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All Around Madison County

Big city conveniences and small town charm... Madison County offers both

05 The Welcome Mat 06 Happenings 10 Our Community 16 Out and About

A welcome from Madison and Ridgeland’s Mayors

Contributing Writers Matt Stuart, Aline Carambat, Catherine Lavender


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About The Cover

An historic red caboose on Main Street in Madison the City is an iconic feature representing the once-bustling railroad track through the area. It is the backdrop for the annual Swing Into Summer event. Photo By Michael Simmons

Madison County Magazine is a supplement to the Madison County Journal designed to update newcomer’s and residents about life in Madison County. No portion of this publication my be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed in Madison County Update are those of the authors or columnists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, not do they constitute an endorsement of products or services herein. We reserve the right to refuse any and all advertising. Subscribe to the Update by subscribing to the Journal. Copies will be distributed throughout the town.

Annual Area Events


The towns of Madison County There are many places to go and things to do in the county


Get Smart School Guide

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Getting Settled


Spa Day


Mending Joints

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Picture of Health

A listing of area public, private and parochial school


Knowing who to call makes settling in much easier

Plenty of Parks

Madison County offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation Sanctuary Body Spa offers a healthy respite from stress Arthritis Clinic is first of its kind in Madison County Area known for top health services in Mississippi


Retail Therapy

Many shopping options in Madison County

Growing Faith

Madison County Church Directory

Catherine’s Corner

Jenny’s Fried Chicken Tenders

Madison County Neighbors Meet the Windhams


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All Around

Welcome Mat

Madison County, Mississippi


here are two ways of doing things. You can take shortcuts or you can do things right the first time. Over thirty years ago, we decided that the town of Madison would not accept the status quo. We would be different, and we would set a standard for others to follow. We knew we had a big challenge ahead of us. With a good team, a plan, hard work, a vision, and a passion, we created something remarkable in Madison.


elcome to Madison County and to Ridgeland! As Mayor of Ridgeland, I am pleased that you have chosen Madison Coun-

ty as your home. Located in southern Madison County, Ridgeland offers convenience to city amenities in a safe and welcoming community. Here you can find more shopping, more business, more outdoors, more education, and more culture than anywhere else in the county. Ridgeland has been recognized nationally

We believed that we could build a city with a look, a feel, and a sense of place like no other in the Southeast. Many said it could not be done, and we said, “We’re Madison. We’ll do it, and we’ll do it right!”

as a Tree City USA, a Bicycle Friendly Community-Bronze Level, and in recent years as one of the 100 Best Places to Live by MONEY® magazine. Ridgeland is the only city in Mississippi to have a Master Plan that has received the Award of Excellence from the Mississippi Municipal

We redefined economic development by focusing on our number one resource, our people. We made families our industry.

League. Around the State of Mississippi, Ridgeland is known as the destination for premier shopping, fine dining, arts and crafts, outdoor recreation and trails, and award-winning parks and festivals.

We didn’t just build more houses; we built neighborhoods, and we built them right.

Mary Hawkins Butler

Gene McGee

The Mississippi Craft Center, named the “Travel Attraction of the Year” by the

Mississippi Tourism Association, makes its home in Ridgeland. Distinctive

We didn’t just recruit businesses; we created an environment. We created an economic opportunity that made companies want to be part of our growing town.

retailers occupy such popular commercial areas as the Renaissance at Colony Park; the Township at Colony Park; Northpark Mall; Downtown Ridgeland, a commercial district based on the Olde Towne architectural plan; and plenty of other areas. Outdoor festivals and special events abound in

We focused on quality of life as one of our strong economic development tools.

Ridgeland, bringing the community together and each offering something special, including the Renaissance Fine Arts Festival, Kid Fest! Ridgeland, Balloon Glow, Natchez Trace Century Ride, Township Fall Festival, Christmas

And we did it right the first time.

Parade and a lot more.

But, we’re not done yet; the best is yet to come.

With miles of multi-use trails, the Natchez Trace Parkway, and the Ross Barnett Reservoir, as well as safety-certified playgrounds and well-groomed parks, there are more than ample opportunities for outdoor sports and


activities. Housing options abound including the finest retirement and assisted living homes, affordable homes, apartments and house rentals, as

Mary Hawkins Butler, Mayor

well as million-dollar homes. In Ridgeland, children may acquire the highest

City of Madison

quality education at either Star-rated public schools or private schools. A community college brings higher education and workforce training to adult students.

Big city conveniences and small town charm... Madison County offers both 4

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Nestled between the Big Black and Pearl rivers, Madison County was formed in 1828 from portions of Hinds and Yazoo counties and named for James Madison, the fourth U.S. President. With a geographic area of almost 742 square miles, this county of more than 93,000 residents has become one of the fastestgrowing in Mississippi. Despite being one of the fastest growing counties in the state, Madison County has been able to maintain a welcoming, small-town atmosphere of diverse yet close-knit communities.

n 1856, the Illinois Central Railroad opened Madison Station in Madison the City, sparking the beginning of Madison County living that has continued to grow since. From major shopping centers to miles of wooded trails, the county has a little bit to offer for everyone.

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Madison ƒƒNatchez Trace Century Ride, Ridgeland ƒƒRenaissance HalfMarathon & 10K, Ridgeland

MAY ƒƒOutdoor Days at Crafts Center, Ridgeland ƒƒRelay for Life, Madison ƒƒCanton Flea Market, Arts and Crafts Festival, Canton ƒƒSwing into Summer Series, Madison ƒƒSymphony on the Square, Canton ƒƒRide of Silence, Ridgeland ƒƒPepsi Pops, Mississippi Symphony, Reservoir ƒƒSoulshine Blues & Grooves, Ridgeland ƒƒLeadership Madison County Graduation ƒƒDragon Boat

Regatta, Reservoir ƒƒMHSAA tennis championships, Ridgeland and Jackson ƒƒMHSAA baseball championships, Jackson ƒƒAT&T Madison The City Chamber challenge golf tournament ƒƒBike rodeo, Ridgeland

JUNE ƒƒHeatwave Triathlon, Reservoir ƒƒFather-Child Fishing Tournament, Reservoir ƒƒMississippi in the Park, New York City ƒƒMississippi on the Mall, Washington, D.C. ƒƒPotluck in the Patch, Madison ƒƒAllison Wells Art Camps and Young Filmmakers Camps, Canton

ƒƒHamstock Festival, Ridgeland ƒƒMississippi Kids Triathlon, Jackson ƒƒCellular SouthRidgeland Chamber Golf Tournament

JULY ƒƒCelebrate America Balloon Glow at Northpark, Ridgeland ƒƒJuly 4th Family Celebration, Madison ƒƒCanton/Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Festival ƒƒOutdoor Days at the Craft Center, Ridgeland ƒƒSummer Arts Camp, Madison ƒƒTrue South Golf Classic, Annandale

AUGUST ƒƒNational Night Out ƒƒMen’s Night Out, Madison ƒƒTailgate Party, Jackson (area

chambers) ƒƒBig I Junior Golf Championships, Madison ƒƒMadison Foundation Gala ƒƒAnnual meeting Madison Foundation

SEPTEMBER ƒƒRidgeland Denim & Diamonds, Country Club of Jackson ƒƒNFL Punt, Pass & Kick, Ridgeland ƒƒGerman Fest, Gluckstadt ƒƒZIP39 Social, Ridgeland ƒƒMadison County Leadership Orientation ƒƒMadison County Business League Education Forum

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adison County is one of Madison County Board of Supervisors the fastest growing coun601-855-5500

From 2000-2010, the population of Madison County rose by 27.5 percent to approximately 95,000 people. The county is home to the Madison County School District, one of the highest performing in the state. There is also the Canton School District and a host of private and parochial schools, too. Madison County has everything from upscale eating to retail stores to outdoor getaways. There are dozens of subdivisions with growth occurring more and more each year. This has been an attractive feature for young professionals and people moving away from Jackson.

