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Spotlight on Local Artist – Doug Thomas

Check out one of Ridgeland’s local artists, Doug Thomas. As a drum teacher, he runs a studio in Ridgeland where his students benefit from his extensive experience in different drumming techniques. Read the article about Doug Thomas here.

Ridgeland Life Fall 2017

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Ridgeland Fire Department to host 9/11 ceremony and heroes run

First responders participate in Ridgeland’s Run to Remember 2013. Photo credit: Sissy Lynn

The Ridgeland Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 Ceremony and a 9/11 Heroes Run at Northpark Mall on Monday, Sept. 11 to honor and remember those who lost their lives on and since that day in our history. The run will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation which empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.

The ceremony will start at 8:15 a.m. at the intersection of Northpark Drive and Ring Road at Northpark Mall. The patriotic ceremony will feature a guest speaker, vocal performance by the Air National Guard Quartet, posting of the colors by the Mississippi State Fire Academy Honor Guard, ringing of the bell by the Ridgeland Fire Honor Guard, bagpipes and more. Recruiters from all branches of the military will be present. Junior ROTC students are encouraged to attend as well as anyone interested in the military.

The Ridgeland Fire Department has partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation for the 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race and 1M fun run/walk. The race will unite the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our military and first responders that serve our country and our communities. The Ridgeland race was organized by Ridgeland Fire Department Captain Todd Yelverton. He has been organizing annual 9/11 events for these last 16 years.

“We just don’t want people to forget,” said Yelverton. “We want to encourage everyone to come out who is available that morning and join together in remembering those who lost their lives in 9/11 and since that time while serving our country.”

Captain Todd Yelverton holding the satchel of victim’s names from Sept. 11, 2001.

“The event will be very special. It will include representation of all branches of the military and first responders, there will be ringing of the bell, a flyover, patriotic music and other meaningful activities. It is an opportunity for many of us to remember this significant time in our country’s history, and the event presents an experience for younger residents to develop a greater understanding of the meaning of 9/11. We hope lots of people come to the ceremony or the run or both.”

The 9/11 Heroes Run series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day. In its eighth year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations around the U.S. and the world.

“Knowing that so many people gave their lives during the 9/11 attacks touched my brother Travis in a way that would forever change him,” said Ryan Manion Borek, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “Six years after 9/11, my brother also gave his life for his country, so every year we gather communities together to run a 5K, not just to honor the fallen, but to continue the legacies of character, leadership, and service that they left behind. We are looking forward to this exciting race season and uniting people around the world to continue those legacies and redefine America’s national character.”

Last year, more than 30,000 people participated in races around the world, and the Travis Manion Foundation invested over $151,000 back into the local race communities to support military, veterans, first responders and their families.

Heroes Run 5K Race Course. A 1-mile Fun Run will follow Ring Road around Northpark Mall.

The race course will utilize Northpark Drive, Towne Center Boulevard and Wheatley Street, beginning and ending at Northpark Mall. Northpark Drive and Pear Orchard Road will be blocked off during the event. The 1-mile fun run will utilize Ring Road. The race and fun run is open to people of all ages and all ability levels. It will be a fun, family-friendly event.

The 9/11 ceremony is open to the public and is free of charge. To register for the Heroes Run, visit Active duty military and first responders will receive 10 percent discount.

About Travis Manion Foundation

The Travis Manion Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to empowering our nation’s veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. In 2007, 1st Lt Travis Manion (U.S. Marine Corps) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis’ legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, “If Not Me, Then Who…” Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation’s heroes live on in the next generation.

Local Point of Contact – Captain Todd Yelverton – Local Race Director – 601-856-7004 –

National Point of Contact – Derrick Morgan – Travis Manion Foundation – 215-622-2225 –



City of Ridgeland collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey clean-up

Donation delivery will go through the City of Pascagoula’s adopted city efforts

The City of Ridgeland seeks to encourage its citizens and community organizations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding in Texas. The City of Ridgeland recently learned of the City of Pascagoula’s adoption of League City, Texas in Galveston County to aid that community in cleaning up after the flood waters subside. Pascagoula’s efforts include the collection and donation of supplies and cleaning products from their community.

Ridgeland has decided to help with this coordinated effort by one of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast cities. According to a news release from the City of Pascagoula dated August 24, 2017, the City of Pascagoula is paying the generosity forward that was extended to their community in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago. Cities from across the nation helped citizens of Pascagoula to clean up and rebuild their lives.

