Ridgeland Mississippi News

New Bicycle Safety Signs Raise Awareness on the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS:  Lush deep shade and a gently curving scenic road are two landscape features that make the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway) a pleasant recreational route for both motorists and bicyclists. Those features that make traveling the Parkway enjoyable can sometimes reduce visibility for both drivers and bicyclists.  New signs, funded through the Natchez Trace Parkway Association (Association) Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, will raise motorist awareness and remind drivers that bicycles, as well as other motor vehicles, use the Parkway. 

“The Parkway is a very popular tour route for all levels of bicyclists. We are counting on the new signs to alert motorists that there may be a bicyclist obscured by deep shade or riding around the next curve,” said Superintendent Mary Risser.

Two types of signs will be installed over the entire length of the Parkway. One is to alert motorists that the Parkway is a designated bicycle route, while the other is a reminder that cyclists are entitled to use one full lane. In some areas, signs instruct drivers to change lanes to pass bicyclists; however, drivers should never change lanes when the view of oncoming traffic is limited.

This project is one in a series of the Association’s “BE SAFE, BE SEEN” campaign to promote bicycle safety along the Parkway. Last winter, the Association and park rangers joined together to provide increased bicyclist visibility by distributing free bicycle safety lights and vests. The light kits, high visibility vests, and these new signs were all donated through the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund established in the memory of Dr. Gary Holdiness, an avid bicyclist.

For more information about the Association and the Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund, please visit For more information about the Natchez Trace Parkway please visit  or call (800) 305-7417.  


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Ridgeland Municipal Court to Offer Amnesty Program for Defendants

The Ridgeland Police Department in conjunction with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and Ridgeland City Prosecutor will conduct an amnesty program for people with outstanding warrants for unpaid fines due to traffic violations or misdemeanor criminal offenses. The 2 day amnesty period will begin Thursday, March 30, 2017 and end Friday, March 31, 2017.

The program is for defendants/violators who have an outstanding fine with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and/or who have an arrest warrant issued for them. The amnesty program provides individuals the opportunity to pay their fines in full and have the contempt of court fees waived by orders of the municipal judge. The City of Ridgeland is aware that paying off fines may be difficult during challenging economic times. There are alternative measures to an immediate full fine payment which may be available to people who participate in the amnesty program. Under state law, a person convicted on a contempt of court charge faces up to six months in jail and/or an additional fine up to $1000. Individuals taking part in the amnesty program will benefit by removing this additional contempt of court fine.

Anyone who has an outstanding warrant with the Ridgeland Municipal Court or who wishes to determine if an arrest warrant has been issued against them may contact Ridgeland Court Services at 601-853-2001. The Municipal Court Services will have extended office hours during this period to accommodate anyone wishing to participate in this program. The extended hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 30 and 31, 2017, and Ridgeland Municipal Court is located at 115 West School Street in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

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Mississippi Fire Chiefs Association Conference Benefits Municipalities

As the host organization, the Ridgeland Fire Department has planned three days of sessions and activities for the Mississippi Fire Chiefs Mid-Winter Conference. The Conference will be held at Embassy Suites in Ridgeland January 11-13, 2017. Approximately 131 fire chiefs from throughout the state have registered including participation in a Legislative Day at the Capitol on Thursday, followed by a Legislative Reception.

Ridgeland Fire Chief Matt Bailey said, “The City of Ridgeland is honored to be the host for the mid-winter conference for the third consecutive year. We are pleased to put on a high quality conference for the association. We feel that Ridgeland is chosen as the host location because of our excellent hotel and conference facilities coupled with a convenient location in the metro area for dining and shopping.” Bailey notes that this year’s conference is seeing a record number of chiefs attending.

“The mid-winter conference benefits the citizens of the towns, cities and counties of Mississippi. It is a working session where chiefs receive education and training that can translate into enhanced public safety in their communities. Also, the importance of the legislative day cannot be understated as the chiefs will have the opportunity to express their needs for medical and fire service to the state legislature,” said Bailey.

Session presentations will be provided by representatives from regional and international fire chiefs associations. Vendors in fire service will exhibit the latest developments in public safety equipment.

Requests for interviews may be directed to Chief Matt Bailey, Ridgeland Fire Department at 601-856-7004.

Officer of the Month

Ridgeland Police Officer Kyle Millican was selected as Officer of the Month for November, 2016 and was recognized at the January 3, 2017 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Officer Millican exhibited quick responses and the ability to communicate vital information during a high intense situation that led to the apprehension of an auto burglar. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Ridgeland Police Officer Justin Crawford was selected at Officer of the Month for October, 2016 and recognized at teh December 6, 2016 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting. Officer Crawford went beyond the scope of his duties and relentlessly followed up on leads to resolve a burglary. His determination led to the recovery of stolen property and the arrest of two suspects. His actions are commendable and indicative of a professional and motivated officer.

Mississippi Municipal Government Week

A resolution of the City of Ridgeland has been passed and adopted recognizing Mississippi Municipal Government Week, January 15-21, 2017. The resolution encourages all citizens to support the celebration and corresponding activities.

As stated in the resolution, “municipal government is the government closest to most citizens, and the one with the most direct daily impact upon its residents.”

Government officials and employee wish to pass along their understanding of public services and their benefits. The week is an important opportunity to convey to citizens that they can shape and influence government through their civic involvement. To that end, there will be scheduled activities that will be posted on our online events calendar.

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Diver training conducted


Ridgeland firefighters and dive team members Willie “Pop” Jackson (left) and Kevin Wisnoski assist a trainee with his dive helmet and breathing apparatus.

Diver training for the Ridgeland Fire Department Dive Team occurred November 28-30, 2016. This 30-hour class, “Helmet Operations,” was designed by the Ridgeland Fire Department to specifically meet the needs of public safety divers. The class involved classroom, pool work and open water work, and it encompassed diver training and surface support training to ensure continuous air supply to divers. The class utilized Kirby Morgan dive helmets which provide the Ridgeland Dive Team with superior head protection while diving under piers and other hazardous areas. The helmets also provide excellent protection while diving in contaminated waters. This training led by Ridgeland Dive Team Leader Steve Wilson will qualify Ridgeland divers to stay underwater for longer periods of time while being better protected.

Gene McGee re-elected to the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan Board

Gene McGee, mayor, of the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi, was re-elected to his 10th term as chairman of the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan. McGee has served on the board of directors since 1998.

Steven D. Smith, president of the organization, recently commented, “We wish to congratulate Mayor McGee on his recent re-election. Mayor McGee’s service and leadership to the Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan continues to be of great benefit for our organization and to the member municipalities throughout the great State of Mississippi.”

The Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan is a self-insurance pool that provides comprehensive coverage and competitive rates for a wide array of municipal liability exposures including auto liability, general liability, public official liability and law enforcement liability.

The Mississippi Municipal Liability Plan is an arm of the Mississippi Municipal Service Company (MSMSC) that works to meet Mississippi’s municipal liability and workers’ compensation needs with the most comprehensive coverage at affordable rates. For over 27 years, members of the MSMSC have pooled their resources to better protect municipalities and other governmental entities throughout Mississippi.

“The board’s efforts result in saving tax money for citizens through the maintenance of low rates in liability insurance for municipalities,” remarked McGee. “I greatly appreciate the re-election by my peers and am honored with the privilege to continue to serve municipalities of the State of Mississippi through this very effective organization.”