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adison County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. It is home to the largest automotive facility in North America — Nissan, which recently announced the addition of a seventh production line that will create 1,000 new jobs.

in the state. It is home Responsible for overseeing all countyties government operations including largest automotive faroads, infrastructure, public safety andtolawthe enforcement, supervisors cility in North America — Nissan, which remeet at the Madison County Courthouse at 9 a.m. on the first, third cently announced the addition of a seventh and fourth Mondays of each month production line that will create 1,000 new jobs. . District 1 - John Bell Crosby - 874-5618 From 2000-2010, the population of Madison District 2 -Ronny Lott - 855-5500 County rose by 27.5 percent to approximately District 3 - Gerald Steen - 855-5500 95,000 people. The county is home to the District 4 - Karl Banks - 832-2962 Madison County School District, one of the District 5 - Paul Griffin - 937-2842 highest performing the state. There is also the County Administrator David Overbyin- 601-855-5581 Canton Shelton SchoolVance District and a host of private and County Comptroller - 601-855-5502 parochial schools, too. Road Manager Lawrence Morris - 601-859-5670 Emergency Management/E911 Butch Hammack- 601-859-6485 Sheriff Randy Tucker - 601-859-2345 Madison County has everything from upscale Planning and Zoning Administrator Brad Sellers - 855-5501 eating to retail stores to outdoor getaways. Tax Assessor Gerald Barber - Canton - 601-859-1921; Ridgeland 601-856-1796 There are - dozens of subdivisions with Tax Collector Kay Pace Canton - 601-859-5226; Ridgeland - 601-growth 856-4472 occurring more and more each year. This has Chancery Clerk Johnston -feature 601-859-1177 beenArthur an attractive for young professionals Circuit Clerk Leepeople Westbrook - 601-859-4365 and moving away from Jackson. The county is supported by multiple Chambers of Commerce and private business-minded organizations. The Madison County Economic Development Association has also been very instrumental in recruiting industry to the county.

The county is supported by multiple Chambers of Commerce and private business-minded organizations. The Madison County Economic Development Association has also been very instrumental in recruiting industry to the county.

Madison County Board of Supervisors 601-855-5500

Madison County

Responsible for overseeing all county government operations including roads, infrastructure, public safety and law enforcement, supervisors meet at the Madison County Courthouse at 9 a.m. on the first, third and fourth Mondays of each month . District 1 - John Bell Crosby - 874-5618 District 2 - Ronny Lott — 855-5500 District 3 - Gerald Steen — 855-5500 District 4 - Karl Banks - 832-2962 District 5 - Paul Griffin - 937-2842 County Administrator David Overby — 601-855-5581 County Comptroller Shelton Vance — 601-855-5502 Road Manager Lawrence Morris - 601-859-5670 Emergency Management/E911 Butch Hammack- 601-859-6485 Sheriff Toby Trowbridge - 601-859-2345 Planning and Zoning Administrator Brad Sellers - 855-5501 Tax Assessor Gerald Barber - Canton - 601-859-1921; Ridgeland 601-856-1796 Tax Collector Kay Pace - Canton - 601-859-5226; Ridgeland - 601856-4472 Chancery Clerk Arthur Johnston - 601-859-1177 Circuit Clerk Lee Westbrook - 601-859-4365


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Ridgeland idgeland is consistently recognized throughout the country as a great place to work and live. The city has been named one of the Top 100 Places to Live and named One of the Best Small Cities for a Startup Business. The city continues growing, both residentially and commercially. Over two decades ago, the city experienced a tremendous boom in the retail and residential sectors. Officials have coupled that growth with smart decision-making and has continuously invested in the city’s infrastructure and quality of life attractions. Since 2000, there has been a 19.2 percent population increase in Ridgeland and it remains one of the prime retail and entertainment areas in the Jackson-Metro area. In 2008, The Renaissance at Colony Park opened and now features a wide variety of retail stores and

restaurants. There are other national businesses such as Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Barnes and Noble. More recently, construction has taken off at the Township on Highland Colony Parkway. This development features retail stores, restaurants and even residential units. In addition to the newer establishments, Ridgeland is also home to Northpark Mall and the Jackson Street Shopping District. Located by the Natchez Trace Parkway and the Ross Barnett Reservoir, there is plenty to do in Ridgeland. This includes over 12 miles of multi-use trails created by the city.



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Madison adison the City is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state of Mississippi and it, too, has received numerous national accolades. Family Circle Magazine once named it one of the “10 Best Towns for Families.” It was also designated a “model city” by Southern Living Magazine. The upscale bedroom community’s development has been strictly enforced through building codes and ordinances, enhancing the look of the city with each construction project. It is a certified retirement community and continues to grow. Recently, Madison has seen a boom in retail and commercial development, with the Grandview Drive shopping

center attracting visitors from afar. The center is home to the Malco Grandview, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Steinmart, and Best Buy to name a few. The average household income in Madison is $88,650 with the median household income at $77,624. Madison continues growing, and as a result, leaders continue to accommodate that growth.


Best Towns for Families

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Madison City Hall, 1004 Madison Avenue 601-856-7116, Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler The Mayor and Board of Aldermen meet at the city’s Justice Complex at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.


Alderman At-Large John Howland Ward 1 Tawanna Tatum, Ward 2 Pat Peeler Ward 3 Ken Jacobs, Ward 4 Steve Hickok Ward 5 Michael Hudgins, Ward 6 Guy S. Bowering Police Chief Gene Waldrop 856-6111 Fire Chief Tom Lariviere 856-8894 Parks & Recreation Director Vern Boothe - 853-9109 City Clerk Susan Crandall - 856-7116 Public Works Denson Robinson - 856-8958 Community Development Alan Hoops - 856-7116 Madison Public Library - 856-2749

Ridgeland City Hall, 304 U.S. 51 601-856-7113, Mayor Gene McGee

“Fitness Lady Changed My Life!” I was 252 lbs when I had my last child. After years of gaining and losing weight, I wanted to be healthy for my children and myself. I had joined other gyms before but never felt comfortable. Then I joined Fitness Lady – and it was different! The staff made me feel like family, always encouraging and supporting me. Three years later, I have lost 100 lbs, 64 inches, and dropped from a size 18 to a size 2. I feel better and healthier than ever! My life has been transformed by Fitness Lady!

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The Ridgeland Mayor and Board of Aldermen meet at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. They also conduct a work session the Monday before each meeting.


Alderman At-Large D.I. Smith Ward 1 Ken Heard, Ward 2 Chuck Gautier Ward 3 Kevin Holder, Ward 4 Brian Ramsey Ward 5 Scott Jones, Ward 6 Wesley Hamlin Police Chief Jimmy Houston - 856-2121 Fire Chief Matt Bailey - 856-7004 Rec. & Parks Chris Chance - 853-2011 City Clerk Paula Tierce - 856-7113 Water Department - 856-3938 Public Works Mike McCollum - 853-2027 Comm. Dev. Alan Hart - 856-3877

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Incorporated in 1839, Canton’s most impressive feature is the Historic Canton Courthouse Square. The square boasts many buildings dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries that have been lovingly restored. The Courthouse Square has been declared one of the three best examples of historic town squares in Mississippi and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The town is the home of the Mississippi Petrified Forest, a showcase into the ancient past. The forest features a nature trail where visitors can walk and see the huge stone logs that give a glimpse into prehistoric time. Tri-County Academy, a private K-12 school that has a wide variety of academic and sports offerings, is located in Flora and serves as one of the town’s focal points. Flora is also home to the world-famous Primos Hunting Calls business, which manufactures hunting calls and other supplies, shipping them worldwide.



At-Large Alice Scott Ward 1 Rodriguez Radale Brown, Ward 2 Don Bates Ward 3 Charles Weems, Ward 4 Louis Smith Ward 5 Reuben Myers, Ward 6 Eric Gilkey Police Chief Vickie McNeill - 859-2121 Fire Department- 859-3112 Recreation & Parks - 859-4358 City Clerk Valerie Smith - 859-4331 Canton Municipal Utilities John Wallace- 859-2921 Public Works - 859-3245

Flora Town Hall, 168 Carter Street 879-8686, Mayor: Les Childress The Mayor and Board of Aldermen meet at the Flora City Hall at 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. At-Large Jonathan Bates Ward 1 Mike Westbrook, Ward 2 Marvin “Bubba” Mullins Ward 3 Mary Sumler, Ward 4 J.W. Richardson Police Chief Judy Tucker - 879-8871 Fire Chief Matt Jenkins - 879-9262 Flora Public Library - 879-8835 Flora Area Chamber of Commerce - 879-9376 Water Department - 879-8686


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lora is the smallest municipality in Madison County but its residents love their small hometown for its quaint, old-fashioned ways and have guarded against over growth.

