands is at 6 p.m. at Newell Field (Riverside Drive). $12; call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. … Salsa Mississippi (605 Duling Ave.) hosts “Burn the Dance Floor” at 7 p.m. $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355. … The Stunna Saturday Fourth of July Kick-off is at 9 p.m. at Freelon’s. Noo Noo performs at the Jackson Zoo’s Southern Soul Summer Fest at 3 p.m. July 3.

Red, White and Jackson includes a picnic at Smith Park (302 Amite St.) from 11 a.m-2 p.m., and Independence Day festivities at Old Capitol Green (South State Street) from 7-9 p.m. Free; call 601-948-7575. … Downtown at Dusk is at 5 p.m. at Old Capitol Green (South State Street); Los Papis performs. Free admission, $5 food, $2 beer, $1 water and soda; call 601-353-9800 or 601326-7610. … The Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest kicks off at Historic Canton Square at 6 p.m.; additional events through July 3 at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) and


The Southern Soul Summer Fest at 3 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) includes music by Clarence Carter, J. Blackfoot and Noo Noo. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, $5 children ages 6-12; call 601-352-2580, ext. 228. … See the film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” at 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $7; visit


The Watermelon Classic is at 7:30 a.m. at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Register by July 1. $25 5K, $18 one-mile, free Tot Trot; call 601-982-8264. … The Fourth of July Parade is at 10 a.m. at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). Visit … The Fourward Progress Music Festival is at 7 p.m. at Suite 106. $4; call 601-940-7059. … Karaoke at Irish Frog.


Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) hosts Music in the City at 5:15 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. … Open-mic at Fenian’s. … Theodore is at Ole Tavern. … Pub Quiz at Hal & Mal’s.


Authors Natalie Bell and Thomas Armstrong speak during History Is Lunch at noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Snazz plays at Fuego. More events and details at

Punchweasel performs at ToMara’s at 10 p.m. July 2. KIM SIMPSON


Call 601-502-6884 or 601-624-2835 for VIP information. … Brady’s has karaoke. … ToMara’s has music by Punchweasel at 10 p.m. $5. … Karaoke at Hot Shots.



jfpevents JFP-SPONSORED EVENTS Radio JFP on WLEZ, Thursdays from noon-1 p.m., at WLEZ 100.1 FM and Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guest is Michael Harris of the Jackson Business Accelerator Collaboration. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts of all shows at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Red, White and Jackson June 30. From 11 a.m1 p.m. at Smith Park (302 Amite St.), enjoy free food and music by Faze 4. From 7-9 p.m. at the Old Capitol Green (100 S. State St.), come for tours of the Old Capitol Museum, crafts, space jumps, food from local vendors, entertainment from the First Baptist Church of Jackson, a reptile exhibit and fireworks. Free; call 601-948-7575. Sun Salutation Training Sessions July 6-30. Learn to do sun salutations in preparation for the Yoga for Non-violence fundraiser for the Center for Violence Prevention Aug. 6. Participating yoga 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., 601-7093760), StudiOm Yoga (665 Duling Ave., 601-2096325) and Joyflow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, 601-613-4317). Times vary; call for details. Free; call 601-500-0337 or 601-932-4198. Fabulous Fondren Freedom Fest July 7, 5-8 p.m. The patriotic edition of Fondren After 5 includes a children’s carnival and parade at Duling Green (Old Canton Road and Duling Ave.), space jumps, music and dining. Free; call 601-981-9606. 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.

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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 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest, at Historic Canton Square June 30, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) July 1 and Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road) July 2-3. The event includes three competitive balloon races, a special shape fiesta, balloon glows, fireworks displays, children’s activities, food and entertainment. Darryl Worley performs at Northpark Mall July 1. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Visit for a schedule. Free admission; call 601-859-4358.

June 29 - July 5, 2011

Fourth of July Celebration July 2, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy a picnic, craft demonstrations and displays. The Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians dance and play stickball. Hamburgers and hot dogs sold. Free; call 601-856-7546.


