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Ridgeland Mississippi News

The Natchez Trace String Band to Perform at the Parkway Information Cabin

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites visitors to enjoy the talents and sounds of local musicians at the Parkway Information Cabin on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The Natchez Trace String Band, a small group of local acoustic musicians, will fill the cabin with the sounds of traditional folk, country, and bluegrass music. Visitors are welcome to stop by for a few minutes, or bring a chair and stay awhile.

This program is free of charge. The Parkway Information Cabin (milepost 102.4) is located approximately one mile north of I-55 at exit 105A, or just east of the intersection of Rice Road and Highway 51. For additional information, call (601) 856-7321.

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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Seasonal Safety Tips from the Ridgeland Police Department

by John R. Neal, Chief of Police

The holiday season is one of happiness, joy and fellowship. During the upcoming weeks, the City of Ridgeland will have an increased amount of traffic with holiday shoppers searching for that perfect gift in our retail shopping areas. While the officers of the Ridgeland Police Department strive to maintain high visibility year round, the holiday season brings heightened awareness from our officers as our shopping numbers increase. As you travel about during the season, I am offering several safety tips which I hope you remember as you are out and about. 

Keep purchases and valuables out of view in your vehicle this holiday season.

Keep purchases and valuables out of view in your vehicle this holiday season.

  • Remember to park in a well-lit area and where other shoppers are present.
  • If possible, shop with a group of friends or family.
  • Do not keep all your cash in one location while you are shopping.
  • Record all credit/debit card numbers in a safe location and track your spending.
  • Never leave a purse unattended in a shopping cart.
  • While walking in a parking lot, keep your keys in your hand.
  • If you are approached by a stranger, press your panic alarm on your key fob to alert others.
  • Keep purchases and valuables out of view in your vehicle. This includes purses, cellphones, and packages.
  • Remain attentive to your surroundings and call 911 with any suspicious activity.

If you will be traveling during the holiday season, the Ridgeland Police Department offers a House Watch Program where we will provide frequent patrols and checks of your residence while you are out of town. Residents are asked to contact RPD Communications Division at 601-856-2121 and request their residence be placed on the House Watch list for extra patrol. In addition, residents can also do some things to protect their property while they are away such as:

  • Stop/suspend all mail and newspaper deliveries.
  • Have a neighbor use your driveway for parking during your absence.
  • Remove your garage door opener from vehicles left at home.
  • Make sure gates to the rear of the house are secured and locked.
  • Set timers for interior/exterior lights, if available.
  • Do not leave garbage containers by the street.
  • Be aware of social media activity/posting and ‘advertising’ you are out of town.
  • Leave your blinds and shades in their normal position.

The Ridgeland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has been promoting a service offered through LeadsOnLine which will provide a service to our residents for documenting their valuable property. This FREE service, ReportIt, allows residents to document their valuable property on a secure hosted site by listing a description of the property, individual serial numbers/owner applied numbers, value of the property, and uploading photos of their property. This is an online inventory of a homeowner’s valuable property. If any resident is interested in learning more about this service or need assistance in establishing an account, they are encouraged to contact our Investigations Division at 601-856-5210 and an investigator will be happy to assist you. Residents can obtain more information on this service at https://reportit.leadsonline.com/

I wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday season. As you enjoy spending time with your family and friends, please remember the men and women of this department as we go about our duties and responsibilities to protect our community.

Ridgeland Life Winter 2016/2017

Read Ridgeland Life Winter 2016

Get caught up on city news, learn about upcoming community events, and view the winter lineup of recreation and parks programs. Also, don’t miss news from local schools, the public library, and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce!

If you are interested in advertising in Ridgeland Life, please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator, Julie Cox, at 601-853-2011. For information about Ridgeland Life, contact Sandra Monohan at 601-856-7113.

Review of roundabout driving rules offered by Ridgeland officials

Ridgeland officials wish to advise residents and visitors to be especially careful while driving the multi-lane roundabout during the busy holiday shopping season. A multi-lane roundabout is located at the intersection of Old Agency Road and Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. This area is regularly travelled by visitors who may or may not be familiar with how to drive a roundabout. Being reminded of the rules of driving a multi-lane roundabout will help prevent accidents, officials say.

Roundabouts are known for keeping vehicles moving faster through an intersection than a traditional stop and go intersection. The roundabout brings motorists who take the Old Agency exit off I-55 onto the commercial corridor of Highland Colony Parkway. It is anticipated that this commercial corridor will see higher traffic counts from now until Christmas as shoppers and diners visit the Renaissance at Colony Park, the Township at Colony Park and other retail and business centers off Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.

The City of Ridgeland coordinates with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to install the most effective signage and road markings to guide motorists who are entering, driving, and leaving the roundabout. Please follow the signs and remember the following guidelines:

  1. Choose the correct lane before entering the roundabout. Never change lanes within the roundabout, just like you would never change lanes within an intersection.
  2. Drivers wishing to turn left must use the left or inside lane, so choose the left lane before entering the roundabout. As with a traditional intersection, you may not turn right from a left lane.
  3. Drivers in the right lane of the roundabout must not turn left or change lanes; they must exit the roundabout with a right turn off the roundabout.
  4. Drivers wishing to travel straight through the intersection may choose either the left or right lane as the roundabout signage indicates.
  5. Drivers entering the roundabout must yield to all drivers who are already traveling in the roundabout.

