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6 Hinds’ New Brand After several meetings and $10,000, Hinds County has a new brand. Will it make a difference? WARD SCHAEFER

Cover photograph of Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant by Bryant Hawkins

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THIS ISSUE: ............. Editor’s Note

COURTESY HERBERT BROWN

megan voos Almost eight years ago, Megan Voos found herself at a crossroads. She finished a lengthy term as a youth pastor in the San Francisco Bay area but was unsure of what to do next. Then, a friend’s 8-year-old child told her, “You should move to Mississippi with us.” She gave it a try, planning to stay for one year. The city of Jackson captured her heart. “When I came here, God really opened my eyes to a lot of disparities that I had never really spent time thinking about because I wasn’t challenged to,” she says. These racial and economic disparities weighed heavily on Voos’ mind. She became involved in several local efforts to break down barriers and reach out to the city’s marginalized people. She joined the staff at The Journey, a church where she oversees the group ministry and works with several outreach programs. One of these, Share a Meal, takes place every Sunday afternoon at High Street Park. The idea is simple: A group brings lunch to the park and shares it with whoever is there. The variety of people who show up have “shattered a lot of stereotypes for me,” Voos says. For several years, Voos, 42, has taken a group from The Journey to meet with students at Fondren Park for a Bible lesson and snacks. She hopes to see more men volunteer to mentor the boys. Voos said that when she first arrived

in west Jackson, there was nowhere to get a good cup of coffee. Two of her friends decided that such a state of affairs was an injustice to the west Jackson community, so they started Koinonia Coffee House. She started working there in 2009 and worked her way up. Now, as a manager at Koinonia, Voos treasures the opportunity to bring about the vision of her friends and serve the people of her area. Recently, she witnessed a tiny triumph at Koinonia. “We have two computers in the back, and there was a homeless guy on one looking for a place to live and a real estate developer on the computer right next to him doing his thing,” Voos says. “That’s what we want Koinonia to be: a place that crosses over socio-economic and racial lines.” The command to love one’s neighbor has challenged Voos. “I never really considered who my neighbor is,” she says. “… My neighbor is whoever is in need, is whoever God has put in my path.” Voos, who graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 1992 with a degree in therapeutic recreation, can also be found skating roller derby with the Magnolia Roller Vixens as Meg McFury. She is optimistic about Jackson’s future: “When I see people coming into downtown at night instead of leaving, that gets me excited.” — Jonathan Eastman

34 The Ugly Poet Don’t call him a rapper or a poet. Herbert Brown is a writer whose output includes it all. ANDREW DUNAWAY COVER

4 ................... Slowpoke 6 .......................... Talks 10 ................... Editorial 10 .................... Stiggers 11 .................. Opinion 28 ............... Diversions 30 ....................... Books 31 ..................... 8 Days 32 .............. JFP Events 34 ....................... Music 35 ......... Music Listings 38 ...................... Sports 39 ................. Astrology 40 ......................... Food 45 ................. Body/Soul

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant may be the most far right-wing of all the gubernatorial candidates.

40 To Be Best Chef Paul Schramkowski of Char has a simple goal: to give Jackson the best he has to offer.

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editor’snote

Adam Lynch Award-winning reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. He wrote the cover story about Phil Bryant. Don’t miss the last two lines of the piece.

Bryant Hawkins Bryant Hawkins graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and currently works as a photographer for The Vicksburg Post. His photo of Phil Bryant appears on the cover.

Jonathan Eastman Jonathan Eastman lives every day in the fear that God will drown him in blessings. He is an only child. Fresh fruit, bookmarks and socks with heel holes are a few of his favorite things. He wrote the Jacksonian.

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.

Andrew Dunaway Andrew Dunaway knew his friends and family were tired of hearing him talk constantly about food, so he took to writing about it. He’ll do his best to keep it to a dull roar. He interviewed the Char chef 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 the Body Soul feature.

Deonica Davis Design intern Deonica Davis is a graphic design major at the University of Southern Mississippi and is from the city of Pearl. She hopes to follow her passion for design into magazine layout. She helped lay out ads and pages.

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Truth to Power

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spent last weekend in New Orleans at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia convention. It was held in the posh Ritz Carlton in the heart of the city’s business district, and I was challenged trying to reconcile our “alternative” moniker with the neat little pyramids of individually rolled cloth hand towels by each sink in the ladies’ rooms. I was expecting a group of passionate world changers. Instead, the overwhelmingly Caucasian group’s lunch conversation leaned toward aged receivables and sales targets, and the breakout sessions ran heavily toward technology, with little emphasis on the industry’s historic rallying cry: telling truth to power. The association is 34 years old. Some of the attendees—editors, journalists, graphic designers, sales reps and publishers and the like—were considerably younger than 34 with, I suspect, little knowledge of why the industry came about in the first place. I suspect lots of folks came to New Orleans to party. I don’t blame them: I wasn’t always one to avoid a night of dancing and drinking. I was born at the tail-wagging end of the baby-boom generation. Today, we are in our 50s, 60s and 70s. The bright torch of 1960s and ’70s radicalism that fueled the civil rights, anti-war, women’s and other “rights” movements (and alternative weeklies) has dimmed and softened, much like our eyesight, bellies and breasts. We’ve mostly handed our radicalism to those who, as one attendee put it, are “too old to live on Ramen noodles” in their mid-30s. Most of my generation, it seems, is too concerned with upside-down mortgages, the kids’ college tuition and our retirement accounts to be engaged in radical activities. Those who live paycheck to paycheck, who have never been able to accumulate the kind of savings that retirement demands or whose savings have been wiped out by the Great Recession (I’m pretty sure that covers about 75 percent of us), are staring at a life where the proposed lack of any security, social or otherwise, means they’ll be working until the day they drop. And now, the cabal at the U.S. Capitol is seriously considering cutting even the meager safety nets of Social Security and Medicare while again lowering tax rates for corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Jake Tapper, ABC’s senior White House correspondent, spoke on Saturday. Why have a “lamestream” reporter at an alternative press gathering? Tapper got his start at an alternative paper, the Washington City Paper. Tapper gave a humorous and inspiring talk—Independent and Fearless Journalism Needed—about why papers like the Jackson Free Press are still relevant, perhaps now more than ever. In the Q&A that followed, someone asked him what is going on with the debt ceiling and budget talks. Tapper was frank. He admitted that no deal is likely to be struck until mere moments before the deadline and the world economy crashes. That’s inevitable in these political stalemates, he said. He wouldn’t have been in

New Orleans if there was a chance in Hades that a breakthrough would happen soon. “Whatever they finally agree on, it’ll be easier to vote against it than for it,” he said. Repeatedly, he stated that D.C. is a “very dysfunctional town.” He also used the word “cesspool.” The mainstream press hasn’t done a good job explaining the issues surrounding the debt ceiling or the spending/revenue debate, he admitted, including the fact that six out of 10 Americans support tax increases for corporations and those in the top two tax brackets. Those increases, advocated by the president, caused House Speaker John Boehner to walk out of talks Friday. Boehner “does not control his caucus,” Tapper said. His base, Tea Party Republicans who seem to have no sense of history or economic reality, pushes him into the far right-hand corner. Tapper didn’t limit his criticism to Republicans, nor did the president escape his barbs. Clearly, he believes that Washington politicians are engaged in an irresponsible morass of posturing, finger-pointing and ideological stubbornness. He’s not the only one. The consequences of this D.C. mess could be grim regardless of their direction. During the “Free Speech” luncheon after Tapper’s presentation, José Rubén Zamora from Guatemala took the podium. Zamora has repeatedly put his life on the line for a free and independent press. During his 30-year career, Guatemalan government and drug thugs have beaten him, attacked him and his family, and blown up his car, among other horrors. He and his reporters regularly receive death threats, and some have had to flee the country. Why? Because Zamora’s newspapers (his most recent is simply called El Periodico—The Paper) report on government corruption, drug

trafficking and human rights violations. Zamora put the journalist’s role into stark perspective: Without a free and independent press, those without power—financial, political or otherwise—have little protection from those with power. That’s about as true as it gets. Journalism that is not dependent, or more precisely, not beholden to a power structure is one of the few things standing between the powerful and the powerless. Corporateowned “infotainment” news is narrow and one-sided because its owners—multinational corporations whose mandates are profits, not journalism—dictate its ethics. But journalists can’t and don’t do their jobs alone. Without a motivated citizenry, “speaking truth to power” becomes an ineffective and even dangerous echo chamber. The American people (as in “We the”) are angry and frustrated by the extreme ideological partisanship of their leaders. In the last two major elections, 2008 and 2010, the people flipped the Washington power structure on its head. Whether either set of fed-up voters was wise is a question for history; however, those elections demonstrated citizen clout. And we can do it again. It’s disturbing to see the sense of resignation in the upcoming Mississippi elections: ultra-conservative Tea Party Republicans, I hear, have many races sewn up. That could be really bad news for progressives. If it is for you, this is not the time to sit back in defeat. Whatever your age or background, remember the power that the people have demonstrated before. Stand up. Get involved. Make your voice heard. Then cast your ballot, especially if the outcome seems inevitable. Our leaders represent all of us, and it’s up to us to deliver that reminder with authority.


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Thursday, July 21 Jackson State University hires Vivian Fuller to serves as its first female athletic director. … The Federal Election Commission says former presidential candidate John Edwards must pay back $2.3 million because his 2008 campaign was given more money in federal matching funds than he should have received. Friday, July 22 U.S. House Speaker John Boehner walks away from talks with President Barack Obama without reaching a deal to make major cuts in federal spending and increase the debt ceiling. … Former Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards officially drops his appeal to be reinstated as superintendent. Saturday, July 23 Soul singer Amy Winehouse, 27, is found dead at her home in London after a much-publicized battle with alcohol and drug addiction. … Political analyst James Carville is the keynote speaker at the annual Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer dinner at the Jackson Convention Center.

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inds County makes sense to planning consultant Tripp Muldrow. He lived in Baltimore in the 2000s, and while many residents had given up on the city and moved away, a dedicated group of citizens were determined to stay. In April 2002. Baltimore enacted its $2.1 million “Believe” campaign with billboard and radio ads to raise awareness about drug addiction in the city. Muldrow said that just by seeing the word “Believe” on bumper stickers and signs, the residents were re-energized and had a renewed sense of pride for their capital city. While the campaign’s overall effectiveness produced mix results, within six months of the campaign’s launch, 10,000 people sought addiction treatment during that period, up from about 4,000 during the same time the year before. Muldrow told Hinds County residents about this experience while conducting public meetings for input on a marketing campaign to brand Hinds County. Earlier this year, the Hinds County Economic Development Authority signed a $10,000 contract with urban-planning firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates to develop a brand for the county. The firm’s branding process condensed three days of research and five public meetings into a marketing presentation and tagline for the county: “A World of Difference.”

During a July 20 meeting at the Eudora Welty Library, approximately 20 county residents focused on what they see as a perception problem from the surrounding counties and the whole state. Earlier that day Muldrow conducted similar meetings in Terry and Raymond. Everyone agreed that Hinds needed a bold marketing statement. Jackson Free Press contributor and entrepreneur Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin said Mississippi battles a negative perception problem, but Hinds County has especially been a target for naysayers in the wake of U.S. Census data showing that Jackson’s population declined by 5.8 percent in the last decade. During a meeting on July 21 at the Charles Tisdale Library in Jackson, Muldrow asked residents about what would it

Sunday, July 24 The Mississippi Braves beat Jacksonville 7-2.

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Monday, July 25 The first gay couples marry in New York state after a law legalizing same-sex marriage goes into effect. … The NFL Players Association agrees to a deal to end a 4.5-month standoff over collective bargaining agreements. … Brett Farve’s agent calls The Clarion-Ledger to insist that Farve is “retired, period.”

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Tuesday, July 26 The U.S. Department of State issues a Worldwide Caution that says there is an enhanced potential for anti-American violence overseas since the death of Osama Bin Laden. … The U.S. Postal Service announces it is considering closing nearly 3,700 post offices around the country, including seven in the Jackson metro area. Get daily news updates at jfpdaily.com.

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Wednesday, July 20 The United Nations declares a famine in parts of Somalia, saying malnutrition rates in the country are currently the highest in the world. … The Hinds County Economic Development Authority begins public branding meetings to encourage a positive perception of the county.

In 1896, Mississippi Gov. Anselm McLaurin spoke at the Neshoba County Fair, which began the tradition of the fair as a political forum for state and national politicians. Many scoundrels have followed.

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mean for the rest of the state if Jackson disappeared. Later, as residents spoke about their decision to stay, even as friends and family moved to the suburbs, Muldrow said he got the idea to feature photographs of residents with the tagline “I Make a Difference” as part of the campaign. On Friday, July 22, Muldrow unveiled the marketing campaign to approximately two dozen residents at Jackson State’s Mississippi e-Center. “You are your greatest critic,” Ben Muldrow, a partner in the consulting firm and Tripp Muldrow’s brother, said to the Hinds County residents in the small crowd. “You are far more critical of yourself than your neighbors and visitors.” Hinds County needs someone to remind its colBRAND see page 7

Where are the

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“Here’s what a man told me one time ... ‘It doesn’t matter if you vote Democrat or you vote Republican. When you get to that level in our state, they’re all crooks.’” —Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Williams during a debate at Mississippi College July 21.

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ith no Democratic candidates running for lieutenant governor or secretary of state in Mississippi, it got us wondering. Where are they? Here are some possibilities. • On extended vacation • Looking for a moral compass • Can’t find the Secretary of State’s office • Screen-sucked into Facebook dimension • Buying sheep’s clothing • At a Delta country club • In the unemployment line • Denying they ever met a progressive • Rattling a cup in front of McDade’s • Crying in their beer • Hiding out behind the GOP platform • Waiting for Schimmel’s to reopen


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Raymond and Terry had mock-ups with the “What difference does it make?” teaser as did Fondren. Any community, organization or business could adapt the campaign to promote its own highlights. Blake Wallace, executive director of the Hinds County Economic Development Authority, says many venues exist for the marketing. “We are not trying to create or infuse an identity. These identities are their own.” Ben Muldrow said. “You can’t be timid any more.” The Muldrows even suggest an offshoot of the campaign might be an “I Make a Difference” campaign that could involve simple yard signs and magazine ads promoting local celebrities and unsung heroes. T-shirts with the “I Make a Difference” message could fit under the “World of Difference” umbrella. Tripp Muldrow predicts the campaign has a shelf life of five years or longer. It’s not a temporary branding that county leaders would have to reinvent in six months, he said. Part of what makes it work is the flexibility for diverse groups or businesses to tell their own story of how they make a difference, he said. Kimberly Hilliard, director of Jackson State University’s Center for Universitybased Development, said she was impressed with the campaign and how the process brought residents together. “When you look at the final product and how it brings three components of suburban, rural and urban together, and how we are connected, it was quite interesting and impactful to see the statistical data,” Hilliard said. “Often we hear the negatives that Jackson is losing population and about the crime rate and businesses leaving. But to say one in 10 businesses are here in Hinds County, that’s something to promote.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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lective self that it is attractive and desirable, the Muldrow brothers said. The first part of the consultants’ presentation had Tripp Muldrow narrating a slideshow of Hinds County landmarks. When the Capitol building flashed on the screen, Muldrow talked about pride. When it changed to the governor’s mansion, he mentioned responsibility. When an image of the King Edward Hotel popped up, he said one in 10 Mississippi businesses call Hinds County home. Tripp Muldrow read a list of positive affirmations describing Hinds County as a place where skyscrapers and farms coexist, where neighbors help neighbors in downtowns big and small, and where the world comes to meet Mississippi. After sharing more facts about the numerous medical facilities and higher education options, he circled back to the positive descriptions, and then announced: “Hinds County—A World of Difference.” That tagline is only the beginning of the Muldrow marketing vision. The brothers offer “tools to tell the story of Hinds County,” including a sans-serif typeface, a simple logo and even a color scheme. The “World of Difference” tagline is a jumpingoff point for a marketing campaign to sell a message at home first. “What difference does it make?” one proposed ad mock-up with a picture of the Standard Life Building reads. “There are only 300 new places to live in downtown Jackson alone.” The Muldrows say if it sounds a little snarky, that’s OK. It’s designed to make the home crowd stand up and take pride. “It forces you to talk and tell the story,” Ben Muldrow said. For a regional or national market, the message would change. “We would take the snark out of external pieces,” Tripp Muldrow said.

