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Rachel Hicks will not be ignored. The Belhaven resident is co-founder and executive director of Mississippi First, a fledgling nonprofit organization focused on education policy that will move the state from last—where it often lands in national measures for education—to first place. Only 27, Hicks “finagled”—as she puts it—her way this fall onto the state’s advisory committee for Race to the Top, a competitive federal program that rewards states for enacting education reforms. Though the committee is stacked with veteran education leaders, Hicks is not content to sit on the sidelines. On Jan. 8, Mississippi First published a rough list of recommendations for the state’s Race to the Top application, with the intent of spurring the committee to action. “There are going to be some half-formed ideas in there, but all of it has to do with what education research says and what we think will move Mississippi forward,” Hicks says. “Right now, people just aren’t proffering any ideas.” Hicks’s sense of urgency is understandable; her devotion to education policy has been with her most of her adult life. The daughter of two Mississippi State University employees, Hicks attended Starkville High School, riding the bus with Sanford Johnson, who would end up co-founding Mississippi First with her in 2008. Hicks’ passion for education began in

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rachel hicks earnest after her sophomore year of college, when she interned with then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a degree in English and History and immediately joined Teach for America. For two years, Hicks taught seventh-grade English in Greenville, an experience that she says helped broaden her perspective, even as the idea of Mississippi First began to take shape in her mind. “People tend to think, ‘I know exactly what’s wrong with schools because I went to school once,’ but it’s more complicated than that,” Hicks says. At the end of her two-year commitment, Hicks entered a public-policy program at Harvard University, determined to start her own non-profit organization. She received her master’s degree in June 2008 and by Oct. 15 of that year, Mississippi First was operating, first out of her house and later in a borrowed office. In her free time, Hicks likes to browse the shelves of Lemuria Books and indulge her self-professed “lurid” interest in the Jackson Public Schools board by attending its oftenlengthy meetings. “I go into those meetings and listen because those are my tax dollars, just like everybody else’s,” Hicks says. “And they’re going to be spent in ways that are productive or not productive for the people of Mississippi based on who shows up.” —Ward Schaefer

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ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome returned to Mississippi after living in California for more than 20 years. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys good food, movies, reading and music. She coordinated the Hitched issue.

Meredith Norwood Originally from Hoover, Ala., Meredith Norwood works as an art director. She wants to travel the world and photograph everything. She photographed the fashion show at the Premiere Bridal Show. She has a hamster named Joe.

Darrell Creecy Darrell Creecy is a resident of Jackson but a New Orleans native. He is a half-ass Renaissance man, passionate about his personal advancement and loves his kids to death. He wrote a Hitched piece.

Brent Hearn Brent Hearn is a freelance writer, actor and production assistant. He shares a house in Fondren with two super-cool chicas. If you enjoy his writing, he politely suggests sending chocolate in lieu of compliments. He wrote a hitched piece.

Terri Cowart Terri Cowart lives in Vicksburg with her husband, four children and their dog, Ruby. A lover of dark chocolate, she can’t live without “Days of Our Lives.” She wrote a Hitched piece.

Katie Eubanks Visiting editorial intern Katie Eubanks is a senior journalism student at Ole Miss. She enjoys listening to music, writing extremely long letters and taking photos. She hopes to one day publish a Christian magazine. She wrote a Hitched piece.

Lisa L. Bynum Lisa L. Bynum is a native of Grenada. She lives in Brandon with her husband, her cat Zorro, and a boxer named Otis. She maintains a food and cooking blog at cookingbride.wordpress.com. She wrote the food piece.

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A Woman’s Role

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ver the weekend, I ended up at the last place I would have thought I’d spend a Sunday afternoon: the Premier Bridal Show at Jackson Convention Center. I filled in as a writer, and accompanied freelance photographer Meredith Norwood for the event’s bridal fashion show (see page 25). I know that not every wedding is an over-the-top event, but I am intrigued and maybe even fascinated with the idea that two people make such monumental celebrations out of their life-long commitments to each other. While I have no plans on an engagement anytime soon, the expo offered a peak into a world I am completely unfamiliar with. When I looked into the sea of bridesto-be, I wondered what it must feel like to make a million decisions over details from floral arrangements to caterers to venues and color schemes. I also wondered what their fiancés were doing. Whatever they were doing, I’m sure it didn’t involve choosing between raspberry chiffon or paisley cream bridesmaid dresses. Our focus on weddings this issue makes me think about the obligations and roles we take on as women, and how marriage defines us. I know lots of strong women who have equal partnerships with their spouse, and their relationship is all about empowering each other. But I also know women who define themselves solely by the title “wife” and lose sight of their own goals as they settled down. While the stigma of the traditional housewife isn’t as applicable to my generation, I still see this mentality in the South. “Women of Mississippi: Moving Forward,” an annual report released in August by the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women, noted that Mississippi is one of two states in the country that has never elected a woman governor or member of the U.S. Congress. Mississippi also ranked 49th for the number of women in elected office in 2004. This statistic has stayed with me since I read it. I often bring it up in discussions with friends trying to understand why this is true. I recently spoke to two commissioners former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Kay Cobb and former Democratic state Sen. Gloria Williamson from Philadelphia, on why women aren’t equally represented in our state. Cobb and Williamson, both also wives and mothers, have slightly different takes. Cobb says that our state is deeply rooted in family values, and women here in the South are more likely to be the primary caretaker for their families. Cobb says she didn’t start her career until her children were old enough to take care of themselves. Williamson says women have a difficult time raising money to start a political campaign. She says that women are less

likely to contribute money to a political campaign even when the candidate represents them. Concerning family roles, Williamson points to a perception that women can’t manage a career and family responsibilities, adding that this isn’t always true. “There is a notion that you can’t have both, but you can,” Williamson said. “There is this stigma that the woman’s place is in the home.” The Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women is a vital organization to the future of women in our state. Formed in 2001 by the state Legislature, it consists of 13 appointed unpaid commissioners from various parts of the state. The commission wrote the 2008 report “Women and Child Support in Mississippi: Time For A Change,” which reveals the challenges and inequalities women face when they have sole custody of their children. For instance, the average payment for child support is less than $600 a year, mainly because of lack of enforcement. Also the current childsupport payment formula doesn’t reflect annual adjustments for inflation unless court ordered. This week, the commission hosted a free legal seminar for women in Meridian for issues such as child custody, child-support payments, domestic violence and divorce. The seminar gave women the opportunity to understand complex laws and empower themselves despite their situations. Williamson says this seminar is a starting point to hosting several more throughout the state. Unfortunately, the future of the commission is uncertain. In his proposed

budget, Gov. Haley Barbour zeroed out funding for the commission. While commissioners are unpaid, the organization needs funding for a part-time director, Web site maintenance, and the ability to issue reports and host legal seminars. With a $360 million budget shortfall, cutting the commission’s $50,000 budget would make little impact on the state’s budget woes. Williamson says currently the commission is the one of the only government bodies collecting and releasing data about Mississippi women. Cobb pointed out that while the commission started in 2001, they didn’t receive any funding until 2007. While the commission was able to function without funding, it was limited in its capacity to conduct studies and reach out to the public. While there is a long road ahead in Mississippi, women have made significant strides over recent decades. We have more educated women and more women serving in public office than in the past. We still have our work cut out for us, though. Changing the status of women comes through awareness and advocacy. Several woman’s organizations throughout the state are working for similar purposes: the Mississippi Women’s Fund, Mississippi Foundation for Women, Center for Violence Prevention and the National Organization for Women, Mississippi chapter, just to name a few. But we can’t afford to lose any resources or momentum. The Commission on the Status of Women is one of our most important resources, and while it may be a thorn in the side of Barbour—a leader who shows little concern over equality for women—it serves as a voice for our future.


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Water Crisis Forces Closures, Cooperation

Crews worked around the clock Monday and Tuesday to repair more than 100 water line breaks in Jackson.

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water emergency gripped Jackson this week, as more than 100 water-main breaks left many parts of Jackson with low or nonexistent water pressure. The crisis forced the closure of state offices, schools, colleges and private businesses. At Jan. 12 City Council meeting, Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the city suffered 106 breaks in its water system and had repaired 67 so far. The city also received help from other municipalities: Greenville, Richland, Madison and Hattiesburg each contributed a repair crew to assist Jackson’s overburdened Department of Public Works.

That spirit of cooperation extended to other services as well. Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers allowed the Jackson Fire Department to fill its trucks in Pearl, and JPS Superintendent Lonnie Edwards loaned school buses to transport dialysis patients in Jackson to Hazlehurst for treatment, Johnson said. The emergency also forced adaptations at area hospitals. Baptist Hospital cancelled elective surgeries for Tuesday and Wednesday and installed portable restrooms outside its medical office building. Hospital staff delivered water to patients’ rooms and to restrooms. The hospital received help from outside sources like the University of Mississippi Medical Center, spokesman Robby Channell said. “The Jackson Fire Department is great; they’ve brought us water,” Channell said. “UMMC has been helping us with laundry and sterilizing instruments.” Because it relies on well water UMMC did not need to cut back most services, but the Jackson Medical Mall and some clinics on Lakeland Drive, which use the city’s water system, were closed Tuesday, according to UMMC spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle. St. Dominic’s Hospital used bottled water and drew on its private water tower for medical purposes, according to a statement released Tuesday. The water crisis fell hard on local businesses. Steve Long, owner of Steve’s Downtown Deli, described the water pressure at his

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restaurant as “low, but not unworkable,” but the closure of state offices affected sales, he said Tuesday. “Yesterday, right when I opened, it seemed like the world evacuated,” Long said. “It kind of killed me yesterday.” Further north, Jeff Good announced that his restaurants, BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery, and Sal and Mookie’s Pizzeria, closed Tuesday. Melvin Davis, owner of Lumpkin’s Barbecue on Raymond Road, said that his restaurant’s water pressure had remained steady, allowing him to stay open Monday and Tuesday. “It would not have been good (to close),” Davis said. “We are a struggling business, so we can’t take big hits like that.” Low water pressure also forced Millsaps College to cancel classes for the rest of the week. Public Relations Coordinator Kara Paulk explained that once water pressure was restored, the college’s hot water heaters would still take time to warm up. The campus will re-open Tuesday, Jan. 19. Belhaven University posponed the start of classes from Jan. 13 to Monday, Jan. 18. Jackson State University closed for the week as well. Deputy Director of Public Works David Willis explained Jan. 11 that while the city’s water lines vary in age from 100 years old to less than 20, many are made of cast iron, which tends to be more brittle than the materials workers will be using to repair the breaks. Breaking daily news at jacksonfreepress.com

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by Ronni Mott The toilet seat is always down. When someone’s snoring, it’s me. If someone’s sitting on the couch scratching and burping, it’s me. I have sole control over the remote, and sports are not on the agenda. All the money belongs to me. No skid marks in my laundry. No mystery foods in the fridge. No one wakes me up to tell me I fell asleep with the light on. Dinner can be cherries and Merlot, or nothing at all. I can lick the spoon and keep stirring. I go when I’m ready and leave when I want to. And I don’t have to explain where I’m going, why, for how long and with whom. I never again have to drop a bundle on a dress I’ll only wear once. I have a great excuse not to buy a diamond. I can dance naked, and it’s not a come-on. My family is insane enough, thanks. Don’t need another one. I can be as loud as I want, or just enjoy the silence.

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“Just because the sun is out and just because we’ve reached temperatures above freezing, we’re not out of the woods. In fact, as some of these pipes thaw out, we’ll discover even more leaks.”— Mayor Harvey Johnson, on the difficulty of predicting an end to Jackson’s water emergency.

Wednesday, January 6 President Obama honors mathematics and science educators from across the country during his second campaign event for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. … Georgia resident Zhioukellia Brows admits to fraudulently applying for and receiving over $10,000 in Katrina disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Thursday, January 7 The New Jersey state Senate votes against legalizing gay marriages, although outgoing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine is a same-sex marriage advocate. ... Jackson braces for the arctic blast that forces schools to close in the northern part of the state. Friday, January 8 The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission created by Congress holds a public hearing examining the nation’s top Wall Street executives about the 2008 financial meltdown. ... A boil-water notice is issued to parts of the city of Jackson. Saturday, January 9 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologizes to President Obama after referring to him as “light-skinned” and having “no Negro dialect.”... Mississippi Blues Marathon runner, Chris Brown of Ridgeland, collapses and dies of natural causes. Sunday, January 10 Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele calls for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to step down for making racially insensitive comments about President Obama. … The Baltimore Ravens defeat the New England Patriots 33-14. ... The Arizona Cardinals defeat the Green Bay Packers 51-45. Monday, January 11 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves on a 10-day trip to strengthen U.S. relations with key partner nations in the Pacific, with her first stop in Honolulu, Hawaitt, to make a policy speech. ... Gov. Haley Barbour declares a state of emergency in Jackson due to the bursting of water mains, resulting in early school and office closures. … Walmart announces the closing of 10 Sam’s Club stores across the country. Tuesday, January 12 Jackson Public Schools and state agencies remain closed for a second day due to the city’s water problems. ... A drone strike by the U.S. military kills 16 insurgents in Afghanistan.

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ll eyes at the state Legislature are on how politicians will handle the state’s nearly $400 million revenue deficit, but other bills outside of money issues are creeping their way into committees. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, is continuing an effort to complicate the state attorney general’s ability to hire outside counsel to pursue lawsuits on the state’s behalf begun by Attorney General Bill Allain in 1980. Examples of courtroom maneuvering include Mississippi’s $126 million suit against defunct telecommunication giant WorldCom, which the state settled for $115 million with the aid of now-convicted attorney Joey Langston. Denny submitted a bill, HB 276, that would force the attorney to filter any potential $100 million contract with an attorney through a legislative committee hearing. Attorney General Jim Hood, when faced with a similar bill during the 2009 legislative session, warned that the extra

red tape would complicate the possibility of a quick filing, discourage attorneys from bringing cases to the attorney general, and remove the element of surprise that often gives the attorney general’s office an edge in filing suits against “corporate wrongdoers,” as Hood describes them. “Why don’t they just come out and tell me to stop suing their corporate buddies?” Hood asked the Jackson Free Press in 2009. Denny also followed through with the governor’s call to consolidate public-school systems throughout the state. Denny submitted HB 291 this year, which demands that all municipal schools be abolished and merged into a countywide school district with one county board of education and one appointed superintendent of education. The law essentially reduced the state’s more than 150 school districts into 82 districts, complete with the theoretical savings that would provide. “From and after July 1, 2011, each county in the State of Mississippi shall constitute a school district and shall be known as the “School District of _____County, Mississippi,” the bill states. The new district lines must go through the U.S. attorney general’s office for preclearance, or to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory judgment in accordance with the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act has a say in the matter because of the state’s history of denying a political voice to black people. “It’s not easy to eradicate a black-elected school board without some conversation over the Voting Rights Act, after all,” Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said. Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, said he couldn’t wait to see how well Denny’s district overlapping Madison County (which is largely segregated with a majority black population in the city of Canton and a largely

white population in nearby Madison) takes the consolidation. Blowing Smoke? Blount, for his part, is trying to upgrade campaign-finance laws this year. He submitted Senate Bill 2250 this session, which is a near-identical twin to a campaign-reform bill Gov. Haley Barbour vetoed in the 2004 legislative session. The bill alters election law to provide that contributions to a named candidate made through a political action committee, count as contributions directly to the candidate. It would also require that campaign-finance reports filed with the secretary of state’s office must include information regarding loans or other extensions of credit made to a candidate for use in the candidate’s campaign. The bill also includes new regulation over corporations that contribute to political campaigns and places trusts, incorporated associations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships or manager-managed limited liability companies under new restrictions. The legislation had the backing of former Secretary of State Eric Clark and Hood in 2004, as well as a majority of legislators. But Barbour vetoed it, arguing that the bill would put a limit on contributions to political action committees, and powerful lobbying groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliates—which have largely changed the face of the state court system in the South to an anti-plaintiff environment. Clark said at the time of the veto that without the law, the state would continue to allow special interest groups to buy elections in Mississippi. The Senate is alive with other legislation sure to turn heads. Sen. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, is taking up health issues in a big way after submitting a bill preventing smoking in all public places.


