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Ridgeland Mississippi News

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.

 

Natchez Trace Parkway Pavement Problems for Mississippi Travelers

TUPELO, MS:  The Natchez Trace Parkway cautions visitors about pavement problems in the Mississippi section of the Parkway. Extreme drought has caused severe cracking and movement of the parkway motor road surface in many areas. Differential settlement across lanes can be problematic especially for motorcycles. The movement in the pavement surface is due to shrinkage of the underlying soils. This issue will worsen as the drought conditions continue.

Although this problem is not as prevalent in the Alabama or Tennessee sections of the parkway motor road, travelers should exercise caution and watch for areas where the pavement surface has moved. Maintenance crews continue to make repairs to the areas that require immediate attention.

For additional information about the Natchez Trace Parkway, please call (662) 680-4027 or (800) 305-7417.   

www.nps.gov

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

Groundbreaking for Miracle Field at Wolcott Park

New field will provide central Mississippi’s first fully accessible baseball field specifically designed
for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

The Miracle League of Central Mississippi, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the City of Ridgeland will be hosting a groundbreaking event for the Miracle League Field at Wolcott Park. This first of its kind field in central Mississippi will provide youth with disabilities a safe and barrier-free environment to participate in America’s favorite pastime. The public is invited to attend this significant event in the history of Ridgeland and Madison County.

The field will feature larger dugouts and a completely flat, latex-free rubberized surface that allows players using wheelchairs and other assistance devices to glide unrestricted and safely to their positions. During games, a “buddy” system will be used – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer to help with hitting, running the bases and fielding. Players will benefit from being part of a team, building new friendships, and engaging in teamwork and physical activity. 

The Miracle League of Central Mississippi was founded in 2014 by Joseph Voynik, who was 12 years old at the time. Joseph was inspired to volunteer as a buddy when he learned about the Pirates Charities’ Miracle League Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Unable to find a Miracle League Field in our area, it became Joseph’s goal to give local children with disabilities their very own place to play baseball – a sport he loves. There are more than 270 Miracle League Fields nationwide and in Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia.

In 2015, the Miracle League of Central Mississippi approached the City of Ridgeland with plans for constructing the accessible baseball field at a Ridgeland facility. The City of Ridgeland contributed an existing field prominently located in a quad with three other conventional baseball fields. That field, located at Wolcott Park, will be renovated by the Miracle League of Central Mississippi.

The Miracle League of Central Mississippi has raised more than 80 percent of the $450,000 project budget. The field is expected to be completed in 2017. For more information, including naming and sponsor opportunities, please visit www.miracleleagueofcentralms.com  or contact Tammy Voynik, Chairman at tammyvoynik@yahoo.com.

What:  Groundbreaking ceremony for Miracle League Field at Wolcott Park
When:  Monday, Oct. 31,  at 10 a.m.
Where:  Wolcott Park, 349 McClellan Drive on Field #2
Opportunities for video footage, interviews and photos will be available to the media.
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What you need to know about plastic film recycling

plastic-film-imageDid you know that plastic bags are not recyclable through the curbside recycling collection program? If you put them in your recycling cart, they have to get separated out and thrown away. You CAN recycle them; you just need to take them to participating plastic film recycling locations.

What is plastic film? According to plasticfilmrecycling.org, “plastic bags are made out of “film”, or thin flexible sheets of plastic. Plastic film is typically defined as any plastic less than 10 mil thick. The majority of plastic films are made from polyethylene resin and are readily recyclable if the material is clean and dry.”

Here are some of the sources of recyclable plastic film: bread bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning film, consumer paper packaging such as for toilet paper and paper towel packages, most grocery bags, and even bubble wrap – if the air is released before recycling.

Once you start looking for it, you will realize it’s everywhere! An easy way to collect and store it at home is to take your largest plastic bag and stuff it with the smaller bags and film as you get them. Before you know it, you have filled up the large bag and can tie it up and easily take it to a drop-off location.

So, save those plastic bags and film, be sure they are clean and kept dry, and take them to one of the following local recycling locations:

  • Lowe’s, 910 E. County Line Road – offers plastic film recycling as well as recycling for compact fluorescent light bulbs and rechargeable batteries. Drop off is located at the returns and exchanges counter to the right after you enter the store.
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 815 S. Wheatley Street – look for the big box that says paper bags located inside the grocery store entrance.
  • Kroger, 7045 Old Canton Road – their bin is located just inside the door.

