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Ridgeland Mississippi News

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 https://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.