Ridgeland Mississippi News

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:


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

Find out what’s happening this fall in Ridgeland, MS and read up on the latest city news. Check out RECRE8 for the full listing of our recreation and parks programs and events.
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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.