Independence Day Showdown: Battle of the Bands July 2, 6 p.m., at Newell Field (Riverside Dr.). Marching bands from throughout the south compete. $12; call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

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Stunna Saturday Fourth of July Kickoff July 2, 9 p.m., at Freelon’s Bar & Groove (440 N. Mill St.). Birdman hosts the holiday party, which includes music from DJs T. Lewis, Unpredictable and Jonasty. Call 601-502-6884 or 601-624-2835.

Watermelon Classic July 4, 7:30 a.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The annual race includes a 5K run, a 5K walk, a one-mile wellness run and a Tot Trot for children ages 3 and under. Watermelon served after the race. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Register by July 1. $25 5K, $18 one-mile, free Tot Trot; call 601-982-8264. Fourth of July Parade July 4, 10 a.m., at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association hosts the event with a luau theme. Costumes encouraged. Visit

COMMUNITY Senior Toning Class June 29, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Stage. Seniors have an opportunity to get in shape and have fun while doing it. Tougaloo College is the sponsor. Free; call 601-977-6137. “History Is Lunch” June 29, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Sportswriter Rick Cleveland and baseball legend Boo Ferriss talk about baseball and Cleveland’s biography of Ferriss, “Boo: A Life in Baseball, Well Lived.” Bring lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Downtown at Dusk: The Double Decker Downtown Event June 30, 5 p.m., at Old Capitol Green (South State St.). The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson is the host. The event includes food for sale and music by Los Papis. Free admission, $5 food, $2 beer, $1 water and soda; call 601-3539800 or 601-326-7610. Robinson-Watson Book Company Honors Program June 30, reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). The event is an opportunity to network with and honor area businesses and individuals. U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson is the guest speaker. Reserved tables for 10 available. $30; call 601-622-3728. LGBT Support Group for Youth/Young Adults June 30, 6:30 p.m., at A Brave New Day (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 204). Rise Above for Youth welcomes young adults age 14-24 to connect with others and to share experiences and resources. The meeting is held the last Thursday of each month. Free; call 601-922-4968. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Summer hours are 8 a.m. 4 p.m. daily. $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. • Splash and Slide July 1-Aug. 7. Children can enjoy inflatable water slides and story time in addition to the zoo. • Story Time Tuesday July 5, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). A local celebrity comes to the zoo to read an animal story. Afterward, the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Battle of the Ribs July 2, at Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Contestants compete in a baby back rib-grilling challenge, and judging is at 4 p.m. Prizes range from a Coors Light grill to $750. Open to the public; for ages 21 and up. $40 registration fee; call 601-899-0038. Art and Antique Walk July 2, 5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square. Take a stroll back in time to enjoy the square, local artisans, craftsmen and musicians. This month’s theme is “Up, Up and Away on Canton Square.” Free; call 800-844-3369. Burn the Dance Floor July 2, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Enjoy ballroom dancing from 7-9 p.m., a free salsa class at 9 p.m. and a salsa party from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355. Small Business Administration Loan Clinic July 5, 4:30 p.m., at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol

St.), in the SBA Conference Room, 10th floor. Learn about SBA products used to guaranty loans and the approved and participating lenders in the area. Space limited; registration required. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 10 or 11. Hip-hop Summit Volunteer Briefing and Summer Kick-off July 6, 6 p.m. Facilitators discuss expectations, responsibilities and roles for the July 8-9 event. Register by July 1; location details given after registration. Call 601-354-3408. JPS Summer Feeding Program through July 15. The JPS Food Service Department serves meals to youth ages 18 and younger at 11 a.m. weekdays, excluding July 4, at 13 JPS schools. Call for a list of locations. Free; call 601-960-8911. Summer Feeding Program through July 28, at Kingdom Faith Ministry (1036 S. McRaven Road). The program for ages 18 and younger includes breakfast at 8 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m. on weekdays, excluding July 4. Free; call 601-922-1155. Jackson Inner-city Gardeners Call for Volunteers through Aug. 30. JIG needs volunteers to help maintain plots and harvest vegetables. The produce is donated to help feed the homeless and elderly and is sold to the community at affordable prices. The garden is at the corner of West Northside Drive and Medgar Evers Blvd. beside the BP gas station. Volunteers can help Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. JIG sells produce at the garden Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Call 601-924-3539.