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ackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and the Jackson City Council are advocating for a facility in the city to house minors who are not serious offenders as a solution to curbing teen violence this week. Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes reintroduced an expired 2007 curfew ordinance for minors and an ordinance to keep minors out of nightclubs and bars. The proposal comes more than a week after four teens were shot outside The Main Event Sports Bar on U.S. Highway 80. But a curfew for teens is problematic because law enforcement officials have no place to house the teens, Jackson Police Department Chief Rebecca Coleman said July 25. “The proposal of this ordinance is only going to remedy people’s excitement right now instead of being a real solution to the problem,� Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber said about the curfew ordinance Monday at the council’s work session. In August 2010, Stokes and other council members championed a similar ordinance to restrict anyone under 18 from being on a public street, highway, park, vacant lot, establishment or other public place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays, and midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Coleman maintained the same position she had last year and told council members that JPD is responsible for housing status offenders. Status offenders are minors who are guilty of violating curfew, but have no other criminal charges filed against them. Prior to 2009, police stationed the offending youth at the Henley-Young Juvenile Detention Center, but that is no longer possible. State law prevents status offenders from being placed in the same facility as criminal offenders. Setting curfews for teens is a heavily debated issue and may not decrease youth crime. Researchers Mike Males and Dan McAllister claim that there is no data to prove that curfew laws are effective ways to prevent youth crime. The National Youth Rights Associa-

Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman says that a proposed curfew for teens is problematic because law enforcement officials have no place to house violators.

tion also opposes teen curfews. Council President Frank Bluntson said he worried that the council’s inaction would create a negative public perception. “My concern is that people think we aren’t doing anything, and (teens) are getting killed while they are out at 3 a.m.,� Bluntson said. “What we are saying is we don’t have a place to put them, so we’d rather put them in the ground.� Yarber said he had attempted to use a church as an option for housing the offenders, but state law prevents third parties from interfering. The city allocates $1.2 million annually to the Henley-Young Detention Center, and Johnson said that money could possibly be used for opening a satellite location for the detention center to house status offenders. “We provide $1.2 million for the operation of Henley, and we are supposed to be in the process of renegotiation,� Johnson said.

“I’ve always viewed that as a temporary agreement but there are questions about how the renewal is crafted. I’d like to see us maybe take that $1.2 million and have a facility to house status offenders. But it would require the cooperation of Hinds County.� Mississippi Youth Justice Project Staff Attorney Corrie Cockrell said her organization has been working with a committee to address the curfew issue, but couldn’t discuss specific details about a location to house status offenders. “Our big thing is that it would have to be a non-secure facility,� Cockrell said. “That’s the problem with Henley-Young. That’s a secure detention facility. Children who are picked up for violating the curfew would not fall into the category of children who would require secure detention. That’s the sticking point. I’m interested in seeing what the city is proposing to do.� Comment at www.jfp.ms.


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Jacquie Amos-Norris says that Hinds County’s personnel policy should better protect all employees.

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f you serve at the will and pleasure of an elected official in Hinds County or the state, you have signed on for a job without protection if you are fired. Rep. Ed Blackmon Jr., D-Madison, plans to introduce legislation next year that would require counties to choose a blanket personnel policy that would either give all county employees employment protections or none at all. Blackmon says the situation highlights a bigger issue in the state about employee rights in the private and public sectors. “People say Mississippi is a right-towork state, but that’s a misnomer because it’s a right-to-be fired state,” Blackmon said. Mississippi is one of 22 states with right-to-work laws that prohibit agreements between employers and labor unions that require employees to join a union as a term of their employment. Blackmon argues that, historically, employers used the state’s right-to-work statute to suppress the African American vote because employers

could threaten to fire their black workers if they wanted to vote. Today, people who work for elected county officials may not have the same employment protections that other county public servants (such as public works, emergency services and the county attorney’s office) have. State law gives county elected officials the authority to set their own personnel policies. “This is now being used by the very people that the law was intended to intimidate,” Blackmon said. “Right-to-work is a holy grail in Mississippi, and we are happy to tell prospective employers that you don’t have to worry about unions or employee rights. You can fire anybody in Mississippi that works for you for any reason or no reason at all.” Speaking at a Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting June 6, Jacquie Amos-Norris asked supervisors to consider changing the county’s policy. In May, Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair fired Norris. She doesn’t think she should have been fired. Fair fired Amos-Norris May 13, citing her unwillingness to crosstrain. Norris, however, claims that Fair fired her after she disagreed with him about her pay. “Employees don’t have rights,” AmosNorris said. “The only thing you are allowed to do is show up for work.” Fair denies the allegation that he fired Amos-Norris as an act of retaliation, but said he could not comment on a personnel issue. Fair maintains that he has merely adopted a personnel policy similar to his predecessors and believes that he is being unjustly singled out. “I think it’s a fair policy,” he said. “If you have the right to hire, why shouldn’t you have the right to fire?” Fair’s policy, like the majority of county elected officials, does not have a grievance and appeals process, and employees serve at the will and pleasure of the tax collector. County employees who work in departments not headed by an elected official can

appeal to the county’s human-resources department if they are fired or have workplace grievances. They then make their case to a human-resources committee, which makes a report to County Administrator Carmen Davis on whether the employee was wrongfully terminated. Davis then has final authority on the person’s employment status. Amos-Norris claims that Fair has too much authority and says his personnel policy creates a hostile environment and high employee turnover. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors adopted Fair’s personnel policy in 2004. Davis said the board has no authority over Fair’s policy or over that or of any elected official. “It’s required by state law that they place it in with minutes of the board,” Davis said. “It’s not an approval action; it’s a receiving action.” Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn and Hinds County Chancery Clerk Eddie Jean Carr can also terminate employees without a grievance or appeals process. Carr, who spent two years working as a human-resources manager, said that she has not fired anyone during her eight-year term in office. “I have an open-door policy with my staff,” she said. “We don’t have any issues or problems.” The Hinds County Sheriff’s office does have an appeals process, but Sheriff Malcolm McMillin makes the final decision regarding employment. Brenda Scott, president of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees, said that state employees serve at the will and pleasure of elected officials and did not think that county employees should be any different. “That’s a non-protected job title,” Scott said. “… If I was the head of a new administration and there were a bunch of employees from that old administration, I should have authority to put my people in place. Otherwise, there is no loyalty to me, and I can’t succeed.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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n an organization the size of the Jackson Free Press, an employee leaving can feel like losing a family member. That is no more true than with Adam Lynch, the JFP’s senior reporter. After seven years, Adam has left the JFP for personal reasons. We appreciate Adam’s hard work and wish him luck in whatever he decides to pursue next. He did award-winning stories during his tenure, including breaking a certain story about a certain mayor and a certain duplex. His unique way of saying things will live long in all of our memories. Earlier this month, we said goodbye to assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome. ShaWanda worked with the JFP for two and a half years and had an efficient, no-nonsense approach to keeping everything around the JFP running smoothly. She is about to begin teaching in Jackson Public Schools, and we know that she will turn young lives around. We will also miss her son, Mateo, and her husband, Mike, also a JPS teacher, who did much to help the JFP. (ShaWanda promises she’ll be back to work on Chick Ball again next year, though.) We have not given a proper send-off, either, to reporter Ward Schaefer, who started years ago interning (he was a JPS teacher, too) and then worked for us for more than two years as a reporter, including covering the infamous Frank Melton trial. Ward left earlier this year for graduate school at Ole Miss, and contributes occasional stories from that direction to the JFP and BOOM Jackson. As sad as departures are, they open the door for new voices. Assistant editor Valerie Wells, with a long career in newspapers (including at The Hattiesburg American), as well as the U.S. Army, joined us earlier this summer. She has already won a national and a southeastern award for the cover story about trying kids as adults that she co-wrote with editor Donna Ladd. We recently welcomed Jackson State graduate LaShanda Phillips as our new editorial assistant. The Jackson native is both an organizational whiz—taking on many of ShaWanda’s duties without blinking an eye—and a great copy editor and writer. Watch for her byline and her smiling face at events. We have opened a local and national search for the reporter position Adam vacated. In the interim, we have asked Clinton resident and intern Elizabeth Waibel to step up and become our interim cub reporter. Elizabeth graduated in May from Union University in Tennessee with a degree in journalism and has impressive experience. Her first reporter assignment here was covering the gubernatorial debate, and she nailed it. Watch out for her (and help her out!) Finally, Briana Robinson is stepping up from intern to become our new deputy editor. The Millsaps student first came to the JFP when she was still in high school at St. Andrew. She moved here from New Orleans after losing her home during Katrina. She came to the JFP to help with the Youth Media Project during the summer and has shown up every summer since. Her diligence and love of journalism has prompted us to create a position for her.

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What A Wonderful World

July 27 - August 2, 2011

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urse Tootie McBride: “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for attending the Ghetto Science Community’s ‘Brace Yourself for the Credit Default’ rally. The poor and middle classes are gathered here at the Clubb Chicken Wing Multi-Purpose Complex to prepare for the possible and very bumpy ride down the road toward financial uncertainty. It seems as if the Senate, Congress, Democrats, Republicans and the president might fulfill Curtis Mayfield’s prophesy: ‘… There can be no show. And if there’s a hell below, we’re all gonna go …’ And while the poor, middle class, senior citizens and disabled suffer, the rich will have no worries. “My Uncle Louie ‘Armstrong’ McBride will close this rally with his own rendition of the song ‘What a Wonderful World.’” Louie ‘Armstrong’ McBride (singing): “I see skies of blue and clouds of white. Folk will worry about their social security all day and then can’t sleep at night. And the rich will think to themselves, ‘What a wonderful world.’ “The colors of the rainbow are so pretty in the sky; see the poor and middle class trying to just get by. I see rich folk shaking hands happily, saying, ‘How do you do,’ while ticked off middle class folk mumble, ‘We’ve been screwed.’ “Although most will gripe, moan and complain, all I have to say, ‘If we had gotten involved and voted, we wouldn’t be in this mess today. And the rich will think to themselves, ‘What a wonderful world.’ “Ohhhh yeah. And keep hope alive.”

LETTERS

‘Yes’ on Eminent Domain

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minent domain has received attention recently, with an effort to put the issue on the ballot this fall. I oppose the ballot initiative because it attempts to change our state’s Bill of Rights, which, according to the State Constitution, cannot be amended through the initiative process. But I have other grave concerns, as well. Some people wrongly assume eminent domain allows government to seize private citizens’ land for no good reason. In fact, Mississippi has always used eminent domain sparingly and with great care. It has been utilized for economic development only a handful of times in our history and then, only for major economic initiatives benefitting the greater good and creating numerous jobs. For the Toyota site, for instance, eminent domain was used to acquire clear title on a small parcel of land that had had no clear ownership since 1927. Current law does not need to be amended. Eminent domain in Mississippi is a fair, balanced legal process that respects private property rights and ensures individuals are heard. No fewer than five public entities, including both houses of the Legislature and the Governor, must approve each case where eminent domain is proposed for economic development.

Eminent domain still would be used to acquire land for roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure projects. Only economic development would be affected by the initiative, and Mississippi would be prevented from competing with other states to attract the jobs we so desperately need. Without eminent domain, Mississippi would never have competed successfully for Nissan, Toyota or the Stennis Space Center. We cannot afford to close the door on future economic development projects that would create thousands of jobs. —Leland Speed Jackson ‘The Greatest Cause’

“ShaWanda, you are so ready for this next step. That fact is obvious in the words and sentences written in your column (“What It Takes,” July 20-26, 2011). My advice—cut this out and laminate it, keep it in your desk drawer. Seeing the printed words again, reading them again, maybe even sharing them with your students, will serve you well.” —Lynette Hanson Portland, Ore.

CORRECTIONS (Vol. 9, Issue 45):

•The Hinds County Sheriff campaign contributions listed in the July 20 interview with Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin (“Top Gun”) were incorrect. Several of the contributions listed are actually disbursements from each campaign; see jfppolitics.com for a correct list. •In The Business Feed column, we described circa. Urban Artisan Living, a store in Fondren, incorrectly. We should have said it is a lifestyle store. •In “Travels with Chickens,” we incorrectly credited the photo. The photo is courtesy Mississippi Public Broadcasting. • In “Job Trainer Loses Job,” we referred to the Workforce Investment Act and the Workforce Investment Network by incorrect names. We also said 30 jobs might open up as other employees retired or left their jobs. MDES spokeswoman LaRaye Brown prefers we had said the openings would depend on “where the funding is.” She also wanted us to clarify a quote about training programs to make sure readers didn’t associate that with federal stimulus funds. The Jackson Free Press editors and reporters apologize for the errors.

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hen members of the Jackson Free Press editorial board talked about who to endorse in the Democratic and Republican primaries, we found that most of us are less than enthusiastic about many of the candidates, sometimes due to cheap political tricks. In other cases, we still do not feel like one candidate has proved he (usually) is a much stronger candidate than his primary opponent. Thus, we are choosing to endorse only in a handful of state and local races based on the strength of our conviction that (a) our choice is a much stronger candidate or (b) that the opponent(s) is a much worse choice, which is sadly too often the case in Mississippi, due to most every candidate trying to push to the far right’s buttons. In the Democratic primary for governor, we are not endorsing a candidate. Our editorial board split about evenly on whether to endorse Johnny L. DuPree or Bill Luckett, with positives and negatives about each. And it’s not like both of them endorsing the Personhood amendment gave us a way to break the tie. Both have shown solid support for public education, which we appreciate, but we do not feel that either has provided a clear choice for educated moderate-progressive voters; thus, we will not embrace or reject either candidate at this juncture. In the Republican primary for governor, we endorse Dave Dennis. Based largely on his JFP interview (see jfppolitics. com), we believe Dennis is a smart businessman who isn’t infected with the kind of crazy we see emanating from the Phil Bryant campaign (see cover story). Dennis is still a conservative, but he doesn’t resort to easy embrace of empty rhetoric, such as Bryant’s disturbing call for even more tort reform about “frivolous” lawsuits. We hope he would be more impressive than Haley Barbour on public education and less prone to special-session arm-twisting politics. We’re also impressed with Ron Williams’ more populist call to out government-corporate corruption, but we are very concerned a vote for Williams would be one for Phil Bryant as governor. We sense that Dennis may be the best way to stop that from happening, at least from the GOP aisle. We will decide by November whether we believe Dennis is the best choice of any party. We also decline to endorse in the lieutenant governor’s race, where the lethargic Democrats didn’t even bother to put up a candidate. While Tate Reeves seems slightly less extreme than opponent Billy Hewes, we cannot support Reeves because of his ridiculous interference in Jackson’s water bond needs. Hewes has the advantage of knowing what a bond bill is for, and for recognizing the necessity of bonding as a normal process of state government—even if he works to deny that knowledge in this anti-debt election. Hewes regularly votes to underfund public education, particularly MAEP, while Reeves told the Parents’ Campaign that he will work to keep the program fully funded. In the state treasurer’s race, we endorse Lucien Smith in the Republican primary (Democrat Connie Moran is unopposed). We like that he is a young candidate and at least sense that he can be a new kind of reasonable Republican who isn’t as prone to cheap tricks and dancing with extremists for votes. We hope he doesn’t disappoint if he ultimately wins the seat. In the Hinds County District 3 supervisor’s race, we endorse Democrat Peggy Hobson-Calhoun. As her interview this issue indicates, Calhoun has been an independent voice on the board, which is sorely needed going forward as it faces scrutiny for many questionable decisions including the Mississippi Valley Title building, which she voted against buying. We strongly endorse Democrat William Wright as Hinds County District 4 supervisor. Clearly, it is time for Anderson to move; see his interview this issue for his barely lucid

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The JFP endorses Dave Dennis for governor in the GOP primary.

answers to important questions. Wright has held the seat in the past and has had the benefit of working under some of the state’s better political and policy-making minds, such as Dick Molpus. Wright is capable of making up his own mind and would provide an educated, deliberate approach to county decisions. Democrat Micah Dutro is our choice for District 1 Justice Court judge. Dutro is young, energetic and educated, and drew the highest personal endorsement from Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center of Violence Prevention, for his support of smarter domestic-violence policies and help with saving families as a private attorney. He has written grants for the Center and “knows the issue of domestic violence backward and forward,” she says, and he is very supportive of the batterers’ intervention program. She believes he would deal harshly with offenders and make every effort to protect victims. We endorse Vikki Mumford as the new Hinds County Circuit Clerk. We appreciate Barbara Dunn’s long service, but our visits to the clerk’s office feel more like visiting someone’s home than a government office: It is not uncommon to try to get information as the staff celebrates birthdays, more interested in cake than locating a document. We’ve watched Dunn cut a county law-enforcement official’s hair in her office during business hours, and she keeps files she worries about the most on the floor under her desk. The staff can be helpful, but they are inconsistent, not seeming strongly interested in helping you find the most efficient way to locate documents. And files could easily walk out of the office during the various distractions, and probably have. Most importantly, we like Mumford’s ideas about bringing the office and the files into the 21st century by instituting every possible technical innovation to professionalize the process. Her time has come. We endorse Sheriff Malcolm McMillin, a Democrat, for re-election to his seat. Despite political criticism and the occasional public imperfection, the sheriff does a lot with a little and has shown both his dedication to law enforcement, as well as smart ideas about alternative sentencing and more humane approaches to criminal justice. We are also not yet convinced that opponent Tyrone Lewis is ready to be the county’s chief law enforcement officer. He was a favorite of Mayor Frank Melton— which admittedly makes us wary—and his tenure at the Jackson Police Department was short-lived once Melton’s police chief had moved on. This is too important an office to take a risk on. Vote for McMillin on Aug. 2. For more political reporting, visit www.jfppolitics.com. Comment on this story at www.jfp.ms.