“We have all been acutely aware of the damage to Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey and we wanted to help,” stated Ridgeland City Clerk Paula Tierce. “Since City of Ridgeland staff came to the aid of our Mississippi Gulf Coast neighbors after Katrina, we felt that it was appropriate to work together during this crisis and help the City of Pascagoula provide even more donated supplies for their adopted city of League City, Texas. The experience of the City of Pascagoula in working with cities during and after a disaster is invaluable and we felt that we could help in ways that are most needed by assisting them.”

The City of Ridgeland will be collecting donations at drop-off locations throughout the city. These donations will be delivered to Pascagoula on Thursday, Sept. 7 in order to be delivered along with their community’s donations to League City, Texas.

Donations requested:

  • cleaning supplies including
    • 5-gallon buckets
    • cleaning brushes
    • non-cellulose sponges
    • wipes
    • towels
    • reusable kitchen gloves
  • cleaning products including
    • liquid household cleaners
    • bleach
  • tools of all kinds
  • boots
  • bottled water
  • trash bags – heavy duty
  • work gloves
  • sanitizing wipes
  • portable generators
  • wet/dry vacs
  • dehumidifiers
  • pressure washers
  • blower fans
  • wheelbarrows
  • gift cards

Drop-off locations and hours:

  • Ridgeland City Hall, 304 Highway 51 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • Ridgeland Police Department, 115 E. School Street – 24 hours/day including weekends
  • Ridgeland Central Station, 456 Towne Center Boulevard – 24 hours/day including weekends but please knock if outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ridgeland Fire Station 2, 408 Ridgeland Avenue – 24 hours/day including weekends but please knock if outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ridgeland Fire Station 3, 880 Rice Road – 24 hours/day including weekends but please knock if outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ridgeland Fire Station 4, 567 Highland Colony Parkway – 24 hours/day including weekends but please knock on the back door if outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ridgeland Public Works Complex, 240 W. School Street – 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday

Donations will be accepted until 7:30 a.m. Thursday, September 7 for delivery to Pascagoula that afternoon. The City of Ridgeland wishes to recognize and express their appreciation to Lowe’s of Ridgeland located at 910 E. County Line Road for their donation of extra-large moving boxes for this effort.

Regarding other ways to help people affected Hurricane Harvey, the City of Ridgeland recommends that its citizens follow what the experts are saying to do at this time which is to donate cash to a reputable organization such as The Salvation Army or American Red Cross. Needs for donations will be long-term so saving a portion of your contributions for the months to come is also advisable.

If you have any questions regarding the City of Ridgeland’s efforts, you may contact Gilda Carter or Sandra Monohan at 601-856-7113.


Help Ridgeland Police Win a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant

The Ridgeland Police Department Kids Closet project has been selected as one of 200 nationwide finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program. The top 40 vote-getters of these finalists will receive a $25,000 grant for their community cause. Your votes are needed in order for the Ridgeland project to make it into the top 40. Voting ends Friday, Aug. 25, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

If the Ridgeland project wins a grant, the funds will be used to help children in need with school supplies, backpacks, basic clothing and meals outside of school hours at all of the Ridgeland public schools. To help, register at and cast 10 votes daily through Aug. 25. The voting started Aug. 16. Anyone with an email address may vote.

Police Chief John Neal said, “Please share the link  with as many people in the world as you can think of and ask them to support this great cause.”

Led by Officer Sara Ladnier, the Ridgeland Police Department has been conducting an ongoing school supply drive for Ms. Dozier’s closet at Highland Elementary. Her closet contains not only school supplies but clothing and food for those children who may not have a good meal until they return to school again. This devoted teacher will inconspicuously place food in a backpack for children in need to take home on Fridays. She will keep sweatshirts and jackets on hand and all kinds of school supplies.

“Inspired by Ms. Dozier’s efforts, we applied for the Neighborhood Assist® grant,” said Chief Neal, “so that all the Ridgeland schools could establish closets and have supplies for a long time.”

Officer Ladnier said, “We saw a need in our community and stepped in to help and have been asking others to help. Now, this is your chance to give back to the children in our community by voting so that we can win the grant.”

“Neighborhood Assist is another example of State Farm partnering with communities to tackle local issues and find solutions to community needs,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson.

Remember, you can vote up to 10 times per day per email address until 10:59 p.m. CT Friday, Aug. 25, at to help bring a $25,000 grant to the Ridgeland Police Department Kids Closet project. For more information about the project, contact Ridgeland police officer Sara Perkins Ladnier at 601-856-2121.

Ready to win the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant for the Ridgeland Police Department Kids Closet are (from left, front) Maddy Berry, Ridgeland High School; Nate Sanford, Highland Elementary; Justus Martin, Highland Elementary; Isabella Seago, Highland Elementary; Maya Ortiz, Ann Smith Elementary; Luciana Universal, Ann Smith Elementary; Luis Ortiz, Ann Smith Elementary; James Aaron Martin, Highland Elementary; Poonum Gill, Olde Towne Middle School; Julia Lynn, Olde Towne Middle School; (back) Officer Jonathan Wolfe, Ridgeland Police Department; Officer Ricky Bracey, Ridgeland Police Department; Titus the Titan, Ridgeland High School; Ford Sterling, Ridgeland High School; Officer Andre Minter, Ridgeland Police Department.

New fire truck built for Ridgeland, public viewing set for August 15

The City of Ridgeland is adding a new fire truck to its fleet. Construction has been completed of a custom built fire truck to be housed at Station 3, 880 Rice Road. Built to the Ridgeland Fire Department’s specifications, the new truck features a custom chassis with a 350 horsepower engine and a 1500 gallon per minute pump. It has an onboard water supply of 500 gallons.

“This pumper truck is replacing a truck that is being retired from service. It will be a good asset for Station 3, serving the east district of the city,” remarked Ridgeland Fire Chief Matt Bailey.

Since the truck will be located at Station 3 adjacent to the Ross Barnett Reservoir, it was built with two sections of hard suction hose in case there is ever a need to draft water from the reservoir.

“This truck is unique among the city’s pumper trucks,” said Bailey. “It is a combination pumper that uses foam suppression in addition to water suppression.”

A compressed air foam system will suppress a fire faster and more efficiently than water alone according to studies conducted by the U.S. Fire Administration.

Once the new truck arrived from the manufacturer, Emergency Equipment Professionals, it underwent pump testing by the Mississippi State Rating Bureau. The Ridgeland Fire Department has been busy installing new accessories on the truck. It will be released for service as soon as possible.

Come to Ridgeland City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 to take a tour of this beauty! Children are encouraged to climb aboard! This new combination pumper truck will be housed at Station 3, replacing a truck that has been retired from service.

The public is invited to view the truck from 5:30 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15 at Ridgeland City Hall. For more information about the new fire truck, contact Assistant Fire Chief Kipp Eldridge at 601-856-7004 or Fire Chief Matt Bailey at 601-856-8405. For more information about the Ridgeland Fire Department, visit


Multi-Use Trail Temporary Closure in Ridgeland

RIDGELAND, MS:  Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that the biking and walking trail from the Parkway Information Cabin in Ridgeland, Mississippi (milepost 102.3) to Old Canton Rd (milepost 103.4) is closed for repairs. The closure is necessary to perform spot reconstruction on sections of the trail. The trail will be re-opened as soon as repairs are completed. The closure is anticipated to last through mid-September.


Multi-Use Trail Closure

Ridgeland Fire Department to host 9/11 ceremony and heroes run

The Ridgeland Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 ceremony and heroes run on September 11. The public is invited to attend the ceremony to honor the heroes of 9/11 at 8:15 a.m. Immediately after the ceremony, a 5k and 1-mile fun run/walk will begin at approximately 8:45 a.m. Registration is required for the heroes run.

The ceremony will be held at Northpark Mall where Northpark Drive intersects with Ring Road. The run will start on Northpark Drive and follow a route returning to the mall. The fire department has partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation to host the run/walk. To register for the heroes run, go to

Runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels are welcome to participate. Active duty military and first responders will benefit from discounted registration fees.

The Ridgeland Fire Department is seeking sponsors through August 8. View and download the pledge form. For more information, contact Captain Todd Yelverton at Central Fire Station, 601-856-7004.


Ridgeland Police Department leads community school supply drive

The Ridgeland Police Department is leading a school supply drive for underprivileged students of Highland Elementary School (grades 3-5) in Ridgeland.