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The Mayor and Board of Aldermen meet at 2 p.m. at City Hall on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

The city can accommodate the film industry with a multimillion-dollar film stage and educational complex and has become a leader in Mississippi’s burgeoning film industry.

Twice a year the city hosts the Canton Flea Market, one of the largest in the southeast and has been named best flea market in Mississippi. The flea market is held the second Thursday in May and October.

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Canton City Hall, 226 East Peace Street 859-4331, Mayor: Dr. William Truly

anton may seem familiar to visitors after several big budget movies used its historic downtown as a backdrop. As a production site for several major motion picture releases including “My Dog Skip,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and John Grisham’s “A Time To Kill,” Canton is establishing itself as the “Movie Capital of Mississippi.”

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Sailboats on the Ross Barnett Reservoir

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There are many places to go and things to do in the county he things that make Madison County so unique are some of the area’s cultural attractions. Some are outdoors, some inside, but all are a part of what makes our state, Mississippi, and especially Madison County, special.

Ross Barnett Reservoir The Ross Barnett Reservoir is a central attraction of not only Madison County, but the entire Jackson Metro area offering a multitude of opportunities for recreation as well as a scenic backdrop for area residents. Named after the state’s 52nd Governor, Ross R. Barnett, construction on the 33,000-acre reservoir began in 1960 to serve as the primary water supply for Jackson and the surrounding area. It is estimated that more than two million people visit the reservoir for outdoor recreation every year with many enjoying its yearround fishing spots as well as seasonal waterskiing and sailing opportunities.


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There are five campgrounds, 16 parks, 22 boat launches and a variety of other amenities like multi-purpose trails for joggers or campers. The reservoir is also a scenic backdrop to numerous residential developments in Madison County including the Township at Lost Rabbit which is currently under construction. It separates Madison and Rankin counties and has 105 miles of shoreline bordered to the west by the historic Natchez Trace.

Mississippi Craft Center The Mississippi Craft Center opened June 8, 2007. For the first time in 34 years, the craftsmen have their own home, designed specifically for the display and demonstration of craft. The building services the entire state through cultural tourism and provide a venue for fine craft. The center is designed to be both a community gathering place and home to craft education. In training, style and philosophy, member craftsmen encompass a broad spectrum ranging from college art professors to artisans working in primitive methods, from papermakers to glass blowers, and weavers to woodcarvers. They all share the common interest of craft and rejoice in the challenge and satisfaction of producing fine craft and expressing their inner visions. It is located at 950 Rice Road, in Ridgeland.

Natchez Trace Parkway The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway snakes its way around the Ross Barnett Reservoir and through the middle of Madison County. It is an often used thoroughfare, but also a scenic roadway frequented by bikers and motorcycle tourists. The parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River, through Alabama, to salt licks in today’s central Tennessee. Today, visitors can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. Construction of the Natchez Trace began in 1937 and the Parkway became a unit of the National Park Service in 1938. Research suggests that large animals (bison, giant sloths, etc.) may have beat out the path more than 10,000 years ago, before human occupation. There is also evidence that mound builders traveled along this corridor 2,000 years ago. But it is more certain that the heaviest use of the Old Trace occurred from 1785 to 1825, when “boatmen” returned north from markets in Natchez and New Orleans. The history and culture found along the Natchez Trace Parkway is a lifetime worth of exploration for students of history or just the curious. The number of cultures and historic topics touched by the Natchez Trace seems boundless.

The Mississippi Petrified Forest is located in Flora and is a showcase into the ancient past. The forest features a nature trail where visitors can walk and see the huge stone logs that give a glimpse into prehistoric time. There is also an earth science museum that contains a large map with examples of petrified wood found in every state in the country. The landmark includes a campground pavilion and gift shop.

Other Attractions Jackson and the surrounding area has a number of places to see including The Mississippi Museum of Art which holds a permanent collection of more than 4,000 works of art at South Lamar St. The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, located on Lakeland Dr., presents the state’s rich agriculture background. For those who like science, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, located in Jackson at 2148 Riverside Dr., has a 100,000 gallon aquarium, 1,700 square feet of greenhouse and other exhibits. The Russell C. Davis Planetarium, located at 201 E. Pascagoula St. in Jackson, presents shows ranging from science films, laser light shows and classic rock. The Mississippi Children’s Museum has the world’s largest Scrabble board, an active art studio and a reading area that is a replica of Eudora Welty’s porch. And the Jackson Zoo features a new Sumatran Tiger exhibit along with several other recent improvements.  Madison County Magazine


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Madison County shines as one of the best school systems in the state adison County is host to numerous public, private and parochial schools that offer-top notch education. Local public schools consistently rank as the top tier across the Magnolia State. Students can find state-ofthe-art equipment and college-preparatory curricula at any school. The Madison County School District is the second-largest growing district in the state. With the recent addition of Germantown High School, the district continues to build and maintain infrastructure to handle the growth. This was made possible through a $61 million bond issue. There are 21 schools in the district serving over 12,000 students. One key to Madison County’s successful schools is the involvement by the teachers, parents and businesses. Extracurricular activities and sports are encouraged by every school. Students leave Madison County after graduation and have attended numerous colleges throughout the country.

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To register your child in the Madison County School District, contact the district office at 601879-3000. The office is located at 117 Fourth St. in Flora. In northern Madison County, there is also the Canton Public School District, with approximately 3,300 students enrolled. This includes the one high school, Canton High School. To register your child in the Canton Public School District, contact the district office at 601-859-4110.

A listing of public schools in Madison County High Schools Madison Central High School 1417 Highland Colony Parkway Madison, MS 39110 601-856-7121 Austin Brown, principal

9th Grade Rosa Scott 9th Grade 200 Crawford Street Madison, MS 39110 601-605-0054 Sean Brewer, principal

Germantown High School 200 Calhoun Parkway Madison, MS 39110 601-859-6150 Ted Poore, principal

Middle Schools Germantown Middle School 202 Calhoun Parkway Madison, MS 39110 Phone: 601-859-0376 Brad Peets, principal

Ridgeland High School 586 Sunnybrook Road Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-898-5023 Sharon Summers, principal Velma Jackson High School 2000 Loring Road Camden, MS 39045 662-468-2531 George Jones, principal


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Northeast Madison Middle School 820 Sulphur Springs Road Canton, MS 39046 601-855-2406 Kelvin Griffin, principal Madison Middle School 1365 Mannsdale Road Madison, MS 39110 601-605-4171 Dee Walsh, principal

Olde Towne Middle School 210 Sunnybrook Road Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-898-8730 Allen Lawrence, principal

Madison Station Elementary 261 Reunion Parkway Madison, MS 39110 601-856-6246 Beverly Johnston, principal

Madison Avenue Elementary 1199 Madison Avenue Madison, MS 39110 601-856-2951 Dr. Brenda Jones, principal

Elementary Schools Camden Elementary 4784 Hwy 43 North Camden, MS 39045 662-468-2833 April DeLoach, principal

Madison Crossing School 300 Yandell Road Canton, MS39046 Elementary: 601-898-7710 Martha D’Amico, principal

Madison Avenue Upper Elementary 1209 Madison Avenue Madison, MS 39110 601-856-6609 Rick Ross, principal

Mannsdale Elementary 443 Mannsdale Road Madison, MS Phone: 601-879-0309 David White, principal

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East Flora Elementary 759 Hwy 22 East Flora, MS 39071 601-879-8724 Capucine Robinson, principal Highland Elementary 330 Brame Road Ridgeland , MS 39157 601-853-8103 Marilyn Naron, principal

Ann Smith Elementary 306 Pear Orchard Drive Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-856-6621 Kathy Rigsby, principal

3903 Hwy 16 East Canton, MS 39046 601-859-2743 Jessica Ghoston, principal

Other Madison Career & Technical Center 1633 West Peace Street Canton, MS 39045 601-859-6847 Dr. Aimee C. Brown, Principal Academic Options Center 1633 West Peace Street Canton, MS 39045 601-859-0367 Dr. Carisa W. Hill, Principal Canton High School 634 Finney Road Canton, MS 39046 601-859-5325 Shirley Sanders, principal

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he county’s reputation for educational excellence is unmatched. Not only does the public school system gain accolades across the state and throughout the region, families have a number of options through private and parochial schools.

