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Wilcox Theatres Movie Review: In Time




In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage – a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system. Justin Timberlake stars as Will Salas, a man who is living in the “ghetto.”  He and the other residents of Dayton (presumably Ohio) live in a world where time is currency.  Salas works in a factory and helps to support him and his mother, played by Olivia Wilde (Remy “13” Hadley from House MD). The movie begins on Mrs. Salas’ (Wilde) 50th birthday.   She and her son share a small apartment in Dayton.  He jokes about her turning 25 for the 25th time.  They share some small talk about having to pay bills and such before Will heads out the door to work. The conversation that takes place in the apartment is designed to get you used to the idea that time is currency with Mrs. Salas telling Will that she has three months left on her clock, a clock which is prominently displayed on each person’s right arm, but won’t have much of that time left when she finishes paying the bills for the day.  The writers drive that point home as Mrs. Salas grabs her son’s hand and gives him five minutes so that he can have a good lunch.  They illustrate it even further in the very next scene as Will goes to get a cup of coffee before work.  We see the restaurants price board change from three minutes to four minutes for a cup.  Will complains but ultimately scans his wrist to pay for the cup of coffee. As the story develops, you realize that everyone in the town is desperately trying to earn more time without wasting much at all.  The people of the town hurry to wherever they go and, as precious seconds tick from their arm, don’t tend to be very patient when they are left to wait for anything. Will goes out to a bar after work.  That’s where he meets Henry Hamilton.  Hamilton (Matt Bomer) is a very wealthy man, which is obvious to everyone in the bar.  Most of the people in Dayton have less than a day left on their clock; Hamilton, who’s sleeves are rolled up to reveal his clock, has more than a century on his and he is constantly spending his time (money) by purchasing drinks for everyone in the bar. A group of thugs come into the bar and threaten to take Hamilton’s fortune from him.   Salas helps rescue the rich man from the thugs and the two escape to a warehouse where Hamilton tells Salas that he’s 105 years old and that he is weary.  The exchange between the two men reveals that Hamilton is a very rich man who hails from New Greenwich, the home of some of the richest people in the world.  “For a few to be immortal, many must die,” he tells Salas. That’s the point where the audience is clued in that the movie, though beautifully shot, well written and well acted – with pitch perfect performances delivered by Timberlake, his on-screen love interest, Amanda Seyfried & Cillian Murphy, who plays a cop known as a “time-keeper,” – that this movie is a harsh propaganda piece echoing the sentiments of the liberals around the country who are pushing the “Redistribution of Wealth” agenda. The movie is a futuristic version of Robin Hood with some shades of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet thrown in for good measure. I’m not saying that the movie is bad, as a matter of fact, it’s a perfectly enjoyable, action-packed adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  There are some great lessons to be taken away from the movie, no matter your political lean.  The OTHER message of the movie – besides the redistribution of wealth thing – is the simple thought that one’s life should not be wasted by simply protecting what you have; rather it should be relished and lived to the fullest – no matter how much you have, what part of town you live in or your station in life. We went to the late showing of the movie on Saturday night, which began at 9:40 pm, and there were about 20 other people in the theatre with us.  The staff at the concession stand was warm and inviting.  The young lady who prepared my popcorn was completely amazing. I’ve been going to movies by myself since I was 10 years old and in those thirty years, I believe that I’ve had two perfect orders of popcorn.  I like REALLY HEAVILY BUTTERED POPCORN!  The first one I got was at the old Meadowbrook Cinema 6 in Jackson.  The second was the order of popcorn I got last night!  WOW!!! Cristy and I got into our seats a little early and were thrilled to see that local businesses now have the opportunity to advertise on the screen before the movie.  There are still-shot ads and video ads available and from the information we got from owner David Wilcox, the options are very affordable. As a theatre experience, I would rate it a 9 on a scale of 1 – 10.  I would have liked for the volume to have been a little louder, but that’s because I’m a little hard of hearing.  Cristy thought the volume level was perfect. The one thing that I will point out – and this is one of the ways that I draw my opinion of a theatre, restaurant, store, etc.. – is that the bathrooms were brilliantly clean and pleasing to the olfactory senses. As far as the movie goes, Cristy and I both give it an 8 – even though neither of us believe in the political message that is sent by the film.  The film is solid and Timberlake really seemed to prove himself to us.  We both had serious questions about the former N’Sync guy.  I know the guy can sing and perform.  He’s been relatively good in the bit parts that I’ve seen him in, but I really wondered if he could carry a movie as the lead.  My questions were answered with a resounding YES! Head over to Wilcox Theatres to catch this film.  You’ll be glad you did. We should have some passes around here somewhere… Hmm… We’ll get back to you on Facebook about that!      ]]]]> ]]>

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Vicksburg attorney receives award for outstanding pro bono service



Josie Mayfield Hudson (photo courtesy MVLP / David Wiggins)

Attorney Josie Mayfield Hudson of Vicksburg received the Curtis E. Coker Award for outstanding pro bono service during the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project’s Oct. 28 livestreamed awards presentation.

