JT for April 11, 2019

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JT hears there may be one, maybe two more to jump into the Sheriff’s race.  Rumor has it that Danny Hall, who ran last time against Sheriff Victor Jones, is said to be considering another run. There has even been some speculation that we may see a second current deputy getting in the race. So it might not be a two-man race after all between the Sheriff’s pick, Deputy Stuart Wright, and former State Trooper Steve Pezant.

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D&D Construction

Everyone…well not really…some though… have wondered what Rick Nowlin will do now that he’s announced he’s not running for re-election as Parish President. JT doesn’t look for him to retire from public service, although he has enough years in office to draw a good retirement. It’s speculated he has another government job lined up…not an elected one. JT’s heard either in Baton Rouge or one with Congressional ties. There’s only one announced candidate for Parish President right now but qualifying is still a long way off.  JT kind of looks for one of the current Parish Councilmen to run for the seat.  As one person told JT, some of the councilmen have been all over Rick over his running of the parish’s business…maybe it’s time they either put their name in the pot or shut up.

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One person JT knows is not running for Parish President is former School Board member Ralph Wilson. He ran into Ralph at the Post Office the other day and Ralph said he hasn’t ruled out getting back into politics…but he said there’s no way it would be Parish President. It wouldn’t surprise JT to see Ralph’s name back on the ballot in the near future. Who knows, maybe back for a School Board seat, the City Council or even in the next Mayor’s race?

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There’s an interesting bill in the legislature this year that JT is sure came at the request of officials involved in the “No Call” in the New Orleans Saints loss last season to the Los Angeles Rams in the Championship game. The bill makes it a crime to harass a game official…if they fear for their safety. If you get arrested for that it will cost you $500 or 90 days in jail and 40 hours community service work. JT can see a lot of discussion of the definition of “harass” as well as the phrase “fear for their safety.” What might scare one official might not do so to another. Who’s going to make that determination? Isn’t there already a safety provision for officials that allows for the offender being removed from the facility? Sure sounds like a waste of time and money for our legislators.

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That danged ole rain played havoc on the Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival this past weekend forcing them to cancel the event after a few hours Saturday. JT was really looking forward to this year’s event after last year’s spectacular one. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. He heard that on Friday, quite a few had seen the weather forecasts and backed out. Even thought the weathermen are seldom right, they didn’t want to take a chance. JT is still a little bummed especially after all the hard work, planning and preparation that had gone into this year’s event by APHN folks. As they say, there’s always next year.