Ridgeland Founded in 2002 as part of the ministry of Pearl Orchard Presbyterian (PCA) Church, the school enrolls youngsters from preschool through middle school, serving Christian families in the education of their covenant children. For more information, contact (601) 978-2272 or

Jackson Academy Jackson JA has become a premier school of the South, offering more than 80 courses in an all-inclusive curriculum. The school serves students who aspire to higher education and a lifelong learning experience and are challenged to become responsible citizens. For more information, contact (601) 362-9676 or www.

Madison Ridgeland Academy

Jackson Preparatory School

Madison Founded in 1969 as an independent college preparatory school, MRA offers classes from K3 through the 12th grade, emphasizing family values, providing individualized educational attention and weaving in a variety of athletic and extracurricular activities designed to develop the total student. For additional information, contact (601) 856-4455 or

Jackson Jackson Prep inspires and challenges students towards academic, athletic and artistic excellence, instills personal integrity through biblical values and equips students to pursue lives of distinction in service to society. Serving students grades 6-12, Prep touts diversity and academic excellence in preparing students for college. For more information, contact (601) 9398611 or

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Ridgeland and Jackson St. Andrew’s tradition of academic success has led to the distinction of being identified as “the smart school,” a title supported by consistent student and school recognition, honors, awards and achievement. With classes from pre-school through the 12th grade, St. Andrew’s attempts to nurture a diverse community in the Episcopal tradition. For additional information, contact, (601) 853-6000 North, (601) 987-9300 South or www.

St. Joseph Catholic School

St. Anthony Catholic School Madison Part of the ministry of Saint Francis of Assisi, the elementary school offers classes from K4 through the sixth grade and complements both the Assisi Early Learning center and St. Joseph Catholic High School. The school’s curriculum is designed to offer youngsters the chance to grow and expand through exposure to subjects in classic education, Catholic religion education and the arts. For additional information, contact (601) 607-7054 or

The Veritas School Ridgeland Founded in 1998, The Veritas School is a place that puts Christ first in everything, from academics to arts to athletics. The school exists to become an extension of the home while being a support agency to local churches. For more information, contact (601) 713-1555 or


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Jackson Creating a school to offer an education that is Biblical and Reformed in pattern was the goal of the Jackson First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in 1965. Today, the school for students K5-6th grade operates as an integral part of the ministry with a commitment from the staffs of the school and church and shared use of church facilities throughout the week. For additional information, contact (601) 355-1731 or www.


Canton Academy Canton Founded in 1965, CA has a rich heritage of community involvement, academic achievement and athletic excellence with a goal of helping students in grades K3-12 reach their maximum potential while instilling Christian principles and values. For more information, contact (601) 859-5231 or www.cantonacademy. org.

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Madison Founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Catholic School is a co-educational college preparatory high school and middle school serving students in grades 7-12 in the Diocese of Jackson. The school is a diverse community of learners committed to Gospel values and to academic excellence. For additional information, contact (601) 898-4800 or www.

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Tri-County Academy Flora Tri-County Academy was established in 1970 as an independent day school. Beginning with pre-primer and kindergarten classes, Tri-County begins the developmental process at age three and carries it through the 12th grade and a college preparatory curriculum. For more information, contact (601) 879-8517 or

Congratulations to the St. Andrew’s boys cross country team and girls swimming team, both named 2011 3A State Champions. Cross country and swimming are just two of the 17 outstanding athletic programs that have helped St. Andrew’s win the Mississippi All Sports Award 12 years in a row. For students who love to compete, St. Andrew’s is the smart choice. For more information, call 601.853.6000 or visit

New Summit School Jackson What started in 1991 as an educational training service and learning lab, grew into a full service school in 1995-96 and was established as New Summit School in 1997. Designed similarly to traditional schools, New Summit is a special purpose, coeducational school offering classes for students in K-12. For additional information, contact (601) 982-7827 or info@  Madison County Magazine


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Tulane’s in Town. The Madison campus of Tulane University

Higher EDUcation or those looking for higher education opportunities in the Madison County area there are a lot of offerings from nearby universities and colleges from a fouryear degree to extended studies in night classes. The Holmes Community College campus in Ridgeland has one of the largest community college campuses in the area offering students a variety of classes. HCC is based out of Goodman, but the Ridgeland campus has grown into its largest, seeing a 69 percent growth over the last five years. Tulane University recently opened its newest School of Continuing Studies in Madison at the corner of Main Street and U.S. Highway 51. The campus enrolls part-time students seeking undergraduate credit in liberal arts, sciences, business studies, media arts and computing. Belhaven University is a four-year Christian liberal arts college located in downtown Jackson. Its history dates back to 1883 and currently offers several bachelor’s degrees in more than a dozen major fields of study. Millsaps College is another liberal arts college in Jackson sporting nearly 1,200 students and a variety of fields of study. They are nationally recognized for their writing program and feature a low faculty-to-student ratio.

What if you could go to school while you work or just take classes purely for the pleasure of learning? What if it would fit into your busy schedule? What if it was affordable? What if you didn’t need to take an entrance exam, the ACT or the SAT? Tulane University is a top 50, not-for-profit university that traces its roots over 175 years. And now, you can attend Tulane University’s School of Continuing Studies at our Madison Campus. At Tulane University’s School of Continuing Studies, classes are small in size and classes are offered in the afternoon, evening, and Saturday morning.

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Mississippi College is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi and the second oldest Baptist university in the nation. It is located in nearby Clinton and has more than 4,500 students. Tougaloo College is a private, historically black, liberal arts institution located just south of Ridgeland. It offers an undergraduate curriculum in humanities, the natural sciences and social sciences. Jackson State University is another historically black university located on a 125-acre tract only five minutes from downtown Jackson. 


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Getting Settled Knowing who to call makes settling in much easier

Natural Gas Mississippi Valley/Atmos Gas can be reached by calling 961-6900. Center Point Energy can also help other customers. Located at 120 Beaver Creek in Ridgeland, the phone number is 856-9348. Residential deposits are $75 and are refundable.

Water and sewer Each municipality handles its own water and sewer customers. Newcomers to Madison will need to call the Water Department at 601-856-8958 for info on hook-ups and billing. New services at Madison Water Department: $100 for owners and $300 for renters. You can make your payment by mail, bank draft, or in person at 1239 Highway 51 at Madison Public Service Building.


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Local telephone service in Madison County is provided by AT&T. For new residential telephone service, call 1-888757-6500 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You will have to undergo a credit check to determine if a $50 deposit will be required. There is a $46 connection fee for all new users.

For small business service, call BellSouth at 1-866-6206000, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Larger businesses should contact BellSouth Business Systems at 1-800-945-6500, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Cable television

Electricity Call Entergy. Located at 1165 Highway 51 North at 1-800368-3749. Residential deposits may vary but the base rate is $200 and the connection fee is $45.


Ridgeland residents may call 601.856.3938 for information on water and sewer services. Connection cost is either $50 or $75, depending on the size of the meter, and may be paid in person at Ridgeland City Hall, located at 304 Highway 51. New Flora residents will need to go to City Hall located at 168 Carter Street to get their water activated. A $100 deposit for renters and a $40 deposit for owners will be required before service. Same-day connection will be provided, with few exceptions. Call Flora City Hall at 8798686 for more information. Most Canton utilities are handled through Canton Municipal Utilities. CMU offices are located at 127 West Peace St. They provide water, gas and power service. Renters must pay a $300 deposit and show picture i.d. and something with their Social Security on it. Owners must pay $200 deposit and need picture i.d. and something with their Social Security on it. Please call 8592921 for more information.

Residents of south Madison County are served by Comcast cable. Service can be arranged by calling 9821187 to reach the Jackson office, located at 5375 Executive Place just off Interstate 55.

In Flora, TAT Cablevision Inc. can be reached by calling 8793288.

Trash/Recycling Waste Management, which can be reached by calling 922-9647, provides twice weekly service to residents of Ridgeland and Madison. The daily schedule varies by location and the fee is assessed on your water/utility bill.