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Of Mistresses and Abortion Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, is making a stand for former U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, whose ex-wife Leisha Pickering filed a July complaint in Hinds County Circuit Court against Jackson resident Elizabeth Creekmore-Byrd for alienation of affection. Leisha Pickering alleges in her suit that her husband Chip Pickering and Creekmore-Byrd had a long-standing relationship that ended prior to the Pickering marriage, but resumed during Chip Pickering’s congressional career in Washington, D.C. Pickering filed for divorce against this wife this year, and now serves as a lobbyist with Capitol Resources in Jackson, which lobbies for Cellular South. Creekmore-Byrd is on the board of Telepak, which owns Cellular South. Fillingane’s timely bill, should it pass, will abolish the common-law tort of alienation of affection, possibly complicating Leisha Pickering’s argument. Some of the old hats will be making a return trip this time around. Senate Bill 2292, authored by Sen. Lee Yancy, R-Brandon, is another bill to outlaw abortion in Mississippi. The law recognizes that “every human being, including those in utero, possesses a natural intrinsic right to live and has an interest in life,” and says the state of Mississippi “possesses a duty to protect” that life. Making abortion illegal is unconstitutional under Roe v. Wade, however, so should the state vote to challenge the federal decision, the matter will head to Supreme

Court and doubtless ignite a battle between the countless pro-abortion rights/anti-abortion factions bordering on civil war as Supreme Court Justices battle the issue out in Washington. Or, more likely, House Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, will never allow Yancy’s counterpart bill out of his Public Health Committee, as he traditionally has done for years. Education Battles Brown introduced two notable education bills last week. One, House Bill 36, would reestablish a state charter school law, after lawmakers allowed the old one to sunset last year. Unlike its predecessor, which stipulated a 0cap of six on the total number of charter schools, Brown’s bill would limit the pace of charter expansion, allowing the Mississippi Department of Education to only grant five charters per year for the first three years after passage and ten charters per year after 2013. The charter bill would be a crucial step in improving Mississippi’s chances with Race to the Top, a competitive $4.35 billion federal grant program that encourages education reform at the state level. Mississippi is eligible for between $60 and $100 million through Race to the Top, but without a charter law it stands little chance of winning a grant. Other states, most notably Michigan, have devoted considerable legislative energy to improving their prospects for the program. Another of Brown’s bills, H.B. 80, would create a task force to study the implementation of universal pre-kindergarten. Like other legislative task forces, this one would deliver recommendations to the governor and lawmakers. While the task force’s findings are not predetermined, Brown’s bill asserts that “the development and funding of quality research-based pre-kindergarten programs is needed urgently in our state.” Follow reporters Adam Lynch and Ward Schaefer’s legislative blogging, and get breaking news, at jacksonfreepress.com.

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ississippi Public Service Commissioners predicted last week that they may have difficulty approving an audit of Entergy’s fuel purchases prices. “We’re not going to get a conclusive audit of (Entergy’s fuel prices) when our time comes to submit it to the Legislature,” Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley told Horne CPA partner Ann Cleland at a recent hearing. Last year, commissioners refused to sign off on an audit of Entergy Mississippi’s fuel purchases, arguing that the PUS report did not thoroughly vet if Entergy bought the cheapest fuel possible for ratepayers. The refusal came months after the PSC launched an investigation in 2008 over Entergy’s 28 percent rate hike request. The PSC then made a second unprecedented move last year when it decided to hire independent auditors to conduct a more thorough audit of power companies, and verify if power companies’ energy purchases were truly the lowest available. Commissioners Lynn Posey, Leonard Bentz and Presley heard the preliminary results of an audit of Mississippi Power by McFadden Consulting Group Inc. and an audit of Entergy Mississippi, performed by Horne CPA & Business Advisors. The commissioners expressed frustration at the Horne report after hearing that the company would not surrender the type of detailed audit agreed upon in their contract with the PSC by the Jan. 15 deadline. The reason for the hold-up, according to Cleland, was chiefly because Entergy had not turned over information relevant to the audit to Horne CPA. Mississippi power companies use electricity produced by their own power plants, but also purchase electricity from independent merchant power companies through electricity exchanges. Companies may hike or lower costs to the customer based upon the fluctuating price of power purchased form the exchange.

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Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley and two other members of the commission expressed irritation that Entergy missed a deadline for an audit due by Jan. 15.

“We need to say we are 99 percent sure of the transactions,” Cleland said. “That type of confidence level requires details on transactions. (Entergy told us) that the information we were asking for was generally maintained by the system operators and that they generally did not maintain those transactions in a format that was readily audible.” Entergy attorney Jeremy Vanderloo spoke up, telling commissioners that the company needed the people required to compile the transcripts for other duties. “You’d have to go through the dispatchers themselves because you need to recognize the voices that are talking, and the dispatchers would have to go through hours and hours of these conversations. And they’re working hard every day to keep our lights on,” Vanderloo said. Cleland’s admission coincides with August and December letters that the CPA firm sent to the commission, complaining that Entergy was not responding to information requests in a timely fashion. The revelation did not sit well with the

commission, who admitted that they did not like having to turn over an incomplete audit for the second year in a row. “(The McFadden) report will be ready to vote up or down to send to the Legislature next Friday, but your report is incomplete because in midstream we hear you weren’t getting your information?” Presley asked. “Entergy told us it would be between six and 20 months to get the documents, but because of the timing to get the documents, it did not appear to be feasible to meet the deadline that we had,” Cleland said. The commission subsequently hired the McFadden Group to attempt to complete the audit that Horne warned it could not accomplish under Entergy’s constraints last year. However, the McFadden report will not be delivering the amount of detail that Horne sought. “They’ve not asked for the same information as Horne,” Cleland said. “So there’s a difference in the questions they asked Entergy?” asked Presley, who did not partake in the PSC vote to bring on McFadden to aid Horne late last year. “There’s going to be a great amount of difference in the details of the audit,” Posey answered. “They’re just going to look at the same thing they looked at with Mississippi Power. That’s my understanding.” Bentz, who communicated at the meeting by speaker phone, demanded Entergy “get onboard where they can produce every document we request,” After the meeting, both Posey and Presley admitted Horne did not have an easy time of it. “We want to get to the bottom of this. That’s all we want,” Posey said. “We’ve tried to get this bunch to go in, and out of thousands of transactions, to monitor just nine transactions, and we’re going to run out of time even on that.” Get daily breaking news at jfpdaily.com.


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The Jackson City Council is considering hiring a budget consultant to work with Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.

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he Jackson City Council is looking into the idea of hiring a year-round budget inspector to act as a liaison between the city council and the administrative branch. “The City of Jackson suffers from shortfalls, just the same as other cities around the country right now,” financial consultant Harold Latham told council Monday. “One of my most notable strengths is to come up with creative approaches to the budgeting process to identify and secure revenue streams that heretofore have not been available. This isn’t as much about tweaking the budget as looking at long-term revenue streams of more

significant proportions. There are opportunities inside the budget that we’re just not taking advantage of.” Latham, who addressed the council during the Monday work session, said the city needed a strategic plan to work throughout the year to iron out budget holes and identify savings and new revenue, rather than feverishly working themselves into a panic during a handful of months every year as the next fiscal year budget comes due. “What the council needs is somebody to conduct frequent consultation between the administration and the council, so when the time does arrive to vote upon a budget there won’t be this rush of concerns. It’s better to flush out budget issues throughout the year, rather than within a handful of weeks at budget time,” Latham said. City spokesman Chris Mims could not say if Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. would be open to the idea of a budget liaison constantly asking money questions over the course of the year, be it Latham or some other consultant. The council voted to put the issue in the council’s Budget Committee this morning, but members of the council expressed concern over whether the administration would be willing to work with any accounting contractor, considering Johnson’s track record of deflecting council probes on some budget matters. Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber, in particular, questioned Latham’s confidence that he could successfully establish a partnership with the mayor: “How can I be sure that this kind of collaboration will be established?” Latham, who admitted that he could not speak for the administration, replied that the mayor would order

his staff to work with the liaison as soon as the council passes an order or a contract the liaison. Budget issues represent one of the few rifts between the council and the administrative branch. Johnson initially refused to respond to Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Weill’s inquiries for details surrounding the administration’s discovery last year of $1.2 million of “surplus” cash unspent by the previous administration of Mayor Frank Melton. Weill was particularly puzzled and suspicious of the funds, he said, after the volley of budget shortfalls throughout the Melton administration. “We spent that time basically turning (City Administrator) Rick Hill upside down and shaking coins out of his pockets,” Weill admitted, “so the location of that money just shook me.” Johnson has also refused to immediately divulge a list of city employees and their salaries to the council—a request also spearheaded by Weill late last year. The mayor argued at the time that the information would be readily available, as part of the city’s quarterly budget report, and that compiling such a list outside of schedule would devour city resources. “We all have a lane to stay in. I try to stay in my lane, and I hope the council stays in theirs,” Johnson told the Jackson Free Press last week. “... If I feel that any of the requests borders on administrative or managerial function than I’ll let them know that. I’m going to protect the administrative mandate to run the city.” Johnson presented a list of employees this morning connected to the quarterly budget report, although Weill did not notice a list of salaries connected to the names.

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inter was at its nastiest since 1989 this past week in Jackson, according to Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. The freezing cold attacked water pipes, causing more than 100 water line ruptures. Johnson pointed out that the city had commitments of assistance from the city of Greenville and Hattiesburg, both of whom sent water-repair crews, as well as the cities of Richland and Madison. The city of Pearl allowed the city to fill up its fire trucks with water, much of which went to Baptist Hospital for its heating and cooling system, and another 5,000 gallons of water went to the Central Mississippi Medical Center. It was a wonderful outpouring of care. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if municipalities retained this kind of consideration throughout the legislative session? The city of Jackson contains arguably the most expansive and oldest water system in the state. Some of the sewers creeping through the city’s downtown area are brick-lined leftovers from the 1930s. Many of the water mains are made of outdated cast iron—as malleable as a tube of glass, and as practical as a wax hammer. The city has been desperately in need of infrastructure upgrades for decades, but the state Legislature mostly refuses to address new money coming into the city. In fact, a majority of legislators hate the idea of the city raising its taxes on its own citizens to fund infrastructure upgrades. It took years for the Legislature to allow the city to hold a referendum vote to approve a local tax hike for a convention center. Heck, the state wouldn’t even allow a referendum vote to support a salestax increase to pay for more cops and infrastructure, until it took the spending power away from the city and put it into the hands of a commission with ties to state government. Last year, legislators even took away the city’s ability to set up “traffic light cameras” to photograph drivers speeding through red lights. The cameras put hundreds of thousands of dollars into city coffers from violators who couldn’t argue with a photo. But legislators apparently envisioned their own license plates speeding under a red flash and made it illegal to use the cameras. And yet, the city clearly has need of infrastructure upgrades—upgrades that made the city’s role in state government painfully obvious as government buildings shut down one after the other Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and maybe longer. It’s time to invest a little more in the city. Too many municipalities think they have severed their ties with Jackson. But as long as the city is home to state services and the heart of its health-care industry, nobody inside the state border will ever be completely independent of it, and certainly not as long as local legislators flush a Capitol toilet. Do the right thing, Mississippi, and help take care of your capital city.

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nspector “Beat Down” Lipscomb: “Welcome to the Ghetto Science Team Counter Terrorism conference. Terrorism has become a reality around the world. People under the influence of the ‘Drum Major Instinct’ use terror to intimidate or coerce a government, individuals or groups, or to modify their behavior or politics. “I came up with this conclusion after reading Dr. King’s Drum Major Instinct Sermon. Allow me to share the part of the sermon that motivated me to develop the GST Counter Terrorism Force: ‘I would submit to you this morning that what is wrong in the world today is that the nations of the world are engaged in a bitter, colossal contest for supremacy. And if something doesn’t happen to stop this trend, I’m sorely afraid that we won’t be here to talk about Jesus Christ and about God and about brotherhood too many more years.’ “And you know things have gotten out of control, when a man hides highpowered explosives in his underwear and boards an airplane to blow it up. “Terrorism, inspired by the ‘Drum Major Instinct,’ also affects the poor and disenfranchised communities. It’s time to counteract terror waged on the working and middle classes. It’s time to protect our citizens from various forms of terrorism, such as economic, ecological, mental and physical. With the GST Counter Terrorism Force’s ‘Tight But It’s Right’ Security Squads, combined with efficient and effective rebukes, beat downs and swift justice, we can achieve world peace and rent money. Thank you!”

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hey are all exactly the same. Whether it’s Republican Trent Lott’s message that America would have been “better off ” if Strom Thurmond had been elected president or Michael Steele exclaiming “honest injun.” Whether it’s Democrat Joe Biden declaring that then-candidate Obama was “articulate” or Harry Reid saying Obama could win because he was “light-skinned” and “lacked a Negro dialect,” let’s just say its safe to declare all of them equally offensive. While the latter comments were meant as compliments, albeit backhanded, there is no difference between the remarks. Democrats are quickly firing back, trying to differentiate between their two foot-in-mouth episodes. Republicans, rightfully so, are asking that Reid step down as majority leader just as Lott was asked to. Thing is, this episode simply speaks to ignorance that still exists in the political spectrum on both sides of the fence. In case you’ve missed the hundreds of disclaimers over the past few decades, let me help you understand. It is frowned upon to use the terms “well spoken” or “articulate” when referring to black politicians, athletes, artists, teachers, or honor students. Although I’m sure you mean well, it implies that most of us can’t talk

or form sentences without the use of slang or broken English. Secondly, if you’re a white person, you probably don’t want to use the term “Negro” in 2010. It was step up from “colored” and a step up from that “other word.” The usage implies a throwback to those days past and says that you may well have recently used that “other word” to describe a black person. And just what exactly is “Negro dialect,” anyway? All Reid’s comments say to me is that Lil Wayne probably isn’t a viable presidential candidate. While we’re at it, Dems and Republicans please stop insulting our intelligence by doing the exact same thing and then wasting all of our valuable time by trying to convince us that the other guy’s snafu was worse than yours. To African Americans, crap in a pretty box with a bow is still ... well ... crap. And it doesn’t matter if it’s Harry Reid or Trent Lott or Michael Steele handing it to us. There were a million other ways Reid, Biden, Jimmy The Greek, Rush and other foot-eaters of the past could have shown their praise for blacks who were excelling. The point is, did any of them care enough to think of them ... before they got themselves in trouble? And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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lthough we’re still mired in winter, the new year has brought a couple rays of sunshine: some promising developments in government transparency. First up is a set of public-records rules that the state Ethics Commission is set to adopt Jan. 15. The Ethics Commission, which functions a bit like an ombudsman on public-information issues, has been hammering out model public-records rules for state agencies since last year. While they haven’t been formally adopted, yet, it’s probably a safe bet to talk about them, as the Commission only put off adopting them because they wanted all members present for the vote. The rules themselves are a good step forward. In outlining best practices for public bodies, they encourage agencies always to err on the side of disclosing public records. They also give firmer deadlines for responding to a public-records request, requiring agencies to respond within five days, even if only to provide an estimate of when the records will be available. State law gives public bodies 14 working days to grant or deny a records request, and agencies often use the full time, even for simple requests that could be honored earlier. Establishing an earlier deadline for a basic response could encourage agencies to speed up the entire request process. But while these rules sound nice, they don’t necessarily amount to any changes, because they aren’t binding. Once the Ethics Commission adopts them, individual state and local agencies can adopt the model rules or develop their own. A more binding change could come from a SB 2373, sponsored by Sen. David Baria, D-Pascagoula, that could eliminate one barrier to challenging open-meetings violations. Watchdogs—whether they’re members of the media, government employees or ordinary citizens—currently have two options for protesting a closed meeting. They can sue the public body in circuit court, or they can file a complaint with the Ethics Commission. If they sue successfully, the judge can levy a fine on the public body responsible, but watchdogs have no guarantee of ever recouping their attorney’s fees. Filing a complaint with the Ethics Commission is cheaper, but even at best, it still ends with a fine assessed on the public body. The cost of a fine to the public body, whether it’s through the courts or the Ethics Commission, ultimately falls on taxpayers. This isn’t some hypothetical loophole: In August 2009, two of the three state transportation commissioners, Bill Minor and Wayne Brown, met state transportation Director Butch Brown for dinner to discuss an interchange project. When he learned of the meeting, the third transportation commissioner, Dick Hall, lodged a complaint with the state Ethics Commission, arguing that the meeting violated the state’s open meetings law. The Ethics Commission agreed, but it waived the $100 fine that Wayne Brown and

