Sunday, December 21, 2014

Latest city council scrum: Banking.

The best bid may not be the best bid.  Such is the thinking on the Jackson city council.  The city council postponed voting to designate Bancorp South as a depository for the city's public funds at its regular meeting last Tuesday.   Trustmark provides the current depository services to the city.  The Yarber administration accepted bids from Trustmark, Bancorp South, and BankPlus for banking services.  The bids are posted below:

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Singing River Chronicles of Dec. 3: SR to liquidate pension plan.

Note: The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount. The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories about the troubled hospital system since November. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is posting stories about this fiasco that start from several weeks ago so as to give readers the history of this story.

The Sun-Herald reported on December 3 that Singing River Health Systems CEO Kevin Holland informed employees in a letter that the organization will liquidate the pension fund in the near future:

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

WAPT provides more news on the brawlin' brain surgeon

WAPT provided more details on the arrest of Dr. Michael Molleston.  The story includes video from the security cameras at The Belhaven Parking garage.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

MAEP petition makes ballot.

Secretary of State Catbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

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Governor appoints Fisher to head MDOC

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

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WJNT this week

Mr. Leland Speed and Ashby Foote, III appeared on the show Wednesday. 


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Common Core teacher uses Common Core writing.

Teacher of the Year. Literacy Specialist.  Such terms describe Phelton Cortez Moss.  Mr. Moss made the case for the Common Core curriculumn in a column published yesterday in the Clarion-Ledger.  It was a column that appeared to be written by someone who is not a "literacy specialist". 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Singing River pension disaster: No excuses.

The Singing River Health System pension fund scandal continues to worsen as it becomes clear the pension fund was ignored and allowed to fall apart since 2009.  Scenes of scared retirees dominate the news as politicians scramble for cover as these same retirees and reporters look for answers.  The Jackson County Board of Supervisors claim ignorance as a "reason" for allowing the financial disaster to take place.  However, the hospital system submitted an audit every year to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors.  JJ obtained copies of the audits from 2009 to 2013 through a public records request.  The auditors stated that Singing River had quit funding the pension but no one paid attention.  The auditors did not do anyone any favors as they buried the details deep in the audits and did not make a serious effort to warn the Supervisors and Chancery Clerk.  What emerges from reading the audits is a picture of a pension fund that was cut off and allowed to die by the Singing River health system administration. 

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Scumbag of the Day. Scumbag for life?

Attorney Generalissimo Jim Hood issued the following press release:

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Neurosurgeon (allegedly) smashes windows on doc's car.

Dr. Molleston
The Hinds County Sheriff's office charged Dr. Michael Molleston with malicious mischief yesterday.  Dr. Molleston is a neurosurgeon.   The police report alleges that Dr. Molleston used an object to repeatedly strike an Audi belonging to fellow neurosurgeon Dr. John Davis in the parking lot of the Manship Restaurant.  The incident allegedly occurred on October 1 although it was not reported to police until October 31 (according to the reported posted below).

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Eudora Welty Commons on fire




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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

State denies MDE contract for special needs assessments

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following press release:

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Dodgeball coming to Jackson.

The city of Jackson issued the following press release:

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Stokes wants his seat back

WLBT reported Kenneth Stokes is at it again:

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Harrison Supe pleads guilty, County Utility Authority director indicted.

The Office of the U.S. Attorney issued the following press release:

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foote finishes.

106 vote margin. 2,023 to 1,917.  Here are the sheets:

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Singing River audit

Here is the Singing River Audit for 2009 and 2008 as submitted to Jackson County several years ago.  I'm posting this for anyone who wants to ramble through the weeds and see if there is anything noteworthy in these financial statements.

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Material Girls manager arrested for embezzlement.

Ridgeland Police arrested Krista Brown for allegedly embezzling $9,556 from her employer, Material Girls. Material Girls is owned by Whitney Giordano Foster.  Ms. Foster said she was the General Manager of Material Girls and worked at the company for over seven years. 

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Singing River: 23 days of cash on hand, Supes want to question MBMC CEO

Note:  The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount.  The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories left and right about the troubled hospital system. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is posting stories starting from several weeks ago and bringing readers up to speed on this crisis down on the coast.

The Sun-Herald reported on December 1 that the Singing River Health System only had 23 days of operating cash on hand.  The newspaper also reported the Jackson County Board of Supervisors wanted to question former Singing River CEO  Chris Anderson about the fiasco that is Singing River's finances. Mr Anderson is the current CEO of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. The newspaper reported:

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Monday, December 15, 2014

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Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves ok.

The Lieutenant Governor's office issued the following press release:

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Dorsey Carson on education



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Sulton goes down. Six feet down.

Here is the dead suspect who tried to kill police officers yesterday in Ridgeland  yesterday:

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What the hell was going on at Singing River?

The problems at Singing River Health System (Jackson County) continue to mount.  The Sun-Herald has been breaking stories left and right about the troubled hospital system. It is important to start from the beginning so JJ is going to post stories starting from several weeks ago and bring readers up to speed on this crisis down on the coast. Make no mistake, it is a crisis as several hundred employees paid into a pension system only to find they were um, misled and that is putting it mildly.  Here is this story from November 19:

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Tomorrow on the Ben Allen show

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House Dems call for reform of contract process

The House Democratic Caucus issued the following press release:

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Anonymous shows up.

Anonymous is now working the Jessica Chambers case.  See the links below:

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Revisionist history at the Clarion-Ledger?

What's wrong with this picture from today's Clarion-Ledger?

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The numbers don't lie

This little chart from the Wall Street Journal shows what's happened to measles since the anti-vaccination movement picked up steam:

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dorsey Carson on infrastructure



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Back in jail

Well, well, well. It looks like Tommy Orlando Young got his bond revoked yesterday for failure to appear in court on December 10:

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The TALK of the Town

Last night's show on WMPR was real interesting.  The co-hosts, Malcolm Johnson and Crystal Martin, gave thanks the new CEO for the airport is black.  They even went so far as to repeatedly say the airport was a "plantation" and has been a "plantation" for years.  However, they were just getting warmed up as you will see. Skip the first couple of minutes as its just intro stuff.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Rose Cochran passed away

Senator Thad Cochran's wife, Rose, passed away. She recently entered hospice care.  Funeral arrangements will be posted when available.  Governor Phil Bryant issued the following statement:

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Tommy Young back out on the streets. (Updated)

 Update: Here is this little photo of young Mr. Young that was taken shortly after he got out of jail:

Consider Tommy Orlando Young to be armed and dangerous if encountered in public.  Feel free to use this picture for target practice at the shooting range as there is no copyright protection for the photo.  Thank you, Judge Bill Gowan. Thank you, Robert Schuler Smith.  Thank you all for working together to actually give this guy a bond and put him back on the streets.  Oh, and thank you Judge Houston Patton for not giving this guy a bond. 


Original post on December 11: You may remember this little manhunt back in 2013:

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Madison County Journal questions airport study & Warnock's fees.

The Madison County Journal slammed the $1.2 million airport study in an editorial last week.  The newspaper said it the airport will never be built and the true purpose was to generate fees for certain contractors.  Read on.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Epps wants to delay trial.

Chris Epps' attorney John Colette filed a motion seeking a continuance for his federal trial today.  The trial was scheduled to begin on January 5, 2015.  The motion states the prosecution does not object to the continuance.

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New airport CEO: Carl D. Newman

Google away. Here is his background.

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Cypress Lake robbers convicted

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

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Meet Ashby Foote at Julep Restaurant Friday

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Billingsley to run against Longwitz

Madison resident and overall good guy Bill Billingsley issued the following press release:

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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