All garbage should be placed in containers or bags no larger than 35 gallons in capacity and should not weigh more than 60 pounds. Garbage should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Yard waste such as leaves and debris should be placed in bags and tied securely. They can’t weigh more than 60 pounds each. Waste



not collect any hazardous waste including materials such as gasoline, chemicals or motor oil. The Jackson Environmental Service Center has a local drop-off site for these materials. Madison County contracts with Red River Inc. to provide weekly garbage/trash collection for residents living outside of the city limits. The daily schedule will vary. Drop-off locations are also available throughout Madison County. Check the county’s website at www.madison-co. com for details of pickup and a map.

Post Office Home delivery of mail and post office boxes are available in each local community. To find the post office closest to your home: ƒƒRidgeland - 611 South Pear Orchard Road - 1-800275-8777 ƒƒMadison - 990 Highway 51 - 1-800-275-8777 ƒƒFlora - 4852 Main Street 879-3101 ƒƒCanton - 150 S. Union Street - 855-7245

inspection. The cost is $5 and the decal must be displayed on the car windshield. For more information, contact the MS Highway Patrol at 987-1212.

Property Taxes Madison County boasts one of the lowest property tax millage rates in the Jackson metropolitan area. County, city and public school taxes are collected annually by the Madison County Tax Collector’s office. For more information, call 8564472


Voter Registration Potential voters must be registered at least 30 days before any election to be eligible to vote. To register for city, county, state and federal elections, contact Circuit Clerk Lee Westbrook at 859-4365.

New Car Tags

Automobile licenses must be purchased annually and are due during the month in which the vehicle was purchased. For new residents, Mississippi state law requires that automobiles be registered within 30 days of moving into the state. Vehicles purchased new or used from a dealer or individual must register within seven days.

If you moved from another county within Mississippi, the county Tax Collector’s Office says you do not need to get a Madison County tag until your current car tag expires. You will need to bring your old plate and a piece of mail with your current Madison County address on it. In all cases, license plates must reflect the county of residence of the registered owner. For more information, contact:Madison County Tax Collector Kay Pace. Three

locations are available for your convenience: ƒƒ334 U.S. Highway 51, Ridgeland, 856-4472 ƒƒ146 West Center Street, Canton, 859-5226 ƒƒ168 Carter Street, Flora, 879-9537

Driver’s License New residents of Mississippi must apply for a driver’s license within 60 days. If the applicant has a valid out-of-state license, only a rules, signs and eye test is required. If the applicant’s out-of-state license has expired, a road test may be required. A Social Security card must be shown. Minors making an application must be at least 16 years of age and present a Social Security card and birth certificate for proof of age.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol operates a testing center on 1101 Metro Center Mall Space #1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through

Friday and in Canton at the City Hall on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Homestead Exemption

If you are buying your home in Madison County and occupy it as your primary residence, you may be eligible for Homestead Exemption. Applications are made at the Madison County Tax Assessor’s office and require the following information: ƒƒDriver’s License and/or Birth Certificate ƒƒSocial Security No./Card ƒƒDeed or Warranty Deed ƒƒSale price of property ƒƒDown payment amount ƒƒBalance owed ƒƒMonthly payments ƒƒInterest rate ƒƒMortgage company’s name and address ƒƒAutomobile license number For more information, contact: Tax Assessor Gerald Barber. Offices are located on Highway 51 in Ridgeland and on the Courthouse Square in Canton.

Newspapers Daily news is provided locally by The ClarionLedger in Jackson. Call 601-961-7000. The Madison County Journal is the county’s only independently owned and operated weekly newspaper. Call 601-8534222 to subscribe. Other weekly newspapers include the Northside Sun in Jackson at 601-957-1122 and the Madison County Herald, which is a part of the ClarionLedger, at 601-853-2899.

Vehicle Inspection Mississippi state law requires that all vehicles be inspected annually. Many local service stations can perform the simple, quick

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Opportunities for outdoor play abound in Madison County

Plenty of


In Ridgeland, Hite B. Wolcott Park is located off McClellan Drive near U.S. Highway 51. Wolcott Park features baseball and softball fields, an in-line hockey rink, batting cages and a playground. Next to Wolcott Park is the Ridgeland Tennis Center, a 17-court center operated by tennis pros. The center also has men’s and women’s locker rooms as well as a tennis pro shop. Friendship Park, located at 475 Lake Harbour Drive has a one-mile walking trail, fitness court, playground and an event pavilion. Freedom Ridge Park, a 50-acre park, is the city’s signature park located at 235 School St. and visitors can use the softball fields, soccer fields, pavilions, playgrounds, walking trails and concession building. Old Trace Park is located on the Ross Barnett Reservoir and is the site of several events throughout the year including the annual Pepsi Pops concert by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the annual Heatwave Triathlon. The city also has more than 12 miles of multi-use trails, good for biking, running and walking. The trails reach from Highland Colony Parkway near the Natchez Trace and to Harbor Drive at Rice Road near the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

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By Aline Carambat

Sanctuary Body Spa offers a healthy respite from stress

ince the creation of the Internet, and modern technologies such as mobile email and Facetime, one would assume the ease of access would decrease stress in today’s busy lifestyle; unfortunately this is not the case for many Americans.


adison County has plenty of options when it comes to outdoor parks and recreation. From pastoral parks to little league parks to the famous Natchez Trace Parkway to the beautiful Reservoir, there’s an outdoor setting for all to enjoy.

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park makes it a perfect spot for numerous community events like Freedom Fest and Fourth of July celebrations. It provides baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, batting cages, volleyball courts, walking tracks and a playground. Strawberry Patch Park, located on Old Canton Road, includes walking trails that wrap around a scenic lake. An exercise station, playground and picnic area are also available. It’s a very popular spot to take the children or work up a sweat with a nice jog. The Madison Ridgeland Youth Club sponsors several area youth leagues in basketball, baseball, cheerleading, football and softball. Children from Madison and Ridgeland ages 5 through 14 can register in a variety of youth sports leagues that play at the various parks throughout the two municipalities and sometimes go on to compete on the state or national level. Visit their Website at: The South Madison County Soccer Organization (SMCSO) oversees four programs. More than 1,000 youngsters in age groups ranging from 5-under to 19-under take part in two seasons of recreation soccer while an additional 500 players in 11-under to 18-under divisions play on upper skill level select teams. A TOP division enables visually and physically handicapped players between the ages of 4 and 65 to play and an adult program serves the competitive needs of 100 players. For information contact (601) 898-1996 or

CANTON The city of Canton has a sports complex that hosts events for the community, and the Canton Multipurpose & Equine Center. The center hosts a multitude of events from music to rodeos and even the annual Championship Hot Air Balloon Festival. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) 40 million adults 18 and older in the United States are affected by an anxiety or stress disorder. The importance of caring for the body and mind is often underrated and overlooked. The phrase “Spa Day” has become a negative connotation in our society, only associated with the “spoiled” and “lazy,” however, this could not be further from the truth. Located at the Township in Ridgeland, right above The Club fitness center, is Sanctuary Body Spa of St. Dominic’s. This is a Spa that not only knows how pamper you, but they also know the importance of having a healthy body and mind. In a release by St. Dominic’s, the 5,000-square-foot destination spa notes that it is one of the first spas in the U.S. to blend medical-style with luxury.

The spa is 5,000- square feet

just cannot be replicated in stand-alone lifestyle-only spas,” said Sanctuary Medical Director William Dotie Jackson, MD. Massage and bodywork has never felt so amazing, or offered so many choices to choose from to help you feel ready and rested. Sanctuary offers facial peels, relaxation massages, aromatherapy, medical scrubs and peels, along with saloon treatment and so much more. There is even a weight loss program offered, because a healthy lifestyle should be practiced outside of the spa too.

“Our clientele receive a level of caring and service that cannot be replicated...”

“As one of the first medically-styled, blended luxury destination spas in the U.S., Sanctuary Body Spa offers a unique experience to guests with body and skin care services, massages, water therapy treatments, aesthetics, beauty salon, and private label product line.” Sanctuary is not only attentive to your every need, they are healthcare professionals specializing in healing stress and anxiety. “Because this is a both a luxury spa and a hospital-affiliated medical spa, our clientele receive a level of caring service that

“This combination of focus means that all of our treatments are not only luxurious diversions from daily life but also of the highest possible quality. We truly take care of our patrons from every perspective,” Dotie said.

There is nothing wrong with seeking relief from anxiety and stress, and being able to relax is essential in living a healthy lifestyle. Don’t let life run you over, take a spa day, rejuvenate your body, so that you can keep up with business as usual and feel better while doing it. 