Minor were liable for, because that money would have come from the state Transportation Commission’s budget and, thus, ultimately, from state taxpayers. The problem, Baria told the Jackson Free Press, is that Mississippi’s open-meetings law “never hits the violator in the pocketbook.” Baria wants to change that by making the fines assessable on the individual violator(s) and requiring that the violator pay reasonable attorney’s fees. He also wants to raise the fine amount to between $500 and $1,000. This would mark an important step forward in helping citizens hold public officials accountable. The Ethics Commission’s proposed rules are noticeably weak, though, on one of the most important public-records issues: cost. State law allows public bodies to charge anyone—media and concerned citizens alike—“reasonable” fees to offset the cost of retrieving and duplicating public records. With no other guidance on what “reasonable” might mean, different public bodies in the state have developed wildly different charging practices for records requests. In Madison County, requests for records that total under 100 pages are free. For other agencies, “reasonable” can mean fees for copies and the staff time required to compile the records, no matter their accessibility. The Jackson Free Press has been haggling over costs with the Mississippi Department of Education and Jackson Public Schools since September, after submitting public-records requests for documents on a federally funded tutoring program. MDE has demanded $230.35 for correspondence between the department and one private tutoring company. That cost includes seven person-hours of work by MDE staff, with hourly rates—based on the staff persons’ salaries—ranging from $16.24 to $40.24. A still-shoestring operation like the JFP can’t afford to pay hundreds of dollars for public records. The old daily newspaper giants could afford to shell out for reams of correspondence between government officials, but that has never been the case for the private citizens and cash-strapped watchdog groups that have just as much a right to public information as Big Media. Charging a prohibitively high cost for copying and retrieval has become a way of stonewalling records requests while still appearing compliant. And it means that the only media that can afford the documents are the ones who are often the least likely to ask for them. Unfortunately, the proposed rules do little on this front. They do offer a default copy price of 15 cents per page, which is less than the standard 25-cent rate for state offices. That figure is merely an option, however, as is the suggestion that agencies waive copying charges for requests under 100 pages. The rules only stipulate that copying charges cannot exceed the “actual” cost of copying.

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Demetria Robinson and Christopher T The Inseparable Twosome During their first telephone conversation, Chris captured her heart. Demetria had two requests: First, she told him, they had to refrain from premarital sex. Chris’ reaction amazed her: He agreed to honor her wishes and did not pressure her. Secondly, before their first date, he had to meet her parents. When he did, his manners and respectful attitude toward Demetria won over her father and her mother, Diane Shoulders. The new couple spent so much time together her mother nicknamed them “Mutt and Jeff ” after the inseparable comic-strip characters. At Jackson State University, which they both attended, Chris majored in accounting and Demetria in English. They discovered they both love to travel, try new cuisines and watch old sitcoms, such as “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World.”

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to see the fun, unpredictable side of us and feel the love we shared,” Chris said. Chris and Demetria’s wedding ceremony carried non-traditional elements like a monogrammed unity candle and the pink dendrobium orchids standing tall at each church pew. Instead of traditional black, Chris chose brown tuxedos, and Demetria selected brown bridesmaids’ gowns to complement their fall event. During the ceremony, the couple took communion to symbolize saying goodbye to their past and stepping into their new life together. At the reception at the Embassy Suites in Jackson, the bridal party posed for their last group photos as reception guests ate fruit and cheese. While enjoying their fellowship time, the guests watched a film capturing Chris and Demetria’s love story, produced by videographer Johnny Coleman. The video ending was timed perfect for the couple’s grand entrance as husband and wife in the light from a black disco ball. After a five-course meal, a three-tier stacked vanilla and strawberry cake topped with a cymbidium orchid and dancing, the newlyweds left for their seven-day Hawaiian honeymoon. They now live in Memphis.

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The Proposal Four years later, in September 2008, they were still just a dating couple—at least that is what Demetria thought. Chris was full of unexpected surprises for her 25th birthday bash, where he invited all her friends to watch him pop the big question in a reserved room at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano in Ridgeland. When it came time for her to open her presents, Demetria’s parents lured Demetria Robinson and Christopher Thomas married Oct. 17, 2009, at the Morning Star Baptist Church. her outside with the prospect of a new car, giving Chris an opportunity to prepare for a proposal. Once outside, Demetria’s mother blindfolded omeday, Demetria, you and Chris will be married.” Virginia Williams spoke these prophetic her and led her back to the restaurant. When Demetria’s words to her granddaughter, Demetria Robin- mother uncovered her eyes, the song “You for Me” by son, in the fall of 2004. Demetria, however, snickered at the Johnny Gill was softly playing, and Demetria noticed comment because she had just started dating Chris Thomas. Chris had lined the party guests in wedding formation Watching movies is one of Demetria’s favorite pas- along both sides of him. On one knee, Chris asked, “Will you marry me?” times. In August 2004, she strolled into Hollywood Video in Jackson to pick up the romantic comedy, “13 Going on She was too shocked to cry. 30,” when a gentleman on top of a ladder captured her attention. “Don’t I know you from somewhere?” she said. A Dream Come True After graduating in September 2007, Chris had taken “Yes,” Chris said with a smile. Slowly walking away, Demetria smiled at Chris with a job in Memphis, where he worked as an internal auditor for Federal Express, while Demetria stayed in Jackson to her eyes and started conversing with a girlfriend. “You’re so dressed up and no place to go; do you work on her master’s degree in Education at Jackson State. While this presented an extra challenge to their already have a man to take you out?” Chris asked. “No,” she replied with what she now calls an “arrogant” attitude. demanding schedule, the couple got creative with their Chris handed her a receipt with his number on the back. wedding plans. They snapped digital photos of everything With no intention of contacting him, Demetria tucked from save-the-date invitations to candle décor. They sent the pictures back and forth via e-mail and made decisions the number into her purse and walked away. Chris anxiously waited one week and then looked during evening phone calls. The couple understood their mission with clarity: to up her telephone number in the store’s database. When he called, Chris was hoping to hear Demetria’s sweet bring together two ideas and convert them into one. Even though Chris, 24, is a planner, he discovered tone. To his surprise, he was greeted by another man’s voice—that of her dad, Rev. James Shoulders. Stuttering, the best solution to long-distance planning: “Just say Chris informed him that Demetria had a late video. Even ‘OK, honey’ and ‘let me know what it costs.’” Chris gave though she was notorious for having overdue movies, De- Demetria, 26, the freedom to choose, but would step in when she was feeling overwhelmed. metria called Hollywood Video “fuming.” On Oct. 17, 2009, 200 guests filled Morning Star “There must be a mistake,” she explained. “This Baptist Church while gospel music played. An array of movie was returned on time!“ “I’m sorry,” Chris said sheepishly. “There aren’t any pink roses was scattered in the aisle. The day went as they 14 late fees, I just had to get in contact with you.” had imagined: lavish and no tears. “We wanted our guests

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cheese. I lost. He got the cheese.” The couple also realized they could simultaneously have fun and connect intellectually. “We can play Wii tennis, and while we are doing that we can talk about ‘The Iliad’ or 19th-century literature,” Mason says. Mason and Katie said their backgrounds complement each other. Mason grew up on a farm in Madison County complete with goats and horses, while Katie was homeschooled with a focus on academics. They both grew up valuing their faith and family.

Speaking the Same Language Within a few days of meeting, Mason, whom friends describe as an “eccentric genius,” and Katie, a petite blonde with a love for literature, discovered that they shared a knack for words. “I have a very peculiar vocabulary, and we would both use obscure language that we both thought was hilarious—we could both understand what each other was saying,” Mason says. Sometimes they even have bets with each other about correct word usage. “One time we disagreed on whether the word revenant was a real word,” Katie recalls. “We bet on it, and Mason said that if I lost, I had to buy him some gourmet

Short and Sweet On Dec. 21, 2009, Katie and Mason took part in a simple ceremony at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland. Wearing a handmade birdcage veil and a strapless A-line dress with a satin bolero, Katie walked down the aisle to meet Mason, who wore a white tuxedo and white sneakers. Katie’s bridesmaids wore knee-length purple dresses purchased from Target, and held bouquets of irises Katie had tied together with a simple ribbon. Journey Pastor Stacy Andrews officiated. Prior to the ceremony, the couple had sent Andrews separate e-mails about their favorite memories together. Laughter roared from the audience as Andrews shared stories about the pumpkin-carving event, and how Katie’s students refer

Can or Will? Mason took Katie to his parent’s 25-acre farm in Flora on Oct. 3, 2009, 11 months after they started dating. He led her to a bamboo grove and got down on both knees. “Can you marry me?” he nervously asked Katie. Ignoring his syntax, Katie said “yes,” and as a surprise, the couple’s family members emerged from the Stewarts’ home. The families spent the entire day sharing stories and celebrating over a home-cooked meal. Just to be safe, Mason asked Katie again for her hand in marriage, replacing the word “can” with “will.” Eager to spend the rest of their lives together, the couple decided to have a short, two-month engagement and marry in December while they both had a time off from school and work.

Venue: Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601-856-7546) Catering: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral (108 Cypress Cove, Flowood, 601-939-4518) Photography: Alyce Hardee (alycehardee@belha ven.edu) Flowers: Sam’s Club (6360 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-977-0139) Cake: Cakes by Iris (cakesbyiris.com, 601-5406342) Coleman (601- 978-3600)

DIY Invites: Mason used his graphic-design skills to make the invitations using their engagement photo. He also posted a Web site for wedding information for guests at www.katieandmason.com. Supporting Artists: Katie bought her handmade veil, guest book and bolero from www.etsy.com, a Web site that allows artists to sell their work. jacksonfreepress.com

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atie’s Shelt knew she was going to marry Mason Stewart after he told her he identified with Faramir, a charcter from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy—among her favorite books. Katie has always identified with the character Éowyn, and the two characters get married after the War of the Ring. Even though Katie, 22, and Mason, 25, both grew up in the Jackson metro and had the same friends, it took more than 20 years before the two finally crossed paths. In 2008, while attending Belhaven University, Katie became a member of The Journey church in Jackson. Mason, who had recently returned from doing missionary work in Japan, began attending the church as well. During the church’s annual pumpkin-carving event in late September, Katie and Mason were briefly introduced. Mason, however, was preoccupied with a wardrobe malfunction: The skinny jeans he bought that day were a size too small and were cutting off his circulation. Katie, now an English teacher at Canton Academy, and Mason, a philosophy major at Belhaven University and designer at Imaginary Company, met again in October 2008 when Mason moved into the adjoining side of Katie’s Belhaven duplex to live with his brother Hunter and sister-in-law Elise Stewart, both members of the band Law School. “We all just kind of became friends, and it happened rather quickly,” Katie says.

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Katie Shelt and Mason Stewart married Dec. 21, 2009, at the Mississippi Craft Center.

to Mason as a guy who looks like “Jesus in skinny jeans” because of his full beard. Music was an essential element for the wedding. Eleven friends from The Journey provided a full band, complete with electric guitars, bass and drums. Katie’s matron of honor, Sarah Dugan, performed a song she wrote, “Somewhere Somehow.” The couple and wedding party recessed to the song “No Reason to Hide” by Hillsong United, while audience members stood up and danced with one another. For the reception, friend Baskin Jones deejayed while the couple danced joyously with friends and family. After the ceremony the couple left for their honeymoon to spend five days in the Bahamas. Katie says that a having simple wedding gave the couple more time to focus on what was important to them. “The most important thing about the wedding was that I was marrying Mason; everything else was secondary,” Katie says. “I tried to focus on that commitment, and that is the primary thing. To me it wasn’t about the flowers or the color of the tablecloth. Everything was just the way we wanted it—an expression of ourselves as a couple.”

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am a lifelong tea lover. My love affair with tea started when I was a child with sweet sun tea, and as an adult I love the way a cup of tea warms my entire body on cold winter days or soothes me when I’m sick. If you enjoy tea as much as I do, consider incorporating it into your wedding plans. Bridesmaid’s Tea Choose a beautiful location and host an afternoon tea for you and your bridal party. Whether you have it in a backyard garden or a fancy or casual restaurant, a bridesmaid’s tea is a fun way to connect with your friends prior to the big day. Set a beautiful table using your best dishes, flatware and linens. Serve finger sandwiches, scones, desserts and appetizers buffet style, so you can maximize time with your friends and family. Research and serve out-of-the-ordinary teas, like yerba mate, a South American tea known for antioxidant properties. For a little extra fun, try tasseography, or tealeaf reading, a type of fortune-telling that interprets patterns in tea leaves. If you are the maid of honor, consider throwing a bridal tea in place of the bridal shower. You can have the same activities as a regular shower, but tea would be the underlining theme. Tea Registry Add tea sets, teapots, warmers, cups, mugs, storage tins, tea kettles, trivets, a mate gourd and straw, tea ball infuser, tea scented candles or a chest of tea to your bridal registry. Some companies offer tea-of-the-month clubs you can join in order to try different types.

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Something Green by Lacey McLaughlin

Tea Ceremony For weddings, the Chinese perform a traditional tea ceremony to honor and express gratitude toward the elders of the family. For the ceremony, the bride and groom serve tea while kneeling at the feet of family members. The older members of the family are served first, working down to the youngest. Parents and relatives usually place a red envelope on the serving tray for the couple, after they have taken a sip of tea. The envelope symbolizes good luck and is usually filled with a monetary gift. The ceremony itself is about acceptance into a new family and respect and honor to parents and in-laws. Tea Favors Many wedding vendors offer favors of individual wrapped tea bags with the bride and groom’s name and wedding date printed on the packaging. Consider creating your own using inexpensive round tins or small cellophane bags, bulk tea bags or loose tea, and personalized labels made on your computer. Tea Bar Consider setting up a tea bar at your reception. Provide a selection of regular, decaffeinated, flavored and exotic tea bags for your guests. For that extra touch, put out special add-ins like pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, flavored syrup, honey, sugar cubes, orange and lemon zest, crystallized ginger, orange or lemon peels, agave nectar, Amaretto liqueur, simple syrup and chai powder. Don’t forget about the milk and whipped topping, some people prefer a creamer tea.

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f you’re serious about reducing your carbon footprint, your wedding is one of the best ways you can practice environment friendly and sustainable living while making a statement to family and friends. Here are a few tips. Recycle When Possible Use 100 percent recyclable paper for your wedding invitations, or cut down on paper entirely by designing a Web site and sending out e-vites. Make Your Dollar Count Anytime you spend money, you vote with your wallet. Consider buying flowers from a local farmer instead of shipping flowers in from another part of the country. When you buy locally, not only do you support the local economy, you save energy cost and reduce fossil-fuel emissions. Reuse It Instead of buying a new wedding dress, buy a used one at a vintage boutique or consignment store. This also goes for the groom’s tuxedo and bridesmaid’s dresses. Conserve Green Space Consider having your reception at a public park such a Mynelle Gardens in order to support public green space, and add an outdoor element to your event. If the weather isn’t cooperating, consider using a space that serves as part of the community such as North Midtown Arts Center, an organization that provides low-income studio space for artist. Cut down on driving by holding the ceremony and reception in the same place. Feed the World Donate leftover food to a charity, or give your guest the option of making a donation in your name in lieu of gifts. Purchase eco-friendly products for wedding favors for your wedding party. Rainbow Whole Foods (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1602) and Symbiotic in Ridgeland (140 Township Ave., Suite 102, Ridgeland, 601-707-7234) offer a widerange of unique and fair-trade gifts.

Old, Borrowed, New and Blue ...