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Chairman Bryant

Will Mississippi Elect a Radical-Right Governor?

by Adam Lynch

July 27 - August 2, 2011

assigns rights to fertilized human eggs, which, if passed, paves the way to a future challenge of legalized abortion. “I am the chairman of that movement, absolutely,” Bryant told the moderator at the June debate. Tort Reform, Again At the June debate, Bryant used a popular GOP tactic to score points—declaring that the limits to suing companies and doctors for negligence and harm were not enough to stop so-called “frivolous” lawsuits. “The old English system says that if I sue you, and the judge says that’s a frivolous lawsuit, (that) you should’ve never brought that to court, you have to pay legal expenses. So these guys out here with these big billboards who say ‘if you want to sue, call me,’ that guy would have to pay your cost if he sued you frivolously,” Bryant said. “You’re absolutely right. I’m for that.” Bryant’s Republican compatriots—including businessmen Dave Dennis and Hudson Holliday—stepped away from his unquestioning fervor, pointing out that Bryant’s use of the term “frivolous lawsuit” is a blanket way to politicize an issue that is much more complicated, especially when it comes to people who suffer real harm at the hands of the defendants. “No one likes frivolous lawsuits, but I think it would keep a lot of people with leAMILE WILSON

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t. Gov. Phil Bryant 56, took his place on the far right of his Republican opponents on stage and thanked his wife, mother-in-law and voters for making his campaign possible. He was dressed neatly, without overdoing it, for the lively Republican debate backed by the Mississippi Tea Party June 25. He looked ready for the big leagues. The Tea Party crowd filling the auditorium of Northwest Rankin High School clearly found him likable. When addressing an audience, Bryant speaks with a run-on sentence quality similar to that of actor Tommy Lee Jones in his “Men in Black” role. “I’m going to spend the next 30 seconds talking about conservative accomplishments. I’m proud of the six tax cuts we’ve had since I’ve been lieutenant governor. I’m proud that with your help and the Tea Party we’ve had a fair redistricting plan put forward that will be voted on as the (Mississippi) Constitution says next year. I’m going to tell you that we’ve fought to make sure our illegal immigration laws … are passed,” Bryant said. The only black person this reporter saw in the 700-person crowd who was not a journalist did not seem as impressed as most in the enthusiastic audience. She spent a good portion of the debate inspecting her thumbnail when she wasn’t looking at the floor. She was gone before the end of the event. Just the same, Bryant was in good form, throwing out memes that clicked with the conservative, majority-white Tea Party voters who consider government to be a kind of pox. Bryant repeatedly criticized “Obamacare” and conveyed to the crowd his opinion that government needs help shrinking. “We control spending by cutting taxes. You don’t feed the beast,” Bryant said. “That’s the only way to do it. If there’s no money, government cannot grow, so you give the money back to the people. That’s exactly what we’ve done.” Bryant quickly declared his intention to help overthrow Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. This was no surprise. Bryant’s voice had appeared in a robo-call last year urging people to sign a petition putting the anti-abortion “Personhood” amendment to the state Constitu12 tion on the 2011 ballot. The ballot initiative

gitimate claims from trying to get their just reward. … I’m all for fairness, but I think tort reform needs to be tweaked just a little bit,” Holliday said. “People need to have their day in court, as provided by the Constitution. And I don’t think people need to be under threat if some jury or judge got paid off and ruled against you.” Even Dennis, a business owner whose company could easily find itself on the bad end of a court suit, said Bryant’s plan “would be punitive.” “On the surface it sounds great, but candidly … you don’t know how a jury’s going to react. They could not give the right answer. Certain information could be inadmissible, if you will,” Dennis said at the debate. Child of Jackson Marshall Elementary School principal Tony Yarber said he was surprised to learn Bryant had attended his south Jackson school in the 1960s. The now-Ward 6 city councilman said Bryant’s childhood picture hangs on a school wall, and that one school employee still remembers Bryant as a kid walking the halls of the facility when the school was much younger and considerably less black. Today the school’s population is completely African American, the result of white Jackson residents’ mass exodus to the suburbs after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered public

Name: Phil Bryant Age: 56 Residence: Brandon Hometown: Moorhead Family: wife, Deborah, and two children, Katie and Patrick Education: Undergraduate degrees Hinds Community College, University of Southern Mississippi; master’s from Mississippi College Jobs Held: Mississippi political history professor, state auditor Currently: Lieutenant Governor

schools in the south to immediately integrate over Christmas break in 1969. Remaining whites tend to put their kids into privately funded academies either in or near south Jackson—academies that opened wide in the days following the end of government-supported segregation. The candidate doesn’t speak much about his Jackson childhood years on his website. The man who hopes to be governor was born in the Delta town of Moorhead. His Dad, he has said numerous times, was a diesel mechanic. When his family moved to Jackson, he worked at a tire company until he took classes at Hinds Community College. From there, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi to get a criminal justice degree. Bryant worked briefly at the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff in 1976, prior to the arrival of current Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin. Bryant told the Delta Business Journal this month that meeting then-President Ronald Reagan in 1986 marked a turning point in his life, prompting him to pursue politics. In 1991, he won a spot in the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he stayed until fellow conservative Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice appointed him as state auditor in 1996. Former auditor Steve Patterson resigned after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for providing a false affidavit to purchase license plates. Auditor he remained until taking office as lieutenant governor in 2008, but Bryant spent his final years in that job attacking contracts between Attorney General Jim Hood and private attorneys. Hood pays lawyers to sue corporate wrongdoers like MCI/WorldCom, which used a multi-state scheme to bilk the state out of millions in taxes. Hood contracted attorneys like Joey Langston (convicted in 2008 on an unrelated corruption charge) to haul MCI to federal bankruptcy courts where the company paid more than $110 million in back taxes and property on behalf of the state. Hood argued that Langston and his crew did not charge the state a dime for their services, having instead convinced the court to award their attorneys’ fees outside the settlement amount. The arrangement allowed the state to claim $110 million, instead of $93 million minus $17 million in lawyer fees. Still, Bryant attacked the strategy, help-


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Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (second from right) is the man to beat in the 2011 race for governor. Opponents targeted him at a recent debate.

Card-Carrying Voters Bryant’s unsettling brand of exuberance for emotional arguments has been a hallmark of his career over the last few years. His push as lieutenant governor to tack a photo-identification requirement to voting in the state is a good example. During the 2009 legislative session, the Mississippi Senate passed SB 2548, a voterID requirement, by a vote of 32-to-17. The vote was almost an even split between Republicans and black Democrats. From there, the bill went to the Democratic-controlled House, which killed it immediately. The House then passed its own version of a voter-identification bill, pressed by House Republicans. But the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus urged House leaders to add a host of new laws to allow practices to encourage voter registration and voter turnout in other states, such as laws extending voter registration time, early voting and even allowing voters to register to vote on the same day of the election. Rather than striking the parts that encourage voting, Republicans like Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, and Bryant killed HB 1533 before the March 2 legislative deadline. “Nobody wants photo Voter ID more than I do,” Bryant said in a March 2010 statement. “… However, I am not willing to

back down from my Republican conservative principles and accept early voting and other provisions that compromise fair elections.” He did not explain how early voting compromised elections. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia now allow early voting to help ease the strain of Election Day and accommodate working voters. State residents currently may register to vote either by mail or by visiting the county circuit or municipal clerk. Applicants may also register to vote when applying for or renewing a driver’s license, or when applying for some state and federal services. However, voters must register 30 days prior to the election, or have mail-in voter applications post-

within 90 days of a federal election. From 2004 to 2009, Attorney General Jim Hood’s office conducted fewer than 50 voter-fraud investigations. Almost all of them, “about 99 percent,” according to Hood, are related to absentee ballot issues, which are mailed in, and are not the kind of fraud that voter ID would prevent. Even the convictions and guilty pleas concerning Benton County Supervisor Tate King last year and this year dealt with an elected official buying votes. A Benton County jury found King guilty of one count of voter fraud last fall after Hood’s team determined King had paid people to vote for him. More than 10 people have either pled

‘Nobody wants photo Voter ID more than I do.’ — Phil Bryant marked at least 30 days prior to the election. Bryant told The Commercial Dispatch that he also opposed the House Bill because it allowed convicted felons to vote, even though the felons it pertained to had committed non-violent crimes, including writing bad checks. Writing bad checks, former Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson said in 2009, disproportionately plagues black and poor voters. This is a demographic that tends to vote Democratic. Mississippi Republicans, including Bryant, pressed hard for the inclusion of voteridentification laws, arguing that the new requirement will discourage voter fraud in Mississippi—while offering no evidence that voter fraud is a problem to justify their call for increased regulation. Sue Sautermeister, First District election commissioner in Madison County, tried to purge the voter rolls in the months leading up to the historic 2008 election that put President Barack Obama in the White House. But Sautermeister hit a brick wall after learning that a vote of three of the five election commissioners is required for such an action, and that the purge cannot take place

guilty or been found guilty in the case. Obviously, the presentation of valid identification would not have discouraged this brand of fraud. In fact, most of the fraud that gets a conviction deals with absentee ballots, not in-person voting. At the June debate, Bryant vehemently denied that he was pushing to use the ballot initiative as a political tactic, even though he told reporters soon after the death of SB 2548 that he would work to include the initiative on the next major election ballot. The voter ID issue remains close to the hearts of minority legislators, who say the identification requirements would disproportionately discourage voting among the 37 percent of the state’s population that is black or poor. Black Mississippi legislators aren’t the only ones nervous about the issue. A 2006 national survey sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law revealed that 11 percent of U.S citizens, more than 21 million people, do not have current, unexpired governmentissued identification with a photograph, such as a driver’s license or military ID.

The same survey revealed that 18 percent of citizens age 65 and older, more than 6 million senior citizens, do not have current government-issued photo ID. The numbers get more worrisome when taking into account minority voters, whom the survey reveals are disproportionately prone to own no government-issued photo identification. In fact, the survey reveals that more than a quarter of the national votingaged African American population has no government-issued photo ID, compared to 8 percent of white voting-age citizens. The report also took into account population factors pertaining to income. The 2010 Census showed that 21.8 percent of the state’s population lives at or below the federal poverty level, compared to 14.3 percent of the nationwide population. That portion of the population stands to lose big if voter identification becomes the requirement. “Citizens earning less than $35,000 per year are more than twice as likely to lack current government-issued photo identification as those earning more than $35,000,” the Brennan report warned. “Indeed, the survey indicates that at least 15 percent of voting-age American citizens earning less than $35,000 per year do not have a valid government-issued photo ID.” The Census reported that average household income for the state in 2009 was $36,764, putting a very large percentage of the population into the income range impacted by voter ID if the survey results remain true to Mississippi. “The NAACP had said all along that this statewide effort to impose voter identification is more a push to remove voters than to decrease voter fraud,” Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson said. Black Unemployment Ticking off African Americans isn’t a rare occurrence for Bryant, who stood behind rejecting unemployment money coming from the federal government. A recent trip to the Jackson branch WIN Job Center uncovered a host of unemployed black people who believe the economy is their

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ing turn the issue into partisan political fodder, complaining that legislators should approve attorney fees, not the attorney general. Hood’s office also convinced MCI to donate $2.5 million to the state Children’s Justice Center Project, a proposed one-stop medical and legal center for abused children. The center, which would have been housed in the Jackson Medical Mall, would offer abused children access to medical facilities, forensic tests, and state and local legal officers. But Bryant demanded the Mississippi Children’s Justice Center Board—a 501(c)(3) charity established to fund the Medical Mall’s Children’s Justice Center Project—return the $4.2 million paid by WorldCom/MCI. His argument was that the money belonged to the state’s general fund. The board complied, turning the money over, dissolving the charity and the stateof-the-art facility it would have produced.

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BRYANT, from page 13 biggest enemy. One woman, Jackson resident LaShara Myles, stood outside the center calling various friends on her cell phone for a ride. Myles was already testy before the interview. Her rancor did not diminish when asked how long she had been unemployed. Myles, a 24-year-old business professional with experience in office management, said she had been unemployed since last March, when the law office she worked at closed its doors. Ever since then, she says she’s been scanning the Internet and want ads daily. During that entire time, she says she received only two callbacks. It does not seem to matter that she says she carries exemplary office experience with no reprimands and worked hard for most of her adult life. “My friends got at least one callback from employers with most of their resume submissions,” Myles said. “I don’t know what it is, but I can’t seem to get anywhere.” Unemployment figures for blacks in Mississippi is at 17.3 percent—the rate of unemployment for the average resident of Lithuania—while unemployment for whites in Mississippi averages only 6.9 percent. During the first quarter of 2010, while unemployment for whites was only about 6 percent (or 45,000 individuals), unemployment struck 20 percent of work-eligible blacks in Mississippi. That figure is roughly 81,000 work-eligible Mississippians telling the U.S. government every Sunday that they were seeking employment in order to qualify for unemployment benefits. This number does not include unemployed people who have “given up” or who no longer qualified for benefits due to long-

term unemployment and who, therefore, did not bother to call the government to provide a weekly update on their search The first

‘I’m going to stop Obamacare because, you see, it would add 300,000 Mississippians to the Medicaid roll ...’ quarter of 2010 was also the same part of the year Bryant worked with the governor to refuse government money to, as he put it at the July debate, “pay more people not to work.” The Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act is a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill, signed into law in 2009. The program provides incentive funding to states to update their unemployment insurance systems. Had Mississippi agreed to the updates, the state would have qualified for $56.1 million to increase coverage of workers who lose their job through no fault of their own but do not qualify for UI benefits. Mississippi determines a worker’s quali-

fication for unemployment compensation based on a four-quarter fiscal period. Basically, the state looks at the first four of the last five completed quarters to determine if an individual has worked long enough to qualify for unemployment insurance compensation. To make matters worse, if you only recently found employment inside that four-quarter period you will not qualify for unemployment at all You have to have worked four of the last five quarters to qualify for unemployment payments. The tactic also carries the downside of potentially omitting wages earned up to six months prior to filing a claim. An unemployed person earns one-quarter of their pay at the time of dismissal (capped at $235 a week), but any raise within the last six months that falls inside those first four quarters is not factored into dismissal pay. Instead the state will base the amount of your unemployment on your previous pay earned outside the fourquarter window. Barbour’s then-spokesman Dan Turner told the Picayune Item at the height of the battle in 2010 that accepting the stimulus money meant allowing part-time workers to have access to UI benefits, and that this would cost the state more than it was worth. “Governor Barbour has said repeatedly that changing our regulations to allow benefits to part-time workers would force a tax increase on businesses once the stimulus money runs out,” Turner said. “A tax increase is certainly not an incentive for businesses to start or expand and hire new employees.” But House Labor Committee Chairman Rufus Straughter, D-Belzoni, complained that the six-month determiner mixes badly with the corporate habit of firing the

Clones Take Lieutenant Governor’s Race

July 27 - August 2, 2011

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The state debt differs from the napromise to meet MAEP funding as lieutional controversy in that state bond debt tenant governor. consists of low-interest loans to local mu“I don’t believe it prudent, particunicipalities and counties to fund potenlarly in the context of an election, to retially revenue-generating projects, such as quire candidates for office to commit to museums and infrastructure. any specific dollar amount of funding for Reeves, while gearing up for the any program, including education,” said lieutenant governor’s race, was vocal Hewes, who described the MAEP funding about his disapproval of a $6 million formula a “politically created benchmark” bond project legislators slated for the city that he would only meet after first handing of Jackson to prevent further water infraout “cost-cutting/containment measures” structure mishaps like the city-wide pipe to schools. failures of 2010. Reeves, with no prior voting record Hewes, as a senator, has the political on MAEP, or much of anything for that disadvantage of being the incumbent, a lomatter, happily sounded off his support for cal politician who spent years doing what full MAEP funding. With much in common, the his voters wanted by bringing bond-fund- two Republicans vying for the “It may take more than two legislative ed projects to his district. sessions, but yes, I do support full funding lieutenant governor’s race The Parents’ Campaign, a K-12 edu- have to work hard to different for MAEP,” Reeves stated in his questioncation lobbying group, mailed out ques- themselves from each other. naire response. tionnaires to the candidates, requesting Reeves has two years as the state their opinions on funding the state’s Mistreasurer under his belt, but Hewes rides sissippi Adequate Education Program, which distributes state his nearly 20 years of experience in the Senate and his exmoney among its many school districts. The group points out perience with the senatorial process as a leading reason to that legislators generally underfund the program except dur- vote for him. ing election years, which leaves some schools scrambling to The winner will face Reform Party Candidates Tracella retain teachers or buy school supplies. Hill and/or Lisa McCarty. (The state secretary of state’s office Hewes, with a lifetime voting record of 51 percent for appeared perplexed as recently as July 21 at the existence of favoring Parents’ Campaign issues like MAEP, offered no two “Reform Party” candidates.) AMILE WILSON