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Mending Joints By Matt Stuart

Arthritis Clinic is first of its kind in Madison County rea residents suffering from arthritis or other joint diseases can be excited about the arrival of the first rheumatologist in Madison after Dr. Ella Webster’s clinic opened in June. Webster Arthritis Clinic, located in the Highland Medical Arts facility on Highland Colony Parkway, is a specialty practice with a focus on rheumatoid arthritis and other disorders that can cause joint pain. With over 27 years of experience throughout the nation, Dr. Webster said she was excited to be here in Madison, servicing an area that was in need of rheumatologists. In addition to serving residents of Madison County, Webster said that her clinic also services many people northwest of the area as there are few rheumatologists between the Delta and Jackson. “There are no rheumatologists in Madison and there’s a great need for people coming in from the Delta and other areas north of here,” Webster said. “We have patients from Kosciusko, Greenville, Clarksdale and many other areas.”

Webster’s story is a journeyman’s tale of sorts. The Florida native graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Zoology before entering residency. It was there that she discovered her love for rheumatology. “The types of people we see have very interesting diseases,” Webster said. “It keeps you on your toes to stay up-to-date. “As a rheumatologist, it’s like being a detective.” For Webster, finding the culprit, so to speak, is what keeps her busy. However, it’s the response from patients that she enjoys most. “The most rewarding aspect is always when I get a card from someone thanking me for helping them do something they weren’t able to before,” Webster said.” Even if we can only help them a small amount, most patients are really grateful. That’s the most personally rewarding thing for me.” After several years in Ocala, Florida, Webster decided she had done enough in her home state and moved to Ohio, where she worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. While in Ohio, Webster learned about several new government programs regarding healthcare disparities. “While I was in Ohio, the government came out with several issues related to the disparity of healthcare with minorities,” Webster said. “So I went to school at the University of Pittsburgh to get a degree in Madison County Magazine




»public health and health-related administration.” Webster subsequently graduated with a degree in health service administration. During her tenure at Pittsburgh, Webster began working with native populations in Cherokee, North Carolina. That eventually sparked an interest that led her farther than most would be willing to travel. Webster moved to Bethel, Alaska, where she practiced general medicine and specialized in rheumatology. A few years in Alaska, despite it’s natural beauty, can take a toll on anyone and as such, Webster returned to the lower 48, moving to Virginia to work with Kaiser Permanente. Webster “semi-retired,” in 2010. However, with all the free time she did not know what to do with her days. It was then that she received an offer to come join the Jackson Arthritis Clinic. Webster spent approximately a year there before opening Webster Arthritis Clinic in Madison in June of this year. Webster noted that her extensive travels have helped give her a sense of patience and empathy.


“First of all, I think I’m a little more patient and I’ve seen a lot of things,” Webster said. “I’m able to listen and let them know that even though we may not have the answer right now, it’s a partnership with the patient and the caregiver. I don’t have all of the answers and I’m willing to say to a patient, ‘I don’t know at this point,’ but I will continue to look to find an answer and I’m going to be with you through this process.”


Webster Arthritis Clinic is located 106 Highland Way Suite 202 on the second floor of the Highland Medical Arts Building. For questions or more information, call 601-707-5056. 

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An estimated 50 million people in the U.S. of all ages and genders have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions.

Webster Arthritis CliniC is Madison County’s only practice specializing in the treatment of rheumatic disease. You’re not alone. With quality care, Webster Arthritis Clinic is here for you.

Find us at: 106 highland Way, suite202 Madison, Ms. 39110 Phone: 601-707-5065


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Area known for top health services in Mississippi he Madison River Oaks Medical Center near Nissan opened last year along Nissan Parkway and serves as the county’s primary hospital. The new $42 million, 113,000-square-foot facility features emergency and operation rooms with state-of-the-art robotic equipment as well as “boutique-style” rooms for patients. The spacious accommodations include a bedside TV that allows access to games, the internet or even medical files. The new hospital, just off Interstate 55 south of Canton, replaces the Madison County Medical Center which was built during the 1960s and had few of the amenities of the new facility including a pediatric wing and an Intensive Care Unit. For more information visit The University of Mississippi Medical Center at 2500 N. State. St. in Jackson is a 722-bed facility that serves the entire state. Serving as the health sciences campus for the University of Mississippi, UMC is the state’s only academic medical facility. UMC is the state’s only Level 1 trauma center and also includes a women and infants’ hospital and children’s hospital along with the University hospital. St. Dominic’s Hospital, 969 Lakeland Dr. in Jackson is a leader in heart services, cancer services, orthopedics, maternal newborn care and neuroscience. They also partner with such entities as St. Catherine’s Village in Madison, one of the state’s premiere


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When it’s your child, there is no such thing as a small problem. As part of University of Mississippi Health Care, the state’s only Academic Medical Center, Batson Children’s Hospital is the leader in our state for treating childhood health problems, whether they be major or minor. From seasonal illnesses and schoolyard injuries, to serious conditions like heart defects and cancer, we’re dedicated to helping the most important child in your life – yours. continuing care retirement communities, and The Club, a popular chain of fitness centers with two locations in Ridgeland and one in Madison.

Because your kids are our world. Learn more at or call 888.815.2005.

Baptist Health Systems, 1225 N. State St. in Jackson, contains the Baptist Medical Center, the Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care and other health care services. The center offers a variety of health and medical services for those who need it. A Baptist Medical Clinic is located in Madison next to US Interstate 55 on 401 Baptist Dr. Suite 104 in Madison. The Madison location is a member of the Baptist Health System that offers family medical services and minor emergencies. Other clinics in the Baptist Medical Center in Madison include a pediatrician, orthopedic doctor, oral surgeon, radiology, physical therapy, eye clinic and ear, nose and throat clinic.

There’s not another child like yours. Or another hospital like ours in Mississippi.

In close proximity are several other hospitals that also serve the state. The Central Mississippi Medical Center, 1850 Chadwick Dr. in Jackson offers a many services including emergency care, surgery, wound management, cardiology, women’s health, radiation therapy and oncology. 

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the Renaissance fountains and feel good jazz that plays on the outdoor speakers. This is one European shopping extravaganza you don’t want to miss.

The Township at Colony Park Just north of Renaissance on Old Agency Road is the beautifully vibrant Township at Colony Park. It is a mixture of shops, restaurants, feel good centers, professional offices and luxurious lofts. Pamper your pup at Diva Dog Accessories right after spoiling yourself at Sanctuary Body Spa. Take a cooking class or two at Viking Cooking School then head over to Chandelier Luxury Linens and pick out the perfect table settings that compliment your new dish. Top it all off by zipping over to Squires Tuxedo Rental and dress to impress to create an experience you will never forget.


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Thearpy Many shopping options in Madison County

Old Madison Station District There is something to be said about a living in a tight-knit community that affords residents all of the conveniences that big cities can offer, like chain stores. However, Old Madison Station District offers a refreshing change to the chain as it is all uniquely local. Located on Main Street near the railroad tracks, browse favorite shops such as Inside Story and Persnickety for unique gift ideas, home décor, purses, jewelry…any accessory under the sun really! However, don’t take our word for it, experience it for yourself, but don’t blame us for getting hooked on Old Madison Station.

Grandview Shopping District Madison County has always done a great job of mixing a little old with the new. When it comes to making major progress in retail development Grandview Shopping District takes the cake. Wedged between Wal-Mart, Malco movie theater, Best Buy, and


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Trace Station After finishing browsing on Jackson Street, then head on down the road to Trace Station located on the corner of Highway 51. Whether you are looking for unique gifts, art, antiques, or


North Park Mall With more than 130 shops in this indoor shopping facility, enjoy a laid back casual retail experience that is sure to meet your expectations. Located at East County Line Road, North Park has the favorite department stores you’ve come to know and love, like Belk and Dillard’s. It’s a place that both moms and teens can enjoy offering a little something for everyone. After a long day of shopping, walk across the parking lot and catch a movie at the UA North Park 14. It’s shopping made easy accompanied by fun for all ages so don’t miss out.

