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Ridgeland Life Winter 2017/2018

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November Proclaimed American Music Month in Ridgeland

Mayor Gene McGee signs a Proclamation for American Music Month while Kathy Hammack, President of Canton Music Study Club, looks on. American Music Month is observed during the month of November by the National Federation of Music Clubs through recognition of the Parade of American Music. The purpose of American Music Month is to present and promote music composed or arranged by American composers. Members of the Canton Music Study Club live throughout Madison County. The Mayor’s Proclamation urges residents to support and recognize American music as an important part of our culture.

Noise Expected with Gas Line Replacement for Lake Harbour Drive Extension

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP will be releasing natural gas from the end of a line located behind Prassel Lumber, 275 Highway 51, on Thursday, November 9 at 7 a.m. The gas will be expelled slowly for approximately one hour, according to Danny Bolian, a representative of Boardwalk. This process is loud, according to Bolian, and it may cause a distraction to those in the vicinity. The 6″ natural gas pipeline extends from Prassel Lumber to Beaver Creek for approximately 3.5 miles. A portion of this line is being replaced for the Lake Harbour Drive Extension Road Project in Ridgeland.


Small Businesses Saturday Promotion in Ridgeland

Local businesses encouraged to contact Ridgeland Chamber for inclusion in special webpage

The City of Ridgeland, the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and Ridgeland Tourism Commission lend their support to the 8th Annual Small Business Saturday® and Shop Small® Movement to drive commerce to small businesses.

The City of Ridgeland has declared its support in this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 25 with a proclamation signed by Mayor Gene McGee. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses and strengthening and celebrating communities across the country. Seeking to enhance promotion of the event, the City has partnered with the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and the Ridgeland Tourism Commission.

The City of Ridgeland, the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and the Ridgeland Tourism Commission have created a web page at for the sharing of local business discounts, sales and promotions planned by small local businesses for November 25. Local merchants are encouraged to contact the Ridgeland Chamber to have their promotions listed on the web page. Marketing materials for the event are available to businesses through

Shop Local- Buy Local Small Business Saturday banners will be strategically placed at intersections in Ridgeland to help promote the event. An advertising campaign will utilize billboards and social media.

“Our locally owned small businesses are the backbone of Ridgeland,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee. “Small retail stores provide character and charm and their presence contributes to the uniqueness of Ridgeland. Many of them are owned by Ridgeland residents and we want them to grow in prosperity here. Our aim is to show the local businesses exceptional support by promoting the concept of Shop Small to citizens and visitors.”

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2016, an estimated 112 million consumers reported shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, according to the 2016 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.1 The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

“Small Business Saturday, scheduled this year for November 25, celebrates the spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship, as exemplified by small business owners who take the risk of following their dreams,” said Linda Bynum, Executive Director of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. “Originated in 2010, this nationwide ‘Shop Small’ campaign is an effort to encourage shoppers to patronize small, local businesses for their holiday shopping. We believe ‘Shop Small’ helps spark the groundswell of enthusiasm for shopping locally. And, why not? There are so many benefits to our community to keeping it local. The Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the City of Ridgeland and the Ridgeland Tourism Commission to support this special day celebrating the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities across our state. When small businesses succeed, we all succeed.”

Small Business Saturday celebrates the diversity of small businesses across the U.S. and the City of Ridgeland recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities. According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2014, small businesses nationwide accounted for 63% of net new private-sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of firms with paid employees.2

Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting Local small business owners may contact the Chamber office at 601-991-9996 to have their promotions listed on the Small Business Saturday web page.
November 25th marks the eighth annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that can help create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. Learn more on,,,

1Estimates are based on consumer self-reported data from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey by National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express (November 27, 2016) and do not reflect actual receipts or sales.
2Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Frequently Asked Questions, March 2014.

Small Business Saturday® and Shop Small® are being promoted through a partnership of the City of Ridgeland, the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and the Ridgeland Tourism Commission to drive consumers to small businesses in Ridgeland. Mayor Gene McGee, seated, signs the City of Ridgeland’s Small Business Saturday proclamation while supporters look on, standing from left, Ridgeland Chamber President Randy Keng, Ridgeland Chamber Executive Director Linda Bynum, Ridgeland Community Affairs Coordinator Sandra Rives Monohan and Ridgeland Tourism Commission Executive Director Mary Beth Wilkerson. Residents and visitors are encouraged to shop local and buy local, especially on November 25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small business owners are invited to contact the Ridgeland Chamber to join their Small Business Saturday promotional web page.

Ridgeland earns 25th consecutive award for excellence in financial reporting

Finance Manager Ashley Daniel, Mayor Gene McGee, and City Clerk Paula Tierce present the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. This is the 25th consecutive year that the City of Ridgeland earned this award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Ridgeland by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. As stated in a press release by GFOA on October 2, 2017, “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.” 

Also stated in the aforementioned GFOA press release, “The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.”

