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NORTH JACKSON • FONDREN • BELHAVEN CLINTON • BOLTON • EDWARDS • UTICA David Archie Will: •Fight for better services and lower taxes •Encourage Economic Development In Hinds County •Create Strategies To Reduce Crime In Hinds County •Fight Furloughs And Layoffs For Hinds County Employees

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New Ideas To Fight Crime more visibility and increased law enforcement

An Open Relationship With Every Community someone that you can talk to and that respects you

Accountability On The Budget you should get what you pay for Now is the time for us to make our communities safe and to make the Sheriff’s office accountable. As Interim Police Chief of the Jackson Police Department I led an effort that reduced crime by 10% in 6 months. At the same time we reduced the budget of the Jackson Police Department by 3%. I can do this again for Hinds County. We can do better. I don’t want to be THE SHERIFF; I want to be YOUR Sheriff.

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minnie watson Minnie Watson still remembers the day she met Medgar Evers in 1961. She was attending Campbell College, an all-black private college in Jackson, when Evers came to speak to their class about joining the NAACP. “It was only five dollars to join, and you know a lot of us didn’t have money,” Watson says. “But we scrambled and got that five dollars and became members. He really made an impression on us.” Her memory of the civil-rights leader motivates Watson to tell her story today as curator of the Medgar Evers House Museum, a position she’s held since 1997, when Tougaloo College opened the home as a museum. White Citizens’ Council member Byron De La Beckwith gunned down Evers in his driveway in 1963. Watson’s goal is to spread Evers’ message of freedom and equality to as many people as possible. “People need to know the things he did and what he stood for, what he lost his life for,” she says. Watson has given tours of the home to thousands of people from around the world over the years. “I get people everywhere from Germany to Nigeria.” She is often surprised by how little many Mississippians know about Evers compared to some of her foreign visitors. “I have visitors tell me that when they stop someone in the neighborhood to ask for directions to the Medgar Evers House, the locals often say, ‘Who?’”

Watson stresses that a shared history is essential to any thriving community. Understanding the work of leaders like Evers can motivate young people to take positive action. “If they knew where they came from, knew what they were a part of, then maybe some of the problems we have now would be eliminated,” Watson says. Watson is active in her neighborhood and serves as secretary of the Georgetown Neighborhood Association, whose goal is to revitalize the area and motivate people to take pride in their neighborhood. “You’ve got to get in your community and be concerned. You’ve got to keep up your own property values and fight to make the city great,” she says. One of Watson’s favorite events hosted by the group is their annual “National Night Out” celebration. For one night in August, they ask everyone to turn their porch lights on, come outside and get to know each other better. They open Johnson Elementary to the people and serve hot dogs and hamburgers, “because if you want a crowd, you feed people,” she laughs. She calls the event a “going away party” for drugs and crime. “It’s frustrating sometimes,” she says, “but if you want things to change, you have to get in there and work for it.” —Mary Blessey

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4 ................... Slowpoke 6 .......................... Talks 12 ................... Editorial 12 .................... Stiggers 13 .................. Opinion 18 ............... Diversions 20 ....................... Books 22 ..................... 8 Days 24 .............. JFP Events 27 ....................... Music 28 ......... Music Listings 31 ...................... Sports 32 ................. Astrology 33 ......................... Food 38 ............ Fly Shopping

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Lacey McLaughlin News editor Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. E-mail Lacey@ or call 601.362.6121 x. 22. She interviewed Malcolm McMillin.

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

Briana Robinson Third-year editorial Intern Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a rising sophomore at Millsaps College. She helped edit many stories for this issue.

Callie Daniels Editorial intern Callie Daniels is a native Mississippian, although her accent sounds vaguely Lithuanian. Her crowning glory, aka her curly hair, identifies her. If you got a story, tell her. She absolutely loves them. She wrote a Talk.

Meryl Dakin Editorial intern Meryl Dakin is a recent MSU grad in English literature and aspiring journalist. She looks forward to many long years of enjoying fascinating people, exciting travel and abject poverty in her chosen field. She wrote a Talk.

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 helped edit many stories for this issue.

Chris Zuga Chris Zuga is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist. When not hunched over a project, he is preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse and devours pop culture. He wrote and illustrated a Diversions piece.

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What It Takes


t was my final semester in college, and I arrived in the Pendleton Learning Center for BA 465, Human Relations and Values. The class would help me finish my graduation requirements to walk that May. When I stepped into the classroom, I recognized many faces in the seats—some I knew well, others just in passing from around campus. There were only about 15 of us in the HRV class. In the school’s catalog, the class was described as “a course that develops understanding of one’s self and others as individuals and as members of working groups. Knowledge and skills emphasized include group dynamics and self-awareness, the impact of the self on others, free expression and better listening and barriers to group participation. Through the exploration of differing values and roles, the student is able to improve communications and decision-making both in and out of the workplace.” Our professor, Jeff Banks proceeded to take us down a rabbit hole that was different from anything we had experienced before. We had basically entered group therapy. Over the semester, we all shared intimate details about our lives. We cried and laughed in equal amounts. In this one transformative class, my entire college experience culminated into a singular, critical lesson: It’s not just about me; it’s about other people. I learned that people approach life based on life experiences, backgrounds, relationships (good and bad) and values. This does not excuse bad behavior, of course, but it does help you to be cognizant that there is usually more going on than what is on the surface. In the office last week, I was asked to gather information about candidates running for the Mississippi governor’s seat. As I scoured through the different candidate websites, I found several common threads in their platforms. Each has heralded a strong commitment to improving our educational system. I asked myself what it will actually take to build a stronger educational system in the state of Mississippi. What will it take for us, as a collective, to help our school-age kids become strong critical thinkers, armed with the knowledge and skills to make good decisions for the future? If you were to ask any random citizen, politician, critic or proponent of educational reform, you’d receive varying answers, ranging from increased funding to more emphasis on the whole child and smaller classroom sizes and less on standardized testing. Some would point fingers. They would blame teachers, administrators, parents and even the kids. But again, I ask, what will it take to make things better? Come Aug. 12, I will join the ranks of the Jackson Public Schools as a middle-school teacher. I am excited and nervous. I will have between 125 and 150 sixth-grade students staring at me across their desks, waiting for me to teach them something worthwhile.

As an educator, I am charged with the challenging task of taking the required curriculum and presenting it in a way that engages the students and prepares them for the state testing at the end of the year. I am certain that over the next 12 months, teaching will stretch me as an individual and solidify my resolve as a first-year teacher, but I’m eager to begin. I have high expectations for myself and for my soon-to-be students. I want to join with my fellow teachers to make a difference. As corny or cliché as that may sound, that is my heart’s desire. When I look back over the course of my life, I know that everything was in preparation for teaching. I am equipped, not only with a sound knowledge-base of my subject matter, but with life experience. I am a stronger and wiser person now than I was in my 20s. Since I am an optimistic-realist (I don’t know if that’s a real term, but let’s just go with it), I don’t expect my first year to be all rainbows and unicorns. I doubt we will be singing “Kumbaya” around a camp fire. I understand that I will have challenges and setbacks that will knock me on my keester. I know there will be students who will test me every step of the way. I also understand that I can’t solve every problem my students will bring with them to this rodeo. However, I do hope that I can add a positive link to each of my students’ chains of life. Hopefully, for the 50 minutes each day that I have them, I can be someone who believes in them and pushes them to do great things. I will remind myself to look past the exterior walls they may have built up or their hormonal adolescent shenanigans to see the miniperson inside that just wants to be validated . I’ve been reading “The Cause Within You”

by Matthew Barnett. He founded the Dream Center in Los Angeles. This volunteer-driven organization started in 1994 and serves more than 40,000 people each month. Its mission is to reach those who have been disconnected from God due to homelessness, poverty, substance abuse and other negative elements, and reconnect them to a supportive community that meets their physical and spiritual needs. It does this through developing support systems that encourage positive, long-term changes that honor God and thereby enhance the quality of life. More than 130 Dream Centers have opened around the world. In his book, Barnett, 37, says our greatest cause in life is to serve other people, and that when we do so, we find ourselves the most fulfilled. In short, we find purpose. “A transforming cause is never about you—promoting yourself, achieving greater fame or fortune, experiencing more pleasure or comfort, amassing greater power. It is always about using the resources God has given you—skills, relationships, experiences, money, time, intelligence and all the rest—to make a positive impact in the lives of others.” During my time at the Jackson Free Press, I had many rewarding experiences, worked with an amazing group of folks and met wonderful people in the community. As I take this next step, I don’t feel as if I am taking it alone. I feel the supportive hands of my family, friends and many others. I may be the one standing in the classroom, but as I embark on this journey, I feel confident that I have a community of people that I can call upon. To answer what it takes to make things better: It takes a community of committed people all working together.


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Thursday, July 14 The number of properties threatened by foreclosure-related actions in Mississippi dropped in the first half of 2011, 42 percent from the previous six months and 16.5 percent from the same time last year. … The FBI says it is looking into allegations that News Corp. may have tried to hack into the phone records of Sept. 11 victims. Friday, July 15 Delta Air Lines announces it will “adjust” service to 24 small airports, including those in Greenville, Tupelo and Hattiesburg, due to low demand. … “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” has a record-breaking first day in theaters, grossing more than $91 million Friday. Saturday, July 16 Jackson Zoo keepers find the elderly white rhinoceros named Longhorn dead. … A 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, but authorities report no casualties or damage. Sunday, July 17 Rookie golfer Chris Kirk wins his first PGA Tour event at the Viking Classic in Madison. … Japan beats the U.S. in a penalty-kick shootout in the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament.

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Monday, July 18 Officials in Jackson begin a $3.5 million project to increase the city’s water supply. … Media company Gannett, which owns The Clarion-Ledger, The Hattiesburg American and USA Today, announces a 22 percent drop in net income in the second quarter of 2011.


Tuesday, July 19 The University of Mississippi Medical Center receives a grant to bring oral health care and health education to the Delta. … A protester hits media mogul Rupert Murdoch in the face with a shaving cream pie during testimony in London about the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal. Get daily news updates at

Debt Ceiling Debate Hits Home


ackson City Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon expressed concern this week over what Congress’ debt ceiling debate will mean for the council’s decision to restructure its bond debt. Congress is currently debating whether to raise the U.S. debt limit by Aug. 2. President Barack Obama said that if Congress does not raise the current $14.29 trillion debt ceiling, the government would ultimately have to default on its debts. “With the current situation in Washington, there is a lot we don’t know about what the impact will be on the bond market as well as ratings,” Barrett-Simon said. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Moody’s put the country’s credit on negative review last week, citing an increasing likelihood that Congress will not raise the debt limit by the deadline. The city hired financial adviser Porter Bingham of Malachi Financial Group to help execute the bond restructuring deal. Bingham said that the city could back out of the deal before the bonds are sold, if the market changes drastically and takes a turn for the worst. He estimated a two- to threeweek time period for selling the bonds. “The credit rating will be driven by what’s taking place in the broader market if the U.S. credit rating is cut, and subsequently it appears to trickle down to municipalities,” Bingham said. “I think the timing is now, and that’s one good reason why I think

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we should do this.” The restructuring plan the council passed Monday excuses the city from original payments on its 2002, 2004 and 2005 water and sewer bonds for the next two years. The transaction will lower the city’s interest rate from 5.05 percent to 4.30 percent, but extend the life of the 2004 and 2005 bonds two additional years to 2034. While it ultimately adds about $3.8 million in debt service after refinancing, it allows the city to realize short-term savings of $3.3 million this fiscal year and $3.3 million in fiscal Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said that the council’s decision to refinance its bond debt will help stave off water year 2012. and sewer bill hikes. The city’s debt-service ratio requires it to maintain $1.20 in its water and sewer fund for every Aug. 2 and said ‘we aren’t going to pay our $1 it has in bond debt service. If the city vio- debts’ that would be very bad for the bond lates the debt-service ratio, it could poten- market and bond holders,” Brown said. tially prevent the city from obtaining bonds He likened the city’s debt restructurin the future. ing to refinancing a home: As along as inState Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, terest rates are fixed, it can be a viable move an investment adviser at Medley & Brown for the city. Bingham said that the city’s LLC, said if Congress defaults on its debt, it rate of 4.30 percent is fixed and would only would have negative consequences for mu- change if the city chooses to refinance its nicipal bonds. DEBT see page 7 “If the U.S. government got down to

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Wednesday, July 13 Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announces a new “Jobs for Jacksonians” program in his State of the City address. … A credit-rating agency Moody’s puts the United States’ credit rating on review for a possible downgrade.

LeNell Waldrup Dogan became the first female sheriff in Tallahatchie County in 1964. Her husband Ellett Rice Dogan was sheriff at the time, and he persuaded his wife to run to continue an 83-year tradition of Dogans in the sheriff’s office.

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debt again in the future. Council members spent more than an hour asking Bingham and bond attorney Steve Edds questions about potential risks the deal would have on the city’s financial future. In the end, the council voted unanimously to approve the deal, with Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes absent. The restructuring also takes pressure

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off the city to increase resident’s water or sewer bills. “This is not a guarantee that we won’t have a rate increase, but they don’t have to be as drastic as they would if we had not done the deal,” Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said. “It would have put our infrastructures repairs on hold and potentially put us in violation of our own ordinance that requires us to have 120 percent coverage on our debt. Comment at

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“As yet, it’s unclear when those funding opportunities might resume,” Mazurak said in an email. Numerous businesses such as Belhaven University, UMMC, The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, Entergy and Baptist Health Systems are supporting the endeavor.

New Development The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership announced last week the launch of a five-mile long development linking Interstate 55 to Interstate 220. The Partnership intends the Mississippi Healthcare Corridor to include expansion and redevelopment of Hawkins Field, the development of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s projected biomedical research centers, and a host of new health-care institutions. The development, which is in its infancy stages and does not have a time line for completion or funding sources, will also include neighborhood redevelopment, as well as hotels, restaurants and “night life.” One of the springboards for the project, UMMC’s bio-medical research center, which is proposed for the space now occupied by the old farmer’s market, is on hold for the moment while the university gathers more funding, according to UMMC spokesman, Jack Mazurak. Mazurak said Congress cut federal earmarks identified for the project earlier this year.

Branding Hinds County Hinds County will hold the following public meetings during a three-day process to brand the county.


rookings Institution’s new MetroMonitor says Jackson’s robust hospital-based economy, its universities and its role as a seat of government helped rank it No. 11 among the nation’s strongest metro economies, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. “Employment in the Jackson metro peaked in the fourth quarter of 2007. Gross metropolitan product in the second quarter was down 3.8 percent from the peak in the third quarter of 2008. Home prices grew 2.8 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period a year earlier. And the unemployment rate in June was 7.9 percent, up 1.5 points from a year earlier,” Bloomberg reported. The metro area ranked No. 19 for job growth, and its home prices appeared to remain stable. Bloomberg reports that unemployment hit major cities last. Jackson ranked No. 1 in terms of unemployment change with a relatively stable employment picture.

Circle of circa. Vintage arts and crafts store circa. Urban Artisan Living nabbed Niche Magazine’s 2011 Top Retailer award in social networking. The national fine-art gallery and retail magazine offers an award for the retailer using best social networking or viral marketing, which reflects circa.’s extensive use of Facebook and Twitter to promote their latest offerings. “To win national recognition after being open for such a short time and for simply doing what we love is phenomenal,” stated Circa owner Craig Escude in Jackson publication Find it in Fondren.

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arbara Dunn wakes up at 4 a.m. every day, makes a cup of coffee, watches the news and then heads to the Hinds County Circuit Clerk’s office where she prepares breakfast for her employees. She’s been doing this for 27 years, ever since she was first elected circuit clerk. In the mid-1970s, Dunn’s south Jackson neighbor, an election commissioner, asked her to volunteer and file paperwork in the clerk’s office. Shortly after, the mother of six started working as a deputy clerk. Dunn, 74, calls her employees “family.� Many have worked in the office for more than 10 years. The circuit clerk’s duties include filing lawsuits and indictments, qualifying juries, issuing marriage licenses and registering citizens to vote. Dunn, a Democrat, faces Vickie Mumford in the primary election. Mumford has openly criticized Dunn because the Mississippi Supreme Court fined Dunn for clerical errors in February 2010. In April 2011, the court issued another sanction against Dunn for paying the fine from a clerk’s account instead of writing a personal check. Dunn has since repaid the fine from her private account. What are your accomplishments as circuit clerk? When I first came here, we didn’t have a computer. We had nothing on computers. We had just begun talking about data processing. No one knew anything about computers in 1984. I brought the office from carbon paper to computerization. What makes this election cycle different from previous years? Four years ago Vickie (Mumford) ran against me. Last time, she was on the street corner with a tambourine getting attention. She didn’t know much about me then. This time, she has nailed me to the cross. Every time she gets the chance, she just batters me everywhere.

I understand that the Mississippi Supreme Court fined you $5,000 last year for your office’s clerical errors. A clerk failed to send an attorney a copy of an order. That attorney went to the (Mississippi) Supreme Court because we messed up his appeal time— which can really be undone. Because I am the clerk I take that responsibility. The Supreme Court came down with an order to pay a $5,000 fine, and if I could show them that I made improvements, then they said they would lower the fine. Well, I (get paid from the fee account). That fee money is my (discretionary) money until the end of the year. I wrote a check out of that account. But they said no, I couldn’t do that. What is a fee account? Attorneys come in here and file a lawsuit. That is the fee to pay to file the lawsuit. That’s how I get my money and pay my people. They still have not reduced the fine. But sometimes something bad makes something good come out of it. I am now on an emailing system, and the attorneys are jubilant. So you are emailing attorneys their court orders? Yes. And you maintain that the check did not come from your office’s budget? I don’t have a budget. Well, my office’s budget is like $50,000 a year. I can’t buy materials for $50,000. My fee money is my big money that I pay my people with. ... All that comes out of the fee account. When will all the filings be available online? With e-filing, the Administrative Offices of Courts is starting with Chancery Court before they start with us.

Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn has spent the last 27 years as the county’s circuit clerk.

I talked to (state Supreme Court Justice) Bill Waller and said, “Bill, you are doing Chancery Court before us. This is not going to help me.â€? ‌ He got up on TV in December and said e-filing was going to happen after the first of the year. We don’t have it, yet. Seven or eight years ago, we had an e-filing system with a company, and the Supreme Court turned us down. What was it like raising six children and working a full-time job? It was during the time that drugs hit the high schools so hard. I’ve been through everything with six children. I had two runaways. ‌ That gave me an out. I needed that rather than being at home. We just went through some terrible times at home. The job was a lifesaver for me. I’m sure you know where everything is in the office because you have been here so long, huh? Let me tell you. I was at the counter one day, and there was some afternoon mail that was very little. I opened it and file stamped it. The next day my staff said, “Please don’t do that anymore.â€? I think I file stamped stuff that didn’t need to be file stamped. ... My office is like a big family. There are lots of big families with 12 or 13 people in them, and that’s how I feel. See more candidate interviews at www.

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bus and drove more than 700 miles to retrieve it from Alabama. Other MSMS students helped them clean the bus and fix it up. During spring break they brought the bus to Glenn’s house in Moss Point, where they made more renovations. They gutted the interior to install bunk beds and stapled-down carpet. Then, the bus was put on the back burner until the summer The Farm on Wheels is traveling cross-country as an when they began working example of sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyles. with Daniel Doyle to convert the bus into a greenhouse. Doyle was one of t started out as a typical yellow school Glenn’s former teachers at MSMS. He heads bus. When six Mississippi teens were Gaining Ground’s North Central Missisdone with it, the bus had turned into sippi chapter and runs a farm and grocery a colorful “Farm on Wheels,” with a delivery system in Oxford. A few days becheery agricultural scene along the side fore graduation, he pointed the young men topped with puffy clouds and even a rain- toward the Gaining Ground Sustainability bow or two. Oh, and it now runs on veg- Institute of Mississippi, a non-profit group etable oil instead of gasoline, and a chicken in Starkville, which promotes eco-friendly coop is among its new features. living. Gaining Ground was already planThe 2011 Mississippi School of Math ning a farm on wheels for an educational and Science graduates, all 18 and known tool. The group agreed to help sponsor the collectively as G-6, or Green-Six are: Bob- boys’ road trip if they would use the bus by Glenn of Moss Point, Daniel Eisler of to educate people about a sustainable, ecoOcean Springs, Tyler Crutcher of Senato- friendly lifestyle. bia, Ryan Chapman of Brandon, Sterling They then converted their bus engine Harper of Gautier and David Liang of to bio-diesel. It takes an ounce of gasoline Cleveland. They set out to share the perks to start it up, and then the boys switch the of eco-friendly living. engine over to run solely on vegetable oil. “We wanted the road trip to be epic,” The 1990 model school bus holds two large Glenn said with a slow grin. tanks of vegetable oil. The original plan was to convert an By June 26, the Green 6 crew finished old school bus to run on vegetable oil and a base layer of paint and was already showdrive it around the country as their senior ing off the bus in Oxford. Two Oxford arttrip. In the spring, Harper read an article ists, Wendy Hansen and Andi Bedsworth, in Momentum, Mississippi State Univer- painted a radiant mural. sity’s engineering magazine, about MSU The G-6 adapted the bus to house students with a bio-diesel bus that ran on themselves, a garden of figs, strawberries, vegetable oil and was inspired. blueberries, and a coop full of chickens “The idea stuck with us,” Harper said. hatched on the bus. At each stop, the hens “We did not want to go broke over gas.” will be able to go through the back door The friends purchased a 1990 school and forage inside a portable fence.


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The group took the bus on a test run through Mississippi. Their first stop was at Fondren after 5 on July 7. The next week, they stopped at the Starkville Community Market and the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point. The state test tour included Hattiesburg and Oxford. On the national tour, they visited the Grand Canyon and will travel through California. They plan to visit Washington, Colorado, Montana, Illinois and Tennessee. Now, there are three bunk beds in a “U” shape at the rear of the bus. They also have electricity set up to charge laptops and cell phones as well as a monitor for movies and video games. They built an irrigation system that channels rain water to the small garden. A worm compost bin provides natural fertilizer for the plants. A solar panel is installed on the bus to provide electricity, as is a retractable awning for shade and shelter from the rain. The purpose of the garden is to educate visitors—especially children—that homegrown food tends to be cleaner and healthier than food from a grocery store. The children will get to taste first-hand an organic fruit. The presence of plump, happy hens will be a far cry from the disease-ridden, sleep-deprived chickens in overcrowded coops on commercial farms. “You know how the kids get gathered up to go to museums and such? Well, I thought, ‘Why not make a mobile farm instead?’ I wanted to bring the farm to the kids instead of taking kids to the farm,” Doyle said. Next, the bus returns to Oxford in August where it will become a greenhouse, complete with trees and bushes. The bunk beds will be removed to make more room for plants and free-range chickens. Glenn plans to intern with Gaining Ground by driving the bus around on another nationwide tour after the final conversion. To support and donate to the Farm on Wheels and to see a schedule of stops, visit Brianna Robinson contributed to this story. Comment at

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ne month ago, Machelle Kyles was busy preparing to train another wave of job seekers at Floridabased Paxen Learning Corp.’s office in Jackson. Now, the former program coordinator is job-hunting herself. She got the word June 28. “Our performance managers were over the top, so we were very hopeful to be renewed,” she said. “Then I got a phone call saying that we were going to close on the 30th.” Paxen had a contract with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, one of many private work development programs throughout the state. The Paxen program Mississippi Forward March-About Face trains men and women of all ages in areas such as GED preparation and career readiness. Most of its funding, however, came from the federal stimulus package—grants in amounts of $500,000 and $300,000— which ran out at the end of June. In Mississippi, Paxen also received $200,000 from the Workforce Initiative Act, or WIA. The federal government allots funds through the WIA to states to increase workers’ job readiness and retention. WIA provides the framework for Mississippi’s Workforce Initiative Network, or WIN, which has 55 job centers around the state. LaRaye Brown, MDES communications department manager, said they simply had to respond to the shortage of federal funds this year. “We provide money for anything as money is available,” she said. “We are happy to participate in training programs; however, if we don’t have stimulus money we can’t fund those things.” Kyles said she was surprised to find out Paxen was closing, as they exceeded expectations for the year. Still, she knew there was the chance the office would close. “Our benchmark requirement was 54 people in job placements, and we

placed 74 people,” she said. “We had major success stories that were published in the MDES newsletter. … There was a glimmer of hope that we’d be renewed.” Now, the single mother of two is taking classes at Belhaven University toward her master of science in leadership to prepare herself for another job in work-force development. “I have a passion for economics in Mississippi and putting our people back to work, so that’s what I want to go into,” she said. “I have faith that something will come up.” Kyles isn’t the only one in workforce development left jobless. Faced with a $6 million shortfall, MDES had to terminate 40 workers. A MDES news release said those 40 laid-off workers could apply for the 30 anticipated jobs in the agency that will open up when other employees retire or leave their positions. “We’re disappointed to lose team members, but this is a very necessary step to maintain the financial health of our organization,” MDES Executive Director Les Range said in a press release. “We’re encouraging team members to apply for the openings we’re announcing.” The federal government had to cut funds in the Workforce Investment Act and MDES also saw a reduction in the temporary funding from Hurricane Katrina aid and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As for the rest of Mississippi’s job seekers, programs are still available to help them find employment, Kyles said. On her last day in the office, the phone was ringing off the hook from people trying to enroll in their GED Accelerator program. She referred them to some of Paxen’s affiliates, including continuing education programs at Jackson State University and Hinds Community College. Jackson’s WIN job center is located on 5959 Interstate 55 and can be reached at 601-321-7931. Comment at


by Adam Lynch

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says ratepayers should not have to foot the bill for utility companies’ private jet flights.