Follow the rules of driving a multi-lane roundabout to stay safe and prevent accidents. Ridgeland officials also recommend that motorists view an informative video available from the Mississippi Department of Transportation: https://youtu.be/OQ0DjToa9Vk

The multi-lane roundabout in Ridgeland, Mississippi is located at the intersection of Old Agency Road and Highland Colony Parkway. Interstate 55 and the Old Agency exit is to the east of this image. Renaissance at Colony Park is located in the northeast corner. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is located in the northwest corner, and the Natchez Trace Parkway is directly south of the roundabout.

The multi-lane roundabout in Ridgeland, Mississippi is located at the intersection of Old Agency Road and Highland Colony Parkway. Interstate 55 and the Old Agency exit is to the east of this image. Renaissance at Colony Park is located in the northeast corner. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is located in the northwest corner, and the Natchez Trace Parkway is directly south of the roundabout.

November Proclaimed American Music Month

Download proclamation for American Music Month. This month is observed by the National Federation of Music Clubs through a parade of American music. Members of the Canton Music Club, the Mississippi Federation of Music and Junior Clubs reside in Ridgeland and throughout Madison County.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Proclamation

2016-nationalhospicemonth_logoMayor McGee signed a proclamation for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, November 2016, encouraging citizens to increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of life and to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs. Download the proclamation.

Students design posters to promote the National Park Service Centennial

The Natchez Trace Parkway and the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi invite visitors to view travel posters created by graphic design students at Mississippi State University in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. The students were challenged to create designs that promote the beauty and variety offered by the Natchez Trace Parkway. The original prints are on display through November 30, 2016, in the George Berry Gallery at the Mississippi Craft Center located at 950 Rice Road in Ridgeland, Mississippi (Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm). Visitors can also view digital copies of the posters at the Parkway Information Cabin (Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm) and on the Parkway’s Facebook page throughout December.

The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite design at the Mississippi Craft Center, Parkway Information Cabin, or via Facebook to help determine the winning entry.

The Parkway Information Cabin is located at milepost 102.4 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, located approximately one-mile north of I-55 exit 105A, or just east of the intersection of Rice Road and Highway 51. For additional information, visit our web page at www.nps.gov/natr, or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NatchezTraceParkwayNPS.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov

Office of the Superintendent, Natchez Trace Parkway, (662) 680-4005, NATR_Superintendent@nps.gov

Maximum score earned for Ridgeland drinking water

The City of Ridgeland has again earned the maximum score of 5.0/5.0 from the Mississippi State Department of Health for the city’s drinking water supply, according to an inspection report dated Oct. 28, 2016. Ridgeland earned 5 for technical, 5 for managerial and 5 for financial inspections.

The City of Ridgeland seeks to provide its citizens with a superior supply of drinking water. Staff work consistently to perform technical functions, manage the water systems, and conduct financial operations in a proficient manner. A copy of the annual inspection report from the Mississippi State Department of Health may be viewed at Ridgeland City Hall, located at 304 Highway 51, Ridgeland, Mississippi.

The City of Ridgeland produces an annual Water Quality Report brochure that is available at http://www.ridgelandms.org/wp-content/uploads/WaterQuality-Ridgeland-2016.pdf and at City Hall, 304 Highway 51. You may call the Public Works Department for further information at 601-853-2027.

Ridgeland Residents Urged to Support Small Business Saturday

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Mayor Gene McGee recently signed a proclamation for Small Business Saturday, urging residents to support small businesses and merchants on November 26, 2016 and throughout the year. As stated in the proclamation, “The City of Ridgeland, Mississippi supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy and preserve our neighborhoods.” Small Business Saturday is celebrated nationwide on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

 

Sharing roadways require extra caution this time of year, Ridgeland officials warn

With daylight saving time ending soon, Ridgeland officials warn pedestrians and cyclists to be extra careful around vehicles. Officials also request that drivers be watchful and to avoid distractions that might cause a driver to not observe a walker, jogger, or cyclist on the roadway or crossing a street.

Pedestrians traveling during newly dark hours are urged to stay on trails, sidewalks and use well-lit crosswalks. Wearing appropriate lights and reflective gear is highly recommended. Bicyclists need to have reflectors and lights on their bikes and to also follow road rules for cyclists.

“This is a good time to remind cyclists of the helmet law in Ridgeland,” said Mayor Gene McGee. “Wearing a helmet can save your life and that is why we enacted an ordinance in Ridgeland. I also recommend using flashing lights on bicycles so that drivers can see you easily.”

Drivers need to remember the three-foot rule for driving around cyclists on roadways. Alderman-at-large D.I. Smith notes, “Sharing the road safely comes with extra challenges during this time of year of shorter daylight hours. We just want to avoid any vehicle and pedestrian or cyclist collisions.”

Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 6. Please be vigilant and stay safe.