“The City of Ridgeland’s financial reports have met the highest standards of excellence for 25 consecutive years,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee. “We are especially proud of this long-running achievement.”

“We are honored to have this distinction,” said City Clerk Paula Tierce. “We want to encourage citizens to read the CAFR. It contains a lot of good information about our overall economic picture.”

The public is invited to read the CAFR.

First Aid Kits Donated to Highland Elementary in Ridgeland

The Ridgeland Fire Department and Pafford EMS partnered with the Highland Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to provide 40 first aid kits, enough for each classroom and resource room at Highland Elementary School, serving students in grades 3-5 in the Ridgeland attendance zone of Madison County Schools. Pafford EMS donated the kits that include first aid essentials, making it possible for medical needs to be treated immediately in the classroom or resource room.

“Our EMTs and Paramedics serve the 620 students and the staff at this school, so we were pleased to help coordinate this effort,” stated Ridgeland Fire Department training officer Nathan Bell. “Stocking each room with a first aid kit will make it possible for certain injuries or medical situations to be addressed more quickly. In the case of a minor condition, some students may not even need to leave the classroom.”

Highland Elementary PTO President Lazaire Martin said, “We want to thank Pafford EMS for the generous donation and for being a community partner. We are so appreciative of Pafford and the Ridgeland Fire Department for working with us to bring first aid kits to the school.”

“As parents, our children may become ill or get an injury when they are at school, and we wish we could be there to help,” added Martin. “It is a comfort to the PTO and parents of Highland students that first aid kits are now available in the classrooms.”

For more information about the first aid kit donations, contact Ridgeland Fire Department Training Officer Nathan Bell at 601-856-7004. First Aid Kits HES Pafford2

City of Ridgeland Fire Department and Pafford EMS presented 40 first aid kits to Highland Elementary PTO. Pafford EMS donated the purchase of the kits. Pictured are Highland Elementary School students and on the back row, Chris Marble, Pafford EMS; Dr. Paula Tharp, Principal, Highland Elementary; Madalyn Fairley, student; Chesley Alias, School Nurse, Highland Elementary; Nathan Bell, Training Officer, Ridgeland Fire Department; Lazaire Martin, President, Highland Elementary PTO; and Matt Bailey, Chief, Ridgeland Fire Department.

Officer of the Month for August 2017

City of Ridgeland Detective Mike McGahey, center, was selected as Officer of the Month for August 2017. Due to Detective McGahey’s initiative, work ethic and diligence, two major theft cases were solved in the City of Ridgeland along with additional cases in neighboring jurisdictions. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer. McGahey was presented with gift cards from the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pictured to his left, Mayor Gene McGee and to his right, Police Chief John Neal.

Complete Streets Policy Adopted by the City of Ridgeland

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ridgeland approved a resolution to adopt a Complete Streets policy on August 15, 2017. The policy was presented to the Mayor and Board by the City of Ridgeland Bicycle Advisory Committee. The policy states that the City of Ridgeland will plan, design and construct all new city transportation improvement projects to provide appropriate accommodation for pedestrians, persons with disabilities, bicyclists and motorists and that the City of Ridgeland will incorporate Complete Streets principles. Pictured from left, back, are elected officials: Alderman and Mayor Pro Tempore Kevin Holder (Ward 3), Alderman Bill Lee (Ward 5), Alderman Ken Heard (Ward 1), Alderman Wesley Hamlin (Ward 6), Mayor Gene McGee, Alderman Chuck Gautier (Ward 2), Alderman At-Large D.I. Smith and Alderman Brian Ramsey (Ward 4). Pictured from left, front, are Bicycle Advisory Committee Members, Trey Herron, Sandra Monohan, Jayce Powell and Chris Bryson. Not pictured are Wendy Bourdin, Mike McCollum, Mina Thorgeson and Scott Young.

Constitution Week

Mayor Gene McGee is shown signing the Proclamation of Constitution Week with Martha Denny, Regent, Magnolia State Chapter, NSDAR.


September 17, 2017 marks the 230th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America. The week of September 17-23 has been designated as Constitution Week by public law 915.  In the Proclamation signed by Mayor McGee of Ridgeland, citizens are asked to reaffirm the ideals of the framers of the constitution by protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights may never be regained.


Keep Ridgeland Beautiful, a Keep America Beautiful affiliate and City of Ridgeland committee, will be collecting solar eclipse glasses at three locations beginning September 11 through September 30 at the following drop off locations:

Ridgeland Public Library, 397 Highway 51 – Hwy 51/School Street

Ridgeland City Hall, 304 Hwy 51 – Hwy 51/Lake Harbour Drive

Northpark Mall – Guest Services, 1200 E. County Line Road

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful will be collecting the glasses in conjunction with Astronomers Without Borders and Explore Scientific. The glasses will be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019.

For more information about this project of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful, contact Rachel Collier via email: