Free back to school event in Canton



Also coming this Saturday…


Hear from Madison County officials at upcoming Madison neighborhood association meeting

The Madison Organization of Neighborhood Associations (MONA) will meet in the Madison Municipal Courtroom at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. Madison County District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen will speak about the county’s road spending plan and the city of Madison. County Engineer Rudy Warnock, Board Attorney Mike Espy and interim County Administrator Shelton Vance also will be there to answer questions from residents. Each neighborhood in Madison is encouraged to have at least two reps present at the meeting.

6 People You Become On Fridays

I’m #4. How about you?

Thought Catalog

1. The Admittedly Unproductive

From the moment you wake up, it’s established and accepted that Friday isn’t going to get a ton of productivity out of you. By setting your personal efficiency bar low, you have zero pressure to meet any type of expectations — and it’s Friday, save all that hard work junk for Monday thru Thursday. You refuse to feel bad for substituting studying, helping customers, making phone calls or writing notes with texting your friends about tonight’s plans and extensive YouTube exploration.

2. The In Denial Unproductive

You’ll tell yourself that you’re going to accomplish a lot on this glorious Friday, and while it’s cute that you strive for greatness, the lackadaisical aura that comes with the end of the week will outweigh your desire to take on a heavy workload. Seeing everyone else take extended breaks, browse the Internet and half-assedly cross T’s and dot I’s…

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Burgers and Blues will host 100th birthday celebration of the American Cancer Society

One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime – the fight against cancer. With the help of donors and generous restaurant owners like Burgers and Blues, the American Cancer Society is leading the way in transforming cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable. Because of donations, today, 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer are surviving (for at least five years). In fact, more than 400 people a day in the U.S. are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to the disease.

As a way to celebrate the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday, Burgers and Blues of Ridgeland has decided to host a 100th birthday party on Tuesday, July 30. Burgers and Blues will donate 10 percent of all food sales that day. Guests will also be allowed the opportunity to make donations directly to American Cancer Society. The party features entertainment from the Jesse Smith Band.  

“We are so grateful to Burgers and Blues for hosting such a great event for us,” said Amanda Patton, Executive Director.  “As we celebrate our 100th birthday, we realize how important each and every birthday is. We’re determined to make this cancer’s last century and finish the fight – not just in America but for people everywhere. We can’t do this alone. We need generous donors to join the fight against cancer by providing donations or coming out to the party and buying lunch or dinner.”  

Donations given to the American Cancer Society go toward not only research, but making sure people facing cancer have the help they need, like a free place to stay during treatment and a ride to get there. It also helps to continue the fight to ensure everyone has access to quality healthcare, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. 

If donors would like to make a donation but cannot make it to the birthday party, they can drop them off or send them to American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213.

Happy one-year anniversary!

Well, the one-year anniversary of this blog and the Suburban Digest page is actually May 24, but I’ve been swamped since then. It’s been a little while since I posted something here about the weekly Metro page, so better late than never, right?

The purpose of the Suburban Digest is to provide comprehensive coverage to cities in the Jackson metro area where majority of Clarion-Ledger subscribers reside — Brandon, Byram, Canton, Clinton, Flowood, Madison, Pearl, Ridgeland and Reservoir area. Last spring when Executive Editor Brian Tolley came on board, he talked about Passion Topics (subjects/issues important to readers) and how important it was to provide better coverage of the ‘Burbs. That’s where I came in as the reporter on the newly created suburban beat, to take charge of this effort and maintain the weekly content.

In its first year, the Suburban Digest raised awareness of several things you may not have known were happening in your area. By connecting through social media, emails, countless business cards and city government meetings, I have made so many connections with people living in my coverage areas. If a city mayor and board of aldermen voted on an ordinance that would have significant impact on you, it would appear on the page. If an area school or nonprofit is having an event to raise awareness of an issue, it appeared on the page. If local community groups are making positive changes and advancements, it appeared on the page. The main photo changes every week, alternating among the communities along with the column. We try to show people doing ordinary and extraordinary things every Thursday, and the Quotables section shows what people are saying/thinking regarding important local and national issues and public figures.

The first year was a big learning curve for me, as I went from covering two cities (Canton and Ridgeland for the Madison County Herald) to seven. I am learning a lot about these growing municipalities so the page is the best way to keep up with your city. Every Thursday it’s on the second page in the Metro section and online under the “News” tab at You can follow this blog for extra information, photos, videos, etc. and follow my Twitter account, @Terricha_CL  and follow me on Facebook at to keep up. I appreciate all of the “likes,” views, follows and shares, and I’m ALWAYS open to comments, story/column ideas and tips. If you want to submit an idea, email Please share this post with anyone living in the coverage areas.

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BBQ fundraiser for MadCAAP this Sunday

Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty is hosting a BBQ luncheon fundraiser to help provide school uniforms for 150 needy children. The luncheon will be held  11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Parkway Pentecostal Church’s Family Life Center on Mannsdale Road in Madison. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 4-6). Lunch consists of pulled pork or chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, a roll, banana pudding and tea. For carry-out orders, call (601)946-3126, (601) 506-4615, or (601) 573-4818.

FYI: Today’s Suburban Digest column is about MadCAAP receiving new technology with the help of Leadership Madison County participants. Read it here to learn more and it contains information on how to volunteer. MadCAAP has lots to do for the citizens of Madison County and can always use volunteers.