In addition, Target at 6365 I-55 North just south of County Line Road in Jackson offers recycling for plastic film as well as recycling for MP3s, cellphones, ink cartridges, and glass! The bins are located to the right after entering the main entrance.

Check www.plasticfilmrecycling.org for more information. You may also ask a member of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful for information.

City of Ridgeland committee delivers donations to Ann Smith Elementary art classroom

City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee members delivered donations to the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary in Ridgeland. Art teacher Ms. Green accepted the donations including money from committee members, a check from BankPlus, and art supplies from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ridgeland, a member of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, back row left to right, are Ann Smith Elementary principal Dr. Melissa Philley, Community Awareness Committee member Shelia Jackson, Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Rhonda Green, Community Awareness Committee member Lazaire Martin, Community Awareness Committee chairman Drew Malone, Ann Smith PTO vice president Evelyn Williams, and Ann Smith PTO president Trenyse Small. Front row, left to right are Ann Smith Elementary students from Ms. Caver’s first grade class, Noah Bryant, Kasydie Byars, and Jacobie Dobbins.

City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee members delivered donations to the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary in Ridgeland. Art teacher Ms. Green accepted the donations including money from committee members, a check from BankPlus, and art supplies from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ridgeland, a member of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pictured, back row left to right, are Ann Smith Elementary principal Dr. Melissa Philley, Community Awareness Committee member Shelia Jackson, Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Rhonda Green, Community Awareness Committee member Lazaire Martin, Community Awareness Committee chairman Drew Malone, Ann Smith PTO vice president Evelyn Williams, and Ann Smith PTO president Trenyse Small. Front row, left to right are Ann Smith Elementary students from Ms. Caver’s first grade class, Noah Bryant, Kasydie Byars, and Jacobie Dobbins.

When Ann Smith Elementary art teacher Ms. Green reached out to the community through the Ann Smith Elementary Parent Teacher Organization for assistance with art supplies, the City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee responded to the call. The committee learned about the art classroom’s needs from committee education representative Lazaire Martin. Under the leadership of chairman Drew Malone, the committee decided to pursue donations for the art classroom as a project.

“We are very proud of the work our teachers do educating our students,” said Malone. “Anytime we can offer assistance to our schools we are happy to do so. Art is so important in the development of the creativity of our students and the CAC is honored to be able to assist in this endeavor.”

Committee members donated personally and also sought donations from local businesses. Committee chamber representative Diane Jackson reached out to the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, who in turn obtained donated supplies from chamber member Wal-Mart Ridgeland. Committee member Shelia Jackson, assistant vice president with BankPlus, was able to secure a $100 check donation from BankPlus. Through the committee’s efforts, the art classroom at Ann Smith Elementary received money and supplies valued at approximately $650.

ase-cac-and-bank-plus-donationMembers of the City of Ridgeland Community Awareness Committee include Carla Palmer Allen, Shirley Gill, Vicki Heath, Scott Higginbotham, Lee Hutchings, Diane Jackson, Shelia Jackson, Drew Malone, Lazaire Martin, and Mike Smith.

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Ridgeland Earns 24th Consecutive Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Ridgeland earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 24th consecutive year for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2015. Pictured L-R with the certificate at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting: Ina Byrd, Paula Tierce, Ashley Daniel, and Mayor Gene McGee.

Ridgeland earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 24th consecutive year for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2015. Pictured L-R with the certificate at a recent Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting: Ina Byrd, Deputy Director of Finance and Information Systems; Paula Tierce, City Clerk and Director of Finance and Administration; Ashley Daniel, Deputy Director of Finance; and Gene McGee, Mayor.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Ridgeland by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.  As stated in a press release by GFOA, “The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.”

The City of Ridgeland has received this award for 24 consecutive years. Also stated in the GFOA press release,“The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.”

“Our staff produces a financial report every year that meets the highest standards of excellence,” said Gene McGee, Mayor of Ridgeland. “We are excited to be presented with this award from GFOA, and we are especially proud to have achieved this recognition for 24 consecutive years.”

The public is invited to read a copy of the CAFR.

 

Assisted Living Week Proclaimed in Ridgeland

The week of Sept. 11-17 has been proclaimed as Assisted Living Week in Ridgeland per a Proclamation signed by Mayor Gene McGee. Residents are encouraged to volunteer in an assisted living community, to visit friends and loved ones who reside at these communities, and to learn more about how assisted living services benefit the larger community. The national theme this year is “Keep Connected”. For more information about National Assisted Living Week, visit https://www.facebook.com/nationalassistedlivingweek/. View Ridgeland’s Proclamation below.

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