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Ridgeland Mississippi News

Police Officer of the Month

April 21 2015 Jimmy Finnegan 2

Ridgeland Police Officer Jimmy Finnegan was publicly recognized at the April 21, 2015 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Officer Finnegan was honored as Officer of the Month for February, 2015 for actions commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

 

 

Summer Issue of Ridgeland Life

Rice Road Reconstruction Phase 2 Begins

Hemphill Construction has informed the City of Ridgeland that Phase 2 of the Rice Road project has begun. The section of Rice Road between the Muirwood Entrance and Camden Park Drive East will be closed and barricaded. The Rice Road entrances to Wendover and Oakmont are now open. Please look at the RICE ROAD CONSTRUCTION, PHASE 2 ROAD CLOSURE DETOUR MAP-5.27.2015 for an illustration of the work zone.

The contractor anticipates that Phase 2 will be complete by June 30. Phase 3, which is the final surface paving, will take an additional 3 weeks and will be complete in July.

RICE ROAD CONSTRUCTION,  PHASE 2 ROAD CLOSURE DETOUR MAP-5.27.2015

MDEQ Awards Solid Waste Assistance Grant to Ridgeland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Robbie Wilbur, Communications Director, MDEQ, 601-961-5277

 

(Jackson , Miss.)–The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) awarded the City of Ridgeland a solid waste assistance grant of $25,000 that will be used by the city for a household hazardous waste collection event in the fall of 2015.  The date has not yet been determined.

“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Ridgeland’s efforts in improving their management of solid waste,” said Gary Rikard, MDEQ Executive Director.

Cities and counties may apply for Solid Waste Assistance Grants through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. These grants are used by local communities for programs to prevent and clean up unauthorized dumps; to aid in hiring local solid waste enforcement officers; for public education efforts on solid waste disposal and recycling; and to establish programs for the collection of white goods, bulky wastes and recyclables.

Information about this grant program and other initiatives is available at www.deq.state.ms.us/solidwaste.

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Bicycle Safety Month Proclaimed for Ridgeland

Mayor Gene McGee signs proclamation declaring May as Bicycle Safety Month in Ridgeland. The proclamation from the Office of the Mayor states: "I urge all residents as motorists or bicyclists to respect cycling and encourage safety throughout our community. Bicycling has a wide range of benefits for the cyclists as well as the community-at-large, including saving money and time, reducing traffic and improving health and fitness." Signatures on the proclamation include William McKinley, Jackson Metro Cyclists; Jayce Powell, Ridgeland Bicycle Advocate; Melody Thortis, Executive Director, Bikewalk Mississippi; and Michelle Williams, Crooked Letter Cycling.

Mayor Gene McGee signs proclamation declaring May as Bicycle Safety Month in Ridgeland. The proclamation from the Office of the Mayor states: “I urge all residents as motorists or bicyclists to respect cycling and encourage safety throughout our community. Bicycling has a wide range of benefits for the cyclists as well as the community-at-large, including saving money and time, reducing traffic and improving health and fitness.” Signatures on the proclamation in addition to the Mayor include William McKinley, Jackson Metro Cyclists; Jayce Powell, Ridgeland Bicycle Advocate; Melody Thortis, Executive Director, Bikewalk Mississippi; and Michelle Williams, Crooked Letter Cycling.

Household Hazardous Waste Day

As the final event of the Great American Cleanup in Ridgeland, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful and the City of Ridgeland encourage residents to participate in Household Hazardous Waste Day by safely disposing and recycling items from their homes and garages. Items eligible for drop-off include paint, batteries, and e-waste. Paper shredding services will also be on site. Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held at Holmes Community College on Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. This event is funded by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. It is free and open to residents of Ridgeland and Madison County. Business waste will not be accepted. Stations will be set up in the Ridgeland Avenue parking lot where participants may drive up and drop off their items. Volunteers will be on site to help unload heavy items.Household Hazardous Waste Day Flyer 2015_

Arbor Day Foundation Names Ridgeland Tree City USA For Seventh Consecutive Year

Ridgeland, Miss. was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the seventh consecutive year that the City of Ridgeland has earned this recognition.

Ridgeland achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a
tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least
$2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the
U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Ridgeland make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

National Day of Prayer in Ridgeland

The National Day of Prayer will be recognized in Ridgeland on Thursday, May 7. The public is invited to participate in the event held in the Ridgeland City Hall Garden starting at 12:10 p.m. Attendees will be treated to special choral performances by a Ridgeland High School ensemble. Prayers will be offered for the nation, military, state government, local government and the community by local pastors. The program will end by 12:50 p.m.

This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry.” The theme Bible verse is “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” I Kings 8:28

For more information about the National Day of Prayer, visit www.ndptf.org.

Ridgeland’s Lynn Named 2015 Mississippi Parent of the Year

Press Release Posted May 4, 2015 on Mississippi Department of Education website

Madison County Resident Named 2015 Mississippi Parent of the Year

JACKSON, Miss. – Sissy Lynn, a mother of two children in the Madison County School District, was named the 2015 Mississippi Parent of the Year.

