Ryan L. Nave, who also reports on state government, previously was news editor at the Jackson Free Press, where he reported on local, state and national issues. Before coming to Mississippi in 2011, he was a freelance journalist in Albuquerque, N.M., Boulder, Colo., and Seattle covering environmental-business issues. Prior to that, he covered local and state government and Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for the Illinois Times. Nave was a 2010-2011 Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder and a 2004 Academy for Alternative Journalism fellow at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. A native of University City, Mo., he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Another Mississippi lawmaker is leaving the Legislature. Sen. Sean Tindell, a Republican from Gulfport, was appointed to the Mississippi Court of Appeals on Friday. Tindell’s appointment is effective Nov. 2. He replaces David Ishee, whom Gov. Phil Bryant appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in September.
Continental Tire is rolling to the rescue of the Mississippi Blues Marathon. The future of the race, which draws runners from around the world, was in doubt after its previous sponsor, BlueCross & BlueShield of Mississippi, pulled out earlier this year. This year’s race, scheduled for January, was cancelled because of bad weather. John Noblin, the Blues Marathon race director, said Continental’s sponsorship demonstrates the company, which is building a manufacturing facility in western Hinds County, is serious about “being a respected corporate and community citizen in both Mississippi and the Jackson area.” “The reputation of the Continental Tire brand worldwide will be great for the continued growth of the Blues Marathon,” Noblin said through a media release.
Mississippi’s top law enforcement officer is staying out of a legal battle over a recent controversial announcement from President Donald Trump. Fifteen Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Sept. 6 over the announcement that he would eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless Congress intervenes. The state AGs say the decision violates the due process rights of people participating in the program, which President Barack Obama implemented to allow immigrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. without authorization to remain in the country. Speaking at a press conference in his office on Thursday, Attorney General Jim Hood, the only statewide elected Democrat, said his office did not have enough time or a large enough staff to review the suit before it was filed.
A state appeals court judge will be the latest addition to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Gov. Phil Bryant named David M. Ishee to replace presiding Justice Jess Dickinson, who will head up the state’s Child Protection Services department. For that role, Dickinson replaced another high court colleague, former Justice David Chandler. A Gulfport native, Ishee graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law. Ishee spent 14 years in private practice; he was appointed to serve as a Pascagoula municipal judge in 1993.
The Senate Transportation Committee announced two days of hearings, which will include testimony from the state departments of Transportation and State Aid, the state chamber of commerce and county supervisors
Another legislator will be stepping down soon. Sen. Bill Stone, a Democrat from Holly Springs, will give up his seat to run his hometown’s municipally owned utility, Bobby Harrison reported for the Daily Journal. “I have experience running a utility,” he told Harrison. “I think I can make a difference” as manger of the Holly Springs Utility Department.” A former mayor of Ashland, Stone was elected to the Senate in 2008.