Presley said he is eager to hear utility companies’ reaction to the proposal. “They’ll probably whine and moan and talk about their poor, pitiful lavish jet that they need customers to pay for, but the

bottom line is if they’re going to fly around in luxury they need to pay for it and not ask the customers to pay for it,” Presley said. Posey, who agreed to set the hearing, said Presley is making political hay out of a non-issue. “Contrary to popular belief, we’re tight as hell on aircraft travel. We’ve been tough on these guys. We’ve made the staff tighten it up some,” said Posey, who added that the staff knew to pull the $900,000 request based upon the PSC’s stringent policies. “We’ve been that way for a pretty good little while,” he said. “All we’re doing is making it formal by putting it on paper.” Posey said that Entergy Mississippi, one of the state’s two major power suppliers, does not try to claim reimbursement for private jet travel, leaving only one major company with access to personal jets. “You’re basically talking about Mississippi Power, and I don’t know what they’re going to object to because it’s no more than we’ve been doing now,” he said. “We’re not going to allow anything more than what it could cost on a common carrier, but if it doesn’t cost any more to fly private than it does on a regular airplane then there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s the basic philosophy that’s always been in place there.”


Presley said utility companies should not look for ratepayers to foot the bill for jet travel. “Some of the best service and rates in this state come from power associations like our rural co-ops like Tombigbee Electric Power Association, and you won’t find one of them with a corporate jet.” Mississippi Power spokeswoman Cindy Duvall refused comment, saying the company respected the commission’s decision but will address the issue during the September hearing. Virden Jones, director of MPSC sister agency Mississippi Public Utilities Staff, told the JFP that Mississippi is the only state that does not allow corporate aircraft costs to be inserted into rates. The JFP filed a request this week for PSC documents detailing the costs of airfare ratepayers have financed over the last five years both for private jet travel and commercial flights. Jones said Mississippi Power Co.—the only state utility company that he said requests air travel reimbursement—had filed that information confidentially with the PSC. Jones said he would need permission from the company to release the information to the public. Jones had no answer at press time. Comment at


f there’s one thing a Mississippian knows, it’s how to survive the summer heat. It’s not called a Blizzard for nothing; Dairy Queen has a surefire way to cool down on a hot day. It wasn’t the Blizzard, however, that skyrocketed Dairy Queen to fame. It was sale of a then-unnamed product on August 4, 1938, in Kankakee, Illinois, that put DQ in the spotlight. A father and son in the mix plant business in Green River, Illinois, had been experimenting with a soft frozen dairy product when they contacted a good friend and acustomer who agreed to run an “all you can eat” trial sale at his ice cream store. Two hours and over 1,600 servings later, success was just a scoop away.

Dairy Queen

Pre-World War II food franchising was unheard of. The new dairy product’s potential made it a natural for such a business. When the US entered WWII, there were less than 10 Diary Queen stores. However, after the War in 1947, 100 stores had opened. That number grew to 1,446 in 1950 and to over 2,600 in 1955. Today, there are over 5,900 restaurants in the US, Canada, and 20 foreign countries. What sets Dairy Queen apart from most fast food chains is that as a locally owned franchise, they are committed to the communities they occupy. Dairy Queen has been a proud sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1984. For the past 27 years, Dairy Queen franchises throughout the US and Canada have raised more than $86 million for CMN Hospitals. Because Dairy Queen believes in investing in the youth of its communities, many DQ operators offer tours of their restaurants to kids in grades 1-4. These tours teach students about how the facility operated and more importantly, the values of cleanliness and hard work. But don’t make the mistake that Dairy Queen is only good for dessert. From fresh chicken strips to chicken sandwiches, salads to hamburgers, there isn’t much on the menu that won’t satisfy. Want to have a party that really takes the cake? Serve one of Dairy Queen’s specialty cakes and really get the party started. Of course, with so many cakes to choose from, do you really need a reason to party? From the Dilly to the Buster, Blizzard to Sundae, anytime is a good time for a sweet treat to cool you down on a hot Mississippi afternoon.


corporate utility wants to charge private jet expenses to ratepayers, and Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley wants to forbid it. “Corporate utilities should not be able to pass along the costs of flying private jets to their customers,” Presley told the Jackson Free Press. “Mississippi customers shouldn’t have to pay for lavish jet-setting by corporations. If they want to fly around, they should pay for it themselves.” Presley proposed the rule after learning prior to the commission’s July 7 meeting that commission staff had removed from the PSC docket a $900,000 reimbursement request from Mississippi Power Co. for one year of corporate jet expenses. Presley then trotted out a rule discouraging making such requests in the first place. “I felt it was time to set a rule that says, ‘No corporate jet expenses,’” Presley said. “The only thing we’ll pay for is the commercial coach rate, and you’ve got to justify the trip and the occupant.” Central District Commissioner Lynn Posey and Southern District Commissioner Leonard Bentz agreed to Presley’s proposition and set a hearing on the matter for Sept. 8.


Utility Co. Wants $900,000 for Jet Fare


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It’s Up to Us to ‘Rebrand’ City


his week, in preparation for our big Jackpedia student/newcomer guide in August, we asked Facebook friends to share the city’s “best-kept secrets” to include them in Jackpedia (and at One smart aleck responded immediately: “don’t leave your keys in your vehicle, nor running in certain areas, be careful, very careful, fasten your seat belt. PRAY!” (sic). How tired we get of crime sensationalism and obsession, and how much such foolish rhetoric has hurt our city. It has spread for all kinds of reasons, and usually becomes over the top and rampant during campaign seasons—the more local the campaign, the more disgusting it gets. Why? Because too many fool politicos believe that you run for office and become a “leader” by constantly whining about the guy or gal who’s in there and talking down the city. The message, somehow, is supposed to become that the (mayor, supervisor, council member, sheriff, etc.) is the reason that crimes happen. (Yes, the whiners are insulting your intelligence, especially in one of the country’s most povertyridden, poorly educated states.) The corporate media then lap it up and spit it back out—leading their papers and newscasts with one crime incident after another, more focused on scaring people into tuning in or subscribing to their rag than in actually being responsible citizens. And they seldom show interest in actual crime trends, causes and context, the understanding of which can help citizens to actually do something about it. Progress, for these folks, is not the priority. We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’re headed into one of those horrendous election cycles. Brace yourself, and reject the hype. Tell the candidate to stop complaining about incumbents and answer real questions: “What are you going to do for the city, state or nation? Give me specifics.” Meantime, an effort to “rebrand” Hinds County is coming to fruition this week. We encourage you to attend at least one of the meetings and give your input. In the past, we’ve criticized some of the frantic hype about U.S. Census figures indicating the “news” that Jackson had lost population in a decade (actually, the news was that population losses had slowed in the last decade, but that’s the kind of context that doesn’t fit into hysterical frames, so it’s ignored). We hope good things come out of this campaign, and applaud folks like Blake Wallace of the Hinds County Economic Development Authority and Bob Wilson of the Mississippi Main Street Association for their hard work and for keeping the public involved and informed about the meetings. We urge each of you to attend and speak up. (See times and locations on page 7.) Ultimately, though, the branding of the metro is up to each of us: Call out the negativity, demand better of candidates, and reject media and politicians that hawk the negative.


Teachable Moment

July 20 - 26, 20110



iss Doodle Mae: “Jojo, our fearless leader, keeps his workers informed about current events. Before Jojo opens the doors of his discount dollar store to the public, he makes sure that all staff members watch at least 15 minutes of morning news headlines and updates, followed by a brief question, answer and personal concerns session. This morning, a new staff member was worried about the government’s debt issue and how customers from the Ghetto Science community will be affected. Jojo did his best to address the new employee’s concerns.” Jojo: “Our poor and middle-class customers should understand what their government is experiencing. This crucial situation could be a great lesson for our congressmen and senators, for they will go through what every poor and middle-class citizen experiences when the bill collector calls. Perhaps this financial dilemma could be a teachable moment about showing grace toward the financially troubled working class. For the sake of the nation, I hope our politicians and government will have enough sense to raise the debt ceiling or make some payment arrangements with the debtors. “In the meantime, it’s up to us to be positive and continue a good relationship with our loyal customers by honoring the Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store slogan: ‘In the ghetto, everything is everything, but, at Jojo’s, everything will always be a dollar.’” Miss Doodle Mae: “Should our government default on its debt, Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store will continue to make life affordable for its disappointed, disfranchised and desperate customers.”


Professional Politicians


cringed when I heard the president utter the words. As his quote was continuously bandied about the Internet, I became even more disappointed. Barack Obama had become the very thing that he tried so hard to convince us he was not. In a Lebron James-type “you have to return to your mediocre lives” moment, Obama may have lost some supporters. The president referred to himself and other lawmakers as “professional politicians.” That may not mean much to you; in fact, some of you may agree. But to me, they are curse words. And as far as Jackson goes, they are a major problem. These days, “professional politicians” rule our city—hell, our country. Why isn’t it a good idea? Because professional politicians have little or no real-world dealings and oftentimes lose touch with the very constituents they serve. It’s like a bad marriage where a couple stays together “for the kids,” or because they’re in too much debt to separate. Political experience simply does not always translate to “people” scenarios, and we need to begin thinking more carefully. Sure, you want your barber, your electrician, your mechanic to be good at that one thing, but if you’ve ever wondered why some things that occur in government seem nonsensical, it’s because those running it are doing what’s most expedient to save themselves. I imagine that when this country was formed, the Constitution was written with the

idea that Congress and the president would be “of the people”—offices held by regular people for limited periods of time. Term limits prevent presidents and some governors from growing roots; however, term limits don’t apply to mayors, council persons, supervisors, congressmen and the like. After nearly every Jackson election, our “new” council is our “old” council. Our “new” supervisors are the “old” supervisors, and even the “new” mayor is the “old” mayor. Honestly, if you can’t make an impact in an office in eight years, then you need to move on. So why are we expecting new results again? I’m sure Obama used the term because of the frustrating debt talks. Perhaps he was having a bad day. But the commonly held belief that politicians are smarter, more enlightened, or more important than you or me is poppycock. The notion that you or I aren’t “experienced” enough is equally ridiculous to me. Good old common sense, a love of the people and the ability to stand your ground are all that’s needed to make a good public servant. Professional politicians thrive on disenfranchised voters. They live off ignorance and apathy. Until we react at the ballot box, or until someone passes a blanket term-limits bill, we’ll forever have folks who are pros at holding office. My question then becomes: Are you there for the people or for the position, prestige and a secure paycheck? And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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Do Unto Others


wake up feeling gratitude every day for so many things. I have my health. I have a job that pays my bills and allows me to help others who are in crisis. I have a roof over my head and reliable transportation. I live in a neighborhood I love. I have a supportive family and a network of close friends. I believe it is vital to our well-being to view life from the positive side, and to be thankful every day for the simple things we have. Love and faith lead to dramatic transformation in our lives. As a newly single woman, I have faced my share of struggles in the past six months. I have no financial safety net right now. I’m wrestling with debt, figuring where I can make cuts and where I can’t; however, I know everything will work out for the best. I have learned to embrace faith as my greatest asset. I firmly believe that it is not too late to rebuild and reinvent my life, on my own terms. I know I am not the only one out there dealing with uncertainty. So many people who were having a hard time when the economy was booming are facing an even worse situation today. Unemployment is high. So is the cost of living. I am finally getting used to the increase in grocery prices. I have to wonder what life is like for people living on a fixed income. Have they had to cut back on food? Turn the heater down and bundle up? Turn the air conditioner to 80 degrees and get a box fan? I am fortunate I haven’t had to resort to drastic measures to stay afloat. I know others aren’t so lucky. Our nation is struggling, too. Two costly wars and a financial bailout on top of a recession that is nowhere near the end have taken their toll. The people of our nation and our representatives are sharply divided on the solution to our deficit. People are angry and fearful. The situation has pitted people against one another and brought out the worst in many. One only has to log on to YouTube to view a plethora of videos showing people viciously attacking—physically and verbally—people with an opposing viewpoint. What has happened to the free exchange of ideas in our country? Have we become so crazed with fear that anyone

8:30 a.m. A Service of Word and Table who has a different idea on how we should tackle our problems becomes the object of wrath and ridicule? Apparently, our representatives are turning their own fear and frustrations on the very people they were elected to serve—and aiming it at Social Security and Medicare. Last week, I signed three petitions demanding that Social Security and Medicare cuts be taken off the table. Why does the government feel entitled to our money? And, yes, that’s our money. We paid it in. Now, our benefits are on the table to be cut. I’m not an economist or a brilliant mathematician, but wouldn’t cuts to Social Security at this time simply add to the numbers of people living at or below the poverty line? Can we really make a cut to Medicare at this time and have a viable health-care system? Will cutbacks to the funding of our infrastructures prove to be sustainable in the long run, or will we, 10 years from now, be scrambling to make repairs to roads and bridges we can’t safely drive on? Representatives, can we count on you to take off your partisan hats long enough to roll up your sleeves and work together to come up with solutions that everyone can live with? Fellow constituents, can we set aside our differences and make our solutions known to our representatives? This is not the time to be angry or despondent. We must have faith in our ingenuity and resilience, and recognize each other as members of a larger community. It will take a multifaceted approach to solve our complex problems. The actions we take today to repair our flagging economy will have lasting effects for us all. We should be sure we can live with the end results. I cannot in good conscience support austerity measures that will impoverish our most vulnerable citizens. Can you? Let’s do unto others as we would do unto ourselves. Award-winning columnist Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who loves planting flowers and watching the birds in her backyard. She is a sucker for a suspenseful movie or thought-provoking documentary. She is owned by Phoebe, a 9-year-old Lhasa apso. She works as a nurse in her spare time.

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Revealing Heaven On Earth



Top Gun

The JFP Interview with

Malcolm McMillin by Lacey McLaughlin


July 20 - 26, 2011

McMillin’s accomplishments as sheriff include opening a new jail in Raymond in 2008, and adding a K-9 unit, a narcotics unit, a juvenile unit and a mounted patrol unit to the department. For the second time in a row, McMillin runs against former Jackson Police Department Deputy Chief Tyrone Lewis. You’ve been sheriff for 20 years. That can’t be an easy job. Why do you want to stay in your position? I don’t feel like my job is finished.

Name: Malcolm McMillin Age: 66 Born: Natchez Employment: 39 years in law enforcement (Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sheriff) Currently: Hinds County Sheriff

There are a number of things that I would like to complete and improve upon. I don’t think I’m ready to retire. What do you want to improve on? I would like to work with the courts and implement more alternative sentencing. This budget year has been tight. How does it compare to other years? The Hinds County Board of Supervisors, as you know, is the funding agency for the sheriff ’s office, and this year the COURTESY MALCOLM MCMILLIN

inds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin’s office is home to several porcelain and ceramic pigs. Asked about his collection, the sheriff points to a Winston Churchill quote on his wall. “A cat looks down upon a man, and a dog looks up to a man, but a pig will look a man in the eye and see his equal,” the quote reads. “I like pigs,” McMillin says with a wry smile. Friends and co-workers know this and often give him statues of pigs as gifts. No one has given him a real one, yet, but the sheriff said he would gladly take one as long as the pig is house trained. When McMillin answers a question, he looks you in the eye and seems to say exactly what he thinks. He isn’t one to skirt around issues or change the subject. His straight forwardness and down-to-earth humor are qualities that have helped him win re-election five times and remain in office for 20 years. The Natchez native has lived in Hinds County for more than 40 years. He received his bachelor’s degrees in administration of justice and history from Mississippi College. The sheriff, who was first elected in Hinds County in 1991, began working with the Jackson Police Department in 1971 where he coordinated the department’s first Crime Stoppers program. He served a dual role as sheriff and JPD’s police chief under the late Mayor Frank Melton from November 2007 14 to April 2009.

situation (happened) because of bad decisions made by the board. We had to resort to furloughs of personnel, and that took a terrible toll on employees who are in the low-range of salaries. … When you are making the salaries that some of these people are making, one day’s salary is a lot. Are you optimistic about next year’s budget? There have been a number of decisions that the board has made (such as) plans for a regional jail that they intended to build and expended the money for. That could have been the difference in having to furlough people or not. … The board of supervisors needs to be better stewards of their money than they have been in the past. Do we need a regional jail? No. Why not? I don’t think we have a need for it. We might need an expansion of the jail we have now or look for alternative ways to deal with our situation with nonviolent criminals. Other ways of dealing with jail overcrowding might be the answer rather than building enough jail space for everybody who needs to be there. Address the overcrowding issue. We need to look at alternative forms

Is that something you can do as sheriff, or must legislation be passed? It’s combination of getting legislation passed at the state level and some out-ofthe-box thinking by judges who would propose alternative forms of sentencing. Is that something you have already accomplished or something you are trying to do? I did that as far back in the 1980s when I was working for the city of Jackson. We proposed a program where offenders who were assessed fines with the city could work those off doing community services. So there is no need to lock someone up for not paying the fine if he can do community service and work that time off. With the budget you have, how are you stretching resources so you can maintain services to citizens? We are able to maintain services, and part of that is due to a large reserve unit that maintains manpower on the street— that we need to enforce the law at no cost to the taxpayers. The only compensation they get is workmen’s compensation. They work free of charge. We have more than 80 reserve officers who work in every capacity from patrol to jail supervision. Without them, we couldn’t provide the services that we do. Do all counties have a reserve unit? No. There are some counties that have reserves. They call them “posses” or “special officers” to supplement their budget. But none has one that compares to ours. So they just want to give back to the community? That’s the motivation of those who want to volunteer. They are required to go through a training course in order to be certified by the state and be a reserve officer. The majority of county employees serve under the will and pleasure of elected officials. I understand that you have an appeals process. Tell me more about that. If I discipline an employee—whether that is from days off to reduction in rank to firing—they have the right to appeal to a board of their peers. ... That panel can either agree with the discipline that the sheriff determines or say it’s too harsh or find that person not guilty. For the most part, I agree with the review board. I’ve turned over a few when I determined that my discipline was sufficient for the offense. That’s probably been four or five in my 20 years.

You aren’t required to do that? I’m not required. I don’t think anyone should serve at the will and pleasure of anyone else. People need to have their jobs and have job security. At the same time, I want to maintain control, but I want employees to feel that there is recourse and that there is justice there. How do you work with all the municipalities in the county? We have an excellent relationship with municipalities in the county. Primarily, in the smaller municipalities, we often provide expertise if they have major crime that they’re not necessarily able to handle. We send our crime scene unit and investigators if there is murder, rape or armed robbery. … In the case of Byram, that’s a newly formed police department. They primarily handle their own business since the incorporation. Clinton stands alone. They handle their own business. They don’t have enough of a crime problem to request assistance from us, and they’ve got the expertise within the department there to do what they need to do. How much of your resources does Jackson take up? We work within the city of Jackson, but we don’t regularly patrol. We don’t have beats in the city of Jackson. We do have a street-crime unit that works prostitution, drug dealing and that type of thing. We have an excellent working relationship with the city of Jackson. We have merged our S.W.A.T. teams to where they work together and answer calls together. When you call for a special response team, you get a combination of Hinds County deputies and city of Jackson officers. Crime doesn’t stay in the same place, so what authority do you have in the county? That’s one of the fallacies that continue to come up in my opponent’s speeches: The sheriff can do anything he wants to do. The sheriff can do what he can do within the limitation of his budget and manpower. He has the authority and jurisdiction but doesn’t have the primary jurisdiction for patrolling and checking that the city of Jackson does. They have the primary responsibility for answering those calls for service and regular patrol. We can assist, and if a citizen isn’t satisfied with the service he got from the police department, he can call the sheriff ’s department, and we have to respond. The sheriff ’s authority goes from county line to county line, from Pocahontas to Utica. How do you work with sheriffs in surrounding counties like Madison and Rankin? We have an excellent relationship with them along with federal agencies. I read that one of my opponents said he was going to work together (with them), and that this ought to be the safest city in the state because the FBI is here and Marshal services and the DEA (federal Drug Enforce-

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To Malcolm McMillin Contributor Occupation Citi Card Floyd Smith The Lamar Companies Benjamin Craddock self-employed Patrick Farms Ingram Signs J. Kane Ditto self-employed Bill Burrow Jr. Denny King owner, Hesselbien Tire Bill McCarty III manager, New Stage Theatre ment Agency). We have people assigned to the FBI task force, the U.S. Marshals task force, and we collaborate and associate with every agency that exists now. I can’t think of any way that we can be any closer than we already are. That’s not a new idea on anyone’s part. We’ve been doing it for 20 years. Mark Sandridge, who is running for sheriff in Madison, used fear of Jackson to appeal to voters through his ads. I’m sure you have seen them. What is the effect of an ad like that? I think possibly he has found that isn’t the best way to address a situation. It’s not good for relations between communities, and it may cast dispersions on law enforcement within Hinds County. But I think that’s behind us now. How many state prisoners does the county house? This is one of those things that people have a hard time understanding. We have detainees housed in the jail, and we have inmates housed in this jail sometimes known as convicts. … We have a joint county-state work center located in Raymond that has 200 state inmates and 200 local. Misdemeanor offenders can be housed there and can perform duties. I recently stopped and bought some excellent tomatoes at the Penal Farm’s produce stand in Raymond. Is that part of the work program? That’s part of the work program. We started off growing vegetables out there and had nowhere to store them. So we scrounged up some freezers that people were willing to give us. Now we fill the

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freezers up and feed inmates every day. At the end, when we have a surplus, we sell them at the vegetable stand and plug that money back into the food budget. Are the inmates learning work skills? They are, because a lot of them have never had a job until they came there. When you are working in the garden you are learning to get up on time, and report on time and do their job every day. But this is the problem I have now: We have limited space to store food. We need more freezer space, but we don’t have the wherewithal to do that. So you need more money in the budget to buy freezers? Right. What are you doing to counter recidivism? One example is that we have 30 detainees (at the county jail) who are 17 to 14 years old, and I have a GED teacher that works with them. I house these separately from the general population because of their youth. We have been success in that program. … We have Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous available to them. We have a program where they can take classes from Hinds Community College, and it’s paid for out of a recycling program that we started. Justice advocates express concerns about the prison industrial complex in which private companies and prisons ultimately profit from in-

of sentencing and what we do with nonviolent offenders. There might be other ways of dealing with them such as house arrest, community service and other things that would be thinking outside the box. We need the space to lock up people who are threats to lives and properties of others—I’m not as concerned about those with nonviolent crimes.

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And it would be costly to the county to do this? Right. Not only would it be costly; that’s not our job. I saw that you left a debate July 5 at New Horizon Church against your opponent Tyrone Lewis. What happened? The invitation said (the debate) would include a four-minute opening statement, five-minute question-and-answer opportunity and one-minute closing statement. Candidates would have the opportunity to present based on election seat sought and then alphabetically. That’s what I agreed to when I sent my money in. It doesn’t say anything about a moderator. If you arrived on the scene, and the moderator was one of your opponent’s close supporters and an enemy of yours politically, and instead of fielding ques-

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Are you planning any other debates with your opponent? No. Does the sheriff have any role in what happens at the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Detention Center? The only dealing we have is that we provide a bailiff with the youth court. The sheriff is the chief executive officer of all the courts in the county. … Those bailiffs are deputies that represent the sheriff in the courtroom. That’s the only connection we have with them. While you were serving as interim Jackson police chief, you said you would fire officers if they were found abusing the Fuelman program (intended for gasoline purchases for government vehicles). You demoted one chief and transferred another one, but I don’t think any charges were filed. What happened? That was after I left. I intended for the investigation to go further. We found where the abuses lay for those Fuelman abuses, and that’s all that was done about it. Do you think more should have been done? I think someone should have gone to jail for it.

Sheriff Malcolm McMillin, Hinds County Investigator Rebecca Pittman and Lt. Jeffery Scott discuss a murder investigation on July 18.

What was it like serving as police chief and sheriff at the same time? It seems like it would be a lot of work. Actually, it made things a lot easier. Tongue in cheek, there was a lot of cooperation between the two heads of the agencies. It was a lot easier for us to decide what our policy was going to be. There were also a lot of services that could be utilized. We formed a child-protection unit that I am really proud of. It ensures that there would be more emphasis placed on that than in the past. Is that still there? It’s still in place and functions well. The two child-abuse neglect units meet once a week. As a matter of fact, the first year we took 200 cases to the grand jury. It was a big improvement over what was being done. How do you respond to allegations

that you were part of a conspiracy to go easy on Karen and Stuart Irby? I resent the implication that I did anything other than what was the right thing to do under the law. That case was not treated differently than other case that came before me or that I was involved in as chief of police or sheriff. What’s the major difference between you and your opponent? The major difference is that I have had 20 years’ experience in this office, and I run on my record. That’s one of honesty and integrity. My campaign slogan is that “I’m the sheriff you know, the sheriff you can trust.” There is old spiritual that says, “Let the work I’ve done speak for me,” and I will stand on the line of that. See more candidate interviews, including with Tyrone Lewis, at

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etired Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Lt. Johnnie Bowden, 58, says he’s running for sheriff and plans to put new emphasis on drug-related crime prevention in the county. “Most crimes are related to drugs in some kind of way,” Bowden said. “Focus on reducing drug abuse, and you’ll reduce overall crime in the county.” Bowden retired in 2009 as special agent in charge of MBI’s central district, an area that includes Hinds and nine other counties. His retirement, he said, has given him enough time to look around Hinds County and identify potential improvements in the sheriff’s department. He said the recent firing of guards at the Hinds County jail indicates an overall lack of training and priorities among some employees. “The sheriff has had to fire deputies because they put some guy in the hospital. This isn’t something that’s just started,” Bowden said. “This is something that I bet has been going on for 20 years.” He said a stricter hiring protocol for guards and county employees would weed out unfavorable personality issues.

“You have to make sure that the one’s working for you that the current sheriff makes clear is hard to come by. Curare under the understanding that they represent the sheriff, rent Sheriff Malcolm McMillin has repeatedly approached and that the only way you can reprethe press with stories of underpaid sent me as sheriff is to treat people in employees and worn-out patrol veaccordance with how you want to be hicles after supervisors rejected his treated,” Bowden said. budget increase proposals. In a blended marriage with 10 Bowden said he is confident kids, Bowden claims he can increase that he can drum up additional revthe visibility of deputies all over the enue through means outside county county—not just in the city of Jacksupervisors’ signatures. son—by using all the volunteers and “The sheriff has been growreserve officers available to the sheriff’s ing crops out at the county farm, but office. He said that placing such nonthere are other forms of produce-oripaid individuals more strategically ented economic development, like throughout the county in patrol vehicatfish farming, cattle and hogs,” cles would improve response time. He Bowden said. also said he would advocate for higher Democratic candidate Johnnie Bowden “We could also bring in a pay for deputies. fish-processing plant. There are other said he can drum up new revenue for But putting cars on the road and the Hinds County Sheriff’s department ways to make money.” funding pay increases costs money through economic development. LACEY MCLAUGHLIN


Who was the moderator? Othor Cain.

This past legislative session, lawmakers considered an anti-immigration bill. You said at the time that it was not a county deputy’s job to enforce immigration. Tell me more about that. My job is to enforce the law. What we have here—and when it comes to immigration policies—is the failure on the part of the national government to do (its) job. I don’t have the wherewithal to deal with that problem. It’s a problem that should be addressed by the federal government.

tions from the audience and relaying those to the candidates, he is taking part in the questions himself? The second thing was, as an incumbent, the incumbent gets to go last. … What that does is I get to go last to refute any allegations made and any statements made by my opposition. That’s the agreement that I agreed to.


creased prison populations. Is that happening in Hinds County? I have gone on record as being antiprivate prisons and jails since the beginning of my career. I don’t believe in privatizing the police power of the state, whether it’s patrol, courthouse security or process servers. Those … should be counted as a cost of doing business, not as a way for people to make money.


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f you are familiar with the Arts & Entertainment Channel, or A&E, then you’ve probably caught a glimpse of real-life exterminator Billy Bretherton who faces insects and much larger pests. Boasting a 40 percent gain in overall viewers in its second season, “Billy the Exterminator” has become a genuine cable hit, overshadowing the network’s previous draw, “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” Bretherton’s boundless energy and enthusiasm on screen is just as palpable in person, as I had the pleasure to discover when I ventured south to the Vexcon Inc. headquarters in Benton, La. Tell me about your path to becoming an exterminator. Air Force intelligence was exactly what I wanted—CIA FBI, Bildeberg, Illuminati type stuff—but, you know, it didn’t work out for me, and here I am today, and the Air Force was the reason. They put me in extermination. I thought I was the Orkin Man. I was really upset, and then when I got to Nellis Air Force base, they’re telling me to keep the coyotes off the runways so these $30 million jets don’t pull them into the engines and explode. So how did Vexcon come about? Can you give a little history of the creation of the company? I was up in New Jersey, and my boss at the time … was talking about retiring, and his son and me just didn’t get along at all. My mom and dad were born and raised here, and they wanted to retire. They bought land, ready to build a house, and in ’96, me and my brother … came down here to a small community. (We) had never been in a city smaller than one million people, so we were big city guys in every way. I thought food came from grocery stores, you know; I mean, I was ignorant and stupid in every way.

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What was the genesis of the name Vexcon? The word “vex” is associated with a spiritual force of wickedness and negativity and plague. I joke constantly that I fight the boogie man every day and his armies. “Vex” was really wrapped up. The second thing that was cool about it is before the guillotine, it was called a convex, and it was a convex blade used for whacking off the heads of royalty and kings and stuff. (Points to the Vexcon logo on his shirt.) Notice that’s a skull and bones, not a cockroach head. (Laughs) And you can see the logo is like convex. The 18 third thing I like about it is a convex lens arcs

“Billy the Exterminator” controls insects, rodents, snakes and pests of every size.

and bends light. I think arcing light is a very powerful symbol so I very much enjoy that. You seem to take an eco-friendly approach. Is there a philosophy behind that? Believe me, I am always about protecting the environment, doing everything smart, but I can exterminate. I mean I really can do it; I’m gifted at this, and if there’s a problem, extermination is really my talent. … I mean saving’s a good thing, but I’m an exterminator! Louisiana has been hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and then last summer’s BP oil spill. What are your feelings regarding the last few years’ devastation? Looking at all the damage and the horror from Katrina, because it’s still there, and seeing the oil coming in and everything, in our area you know you see it on TV and not the bad stuff. When Rita came through, every single pecan tree rotted out that year; the pecan, the

fruit rotted. You can’t explain stuff like that. There is no understanding of what happened there, you know, but we feel like we’re under plagues here. We feel like here things are just way out of whack and getting crazy but I don’t know if everyone else is feeling it.

of these things just stock full of these dead rats. I’ll get letters: “You should even relocate a rat, you shouldn’t kill rats.” Where do I relocate something like that? Who wants the things? They have plagues and diseases … and they’re disgusting.

I have to ask, because you find yourself in some pretty unusual situations on screen. What is the oddest job you’ve gone out on? The oddest, I like that. Golly, so many. I got a call about two years ago, and they were ready to clean the cottonseed out and utilize the warehouse and its space, but they had to get these rats out of there. So they call me. And walking around, I could see in the palettes just holes and burrs and rats looking out and everything. I’m like, “My word!” I couldn’t believe it. So I had 125 snap traps, all I had in the entire office. I went and set in this perfect square 125 snap traps. When I got done, I had filled up 30 gallon, real heavy duty, contractor trash bags, and I filled up like six or seven

How is it working with A&E, and to what do you attribute the broad appeal of your program? I really like A&E. I hope they like me, because I’m kind of a wild child, and I bet it would be tough to deal with me. But they do a really good job, and they’re very catering to their talent, very open to listening to any complaints, very good network. I really very much enjoy them. We hit every demographic from 2 to 92. I think what it is, basically with a family demographic, it’s humor, the danger of the job and all this stuff, it’s a little bit out there … but it’s still very energetic and still very entertaining for everybody. “Billy the Exterminator” airs on A&E Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m.

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raceâ&#x20AC;? is one of those words I struggle with. There are the simplistic, surface definitions like charm or loveliness. I tend to find it a complicated word, though, filled with lightness and darkness struggling for domination, with the clouds shrinking if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky. I guess that means I lean more toward it meaning mercy, forgiveness, prayer, clemency, even immunity or reprieve. I think of our former mayor, Frank Melton, a man I got to know arguably too well, someone I would lie in bed at night thinking about due to his haunting internal war between his personal lightness and darkness. It was a war that played out publicly, sucking in participants, for a man who promised â&#x20AC;&#x153;grace and benevolence,â&#x20AC;? but delivered anything but. But I always saw a man in there who believed his own hype, who knew he had done very wrong, who needed somehow to find mercy and forgiveness. But he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go the distance. He resisted what it would take to quiet his demons until it was too late. So he died a broken, lonely man mere hours after losing his beloved dog and just as the polls were closing on his self-promoted mythology. He never found grace, and that is profoundly tragic. For me, Melton has become my personal southern gothic acquaintance. He could not have existed anywhere else but the South, probably nowhere else but Jackson with our weird mixture of history and the men it has left broken and depraved. His rise and fall was ironic, bizarre and even grotesque, when you stop to picture him drunkenly slinging a stick through windows and sheetrock, or rolling around in a patch of grass with a blood-covered young man who had just lost his twin brother in a execution-style shooting. Through it all, the grace he hawked and sought was elusive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us, and the change is painful,â&#x20AC;? novelist Flannery Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor once wrote. Or maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible. Yet, still. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor defined â&#x20AC;&#x153;southern gothicâ&#x20AC;? with her astute, dark sixth sense for the tragedy of our south, the one that so often lurks just below a frivolous surface. She wrote brilliant raw stories about people trapped in their own realities and perceptions and fears, at least until they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any more. She was a devout Catholic, and her religion undergirded her accounts of moral crisis in everyday people in a way that no other writer has replicated. When I picked up Ann Napolitanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Good Hard Lookâ&#x20AC;? (Penguin Press, 2011, $25.95), and read the flap description, I shuddered. A modern novelist was fictionalizing Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, plopping a literary iconoclast down in the middle of a