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he race for lieutenant governor consists of only two serious candidates this year—both Republicans: state Treasurer Tate Reeves and Gulfport Sen. Billy Hewes. Socially speaking, expect the two candidates to have mirror views on making abortion illegal in the state, fighting for a new voter-identification requirement and generally opposing most tax increases. As lieutenant governor, one of the candidates will be in charge of appointing Senate committee chairpersons who will most likely follow their ideological whims and create an hyper-conservative Senate. Hewes was one of the senators this year who voted against an election committee plan to redraw the state’s 52 Senate districts because he felt the plan didn’t contain enough Republican districts. With much in common, both men resort to hammering one another on the airwaves regarding each other’s personal support for increasing the state’s bond debt. Reeves accuses Hewes, as a senator, of voting yes for a host of Senate bond proposals during his 1992-to-present tenure. Hewes, meanwhile, accuses Reeves, as state treasurer and a member of the state’s bond commission, of approving many of those same bond deals that the Senate and the House sent the commission for mandatory endorsement. Both Republicans are pushing an anti-deficit crusade highlighted by the national debate in Congress over the need to raise the U.S. debt limit. Republicans in the U.S. Congress, whipped to a frenzy by the Tea Party base, won’t allow a debt increase without significant cuts to social programs, while Democrats demand a combination of smaller cuts and tax hikes, predominately for the nation’s wealthiest tax brackets.

most recently hired employees first. In 2010, Straughter held hostage a Senate bill re-authorizing the Mississippi Department of Employment Security until the state addressed the $56.1 million in federal stimulus money. Straughter said Bryant used his power over the Senate to quash attempted at concession. “Nothing was changed. Nothing,” Straughter told the Jackson Free Press. “The governor told the House that if we’d pass that re-authorization bill out of the House, he would sign it. But saying he would sign it if it got to his desk was a loss from the get-go if he was knowing it would never make it out of the Senate (with UI changes). I think if it had gone to the floor, something might have happened, but Bryant wasn’t going to let that get to the floor, and the governor knew that.” Although several gubernatorial candidates talked to the JFP, Bryant did not consent to an interview. But he bragged about this issue at the June debate while beating on national health-care laws that lower Medicaid eligibility enrollment requirements and mandate many to purchase health insurance. “I’m going to stop ‘Obamacare’ because, you see, it would add 300,000 Mississippians to the Medicaid roll along with the 647,000 we have now. That would break us. That’s why I filed a lawsuit to stop Obamacare. And we sent back $50 million (Obama) wanted to pay for unemployment, to pay more people not to work,” Bryant proclaimed. “We turned it back.” Aside from neglecting to tell the audience that the federal government is reimbursing the state for almost 100 percent of the new Medicaid costs, Bryant snipped an exposed nerve with that “pay more people not to work” comment. Straughter said he takes


Bryant’s quip particularly hard. “Most people who are out of work want to work,” said the black representative, whose Delta district in Humphreys County suffered 15 percent unemployment in May 2011 and ranked at some of the highest unemployment figures in the state throughout the recession. Bryant’s own Rankin County suffered only 6.1 percent unemployment on the same chart. “He wants to make it look like folks don’t want to work, but that really cut deep at me—real deep,” Straughter added. “What kind of world does he think he’s living in where people want to be poor as dirt? Nobody wants to be broke.” In any case, unemployment benefits compensate people who have “been dismissed from their job through no fault of their own,” said Ed Sivak, director of government watchdog group the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. Bryant callously mischaracterized the nature of the money by painting it as free cash for people who do not care to work However, you had to have a job first to be eligible for it, and you had to have that job taken from you. Nearly 20 percent unemployment among a population that makes up 37 percent of the whole state’s population (just under 1.1 million people) is nothing of which to be proud. Straughter said this was one of the reasons he and other black legislators in the House and Senate fought against Bryant’s desire to send back the federal unemployment extension. But siding with legislation that disproportionately helps the state’s unemployed black population comes difficult to Bryant, whose District 20 has one of the lowest voting-age black populations in the state, according to the 2002 current legislative district maps. In fact, only three districts managed to have fewer black voters in a state with the highest black population in America. A Mess of Mexicans You see them among the many faces crowding the Hinds County Five Points Clinic at the Jackson Medical Mall. They tend to stand out in a state with a population almost evenly divided between blacks and whites. Often they come in fours—usually a young mother, a father, and two small children who are frequently under age 3. While

they speak English when addressed, Spanish is the language that jumps between them when they talk or laugh with one another. Of the five different Latino families approached on their way to the clinic on a Wednesday morning, only one dared to respond to the inquiries of a reporter. “We’re here to get our shots,” said the mother, who lovingly cradled her nervous 2year-old toddler. By “our” shots, she meant, of course, “her” shots. Mom, who says she is not a permanent citizen of the country but has a temporary work visa, rejects the reduced cost services the clinic provides. She doesn’t want to sign her name to any more clipboards than necessary to avoid unwanted attention. Her daughter, however, is an American citizen by birth and gets the same benefits and protection as anybody else born in the country. Jackson immigration attorney Abigail Peterson said I was lucky to get that much out of her. “I think most people in the Hispanic community are well aware of what’s going on in this country. They hear it on the local news, on Telemundo. They know what’s happening, and they’re terrified,” Peterson said. “When the Arizona bill was going through the Legislature in Mississippi, I had a ridiculous amount of calls and appointments for people who worried how this would affect them and their kids. They even worry if hospitals will report them, which has happened in other states. They have a lot to worry about.” Bryant appears to be fine with this. “Six years ago when I was state auditor, I looked into this before anybody started talking about it. Now it seems like everybody wants to get on the bandwagon after we determined that it costs us $25 million a year for illegal immigration in the state of Mississippi,” Bryant declared in Flowood last month. Indeed, Bryant was one of the first statewide politicians who saw the undocumented immigration issue as a valuable political wedge issue capable of igniting the passion of older, white Mississippians who fear losing their racial majority to a tide of blacks and browns. After all, the state is already almost 40 percent black, and the Latino population

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ith state primary elections on Aug. 2, the general election on Nov. 8 and national elections in 2012, it is important to know when, where and how to vote. Read on to learn more about how you can help change society with your choices. In Mississippi, you must be a mentally competent U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old by Election Day. Voters must also live in their city for at least 30 days prior to Election Day (you can vote by absentee ballot in your former city if not) and have no convictions for murder, rape, bribery, burglary, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretenses, perjury, forgery, embezzlement or bigamy (unless you have received a pardon or had your rights of citizenship restored). To vote, you must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election. Although it’s not required, make sure to have a photo ID with you at the polls just in case there is a problem. Remember to take off any campaign paraphernalia before entering; failing to do so can result in being turned away. If you have problems at the polls, call: The U.S. Justice Department, 800-253-3931; The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office Election Hotline, 800-829-6786; Mississippi Protection and Advocacy System (for disabled voters), 800-772-4057; Protect the Vote hotline, 1-888-601-VOTE. Also call the Jackson Free Press newsroom: 601362-6121 ext. 14 or 16. About the Primaries A voter can only vote in one primary, but you do not have to vote in your registered party’s primary. A vote in a primary is not dependent on and does not affect your party affiliation; however, you have to choose either Democrat or Republican for the primaries. If primary run-offs become necessary, you can only vote along the same party line that you chose for the initial primary, although you can choose a different candidate. You do not have to vote for your primary candidate in the general election. How to Register Download a voter-registration form from the Mississippi Secretary of State website (www.sos.ms.gov). You can also visit your Circuit Court in the county courthouse or the Municipal Court, which is usually in City Hall. In most cases, circuit clerks and municipal clerks are available to register voters between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For Hinds County, the clerk’s office is located at the county court house (407 E. Pascagoula St.). For the city of Jackson, you can also register with the Municipal

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Clerk located at city hall (219 S. President St.). Bring a copy of a current photo ID and a current utility bill or other statement showing proof of your address if you do not have a driver’s license or Social Security card. It’s too late to register and vote in the primaries. You can, however, vote in the general election if you register by Oct. 9. Where to Vote Your voter registration card shows your precinct number and an address for voting. If you misplace your card, ask a neighbor, or go to Vote 411 and click on Polling Place Locator. You can also call the clerk’s office in your city or county: in the city of Jackson, call 601-960-1035; in Hinds County, 601-968-6628; in Madison County, 601-859-4365; in Rankin County, 601-825-1466. You must live in the county in which you are registered to vote or use an absentee ballot. Check with your county’s voter registrar for information on absentee ballots. The last day to vote by absentee ballot in the Circuit Clerk’s office for the primary election is July 30 by noon. The last day for the general election is Nov. 5 by noon. Absentee Ballots and Disability Voting Information Absentee ballots returned by mail must be completed in front of a notary public, United States postmaster, assistant United States postmaster, United States postal supervisor, clerk in charge of a contract postal station, or any officer having authority to administer an oath or take an acknowledgment as an attesting witness. The county registrar can also serve as a witness. After marking the ballot, the voter must fill out and sign the Elector’s Certificate, while the attesting witness is required to fill out and sign the Certificate of Attesting Witness. The Circuit Clerk must receive mailed absentee ballots for the 2011 Primary Election no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 1. For the general election in November, mailed absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 7. Those who are blind, physically disabled or unable to read or write can request assistance to vote from the polling manager. If you are disabled, you can also request to vote curbside, although not all voting machines can be taken to a vehicle. Permanently disabled people can register for the disabled voter list with a signed doctor’s statement to automatically receive absentee ballots for every election. Others can bring someone to the polls to help them vote. See more political news at jfppolitics.com.

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in the state rose to 2.7 percent of the total population, according to the 2010 Census. In 2000, the Hispanic population comprised only 1.4 percent of the population, which Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Executive Director Bill Chandler says gives many white people a creeping sense of transience. Chandler helped organize cross-border actions with Mexican and American workers in an effort to support the United Farm Workers. With workers in two different countries refusing to provide cheap labor, grape farm owners faced the possibility of their product rotting on the vine. Unhappy with that prospect, they relented and signed contracts providing workers with benefits such as safe working conditions, clean drinking water and basic health care. Organized labor finds fewer success stories today, which may be fueling Chandler’s rancor toward Bryant and the GOP, both of whom shows no love for workers’ rights. “They know the population trend in this country. They see more browns and blacks taking up space every day,” said Chandler, who then referenced recent news that there are more minority children being born in the country today than white children. “It’s obvious to them. Even the president is black, and that’s stings them really hard. It stings to know that they won’t always be the majority.”“That’s what Bryant represents to them,” Chandler added, staring off from behind his desk at a picture of posing migrant organizers. “Bryant comes off as somebody

Bryant is looking for votes by attacking people who are just as American, by constitutional standards, as his own children out in Rankin County.

who can turn back the clock and take things back in time. But that’s not going to happen. You don’t go back in time.” Toying with the Numbers As state auditor, Bryant published a 2006 report “The Impact of Illegal Immigration on Mississippi: Costs and Population Trends.” That report concluded that the state’s undocumented Latino population

cost the state considerable money in terms of public education. Bryant offered no real numbers on the cost of educating your average immigrant student. He merely pointed out how much the state spends on K-12 education and declared that immigrant children were a part of that problem. “In Mississippi, illegal immigration has a significant impact on the K-12 school system. The estimated cost to Mississippi in 2004 (for providing everybody with an education) was $23.7 million. It is expected that as the illegal immigrant population grows, this cost will rise,” Bryant wrote. The auditor had no numbers to prove his argument, except for a U.S. General Accounting Office report saying, “Total K-12 school expenditure for illegal immigrants costs the states nearly $12 billion annually.” Bryant added that “when their U.S.-born siblings are added, the costs more than double to $28.6 billion.” The GAO did not break down numbers specific to Mississippi. It was a hard case to prove, even in Bryant’s world, since all the numbers reflecting Latino population growth in the state reveal that growth to be minimal. While Census figures offer the raw numbers, public schools provide a more relevant source, since Latinos—legal or not—are required by law to put their kids in public school. Information from the Mississippi Department of Education shows that Desoto County Public Schools contained 753 Hispanic students when the department began keeping track of subgroup data during the 2003-2004 school year.

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By 2010, the Hispanic student population increased to only 1,773. The white student population, comparatively, jumped by 1,800 students, from 17,773 students in the 2003-2004 school year to 19,643 in the 2009-2010 school year. The same data reveal that Bryant’s own Rankin County Schools experienced an increase in the Hispanic student population from 148 students in 2003-2004 to 371 students in the 2009-2010 school year. Were Bryant serious about controlling school costs he should target the county’s white student population, which increased 1,631 from 12,283 in the 2003-2004 school year to 13,914 in 2009-2010. Chandler says Rankin County trailer parks and apartment complexes represent some of the state’s most significant Latino population expansions in the state. But these numbers do not even address one of the more heartless aspects of Bryant’s argument: He’s lambasting U.S.-born citizens for going to school. He is attacking people who are just as American, by constitutional standards, as Bryant’s own children, Katie and Patrick, out in Rankin County. The same goes for the almond-eyed infants staring nervously from their mothers’ arms at the Five Points Clinic. Bryant was quick to skewer them in his 2006 report, arguing that the American Hospital Association reported that its member facilities provided $21 billion in uncompensated healthcare services in 2002. How does that connect with immigrants? Well, 68 percent of undocumented immigrants, Bryant reported, “had

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liday, who had $559,851 and $549,775, respectively, in total contributions by June. A Tendency to Tamper The lieutenant governor has big plans for the Mississippi House when he gets into the governor’s office. At the height of the 2003 gubernatorial election, Republicans ranted about the possibility of Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove forming an unholy alliance with Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Sen. Barbara Blackmon of Canton. The argument was that if both achieved victory, the two Democrats would melt two branches of legislative government into one, with Blackmon leading the Senate in lock-step compliance with the Democratic-controlled House and Musgrove’s agenda. Musgrove and Blackmon both lost in 2003, but ever since Barbour took the governor’s office and Bryant claimed the Senate, the two have formed an alliance to reduce the state’s three branches of government—executive, legislative and judicial—to two. Through redistricting, Bryant has tried to keep the House in step with the conservative governor’s office and the Senate. The Senate, with Bryant appointing committee chairmanships, has rarely produced legislation that Barbour staunchly refused to support. Nor has it ever mounted a successful veto-override, even for widely popular legislation such as a tax increase on tobacco products and legislation limiting the state’s power to snatch private property for corporate profit. With Bryant as the Senate leader, the conservative-controlled Senate has worked to pass several pieces of legislation that would have challenged Roe v. Wade, and the federal government’s exclusive right to enforce immigration control and would have made drastic cuts to public education. The only power working against the Senate/Governor merger was the Democrat-controlled House, under House Speaker Billy McCoy. McCoy—who is actually conservative on the national political spectrum— found himself pigeon-holed as the nutty lefty in a game commandeered by Barbour and Bryant. It was McCoy who appointed committee chairmen who ignored unconstitutional Senate entreaties to turn Mississippi police into immigration officials, and to jettison legislation pushing public schools to treat evolution as no more than one theory to explain the existence of monkeys and man. McCoy was also the politician in a position to put his foot down on the Senate and Barbour’s repeated attempts to raze funding for the public school system, or to kick 65,000 poverty-level aged, and disabled Mis-

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no health insurance.” And that’s it. Bryant inserted in his report that “not all of these costs are attributed to illegal immigrants.” But that’s not a very generous statement, especially considering that in 2009, whites were less likely to have employer-sponsored insurance than in 2007. Urban Institute Director John Holahan wrote that the uninsured rates for whites increased by 15 percent, during the most recent economic downturn, while blacks’ and Latinos’ income reductions were not as dramatic as those of whites—who had a lot further to fall economically. Holahan wrote that most of the increase in the number of uninsured people in the U.S. was among native-born U.S. citizens, rather than immigrants. Even before the recession whacked the country, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy revealed in a 2006 report that 41 percent of unauthorized adults and 75 percent of native-born children of unauthorized parents do have health insurance. Bryant likes to claim that “illegals” commonly resort to forged documents to gain employment, but the Udall Center said those same immigrants are apparently using those forged documents to obtain insurance through an employer. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, after attempting to gather patient data linked to false social security numbers, threw up its hands in 2004 and declared that sufficient data did not exist to make accurate estimates of illegal immigrant impacts on U.S. health-care costs. But why let the absence of numbers get in the way of a good argument against Latinos when you can resort to calling them disease-ridden? “[T]he social costs of illegal immigrants can be deadly. Because of the lack of insurance and their citizenship status, illegal immigrants are less likely to be treated for infectious diseases, and because they have not gone through the proper channels, they have probably not undergone standard health exams or checks that legal immigrants have before entering the United States,” Bryant also wrote in his report. The former auditor then stated the same document that diseases such as polio, “which had been eradicated from the United States, now reappears in illegal immigrants, as do other conditions such as intestinal parasites, malaria and the infectious malady called Kawasaki disease.” Chandler said that it’s not often a statewide elected official can get away with pointing his finger at a local segment of the population and shouting “cooties.” But that’s Bryant, the same candidate leading the Republican pack in terms of fundraising. Bryant reported more than $1.8 million in total contributions last month, which put him ahead of Dennis and Hol-