Canton Square District One of Mississippi’s best kept shopping secretes is located in the heart of the historic town square of Canton. With over 75 buildings, it’s home to many unique retail shops and museums. Not to mention the old courthouse in the center of it all is only one of seven pre-civil war courthouses left unaltered in Mississippi. It’s a place where history and fabulous shopping collide, so emerge yourself in history and alter your future by bringing a piece of Canton home with you. 

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f you are in need of a little retail therapy, just relax, Madison County has you covered. There is nothing better than having options and living here gives you plenty to choose from by offering a variety of shopping outlets that guarantee buyer’s satisfaction. Choose a shopping experience that custom fits you, and take comfort in knowing that there are enough options that are offered to change it up every once in a while.

Located in the historic hub of downtown Ridgeland, near the railroad tracks, is the unforgettable Jackson Street District. It is shopping that mixes the old with the new, appealing to the classically modern shopping connoisseur. The Jackson Street District offers plenty of shops, restaurants and locally-owned specialty stores. If you are looking for quaint and charming then this is one place you do not want to drive past.

gourmet food, you are sure to find it at the Trace. Check Cakes and Candles and personalize your sweet treats the way you want them for any occasion, or send an Edible Arrangement to someone special. If it’s sporty apparel you’re looking for then stop in Fleet Street Sports to find comfortable footwear that fits your workout routine. The Trace has it all, and you can too so stop by and give it a try, you won’t be disappointed

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Colony Crossing There is nothing better than being able to get your tan on, dine out, boutique hop, and grocery shop all in one place. Located right off I-55 in Madison, between Kroger and Home Depot, Colony Crossing has everything from delicious cupcakes to French manicures. Scoop out the latest trends at Frock Fashions, Redhead Threads, or Susan’s Shop, then grab lunch at Papitos, Kent’s Cajun Kitchen, or Georgia Blues. This shopping center is more than just variety; it is convenience with a smile.

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Renaissance at Colony Park If you’re looking to take a first class retail road trip, make sure you exit I-55 on to Old Agency Road in Ridgeland and indulge in a luxurious shopping experience at Renaissance at Colony Park. Lose yourself in the old world European architecture while browsing through its many exquisite shops such as J Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers and much more. Let your troubles melt away with the soothing sounds of

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Growing Faith Baptist Broadmoor Baptist 1531 Highland Colony Pkwy. Madison, 898-2345 Buck Horn Baptist 2193 N. Old Canton Rd. Canton 859-7039 Calvary Baptist 441 Washington St., Canton 859-7431 Canton Bible Baptist 815 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. N. Canton 859-2003 Center Terrace Baptist 605 E. Peace St., Canton, 859-4186 Church of the Highlands 670 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, (601) 853-5433 Colonial Heights Baptist Northpark Dr., 956-5000, Ridgeland County Line Missionary Baptist 109 Lula Baptist Church Rd. Flora 879-8404 Damascus Baptist 3964 Hwy. 22, Flora 662746-5938 Fairview Missionary Baptist 1278 N. Old Canton Rd. Madison 605-2090 Farmhaven Baptist 420 Pat Luckett, Canton 859-7238 Fearns Chapel Freewill Baptist Old Pocahontas Rd., Flora 879-3525 First Baptist 3316 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-3172 First Baptist of Flora 102 Jackson St., Flora 879-8022 First Baptist of Madison 2100 Main St., Madison 856-6177 First Baptist of Ridgeland 302 W. Jackson St., 856-8724 First Stokes Chapel Baptist 459 Third Ave., Canton 859-7911 Franklin Baptist Hwy. 22 W., Flora 8793415 Good Hope Missionary Baptist 1828 Cox Ferry Rd., Flora 879-3913


Greater Richmond Grove Baptist Complex Rd., Ridgeland, 856-2209 Greater Ross Chapel Missionary Baptist Gluckstadt Rd., Madison 856-8778 Greater St. Matthew Missionary Baptist 3796 N. Liberty St., Canton 855-0240 Harvey Chapel Missionary Baptist 242 Ragsdale Rd., Canton 859-8811 Highland Colony Baptist 1200 Highland Colony Pkwy. Ridgeland ,8564031 Humble Jerusalem Baptist 420 Hwy. 16 W., Canton 859-0654 Jones Chapel Baptist Pocahontas Rd., Flora 879-3447 Liberty Baptist 815 W. Fulton St., Canton 859-6407 Livingston Missionary Baptist Livingston Church Rd., Flora 879-3400 Madison County Baptist Family Life Center 349 N. Canal St., Canton 859-9132 Magnolia Heights Baptist 206 Pine St., Flora 879-8122 Mary Grove Baptist Rankin Rd., Canton 859-5771 Mary Magdalene Baptist 1457 Loring Rd., Canton 859-2448 Mount Able Baptist Hwy. 43 S., Canton 859-3511 Mount Levi Baptist 1008 W. Fulton St., Canton 859-8720 Mount Pleasant Baptist Gluckstadt Rd., Madison 856-5862 Mount Zion Baptist 514 W. North St., Canton 859-2453 Mount Zion Cobbville Baptist 4206 Hwy. 51, Canton 859-5692

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Mt. Center Missionary Baptist 468 Robinson Springs Rd. Flora 879-3117 Mt. Elam Missionary Baptist 306 Mt. Elam Rd., Flora 879-9094 Mt. Hope Missionary Baptist 201 Patrick Rd., Canton 855-0052 Mt. Levi Baptist Hwy. 22, Canton 8598720 Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist 1397 Way Rd., Canton 859-1133 Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist 111 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Madison 853-3100 Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist 793 Pisgah Bottom Rd. Canton 859-4329 New Bethel Baptist 101 James Ave., Canton 859-2829 New Birth Fellowship 837 Old Agency Rd., Madison 856-5279 New Life Baptist 385 N. Old Canton Rd. Madison 856-8722 New Truelight Baptist 363 John Day Rd., Canton 859-5237 Old Rice Road Baptist 82 Old Rice Rd., Madison 853-7500 Old Truelight Missionary Baptist 128 Summerlin Rd., Canton 859-3555 Pilgrim Rest Baptist 239 Crawford St., Madison 856-2609 Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist 701 Hwy. 43, Canton 859-6716 Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist 852 Madison Ave. #A, Madison 856-2609 Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist 409 Main, Madison 856-2609 Pine Grove Missionary Baptist 249 Pine Grove Rd., Canton 855-2060

Pinelake Madison/ Ridgeland Campus 566 Sunnybrook Rd, Ridgeland 829-4500 Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist 2055 Pleasant Gift Rd., Canton 859-3004 Pleasant Green Baptist 3920 Hwy. 43 N., Canton 859-5186 Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist 2184 Hwy. 22, Canton 859-5101 Priestley Chapel Missionary Baptist Virlilia Rd., Canton 859-8449 Ridgecrest Baptist 7469 Old Canton Rd., Madison 853-1090 Ridley Hill Missionary Baptist 1034 N. Livingston Rd, Madison 853-1068 Rising Chapel Baptist 127 Rising Chapel Rd., Canton 859-4393 Rocky Hill Baptist 390 County Barn Rd., Madison 856-0759 Shady Grove Baptist 168 Shady Grove Rd., Flora 879-3380 Sharon Community Baptist 114 Church St., Canton 859-5656 Simmons Memorial Baptist 118 Memorial Rd., Flora 879-8105 Simon Hill Baptist 139 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland, 853-2669 Smith Chapel Baptist 323 Livingston Vernon Rd., Flora 879-9110 Smith Chapel Baptist Hwy. 49 S, Flora 879-8185 South Liberty Baptist 531 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-1279 Southern Hills Smith Chapel Baptist 1419 Hwy. 16 W., Canton 859-3523 St. James Missionary Baptist 814 Old Yazoo City Rd. Canton 859-3001 Stokes Chapel Baptist 902 Stokes Rd., Flora 879-3826