Hudson is a public defender in Warren County Circuit Court and maintains a private civil and criminal law practice. She received MVLP’s Pro Bona Award in 2015. Since 2015, Hudson donated more than 60 hours of civil legal representation in 22 cases through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. She has volunteered her time with MVLP since 2011.

“The main purpose of this award is to foster awareness of the need for involvement of the private bar in delivering legal services to the poor, particularly through MVLP,” said MVLP Vice-chair Ben Piazza. The Curtis E. Coker Award is named in honor of the late Mississippi Bar President Curtis E. Coker, who was a leading advocate for making legal services available to all. The Mississippi Pro Bono Project, the forerunner of MVLP, was founded in 1982 during Coker’s presidency.

Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam was honored as the recipient of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project’s Beacon of Justice Award. The Beacon of Justice Award is given annually to a member of the judiciary who provides outstanding leadership in promoting and supporting equal access to justice, Piazza said.

Justice Beam, of Sumrall, is co-chair of the Commission on Children’s Justice. The Commission works to develop a statewide comprehensive approach to improving the child welfare system; coordinates the three branches of government in assessing the impact of government actions on abused and neglected children; and recommends changes to improve children’s safety, strengthen and support families and promote public trust and confidence in the child welfare system.

Justice Beam also served as co-chair of the Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship. The Commission made recommendations which led to legislative passage of stronger protections for children and vulnerable adults. Changes to guardianship and conservatorship laws went into effect Jan. 1.

MVLP also recognized individual attorneys, a corporate legal department and a law school program for outstanding efforts in providing free legal representation to the poor.

MVLP presented Pro Bono Awards to attorneys Erica Haymer of Lexington, Louwlynn Vanzetta Williams of Jackson and the University of Mississippi School of Law Pro Bono Initiative. The Pro Bono Award recipients contributed more than 135 hours of free legal services valued at more than $20,000 between June 2019 and June 2020, said MVLP Executive Director Gayla Carpenter-Sanders.

Haymer has provided more than 20 hours of free legal service each year since 2017. She practices law with the firm of Bryant Clark PLLC. She previously served as Municipal Judge of Cruger and Tchula, special prosecutor in Holmes County Justice Court and public defender in Lexington Municipal Court. Haymer currently serves as prosecutor in Holmes County Youth Court.

Williams spent many years representing indigent Death Row inmates, first as a staff attorney then as director of the Office of Capital Post-conviction Counsel. She is now in private law practice, representing clients in civil matters and criminal appeals. Williams has volunteered her time with MVLP since 2007, Carpenter-Sanders said.

Pro Bono Initiative students annually participate in more than 30 legal clinics and legal outreach presentations, providing approximately 1,000 volunteer hours, Carpenter-Sanders said. University of Mississippi School of Law Professor Deborah Bell and Pro Bono Initiative Director Kris Simpson accepted the Pro Bono Award on behalf of law students.

The Pro Bono Initiative began in 2011 as a poverty law class taught by Bell. Law students partnered with private practice attorneys in Washington County Chancery Court’s quarterly Pro Se Day starting in 2011. Students have worked in free family law clinics in four Chancery Court districts, helped with expungement clinics and veterans clinics and provided assistance to inmates.

MVLP presented its Torchbearers Award to the Entergy Mississippi Legal Department. Entergy’s attorneys co-hosted free legal clinics dealing with divorce, emancipation, guardianship and expungement, providing more than 65 hours of free legal services. Entergy attorneys also co-hosted an event to answer questions posed through the website Entergy provided $20,000 that allowed MVLP to conduct 30 free legal clinics during the past five years, assisting more than 250 individuals, said Kimberly Jones Merchant, immediate past chair of the board of MVLP. Funding from Entergy also supported MVLP’s direct representation program, assisting more than 40 individuals.

MVLP recognized Merchant for her prior service as board chair. “We sincerely thank you for your dedication and your service to the board,” Cockrell said.

The 2020 awards program was a livestreamed virtual presentation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MVLP provides legal assistance to low income people through direct legal representation and legal clinics for self-represented litigants who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. MVLP relies on the donated time of attorneys who volunteer.

During 2019, nearly 500 attorneys provided more than 800 hours of free legal services through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, said Board Chair Courtney Cockrell. Those efforts finalized almost 350 cases and provided services to more than 6,200 people.

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Community rallies to support a young man after terrifying robbery



Kofi Louis is all smiles on his new bicycle (photo by David Day).

The Vicksburg Warren County community has come together in a big way to support a young man and his family after a robbery.

It all began Monday, Oct. 26, when 13-year-old Kofi Louis experienced a terrifying armed robbery. