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Reeves appointments Posey, Beckett – Mississippi Today

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Reeves names Posey to head MDWFP, Beckett for Public Utilities

Gov. Tate Reeves on Friday named his picks to run the state Public Utilities Staff and the , with both choices drawing the ire of one of the state’s largest environmental groups.

Reeves named State Rep. Jim Beckett, R-Bruce, as Public Utilities Staff director. He named former state senator and former Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey to run MDWFP, where he has been serving as interim director.

Reeves praised Beckett and Posey and said, “Each have a long track record of distinguished public service.”

Beckett replaces Sally Doty, appointed by Reeves in 2020, who left that agency earlier this year to run the state’s new broadband expansion office.

Beckett has served in the Legislature for 19 years, including an eight-year stint as chair of the Public Utilities Committee.

“Affordability (of utility bills) is going to be a challenge for our citizens, but we will make every effort to do so,” Beckett said.

Mississippi Sierra Club Director Louie Miller said he believes Beckett is too cozy with the large utility companies he will now help regulate. He called both Beckett and Posey “political hacks” and said the governor should have chosen more qualified directors.

“All you have to do is look at Jim Beckett’s campaign contributions and the legislation that he has sponsored to know that he is a wholly-owned subsidiary of out-of-state, multi-billion dollar utility monopolies doing business in Mississippi,” Miller said. “We know what he’s about, and it’s not protecting the consumer or advancing clean energy.”

The Public Utilities Staff was created in 1990 to provide technical assistance and make recommendations to the elected, three-member Public Service Commission. The independent staff office was created in an effort to remove politics and corruption from oversight and rate setting of public utilities.

The elected Public Service Commission is required to submit a list of at least three people to the governor for a utilities staff director. The governor’s choice is subject to approval by the state Senate. The people the PSC had submitted for consideration were: Beckett, former Texas lawmaker and Texas Railroad Commission Chair Elizabeth Ames Coleman, David Boackle, an engineer on the Public Utilities Staff and state Sen. Philip Moran, R-Kiln.

Elected Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley on Friday said: “Although a political appointment, the actual job of executive director is very non-partisan and should be based on good regulatory policy as an advisor to the PSC. At the end of the day, decisions are made by the three elected commissioners, but I’ve seen these two agencies work best in the past when the goal has been to work together in pursuit of the public interest. I certainly hope Mr. Beckett shares that same philosophy.”

Posey replaces MDWFP Director Sam Polles, the longest tenured director in the agency’s history, who announced his retirement early this year after 29 years. Polles was appointed by Gov. Kirk Fordice and had served under five governors.

Reeves said Posey has “a long legacy of commitment to the outdoors and … has helped protect our natural resources.” Posey in the state Senate served as chairman of the Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Committee. He later served as Public Service Commissioner from 2008 to 2016.

“The touches lives in all 82 counties every day,” Posey said Friday. “Outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing is what Mississippi is all about.”

Polles had been praised by many for expanding wildlife management areas and the state’s lakes system, providing more hunting and fishing opportunities, and construction of the new Mississippi of Natural Science. But he had also been criticized for allowing state parks to deteriorate and pushing plans to privatize them.

Posey on Friday thanked the governor and lawmakers for providing more money this year to rehabilitate state parks, and vowed to “make our park system one that every citizen of this state can be proud of and enjoy.”

But Miller said that so far during his time as assistant director and interim director at MDWF, Posey has supported privatization.

“He has shown he has no interest in keeping state parks public, so Mississippians can afford a vacation,” Miller said. “He’s proven that with wanting to privatize several state parks in Mississippi. That speaks volumes about where his interest is, rather than trying to rebuild this park system with monies that have come down from Washington.”

Miller said that as PSC commissioner, Posey also voted approval for Co.’s failed Kemper County coal gassification plant — one of the largest energy boondoggles in U.S. history.

“He was a consistent yes vote for the $7.5 billion boondoggle,” Miller said. “I don’t think his track record serves him sell as somebody who would be a steward of our public natural resources.”

MDWFP is governed by a five-member commission, with members appointed by the governor. The commission sends a list of at least three people for the governor to choose, subject to approval by the state Senate.

Also on Friday, at the same press conference in Hernando, Reeves announced his appointment Robert “Bob” Morris III as district attorney for the 17th Circuit Court District. Morris will finish the term of longtime DA John Champion, who died earlier this month.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

The Ag Museum Is One Of Mississippi’s Best Outdoor Attractions

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by Daniella DiRienzo, Only In Your State


Are you a nature lover seeking the perfect place for your next outing? If so, we suggest visiting the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry or, simply, the Ag Museum, as it’s more commonly called. We know what you’re thinking, “a museum?!” However, with acres of outdoor exhibits, gardens, nature trails, and additional museums on site, it’s…

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Gulfport Museum of History opens Hurricane Katrina photography exhibit

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www.wxxv25.com – Lorraine Weiskopf – 2022-09-08 21:25:04

A new exhibit at the of History unveiled a collection entitled ‘ Images Revisited.’

“This lady, Carmen, was just off Howard Avenue when I walked up and there was debris everywhere and she was sweeping and cleaning and she had this incredible positive attitude and she said ‘I am karate mamma and I will survive.” James Bates worked for the Sun Herald as a photographer during Hurricane Katrina. The photo he calls ‘Karate Mamma’ is one his favorites in the exhibit.

For him, it captures the fighting spirit of people determined to rebuild…

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Stuff To Do In Meridian: Mississippi Children’s Museum

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by Daniella DiRienzo, Only In Your State


As one of the larger cities in Mississippi, there’s lots of stuff to do in Meridian. The Mississippi Children’s is among the city’s best attractions. It’s brimming with great exhibits – inside AND out. In fact, one of its best exhibits, My Fantastical Backyard, is located outside the museum. A unique play space modeled after the whimsical…

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Second Art Sculpture Unveiled in Downtown Pascagoula

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by Mimi Bosarge, Our Mississippi Home

The second of three art sculptures was recently installed at the west end of the Downtown Plaza in . 

Named Hurri-Crane, it’s a bright yellow twisty metallic structure made from salvaged steel from Ingalls Shipyard. It references the swirling winds of a hurricane while echoing the spirals commonly found in Walter Anderson’s designs. Elements of it also pay to the shipbuilding industry and the hands of the workers whose labor produced the metal’s shapes and patterns.

 “By using Ingalls steel for this downtown sculpture, the work connects the industrial and maritime legacy of the city and region to the community development occurring in Pascagoula,” said Julian Rankin, Executive Director of the Walter Anderson of Art (WAMA). 

Keith Munn, Ingalls…

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Before the Museum There Lived a Man: Who was Walter Anderson?

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by Nancy Jo Maples, Our Mississippi Home

Form and space with a recurring theme of nature make up the unique art of the late Walter Anderson. Yet, who was Walter Anderson, and how did he develop this style?

Events and experiences in his life influenced a style centered on whimsical formations and vibrant colors. Anderson understood that nature and art are one. He was more than a painter as he was also a philosopher and poet oftentimes journaling about nature describing its beauty. He wrote about his realization of form and spaces through feeling and consciousness of color logging thoughts such as “Some walk on earth, some on water, still others need clouds to walk on.” 

Born Walter Inglis Anderson in New Orleans in 1903, the gifted artist was the son of a grain broker, George Walter Anderson, and an artist, Annett…

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The Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum holding Film Premiere

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www.wxxv25.com – Janae Jordan – 2022-08-08 18:00:21

Tomorrow the will premiere its new film ‘The Mardi Gras Experience.’

Experts in the film discussed the origins of Mardi Gras, history of Mardi Gras in Mississippi, the formation of the Gulf Coast Carnival Association, costume design, royalty, krewes, float making, parades, music, and Mardi Grad foods and King Cakes.

The film was produced by John Lestrade of ‘Take Two Video Productions’ in partnership with Stevens Media Production.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Coast National Heritage area….

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The Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi’s oldest music museum

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by Rebecca Turner, Our Mississippi Home

Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state’s oldest music museum. Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the blues story. The Delta Blues Museum had its 43rd anniversary on January 30th. Still, the celebration lasts…

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Walter Anderson Museum of Art hosting ‘Shape your Ideas’ art camp

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www.wxxv25.com – Ansley Brent – 2022-07-18 17:51:07

There’s an art camp happening in .

This summer, the Walter Anderson of Art is determined to give children opportunities to grow their creative side and expand their love for art.

One way kids are able to do so is by signing up and attending their summer camps. The camp that is currently going on focuses on three-dimensional art. Walter Anderson Museum of Art Director of Education Tony Difatta said,…

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Visit these spots on vacation

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rssfeeds.clarionledger.com – Mississippi Clarion Ledger – 2022-07-12 21:00:11

The city of Jackson offers beautiful scenery, enormous lakes, self-guided tours, flavorful food trucks, hidden gems and historic museums, to name a few of the many attractions. 

Below we’ve gathered some of the best things to do and see in Jackson.

Here are 10 things to do in Jackson you should add to your personal bucket list. 

The of history is located in the heart of downtown…

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