Trace Ridge Baptist 238 Lake Harbour Dr. 898-2003 Twin Lakes Baptist 673 Lake Cavalier Rd. Madison 856-2305 Union Hill Missionary Baptist 4549 Hwy. 22, Flora 879-9060 Victory Baptist 420 Hoy Rd., Madison 856-4260 Wilson Grove Baptist Cox Ferry Rd. NE, Flora 879-8602 Woodman Hill Missionary Baptist 468 Kearney Park Rd., Flora 879-83470 First Baptist Church Jackson Madison Campus, 601427-0163 Apostolic Virgin Mary Apostolic 614 Virgin Mary Rd., Canton 859-9110 Assembly of God Harvest Assembly of God 528 Hart Rd., Canton 859-0092 Turning Point Assembly of God 335 Cameron St., Canton 859-6158 Bible Fellowship Bible 2270 Hwy. 51, Canton 855-0660 Open Door Bible 157 Sharpe Rd., Madison 898-0908 Catholic Sacred Heart Catholic 238 E. Center St., Canton 859-3749 Sacred Heart Catholic Church 1494 Hwy. 17, Camden, MS (662) 468-2354 St. Francis of Assisi 4000 W. Tidewater Ln., Madison 856-5556 St. Joseph Catholic Gluckstadt, Madison 856-2054 Holy Child Jesus 315 Garrett St., Canton 859-2957 Christian

Northeast Christian 3169 W. Tidewater Ln., Madison 856-7399 Canton Christian Center 2735 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-8324 Christian Science First Church of Christ, Scientist 731 S. Pear Orchard Rd., Suite 9, Ridgeland 952-0307 Church of Christ Church of Christ 3479 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-2865 Church of Christ 851 W. Fulton, Canton 859-7698 Highland Colony Church of Christ N. Sunnybrook Rd., Ridgeland, 856-6555 North Flora Church of Christ Hwy. 49 N., Flora 8793509 North Liberty Church of Christ 523 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-2865 Pleasant Green Church of Christ 925 Lutz Ave., Canton 895-5515 Pleasant Green Church of Christ 925 George Washington Ave., Canton 859-5515 South Madison Church of Christ 338 Lake Harbour Dr., Madison, 856-2165 Church of Jesus Christ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 703 Hwy. 17, Canton 859-3591 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 243 Hoy Rd., Madison 898-7751 Church of God Church of God in Mississippi, Inc. 213 John Day Rd. #A, Canton 859-9804 Cobblestone Church of God 444 Pebble Creek Dr., Madison 853-6910

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Crossroads Church of God Inc. Hwy. 16 E., Canton 859-2858 First Church of God 741 Hwy. 51, Madison 856-0652 Holy City Church of God in Christ 251 Kearney Park Rd., Flora 879-3999 Philadelphia Church of God in Christ 244 W. North St., Canton 859-1116 St. Mark Church of God in Christ 354 Old Hwy. 16, Canton 859-6577 Episcopal Chapel of the Cross 674 Mannsdale Rd., Madison 856-2593 Grace Episcopal 161 E. Peace St., Canton 859-2680 St. Columb’s Episcopal 550 Sunnybrook Rd. 853-0205 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses 2780 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-8613 Methodist Canton United

Methodist 3808 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-6009 China Grove A.M.E. Mannsdale Rd., Madison 856-7348 First Independent Methodist of Madison 1556 Hwy 51 N Madison, 672-1240 First United Methodist 3301 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-4621 First United Methodist 136 Trace Cove Dr., Madison 726-5590 First United Methodist of Ridgeland 234 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 856-6456 Flora Methodist 142 Carter St., Flora 879-8642 Goshen United Methodist 1023 Pat Luckett Rd., Canton 859-4656 Lampton Chapel Fgame 715 W. Fulton St., Canton 859-6047 Lee’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Hwy. 16 E., Canton 859-6005 Madison United Methodist 2050 Main St., Madison 856-6058

Middleton A.M.E. Zion 602 Way Rd., Canton 859-6551 Parkway Hills United Methodist 1468 Highland Colony Madison 856-2733 Sharon A.M.E. Zion Sharon Rd., Canton 859-6077 Singleton United Methodist Pat Luckett Rd., Canton 859-4656 St. Johns United Methodist 219 N. Hargon St., Canton 859-6265 St. Matthew’s United Methodist 7427 Old Canton Rd., Madison 856-9581 St. Paul & Dennis Chapel A.M.E. 495 Main St., Madison 898-9610 St. Paul A.M.E. Zion 505 S. Union St., Canton 859-1904 The Connection 670 Highway 51 C, Ridgeland, 856-8922 Wiggins United Methodist 1023 Pat Luckett Rd., Canton 859-4656 Zion Chapel Methodist Robinson Rd., Canton 859-5609

Pentecostal Apostolic Lighthouse 1529 Hwy. 43 S., Canton 859-7363 Apostolic Revival Center 301 W. Washington St. 856-2385 First United Pentecostal Hwy. 51 N., Canton 859-2457 Parkway Pentecostal 1620 Mannsdale Rd., Madison 853-2607 Presbyterian First Presbyterian 202 E. Peace St., Canton 859-4738 First Presbyterian 7717 Old Canton Rd., Madison 856-6625 Grace Chapel Presbyterian New Mannsdale Rd., Madison 856-7223 Highlands Presbyterian 1160 Highland Colony Pkwy. Madison 853-0636 Madison Heights PCA 405 Bozeman Rd Madison, 605-9929 Old Madison Presbyterian 232 Old Yazoo City Rd., Canton 859-7142 Pear Orchard Presbyterian 750 S. Pear Orchard Rd.

Ridgeland 956-3283 Seventh Day Adventist Canton Seventh Day Adventist Lutz Ave., Canton 859-7364 Other The Church Triumphant 731 S. Pear Orchard Road Suite 43-Ridgeland 601-977-0007 Faith Tabernacle 672 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-8972 Greater Faith Calvary 551 Owens St., Canton 859-4997 Greater Refuge 375 Morgan Rd., Canton 859-9483 Greater Sims Chapel Amez 915 Lutz Ave., Canton 859-6327 Holy Trinity Anglican Church 604 Goodridge Dr. Ridgeland (601) 956-1616 Keypointe Church Int’l 614 Magnolia St., Madison, MS 605-2880 Life Way Center 271 W. Center St., Canton 859-2770 Miracle of Faith Temple

3466 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-8995 New Mount Zion 432 Yandell Rd., Madison 856-9113 New Testament Fellowship 2009 Gateway Dr. 8562106 Ridgeland Family Church 803 Old Agency Rd. 856-2101 River of Life 7417 Old Canton Rd., Madison, 922-7100 Spirit 731 S. Pear Orchard Rd. 957-0700 St. Peter’s Orthodox 180 Saint Augustine Dr., Madison, 856-3894 United Believers Center 819 George Washington Ave., Canton 859-7180 Word of Faith Ministries 228 W. North St., Canton 859-8972 Crossway Community Church 7430 Old Canton Road, Canton 605-2000 New Beginnings 211A Industrial Drive, Ridgeland 898-2727 Victory Church 7417 Old Canton Rd, Madison, 601-383-3891

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Jenny’s Fried Chicken Tenders 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins 1/2 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 package of dry ranch dressing mix (2 oz.) 1½ - 2 cups vegetable oil First, mix the egg and milk together in a bowl large enough to dip your tenders in. In a separate bowl of the same size, mix together flour, salt, pepper, and ranch dressing mix.

hat is a better southern summer staple than some good ole fried chicken? I think this version that I call Jenny’s Fried Chicken beats it all!

Take the chicken tenders and dip them in the egg and milk mixture first, then coat them in the dry mixture and place in a dish.

On a summer trip as a child to stay with Aunt Jennifer and Uncle Charles Curcio and their three children here in Madison, I was opened up to my Aunt Jennifer’s culinary expertise.

When all tenders have been coated, I like to place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let them set before repeating the dipping and coating process again for a thicker crust—though it is not necessary.

I have never been a picky eater, but my brother on the other hand would pick a dish apart before eating it. To appease his finicky tastes, she chose a recipe that no child would turn down: fried chicken tenders! After eating the most delicious chicken tenders I’ve ever had to date, she told me her little secret—dry ranch dressing. Try it for yourself—it doesn’t disappoint!

Once you’ve coated them all, make sure your vegetable oil is hot enough in the skillet and get to frying! Make sure they are golden brown on both sides and then place on paper towels to drain any excess oil.

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Though they don’t have children, the idyllic couple does claim ownership of two boxers. Martin (a three-year-old boy) and Mozey (a one-year-old girl) are spoiled rotten and part of the family. Spending time outdoors with the dogs has always been one of John and Molly’s favorite hobbies. John also enjoys kayaking. Molly has her musical abilities, and John has a hidden talent of his own. He possesses a surprising knack for woodwork. He even built 90 percent of the furniture in their home.

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