FARMERS MARKETS Jackson Square Farmers Market July 2-Sept. 25, at Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road). Vendors sell food, clothing, crafts and other items in the parking lot. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. SaturdaySunday through Sept. 25. Free admission, $5-$10 vendor fee; call 601-372-7157. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram) through Oct. 29. The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.) through Dec. 17. The market is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. WIC vouchers accepted. Hours are 9-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon) through Dec. 24. Farmers sell homegrown produce Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN “Simon Boccanegra” June 29, 6:30 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s classic opera is part of the Live in HD Summer Encores movie series. $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). • Art House Cinema Downtown July 3. “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” shows at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Popcorn and beverages served. $7 per screening; visit • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema through July 31. The film explores the Louisiana wetlands, the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the efforts to restore New Orleans and the bayou. Show times are noon weekdays and 4 p.m. Satur-



days. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children, $3 students; call 601-960-1552.

MUSIC The Ankhitek July 2, 9 p.m., at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The DJ from Washington, D.C., spins soul, hip-hop, Afro beat, funk, house and jazz music. Standing room only; refreshments served. $5; call 769-251-1031. Southern Soul Summer Fest July 3, 3 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Performers include Clarence Carter, Shirley Brown, Jay Blackfoot, Andre Lee, Lamar Williams, Nathaniel Kimble, LaMorris Williams and Noo Noo. Gates open at 1 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, $5 children ages 6-12; call 601-352-2580, ext. 228. Fourword Progress Music Festival July 4, 7 p.m., at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). The theme is “Music Is My Life.” Enjoy music from Jackson hiphop, R&B and soul artists, and shopping from local vendors. $4; call 601-940-7059. Music in the City July 5, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. In partnership with St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the museum brings a series of free concerts one Tuesday a month. Hors d’oeuvres will be served first, and the performance is at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS “Freedom’s Sisters” Essay Contest. Students in grades 4-8 may submit a 200-500 word essay on the topic “Who is Your Favorite Freedom Sister and Why?” based on the women from the “Freedom’s Sisters” exhibit at the Smith Robertson Museum. Cover sheet required. July 5 is the deadline, and winners notified July 25. Prizes include savings bonds worth $500-$5,000. Call 601-960-1457.

CREATIVE CLASSES Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • New York Steakhouse Class June 29, 6 p.m. Topics include grilling, cooking clams, and making salad dressing and croutons. For ages 16 and up; registration required. $99. • Teens Classic Steakhouse Class June 30, 9 a.m. Teens ages 12-25 learn to make a French sauce, stuff potatoes vertically, cook filet mignon and flambé a dessert. $69. • Courtyard Cocktail Party Class June 30, 6 p.m. Topics include peeling, de-veining and cooking shrimp, preparing the grill, cooking chicken, making temari sushi, sugar snap pea salad and lettuce wraps. For ages 16 and up. $89. • Party Food for Families Class July 2, 9 a.m. Learn to make appetizers and dips. Recipes include pizette margherita, tiny shrimp tacos, queso dip and hummus. $69.


Craft Night June 30, 6 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Projects include a boomerang, a paper plate mask and a kimono boy or girl Free; call 601-932-2562.

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Spanish Cooking Class July 2, 9 a.m., at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Learn to make palta a la jardinera, avocado stuffed with cold vegetable salad. $10; call 601-500-7700.

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Argentine Tango Workshop July 2, 6 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). John Malone instructs. $10; call 601-213-6355.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557. • “In Need of Virtue: BOOM shocka locka_ BREAK” June 30, 7 p.m. Artist Ormond White gives an interactive multimedia performance. • Storytellers Ball Juried Exhibition Call for Entries through July 15. The theme is “Material World.” Artwork related to the 1980s acceptable. Submit up to three 2D and 3D pieces (excluding videos) for display from Aug. 4-21. The opening reception is Aug. 4 from 6-8 p.m. Winners receive cash prizes and two tickets to the Storytellers Ball held Aug. 11. $25; call 601-960-1557. Pieces of the Past: Spoils of War through July 10, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The rotating exhibit features a 19th-century garnet necklace taken from a Jackson resident during the Union occupation of the city. Free; call 601-576-6920. Calls for Art at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Artists may submit up to five works via separate emails to by attaching an image and including a title, the size and the media used. Submitters are encouraged to schedule a lecture and demonstration for their work. Call 601-352-3399. • Ceramics Showcase Call for Art for the annual Mississippi Ceramics Showcase which begins July 8. June 30 is the deadline. • Printmakers Showcase Call for Art for the annual Mississippi Printmakers Showcase, which begins Aug. 5. Submit woodcuts, etchings, serigraphs, screen prints, monotypes, experimental process prints and more. July 28 is the deadline.