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sissippians from the Medicaid rolls in 2004. However, the Democrat from Rienzi won a very difficult election to the speaker’s seat in 2008, and announced he is retiring from the House this year. Bryant wants to make sure Republicans run the government in both chambers in order to avoid opposition of the kind posed by a future McCoy, and he’s using the fear of brown people to back his endeavor. “One of the reasons we fought so hard on the redistricting plan is we’re going to change the leadership of the House and we’re going to pass that Arizonatype bill in the House. And we’re going to send the word that … we’re going to stop illegal immigration in Mississippi,” Bryant said at the debate. “Illegals will not take jobs in Mississippi when I am governor.” Bryant fought hard in the redistricting battle this year. Earlier this year, the NAACP asked a federal court to convene a three-judge panel to restrict state legislators from running in their current districts in August, arguing that the districts no longer fairly represent black voters. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said his group sued Barbour and the state to impose better-proportioned districts after talks broke down between the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Senate on a House redistricting plan near the end of the legislative session. Those talks broke down because the Senate, under Bryant, refused to approve a House redistricting plan that Bryant complained does not create enough majority-Republican districts in the House. Put simply, he wanted to create fewer black districts. When the Senate voted down the House redistricting map for the second time, McCoy refused to set up a conference with senators to hash out their differences because they would likely accept nothing less than a House map creating fewer black-majority (thus, fewer Democratic) districts. Bryant complained that the House plan did not reflect population expansion in Republican districts, and warned Tea Party members that the new House plan improved the chances of maintaining a Democratic House speaker. “This means not another Republican would get elected to the House of Representatives for the next decade—(they) gerrymandered it so they made sure that that doesn’t happen. We make sure we got a Democratic speaker for the next 10 years,” Bryant said at a March 8 Tea Party appearance at Eudora Welty Library, in Jackson. The three-judge panel kicked the issue down the road, saying legislators could fight about the new maps, which must be revised after every 10-year Census count, next year. Bryant will likely get the map he wants next year, if the trend continues as it has. With a Republican or conservative Demo-

cratic ally leading the House, Bryant—as governor—will work to undercut the political interests of the state’s black voters, who rightfully should have nothing to do with him. Black legislators say Bryant has shown little interest in black interests as head of the Senate. They don’t believe he would change his policy as head of the state. Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said the only thing preventing Mississippi from following other southern states into an anti-government, under-funded mess is the fragile bond between centrist white Democrats and the Legislative Black Caucus. “I’ve done everything in the world to like Phil, and I do, but the prospect of him being governor is about as frightening as anything I can think of,” said Holland, who may seek the speaker’s seat at the start of the new legislative session, along with Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, and other potential candidates. “He means well, but he drank the punch a long time ago, and he’s inebriated by it.” Holland said when Democrats and the state’s black population abdicate their rights by not voting in the next election, Bryant will take his first few steps toward turning the state into another Texas or a South Carolina, or any southern state without the benefit of a large minority population carrying the economic interests of the middle class. With Bryant in charge and a compliant Republican such as lieutenant governor candidate Tate Reeves over the Senate, Bryant has made clear that the state will launch challenges to a woman’s right to decide the fate of her own body, as won by Roe v. Wade. We will have constitutional challenges to what exactly makes an American an American. Police will be pressed, barring a Supreme Court order, to target brown people with questions over their citizenship. Finally, we are likely to face a stagnant, kill-the-government mentality that has dominated American politics since the success of Ronald Reagan and his southern strategy to get the racist vote for the GOP—a practice that then-Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman apologized to the NAACP for in 2005. Bryant does not hide his plans. At this point, the challenge may fall upon the state’s younger and minority voters to ask themselves if they really want him in the governor’s seat, and to realize what will happen if he’s there. “Personally, I don’t know what it’s going to take to fire folks up,” Holland said. “Even if public schools fall to bits, I don’t know if that will get them caring. It’s been hard enough to struggle these last eight years, but at least we’ve dealt with a man (Barbour) with some vision and some sense—he’s just cold-hearted as f*ck. But Bryant is coldhearted with no vision.” Comment at jfppolitics.com.

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“Working for a Better Hinds County” I have been effective in the following areas: Job Development, Education, Healthcare, Better Housing, Economic Development, Community Development and funding to control our crime rate to make our communities safer. George S. Smith Campaign 1020 Terry Road P.O. Box 11615 Jackson, MS 39204 Telephone 601-355-8471 Email: gsmith1519@yahoo.com

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PSC Race Buried, But Vital by Adam Lynch

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self-professed Tea Party candidate Travis Rose said the Kemper County plant decision was his main reason for running against incumbent Bentz. “As a Tea Party member … the Kemper County decision really upset me,” said the St. Martin resident. “Our elected officials like to claim they’re transparent and accountable. Yet, when I go on their website regarding the Kemper plant I see one press release on Kemper County, and you have to go into their archives to see something from last April with them bragging about it capturing CO2. They don’t tell us about any estimate of what it’s going to do to our utility rates.” Democratic candidate James M. Buckhaults, a former Ellisville alderman, said he was waiting to take Bentz on in the general election for the same reason. “They decided to go along with the Legislature in making us pay for that thing before they even start building it, which I think is crazy,” he said. Buckhaults will first have to beat southern commission Democratic candidates Thomas Blanton and Mike Collier before he gets that privilege. Neither Blanton or Collier returned calls. Republican Lynn Posey faces no opposition from his party; Haley Barbour’s nephew Charles Barbour politely ducked out of the race. Posey adhered to Barbour’s wishes in favoring the Kemper County plant. Posey must contend with Democratic opponents Bruce Burton and Addie Green, and Independent Danny Ayers, however. Burton and Ayers could not be reached, while Green did not return calls by press time. Presley faces no primary candidate, but is up against either Boyce Adams Jr. or Marvin Cox after the winner survives the Republican primary. A Tea Party of Mississippi founding member, Cox pushes no real issues on his campaign website (www.votemarvincox. com), but touts himself as a “Christian Conservative Republican who seeks to provide better access to commissioners and staff.” His website reveals no insight he may have upon PSC business. Adams, who co-owns with his father a bank software developer BankTEL Systems, has a Vanderbilt University bachelor’s degree in economics and political science. On his website (www.boyceadams.com), he says he worked in the George W. Bush White House focusing on presidential appointments to energy regulatory institutions. He plans to “keep energy costs low and maintain reliable energy sources.” He does not say whether he would have voted differently from Presley on any decisions. For more state and local political news, visit jfppolitics.com.

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ew people attend the monthly meetings of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, outside of utility company officials and their host of attorneys. Generally, when the talk is about electricity, gas or telecommunications, eyes glaze over. But the Public Service Commission is an essential body of state government charged with overseeing the behavior of the state’s biggest power-producing monopolies. It also makes sure telemarketers adhere to coldcall rules set by federal and state laws, but the monopoly-overseeing bit is the part that dictates how much your monthly power bills go up or down. Power companies must approach the three-member commission for permission to implement rate increases. Commissioners, who are elected, receive political backlash for allowing those rates to jump up noticeably. It’s a workable relationship, but some new candidates are trying to see how far they can push the most recent backlash. A majority of the commission voted last year to allow Mississippi Power Co. to charge ratepayers for construction of a $2.88 billion coal-burning plant in Kemper County—after some coaxing by Gov. Haley Barbour. Barbour’s former Washington lobbying firm helped secure some federal money for the project (thus, he arguably benefits from the construction because he receives a income in the form of a blind trust from the firm). But Mississippi Power Co. ratepayers have to fund the brunt of the thing, and commissioners did not release its potential rate increase impact to the public. Nor have they allowed the rate increases, which could end up as a 50 percent increase, to slip into customers’ monthly statements prior to the election. The two commissioners favoring the construction of the plant, incumbents Leonard Bentz and Lynn Posey, say the coal plant will pave the way to a future of stable or cheap electricity prices because coal is one of the country’s most plentiful energy resources. They say they are not only looking to the state’s long-term future, but that the plant will put Mississippi at the forefront of a carbon-neutral energy revolution. The Sierra Club, an environmentalist group, says the plant’s carbon capture technology is unproven and unreliable. Only Northern District Democrat Brandon Presley opposed the construction of the plant. Presley screamed into every microphone his reasons for opposing the new plant, and protested the power company’s desire to keep the rate increases private. He was a minority of the board, however. Candidates are lining up to attack the incumbents for that decision. Republican and

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by Elizabeth Waibel

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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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-Tyrone Lewis

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What made you decide to run? For the last 22 years, my wife and I have been successful with our business based on our faith, our sweat and our hard work, but the reality of it is the last five or six years we’ve spent more time fighting with Jackson … than we have looking for work for our people. It culminated during the oil spill, but this has been going on for years. During the oil spill you had a lot of government officials who put themselves in a position to profit from the oil spill through relationships that would get them consultant projects, specialty contracts and things of that nature. … Here’s the reality of it: Our government agencies took so much money from BP directly, and used it for very questionable things that benefited many of them personally, that we don’t know who to trust anymore. You say they got money from BP, and it’s been used for questionable things; can you give an example of that? Sure. A lot of agencies had leftover, excess money that had nothing to do with the oil spill, and they went out and bought new SUVs and Tasers—toys. They bought toys that made their positions a little more enjoyable. … This was in an Associated Press story. … As a Mississippian, I want a government I can trust. I want a government that is up there looking out for me, the working person. What would you say makes you different from the other candidates? I am the only candidate who has started a business from the ground up, without any other connections or any other sources, and that’s a fact. … What separates me is that I have a passion for this. I have spent our fortune, such as it is, on this campaign, because it’s not about money to me—it’s not about connections. It’s about creating a state so my children and other young people can have the same opportunities that my wife and I have had. And if you just work hard, and do your best, you’ll be successful. How do you think, as governor, you could help more people find jobs? We’ve got to remove obstructions that keep people from coming into our state. For example, what (Lt. Gov.) Phil (Bryant) said the other day in the debate was this: We …

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on Williams, 52, is a Republican candidate for governor and a vocal critic of what he claims to be state agencies’ preferential treatment of contractors who donate to politicians. Williams attended Pascagoula High School and Mississippi State University and now runs Hazmat Services Inc., a hazardous material handling service in Pascagoula with his wife, Towana. Prior to being in that line of work, he was a ship’s captain in the Merchant Marines. He has two sons and two daughters, and two grandchildren. Ron Williams says state agencies waste money on contracts that benefit politicians.

made some arrangements so that the furniture industry could have 800 more jobs. What that tells me is that for years there was a tax structure in place that was preventing 800 people from having jobs. Why weren’t they put in place to begin with? You talk a lot about ending no-bid contracts. Can small businesses compete with big businesses? Most of the no-bid contracts are going to larger contributors; they’re not going to small businesses. … We need to reach out to our small businesses, help them grow by getting them into in-state contracts. Once they get to a certain point, then they’re strong enough and large enough to get out and compete on the national level and bring revenue into our state. Have you ever held a political office? No, and I consider that a great asset, because I have not been tempered, trained or any way predetermined to be some sort of a wheeler-dealer, back-room-negotiating kind of guy. It’s quite simple. The idea that a person who has never held a political office is unqualified to be governor is completely ridiculous. Making the right decisions, doing what’s right—it really doesn’t require a lot of practice. It requires an honest mentality, integrity and an openness in how you handle the people’s business. And that’s not politics, that’s just life. You’ve said that even if you don’t win the primary Aug. 2, you can wake up Aug. 3 and feel that you’ve accomplished something. A lot of people (I have met) have gotten back in the voting game … that weren’t going to vote at all. … They say they’ve listened to me, and they’ve read our flier, and they want to help us. We have a lot of people who have become so disillusioned that we would never have a chance to change the way government works in Mississippi, and now they feel like we have a chance, and they’re working hard to do that. If I have given anybody faith to get reinvolved in our political process for the good of our state, I consider that a success. Read more interviews at jfppolitics.com.


Modern Woman by Lacey McLaughlin

You have challenged Barbara Dunn about the fines she received from the Mississippi Supreme Court for clerical errors. What would you do to prevent clerical errors? I will organize the office and have centralized technology that can be shared between the county offices and between the circuit clerks, especially chancery and circuit court. They should have the same source of information. … There will be no such thing as walking down the hall and looking at the chancery clerk’s book, or having someone tell you to come back later. That’s old school.

How will you bring e-filing to the circuit court? I am interested in getting the technology to do e-filing. I think most people are ready to do e-filing 24 hours a day. I am for it because it’s convenient for (lawyers, and) it creates a good record for the archives later. … For example, if an attorney’s trial takes all day long and he has to file a response to a motion, he has until midnight to do it, and he can get credit as if he filed it at 8 a.m. What are the differences between you and your opponent? I think it’s night and day: I’m technology savvy, and she’s not. What are some examples of being technology savvy? Well, for example, I’m doing the agenda for the school board now, and it’s a technical thing. I know how to scan things electronically, make a PDF document or convert a Word document to a PDF. I think I know how to handle most things electronically. It seems like being organized is key for an office like this to run smoothly. Organization and staying on top of things are key. You can’t allow stuff to stack up. You have to work every day to keep everything current, like with the voter rolls. I think the voter rolls should be as current as a newspaper. People move out of Hinds County, within the county, and people pass away. All these transactions have to be taken into consideration to make our voting rolls current. It’s the same for all the other documents in the office. There also needs to be a ratio for the number of cases per person that they can take care of. … And then, to eliminate errors, there should be a template for every transaction. If a person comes in to get a marriage license, they will have to follow steps one, two, three and four. WAPT reported that you violated the 150-foot

Vikki Mumford wants to be Hinds County Circuit Clerk.

distance requirement for campaigning in front of the Hinds County Courthouse this month. How do you respond to that? I thought I was far enough away. I would have never intentionally sat within 150 feet. I was 150 feet from the front door. I think they measured from the side door. … It never occurred to me that my back wasn’t 150 feet away from the side door. To read more candidate interviews and more political news, visit www.jfppolitics.com and follow @jfppolitics on Twitter.

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Why do you want to be circuit clerk? I am qualified. I want to use my experience and expertise in an area of my interest. I have a strong interest in serving people, and I enjoy the legal environment. In the right set of opportunities, I would have been a lawyer, but since that didn’t happen for me, I wanted to do the next best thing. I like being around the law, and I like seeing justice served.

How will you pay for this? I don’t know the cost, but I think in essence it will pay for itself in the long run. We have to modernize ourselves whether we like it or not. I upgrade my cell phone and a lot of other things. It’s just the price of doing business.

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ake a visit to Vikki Mumford’s campaign website for Hinds County Circuit Clerk (vikkimumford.com), and you get the feeling that she isn’t messing around. To demonstrate her tech-savvy abilities, Mumford’s website includes video, audio endorsements and a side-byside comparison of her and her opponent, Barbara Dunn. Mumford, 59, wants to modernize the circuit clerk’s office and makes no apologies about pointing out her opponent’s weaknesses. Since 2008 Mumford has worked as the secretary for the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees where she is responsible for compiling the school board meeting agenda, minutes and keeping track of documents pertaining to the school board. Mumford earned her bachelor’s degree in business education from Alcorn State University in 1973 and her master’s in public policy from Jackson State University in 1998. She started her career working as a court administrator for federal judge Henry Wingate in 1985. She has also worked as a manager of the U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg, and as a deputy clerk for the U.S. District Court in Mississippi’s Northern District. She ran for the circuit clerk’s office in 2007 and is the only Democrat to face Dunn; Antonio Porter recently dropped out of the race. She is married to Alexander Mumford.

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What’s the work that needs doing? I feel that the Byram Clinton project is of utmost importance. (Editor’s note: the “Byram Clinton project” is a proposed economic development corridor project that supervisors hope will link the cities of Byram and Clinton.) I thought the other supervisors were already in accord with you on this project. Yes, they are. How far along is it? We’ve got about $50 million. Is this federal grant money? Yes. How much do we need for the project? About $100 million. How do we raise that? We get that from sales taxes. So we’ll have to make a bond to pay for it and pay it back with sales taxes? That’s the plan.

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What does that mean? What we’ve always tried to do: encourage business growth and encourage people to live here. Do you feel that county employees need pay raises? Yes.

Even if it means tax increases? I have not been an avid supporter of tax 24 increases, but it’s needed.

