Ridgeland Mississippi News

Ridgeland Earns Awards from Keep Mississippi Beautiful

Ridgeland brought home three awards from the Keep Mississippi Beautiful Twenty-Fourth Annual Awards Luncheon held on April 6, 2017. Mayor Gene McGee earned Mayor of the Year. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Chairman Jan Richardson earned the Pat Fordice Award. Ridgeland High School earned an Honorable Mention for Recycle Bowl. From left to right: City of Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, Keep Mississippi Beautiful Executive Director Sarah Kountouris, Pat Fordice Award Winner Jan Richardson, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Member and Ridgeland High School Recycle Bowl Coordinator Rachel Collier.

City of Ridgeland officials and Keep Ridgeland Beautiful officers announce awards earned at the Keep Mississippi Beautiful Annual Awards Luncheon held April 6, 2017. Three awards were taken home by Ridgeland at this event that recognizes organizations and individuals from around the state of Mississippi for efforts in promoting the mission of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing litter and promoting recycling and community greening. Awards were presented to Ridgeland High School, Jan Richardson, and Mayor Gene McGee.

Ridgeland High School Recycle Bowl was presented an Honorable Mention Award in recognition of outstanding volunteer service in our community and the state of Mississippi. Recycle Bowl, a student-run recycling collection program, collected 15,054 pounds of recyclable paper over four weeks in the fall of 2016. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful provided education to students and support to the sponsor teachers, Ginger Joe and Kathy Evans. The City of Ridgeland partnered with Waste Management, Inc. to provide recycle bins. Recycling is continuing at the school with support from Keep Ridgeland Beautiful, the City of Ridgeland, and Waste Management.

Mayor of the Year award went to Mayor Gene McGee of the City of Ridgeland. Mayor McGee was honored as the mayor in Mississippi who best helps to promote Keep Mississippi Beautiful’s mission. Sarah Kountouris, executive director of Keep Mississippi Beautiful remarked about his serving as a role model to other mayors with his efforts in city beautification, recycling, litter prevention and reduction, and improving the quality of life of residents. Keep Mississippi Beautiful award judges selected him from among all mayoral candidates for his leadership that keeps the city’s parks, streets and public spaces clean and attractive, his promotion of recycling, tree protection and tobacco-free public spaces, and his environmental stewardship and encouragement of green spaces.

The Pat Fordice Award honors a leader of beautification, recycling and litter cleanup in Mississippi, given in honor of the former Mississippi first lady who was a dedicated supporter of Keep Mississippi Beautiful. Jan Richardson, founding member of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful and its first chairman, was given this honor. Her guidance led Keep Ridgeland Beautiful to earn the prestigious William Nash award from Keep America Beautiful in its first year. She has been instrumental in establishing a Wildflower Trails of Mississippi project in Ridgeland, working with local students on recycling and greening projects, maintaining a shoe recycling program that provides funds to the organization, transforming Midway Park during the Great American Cleanup, and promoting the mission at numerous public events.

“I am humbled by the award of Mayor of the Year, and I deeply appreciate Keep Mississippi Beautiful selecting me for this honor,” said Mayor Gene McGee. “I also want to express my appreciation and congratulations to Jan Richardson, Pat Fordice Award winner, and to Ridgeland High School for their honorable mention. Jan Richardson is a role model of an involved citizen who wants to make her community the best that it can be. I’m proud of the students, teachers, and Keep Ridgeland Beautiful members who helped to make the Recycle Bowl a success. I want to encourage them to keep it going in the coming years, and I want to encourage all Ridgeland citizens to get involved in keeping Ridgeland beautiful in any and every way that they can.”



Hydrant Maintenance

The Ridgeland Fire Department will be conducting routine hydrant maintenance beginning April 11 and ending the second week of May. Firefighters will be working throughout the city. As a resident, if your tap water becomes discolored due to their efforts, there is no cause for concern. It is not unsafe and the water will clear up after running for a few minutes. If you have any questions, please call Central Fire Station at 601-856-7004.

East County Line Road Resurfacing Project Announced

The City of Ridgeland and the City of Jackson announced the East County Line Road Resurfacing Project at a public event in Ridgeland on April 5. County Line Road lies at the border of the City of Ridgeland and Madison County and the City of Jackson. The roadway will be resurfaced from I-55 to Pear Orchard Road.

By Interlocal Agreement with the City of Jackson, the City of Ridgeland will manage the project, conforming to Ridgeland’s design and construction standards. Jackson and Ridgeland will share the cost of the project 50/50, with the Madison County Board of Supervisors pledging $675,000 for Ridgeland’s portion of the project. The City of Jackson has secured the other $675,000 for the project through general funds. The project is valued at $1.35 million.

Mayor Gene McGee said, “County Line Road is very important to the City of Ridgeland, and I am excited that Ridgeland with the help of Madison County and the City of Jackson are moving forward with this project. This is a perfect example of cities and counties working together to improve our transportation system.”

Officials from both cities and from Madison County were in attendance at the project announcement event held in Ridgeland at North Regency Square Shopping Center, 900 E. County Line Road.

Resurfacing of County Line Road from I-55 to Pear Orchard Road will begin in April, and it will be performed by City of Ridgeland term bid contractors. Project work is expected to be completed in two months.


Ridgeland Public Works Director Mike McCollum, Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, Jackson Public Works Director Jerriot Smash at the joint project announcement of E. County Line Road Resurfacing.

Mayor Gene McGee speaks to a group of interested citizens and officials at the Project Announcement for E. County Line Road Resurfacing Project.

Municipal Elections

City of Ridgeland, Mississippi Qualified Candidate List for 2017

Municipal elections will take place this spring throughout Mississippi. Take advantage of your right to vote in the City of Ridgeland elections. This level of government is closest to you! And, your vote means a lot in a municipal election when the number of votes cast are small.

Primary Election Day is May 2. Primary Runoff Election will be held on May 16, and General Election Day is June 6. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on each occurring Election Day. Only municipal elections are taking place in 2017 in Mississippi. You may view an Elections Chart at for more information.

Please refer to the Ward Map to find your ward and voting location. You may click on the map and zoom in to find your street.

Register to vote with extended hours

You may register to vote throughout the year during regular office hours at Ridgeland City Hall. In a municipal election year, the hours to register are extended on certain dates in order to better accommodate more schedules. On March 27 – 31, city hall will be open until 7 p.m.

The deadline to register to vote for the municipal primary election and primary runoff election is 12 p.m. on April 1. City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mail-in registration applications must be postmarked no later than April 1.

Absentee voting information

Absentee ballot applications will be available on March 3. In-person absentee voting in the Primary Election has a deadline of April 29 at 12 p.m. City Hall will be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for voting. Absentee ballot by mail deadline is 5 p.m. on May 1. This is an actual receipt deadline.

Absentee voting deadline for the Primary Runoff Election is 12 p.m. on May 13 for in-person voting. City Hall will be open 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Absentee voting for ballot by mail has a deadline of 5 p.m. May 14.

If you have any questions, please contact Municipal Clerk Ina Byrd at 601-856-7113. See you at the polls!

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.

Ridgeland Life Spring 2017


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.

MS Municipal Government Week