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“Where are All the Little Gopher Tortoise Burrows?” Lecture July 5, noon, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Tortoise biologist Matthew G. Hinderliter discusses the tortoises at Camp Shelby. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children 3-18, members/children under 3 free; call 601-354-7303. 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.


Summer Reading Workshops through July 3. Designed to help students and their parents with JPS mandatory summer reading assignments, United Way’s workshops are held throughout the summer at area libraries. Workshops are offered for every grade. Go to or dial 211 for a schedule and locations. Volunteers needed. Call 601-948-4725. Viking Classic Drawing through July 8. Twelve winners receive prizes such as appliances, cooking classes and a travel package. Tickets must be purchased by July 8 to qualify for the July 17 drawing. Net proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Hospital. $50 ticket; call 601-898-4653. CARA Recycling Program, at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). CARA collects empty laser or toner cartridges and used cellphones and sends them to FundingFactory in exchange for cash. Donations welcome; e-mail

Call for Charity Garage Sale Donations through July 2, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Gently-used items are welcome. Drop off donations during a scheduled class or call to schedule a pick-up. The garage sale is July 2 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Bethel Junior Center and Mountain Child. Call 601-213-6355.




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fter a brief first listen, you may think you are hearing just another punk band. The Street Eaters, though, prove to be more than a three-chord angst fest. Comprised only of drummer-vocalist Megan March and bassist-vocalist John Mink, you have to stop and ask yourself, “Wait—there’s only two of them? Don’t I hear a guitar?” No, you don’t. That’s John’s lush, melodic (yet still aggressive and powerful) bass playing, which seems to envelope space with layers of texture. It complements March’s equally melodic, delightfully vibrant

drumming. Their music has a fuzzy, vintage feel in places; the opening riff to the song “Nation Builder” is eerily reminiscent of the intro to The Doors’ “L’America.” Mink says the song “Nation Builder” is specifically in response to our country “sending convicted felons to fight wars. To us, it seems like a really bizarre way to try to reform people and keep them from the path of violence. These people are fighting for these nation-building dreams of the rich and privileged.” March adds, “In the song, the character goes through the act of walking

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June 29 - July 5, 2011


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The Search is Over

thought, ‘How do we continue to use this to improve the perspective of not just the music, but of life in general. How do we continue to rep hip-hop and our city?’” ROSE PENDLETON


n the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 21, the normally “reserved and nonchalant” Jason “PyInfamous” Thompson was concerned and nervous. The Jackson MC had just put the last 10 days of his life into relentlessly pursuing a specific goal with only one desired outcome: winning the Coors Light “Search for the Coldest MC” contest. Thompson, 29, had previously won the South region with his song “Bliss (Cooler Than This),” a collaboration with Kerry Thomas, and was up against three other regional winners from Seattle, Brooklyn and Chicago. His concern went away when he got the call: The votes were in, and PyInfamous stood at the top as the nation’s coldest MC. The title he will hold for a year comes with some nice perks: a set at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 2 and $10,000 worth of studio time. “I felt a peak of excitement when they called,” says Thompson, who never stops looking ahead. “I immediately

together for three years, but they have both played in numerous other bands, including Neverending Party, The Fleshies, Triclops!, and Harbinger. Mink claims they are “younger than the Big Bang, but older than the ’90s.” As it turns out, Mink is 36 and March is 28. The Street Eaters’ first album, “Rusty Eyes and Hydrocarbons,” is available July 12 from The duo is touring, including shows in San Francisco, Chicago, Reno, Denver and Milwaukee. They will rock Sam’s Lounge July 2 in Jackson. COURTESY STREET EATERS