fictional scenario with made-up people. Who gets to do that? Once I started reading it, though, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop. It was if I had re-materialized in an extremely foreign worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;narrated by squawking peacocks, no lessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that at once felt familiar for this native of a small southern town splattered by dark streaks of hate and even blood. From almost the first page, this novel seemed real. I could feel, somehow, the charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; seemingly pre-ordained retreat from grace as a deceptively simple plot unfolded in Milledgeville, Ga., where Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor returned to live out her final days in the early 1950s and where she died from lupus (she was 39 when she left us). Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor is not the apparent main character; instead, the book brilliantly borrows her tone and her ethos, not to mention her powers of brutal human observation, as it unfolds the story of the pretty, rich, young Cookie Himmel, who has brought her rich fiancĂŠ Melvin home with her from Manhattan to help lead a charmed Georgia life. He is as handsome as they both are lost. Or perhaps seeking would be a better word. What is he seeking? The same thing she is: anything real (â&#x20AC;&#x153;clarity,â&#x20AC;? he calls it). His turns out to be a strange friendship with Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, ultimately, redemption and a touch of grace. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t misunderstand: This narrative is a great story, almost light at times, often very funnyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but always with the knowledge that this propped-up happiness too shall end. And it ends tragically. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you how: It involves an infant, statutory rape, a lot of custom drapes and some often-loveable but damn annoying peacocks (in real life, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor collected them). But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happens on the other side of one fateful day that upends this fictional world and leaves you with an uneasy spiritual residue, much as Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best stories do. Early in Melvin and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fictional friendshipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which feels more forbidden than an actual affair, somehowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she talks about the characters in her own work: â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I]tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that the characters are closer to grace at the end of the stories. Grace changes a person, you know. And change is painful. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like you agnostic types to see the pain, but not the transformation.â&#x20AC;? Right there, you know this train will crash hard in later pages. And that there will be survivors, and they will find a touch more grace in their lives. What is less obvious is that Napolitano will somehow make you one of those survivors thinking about your own rocky road to redemption. Ann Napolitano signs and reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Good Hard Lookâ&#x20AC;? starting at 5 p.m., July 20, at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-7619). COURTESY PENGUIN PRESS



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Entertainer, speaker and trainer Jenny Nolan speaks during the Power Up Speaker Series at 11:30 a.m. at University Club (210 E. Capitol St. Suite 2200). $10 lunch; call 601-969-4011, ext. 235 to RSVP. … Historian Peter Miazza speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … See the opera film “Tosca” at 6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-932-5856. … Victor Wooten performs at 7:30 p.m. at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). $57, $51; call 601-696-2200. … Enjoy karaoke at Pop’s or Philip’s on the Rez. … Poets II has music from DJ Cadillac and RPM.


Photographer Ken Murphy speaks during the Brown Bag Luncheon at the Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Bring lunch; call 601932-3535. … The American Cancer Society’s Jamaica Me Crazy beach party at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Sparkman Auditorium (1150 Lakeland Drive) includes music by Faze 4. Beach attire encouraged. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $50 couple in advance; call 601-321-5500. … The BeanSprout Benefit Comedy Show at 8 p.m. at Jackson State University, McCoy Auditorium (1400 John R. Lynch St.) includes performances by Eddie Griffin, Antoine Blackmon, Kwame Siegel and Michael Blackson. $35; call 601291-3467 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. … The Fashion for Life fashion showcase at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) benefits the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation. $20, $30 VIP; call 769-218-8862. … Martini Room hosts Martini Friday at 9 p.m. … Dreamz JXN hosts Can’t Feel My Face Friday. … Fire has music by Blackstone Cherry and Pop Evil at 8 p.m. $15. … Good Enough for Good Times plays at Martin’s at 10 p.m.

Ridgewood Road). $5, high school students free with ID; visit … Art House Cinema Downtown at 2 p.m. at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “Macbeth” at 2 p.m. ($16), and “The Trip” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($7). Visit … The NBHA Youth World Barrel Horse Show kicks off at 4 p.m. at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.) and runs through July 30. $10 day, $35 week; call 706823-3728. … Lingofest Language Center hosts Picnic at the Reservoir at 4:30 p.m. at Ross Barnett Reservoir (100 Reservoir Park Road, Brandon). Free; call 601-5007700. … Jason Turner is at Burgers and Blues.



Claude Monet Day starts at 10 a.m at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-7935437. … The New Harmonies in the Park concert is at 10 a.m. at City of Pearl Park (110 Mary Ann Drive, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. … Shadz of Grey plays at Philip’s on the Rez from 7-11 p.m. … #2 With Me and Hugh perform at Cherokee Inn at 9 p.m. … Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.) hosts a ’70s salsa party at 10 p.m. $10 cover; call 601-213-6355.


The Global Lens Sunday Matinee is at 2 p.m. at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, R&D Center (3825 Eddie Griffin headlines the BeanSprout Benefit Comedy Show at 8 p.m. July 22 at Jackson State University.

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Mission Mississippi hosts a prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Mississippi State Hospital (3550 Highway 468 W., Whitfield), in the Balloon Room, Building 38. Free; call 601-3518211. … See EmmittThames’ watercolor paintings at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place) through July 30. Hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-982-4844. … Shellie Tomlinson signs copies of “Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.); reading at 5:30 p.m. $15 book; call 601-366-7619. … Miranda Lambert performs at 7 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum. $26.75-$44.75; call Ticketmaster at 800-7453000. … Ben Payton is at Underground 119.

Danny Duncan Collum signs copies of “White Boy” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). $17.95 book; call 601-366-7619. … Belt out some karaoke at Fenian’s, Irish Frog or Burgers and Blues. … Martin’s hosts an open-mic free jam.

The Ole Miss Alumni Association hosts the annual Rebel Reunion at 5 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex. $10, children and students free; call 601-594-4185 or 601-506-3186. … The Forms, J-Tran and Argiflex perform at Sneaky Beans at 7 p.m.


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Power Up Speaker Series July 20, 11:30 a.m., at University Club (210 E. Capitol St. Suite 2200). Jenny Nolen gives strategies for overcoming negativity in the workplace. RSVP; limited seating. $10 lunch; call 601-969-4011, ext. 235.


“History Is Lunch” July 20, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Jackson historian Peter Miazza presents “Mississippi Governors in Jackson’s Greenwood Cemetery.” Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfast July 21, 7:30 a.m., at Mississippi State Hospital (3550 Highway 468 W., Whitfield), in the Balloon Room, Building 38. The organization promotes racial healing and unity. Free; call 601-351-8211. Grant Application Workshop July 21-22, at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). The interac-

tive workshop covers 18 specific elements that make up a complete proposal. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon; limit of 15 registrants. $195; call 601-965-0377. Computer Class for Adults July 21, 10 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn to send and receive email. Free; call 601-932-3535. Dale Carnegie Course July 21-Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m.8:30 p.m., Thursdays at New York Life Training Center (1052 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 101, Ridgeland). Topics include overcoming the fear of public speaking, human relations, presentation skills and managing stress. $1,295; call 888-437-1066. Precinct 3 COPS Meeting July 21, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0003. Neshoba County Fair July 22-29, at Neshoba County Fair Association (16802 Highway 21 S., Philadelphia). The campground fair includes rides, games and speeches from candidates running for state and federal offices. $15 per day, $40 season pass, children 9 and under free; call 601-656-8480. Brown Bag Luncheon July 22, noon, at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl), in the Blue Room. Photographer Ken Murphy (“Mississippi: State of Blues”) speaks. Bring lunch; drinks and dessert provided. Free; call 601-932-3535. NBHA Youth World Barrel Horse Show July 24-30, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.). Riders of all skill levels race for money and prizes. Show times are 4-7 p.m. July 24 and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. July 25-30. $10 day, $35 week; call 706-823-3728. Picnic at the Reservoir July 24, 4:30 p.m., at Ross Barnett Reservoir (100 Reservoir Park Road). Lingofest Language Center is the host. Enjoy carne asada, a grilled beef dish, and agua de horchata, Mexican rice water. Bring food, drinks and snacks to share. Free; call 601-500-7700. Rebel Reunion July 26, 5 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event features Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt along with members of his staff. Cash bar, silent auction and children’s activities included. $10, children and students free; call 601-594-4185 or 601-506-3186. An Evening in the Garden July 26, 6:30 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Enjoy a guided tour of the new Learning Garden and gardening activities. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-932-2562. Free Legal Guardianship Assistance July 27, 10 a.m., at Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). On the third floor. The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project offers legal information and assistance with the guardianship of a minor. Legal assistance is offered to individuals who meet income eligibility requirements and bring necessary documents. Schedule an appointment by 3 p.m. July 26; walkins handled on first-come, first-served basis. Free advice, $107 court filing fee (cash or money order); call 601-960-9577. Exchange Student Program Call for Host Families. SHARE! is looking for volunteers to host international high school exchange students for the 2011-2012 fall semester or school year. The exchange students arrive in late August. Sign up by Aug. 15. Call 800-941-3738.

WELLNESS A Woman’s 50,000-mile Check-up July 20, 11:45 a.m., at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room. Drs. Thomas Wiley and Rusty Ethridge explain how women in their 50s should evaluate their health. Registration required. $5 lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.


Fashion for Life July 22, 8 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.), in the auditorium. House of Panache hosts the fashion showcase. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation. Tickets sold at Duling Shop in front of SMoak Salon. $20, $30 VIP; call 769-218-8862. BeanSprout Benefit Comedy Show July 22, 8 p.m., at Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Performers include Eddie Griffin (“Malcolm and Eddie,” “Undercover Brother”), Michael Blackson, Antoine Blackman and Kwame Siegel. Doors open at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit BeanSprout, an organization that helps spinal cord injury victims. $35; call 601-291-3467 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Operation Sunscreen. Purchase sun-care protection package to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan through Aug. 24. Each package contains sunscreen, lip protector, a thank-you note and gum or candy. $25 donation; call 601-201-1979. Ribbon Cutting and Free Blood Pressure Checks July 22-24, at Walmart (5341 Highway 25, Flowood). Baptist Medical Clinic/Convenient Care hosts an open house July 22 at 11:30 a.m. and offer free blood pressure checks during office hours July 22-24. Call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors. The city of Jackson and St. Dominic Health Services provides blood pressure checks, and heat and skin care awareness information to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living within the Jackson city limits. Free; call 601-960-0335. • July 25, 11 a.m., at Madonna Manor Retirement Center (550 Houston Ave.). • July 26, 11 a.m., at Tougaloo Multi-Purpose Senior Citizens Center (318 Vine St.).

Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. • “Tosca” July 20, 6:30 p.m., The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s opera is part of the Live in HD Summer Encores movie series. • “Tekken: Blood Vengeance” in 3D July 26, 7:30 p.m. The film based on the video game includes interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Global Lens Sunday Matinee July 24, at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road), in the auditorium at the R&D Center. Crossroads Film Society hosts. Films include “The Light Thief” at 2 p.m., “The White Meadows” at 4 p.m. and “A Useful Life” at 6 p.m. $5 for all films, high school students free with ID;

First Friday Free Screenings, at 665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland. Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free ADHD screenings for children on first Fridays through Dec. 2. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355.

“Mugabe and the White African” July 26, 10 p.m., at MPB-TV (broadcast channel 29, Comcast channel 7). The documentary is about a white family’s struggle to keep their land in Zimbabwe from being taken by the government. Visit

Fitness Camp, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Do cardiovascular and strength training exercises, and learn about proper nutrition. Sessions are 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $20; call 601-331-8468.

“Gold in the Hills” through July 30, at Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). The play is the Guinness Book of World Records’ longest-running show. Set in the 1890’s, it features a relentless hero, a winsome heroine, a ruthless villain and the wilder side of city life in the New York Bowery. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 children 12 and under; call 601-636-0471.

FARMERS MARKETS Jackson Square Farmers Market through Sept. 25, at Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road). Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 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 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 601-373-4545. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. Hours are 9-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) 601-960-1552. • Art House Cinema Downtown July 24. The opera film “Macbeth” shows at 2 p.m. ($16), and “The Trip” shows at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($7). Popcorn and beverages available. Visit • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema through July 31. The Louisiana wetlands, Hurricane Katrina and the efforts to restore New Orleans. Noon weekdays; 4 p.m. Saturdays. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children, $3 students.