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he traditional saying is: • Something old (to remember and remain connected to family and the positive aspect of your past, even though you are starting a new life). • Something new (for optimism and hope for the future). • Something borrowed (a symbol of cherishing or being able to count on friends and family). • Something blue (a symbol of fidelity and loyalty). • And a silver sixpence in her shoe. (a British coin minted until 1967; a symbol of good luck). In honor of this Hitched issue, we polled some folks to get their suggestions for the modern-day bride on something old, borrowed, new and blue.

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I was a matron of honor last July, and we all got temporary tattoos, including the bride, as something new. ––Deanna Graves, JFP freelancer I wore my godmother’s diamond bracelet as something borrowed, everything I had on that day was new––wedding dress, under garments, veil, tiara, earrings, necklace, shoes—and I wore a blue garter. ––Kristen Thigpen, public awareness coordinator at the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence

At my first wedding, my something blue was my grandmother’s wedding ring tied on a blue ribbon. At my second wedding in November, we incorporated a lot of blue in the color scheme—my shoes, fabric flower hairpiece and my lovely aquamarine engagement ring. ––Anna Kline, Office of Film & Culture For the traditional shotgun wedding... Something old: grandpappy’s shotgun Something new: a baby bump Something borrowed: Aunt Maylene’s mothballscented wedding dress Something blue: the groom’s face as he’s being strangled by his future father-in-law, who caught him trying to sneak out the back. -––Brent Hearn, JFP freelancer I attended a wedding a while back, and the young lady had a “killer” pair of blue shoes under her beautiful white gown. Everyone talked about the shoes at the wedding and reception. It was unique and awesome! ––Pat Chambliss, executive director and one of the founding members of Dress for Success Metro Jackson

We ended up rejecting traditional talismans and just wore items that were symbolic of us and our relationship. My only regret is that my wedding dress was white: My mom wore burgundy, and I’d hoped to find a dress to honor our family tradition. ––Deirdra Harris Glover, JFP freelancer Something borrowed could be the wedding dress. The groom gets to rent his tuxedo, so why don’t more brides rent their dresses? Those things are expensive! Something blue could be a big Texas-style turquoise necklace. Those big stones would be a major change from the usual pearls. ––Latasha Willis, JFP events editor If you don’t have anything to borrow, how about buying something handmade? I ordered my bridal bolero and my birdcage veil from crafters who sell their work online. I was so pleased with them for their beauty and uniqueness. Also, I chose to wear purple instead of blue. My purple shoes were one of my favorite aspects of my outfit. ––Katie Stewart, JFP freelancer and English teacher at Canton Academy








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COURTESY MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS

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Bob Williams, left, and his partner, Mitchell Gold, right, believe in being comfortable and stylish at home.

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n their new book, “The Comfortable Home: How to Invest in Your Nest and Live Well for Less” (Clarkson Potter, 2009, $35), co-authors Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold, life partners and owners of the home-furnishing company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, give easy-to-follow ideas on how to decorate or redecorate your home. They place a lot of focus on the planning that goes into creating functional, comfortable and budgetfriendly rooms. According to Gold and Williams, before you can decorate a room appropriately you need to know the function of that room and how it is going to be used. Once you know that, decorating becomes much easier. The authors go room-by-room and offer advice about choosing upholstery, lighting and the details that make a room sing. The color photos of homes throughout the book, offer visual inspiration to readers. It also contains great tips for new couples just starting out including re-prioritizing your budget, how to use color in a room and how to select quality furniture pieces.

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ow is “The Comfortable Home” different from your first design book, “Let’s Get Comfortable” (Meredith Books, 2007, $34.95)? This book has a little bit more practical how-to help. One of the things we wanted to do is to show a lot more floor plans of how to do a room. The first book was a little bit more general, and this book has a lot more emphasis on where and how to get started. It’s funny: People go clothes shopping all the time, and they kind of know what their style is … but for decorating a house, it’s not something they do all the time. What we wanted to do was come up with some simple questions for people to ask themselves to sort of give them a basis of where to get started.

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hat was the most inspiring room the two of you have decorated and why? One of my favorite rooms is in our apartment in New York. That’s really because it’s so different from any other room that we’ve done before. Basically, we have three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. How do you decorate a room when the whole room is really about the view? One of the things that we really wanted to do was make sure all the furniture took advantage of the view. We set it up so that wherever you sat you really had a great view of Manhattan. One of the things we used as an influence for the room is the sky. We kept the room very light and the sectional a light sky-blue color so that your whole focus became the cityscape.

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or new couples starting out, what is the best way to tackle combining their households? That’s kind of a tricky situation. You’re mixing two different personalities and two different styles and sometimes two different emphases. Someone might have something

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that was handed down to him or her … or it was the very first purchase that they made. There is sometimes a lot of emotional attachment to it, and it’s important for the other person to understand what those attachments are and not just physically what the piece is or looks like or even the condition of it. It takes a little bit of being polite and understanding about it, and then as time goes on you can do a lot more editing and stuff. But to try to do that harsh editing from the very beginning might hurt the other person’s feelings. You have to be an extreme diplomat about it. Or you may be lucky and the other person just doesn’t give a damn—then you can do whatever you want.

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hat’s the number-one piece of advice you would give a person decorating or redecorating? I would encourage people, especially if you have multi-rooms, to think about how these rooms are going to be used. Is it going to be a room where I entertain friends and family and we’re going to sit and have conversation? Or is this going to be a place where people sit back, and it’s all about the television and things like that. If you start thinking about those things, it really helps you figure out what is the best kind of furniture you need for this space.

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nything else you’d like to share with our readers? The home is probably your single largest investment you’re going to have. Look at it as an investment that needs to pay dividends. And one way for it to pay dividends is for you to really enjoy it … do the things that make a house a home. Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold will have a book-signing party at SummerHouse (1109 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-853-4445) Jan. 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Read more Hitched at www.flyjfp.com.

ecently my friend Tonnell Holloway announced he was getting married to his long-time companion in May. When we discussed his groomsmen plans for his wedding, he said that other than his Las Vegas bachelor party, he didn’t have any other pre-wedding festivities planned. I told him about new trends where grooms and their friends plan activities and events—other than drunken trips to strip clubs— just as the bride and her bridal party do. Today’s grooms are fully involved in the wedding-planning process, from the details of the budget to the reception’s color scheme and dinner menu. Many are hosting a groomsmen day out (similar to a bridesmaid’s brunch), where the groomsmen and other friends and family give the groom his wedding gifts in a casual setting. Jackson businesses, like Dreams Events & Wedding Planning and Signature Occasions, are honoring this trend and offering services to cater to the groom. “When brides and grooms realize that there are so many things to plan the wedding, they tend to split the responsibilities,” Djuna Brown of Dreams Events said. “We’ve had clients opt to have a groomsmen brunch, and we offer alternative events like playing golf or bowling for the groomsmen party. … More recently, we set up an art exhibition for a groomsmen party at Easely Amused in Madison.” So, grooms, get creative—and avoid the hangover. Dreams & Events Wedding Planning 601-209-0695, http://www.mydream weddingday.com Easely Amused 601-953-9786, http://www.easelyamused.com Groomsgroove.com Groomsonline.com Signature Occasions 601-9521960, http://www.signatureoccasions.com

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Anna Kline and Walter Biggins

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Inspiration While living in her Belhaven garage apartment, Anna would frequently hear an owl hooting outside her window. Months later, while she and Walter were taking a walk together in Laurel Park, a hoot owl flew through the treetops. The couple decided to name it Hugo and have considered the owl their friend ever since. Hugo became the inspiration for Walter and Anna’s wedding theme. The couple created their own unique wedding invitations, with an image of an owl. To cut costs even more, Anna used her own calligraphy skills to address the envelopes. To create a woodsy, outdoor feeling, the couple chose brown and turquoise as their color scheme. Anna made the arrangements they used on the altar out of moss and feathers. A feather wreath welcomed guests into the chapel. Anna wore a tea-length brown dress she found in a brid-

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Anna and Walter provided vintage postcards for guests to sign and mail instead of a guestbook.

Anna Kline and Walter Biggins were married Nov. 28 at the chapel at the Mississippi Agriculture Museum.

al shop, originally a bridesmaid’s dress. She had a seamstress add some tulle to the bottom of the hem to make it more original. She wore a birdcage veil, which she adorned with sequins and bird feathers. To ensure “something blue,” she wore teal pumps. The bridesmaids wore unmatching dresses in their choice of jewel tones. Walter chose a brown suit and turquoise shirt, and the groomsmen wore suits of their choice, with matching turquoise ties. The traditional Methodist service was balanced with a bit of the nontraditional. The couple’s recessional was the theme from “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” a jazz tune called “Linus and Lucy,” composed by Vince Guaraldi. Of Owls and Tex-Mex No place could have been more fitting for the reception than the Northpointe Red Barn off Old Canton Road in Jackson. Tex Mex appetizers welcomed the guest, a nod to Walter’s Dallas childhood home. As homage to Walter’s parents, who both work for the U.S. Postal Office, a mailbox sat in the center of the first floor surrounded by postcards. Walter and Anna bought vintage cards through eBay and encouraged guests to send warm wishes to them. Up the stairs, on the second level, twinkling white lights were strung around the dance floor. Feathered, handmade balls dangled from the lights alongside sheets of music cut in the shapes of owls. Tables held tall glass tapers with candles and feathers. The couple designed and made all the decorations at the reception; family and friends had helped the couple decorate the day before the ceremony. The meal was a continuation of the appetizers downstairs with a taco/quesadilla bar. In lieu of a wedding cake, the couple had red velvet and German chocolate cupcakes placed on a table of moss and woodland animals, accompanied by Champagne. Daniel Guaqueta, of Guaqueta Productions, was the deejay for the reception, playing a variety of music including classic ’60s soul, R&B and funk music—favorites of Anna’s. To impress the crowd, Walter and Anna had taken dance lessons for a month before the wedding. At the reception they

danced the West Coast Swing to “Soulful Strut” by Young-Holt Unlimited. The couple left in a cloud of bubbles blown by guests. They planned to spend a night away from home at the Cabot Lodge in Millsaps and in the spring take an extended honeymoon in Europe. Anna wore a birdcage veil that she decorated with sequins and bird feathers.

Ceremony: Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum Chapel, Drew Williams, 601-713-3365, drew@mdac.state.ms.us Reception: Northepointe Red Barn, 201 Northpointe Parkway, 601-991-9461 Cupcakes: Viva La Cupcake, Neola Young, neolayoung@gmail.com, 601-278-1742 Flowers: Tulip Design Studio, www.tulip designstudio.com, lesley@tulipdesign studio.com, 601-572-1777 Photography: Erin Fults Photography, www.erinfults.com, erin@erinfults.com, 601291-3761 Catering: Basil’s Catering/Catering by Debbie, Debbie Rankin, cateringbydebbie@yahoo.com, 601-937-0630 Letterpress Invitations: Ed Inman, edinman@earthlink.net, 601-982-8792 Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: www.etsy.com seller named “museglass” Rehearsal Dinner: The Auditorium, Nathan Ballard and Nathan Glenn (nballard@theauditoriumrestuarant.com)

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love of art and culture brought book editor Walter Biggins and singer-songwriter Anna Kline together. In 2008 Anna was working as the coordinator for the Crossroads Film Festival when she met Walter, who volunteered at the festival to screen films. Anna, who now works for the Mississippi Office of Film and Culture, and Walter, an editor at University Press, were in the same place concerning relationships: tired of them. They both were taking breaks from dating. One of the first things Anna noticed about Walter was his “sardonic” sense of humor and his artistic taste. “Walter is a huge silent film fan, and I am a fan of 1920s fashion and music,” Anna says. “I enjoyed talking to him and learning new things.” The fact that they are an interracial couple did not prove the barrier some might think it would be. Walter, who grew up in an interracial family in Dallas, said Anna’s parents who are from Hernando, have been very gracious to him. “Her dad even showed me his vintage tractors,” Walter says. After dating for about a year, things started getting serious, and Walter unofficially asked Anna for her hand in marriage during dinner one evening. A few weeks later, they took a trip to New Orleans on Memorial Day where Walter proposed with a ring at the Court of Two Sisters restaurant on Royal Street. They married Thanksgiving weekend 2009 so both their families could be in town. On Nov. 28, they exchanged vows in the white clapboard chapel at the Mississippi Agricultural Museum. It was originally an Epiphany Episcopal Church built in 1843 that was later razed and moved to Jackson.


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fter the blissful chaos of a big wedding, why travel far and away for your honeymoon? Consider exploring the state of Mississippi and staying in a cozy bed and breakfast. By staying in state, you save money, there’s less travel time, and you’re supporting the state’s economy. Many hidden gems await you out there, ready to be explored. Barrister’s House Bed and Breakfast

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uilt in 1904, the colonial revival home provides privacy with three spacious rooms and private bathrooms. Located in the historic district of Natchez, it is walking distance from other antebellum houses and local dining. Features of the home include antique beds, upstairs balco-

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nies, parlor access, blow dryer/ironing board and refreshments available 24 hours. Rates start at $89 a night Things to do in Natchez: Carriage tour of historic Natchez (www.natchezms.com, 601-446-6345) Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture (601-445-0728) Antebellum Music Room at the Stone House (601-445-7466) Blue Creek Cabin 535 Highway 30 E., Oxford 662-238-2897 www.bluecreekcabin.com

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ffering visitors peace and serenity, the Barrister’s House is a step back into history with its two-story colonial decor. Built in 1835 from local brick, it’s an attractive antebellum home located in downtown Columbus. The home includes unique chandeliers, kitchen access and complementary tea. Rates start at $95 a night.

Vows for the Modern (Wo)Man by Brent Hearn

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o have and to hold … for richer, for poorer … to love and to cherish …” Those are Beautiful, timeless words. Words that are so well-known and repeated so often that it’s easy for them to lose meaning. Don’t misunderstand; nothing is wrong with going the traditional route. There are plenty of good reasons to stick with the tried-and-true when it comes to nuptial pledges. Traditional vows are simple and elegant; indeed they may be the only simple and elegant aspects of some of the three-ring freak shows that people call weddings these days. Besides, let’s face it: Not everyone is a poet. The last thing you want on your special day is singer Jimmy Earl waxing poetic about how he loves you more than his “Jerky of the Month” club. Notice I said the last thing you want. I, on the other hand, would pay top dollar to sit front-and-center at that ceremony. I have always been a fan of people writing their own wedding vows. I don’t know if any statistics prove that couples who pen their own vows have a better chance of sticking it out through the tough times, but I would be willing to bet that they do. To me, it’s one of the more romantic ways a couple can express their love. It’s

more HONEYMOONS, p. 24 a monumental occasion—the bride in attire that likely cost more than the GNP of some third-world nations, the groom mentally repeating that all-so-important fourword mantra (“don’t lock your knees; don’t lock your knees; don’t lock your knees”), and the guests teary-eyed at the prospect of choosing which type of cake they want to tear into first at the reception. But what if you want to split the difference? The vows, I mean—not the cake. You want your vows tailor-made to reflect you, but you don’t want to go to the trouble of actually writing them yourself? Well, you’re in luck, because I’ve done the legwork for you. I’ve composed several sets of vows that are ready-made for some of the more common types of couples out there.

For the Realist: Groom: “I vow to take out the trash (at least once a month). I promise not to look at other women (while you’re looking directly at me). I will yield the remote so that you may watch ‘Extreme Home Weddings of Orange County’ (if you allow me to make fun of you for it). Bride: “I promise to give you ‘video game time’ (if you won’t rag me about my online shopping sprees). I will not nag you about your smelly laundry (if said smelly laundry is the result of intense yard work). I pledge to work out to ‘Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease’ videos (only if you don’t sit in your La-Z-Boy eating Cheetos and throwing dollar bills at the screen while I do so).”

For the Environmentally Conscious: “My love for you shines brighter than a million ENERGY STAR bulbs. My devotion is more sustainable than Al Gore’s hairstyle (An inconvenient poof?). The only thing not biodegradable about our lives together will be our love for one another. I promise to share my hopes, dreams and compost with you. I will work to sort out our differences as diligently as I sort out my recycling. And last, but not least, I pledge to reduce my emissions whenever possible or—at the very least—to crack a window.”