The Street Eaters, John Mink and Megan March, play July 2 at Sam’s Lounge.

into the ocean to try to escape the world of violence.” In creating their music, the San Francisco Bay-based duo has a basic rule: be assertive and totally uncompromising. Instead of head-butting, The Street Eaters have a solid give-and-take method in their creative process that really works for them. When brainstorming for new material, they have a jam session to get the creative juices flowing and then go into the studio to record. On occasion, March has written bass lines and given them to Mink to expand upon in his characteristically rich, gritty style. As for lyrics, March says that sometimes the melody is worked out for a song before the words come. The lyrics, however, are not merely an afterthought: “These dreams are built of death and fire … I will swim away/ I will die today” (“Nation Builder”). Indeed, this band has many things to say. They sing about subjects you may not normally expect a punk band to address, such as domestic violence, women’s reproductive rights, adequate health care and environmental issues. With all the unrest around the world, this is a band that feels it’s important to remember we all have our own microcosms of problems that deserve our attention. The Street Eaters, both born and raised in California’s East Bay area, have been

Jason “PyInfamous” Thompson won the national Coors Light “Search for the Coldest MC” contest.

Py, when speaking about the contest, rarely refers only to the “I,” but to the “we.” The “we” in this case is the movement that came together quite organically once the contest was within reach. Winning the award was never solely about the individual honor for PyInfamous. Instead, he wanted to use the process as a way to rally a movement around not only his song, but also the city, the love of hip-hop culture, and, most important to Py, Mississippi’s creative arts scene. “The most amazing thing was the way people rallied behind the thing and the ownership that diverse pockets of people took in it,” Thompson says. He expected the support of the hiphop community, he says, but was happily surprised by the groundswell of excitement from other communities such as religious groups, local news media, and people from other music scenes who “gravitated towards it and carried it as a banner.” Whether they were supporting just the song or the city or the

state or just good music in general, everyone involved had a stake in the contest and put their energy and passion behind PyInfamous. As Thompson looked around at the people gathered for his celebration party at Suite 106, he is already plotting the next movement: Take Back Our Radios. “We want to take what we learned from this experience and find ways to return ownership of what we hear on the radio back to the people,” he says. The radio is supposed to be for the people, but it’s been hijacked.” But this is all just part of the greater scheme that Thompson has cooked up. With unmistakable conviction, he says, “We can win a national contest, we can take our radios back, then we can take our schools back and then take our communities back.” As the Coldest MC, PyInfamous won an opportunity to perform at the Essence Festival July 2 in New Orleans. Go to for the full schedule.






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his year, it is my turn to host my family’s annual Fourth of July cookout, and it will be different. No beef, pork or chicken will sizzle on my grill because my New Year’s resolution was to cut meat from my and my kids’ diets. That resolution caused me to drop 55 pounds already! So now, I am pleased and motivated to continue my vegetarian lifestyle. My transition was challenging, but I learned how to create vegetarian dishes that are not only healthy but delicious. People who are unfamiliar with vegetarians think that we have limited food choices, which isn’t true at all. When I was planning my July 4 food menu, it took me over an hour to narrow down my selections. Just how am I going to please a family of extreme carnivores? I am going to grill foods that are fun, creative and yummy. The family will still have grilled hotdogs, burgers, sausages and steaks at the barbecue. However, these succulent dishes will be made from plantbased ingredients. Giving fresh produce equal rights on the grill will add color to the cookout and “wow” the guests. Here are some creative tips and ideas for vegetarian grilling: • All produce doesn’t belong on the grill. My favorite grilling selections are eggplant, zucchini, portobello mushrooms, tofu, corn on the cob, artichokes, sweet potatoes, pineapples and bananas. • For “burgers,” I normally stick with portobellos. For “steak,” I use extra-firm tofu. It tastes best seasoned well and grilled thoroughly. You can place the grilled tofu on a bun, or use a knife and fork to eat it like a steak. It will have the same texture. • Tofu usually sticks to the grill so have some non-stick cooking spray handy. • For a burst of flavor, marinate tofu at least 30 minutes before grilling. I place my tofu in Ziploc bags and let it marinate in the fridge overnight. • Grilled fruit with brie is one of my favorite dishes for potlucks—always a hit. • My 6-year-old son is a pizza lover, so every once in a while I will grill some flatbreads