Talk about taxes. I’m not interested in raising taxes anywhere in Hinds County. I’m interested in working with senators, representatives, the council and the mayor to take the tax burden off the people and put it elsewhere. There are many folks who live outside the county who come Doug Anderson in every day to work. We’ve What’s your attraction to got to find a way for them to the position of supervisor? pay their fair share. It’s one thing to be a supervisor and frusThe only way I’d vote for (a tax intrated, but look how many citizens in Hinds crease) is if the citizens say they want to raise County who are frustrated about the things taxes, but for me as supervisor I will not going on in the county in which they live vote to increase taxes in Hinds County. Inand the county they love. They want better stead, I want to reduce the (cost of) car tags. services and lower taxes. They expect them to We want to petition the governor and the balance the budget, take the money they’re Legislature to reduce (the cost of) car tags receiving to run this county in Hinds County. You’re and spend it wisely. We feel buried in buying a new-car we’re paying enough taxes, tag. They’re so expensive, when compared to neighand that happens once evboring counties. ery year. The other thing is when you reach the age of How do you balance 62, (you) need to get a 20 the budget? percent reduction of (your) You balance the budcar tags in Hinds County. get by finding ways to get David Archie companies to come into Anything else? Hinds County and find ways Plenty. Hinds County to get more citizens to move into the area. employees have some of the worst benefits We’ve got to have something to offer. We’ve in terms of insurance. I want to have a better got to make it a place where people want to health-care plan for county employees. … I come. When they bring new economic de- won’t vote for furloughs and lay-offs for Hinds velopment, you get those tax benefits. County employees. Never. How do you coax business to reverse a William Wright trend and move back into the county? Jackson real estate broker and home apJackson and Hinds County is one of the praiser William Wright has a long history in best-kept secrets in the U.S. politics. He served as the It’s underdeveloped. We can state’s Election Bureau ditake an area like Medgar rector under then-Secretary Evers Boulevard, and create Dick Molpus, and was chief thoroughfares between the of staff under former U.S. Jackson Medical Mall and Rep. Wayne Dowdy. He (Interstate) 220, with Radio says he was the first African Shacks and Office Depots American from Mississippi and Red Lobsters and Chili’s to go to Washington to serve (Bar and Grills). Everything as chief of staff since ReconWilliam Wright they have on Lakeland Drive struction. Wright is a forwe could put it on a boulevard mer interim supervisor, who that’s already there and got infrastructure. served in 1993 after Bennie Thompson won a seat as U.S. representative for District 2. What’ll be your priorities? Fondren pays a lot of money, but they I’m asking this question of everybody: don’t get much service. They got $300,000 Why do you want to deal with the and $400,000 homes in that area. It’s the high- headache of being a supervisor? est (tax) paying area in the city, and they deSomebody needs to add some common serve better services. The present supervisor, to sense and efficiency to Hinds County. I said my understanding, hasn’t serviced the area or I would dedicate myself to improving things. LACEY MCLAUGHLIN

What’s your take on the taxes argument? County residents say county employees need pay increases, but at the same time, they don’t want their property taxes to get any higher. We can raise the money by seeing what we can do to raise the money.

been to the meetings there much in 10 years. I want them to know they will have a supervisor who will be with them and share their ideals to move forward.

LACEY MCLAUGHLIN

Why would you want to be involved with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors? You seem agitated at most meetings. I feel that we have some unfinished work to do.

David Archie District 2 candidate David L. Archie, unlike the incumbent Anderson, has plenty to say, and says it constantly. The 47-yearold investor has run for numerous positions in Hinds County, including the positions of Ward 3 councilman, Ward 1 councilman and Jackson mayor. Archie has big plans, including bringing high-end businesses to Jackson to drum up tax revenue, and offering better benefits to Hinds County employees. Archie is a former detention officer with Hinds County Sheriff’s office.

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Doug Anderson Hinds County Board of Supervisors District 2 incumbent Democrat Doug Anderson has been occupying his spot since he first won election in 1993. The former Jackson State University math professor, state senator and representative is 72 years old, and still feels the fire to continue his time on the board. These days, however, he is sometimes a man of few words—and it shows in this interview.

by Adam Lynch I think my highest priorities are just making people aware of what their supervisors do and to make this place more business friendly. What’s your highest priority? I think we could be doing a better job of searching for grants from federal and state government. There are some people I can work with, like Bennie Thompson, Thad Cochran and some other people. Beyond that, I don’t want to start talking about the budget because you need to sit down with the details before making accusations. Everybody talks about county employees needing better pay, but they don’t want to deal with higher taxes. Which side do you lean on? That’s a loaded question, but when you look at taxes, you’ve got to go in and make sure everybody that you have influence over is operating efficiently, and make sure there’s no fat left to cut. A public-sector entity can never be like a private-sector corporation. When I campaign, and I talk to people, I tell them that you’re electing five executives to run a huge public sector, so you’d better pick someone with experience. But when I tell people that I’m running for supervisor, they’ll say something like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s Frank Bluntson and those people (confusing the Jackson City Council with the Hinds County Supervisors). They don’t even know what a supervisor does. But a supervisor is to Hinds County what the mayor is to the city and the governor is to the state. Except the other two need advice or consent from either the city council or the Senate, but when the supervisors do it, it’s just done. I don’t think people know that. I’m surprised at the people who run for supervisor. When you listen to them for three minutes, they’ve got no idea what the board does. You’ve got some of them; their bright idea is to bring in a Fortune 500 company to the inner city, or to reduce car tag costs with state money, as if the Legislature wouldn’t have to agree to it. So what’s your take on taxes? Would be willing to raise them? I will do my best not to raise taxes, but when you go down there to sit in that seat, you’re dealing with fiscal government. I would make sure that the people in my district know what we’re doing and know what we’re up against, and then I would do it only if the people are standing with me on it. In our representative form of government, that’s how it should be. You don’t get elected and then cram something down their throats that they don’t want. But I won’t do like some of these conservative candidates who say, “I promise you I will not raise taxes under any circumstances,” because you don’t know what’s going to come up. Democratic candidate Sam Cain did not return calls for this story.


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Why are you running for re-election? I feel that I have done a very good job here in Hinds County. I want to continue with positive things I have initiated in Hinds County, and I want to continue to support strong crime-fighting initiatives. I am a proponent of economic development for the creation of jobs, paying decent salaries and wages. Can you elaborate on the positive things you have done? Some of my biggest accomplishments include developing our storm-water management program to control discharge of water pollutants in our water streams. As a matter of fact, we would have been penalized if we had not implemented a storm- water management program. … Likewise, I was responsible for Hinds County’s comprehensive plan. In that plan, we have established a policy that will help us plan for future needs. What is your role in the Byram-Clinton corridor? I am spearheading that project. This project will consist of retail, residential and business development. It is an 18-mile corridor that starts at Interstate 55 South at Siwell Road … all the way to Bolton interchange. This corridor is the largest, most comprehensive plan ever in the board of supervisors and, probably, Hinds County. The development of the corridor will help create thousands of jobs—high-tech jobs, jobs for attorneys, accountants and small businesses.

What is the timeline on the project? We have no timeline. Every step of the way we have to get that approval of state aid. Even though we want to push and rush, state aid has to work with all the counties. What is the total project price tag? It will cost approximately $100 million to COURTESY PEGGY CALHOUN

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eggy Hobson-Calhoun is quick to talk about her accomplishments over the last 19 years as a Hinds County supervisor. She began her term as the county’s first elected female supervisor in 1992, and since then has made the county’s infrastructure and economy her top priorities. The Democratic candidate frequently stands her ground and votes less predictably than other board members. The board has faced criticism about their handling of the county’s budget in recent years. In 2009, the board halted plans to build a regional county jail after spending $400,000 to purchase the land and design the facility. In 2007, the board purchased the Mississippi Valley Title Building for $2.5 million for additional office space, using funds from a $30 million bond issue. Last year, the county was forced to furlough employees to prevent layoffs. Calhoun said the proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 does not require additional county employee furloughs. Hobson-Calhoun is a graduate of Jackson State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1995, she retired from Bellsouth Corp. after spending 24 years in various managerial positions. She is married to state Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson. The incumbent faces three Democratic challengers in the Aug. 2 primary.

by Lacey McLaughlin Hinds Community College). When that access opens up, there will be a lot of economic development. Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin criticized the board recently for spending money on construction of a regional jail that never happened. How do you respond to that? The jail was needed to house additional criminals. But we had no choice in the matter. When half of the funding source left, the board of supervisors could not pick up that tab. The Mississippi Department of Corrections was going to assist us and pay X amount of dollars per inmate per day. That cost would have helped the board defray the cost of constructing the regional jail. w Does the county still own the land? Yes. We have dedicated some of the acreage to construct a communications center for the sheriff’s department. We have dedicated some of it for indigent graves.

complete construction. We have received $37 million in earmarks. (Sen.) Thad Cochran and (Rep.) Bennie Thompson have been instrumental in helping us secure funds. We also have plans to take the $30 million we have on hand and make it work for the entire corridor. Also, instead of building a parking garage, we converted the funds so that we can utilize the $14 million to construct a corridor. What happened to the downtown parking garage? We had issued bonds to build a parking garage and to purchase the Title Building and build a joint work center. The board made a determination that the best use of those bond funds would be to apply them to the construction of the corridor because the corridor is going to help produce revenue for the county. So by constructing infrastructure and new roads, you are hoping that businesses will want to locate there? The Hinds County Board of Supervisors will be responsible for the infrastructure. We will have developers come in and assist us with the actual businesses that will want to locate. How confident are you that businesses will want to come in? We don’t have any written commitment, but we have a lot of developers who have approached us with interest. We have our work cut out for us in recruiting big boxes to locate there. But Hinds County’s problem has been that we haven’t had the infrastructure. Also, the corridor will help open up access to the John Bell Williams Airport (in Bolton, owned by

Is there anything aside from the jail the county could have cutback on to prevent furloughs this year? We have had a shortfall in tax collections countywide. For the past few years, we have had a very lean budget and we have been prudent financial managers. … If we don’t have adequate funds coming in, then we have to make it up somewhere. But, let me just say this, my board members have done some foolish spending. What kind of foolish spending? The purchase of the Title Building. Is it being used for office space? No. And I voted against that purchase. It needs a lot of repairs and renovations. But, let me explain the (Hinds County) funding situation. Because of shortfalls in revenue, we had to borrow funds. We borrowed against anticipated tax revenues coming in for the next year. Every penny we borrowed, we paid back. Yes, we did furlough employees—a day a month. The reason for that was to keep from laying off employees. A paycheck is better than no check. The county is currently going through a branding process. What would your slogan be? Locating to Hinds County is hindsight. H-I-N-D-S sight. (laughs). Hinds County is the center of the state’s commerce, transportation, medical, banking, institutions of higher learning, vocation schools and telecommunications. What separates you from your opponents? I have 19 years of experience. I have produced results. My record and my votes speak for themselves.

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See the Danish film“In a Better World” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.).

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Edward Saint Pé shows indie films at the Arthouse Cinema in the Russell C. Davis Planetarium.

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y first day as a brand new Jacksonian was a Sunday. Hailing from Hattiesburg, I was unused to having anything even open on Sundays, much less events I could attend. It was almost 5 in the evening before I opened the Jackson Free Press to scan the listings for something to do. In one of the back pages, I saw a small ad for “Arthouse Cinema” films being shown that day. Arthouse Cinema sounded cool and artsy so I called up and found out I would be only slightly late for a documentary called “Bill Cunningham New York.” Slightly late for a show often means a discount in price, so I bit. The “Arthouse Cinema” is actually the Russell C. Davis Planetarium downtown, almost an IMAX experience for films. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I scanned the room for my fellow movie-goers. The audience only consisted of three other older ladies, who had apparently seen the previous movie and were staying after for the third showing that day. The documentary was engaging and well-made, and the venue was excellent. It would have only been $6 (if I’d shown up on time), and yet only four people attended.

I contacted Edward Saint Pé, organizer of the Mississippi International Film Festival, to find out how the indie film showings had gone unnoticed by Jackson. “It’s a tough crowd,” he said of Jackson movie-goers. “Here, it’s a very conservative market, and downtown isn’t your usual shopping place.” Even so, the Arthouse Cinema has been one of the few places for indie cinema in Jackson. (This month, Crossroads Film Society began presentations of the Global Lens Series Sunday matinees at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Auditorium at 3825 Ridgewood Road. Visit crossroadsfilmsociety.com for the schedule.) After his first Mississippi Film Festival last October, Saint Pé began showing movies at the Planetarium every weekend from Friday through Sunday. Recently, he had all the showings consolidated to Sunday. Every week features a ballet or opera matinee, then two other indie films in the evening. Beginning July 17, Arthouse Cinema will show old black and white films in addition to first-run indie films and matinees. Saint Pé said the impetus for the indie films was last year’s film fest which he had on the table for 12 years. He incorporated the

Mississippi Film Institute in 1998, but the Crossroads Film Festival began around that time, so he assisted with it instead of starting his own. Then last year, he organized the Mississippi Film Institute’s first film festival. Saint Pé was able to meet with actors and directors from other states. He has collaborated with them since the festival and even appeared in some of their movies. Most recently he flew to Austin for four days to appear in “Zombex,” an appropriately titled zombie movie currently in post-production. “I had about 10 pages of the script for my role,” he said. “I love it. You’ve almost gotta pinch yourself when you’re on the set.” Saint Pé is focused on the acting side of films, although he has written and directed a few himself as well. He wrote and starred in “Orbis Romanus” in 2008, wrote and directed another short called “Zeitbombe!” in 2009, and has three full-length scripts ready to go. “You can tell I get excited just talking about it,” Saint Pé said. “It’s my passion right now.” He’s already working to pull off the second film fest, which is slated for Oct. 21, 22 and 23. On Friday night, there will be films and speakers that celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Riders. Saturday will honor Elvis Presley with a showing of his movie “Blue Hawaii” for its 50th anniversary. The evening will feature rockabilly performers, “Elvi” (as Saint Pé calls Elvis Presley impersonators) and even a hot-rod show underneath the planetarium on Lamar Street. Sunday will finish the festival with an awards ceremony. Until then, however, Jackson can still take advantage of the Sunday indie films. Since last year’s festival only lasted a weekend, Saint Pé started the weekend indie films to keep up the spirit of quality movie-going through the year. “The festival is a means of trying to bring actors and filmmakers and young talent into one central location so everyone can learn from each other, feed off each other,” he said. “And these indie films, it’s a way to develop a film community.” See showtimes and trailers for the Arthouse Cinema films at mississippifilmfest.com and in the Jackson Free Press events listing. Sunday, July 31, see “Swan Lake Ballet” at 2 p.m. and “In a Better World” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.).


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ing the course of the book—a distinct case of less is more. Once the author establishes the cause of a zombie plague, things move straightforwardly as Nadene and a ragtag crew of survivors tries to head away from the East Coast toward the less-affected American west. This, of course, is the crux of the story: staying alive and getting to safety. Moving from the Gulf Coast toward the supposed safety of Texas becomes an arduous bid for salvation. And while Nadene is definitely not the leader of her group, she does have a significant voice in matters regarding their collective fate. As things progress, her cohorts learn to heed her profound foresight, and this leads to one of the more tension-building moments in the book. Often in zombie tales, who you start out with is not who you end up with. Significant characters meet bad ends in a bid to underscore the severity of the search for safety, while background characters get

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randon can lay claim to a new author. Brian Kittrell’s first foray into writing yields some admirable results and an ambitious plan for future novels. His first book, “The Dying Times: Nadine’s Story” (Late Nite Books, 2010, $9.99), is also the first in “The Survivor Chronicles” series. This first book lays some interesting groundwork for what could be an epic tale in the same vein as Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” (Signet, 2003, $32.96 for the set of four books) or a fictional universe along the lines of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. More likely comparisons are apt to be made with George Romero or Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” (Book One, Image Comics, 2010, $34.99) because, yes, we are in zombie territory. At the opening of “The Dying Times,” the reader is introduced to 13-year-old Nadene, a girl with a touch of clairvoyance. Her new gift is not in the melodramatic entranced-soothsayer model, though, as this would have derailed the story from the outset, but, as she so plainly states to those around her as time passes, it is not something she has any mastery of. “I can’t control it. It’s random,” she says, having only recently manifested this ability. Kittrell uses this aspect sparingly dur-

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Archivist Will Morgan speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Enjoy beer from the Rogue Brewery and giveaways during Rogue Night at 6 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s Pi(e) Lounge. Visit raiseyourpints.com. … See the opera film “Don Carlo” at 6:30 p.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. … Fitzgerald’s has music by Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer. … Snazz plays at Fuego. … Shaun Patterson performs at Buffalo Wild Wings. … The Supakidz host Wasted Wednesday at Dreamz JXN. … Table 100 has music by Jimmy Jarrett and Charles Scott.

musical “Oklahoma!” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon) and runs through Aug. 7. $15, $10 seniors, students and Sunday shows; call 601-825-1293. … T-Model Ford performs at Hal & Mal’s. … AJ’s on the Lake (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland) has music by Sunny Brooke.

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Randy “Bubba” Pierce signs copies of “Pain Unforgiven” at the Mississippi College School of Law Student Center Auditorium (151 E. Griffith St.). $24.95 book; call 601-983-9346. … The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet is at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). $100; call 601-982-8264. … Jazz Night Live is at 7 p.m. at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer performs, and Pam Confer also celebrates her birthday with cake, a toast and a perfume giveaway. $12; call 601-362-8484.

SATURDAY 7/30

The annual SWAC Fest is at noon at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Free; call 769-251-9079. … The Dig It Hip-hop Dance-a-thon is at 12:30 p.m. at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club (2625 Courthouse Circle, Flowood). $20, $10 per person in groups of five or more; call 601-853-7480. … “The Help” benefit screening is at 1:30 p.m. at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Limited tickets. $100, $250 producer’s package, $500 director’s package; call 662-451-4992. … The Top of the Hops Beer Festival kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. $35 in advance, $40 day of festival, $60-$65 VIP, $15 designated driver; call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. … The Drawdown of Champions is at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive). $50; call 601-982-8264. … Silly Saturdays at 9 p.m. at Bamboo Stix Sports Bar includes local stand-up comedy and an after-party. For ages 21 and up. $10; call 601-307-4202 or 386-338-8398. Legendary bluesman T-Model Ford performs July 28 at Hal & Mal’s.