For Teens: Oooo-kaay. Fine. Have it your way, ya bunch a party poopers. Irreverence is one thing; tastelessness is quite another. I’ll go ahead and pull out of this one while I’m still— Oops. Hopefully I’ve given all you future brides and grooms-to-be something that you can use. May you have a blessed wedding day and—infinitely more important—an even more blessed marriage. Oh, and the cake thing? Always—always—go for the chocolate first. And if there is no chocolate? Run. Run away as fast as you can. It’s a proven fact—an unimpeachable truth—that no marriage that begins sans chocolate cake lasts. Why would I lie? You think I would actually say something like that simply because there are multiple weddings coming up that I’m planning to attend and I really, really like chocolate cake? Don’t be absurd.

For the Über-Capitalist: “I, _______, take you, _______, to be my equitable partner, to buy and to sell, for better or for Obama, for richer or filthy richer, from this day forward, as long as we both shall gain interest. May all our funds be mutual, may our portfolio be diversified, and may our loins be as fruitful as our dividends.”


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Things to do in Oxford: Visit Ole Miss or attend an Ole Miss football game (www.olemiss.edu or 662-915-7211) See Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner (662-234-3284) Eat/drink/dance/shop on the Courthouse Square (www.oxfordcvb.com, 662-232-2367) Take a little drive to Taylor to eat at the famous Taylor Grocery and Restaurant––known for their catfish (www.taylorgrocery.com, 662-236-1716) Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant 2200 Oak St., Vicksburg 601-636-1000 www.cedargroveinn.com

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he Cedar Grove Inn antebellum home houses 33 rooms and suites, which are spread out over five buildings on the compound. Each room is temperature controlled and uniquely designed. Features of the home include chocolate and sherry turndown service, swimming pool, laundry services and on-site dining with meals prepared by French-trained Executive Chef John Kellogg. Rates start at $100 a night. Things to do in Vicksburg: Casinos (Ameristar Casino, 601-638-1000; Horizon Casino, 601-636-3423; Riverwalk Casino, 601-634-1000) Biedenharn Museum of Coca Cola Memorabilia (www.biedenharncoca-colamuseum.com, 601-638-6514) Yesterday’s Children Antique and Toy Museum (www.yesterdayschildrenmuseum.com, 601-638-0650) Vicksburg Battlefield Museum (601-638-6500) Jacqueline House––African American Museum (601-619-0002) Chateau Blessey

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hateau Blessey is a Gulf Coast gem, renovated, redesigned and reconstructed over the years. Built in 1903 and a victim of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Chateau Blessey survived the devastation. Offering its visitors a cultural mixture of Creole, southern and French flare, features of the home include an on-site library, antique Steinway baby grand piano, CD player in each room and private entrances. Rates start at $200 per night.

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Things to do in Biloxi: Beauvoir––The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library (www.beauvior.org, 228-388-4400) Biloxi Lighthouse (228-435-6339) Hurricane Katrina Memorial (www.biloxi.ms.s/ katrina_and_biloxi/katrina_memorial.html) Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs (www.walterandersonmuseum.org, 228-872-3164) The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in 24 Gulfport (www.imms.org, 228-896-9182)

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Things to do in Hattiesburg: African American Military History Museum (www.hattiesburguso.com, 601-450-1942) Burkett’s Roller Rink (601-584-8561) William Carey College Theatre and Carey Dinner Theatre (www.wmcarey.edu, 1-800-962-5991) Museum of Art at the University of Southern Mississippi (www.usm.edu, 601-266-5200) Longleaf Trace (www.longleaftrace.org) Hattiesburg Zoo (www.hattiesburgms.com/parksrec/ zoo.html, 601-545-4576) Wisteria Bed and Breakfast 706 N. 5th Ave., Laurel 601-426-3805 www.wisteriabedandbreakfast.com

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outhern turn-of-the-century home located on the edge of Cleveland’s historic district was once a boarding house for aristocrats. Currently the house belongs to sculptor Floyd Shaman and his wife, Molly. Features of the home include original artwork, themed rooms and a screened-in front porch. Rates start at $70 per night. Things to do in Cleveland: Historic downtown shopping district (www.visticlevelandms.com, 1-800-295-7473) Dockery Farms (www.dockeryfarms.org, 662-719-1048) Bologna Performing Arts Center and The Wright Art Center at Delta State University (www.deltastate.edu, 662-846-3000) McCarty’s Pottery (www.mccartyspottery.com, 662-748-2293)

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JFP Lounge at Pi(e) Lounge at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.) is from 6-10 p.m. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 11. … The “Icicle Sale” at NUTS (Neat Used Things for Sale) (111 Millsaps Ave.) continues until Jan. 16 with items up to 75 percent off. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Call 601-355-7458. … “The Wizard of Oz” is on stage at Thalia Mara Hall (225 E. Pascagoula St.) starting at 7:30 p.m. with another showing Jan. 15 at the same time. $15 and up; call 601-981-1847. … Larry Brewer performs at The Auditorium 7:30-9 p.m. … St. Brigid’s plays Irish folk music at Fenian’s 8:30-11:30 p.m. Free. … Jose Cuervo Party at Last Call Sports Grill starts at 9:30 p.m. with a performance by Jason Turner. $5 shots; call 601-713-2700.

Sequentia plays medieval music at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oak Ridge Drive) at 7:30 p.m. $20; call 601982-4880. … Doug Frank SurRealLife performs at Footloose Bar & Grill at 9 p.m. Free. … Akami Graham and the Key of G perform at Schimmel’s at 9 p.m. $5. … Swing de Paris plays gypsy jazz at Underground 119 9 p.m.-midnight. $10. … The Last Waltz Ensemble performs at Hal & Mal’s at 9 p.m. $10.

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SUNDAY 1/17 The “A Touch of Class” Bridal Show and Expo at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.) begins at 11 a.m. $20; call 601-988-1142. … Rhythm Masters perform at Shucker’s 3-7 p.m. Free. … “Spoken Word in the City, Part 2” featuring poet Malik Yusef, ScrapDirty, Cocky McFly, DJ Venom and art by Sanaa Galleries at the Roberts Walthall Hotel (225 E. Capitol St.) in the second floor ballroom begins at 7 p.m. $10. … Open mic poetry at Cultural Expressions starts at 8 p.m. $5.

MONDAY 1/18 United Way is offering free tax services at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 West) in the lower level center court from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for those whose earned household income was less than $49,000 in 2009. Call 211 to speak to a specialist. … The Jackson 2010 State of the Arts meeting at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) begins at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-497-7454. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is from 8-11 p.m. $5.

TUESDAY 1/19 Learn to paint a contemporary cityscape in the “New York, New York” class at Easely Amused – Flowood (2315 Lakeland Drive, Suite C) from 7-9 p.m. $26.75; call 601953-9786. … Open mic at Café 101 (7 p.m., $5), Time Out (8 p.m., free) and Fenian’s (9 p.m., free). … Hunter Kevin Gordon is among several performers participating in the Louisiana Hayride concert at Hal & Mal’s Jan.15.

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The first night of the Monster Freestyle Fallout monster truck show at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.) starts at 8 p.m. and continues nightly through Jan. 17. Buy tickets at the Coliseum Box Office or ticketmaster.com. $12; call 601-353-0603. … The AC/DC tribute band Hells Bells performs at Fire at 8 p.m. Advance tickets available. $10, $15; visit ticketmaster.com. … Tony Bennett performs at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi) at 8 p.m. $64.95 and up; call 888-566-7469; visit beaurivage.com. … The Louisiana Hayride concert in Hal & Mal’s Big Room featuring Kevin Gordon, Shannon McNally, Paul Burch, The Levees, Monty Russell and Alan West Brockman starts at 9 p.m. $10.

WEDNESDAY 1/20 “History Is Lunch” at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) with Dillard University professor Jerry Ward begins at noon. Free; call 601-5766850. … The karaoke contest at Pelican Cove Grill (3999A Harbor Walk Drive, Ridgeland) is from 6-10 p.m. … Houseband performs at McB’s at 7 p.m. Free. … Karaoke at Last Call Sports Grill (9 p.m.), Ole Tavern (9 p.m.) and The Auditorium (9 p.m.-midnight). Free.

THURSDAY 1/21 Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams will sign copies of their book, “The Comfortable Home,” at SummerHouse (1109 Highland Colony Parkway) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. $35 book, first 25 guests receive a free copy; call 601-853-4445. … The Miss MC Pageant at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton) begins at 7 p.m. in the Swor auditorium. Free; call 601-925-3809. … The D’lo Trio will perform at Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Road) at 6:30 p.m. Free. … The movies “Pinchas” and “Unsettled” will be shown at Millsaps College - Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Jewish Film Festival. $10 per screening ($5 for students with ID), $25, $125; call 601-362-6357. … Aaron Lewis of Staind performs at Ameristar (4116 S. Washington St., Vicksburg) in the Bottleneck Blues Bar at 8 p.m. $40-$50; call 601-638-1000. … The U.S. grand finale of the Miss Hawaiian Tropic International Model Search begins 8 p.m. at Pearl River Resort (Highway 16, Choctaw) in the Silver Star Convention Center. The international grand finale will be Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. $10 one show, $15 both shows; call 866447-3275. More events and details at jfpevents.com.

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Precinct 2 COPS Meeting Jan. 14, 6 p.m., at Precinct 2 Police Station (215 W. Pearl St.). These monthly meetings are forums designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0002. Monster Freestyle Fallout Jan. 15-17, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). See monster trucks such as “Bearfoot” and “Nitemare” as well as motocross jumpers in action. The show starts at 8 p.m. each night. Purchase tickets at the Coliseum Box Office or ticketmaster.com. $12; call 601-353-0603. TurningPointe Church 4th Anniversary Celebration Jan. 16-17, at TurningPointe Church (1576 Old Fannin Road, Flowood). Services are at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, and at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17. The speaker will be Rev. Jerry Jones. Call 601-826-2512. A Touch of Class Bridal Show and Expo Jan. 17, 11 a.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Includes food, entertainment, a fashion show and workshops. Special guest is Mrs. Mississippi 2009 Suzanne Duckworth. $20; call 601-988-1142. Mississippi Meets Tuscany with Elaine Trigiani Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m., at BRAVO! Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N. #244). Learn the art of olive oil tasting and eat regional dishes such as Gulf oysters and honey-roasted pork loin. Tugliani will also talk about her life in Tuscany. Reservations required. $90; call 601-982-8111.

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Jackson 2010 State of the Arts Jan. 18, 7 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (formerly One to One Studios, 121 Millsaps Ave.). The annual meeting brings together members of the arts community to share their plans for the upcoming year. Free; call 601-497-7454.

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Lunch and Learn Jan. 19, 11:45 a.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The topic is early child care and education. Speakers include Carol Burnett of the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative, Rhea Bishop of the Mississippi Education Innovation Center and Rachel Hicks of Mississippi First. Optional $10 lunch must be ordered by noon, Jan. 18. Attendees can bring their own lunch. Free; call 601-326-0700 or 601-326-0701. “History Is Lunch” Jan. 20, 12 p.m., at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Jerry Ward, professor of English and African American World Studies at Dillard University, will present “New Directions in the Study of Richard Wright.” Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850.

“Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative” Jan. 21, 9 a.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser will address the challenges facing non-profit performing arts organizations through such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting, and marketing. Online registration at www.msurileycenter.com required. Free; call 601-696-2203 or 601-480-7557. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • “Why Should We Have Healthcare Reform?” Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. Part of the Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series, panelists will discuss the necessity of healthcare reform. Free; call 601-979-1562. • Mississippi Health Awareness Day Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Activities include health screenings, workshops, seminars, and other preventative health activities, including a 5K run/walk, sponsored by Leadership Jackson. Free; call 601-376-2397. • SafeHeart Screenings Jan. 21-22, 10 a.m., in the mall common area. SafeHeart Health Screens of Hattiesburg will do ultrasound and EKG screenings from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 21 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 22. Medicaid accepted; bring Medicaid card and photo ID. Call to register or come early. $129, free for those who qualify; call 601-450-5483 or 866548-3006. Miss Mississippi College Pageant Jan. 21, 7 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton). The competition takes place in the Swor Auditorium. Free; call 601-925-3809. “Earthwatch Volunteer in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador” Jan. 21, 7 p.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Rd., Clinton). Dr. Martha Hutson will discuss her experiences in the Andes Mountains. Free, donations welcome; call 601-926-1104. National Migration Week Celebration Jan. 22, noon, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), in the Leggett Center. The event includes food samples, exhibits and performances. Free; call 601-326-3772.

STAGE AND SCREEN “The Wizard of Oz” Jan. 14-15, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (225 E.Pascagoula St.). The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends in this lavish production featuring special effects, choreography and songs. $15 and up; call 601-981-1847. Jackson Jewish Film Festival Jan. 21-24, at Millsaps College - Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall (1701 N. State St.). Films include “Today in the Promised Land,” “Pinchas,” “Unsettled” and “Ya Gotta Laugh.” $10 per screening ($5 for students with ID), $25, $125; call 601-362-6357. “Junie B. Jones” Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). Theatreworks’ performance is based on Barbara Park’s book series. $10, $18; call 601-696-2200.

MUSIC Gustafer Yellowgold Concert Jan. 15, 6 p.m., at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor combines live music with animated illustrations. $8; call 662-2362828. Louisiana Hayride Presents “The Year of the Song” Jan. 15, 9 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The concert includes performances by Kevin Gordon, Shannon McNally, Paul Burch, The Levees, Monty Russell and Alan West Brockman. $10; call 601-948-0888.


LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Square Books Jr. Story Time Jan. 16, 10 a.m., at Square Books Jr. (111 Courthouse Square, Oxford). The featured book is “Milo Armadillo” by Jan Fearnley. Call 662-236-2207. “If Only I Had Known: A True Story” Jan. 21, 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 I-55 North). William H. Dodson signs copies of his book. Reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $23.95 book; call 601-366-7619. “I Was There When the Blues Was Red Hot” Jan. 21, 5 p.m., at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St.). “Bluesman of the Year” Fernando Jones will read and sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase. Free, call 662-887-9539.

CREATIVE CLASSES Marvelous Multiples Childbirth Classes Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Get instruction on pregnancy, nutritional needs, relaxation techniques, birth and emotional aspects of having multiples. Registration required. $15 for materials ($100 if not delivering at Baptist); call 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262. Mostly Monthly Ceili Jan. 17, 2 p.m., at Fenian’s (901 E. Fortification St.). A family-friendly gathering of musicians and dancers willing to teach and learn Irish dancing. Menu items available, especially Fenian’s Sunday Brunch (until 3 p.m.) Free; e-mail emeraldrose2@yahoo.com. “Building Your Future in the Arts” Artist Seminar Jan. 21, 9 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The seminar will include promotional ideas, strategies for working in schools and cultural institutions and tips on developing artsintegrated lesson plans. Available to those on the Mississippi Arts Commission artist roster or those interested in applying. Reservation deadline is Jan. 14. Free; call 601-359-6529. Big Slick Poker Boot Camp Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m., at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Learn the tricks of the trade from professional poker player Vanessa Rousso. $299; call 561-351-6248. Stringing Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601-664-0411. Events at Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway (Township at Colony Park), Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • Fish Cookery Class Jan. 14, 9 a.m. Learn professional methods for choosing and cooking fish, as well as making accompanying sauces. $79. • One-Day Culinary Basics Jan. 16, 2 p.m. Learn kitchen terminology and learn basic skills such as using a knife, cooking rice and making a vinaigrette. $135. • Superfoods Workshop Jan. 20, 6 p.m. Learn how to incorporate high-nutrient foods into your daily meals. $89.

GALLERIES “A Walk Through the Arts” Jan. 14, 6 p.m., at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (1120 Riverside Drive). Includes a chili supper and a silent auction. APAC Fine Arts T-shirts will be available to purchase. Sponsored by A-Cubed (Artists, Advocates, & Accolades). $5 individuals, $10 immediate families; call 601-960-5387, 601-9605300, 601-960-5303.