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or cheese/vegetarian pizzas. They are crispy, tasty and fun. • Grill corn directly in their husks after you have soaked them for about 30 minutes to an hour. They char better this way. • Experiment with different dips, sauces and marinades. Add your own special touches to make your food taste unique. Vino for the Vegan I am a wine connoisseur, and I couldn’t mention holiday, family, food and fun without wine. Below is a list of suggested wine pairings with some common vegetarian dishes. • Tofu—Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc • Curries and risotto—Zinfandels • Spicy dishes—German Riesling • Vegetables—a fruitier red like Pinot Noir • Pastas—can pair nicely with reds such as Merlot or Shiraz or with whites such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

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Clean mushroom caps and place in a large Ziploc bag with 1/3 cup of balsamic vinaigrette. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Brush onion and bell pepper rounds lightly with oil. Place the portobellos on the grill along with the onion and bell pepper rounds. Grill for 5 minutes. Place the mushroom cap on half of the bun, topped with the grilled pepper and onion. Add the tomato and fresh basil. Spread the other half of the bun with pesto and 2 tablespoons goat cheese. Bring the sandwich together and enjoy!

Vegetarians can still enjoy grilled “meats.” Just make them from plant-based ingredients, like grilled tofu steaks.

GRILLED TOFU STEAKS 1 cup water 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon miso 1 teaspoon Dashi stock powder 4 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon mirin 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger 10 ounce block firm tofu 3 1/2 ounces soba noodles 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 scallion, thinly sliced 1 carrot, peeled and julienned 1 large bunch bok choy, chopped

Heat water in saucepan. Bring to boil and stir in sugar and Dashi powder until dissolved. Simmer, then add the miso and stir until dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in soy sauce, mirin, ginger and sesame oil. Let mixture cool slightly. Cut the block of tofu in half, and then cut each piece in half. Marinate the tofu steaks in the mixture, in a Ziploc bag, in the fridge, overnight. The next day, oil a pot of water and cook the soba noodles for 4 minutes then rinse under cold water and drain. Place the tofu on the grill (keep the marinade for later) for 3-5 minutes on each side. While the tofu is grilling, heat a wok or skillet over high heat, add the canola oil and stir fry the bok choy and carrot for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the reserved marinade. Cover with a lid and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch paste (2 teaspoons of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water, mix to a paste) and cook until thick. Add the scallions and soba noodles and stir to mix well and heat through. Serve with tofu steaks on top. Glaze with a little of the sauce.

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s a single parent, I know how easy it is to swing by a drive-through instead of preparing dinner after an exhausting day at work. We all know that kids beg for hamburgers, chicken nuggets, French fries and sodas. They can throw temper tantrums when they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get what they want. Added to that, we often allow our kids to stay inside watching TV and playing video games instead of insisting on outdoor physical activities. Between unhealthy food and lack of exercise, the result is often an overweight or obese child. How can parents get their children to eat healthy when television commercials promote junk foods and restaurants? How do we convince our picky eaters that a plate of colorful fruits and vegetables are better for them than candy, especially when their friends have pantries filled with cookies, cakes and chips? It all starts with parents. We are in charge of foods that enter the house. When you realize that healthy eating can sharpen childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minds and stabilize their energy and moods, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see the benefits outweigh the effort. Below are some ways to get kids to eat healthy. â&#x20AC;˘ Take children shopping. Allow your kids to pick their fruit and vegetables. Help them through the process of weighing their choices, bagging them and even putting them on the conveyer belt at checkout. This will give them a sense of ownership; they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be as hesitant to eat the healthier foods they brought home. â&#x20AC;˘ Have kids help in the kitchen. Engaging children in preparing meals is fun. It can be messy, but they are more likely to eat what they have prepared. â&#x20AC;˘ Get them gardening. If they help super-sweet cherry tomatoes, corn, peas, and other fruits and vegetables to grow, your kids may be more interested in eating them. â&#x20AC;˘ Introduce the sweet first. Offer your kids foods like strawberries, mandarin oranges, sweet peas, corn and cherries. â&#x20AC;˘ Make a schedule. Kids should eat ev-