MUSIC “Connection” Church-wide Music Workshop July 21-23, at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church (124 Vine Drive, Brandon). The workshops are held July 21 at 7:15 p.m. and July 22 at 6:30 p.m., with Alisa Patrick McDonald as the facilitator. The program culminates with a concert July 23 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-register or register on-site July 21 at 6:30 p.m. $10, $5 youth by July 21, $15, $8 after; free concert; call 601-624-3246 or 662-292-4141. Miranda Lambert July 21, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The country-music artist is known for the hit song “Hell on Heels.” $26.75-$44.75; call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. The Delta Mountain Boys July 22, 7 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The concert is the group’s live DVD and CD recording, and a fundraiser for the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. $5 minimum donation; call 601-631-2997. New Harmonies in the Park July 23, 10 a.m., at City of Pearl Park (110 Mary Ann Drive, Pearl). The event includes a harmonica symposium for children ages 12 and under (registration recommended), a “Pearl’s Got Talent” competition (registration required) and music by Dr. Chris Goetzen, South of 20 and Robby Peoples. Free; call 601-932-2562.

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Jamaica Me Crazy July 22, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The American Cancer Society hosts the beach-themed fundraiser in Sparkman Auditorium. Beach attire and flip flops encouraged. Faze 4 performs. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $50 couple in advance; call 601-321-5500.



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LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Book Readings at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Books are required reading for the JPS Summer Reading Program. Free for readers, regular admission for parents and siblings; call 601-352-2580. • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” July 20, 9 a.m. Sue Berry reads the book to first graders, followed by a visit with the zoo’s bears. • “Tears of a Tiger” July 21 and July 26, 10 a.m. Judy Antes reads with seventh graders, followed by a visit with the zoo’s three Sumatran tigers. • “The Secret Life of Bees” July 21, 2 p.m., Lee Norris reads with 10th graders in the Gertrude C. Ford Education Building and observes beehive. • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” July 25, 11 a.m. Lynn Evans reads to 11th graders, surrounded by the zoo’s bird collection. Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Reservoir” July 20, 5 p.m. John Millken Thompson signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.95 book. • “A Good Hard Look” July 20, 5 p.m. Ann Napolitano signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • “Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy” July 21, 5 p.m. Shellie Tomlinson signs copies; reading at 5:30 p.m. $15 book. • “White Boy” July 25, 5 p.m. Danny Duncan Collum signs copies of his book. $17.95 book. • “The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll” July 26, 5 p.m. Preston Lauterbach signs copies; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. Southern Book Club July 20, 7 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The club discusses the book “Eli the Good” by Silas House. Free; call 601-631-2997. “Freedom’s Sisters” Essay Contest. Students in grades 4-8 may write a 200-500 word essay on the topic “Who is Your Favorite Freedom Sister and Why?” based on the woman included in the “Freedom’s Sisters” exhibit at the Smith Robertson Museum. Cover sheet required. Aug. 26 is the deadline. Prizes include savings bonds worth $500$5,000. Call 601-960-1457. Weekly Storytime, at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.). Children and teens are welcome to listen to a story Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. The selection for the next several weeks is from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Volunteers and book donations welcome. Free; call 601-362-4628.


July 20 - 26, 2011

70s Salsa Party July 23, 10 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Dance to Latin and disco favorites. The person with the best 70s costume wins $100. Free salsa class at 9 p.m. $10 cover; call 601-213-6355.


Tatting Class July 26, 6 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn to make lace from the Mississippi Magnolia Tatters. No materials fee. Free; call 601-932-2562. Shut Up and Write! Get on the list for Donna Ladd’s popular creative non-fiction writing classes. Fall classes forming now. Email class@jacksonfree or call 601-362-6121, ext. 15 for info.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” July 21-Sept. 1, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The traveling interactive exhibit offers a glimpse into various genres and styles of American music. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The opening reception is at 10 a.m. July 21; Gospazz performs. Free; call 601-932-2562. Claude Monet Day July 23, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Learn about artist Monet and his painting style known as Impressionism. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. Print and Ceramics Showcase Call for Art through July 28, at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The gallery is looking for pieces to display in the annual Mississippi Print and Ceramics Showcase, which begins Aug. 5 with a 6 p.m. opening reception. 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. Submit ceramics, woodcuts, etchings, serigraphs, screen prints, monotypes, experimental process prints and more. Submitters are encouraged to schedule a lecture and demonstration for their work. Call 601-352-3399. Fun Fridays through July 29, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Children participate in interactive, hands-on activities Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. The topic varies each week. Parents must accompany children. $4-$6, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. Watercolor Exhibit through July 30, at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). See works by Emmitt Thames through July 30. Hours are 9 a.m.5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-982-4844. Craft Exhibit July 1-31, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See works by glass artist Donna Davis. Free; call 601-856-7546. “Freedom’s Sisters” through Aug. 14, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The interactive exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service displays the journeys of 20 African American women who changed history and became heroes. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. $4.50, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457.

Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • Baby Cakes Class July 23, 9 a.m., Topics are making petit fours, using a piping bag, baking miniature cakes, making frosting, using a water bath and making a coulis. $89. • Italian Culinary Basics Class July 24, 1 p.m. Topics include making pasta from scratch, making sauce, sauteing veal and spinach, and making an Italian dessert. $135.

“No Frame, No Glass” Art Show through Aug. 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See works by George Miles Jr. and Marcy Petrini through Aug. 30. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The artist reception is from 5-7 p.m. July 28. Free; call 601-432-4111.

Jewelry Classes July 23-24, at B. Liles Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Topics include constructing jewelry, working with a torch, setting up a work area, and sources for tools and equipment. Classes begin at 10 a.m. daily. Reservation required. $125 plus $35 materials fee per day; call 601-607-7741.

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.

“Despair to Destiny” through Aug. 25, at Jackson Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Anne Dennis’ exhibit includes art, poetry and personal letters. Free; call 601-960-1582.

by Charity Anderson



Fighting Stereotypes


ountry-music fans wearing in cowboy boots, hats and tight jeans walked into the Mississippi Coliseum. The dim room did not dull the crowd’s excitement. Restless Heart would play later. A Mississippi band, Crossin Dixon would open for the popular county act. Pete Castorena, promoter and showman, walked on stage and introduced the Mississippians. The crowd roared. Castorena, 48, lives to promote Mississippi music. He grew up in south Texas and attended college there to study law enforcement and criminal justice. His family was into business and politics, and Castorena found himself promoting one or the other, but always helping the underdog. Now, he promotes musicians struggling to make it. “If you have any knowledge of new and talented artists, send them my way,” he says. Castorena was surprised when he moved to Mississippi 10 years ago and began to learn more. “People drive through Mississippi on I-20, and they only stop for gas because they have only heard negative things about what Mississippi has to offer,” he says. “However, there are so many people that have history and roots here. Mississippi just has such a stigma that people don’t look into us at all. They fail to realize that we are the birthplace of music with so much to offer.” To fight negative stereotypes of Mississippi and promote the state’s musical talent, he decided a year ago to start taping “The Castorena Show.” This is a new one-hour television show that is locally produced and began airing June 4. The show airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. on Jackson FOX affiliate WDBD-Channel 40. Castorena and his crew of three cameramen and one director have taped episodes at the Alamo Theatre, Club Fire and the Mississippi Coliseum. Each show includes

Natalie’s Notes

Pete Castorena, left, interviews Jason Miller, center, and Charlie Grantham of the band Crossin Dixon.

a collection of live performances and interviews with the bands and artists. He promotes up-and-comers such as Steve Azar, a Delta artist who blends blues and country. He promoted Crossin Dixon, and when he found out the members’ band idol was Restless Heart, he started working on getting Crossin Dixon to open for the better-known, national group. While Restless Heart was in Jackson for the June concert, Castorena got to interview the members and even taped that week’s televsion show at the concert. He has interviewed other big stars, including B.B. King when he played at Golden Moon Casino a few weeks ago. In the past year he’s interviewed the pop country duo, The Bellamy Brothers, and Grammy-winning blues singer Dorothy Moore, who lives in Jackson.

Castorena intends to tape 52 shows this year and syndicate his show regionally, then nationally. Several sponsors are making the work possible, including Brown Bottling Co., Boots and More, several restaurants and radio stations. He said the Boots and More sponsorship comes from his nickname— the Mexican Redneck. He named himself that when he needed a simple, catchy email name his music clients could easily remember. He choose Castorena is already planning a large Cinco de Mayo concert in downtown Jackson in 2012. He’s looking for other events, other clubs, other musicians to promote. “Next year is going to be huge for me downtown,” he says. Comment at

Awesome Music is Awesome Music

ing Bowdoin College in Maine. They are now on tour from Maine to New Orleans promoting their self-titled debut album released in fall 2010. I’m excited about hearing a Mississippi female singer-songwriter and a New York jazz musician pull off such a blend of southern jazz and Americana music. Please visit their website at www. to hear their music before the show. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Taylor Hildebrand will open for the duo. Please come out and support these “national acts.” I better not hear anybody else say Jackson doesn’t bring in good music after watching these shows (wink wink.) Wednesday night, Poets II has DJ Cadillac and RPM spinning all night, and Jesse “Guitar” Smith performs at Burgers and Blues. For Thursday night, we have Brian Jones at Time Out Sports Bar, Jason Turner at Bonny Blair’s Irish Pub in Flowood, and it’s Ladies Night at Ole Tavern. Dreamz JXN hosts Can’t Feel My Face on Friday. Sam’s Lounge hosts Adam Faucett and Liver Mousse, Martin’s host

Munny & the Cameraman play July 29 at Hal and Mal’s.

former Galactic members Good Enough for Good Times. Also Friday, the Southern Cultural Heritage Center in Vicksburg is filming Jackson’s own Delta Mountain Boys for a CD/DVD release in the near future. The event will also be a fundraiser for the SCHC. If you’re interested in helping out, visit the website at Saturday night will be my last show with Clinton at Hal & Mal’s, so I’m cordially inviting you to Clinton’s Farewell Party before he and the “whole fam damnly” take off for California. Stop by

and check out Swamp Babies and Iron Feathers next door in the Red Room, too. Jason Isbell (from Drive-By Truckers fame) and the 400 Unit play at Fire, Smokestack Lightning plays at F. Jones Corner, Scott Chism & The Better Half play at Fenian’s, and Gunboat performs at Ole Tavern. On Sunday, Fire brings in one of my favorite bands, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster (think Pantera with Skynyrd undertones) with 10 Years and Echoes the Fall. Please continue to support the Central Mississippi Blues Society, which holds its weekly jam at Hal & Mal’s on Monday nights. The CMBS gets support from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts, but local support is needed also. Visit the website at for more information. I hope everyone has a great week, and please come tell Clinton “so long, farewell” on July 23. Oh, and if you see me out and about, please say hello!


ackson has been blessed with numerous concerts lately, and while I have in the past “wallered and hollered” about how we don’t get enough national acts to come to the Capital City, I’m beginning to realize that it doesn’t matter if you’re a big-time star or not—awesome music is awesome music. We get a lot of bands from all over the US of A that may be unheard of now, but are making waves and a name for themselves not just nationally but internationally. On July 26, Brooklyn, N.Y.’s The Forms ( perform with J-Tran and Argiflex at Sneaky Beans. Bandmates Matt Walsh and Alex Tween have been performing together since 2005, and with positive accolades from publications such as Spin and Entertainment Weekly, this band is a must-see. July 29, Jacksonian (and band nomad) Margaret Townsend Munford brings her band Munny and the Cameraman to Hal & Mal’s. Margaret, also lovingly referred to as “Munny,” started her duo eight years ago with friend Jonah Sol Gabry while attend-


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Los Dos (restaurant) Amalgamation w/ Ecompany (red room)


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to applaud the MSHSAA for their attention to concussions,â&#x20AC;? Jenkins added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They make coaches take online concussion courses and have set the standard for players to return from brain injuries.â&#x20AC;? Richard Schwartz, a Jackson lawyer and BIAM board member, stresses prevention as the biggest deterrent to brain injuries. The problem with brain injuries and getting legislation passed is (that) a brain injury is something you cannot see,â&#x20AC;? Schwartz says. Jenkins and Schwartz would like to see more done to get young athletes better sports equipment. Anyone who has ever played high-school sports in Mississippi knows that most equipment is handed down from other programs or just plain old. Brain injuries can happen at any age. Parents should ensure children playing peewee football, recreational soccer and other sports have adequate head protection. The best way to prevent brain injuries is to make sure coaches and parents teach children safety fundamentals. They should discourage players from launching themselves at opponents, leading with their helmets and ducking their heads during tackling. Not doing so should be grounds for suspension from the team. Helmet companies test and manufacture helmets to help prevent concussions. While no football helmet can prevent every injury, if sized and used correctly, helmets can help prevent most of them.