Artist Reception Jan. 21, 10 a.m., at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony). Featured works by Christy Henderson. Free, artwork for sale; call 601-607-4147. Belhaven Faculty Exhibition Jan. 21-Feb 15, at Belhaven University - Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). (Opening reception is Jan. 21, 6–8 p.m.) Paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography by the Belhaven Visual Arts faculty. Free; call 601-965-7026. Glass Gallery through Mar. 31, at Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Avenue). Recent work by Andrew Cary Young and other studio artists will be on display. Free; call 601-353-2497. 2010 Exhibits ongoing, at One Blu Wall (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists throughout the year include Katie Drummonds, Kyle Goddard, Allan Inman, LaTricia Graves and more. Photography by Christina Cannon (starting Jan. 20), Howard Barron, Roy J. Gattuso, Gerard L. Howard, William Patrick Butler and others will also be on display. Free; call 601-713-1224.

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EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Jim Henson’s Fantastic World through Mar. 14. This exhibition presents original artwork, including drawings and cartoons, as well as other objects like puppets and movie props. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students; call 601-960-1515. • “The Mississippi Story” ongoing. Comprised of artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Mississippi Story reveals the remarkable history of visual arts in the Magnolia State. Free. • Icons of the Permanent Collection ongoing. Paintings of the American landscape by artists such as John Marin, Will Henry Stevens and Kate Freeman Clark are on display. A 14-panel panorama by William Dunlap can be viewed in Trustmark Grand Hall. Free. “Back to Nature” through Feb. 1, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Dr.). Photographers are invited to submit photos of scenes from around and inside the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, with the winners receiving awards and having their work displayed in the museum. Free; call 601-354-7303. Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi Exhibit through Jan. 30, at Meridian Museum of Art (628 25th Ave., Meridian). Works by artists such as Jerri Sherer, George Berry and Stephanie Dwyer will be on display. The exhibit will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 and will continue through Jan. 30. The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with artwork for sale; call 601693-1501 or 601-856-7546. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/ end date and time, street address, cost, Web link, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601-51-9019. 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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THE WIZARD OF OZ Presented by W. Kessler Ltd. Thalia Mara Hall, January 14th & 15th, 7:30pm 601-981-1847, www.kesslerbroadway.com CULTURE

THE LEGACY OF TIMBUKTU: WONDERS OF THE WRITTEN WORD EXHIBITION International Museum of Muslim Culture 601-960-0440, www.muslimmuseum.org MUSIC

LAST WALTZ ENSEMBLE Hal & Mal’s, January 16th, 9pm 601-948-0888, www.halandmals.com

BE THE CHANGE The World Through Lou’s Lens through Jan. 25, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). An exhibit showcasing 80 years of Lou Shornick’s photography along with pieces donated by various local artists such as Anthony DiFatta, Tony Davenport and Bill Wilson. All proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to the Kids Fund established at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to support the launch of Mississippi Music N’ Motion, a new music education program for underprivileged students. Call 601-960-1557.

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CHICK-FIL-A Stop by Chick-fil-A for the Chicken Sandwich or the Chicken Nuggets.

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The Chicago Blues Ensemble Jan. 21, 4 p.m., at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). The student group from Columbia College, led by Professor Fernando Jones, will perform. Call 662-887-9539.

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and reunions are invariably letdowns. They are greeted with massive amounts of hype, only to result in tepid records. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is flying counter to this. Last month the band released its first original LP in seven years, “Pin Points & Gin Joints.” While largely unpublicized, the album displays the sound of a band no longer concerned with pleasing the masses, but rather interested in simply making music. The Bosstones is one of the more improbable pop music stories of the 1990s. It made its debut in 1990 with “Devil’s Night Out,” essentially inventing the ska-core genre in the process. The self-explanatory style combined Two-Toneinspired ska and hardcore punk, two of the less commercially successful genres of the decade. Yet in 1997, the Bosstones caught lightning in a bottle with the hit single, “The Impression That I Get.” The song ultimately proved to be the band’s downfall, though, as it was never able to produce anything as catchy again. The Bosstones broke up in 2004 after two failed albums, and its members pursued various other projects. The draw to return to the studio was apparently impossible to resist for the band, though, and “Pin Points & Gin Joints” is the byproduct.

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Music Worth Hearing The new album opens with a high point in “Graffiti Worth Reading,” which sounds as if it could have come from a Specials album save for singer Dicky Barrett’s distinctive sand-papery voice. The song has a crisp horn line, bouncing bass line and energy abounding. The flavor of the song leans considerably harder toward ska than hardcore. This can be said for much of the album. There is obvious emphasis on the horn lines, which are the strongest since the Bosstones’ commercial breakthrough, “Let’s Face It.” Furthermore, the group sacrifices some of the edge of its earlier albums for a more refined pop sound. Of course, this doesn’t mean there is any dearth in attitude. “You Left Right?” replays a not-so-fond reunion with an ex-girlfriend with Barrett’s spitting, sneering Boston accent highlighting the chorus. “Wasted Summers” is an emphatic middle finger to former Boston Red Sox center-fielder Johnny Damon, who left the city for the hated New York Yankees in 2005. The subject matter comes off as either passionate or confounding, depending on your enthusiasm for baseball. The album is thankfully not devoid of the band’s punk influences. “Too Many Stars” is an angry war

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protest song that would fit comfortably on the band’s finest 1994 album, “Question the Answers.” The album is far from perfect, though. A few of the songs dip into mopey self-reflection (“A Pretty Sad Excuse”) that no doubt would have drawn 1990s Dicky Barrett’s ire. A few other instantly forgettable filler tracks (“Death Valley Vipers,” “Your Life”) could have easily been left on the cutting-room floor. Regardless of these few misfires, though, the album represents a return to form for the Bosstones. It plays like a band freed from the weight of expectations and focused simply on forcing the listener to have a good time. With “Pin Points & Gin Joints,” the Bosstones makes it difficult to resist.

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GEAR Bach stradivarius trombone Bach Stradivarius professional trombone w/ F -rotary valve, Excellent condition. Dynamic tonal quality. $1,600.00 Call:- 769 232 2415 Bass gear Quality professional gear. Swr Silverado combo. 350 watts RMS. $400. New aoustic 200 watt bass head $200. Two Swr 1 15’ and horn cabinets $250 ea. Loud and Clean Sold seperately or together. (601) 214-4412 Professional Sound Engineers Need sound equipment or just a couple of engineers at your next event call Daniel 601.488.0436 any venue large or small anywhere in the south. Complete PA Huge carvin pa for sale, all accessories, cables, processors, mics, stands, lights, amps, etc. Over $20,000 in gear to sell for best offers. Equipment is in as new condition. (225) 341-9391 Guitar Gear - Must Sell!! Vox AD120VTH Valvetronix Stereo Head $400, 1x12 and 2x12 cabinets- $80-$125. (601) 540-1739 Baby Blue Electric Bass Baby Blue Electric Bass, Excellent condition ’75 Fender Music Master, short scale. $600.00 firm. Call Tim or email reeves@cgdsl.net (601) 665-5976 Need extra sound? Need sound or just an engineer at your next event call Daniel 601.488.0436 or Mike 601.291.9713. 1 - 1604vlz 1 - pmp-5000 - powered mixer 10 - b1520 pro - speaker cabinets 6 - b1800x pro - sub cabinets 4 - f1520 pro - monitor cabinets 5 - ep1500 - power amps 2 - ep2500 - power amps 1 - 266xl - compressor limiter 2 - s - 3-way crossover 2 - ew165g2 e865 - wireless mics 6 - pr99 - mics. Lighting also available: 6 - Scanners 12 - Par Cans 1- Lazer

MISCELLANEOUS Need A Few Good Musicians Interested In Helping To Set Up Music Non-profit Organization (Centered Around The Blues) For Disadvantaged Youths In The Jackson Metropolitan Area? If So, I Am Looking To Talk To You. Need Musicians Who Can Teach Everything From Banjo, Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Fiddle, Accordion, Harmonica, Piano, Etc., Etc. Come Be A Part Of This Great Project! (601) 924-0210.

MUSICIANS AVAILABLE Metal Vocalist Seeking Band Exp’d metal vocalist with wide range. Influences: Lamb of God, Opeth, WhiteChapel, etc. Scream and Sing. Contact David for more info davida2318@gmail.com (601) 201-3815 Musician Available 25 Years experience playing Drums, Guitar & Bass. Recently relocated to Jackson from Memphis, TN. All genres of music. Contact Tim at 601-665-5976. Or email: reeves@cgdsl.net Serious inquires only.

Drummer Available Mature/seasoned drummer available. Have played everything from country to Christian Contemporary. Would like to join existing band or form new one with seasoned musicians ONLY...no beginners please! Would like to play classic rock, blues and/ or contemporary. Call if interested. (601) 613-5835 Looking to Start Band I am a bass player new in town and looking to start a band in Jackson area...need guitarist..drummer...and lead vocals.......no specific genre preferred but will be based on rock and metal.(no death or black metal)...ive played in several bands and played out hundreds of times.....i can get gigs...if interested or for more info please call Chris @ 386-365-2944 Drummer Available 41 Year Old Drummer Looking To Play With Existing Group Or Start One. Great Love For The Instrument And Really Want To Put Something Together For Fun And Profit (Gigs 1-3 Month). Rock, Classic Rock, Pop, Jazz, And Swing. Good Chops And Attitude, No Ego, Just Want To Play. Call Bill @ 601-955-7924 Or E-mail At Wricha2796@aol. Com. (601) 955-7924 Female Vocalist Seeking Band I am a 16-year-old female vocalist seeking a synthpop or rock band. Ages of band members preferrably 25 years or younger due to parental objections. Contact by email at freezepopforever10 29@hotmail.com. Old Drummer Available! Drummer available: most recently, i have played with the veterans of foreign bars band. Interested in playing blues, funk, soul, maybe country. I am an older guy and settled in for the duration. I would be interested in a steady band, fill-in, and, possibly, a new start-up. Let me hear: mcdrum89@yahoo.Com or call 601-832-0831 Drummer Looking For Band I’m an experienced drummer looking to form/join a band. I have mostly played metal, but I am open to rock/hard rock/metal, etc. Call Dave at (769) 226-0845.

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SKILLET - Monster PUDDLE OF MUDD - Spaceship THREE DAYS GRACE - Break SLIPKNOT - Snuff SHINEDOWN - If You Only Knew MUDVAYNE - Scream With Me RISE AGAINST - Savior THEM CROOKED VULTURES - New Fang FLYLEAF - Again ATREYU – Storm To Pass

JAN. 14, THURSDAY F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Blues at Sunset Challenge Band 5 p.m. free Fenian's - St. Brigid's (Irish Folk) 8:30-11:30 p.m. free Underground 119 - Cucho & Los Papis (Latin Jazz) 8-12 a.m. free The Auditorium - Larry Brewer 7:30-9 p.m. Cherokee Inn - D'lo Trio (Americana) 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 8 p.m. $5 Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. Ole Tavern - DJ Nick 9 p.m. Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. AJ's Seafood - Hunter Gibson 6:30-10 p.m. free Poets II - Karaoke 10 p.m. Fitzgerald's - Adib 8-12 a.m. Pop's Saloon - Open Mic Huntington's - Andy Hardwick 6-9 p.m. Castaways - Karaoke 6-10 p.m. Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac (country/dance/rock) 9 p.m. McB's - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Two River's, Canton - Fulkerson/ Pace 6:30-10:30 p.m. Eli's Treehouse, V'burg - Karaoke 8 p.m. Pool Hall - DJ Mike 8:30 p.m.

JAN. 15, FRIDAY Hal & Mal's Big Room - Singer/ Songwriter Louisiana Hayride: Kevin Gordon, Shannon McNally, Paul Burch, The Levees, Monty Russell, Alan West Brockman 9 p.m. $10 Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Bofus 9 p.m. free F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Jarekus Singleton Band 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Martin's - Dirtfoot (gypsy alt.boogie) 10 p.m. www.dirtfoot.com Ole Tavern - Bulletproof Vests, Jump Back Jake (Memphis Rock/ Soul) 10 p.m. jumpbackjake.com Underground 119 - The Fearless Four (Jazz) 9-12 a.m. $10 Fire - Hells Bells (AC/DC tribute) 9 p.m. $10, 18+ $15 myspace.com/ hellsbellsrocks Shucker's - The Rainmakers (classic rock) 8-1 a.m. Pelican Cove - DoubleShotz 6-10 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Schimmel's - Dr. D (blues) 6-9 p.m. free Fitzgerald's - Tonya Youngblood 8-12 a.m. Huntington's - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Electric Cowboy - DJ Terry (country/dance/rock) 9 p.m. McB's - Home Remedy 8-11:30 p.m. Cultural Expressions - Reggae/HipHop/Old School Night 9 p.m. $5 Footloose - Karaoke 9-1 a.m. free

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Regency - Topper Soulshine, Old Fannin - Mark Whittington 6:30 p.m. Soulshine, Township - Aubrey Holman 8 p.m. Pop's Saloon - Travis Clark Dick & Jane's - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Reed Pierce's - Snazz RJ Barrel, Canton - Big Juv Brawley 8-10 p.m. Ameristar, V'burg - Jila Roberts & Urban Myth 8 p.m. Beau Rivage, Biloxi - Tony Bennett $65+ Pool Hall - Kareoke w/Ricky Sounds 9 p.m.

JAN. 16, SATURDAY St. James Episcopal Church - Miss. Academy of Ancient Music: Sequentia (medieval vocals/flute/ harp) 7:30 p.m. $20 sequentia.org Hal & Mal's Red Room - Last Waltz Ensemble, Timbers Waltrip (Dylan/The Band) 9 p.m. $10 www.lastwaltzlive.com Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Common Ground Blues Band 9 p.m. free Ole Tavern - The Peoples 10 p.m. Sam's Lounge - Shaun Patterson 10 p.m. Underground 119 - Swing de Paris (Gypsy Jazz) 9-12 a.m. $10 F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon's Miss. Sound w/Jackie Bell 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Shucker's - The Rainmakers (classic rock) 8-1 a.m. McB's - Juvenators (blues/rock) 811:30 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Travelin' Jane 6-10 p.m. Schimmel's - Akami Graham & the Key of G (R&B) 9 p.m. $5 Cultural Expressions - Kamikaze & Yardboy (hip-hop/Soul)9 p.m. $5 Electric Cowboy - Ocean Street (rock) 9 p.m. Touch Nightclub - DJ 2 Tall 10 p.m. 18+ Pop's Saloon - Travis Clark Dick & Jane's - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Regency - Topper Fitzgerald's - Tonya Youngblood 8-12 a.m. Huntington's - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Footloose Bar, Hwy 80 - Doug Frank SurRealLife (blues/rock) 9 p.m. www.myspace.com/ dougfrankmusic Club Clarion - DJ Koinonia Coffee - Gospoetry 8-12 p.m. $5 Reed Pierce's - Back 40 Ameristar, V'burg - Jila Roberts & Urban Myth 8 p.m.

JAN. 17, SUNDAY Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgerald's - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m.

Willie Nelson - House of Blues, N.O.; 1/16 I.P. Casino, Biloxi Los Lobos - MSU Riley Center, Meridian Gov’t Mule - Lyric, Oxford Fiery Furnaces - One Eyed Jack’s, New Orleans The Residents - Hi-Tone, Memphis John Mayer / Michael Franti - BJCC Arena, Birmingham RJD2 - Lyric, Oxford Black Eyed Peas - BJCC Arena, Birmingham Tortoise - Bottletree, Birmingham Blondie - I.P. Casino, Biloxi Drivin’ N Cryin’ - Isle Casino, Biloxi

Pelican Cove - The Pates 2-6 p.m. Sophia's, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Robert's Walthall Lounge, 2nd floor Ball Room - Spoken Word Poetry / Def Poet Malik Yusef, ScrapDirty, CockyMcfly, DJ Young Venom+ 7-12 a.m. (food/ art/poetry) $10 Shucker's - Rhythm Masters 3-7 p.m. free The Hill - Open Blues Jam 6-11 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 7-11 p.m. free Cultural Expressions - Open Mic Poetry 8 p.m. $5

JAN. 18, MONDAY Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Martin's - Open Mic 10 p.m. free Fenian's - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Fitzgerald's - Hunter & Rick 8-12 a.m. Huntington's - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m.