The goal is to provide disadvantaged students with resources such as school supplies while also meeting essential needs such as food for the weekends and holidays, toiletries and clothing. Approximately 50 students at Highland Elementary currently utilize Counselor Lillian Dozier’s “clothes closet,” where these children can discreetly obtain what they need, as long as supplies are available. These children in Ridgeland are in need of proper nutrition while away from their meal programs at school, basic necessities and school supplies.

The Ridgeland Police Department is seeking help from the community in order to meet the needs of the recipients of Ms. Dozier’s clothes closet program. Businesses, churches, organizations and citizens may provide donations of money or supplies.

What is needed?

Monetary donations, clothing items, toiletries, food and school supplies from the 2017-2018 supply list are needed. Please refer to the School Supply Checklist for specific needs. The Ridgeland Police Department has raised over $3,000 but much more is needed.

Where do I take my donations?

A donation box is located in the front lobby of the Ridgeland Police Department at 115 W. School Street. Items may be dropped off 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Donation checks may be made out to the Ridgeland Police Department and hand-delivered to the front counter.

Checks may be mailed to:

School Supply Drive

Ridgeland Police Department

P.O. Box 875

Ridgeland, MS 39158-0875

For more information, call Officer Sara Perkins Ladnier at 601-856-2121. This is a pilot program of the Ridgeland Police Department.

Ridgeland six-wheeler equipped for event and trail rescue

Pictured here is Ridgeland firefighter Antuwan Dixon with the City of Ridgeland’s newly equipped utility vehicle for trail and event medical response and rescue.

The Ridgeland Fire Department has recently equipped a six-wheeler utility-terrain vehicle for medical response calls at crowded outdoor events and along the narrow Ridgeland Multiuse Trail. With donations from local businesses, a basic vehicle was outfitted to meet the needs of medical response and rescue. Ridgeland’s UTV can enter areas where a rescue truck cannot while providing the speed of a motorized vehicle and the equipment and supplies needed for medical emergencies.

The six wheeler carries a full assortment of medical supplies, similar to the supplies found on the Ridgeland Fire Department trucks. Smaller than a truck, the UTV has the benefit of traversing all types of ground and maneuvering in small spaces while still being able to assist firefighters/EMTs in providing expert medical care. A patient can be transported safely on the vehicle with a stokes basket and backboard, and a seat adjacent to the basket allows an EMT to apply medical care while traveling to an ambulance.

“We identified a response capability gap on the multiuse trails and at community events where the fire department is on standby,” stated Nathan Bell, training officer. “A truck is just too large to be used on the trail or to travel off road in some areas, nor can it move through a crowd. Approaching on foot can translate into slower response times. Ridgeland’s UTV is the answer to meeting these particular needs.”

The City of Ridgeland owned a Polaris® six-wheeler that had been used at events, primarily to enter a crowd and identify medical needs that would then be addressed through the use of a rescue truck. Ridgeland Fire Department employees realized that if the department could equip the UTV, it could be used to respond, saving time in the case of a medical emergency. Bell began to approach local businesses with the need and found sponsors more than willing to help with either funds or in-kind donations.

Businesses and organizations that contributed include Fleet Feet Sports, Barnett’s Body Shop, Got Gear, Barksdale Cadillac, Guaranty Trust, Brown Bottling, McGraw Rental, Interstate Battery and Southern Connection. These sponsors helped the Ridgeland Fire Department purchase an EMS skid unit, stokes basket and backboard, EMS supplies, oxygen tank, IV pole, AED defibrillator, medical supplies and emergency lighting. Decals and paint helped to make the vehicle identifiable as a Ridgeland rescue vehicle.

“We greatly appreciate the generosity of our local businesses who see a need and step in to help,” said Mayor Gene McGee. “Now, thanks to these wonderful business owners and their support of the City of Ridgeland, our firefighters can respond better and faster in certain situations, resulting in safer events for the community.”

The six-wheeler made its debut at KidFest! Ridgeland in April and since then, it has been on the ready at every event in Ridgeland that has required firefighters/EMTs on standby including Magnolia Meltdown, Natchez Trace Century Ride and Pepsi Pops. “It has been used quite a bit already at community events and it has responded to four medical calls to date,” said Bell.

Ridgeland’s six-wheeler is housed at Ridgeland Fire Station 3 on Rice Road and driven by Station 3 crew members. For more information about the new vehicle, please contact Nathan Bell at or 601-856-3760. For further information about the City of Ridgeland, visit