The Hometown Hero and SUMITT Awards Program and Reception is at 4 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. Wear business attire. Free; email lfisher@visitjackson.com to RSVP. … The artist reception for George Miles Jr. and Marcy Petrini at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive) is at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4111. … Down Home plays bluegrass at 6 p.m., at the Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl), in the Gold Room. Free; call 601-9322562. … The Bayou Teche Beer Dinner is at 7 p.m. at The Parker House (104 N.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland). $45; call 601-856-0043 to RSVP. … Calico Panache performs during Centric Thursday at Dreamz JXN. … The

Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes “Swan Lake” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “In a Better World” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($7). Visit msfilm.org. … Global Lens Sunday Matinee is at 2 p.m. at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road), in the auditorium at the R&D Center. $5 for three films, high school students free with ID; visit crossroadsfilmsociety.com. … The GenerationNXT indie concert series at Dreamz JXN features music by Doe Hicks, Rashad Street, Trumpcard, and Pee Wee.

MONDAY 8/1

Jennifer Taylor’s metal sculpture exhibit at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) shows through Aug. 31. Free; call 601-856-7546. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $5. … Karaoke at Burgers and Blues, Fenian’s and Irish Frog. … Martin’s hosts an open-mic free jam.

TUESDAY 8/2

The Mississippi State alumni group party is at 5:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Wear casual attire. Free; call 601-720-2253 to RSVP. … National Night Out kicks off at 6 p.m. at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Bailey Ave. parking lot. Free; call 601-982-8467. … Jesse Robinson and Friends perform at Underground 119.

WEDNESDAY 8/3

John Ruskey talks about his adventures on the Mississippi River during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … 3’Z a Crowd performs at Fenian’s. … Jason Turner is at Char. … Ole Tavern has karaoke. More events and details at jfpevents.com.

At the Jackson Convention Complex, the Hometown Heroes and SUMITT Awards program is at 4 p.m July 28, and the Top of the Hops Beer Festival is at 2 p.m. July 30. LATASHA WILLIS

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COMMUNITY “History Is Lunch” July 27, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Mississippi Department of Archives and History archivist Will Morgan presents “Dunbar Rowland and the Mississippi Hall of Fame.” Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. Rogue Night July 27, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.), at Pi(e) Lounge. Raise Your Pints hosts the event in honor of Mississippi Craft Beer Week. Enjoy beer from Rogue Brewery and giveaways. Visit raiseyourpints.com.

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Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfast July 28, 7:30 a.m., at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church (1296 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive). The organization’s purpose is to promote racial healing and unity. Free; call 601-354-8900.

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North Jackson-Madison Kiwanis Golf Tournament July 28, 11:30 a.m., at Deerfield Golf Course (264 Deerfield Club Drive, Canton). Registration and lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and tee time is at 1 p.m. Prizes given. $400 team of four, $100 hole sponsor; call 601-718-6527 or 601-790-8380. Hometown Hero and SUMITT Awards Program and Reception July 28, 4 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Jackson

Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts the event. Wear business attire. RSVP. Free; email lfisher@ visitjackson.com. Small Business Grants and Loans Workshop July 28, 6 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Topics includes do’s and don’ts, and types of grants and loans available. Registration required. Free; call 601-979-2795. Circle of Us Meeting and Product Swap July 28, 6 p.m., at Sanaa Gallery and Boutique (5849 Ridgewood Road, Suite 212). Circle of Us is a support group for African Americans who wear or desire to wear their hair in its natural state. Bring hair products to share. Email kiwana@gmail.com. LGBT Support Group for Youth and Young Adults July 28, 6:30 p.m., at A Brave New Day (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 204). Rise Above for Youth welcomes youth and young adults age 14-24 to connect with others in the community and to share experiences and resources. The meeting is held the last Thursday of each month. Free; call 601-922-4968. Events at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). • Precinct 4 COPS Meeting July 28, 6 p.m. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0004. • Broadmoor Neighborhood Association Reorganization Meeting Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m. The purpose is to discuss investment in and renewal of the Broadmoor community. Call 601-842-1485. Bayou Teche Beer Dinner July 28, 7 p.m., at The Parker House (104 N.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland). Enjoy a four-course meal paired with Bayou Tech beer samples. Seating limited; please RSVP. $45; call 601-856-0043. Events at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). • Latin American Business Association Meeting July 28, 7:30 p.m. The purpose is to form an association that represents the Hispanic business community. Goals include networking and hosting cultural events. Email infolabams@gmail.com. • Survival Spanish Aug. 1-22. Learn basic conversational Spanish from 10 a.m.-noon or 7-9 p.m. Mondays. $98, $30 materials; call 601-500-7700. Super Sitters Babysitting Class July 29, 8:30 a.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). The class is recommended for ages 11-15 and teaches essential babysitting skills. The fee includes books, a boxed lunch and a snack. Registration required. $45; call 601-968-1712. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend July 29-30. Inductees include Jeff Brantley, Rita Easterling, Mike Kinnison, Con Maloney, Corky Palmer and the late Jerrel Wilson. The banquet is at 5:30 p.m. July 29 at the Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). July 30 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive), the inductee meet-and-greet is at 9:30 a.m., and the Drawdown of Champions is at 6:30 p.m. $100 banquet, $50 drawdown; call 601-982-8264. Central Mississippi Community Forum July 28, 5:30 p.m., at The Pinnacle at One Jackson Place (190 E. Capitol St.), in the lobby. The Mississippi chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council discusses eco-friendly development. Call 601-376-9191. Public Media Camp Mississippi July 30, 8 a.m., at University of Southern Mississippi (118 College St., Hattiesburg), at The Union. Community technology activists, citizen journalists, industry professionals and media enthusiasts come together to discuss the impact of online media. Limited tickets. Free; visit pubcampms2011.eventbrite.com. Porsches & Coffee Breakfast July 30, 8:30 a.m., at Broad Street (4465 Interstate 55 North). Prospective members are welcome to attend the Magnolia Region Porsche Club of America’s monthly meeting. Email magown@yahoo.com.

BE THE CHANGE Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunity July 30, 8 a.m., location TBA. Join volunteers from Lingofest Language Center in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home. Email lingofest@ gmail.com. Operation Sunscreen through Aug. 24. Purchase sun-care protection package to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each package contains sunscreen, lip protector, a thank-you note and gum or candy. $25 donation; call 601-201-1979. NAMIWalks Registration through Nov. 5, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). The annual walk raises funds for NAMI Mississippi, a local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Visit namims.org to join an existing team, form a new team, walk as an individual or become a sponsor. Each team member who raises at least $100 will receive a T-shirt. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9058. Homebuyer Education Class July 30, 9 a.m., at Jackson Housing Authority (2747 Livingston Road). The class covers topics such as personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Registration required. Free; call 601-362-0885, ext. 115. SWAC Fest 2011 July 30, noon, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Enjoy music, a picnic and family-friendly activities with SWAC alumni. Free; call 769-251-9079. Parents & Kids Magazine’s Back-to-school Pajama Parties. Children in kindergarten through second grade enjoy music, bedtime stories, goody bags and refreshments. Parents must accompany children. Pre-registration required. The first 100 registrants receive a surprise gift. Free; call 601-366-0901. • Aug. 1, 6 p.m., at YMCA Fortification (800 E. River Place). • Aug. 2, 6 p.m., at YMCA Flowood (690 Liberty Road, Flowood). Jackson Arts Collective Monthly Meeting Aug. 1, 6 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Every first Monday, the Collective Steering Committee meets to discuss business of the previous month and listen to local artist proposals for the sponsorship of events that fall in line with their mission. Call 601-497-7454. Adult Summer Library Program Drawing through Aug. 1. The Mississippi Library Commission selects winners from among participants ages 21 and older of the Adult Summer Library Programs at participating public library systems. Prizes from eight casinos range from $100-$430 and include free stays at the hotels, meals and spa services. Registrations dates and times vary for each library. Call 601-432-4056. Story Time Tuesday Aug. 2, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). A local celebrity comes to the zoo to read an animal story. Afterwards, the kids make a related craft or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580. Mississippi State Alumni Group Party Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Incoming and prospective MSU students learn about university life from representatives of admissions and scholarships, the alumni association and other campus offices. Wear casual attire; RSVP. Free; call 601-720-2253. National Night Out Aug. 2, 6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Bailey Ave. parking lot. Residents gather as part of a national campaign to fight neighborhood crime. Food, games and entertainment included. Free; call 601-982-8467. Splash & Slide through Aug. 7, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Children get to enjoy inflatable water slides and story time in addition to access to the zoo through Aug. 7. Five-day passes available. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580. 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 to attend

local high schools and live with the host family. Sign up by Aug. 15. Call 800-941-3738.

WELLNESS Fitness Camp, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Do cardiovascular and strength training exercises, and learn about proper nutrition. Sessions are from 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $20; call 601331-8468. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children on first Fridays through Dec. 2. By appointment only. Spiritual Healing Lecture July 30, 2:30 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The introductory lecture is on spiritual help and healing through the teachings of Bruno Groening, a German healer. Free, donations welcome; call 225-335-3016.

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. Free admission, $5-$10 vendor fee; call 601-372-7157. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram), through Oct. 29. Hours are 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. Old Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), through Nov. 12. Hours are 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633. 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 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN “Welcome to the Birthplace” July 28, 7 p.m., at Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St). The film chronicles the fifth annual Mississippi Grammy Awards program in Biloxi. Limited seating; reserved tickets available. After-party at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Free; email welcometothebirthplace@gmail.com. “Don Carlo” July 27, 6:30 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s classic opera is part of the Live in HD Summer Encores series. $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. “Oklahoma!” July 28-Aug. 7, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The classic musical tells the love story of Curly, a cowboy,


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• “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Aug. 1, 11 a.m. Lynn Evans reads with 11th graders, surrounded by the zoo’s bird collection.

“The Help” Benefit Screening July 30, 1:30 p.m., at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). See the film based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel before the Aug. 10 national release date. Proceeds benefit Baptist Town Community Development. Limited tickets. $100, $250 producer’s package, $500 director’s package; call 662-451-4992.

Story Time on the Side Porch Aug. 3, 3:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Place). The program is for children in kindergarten through third grade. This week’s book is “The Giving Tree.” Afterwards, the children make pine cone bird feeders. Reservation required. Free; call 601-353-7762.

Art House Cinema Downtown July 31, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include “Swan Lake” at 2 p.m. ($16), “In a Better World” at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($7). Popcorn and beverages available. Visit msfilm.org. Global Lens Sunday Matinee July 31, at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road), at the R&D Center. Films include “The Invisible Eye” at 2 p.m., “Soul of Sand” at 4 p.m. and “The Tenants” at 6 p.m. $5, high school students free with ID; visit crossroadsfilmsociety.com.

MUSIC New Harmonies Concert Series July 28, 6 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The bluegrass band Down Home performs in the Gold Room. Free; call 601-932-2562. Jazz Night Live July 29, 7 p.m., at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Enjoy the sounds of Jazz Beautiful featuring Pam Confer and a cash bar with artisan beer, light wine, soft drinks and juice on the last Friday of each month. Light snacks included. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at circaliving.com. $12; call 601-362-8484. Mississippi Music Foundation Youth Symphony Auditions through Aug. 30. The three-level symphony is a full orchestra consisting of strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp, and keyboard. Members participate in a 25-30 week season including rehearsals, sectional rehearsals and master classes with guest soloists. Participants must be Mississippi residents. Call 662-429-2939.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life” July 27, 5 p.m. Sandra Beasley signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $23 book. • “Red Summer” July 28, 5 p.m. Cameron McWhirter signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $30 book. • “Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm” Aug. 2, 5 p.m. Whitney Miller signs copies of her book. $23.99 book.

South of Walmart in Madison

ALL STADIUM SEATING Listings for Friday, July 29nd - Thursday, Aug. 4th Cowboys & Aliens PG13

“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 women 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.

CREATIVE CLASSES Spanish-English Cooking Class July 29, 7:30 p.m., at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Learn to make grilled chicken, Savannah-style rice and stuffed mushrooms, accompanied with Californian wine. $13; call 601-500-7700. Dig It Hip-hop Dance-a-thon 2011 July 30, 12:30 p.m., at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club (2625 Courthouse Circle, Flowood). Learn choreography, freestyle and other hip-hop tricks from the creators of Choreorobics Dance Training System, Roger and Tena Long. $20, $10 per person in groups of five or more; call 601-853-7480. Beginners Boot Camp July 30-31, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Learn salsa from 3-5 p.m. or swing from 5-7 p.m. Registration required; space limited. No partner required. $30 per person per camp; call 601-213-6355.

Crazy, Stupid, Love PG13 3-D The Smurfs PG The Smurfs (non 3-D)

Daily Lunch Specials - $9

Daily Lunch Specials $9

Happy Hour Everyday 4pm-7pm

LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR Sunday - Thursday 10pm - 12am

2-FOR-1, YOU CALL IT!

601.978.1839

6270 Old Canton Rd. Jackson, MS 39211

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 (non 3-D) PG13 Winnie the Pooh G Zookeeper

PG

PG

Horrible Bosses R

3-D Captain America: The First Avenger PG13

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (non 3-D) PG13

Captain America: The First Avenger (non 3-D) PG13

Larry Crowne

Friends With Benefits

R

3-D Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 PG13

PG13

Cars 2 (non 3-D) PG Bad Teacher

R

GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE DAILY BARGAINS UNTIL 6PM Online Tickets, Birthday Parties, Group & Corporate Events @ www.malco.com

Movieline: 355-9311

Shut Up and Write! at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Sign up for the workshop series of JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd’s popular non-fiction and creative writing classes starting this fall. Fees TBA; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS 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 jonathan@ weltycommons.com by attaching an image and including a title, the size and the media used. Call 601-352-3399. Craft Exhibit Aug. 1-31, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See metal work by Jennifer Taylor. 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 heroines. 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.

Southern Writers Group Meeting July 28, 6:30 p.m., at G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Writers and aspiring writers meet on fourth Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. to share and discuss writing and publishing. Free; call 601-919-1911.

“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. 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.

Book Readings at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The books are required reading for the JPS Summer Reading Program. Free for readers; call 601-352-2580. • “The Secret Life of Bees” July 28, 2 p.m. Lee Norris reads with 10th graders in the Education Building and observes the zoo’s beehive.

Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.

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Silly Saturdays July 30, 9 p.m., at Bamboo Stix Sports Bar (5020 N. State St.). Camilla Britton hosts the event every other Saturday. Local and national comedians perform, and a meet-and-greet and after-party follows the performances. Purchase beverages or BYOB. For ages 21 and up. Reservations welcome. $10; call 601-307-4202 or 386-338-8398.

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DIVERSIONS|music

COURTESY DOROTHY MOORE

by Marika Cackett

Soulful Journey

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er voice glides through the air like silk. She takes the audience by the heart and leads them on a fantastic, soulful journey with every note. With four Grammy nominations, four gold records, two platinum records, an Image Award, Billboard Magazine Award and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, she has earned a spot on six Mississippi Blues Trail markers. She is Jackson’s greatest cheerleader and champion of the Farish Street District development. She is Dorothy Moore. Moore was born to a teenager in a house near the corner of Monument and Mill streets. “Black people were poor and had to be delivered at home by a midwife,” Moore says. She lived with her mother and great-grandmother, who recognized her signature vibrato voice when Moore was just 3. She sang in church when she was 5. Singing was in her genes. Her father, Melvin Hendrix, aka Henderson, was a member of the Mississippi Blind Boys group. Her mother, Mary Moore, was also a singer. “Farish Street was lively,” Moore says. “The street was filled with cafés and their doors were flung wide open and music streamed out. My great-grandmother and I would walk together up and down the street and hear the music.” It wasn’t just the blues that caught her attention. Moore found music in her daily life on Farish Street. “I could hear and see the train just up the street. I’d hear the wheels make a sound and sit on the porch and sing to the rhythm of the train passing. I could feel the melody and timing that the wheels produced. Slow or fast, I had a song for it,” Moore says. Nothing embodied her childhood more than music, she remembers. “I played with music when most girls played with dolls and toys,” she says. At 12, Moore won weekly talent shows at the Alamo Theatre. She attended Smith Robertson Elementary School, Lanier High School and, later, Jackson State University. “That’s when I started singing the blues,” Moore says. “Jackson was nothing but the blues up and down Far-

ish Street. That’s all you’d hear on the jukeboxes and talent shows was the blues.” It was on jukeboxes that Moore was exposed to Wilson Pickett, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. “I liked James Brown, gospel; and rhythm & blues, but I only sang the blues because that’s all they sang at the Alamo,” she says. “It just sounded good when I sang it. There is so much feeling in (the blues). No other music can really go down and go deep as the blues.” Producer Bob McCree knocked on Award-winning Jackson blues-woman Dorothy Moore has music in her genes. her great-grandmother’s door at 10 p.m. one night. “We lived in a shotgun house, so my bed was in the front room by the door,” She only likes a few music greats before her, she says. One Moore says. “When I heard what he was talking about, I is Frank Sinatra, who was known for recording his songs on stood up straight and walked right out of the bed I was one take. Moore recorded “Misty Blue” in one take. so excited.” Moore made a change in the late ’70s to concentrate on McCree put Moore with two singers and formed the her family, but in 1986 she came back with a gospel hit. She Poppies. In 1966, they signed with Epic Records. The Pop- returned to secular music in 1988, recording two albums for pies sang back up for artists like Freddie Fender, Peggy Scott the Volt subsidiary of Fantasy Records. In 1990, she returned and JoJo Benson. In 1966, the Poppies recorded two hit sin- to Malaco, and in 2002, Moore started her own label: Farish gles, “Lullaby of Love” and “He’s Ready.” Street Records of Mississippi. (farishstreetrecords.com) Moore had a solo career with Malaco Records in 1976, “I wanted to take creative control of what I do,” she says. where she recorded the Grammy-nominated single, “Misty “I was tired of people telling me what to sing and who to work Blue.” A year later, she recorded a second Grammy-nomi- with.” nated single, “I Believe You.” Moore is excited about Farish Street development. She At the 1977 Grammy Awards, she was nominated is also impressed with young blues. “Young people like Grady with Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole, and she sat next to Champion and Zac Harmon are adding more rock to their Ringo Starr. When her category was up, hosts Gladys Knight blues,” she says. “Blues was a man and his guitar or harmonica. and Michael Jackson took turns singing a piece of each But younger people need to find themselves in the music.” nominated song. When “Misty Blue” was mentioned, Moore has new skills on the harmonica. Picking up the Michael Jackson took the microphone. “He didn’t have it instrument more than three years ago, Moore recorded and right,” Moore says. produced “Blues Heart,” due out next year and featuring her “He just didn’t sing it good to me. He was more pop, harmonica. She will headline the Sunflower Music Festival in and I was R&B.” Clarksdale this August for the first time.

The Key of G ‘The Beat in Herbert Brown’s Head’ by Garrad Lee

July 27 - August 2, 2011

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COURTESY HERBERT BROWN

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efore we get started, I have to open up with a bit of disclosure. The topic of this week’s column, Herbert Brown, aka James Crow, aka The Ugly Poet, aka Satchel Page, aka Stogey Woods, depending on the situation, is a good friend of mine. It is no secret that I am friends with a lot of the people I write about here, but Brown and I go a little deeper. We have been tight since our days as south Jackson youngsters and even graduated high school and went to college (the first time) together. These days, I spend some of my time co-signing on his lyrics and as his on-stage hype-man during live performances. I say all of that because, one, it is the right thing to do, and two, because I want you to know that you can trust what I tell you, no matter what my relationship is with the subjects. This is no undisclosed, corporate radio-style pay-for-play situation. The trajectory of Brown’s artistic career

is somewhat complex, but also perfectly logical. He recalls his first rap performance when he was 8 at a church camp, where some adult topics in the lyrics caused a quick shut down of the show, but brought

The Ugly Poet hosts open-mic poetry at Suite 106 on Sundays.

the admiration of some of the older females in the audience. Cut to 12 years later, and Brown, 21, is on stage with Skipp Coon (together they were known as Team Blitzkrieg) at Seven*Studios. “It was around this time, in 2000, that I

realized I could really do this,” Brown says. He did some more concerts and talent shows for the next year or so, but in 2001, things changed. “Hip-hop was consuming me,” he says. Doing nothing but writing and performing raps, and feeling overwhelmed and burned out, Brown stopped rapping altogether. “It was a really dark period of my life.” Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “[d]arkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness.” Listening to jazz one day, the darkness began to reveal the light, and Brown found a new voice as a poet. Soon after, The Ugly Poet was hosting open-mic sessions in Starkville and tearing up the Jackson spoken-word scene. By 2006, he published a book of original poetry, “The Beautiful Thoughts of the Ugly Poet.” On the heels of the book, Brown traveled to New York, Los Angeles, Miami and New Orleans to perform. He was not writing any raps at this time, but that would soon change, after his brother, 5th Child, finally convinced him to record a verse for the

song “Gangsters Don’t Rap.” Suddenly, Brown was rapping again, and James Crow was back. “At that point, I felt that I had a better grip on life,” Brown says. “I had a wife, a kid, a home, a nice job. I’ll do this, but under my own terms.” He began writing for his album “The Black Codes” in 2008, which is set to be released Nov. 12 of this year, his birthday (and mine, too, in the spirit of full disclosure). Now, there is a sense of balance for Brown, as James Crow is performing steadily, and The Ugly Poet is hosting open-mic poetry at Suite 106 on Sundays. Yet, Brown is uncomfortable labeling himself as either a poet or a rapper and he never does both at the same time. “I am a writer,” he says matter-of-factly. “There’s a constant drum beat in my head. If it is loose, I am writing poems. If the beat is tighter, I am writing raps.” Visit jamescrow.bandcamp.com to listen to Brown’s music. He hosts open-mic poetry at Suite 106 every Sunday from 6-10 p.m. Call 601-940-7059 for more information.


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THURSDAY 7/28

MS Craft Beer Week and Raise Your Pints present Abita Night featuring Vanilla Infused Turbo Dog, and other Abita favorites. Mike Brown (restaurant) A night with Cathead! Enjoy samples of MS’s finest vodka and drink specials. T-Model Ford (red room)

FRIDAY 7/29

Joe Carroll Gang (restaurant) Munny and The Cameraman (red room)

SATURDAY 7/30

RAISE YOUR PINTS Top of the Hops After-Party! Meet your favorite local and regional brewers! Three bands: T.B. Ledford, Jesse Robinson and the Fearless Four

MONDAY 8/01

Blues Monday w/ Central MS Blues Society

VIRGIL BRAWLEY & STEVE CHESTER

(Acoustic Blues) 8-11, No Cover Thursday, July 28th

RAPHAEL SEMMES (Jazz) 8-11, No Cover Friday, July 29th

LOUIS “GEARSHIFTER� YOUNGBLOOD (Blues) 9-1, $10 Cover Saturday, July 30th

SCOTT ALBERT JOHNSON

TUESDAY 8/02

(Blues) 9-1, $10 Cover

PUB QUIZ w/ Laura and Donovan (restaurant)

Tuesday, August 2nd

WEDNESDAY 8/03

Liver Mousse (restaurant)

Coming Soon

SAT8.13: Shades of Grey (rr) SAT8.20:Evans Geno (rr) FRI8.26: Luckenbach (Willie Nelson Tribute Band (rest) TUE9.27: Ten out of Tenn (big)* FRI10.14: JJ Grey and MOFRO (big)*

Monday-Thursday

Blue Plate Lunch with cornbread and tea or coffee

JESSE ROBINSON & FRIENDS

starts at 6pm, $5 Cover, Limited Menu

Wednesday, August 3rd

CHRIS GILL & DMAR (R&B) 8-11, No Cover

Thursday, August 4th

BLIND DOG OTIS

(Blues) 8-11, No Cover Friday, August 5th

$825

As well as the usual favorites! Seafood Gumbo, Reb Beans and Rice, Burgers, Fried Pickles, Onion Rings and Homemade Soups made daily.

$4.00 Happy Hour Well Drinks! visit HalandMals.com for a full menu and concert schedule

       

NOW OPEN ON TUESDAYS

601.948.0888

200 S. Commerce St. Downtown Jackson, Mississippi * Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com

CUCHO AND AMIGOS (Latin Jazz) 9-1, $10 Cover

Saturday, August 6th

SCAVENGERS

(Blues) 9-1, $10 Cover

119 S. President Street 601.352.2322 www.Underground119.com

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LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR ALL SHOWS 10PM UNLESS NOTED WEDNESDAY

7/27

LADIES NIGHT LADIES PAY $5, DRINK FREE

THURSDAY

7/28

GRATEFUL

DEAD NIGHT WITH OTIS LOTUS

Weekly Lunch Specials

Open for dinner Sat. 4-10pm Thursday

July 28

LADIES NIGHT w/ DJ Stache

LADIES DRINK FREE

WELLS & PONIES 9PM-2AM

Friday July 29

Furrows

$1.50 LONGNECKS, $3 WELL DRINKS, $4 SELECT CALL DRINKS, $5 JAGERBOMBS FRIDAY

7/29

THE ELECTRIC MUDD

SATURDAY

7/30

WILD EMOTIONS

WITH DEAD PEOPLE

MONDAY

8/1

OPEN MIC JAM TUESDAY

8/2

MATT’S LATE NIGHT KARAOKE

July 27 - August 2, 2011

$2 MARGARITAS $1 HIGHLIFE & PBR WEDNESDAY 8/3

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LADIES NIGHT

w/ Mr. Kid and the Brothers Fox

Saturday

July 30

Tim Brantley with

Wooden Finger Monday

August 01

PUB QUIZ 2-for-1 Drafts Tuesday

August 02

Elegant Trainwreck Presents:

Revolt Revolt Wednesday

August 03

KARAOKE w/ DJ STACHE FREE WiFi

LADIES PAY $5, DRINK FREE

214 S. STATE ST. • 601.354.9712

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by Bryan Flynn

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es Leonard had just made the game-winning shot to complete a perfect undefeated season for Fennville High School in Michigan on March 3. The crowd cheered as his teammates lifted the 16-yearold basketball hero into the air in celebration. Moments later, the team gathered for a photo. That was when Leonard collapsed. Within an hour, he was dead. Two days after Leonardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, 17-yearold Fort Collins, Colo., rugby player Matthew Hammerdorfer died after taking a hard hit to his chest. The death of young athletes this spring continued May 31, when Winslow, Ariz., Little League baseball player Hayden Walton, 13, died after being hit in the chest with a pitch. Deaths like these arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a common occurrence in sports, but they are not new or rare, either. In March 1990, Loyola Marymount University star basketball player Hank Gathers passed out and died during a game against Portland. In July 1993, Boston Celtics guard and leading scorer Reggie Lewis died during a shoot around at Brandeis University. All these athletes died of a condition known as sudden cardiac death, also called sudden arrest, when the heart simply stops. Among the most common causes of SCD in young athletes are: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle; congenital coronary anomalies; and myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle. From 2004 to 2008, sudden cardiac deaths among high school and college athletes totaled 45. A recent study found that one in every 44,000 NCAA athletes dies each year from cardiac problems. Division 1 basketball shows the highest rate of SCD, with one death per 3,146 players per year. Lacrosse (one in 23,357) and swimming (one in 23,488) were second and third, with football coming in at one in 38,497. Cross-country running was lowest sport for SCD, at one in 41,695. Males (one in 33,134) are more than twice as likely to die from SCD as females (one in 76,696), and black athletes are much more likely to die of SCD (one in 17,696) than white athletes (one in 58,653). Recently, an Italian study found that electrocardiogram or echocardiogram is able to detect potential causes of sudden cardiac death. The study used a combination of family and personal history, a physical exam and an electrocardiogram, and its findings have led to lowering athletesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; death rates in Italy by 89 percent over 25 years, while non-athlete related deaths remained stable over the same period of time. The European Society of Cardiology and International Olympic Committee endorses standardized screenings for athletes. In contrast, an American Heart Association panel considered the addition of electrocardiograms, or ECGs, unwieldy and too costly for large U.S. athlete populations. The average national cost for an ECG is $1,500.

Fort Collins, Colo., rugby player Matthew Hammerdorfer, 17, died after getting a hit to his chest. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of several young athletes who died this past spring.

The panel also cited a high rate of false positives, about 1 in 6, for not making the test standard for American athletes. False positives require more testing. In a 2007 statement, the American Heart Association recommended that every athlete provide a detailed personal and family medical history to their doctor and have a thorough physical exam before participating in sports. Several experts have called for standard testing of high-risk groups such as basketball players, males and blacks. A 2010 study from Stanford University found that using ECGs (along with family and personal history, and a physical) could be expected to save about two years of life per 1,000 athletes (analyses of this type commonly refer to years-of-life saved instead of referring to individual lives) at a cost of $89 per athlete. The authors presented the cost benefit of the study this way: The total cost of adding the ECG screening test would be $42,900 per year of life savedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a sum that is in line with other U.S. health-care expenditures, such as the cost of dialysis for patients with chronic kidney disease ($20,000-$80,000 per year of life saved) or public access to defibrillators ($55,000-$162,000). Not everyone agrees. Mike Wilkinson, director of outreach service at Mississippi Sports Medicine, said athletes receive ECG screenings during their physicals before the start of the new school year. Doctors give further tests to potential high-risk athletes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall research has not proven that ECG screenings are accurate,â&#x20AC;? he said. To help save lives of young athletes, automatic external defibrillators could also be mandatory at every sporting event. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an easy fix, but an expensive one: The average price of automatic external defibrillators is around $1,200. Most trainers associated with Mississippi Sports Medicine carry a portable defibrillator to games, Wilkinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since 2007, all coaches are required to have CPR certification and know how to use portable defibrillators.â&#x20AC;? Wilkinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not mandatory for schools to have defibrillators, but there are several grants out there for schools to help obtain one.â&#x20AC;?


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by Andrew Dunaway

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hat do you get when you take a little New Orleans flavor, a touch of Chicago, and top it off with the service and style of a classic steakhouse like Gibson’s? You get Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562), one of Jackson’s premier restaurants. Now in its 11th year, Char was originally positioned as a steakhouse but has gradually evolved into a bastion of American cuisine with a focus on daily specials. In the past year or so, a variety of changes have resulted in Char’s rebirth. Headed by chef Paul Schramkowski, the restaurant is getting a new look, an updated menu and a fresh approach to food. With a shift in focus to local produce and seasonality, Schramkowski is making great strides toward his goal of cementing Char as one of the city’s best restaurants. Schramkowski, originally from a small suburb north of Milwaukee, Wis., called Grafton, has been cooking since he was 16. His professional career began in 1983. Who inspired you to become a chef? My godmother, probably: She said, “You know, if you really like cooking, you should be a chef.” It was either a chef or an airline pilot. What’s your personal cooking history? There was a fine dining restaurant in Wisconsin called Boaters on the River, and a staunch old German family ran it. They actually lived upstairs. It was a great restaurant, five- or six-course meals, very elegant. I started there at 16 doing a little prep cooking and dish washing. After talking to the chefs and sous-chefs, I went to the local tech school, Milwaukee Area Technical College for a culinary degree. After my time at MATC, I went to the University of Wisconsin for a hotel and restaurant management program. If you had your culinary degree, you only had to go to college for three additional years to get your B.A. It was actually cheaper than going four years at UW.

Let’s say you’re in culinary school. You’ve got a date coming over, and you’re going to cook for her. What is your one go-to dish? Oh, that’s a good question. I’d probably do pizza, but a cool, hip pizza. I’d probably prepare something like duck sausage, spinach and smoked Gouda cheese.

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What’s your cooking style? Rustic: I like the fresh, rustic approach. What do you think sets Char apart from other Jackson restaurants? Our reputation: Since we’ve made these changes, our sales have been way up. There was a lot of resistance. Regulars were really apprehensive to the changes, especially in the menu. Everything we do is focused on making Char the best restaurant in Jackson. How often do you change the menu? It’s vaguely based around seasons, but we do keep a few of the same popular dishes. What are some of your favorite dishes on the menu? We just started this menu, but I really like the butternut squash ravioli, and the ricotta gnocchi is really fantastic. It’s a braised lamb ragu. I just love ragus, and that gnocchi is basically all ricotta cheese with egg. They’re super light, delicate and not doughy at all. What is your favorite ingredient? Chilies: guajillo in particular. What is your least favorite ingredient? Fish sauce: I still have not done a whole lot with Asian cuisine, and I’ve got a bottle of fish sauce in my refrigerator that I’ve had for five years. I don’t know how to use it. What is your most prized gadget? My electric knife because of those perfect slices.

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What is the one item you must have in your kitchen? A wood grill with hickory wood. If you could cook for anyone in America, who would it be? Ronald Reagan. I think he would have been a fun guy. You have to choose your last meal. What’s in it? It’s going to be a prime New York strip with asparagus and au gratin potatoes—maybe a little lobster to go with that. I still love steak. What is one piece of advice you would give anyone wanting to become a chef? Well, it does require hard work. Everyone thinks they’re going to go to school and be the next Iron Chef, but it’s very difficult to find people who want to focus on food and the business. People get caught up in wanting to be a celebrity. Does the restaurant have any community-service involvement? We do an enormous amount with the Diabetes Association. We also do a lot of silent auction and church donations. Hungry for more? Visit the JFP Food Blog at www.jfp.ms.


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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.

BARBEQUE

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.

PIZZA

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 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..

ITALIAN

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!

MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK/INDIAN

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.

COFFEE HOUSES

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

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ASIAN

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. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, Fusion has an extensive menu featuring everything from curries to fresh sushi.

SOUTHERN CUISINE

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

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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) 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!

VEGETARIAN

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