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In menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail one of the most common complaints we hear during the summer is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll burn up in that!â&#x20AC;? Well, despite your initial fear of getting hot there are still ways to look good while staying cool. â&#x20AC;˘ Sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got that old blazer or sport coat thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sitting in your closet for years, but does it still look presentable or is it even in style anymore? Chances are itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. This is when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to put it in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;giveawayâ&#x20AC;? pile & go check out some of the new styles. In the recent years many designers have started making unlined & unstructured coats that are very comfortable & lightweight. Most of the time they can easily be dressed up or down. Throw it on with some jeans or khakis too! â&#x20AC;˘ Add some color to your short collection. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, plain khaki shorts are

a great basic that every guy should own but there are also several color options available. From baby blues to bright reds, a burst of color will be sure to compliment your look. Also, seersucker & linen come in a variety of shades & always looks good with a classic white button down. Try this look out next time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going somewhere, I bet youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get tons of compliments. â&#x20AC;˘ There probably isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a guy out there that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own a knit polo shirt. Poloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s give men convenience, style and functionality, regardless if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the office or at a ball game. Less dressy than a button-up and more formal than tee, the polo shirt is possibly the most flexible clothing option for men. Choose brighter shades for spring & summer & the darker more neutral shades for fall & winter.

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ince its inception, football has been a violent game that takes a physical toll on the athletes who play it. Teddy Roosevelt became concerned when 18 football players died in 1905. As president, Roosevelt decided to clean up the sport and called representatives of the Big Three universities (Harvard, Yale, and Princeton) to Washington, D.C. He demanded rule changes to make football a safer sport. Recently, fans, players and researchers have voiced an outcry about concussions in the NFL and college football. Several articles on ESPN last winter proclaimed the death of professional football because of violent hits and concussions. If the reaction to the NFL lockout is any gauge, however, Americans are not turning away from football. Sometime players who would benefit from taking a season off do not do so in fear of hurting their careers. This is an example of players talking out the sides of their mouths. Few NFL players use the helmets top-rated for preventing concussions, according to a study by Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University. And while the worst-rated helmet was used hardly at all, 38 percent of NFL players used the helmet rated second worst for reducing concussions. But each NFL player chooses his own helmet brand and model. If players want to complain about safety, they have to walk the walk. And that means choosing better-rated helmets. Researchers at Boston University have found that repeated concussions or brain trauma cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. One of the major causes of CTE is a toxic buildup of abnormal protein that causes brain degeneration. CTE is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression and, eventually, progressive dementia. Concussions are not just a problem in football. The NHL has seen players lose ice time due to concussions, most notably Pittsburgh Penguinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superstar Sydney Crosby. While most of the media focus on college and professional sports, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve largely overlooked the safety of high-school aged and younger athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lead causes of head injuries in high-school sports are football for boys and soccer for girls,â&#x20AC;? says Lee Jenkins, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now we are pushing for the same guidelines that the Mississippi High School Activities Association uses for concussions to become a state law for all levels of sports.â&#x20AC;? Jenkins said she would be thrilled to see Mississippi pass a law similar to the Zackery Lystedt Law passed by Washington State, which, among other things, requires young players suspected of having a concussion to obtain a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical clearance before returning to play.





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his summer has been exceptionally hot. I could survive on shredded wheat and Edy’s pomegranate popsicles this time of year, but that’s not being a proper role model for the 4-year-old. Instead, I’ve done what southern women have done for years to avoid melting in their kitchens; I’ve found meals that require little to no cooking. Salads and sandwiches are the usual heatfree staples. Unfortunately, I tend to get bored with both. While The Child could eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches for three meals a day, I prefer more variety. I love no-cook pasta sauces. You can create a variety of simple sauces that are fresh and light without turning on the stove. You do have to boil water, but that one burner doesn’t heat up the kitchen quite like using the whole oven. Toss your sauce with pasta and serve with a hunk of crusty bread. Another option is summer soups. These also provide great taste without the heat, not counting chili peppers. Slow cookers provide not only the benefit of cooking without turning your kitchen into a steaming rainforest, but you also only have one pot to clean. On days it’s too hot to even think about entering the kitchen, I use the ultimate tool— the number to the local pizza place.

‘IT’S JUST TOO DAMN HOT’ RECIPE Pick up the phone and call for help: • Pie Works (205 Highland Colony Way, Madison, 601-853-0002)

3 or 4 large garden tomatoes, diced 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced 3 to 4 tablespoon olive oil 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced 1-1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed 1 to 2 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper to taste

Toss all of the ingredients in a bowl and let sit for several hours. Prior to serving, cook and drain one package of pasta (8 ounces). Serve pasta on plates and top with sauce.

SHAWN’S SPICY SLOW COOKER SPAGHETTI 1 pound Jimmy Dean sausage 1 large can (28 ounces) and 1 small can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes 1 large can (14.5 ounces) tomato sauce 1 small can (6 ounces) tomato paste 1 cup diced onion 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced bell pepper 1 small or medium carton mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons sugar 1 clove garlic, minced Basil, oregano, salt and pepper to taste

Fry sausage and drain off fat. Throw everything in the slow cooker. Cook on low all day, about 8 hours. Note: I leave out the sausage and celery but add about 1/2 to 1 cup of burgundy. It’s just as rich and without the fat of the sausage. • Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601368-1919) • Soulshine Pizza Factory (1139 Old Fannin Road, Brandon, 601-919-2000 and Township at Colony Park, 1111 Highland


4 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 to 1/2 cup diced red onion (optional; this kicks up the heat) 1/4 cup olive oil 1/3 cup rice vinegar 2 cups tomato juice (or 2 cups water and a tablespoon or two of tomato paste) Salt and pepper to taste

Mix tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, garlic, onion, olive oil, rice vinegar, salt and pepper in a blender until the soup is not quite pureed. It still needs to be a little bit chunky. Refrigerate for a few hours. Add tomato juice as needed to reach desired consistency. Pour into bowls and top with herbed croutons. Add more chopped veggies to soup right before serving, if desired. Herbed Croutons:

Crusty bread Olive oil Assorted herbs (I use whatever’s in the garden.)

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Slice bread into quarter-inch rounds. Place on baking sheet. Drizzle bread with olive oil and sprinkle on herbs. Bake at 400° until crispy (about 15 minutes).

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Crabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood Shack offers a wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Full bar complete with multiple televisions for all of your favorite sporting events. Eslavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;polished casualâ&#x20AC;? dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino.


Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Butts in Townâ&#x20AC;? features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A â&#x20AC;&#x153;very high class pig stand,â&#x20AC;? Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads, and their famous Hershey bar pie. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.

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The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010 and 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Best Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menu & Best Ice Cream in the 2011 Best of Jackson. Plus, Pi(e) Lounge in front offers great drinks... and a grown-up vibe.




BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Award-winning wine list, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Ceramiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license! Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authentic, homey, unpretentiousâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the regulars describe Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!


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


Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. Wired Espresso CafĂŠ (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse is a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Wi-fi.

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


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



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fri | july 22 Chris Gill & The Soulshakers

High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant.


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Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2010 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of four homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun. Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas and dessert. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast, blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery! For Heaven’s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Beagle Bagel (4500 I-55 North, Suite 145, Highland Village 769-251-1892) Mmmm... Bagels. Fresh bagels in tons of different styles with a variety of toppings including cream cheese, lox, eggs, cheese, meats and or as full sandwiches for lunch. Paninis, wraps and much more!

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mon | july 25 Karaoke tue | july 26 Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6:30-9:30p

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Cosmo Tots and Blithe and Vine Cosmo Tots and Blithe and Vine are located in the Fondren Corner building at 2906 N. State St. 601-427-3322. Shopkeepers: Liz Spratlin and Missy Massey



asual, elegant and modern. That’s how Cosmo Tots and Blithe and Vine co-owner Liz Spratlin describes her well-lit and simply decorated store. Tammy Wynette plays softly in the background, enhancing the calm atmosphere of the space. The store’s white walls ensure that the racks and stacks of clothing are its main focus. Spratlin and Missy Massey, her business partner, bought Cosmo Tots in 2009. Cosmo Tots offers a fresh selection of fashionable, playful children’s clothing for boys and girls. “(Cosmo Tots) is a different point of view. I have three kids of my own, and a lot of the clothing that I found around Jackson was very traditional,” Spratlin says. “I thought that the previous owners had a great concept and brought in some more contemporary brands that I really related to as a mom.” In October 2009, Massey, 28, and Spratlin, 40, opened Blithe and Vine, a women’s clothing store, in the same space. Spratlin says everything they buy falls in the category of casual elegance, matching the atmosphere of the store. The name Blithe and Vine stems from words both Massey and Spratlin like. Blithe means happy and carefree, and vine refers to family—both in terms of the concept of the store, and the fact that Massey and Spratlin are cousins. They say working together is fun. By combining Cosmo Tots and Blithe and Vine in the same space, Massey and Spratlin created a hybrid store for mothers and children. “I think having the children and the women in the same space

Missy Massey (left) and Liz Spratlin (right) have been working together since 2009 to provide stylish clothing and accessories for women and kids.

has worked out really well,” Spratlin says. “Most of the folks who are in here shopping are moms. We get a lot of crossover. It’s sort of a one-stop shop, so to speak. It’s just a fun combination.” Spratlin prides the store on being something different for Jackson. “It’s a different perspective on how you dress. We hear all the time from our customers that they love coming in here because we have such a unique and different selection,” Spratlin says. “They feel like when they go to the larger stores, a lot of things are repetitive, and they don’t feel like they’re getting something unique and of value for their money.”

SHOPPING SPECIALS Frock Fashions (111 Colony Crossing, Suite 270, Madison, 601-898-4643) Stop in to see the pre-fall and back to school clothing and accessories.

lin moved to Jackson in 1992 from Washington, D.C., where she worked as a press secretary for former Sen. Trent Lott. Before opening Cosmo Tots and Blithe and Vine, she was vice president of public relations for Maris, West and Baker, a Jackson ad agency in 1998 to 2003. Massey moved to Jackson after she married in 2007. Before her venture into retail, she worked at Gresham, Smith and Partners, an engineering firm. Cosmo Tots and Blithe and Vine are located in the Fondren Corner building at 2906 N. State St. 601-427-3322. Comment at

Send sale info to Gingersnaps (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 120, 601-981-4311) Keep up with meetings, soccer practice and school plays with MyAgenda: Large is $42; small is $36.

Kinkade’s Fine Clothing (120 W. Jackson St., Suite 2B, Ridgeland, 601898-0513) Get two shirts and two ties with your purchase of any custom suit or sport coat by Coppley until July 31.

Red Square (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 9004, Ridgeland, 601-853-8960) Save 30 percent on women’s white denim and men’s twill pants during the summer blowout sale through July 31.

July 20 - 26, 2011

Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-899-9696) Run or walk in the two or four-mile Pub Run (6 p.m. July 27) and Fleet Feet buys the first round at Soulshine Pizza at the Township.

One of the co-owners is at the store 99 percent of the time, Spratlin says, working and making sure the store is the way they want it. “We feel it makes a big difference to always have the owner here working the floor and working with customers,“ Spratlin says. Spratlin and Massey grew up in Biloxi. The cousins both have bachelor’s degrees in journalism. Spratlin earned hers in 1992 from Southern Methodist University in Texas. Massey graduated in 2007 from the University of Mississippi. Wanting to be closer to home, Sprat-


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