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merican children are overfed and undernourished, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga. Unless we make dramatic changes in their eating and exercise habits, the CDC predicts that one in three children born in the United States today will develop type 2 diabetes in his or her lifetime. The risk increases to one in two if the child is black or Hispanic. This means that this generation of children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents. â&#x20AC;˘ American children get 40 percent of their calories from extra fat and added sugars. â&#x20AC;˘ Fifty-one percent of children and teens eat less than one serving of fruit a day, and 29 percent eat less than one serving of vegetables a day. â&#x20AC;˘ Nearly one in seven 10-year-olds get


50 percent to 70 percent of calories from snacks. â&#x20AC;˘ Soft-drink consumption increased 21 percent among 2- to 5-year-olds over the last 20 years and 37 percent among 6-to-9-year-olds. Milk consumption has dropped in all age groups. â&#x20AC;˘ Average soft drink consumption in 13to-18-year-old males is three cans or more a day, and 10 percent drink more than seven cans a day. Soft drinks are given to infants as young as 7 months of age. â&#x20AC;˘ French fries made up nearly 25 percent of all vegetables consumed by children and teens. French fries are the most popular vegetable for children under age 5. â&#x20AC;˘ The average child between 2 and 5 years of age watches nearly 28 hours of TV a week. SOURCE: CDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NATIONAL HEALTH EXAMINATION SURVEYS.






















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Maggie Middleton takes advantage of a chair massage at Dreamz JXN.


massage chairs set up on the stage. Turns out that Ilene Pullum of Sunshine Therapeutic Handz (601-9532056) was giving free massages until a certain hour. As if that weren’t enough, Dreamz was also providing free food. Maggie proclaimed the combination of free massages, food and old-school rap the most genius thing ever, and she eagerly headed to try out Ilene’s skills. Eventually, we all did, and we are now big fans. Turns out, a chair massage is a great way to prime yourself for a fun night. (By the way, Ilene’s business is mobile, and she’ll bring her chair to you when you need her. Karen Hearn and Caroline Crawford channel their inner Betty Brilliant.) After we got Draper at the BOOM Jackson party, June 23. warmed up (and limbered up, thanks to Ilene), we were Farish St.) because it’s always a good place ready to do some serious dancing, so to end a late night. We even made some we headed to Freelons Bar & Groove new friends while dancing to the blues. (440 North Mill St.). Even though Maggie As the saying goes, you’ve got to likened getting a drink to a competitive dance like nobody’s watching, and sport, it was the most fun any of us have Jackson’s got some terrific places to do it. had in quite a while. The DJ was awe- In addition to the hot spots mentioned some, the crowd was good without being above, Jacksonians voted these clubs the packed to a sardine-like capacity, and some best places to dance in 2011: Electric more friends joined us there to dance the Cowboy (6107 Ridgewood Road, 601night away. 899-5333); Fire (209 S. Commerce Since good things come in threes, St., 601 592-1000); Shucker’s (116 we didn’t stop at Freelons. To fully round Conestoga Road, Ridgeland, 601out a downtown night, we headed around 853-0105); Underground 119 (119 S. the block to F. Jones Corner (303 North President St. 601-352-2322).



ust dance.” Say what you will about her, but Lady Gaga knows what she’s talking about. Sometimes dancing is exactly what you need to do after a long week, and this past weekend it was what some fellow downtowners and I had on our minds. We also knew just where to go in the neighborhood Friday night to get the job done. We decided to ease into things by first hitting up the bar at the King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.), where a couple of new faces—Jane Halbert Jones and Chad Dees—are behind the bar slinging drinks. In addition to their friendly faces, I’m a fan of the half-bottles of champagne that the bar has. And don’t let it being a hotel bar fool you; it’s not just for travelers. We ran into some other locals enjoying the patio, and after chatting with them for a bit, we were ready to head down the street to Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Immediately upon arrival, my friend Maggie Middleton noticed the

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