JAN. 19, TUESDAY Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fenian's - Open Mic 9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Martin's - Karaoke 10 p.m. Shucker's - The Xtremes 7-11 p.m. free Fitzgerald's, Hilton - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Huntington's - Jimmy Jarrett 6-9 p.m. Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB's - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Cafe 101, 101 South St - Open Mic (blues/poetry) 7 p.m. $5, 601353-0434 Final Destination - Open Mic

JAN. 20, WEDNESDAY Fenian's - Open Mic Contest Winner 9-12 a.m. free Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Hal & Connie (Folk) 8 p.m. free F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Shucker's - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 7:30-11 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Karaoke Contest 6-10 p.m. Kathryn's - Larry Brewer 6:30-9:30 p.m. Last Call Sports Grill - Karaoke 9 p.m. Ole Tavern - Karaoke Fitzgerald's - Rainmaker's 8-12 a.m. Huntington's - Adib 6-9 p.m. Regency - Snazz The Auditorium - Karaoke 9-12 a.m. Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. free Time Out - Shaun Patterson Electric Cowboy - Karaoke McB's - Houseband 7 p.m. free Eli's Treehouse, V'burg - Karaoke 8 p.m.


venuelist Wednesday, January 13th Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944 Freelon’s Bar And Groove 440 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-5357 (hip-hop) Fusion Coffeehouse Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub 6340 Ridgewood Court, Jackson, 601-977-9920 Gold Strike Casino 1010 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, 888-245-7529 Grand Casino Biloxi 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, 228-436-2946 Grand Casino Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 North, Robinsonville, 800-39-GRAND The Green Room 444 Bounds St., Jackson, 601-713-3444 Ground Zero Blues Club 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, 662-621-9009 Grownfolks’s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Mal’s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hamp’s Place 3028 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-981-4110 (dance/dj) Hard Rock Biloxi 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-ROCK Hat & Cane 1115 E. McDowell Rd., Jackson, 601-352-0411 Hauté Pig 1856 Main St., Madison, 601853-8538 Here We Go Again 3002 Terry Road, Jackson, 601-373-1520 The Hill Restaurant 2555 Valley St., Jackson, 601-373-7768 Horizon Casino Mulberry Lounge 1310 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, 800-843-2343 Horseshoe Bar 5049 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-6191 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 800-303-7463 The Hunt Club 1525 Ellis Ave., Jackson, 601-944-1150 Huntington Grille 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, 601-957-1515 The Ice House 515 S. Railroad Blvd., McComb, 601-684-0285 (pop/rock) JC’s 425 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, 601-362-3108 James Meredith Lounge 217 Griffith St. 601-969-3222 Julep Restaurant and Bar 105 Highland Village, Jackson, 601-362-1411 Kathryn’s Steaks and Seafood 6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. 601-956-2803 Koinonia Coffee House 136 S. Adam St., Suite C, Jackson, 601-960-3008 LaRae’s 210 Parcel Dr., Jackson, 601-944-0660 Last Call Sports Grill 1428 Old Square Road, Jackson, 601-713-2700 The Library Bar & Grill 120 S. 11th St., Oxford, 662-234-1411 The Loft 1306 A. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-629-6188 The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford. 662-234-5333 Main Event Sports Bar & Grill 4659 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9987 Manda’s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McB’s Restaurant 815 Lake Harbor Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 (pop/rock) Mellow Mushroom 275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-7499 Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music 103 Magnolia, Edwards, 601-977-7736 Mississippi Coliseum 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, 601-353-0603 Mississippi Opera P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, 877-MSOPERA, 601-960-2300 Mississippi Opry 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Brandon, 601-331-6672 Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, 800-898-5050 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 2531 N. State St., Jackson, 601-354-6021 Monte’s Steak and Seafood 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-8182 Mugshots 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-713-0383 North Jackson Pockets 109 Culley Dr., Jackson, 601- 362-4939 Okasions 1766 Ellis Avenue, Jackson, 601-373-4037 Old Venice Pizza Co. 1428 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-366-6872

Ole Tavern on George Street 416 George St., Jackson, 601-960-2700 Olga’s 4760 I-55 North, Jackson, 601-366-1366 (piano) One to One Studio 121 Millsaps Ave., in the Millsaps Arts District, Jackson One Blue Wall 2906 N State St., Jackson, 601-713-1224 Peaches Restaurant 327 N. Farish St., Jackson, 601-354-9267 Pelican Cove 3999A Harborwalk Dr., Ridgeland, 601-605-1865 Pig Ear Saloon 160 Weisenberger Rd., Gluckstadt, 601-898-8090 Pig Willies 1416 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-634-6872 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Pop’s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larry’s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, 662-236-0050 The Pub Hwy. 51, Ridgeland, 601-898-2225 The Quarter Bistro & Piano Bar 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-4900 Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-2520 Red Room 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson (Hal & Mal’s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierce’s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601-376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rick’s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookie’s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Sam’s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Sam’s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Schimmel’s Fine Dining 2615 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-7077 Scrooge’s 5829 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-206-1211 Shuckers on the Reservoir 116 Conestoga Rd., Ridgeland, 601-853-0105 Silver Star Casino Hwy. 16 West, Choctaw, 800-557-0711 Soop’s The Ultimate 1205 Country Club Dr., Jackson, 601-922-1402 (blues) Soulshine Pizza 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Brandon, 601-919-2000 Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646 Sportsman’s Lodge 1220 E. Northside Dr. at I-55, Jackson, 601-366-5441 Steam Room Grille 5402 Interstate-55 Frontage Road. 601-899-8588 Stone Pony Oyster Bar 116 Commercial Parkway, Canton, 601-859-0801 Super Chikan’s Place 235 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, 662-627-7008 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, 601-960-1535 Thirsty Hippo 211 Main St., Hattiesburg, 601-583-9188 (indie/alt.rock/jam/world) Time Out Sports Bar 6270 Old Canton Rd., 601-978-1839 Touch Night Club 105 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-969-1110 Two Rivers Restaurant 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9979 (blues) Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180 Two Stick 1107 Jackson Ave., Oxford, 662-236-6639 Tye’s 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601949-3434 Under the Boardwalk 2560 Terry Rd., Jackson, 601-371-7332 (country/classic rock) Underground 119 119 S. President St. 601352-2322 VB’s Premier Sports Bar 1060 County Line Rd., Ridgland, 601-572-3989 VFW Post 9832 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, 601-982-9925 Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 866-822-6338 Walker’s Drive-In 3016 N. State St., Jackson, 601-982-2633 (jazz/pop/folk) The Warehouse 9347 Hwy 18 West, Jackson, 601-502-8580 (pop/rock) Wired Expresso Cafe 115 N. State St. 601-500-7800

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61 South - Rainbow Casino 1380 Warrenton Rd., Vicksburg, 800-503-3777 88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800-700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 111 Colony Crossing, Suite 130, Madison, 601-607-3171 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Castaways 135 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, 601-856-1680 (pop/rock) Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Cerami’s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club O’Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickett’s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neosoul/hip-hop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601-346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601-944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Edison Walthall Hotel 225 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-948-6161 Electric Cowboy 6107 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-899-5333 (country/rock/dance) elixir 4800 1-55 N, Jackson, 601-981-7896 Executive Place 2440 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-987-4014 F. Jones Corner 303 N. Farish St. 601983-1148 Fenian’s 901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, 601-948-0055 (rock/Irish/folk) Fire 209 Commerce St., Jackson, 601592-1000 (rock/dance/dj) Final Destination 5428 Robinson Rd. Ext., Jackson, (pop/rock/blues) Fitzgerald’s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Flood’s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094

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To Thine Own Self Be True— XENÏA ANTUNES

Transcending Your “Types”

ROLEPLAY xploring new types? Decide which ones will help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be, then try on a new type once a week. Not the risk-taking, live outside-thebox type? Forgo the old standby in favor of an unlikely ethnic restaurant next time you go out for dinner, or take a trip to someplace well outside your comfort zone. Not the creative, artistic type? Forget

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ust because you don’t want to be associated 100 percent with one of your types doesn’t mean you have to let it go entirely. Search for ways to “spin” them so they work to your advantage. Don’t always want to lead at work? Mentor someone else in the office—especially someone with interesting ideas but who’s inclined to take the back seat—to fearlessly lead the next project. Doing so will relieve you of the stress of having to be in control, but puts your tendencies to good use.

really looks like. You must peel them away one layer at a time, taking stock of the relevant and shedding the extraneous. Redesigning yourself is possible. But like any process, realization takes time and hard work. Before beginning the process, it’s necessary to take stock of the traits others have cast on you, the tendencies you have for perceiving the world and how you respond to life (or don’t), accordingly. C. G. Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology, wrote the preeminent work of scholarship regarding this topic. In “Psychological Types,” he categorized people into four primary types based on consciousness functions: two “perceiving types” (sensation and intuition) and two “judging types” (thinking and feeling). He then noted “attitude types” (extraversion or introversion) modifiy the functions. Personality assessment models, including the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, use Jung’s work as a springboard. MBTI, created by the mother/daughter team Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, was meant to help women entering the World War II work force to identify positions that would help them feel “most comfortable and effective.” Since then, the assessment has shown up in a multitude of applications, including watered-down Internet versions where test-takers can attain their type with just a few clicks. Some academics believe such indicators lack validity. Some say that just because an indicator points one to a specific type, it doesn’t mean people should think they can’t transcend it. At the very least, they can learn to use their opposite psychological preferences, becoming more behaviorally flexible. I recently began tackling each of my types separately. I’m an INFP (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving) according to Myers-Briggs, but decided there were certain roles I’d been playing since childhood that I didn’t like (the timid, self-depreciating role), and others that I wanted to keep (the graceful, balanced role). I set aside time to understand the qualities I wanted to hold on to: What it was about them that seemed genuine? I am proud to be the organized type—a

your penchant for the ordinary, and sign up for a drawing class, attend a knitting circle, or go see a play or art-house film. Not the nurturing type? Volunteer at a local retirement community or animal shelter, or become a big sister or brother. Add your ideas at jacksonfreepress.com. quality that improves my work and keeps stress at bay. I also figured being a kindhearted type serves others in my life more than another type might. It’s a keeper along with the giving type, and healthful type. Then I turned my attention to the types I wanted to dump into the waste bin, the ones that have been holding me back from leading a fuller, happier life. I started with the shy type. I once worked in public relations, and every morning I would approach the office anxious at the prospect of being “social” for my job. I sucked it up, only to leave the office feeling like a giant had planted itself on my back. I was stressed out and unhappy. Most days I just wanted to crawl into a hole. I decided to rethink shyness. Why couldn’t I be more outgoing? Who was it that decided—when I was 2 and hiding behind my mother’s legs—that I would spend the rest of my life as the “shy child”? Casting off shyness didn’t mean I’d instantly turn into a social butterfly. I’m still not the life of the party, and I’m uncomfortable being the center of attention. But my vow to talk to more people and not be as frightened to open up to strangers in a social or work-related setting, has been a healthy physical and spiritual change in my life. Anyone can learn to reject the types that aren’t useful to their life, and celebrate the ones that are. You might even meet some types on your journey that you didn’t know existed. Recently, I met and made friends with my humorous type, my daring type and my girly, more feminine type. Every now and then when I feel them slipping away and the old types begin to infiltrate, I invite my new friends to coffee. And the conversation is never short of lively.

FURTHER AFIELD The Myers-Briggs Foundation: www.myersbriggs.org The Keirsey Temperament Sorter: www.keirsey.com


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t may be surprising to learn that one of the more widely consumed beverages on the planet—second only to water—came about by accident. According to legend, as Chinese Emperor Shen Nung boiled his drinking water over an open fire, a leaf from a nearby plant fell into his cup and turned the water brown. Intrigued, Shen Nung tasted the strange concoction and found the beverage invigorating, and believed it gave him contentment and determination. Five thousand years after Shen Nung’s discovery, the world consumes more than 2.5 million metric tons of tea each year. Today, we drink virtually the same tea that Shen Nung drank the day he discovered it. Americans alone drink 140 million cups of tea each day, 80 percent in the form of iced tea. Like hot tea, iced tea was an accident. History credits Englishman Richard Blechynden with the invention during a sweltering day at the 1904 World’s Fair when he added ice to his hot tea to boost his slumping sales. However, some evidence has shown that southerners knew about this refreshing beverage long before then. Most tea comes from three countries: a specific growing region that spreads across eastern and southern China; northern Myanmar; and the Assam state of India. All tea leaves are harvested from a plant known as Camellia sinensis. Similar to wine, it comes in many varietals that possess unique characteristics influenced by the region and the processing of the leaves. Harvesters pick only the top two inches of the plant. These buds and leaves are called flushes. If you were paying attention in your grade-school science class, you will recall that chlorophyll is what gives a leaf its green color. Once a leaf no longer produces chlorophyll, it begins to change color and die. After a tea leaf is picked, it begins to undergo the same process. In the tea industry, this process is known as fermentation. The techniques used to prevent fermentation create different types of tea. The most common teas on the market are white, green, Oolong and black. White tea is picked in early spring before the leaf buds have opened. Its name comes from the fine white hair found on the unopened shoots. Once picked, the leaves are allowed to wilt and then air dry. It has a nutty or vegetal flavor. Once harvested, green tea leaves are immediately heated to prevent wilting and fermentation. The leaves are typically more delicate and should be brewed in water cooler than boiling to prevent cooking the leaves and destroying the flavor, which is grassy and sweet. Oolong tea is only ferments partially— to a point between black and green. Heating the leaves interrupts the fermentation process. The leaves are then dried. Oolong tea possesses a floral flavor.

Black tea leaves, the most popular tea in America, dry on special racks to remove excess moisture. Once dry, a tea farmer rolls and twists the leaves by hand to release the leaf’s juices. It is then left to ferment and afterward dried in ovens. Black teas are known for their full-bodied flavors. When brewing that perfect cup, follow a few basic steps. Start with fresh cold water. You may think you are saving time by using hot tap water; however, hot tap water contains less oxygen and can produce a flat flavor. Heat your water according to the type of tea leaf. Brew white or green teas well below boiling, at 170-185 degrees Fahrenheit. Steep Oolong in water that is between 185210 degrees Fahrenheit. You can steep black tea in water that has just reached boiling. Pre-warm your teapot by swishing a little hot water around in it. Skipping this step will cause the water temperature to drop once it hits a cold pot. True tea connoisseurs only brew loose tea leaves. Confining tea to a teabag does not allow the leaves to unfurl and release their entire flavor. Typically, you should use one to two teaspoons per 8-ounce cup. Just as each tea varietal requires its own water temperature to unlock its flavors, the type also dictates how long you should steep. Steep white tea for 30 seconds to two minutes, green for one to three minutes, Oolong for three to five minutes, and black for three to five minutes. You can keep properly stored tea for up to one year. Just be sure to keep it away from air, light, heat, moisture and odors as these can alter or destroy a tea’s flavor. Also, do not store tea in the refrigerator or freezer, as condensation can ruin the leaves. After Shen Nung sipped his first cup of tea, he may not have been far off in his conclusions on how tea affects the body and mind. Studies have shown that drinking tea improves mental alertness, increases the body’s metabolic rate, lowers stress hormone levels and works as an antidepressant. Other studies conclude that tea is helpful in the treatment of certain medical conditions such as atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes prevention and Alzheimer’s.


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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Wonderful atmosphere and service. Voted Best Wine Selection and Best Chef in 2009, Bravo! walks away with tons of awards every year.