Lynn, a Congressional District 2 finalist, was by nominated the school district, and she has been actively involved at Highland Elementary School. She has been named Ann Smith Elementary Parent of the Year twice (2011 and 2014) and is the 2015 Highland Elementary Parent of the Year. Lynn and her husband Randy were named 2014 City Makers of the Year, the City of Ridgeland’s top award, for their service and dedication to Ridgeland’s public schools.

Lynn has served in various PTO Board positions over the past several years including vice president of public relations for two years at Ann Smith Elementary, executive vice president at Ann Smith for one year and vice president of public relations at Highland Elementary for two years. She is passionate about spreading positive publicity about Ridgeland’s public schools. She is currently serving as president of a volunteer public relations committee for the entire Ridgeland zone of Madison County Schools.

Research has repeatedly shown that parental involvement is a critical factor determining the academic success of students.  As part of the annual Parent of the Year program, the Mississippi Department of Education asks each district to select an outstanding parent who has made a significant impact on school improvement efforts in the school district.

A committee of educators reviewed numerous applications submitted by the school districts. As a result, the committee selects a Parent of the Year from each congressional district, and from those four names, the 2015 State Parent of the Year.

Parent of the Year Finalists

The Congressional District 1 finalist is Kate Farabaugh, who was nominated by Tupelo Public School District for her commitment to supporting public education. She has three children (9th & 11th grade) who attend Tupelo High School.

The Congressional District 3 finalist is Meci Beason, who was nominated by the Neshoba County Schools for her keen sense of student needs and community relations. She has two children (1st & 3rd grade) who attend Neshoba County Elementary School.

The Congressional District 4 finalist is Diane Young, who was nominated by Ocean Springs School District for her unwavering support of school and district functions. She has a 3rd grade son at Magnolia Park Elementary.

Madison County Law Enforcement Appreciation Week to be held May 10-16

Jan Collins, executive director of the Madison County Business League & Foundation, announced today that a county-wide law enforcement appreciation week will be held May 10 through 16. “We want to recognize the law enforcement officers who work unusual hours, knowing they may be in dangerous situations that could risk their lives in order to protect our homes, workplaces, schools and entire community.” Planning the week’s activities has been a joint effort with the MCBL&F, all the Chambers of Commerce in Madison County.

Collins said this is the first-ever county wide week of celebration and commemoration of the outstanding work of the law enforcement officials in Madison County. “We invite our business community, schools, churches and organizations to participate in recognizing our law enforcement officers for their dedication and commitment to Madison County.” Mike Yarbro has spearheaded a campaign to raise funds to provide a gift from the community to each law enforcement officer in the county. 

Mayor Gene Magee of Ridgeland is pleased about the upcoming appreciation week. “We in Ridgeland are so proud of the tremendous job that each officer does to make our city and county safe for our citizens. The Ridgeland Police Department is one of best. Together with the officers throughout Madison County, citizens can expect highly skilled and qualified officers to protect and serve to the best of their ability. Showing these officers appreciation is just one small reward that they deserve from our citizens. It means a lot to our officers to be recognized and appreciated.”

Madison County Sheriff Randall Tucker stated “We are grateful for the support of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and of the surrounding Law Enforcement agencies during the Madison County Law Enforcement Appreciation Week . It is gratifying to know that the deputies and officers, as first responders, are being recognized for the jobs that they do. Madison County Sheriff’s Office is very appreciative of all the support that we receive from the community on a daily basis.”

Activities are planned for each day of the week, and the business community, schools, churches and organizations are encouraged to participate as a way of recognizing law enforcement officers for their dedication and commitment to Madison County.

Sunday: Day of Prayer Churches in each community are asked to recognize the law enforcement officers in their church and community and say a special prayer during worship service. They also can plan activities for the children or the church during that week.

Monday: Blue Ribbon Week  Each chamber will encourage members to display a blue ribbon, or bow, outside their business in recognition of Law Enforcement Awareness Week.

Tuesday: Blue Balloon Release  Each city in the County is urged to release balloons to honor fallen officers.

Wednesday: Wear Blue Day The entire community (schools/churches/businesses) are encouraged to wear blue on this day or entire week.

Thursday: Thank an Officer Day On this day, businesses, churches and schools are asked to write a thank you note or draw posters or color drawings to present to the officers. Each community is encouraged to ask policemen or deputies to visit the schools for acceptance.

Friday: Celebrate Law Enforcement On this day, the chambers will show their appreciation to the stations or sheriff’s office.

“We’d like to thank the Chambers for their support of law enforcement,” said Gene Waldrop, chief of the Madison Police Department. “This is another great example of community involvement and assistance to our agency.”

For more information on how to get involved, call your city’s Chamber of Commerce office, or call the Madison County Business League & Foundation at 601.832.5592.

Poster -Law Enforcement Appreciation Week

Law Enforcement Appreciation poster