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Alumni House (574 Hwy 51 Ridgeland 601-605-9903, 110 Bass Pro, Pearl, 601-896-0253) Good bar food, big portions and burgers (with “blackened” as an option) known for their sweet buns. Televisions throughout, even small tubes at your table. Po-boys, quesadillas; good stuff! Fenianʼs Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers including Guinness and Harp on tap. Free live music most nights; Irish/Celtic bands on Thursdays. Cool Alʼs (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A standard in Best of Jackson, Al’s stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. Or try pineapple chicken, smoked sausage...or the nationally recognized veggie burger. Fitzgeralds at the Hilton (1001 East County Line Road, 601-957-2800) Bar favorites with a Gulf Coast twist like Gumbo Ya Ya, Shrimp Cocktail and Pelahatchie artisan sausage and cheese antipasto. Plus grilled oysters, tournedos of beef, chicken pontabla and of course the fried stuff—oysters, catfish, shrimp, seafood or chicken. Did we mention the bar? Hammontreeʼs RJ Barrel (N Union St, Canton 601-667-3518) Americana at its best. Sandwiches, BBQ, and kids running around the Canton Square. Don’t miss the homemade crust for pizza and calzones, however. Nice beer selection, too. Hal and Malʼs (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Repeat winner of Best of Jackson’s “Best Place for Live Music.” Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Try chili cheese fries, chicken nachos or the shrimp & pork eggrolls. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martinʼs Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Ole Tavern (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered union rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Shuckerʼs Oyster Bar (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland 601-853-0105) Serious about oysters? Try ‘em on the half shell, deep-fried, charred from the oven or baked in champagne. Plus po-boys, pub favorites, burgers, mufalettas, pizza, seafood and steaks! Sportsmanʼs Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, and fried seafood baskets. Try the award-winning wings in Buffalo, Thai or Jerk sauces! The Regency (400 Greymont Ave. 601-969-2141) Reasonably priced buffet Monday through Friday featuring all your favorites. Daily happy hour, live bands and regular specials. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Pelican Cove Grill (3999A Harbor Walk Drive 601-605-1865) Great rez view! Shrimp and seafood appetizers, soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, plus po-boys, catfish baskets, and dinners from the grill including mahi-mahi and reggae ribs. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat.

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hess has an unusual place in the American sports imagination. It’s a reliable sports cliché spouted by almost every commentator: Don’t you know that every game of baseball, basketball, and football is really a “chess match”? The cliché foregrounds the psychological and strategic elements of the more familiar game but, of course, the comparison is unfair and misleading about all games. Unfortunately, interest in international chess has suffered because of the problems that have plagued the World Chess Federation, also known as the Fédération Internationale des Échecs, or FIDE, which governs international chess. Due to irreconcilable conflicts, the world champion Garry Kasparov and a challenger, Nigel Short, created the Professional Chess Association as a rival organization as recently as 1993. The major dispute between the FIDE and Kasparov occurred when the former’s president unilaterally gave Manchester, England, the bid for a world championship. Kasparov’s distrust of FIDE extended to his sense that it had frustrated his career by capitulating to political pressures from the U.S.S.R., his home country. From 1993 to 1996, the Professional Chess Association rivaled the established FIDE for attention, before eventually folding. Refusing to review its organizational flaws, the older organization retaliated by stripping Kasparov of his title. (In an interesting side note, then-FIDE President Florencio Campomanes was tried for grafting a Philippine sports organization in 2003.) The Kasparov break revealed the organization fault lines within the chess world. For several generations, FIDE was subject to corruption and venality violations, and has made grievous decisions to appease member countries, when necessary. Also, since the 1970s, it has aggressively added member countries. As many high-level players see it, the unintended consequence of expansion has been that some players can politically and competitively manipulate the sport. A Jackson native, James Morris has been an avid chess player for more than 40 years, since Bobby Fischer’s rise sparked his interest. He watched the young American prodigy overtake some of Russia’s finest players. Since then, he has competed as an amateur in international “1600 and Under” tournaments and taught chess to students at the elementary and secondary levels in the Jackson area. Since Morris learned the game while living in Chicago, it has lost some of its appeal to a general audience. Chess has fallen behind other competitive games for a number of reasons, but a lack of young superstars is not one of them. Last year, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, at age 18, became the world’s youngest No. 1 player. He has gained another advantage by receiving training from Kasparov the last few years. “Carlsen has the gift, and the study hours, to achieve that. He

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Why Chess Still Matters

Doctor S sez: Attention, Saints: It’s OK to start playing well again. THURSDAY, JAN. 14 Men’s college basketball, Arkansas at Mississippi State (6 p.m., Starkville, ESPN, 105.9 FM): The Dogs face the Hogs in MSU’s SEC home opener.

Jackson chess champion James Morris (right) with his student Edward Williams (center) and chess legend Bruce Pandolfini (left).

is the future of chess,” Morris said. Carlsen’s best performance was probably against Levon Aronian in Bilbao in 2008. Early in that game, be recognized that Aronian was implementing a variation of the anti-Benoni attack. He responded with the Spielmann defense, named after a Rudolf Spielmann, an Austrian player who passed away in 1942. Carlsen’s appraisal and response to Aronian’s strategies confirmed both his natural gift and studied hand. Returning to chess as sports cliché, imagine what a game of basketball would actually be like if point guards and centers were as devoted to the history and strategy of the game as an average chess player. Hornets guard Chris Paul would recognize the first thirty minutes of a game as the same hundred moves as a Rockets game in 1987. Lebron James, of the Cavaliers, would recognize the Bill Russell technique under the rim. Unfortunately, Carlsen will be denied a match against the world champion, Viswanathan Anand, for at least another year, dampening the enthusiasm for a potential match. Standing in their way is FIDE, which will ponderously field lucrative bids for venues in the next year or two. Additionally, Morris pointed to FIDE’s failure to respond to both players and fans: “The World Chess Federation is a troubled bureaucracy,” he said. “It sometimes locks players out of competing for the championship, because of tournament qualification rules. Of course, FIDE’s decisions are sometimes about politics and money, too.” Morris sees the growth of chess at the grassroots level, rather than FIDE. He has worked to integrate chess training into Jackson-area school curriculums. Over the last decade, he has worked with students at Siwell Middle School and the Madison County Chess Association. Perhaps chess will become a component of math classes, as it is in a number of Canadian schools. Any disinterest in chess also has to relate to a fading familiarity with the game. For an enthusiast like Morris, trying to establish chess training in public schools has a dual purpose of extending the game’s relevance and enriching his community. In meeting those challenges, he has struggled to acquire funding and staffing programs with qualified instructors.

FRIDAY, JAN. 15 College basketball, Centre at Millsaps (men, 6 p.m.; women, 8 p.m., Jackson): The Hangar will host a SCAC doubleheader involving the Majors and Majorettes. SATURDAY, JAN. 16 Men’s college basketball, Ole Miss at Tennessee (12:30 p.m., Knoxville, Tenn., Ch. 12, 97.3 FM): The Rebels will face a tough task when they call on the Vols, who knocked off top-ranked Kansas last weekend. … Georgia at Mississippi State (2 p.m., Starkville, ESPN or ESPN2, 105.9 FM): The Hump will be home to an SEC dogfight. … NFL football, NFC playoffs, Arizona at New Orleans (3:30 p.m., Ch. 40, 620 AM): Can the Saints get their mojo back in time to take down the high-flying Cardinals? … AFC playoffs, Baltimore at Indianapolis (7:15 p.m., Ch. 12): Four-time MVP Peyton Manning and the Colts play host to the dangerous Ravens. SUNDAY, JAN. 17 NFL football, NFC playoffs, Dallas at Minnesota (noon, Ch. 40): Old Man Favre and the Vikings face a red-hot America’s team. … AFC playoffs, New York Jets at San Diego (3 p.m., Ch. 12): Winning in Cincinnati was one thing; beating the Chargers on the road will be much tougher for the Jets. J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets! Sorry, couldn’t help it. MONDAY, JAN. 18 Men’s college basketball, Texas Southern at Jackson State (7:30 p.m., Jackson, 620 AM): The Tigers tangle with the Tigers in a SWAC catfight. TUESDAY, JAN. 19 Men’s college basketball, Tennessee at Alabama (6 p.m., ESPN): The Vols and Tide meet in a battle of two of the SEC’s top teams. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20 Men’s college basketball, Southern Miss at UAB (6:05 p.m., Birmingham, Ala., CSS, 1180 AM/103.3 FM): The Golden Eagles go to B’ham looking for their first C-USA road win. … South Carolina at Ole Miss (8 p.m., Oxford, CSS, 97.3 FM): The Rebels need to do a better job defending their homecourt. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S. Dial up JFP Sports at www. jacksonfreepress.com.


BY MATT JONES

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The number of bacteria per square inch on a toilet seat averages about 50. Meanwhile, your telephone harbors over 25,000 germs per square inch and the top of your desk has about 21,000. I’d like you to use this as a metaphor that you can apply more universally. According to my analysis, you see, you are over-emphasizing the risks and problems in one particular area of your life and underestimating them elsewhere. Spend some time this week correcting the misdiagnoses.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): One of my readers, Judd, shared his vision of how to cope with the blahs of January. Given your astrological omens, I’d say his strategy perfectly embodies the approach you should take right now. Please study his testimony below, and come up with your own ingenious variation. “On the coldest of days, my friends and I celebrate ‘scrufting,’ the art of enjoying the great outdoors with indoor furniture, while listening to loud indie rock and adorned in our grungiest slop-ware. Aided by Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, we curse and laugh at the constraints of winter by playing our favorite summer sports like Frisbee, hacky-sack and soccer.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s graduation time. Not in any officially recognized sense, maybe, but still: You have completed your study of a certain subject in the school of life. At a later date, maybe you will resume studying this subject on a higher level, but for now you’ve absorbed all you can. I suggest you give yourself a kind of final exam. (Be sure to grade it yourself.) You might also want to carry out a fun ritual to acknowledge the completion of this chapter of your story. It will free up your mind and heart to begin the next chapter.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Earth’s north magnetic pole is not the same as the geographic North Pole. If you take out a compass to orient yourself due north, the compass arrow will actually point toward a spot in the frigid wilds of Canada. But what’s really odd is that the north magnetic pole has been on the move since 1904––scientists don’t know exactly why––and has dramatically sped up in recent years. According to “National Geographic,” it’s now zooming toward Siberia at the rate of almost 40 miles per year. I suspect that your own metaphorical version of magnetic north will also be changing in 2010, Aries. By January 2011, the homing signal you depend on to locate your place in reality may have migrated significantly. This is a good time to start tracking the shift.

trust a little more and go deeper? As for Virgo: That under-self-confident person would really benefit from getting more appreciation from you. Don’t be stingy. Meanwhile, I think you’re suffering from a misunderstanding about an Aquarius. It will be in your selfish interest to clear it up. A few more tips: Don’t give up on Pisces. There’s more to come when the coast is clearer. Browse but don’t buy yet with a Leo. And make business, but not love or war, with a Capricorn.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I like it best when the creek that runs near my home is wide and deep. It gets that way at high tide, when the moon shepherds in a surge of water from the bay. As I gaze out at the swollen cascade, I feel full and fertile; everything’s right with the world. Inevitably, though, the tide goes out and the flow turns meek and narrow. Then my mood is less likely to soar. A slight melancholy may creep in. But I’ve learned to love that state, too––to derive a quiet joy from surveying the muddy banks where the water once ran, the muck imprinted with tracks of egrets and ducks. Besides, I know it’s only a matter of time before the tide shifts and the cascade returns. Enjoy your own personal version of the low-tide phase, Leo. High tide will be coming back your way soon.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): If you asked me to make you a mix tape that would be conducive for making love to, I wouldn’t be in the least surprised. These long January nights are ideal times for you Virgos to be unleashing your dormant passion and sharing volcanic pleasure and exploring the frontier where delight overlaps with wonder. In the compilation of tunes I’d create for you, I’d probably have stuff like “Teardrop” by Massive Attack, “Breathe Me” by Sia, “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse, and “6 Underground” by the Sneaker Pimps. But I think it’s a better idea for you to assemble your own soundtrack. Tell me about it if you do. I’m at Truthrooster@gmail.com.

“Initial Reaction”—letters, not words. Across 1 Numerical classification of some World War II U-boats 8 Necklace pieces 13 Butt 14 Person who keeps count 16 The U.S., in Mexican slang 17 Valentine sentiment to the 8089% crowd? 18 Actor Delon 19 “What ___ mind reader?” 21 “___ Tu” (hit 1973 song in Spanish) 22 Football, abroad 24 Mork’s home planet 25 John Irving’s “The World According to ___” 26 Thankful thought toward a universal blood type? 29 TV “Science Guy” Bill 30 Play the part 31 Mrs., in Madrid 32 Cloud shaped like a small Roman numeral? 36 Key on a PC 37 St. with many keys 38 Cross-country travelers

41 Tagline of a rap-oriented cologne slogan? 46 Pitcher Hershiser 47 Fair-hiring abbr. 48 Thing of little imporance 49 Skylab launcher 50 Hit for the Kinks 52 Current capital of Nigeria 53 Hassle at the local community gym? 55 Destroyer 57 Leaves stranded 58 Like some sea bass 59 ___ firma 60 Makes melancholy

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9 TV Tarzan and game show host Ron 10 Lesson taught through symbolism 11 Class project in a box 12 Harsh 14 Car in the Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun” 15 Bodily system that includes the lungs: abbr. 20 Term used in taste-testing 23 “Seacrest out” speaker 27 Columbus Day mo. 28 “For shame!” noise 32 It sets things apart 33 Critical hosp. wing 34 Right angle-shaped pipe 35 Winter spread? 36 Ugly statue, e.g. 38 Runaway from another country, perhaps 39 “Les Miserables” surname 40 Bear ___ (company in 2008 economic news) 41 Reach for 42 1997 biopic about a late Tejano singer 43 North Africans disputed in a “Seinfeld” Trivial Pursuit question 44 Pregnant 45 Like vulgar humor 46 Ender for “pseud-” 51 Rainbow shapes 54 Opposite of vert., on old TVs 56 “I get it now!” ©2009 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com) For answers to this puzzle, call: 1900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-6556548. Reference puzzle #0442.

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1 Crime against one’s country 2 Like old newspaper, color-wise 3 Grand style 4 Strong nickname for Beethoven’s Third Symphony 5 Surname of four generations of French painters in the Louvre 6 Savings acct. figure 7 Brainchild 8 Capital city of Mali

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous,” wrote W. Somerset Maugham. “On the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.” I think the trajectory of your journey during the last 12 months tends to confirm his theory, Taurus. According to my analysis, you set new benchmarks for your personal best in 2009, while at the same time becoming a wiser, riper human being. Congrats! Now get out there and capitalize on the grace you’ve earned. Be as organized as possible as you share the fruits of your progress.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The Onion,” which describes itself as “America’s Finest News Source,” ran a feature on the inventor Thomas Edison. He “changed the face of modern life in 1879,” said the report, “when he devised the groundbreaking new process of taking ideas pioneered by other scientists and marketing them as his own.” The tone was mocking, of course, but I’m perfectly sincere when I urge you to imitate Edison in the coming weeks. Given the current astrological omens, you’d be wise to take advantage of the breakthroughs of others and make good use of resources created by others. Just be sure that you give credit where credit is due, and you’ll actually be doing everyone a service.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): A Scorpio is willing and maybe even eager to share secrets with you. Can you marshal just the right amount of self-protection––not too much, not too little––to

The world’s tallest waterfall is Angel Falls in Venezuela. It was named after Jimmie Angel, an American who was the first person to fly a plane over it in 1933. Recently, Venezuela’s president suggested that this place should be officially renamed “Kerepakupai Meru,” which is what the indigenous Pemon Indians have always called it. The coming weeks happen to be a favorable time for you to consider making a comparable move, Libra: restoring a natural wonder to its original innocence; rehabilitating the truth about a beautiful resource; returning an old glory to its pristine state.

BY MATT JONES

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Last Week’s Answers

In the first half of 2010, your calling will be calling to you more loudly and insistently than it has in years. It will whisper to you seductively while you’re falling asleep. It will clang like a salvation bell during your mid-morning breaks. It will soothe you with its serpentine tones and it will agitate you with its rippling commands to spring into action. How will you respond to these summonses from your supreme inner authority? This week will be a good test.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “You can have it all,” says fashion designer Luella Bartley. “It’s just really hard work.” That’s my oracle for you, Sagittarius––not just for this week, but for the next three months as well. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the cosmos will indeed permit you to have your cake and eat it, too, as long as you’re willing to manage your life with more discipline, master the crucial little details everyone else neglects, and always give back at least as much as you’re given.

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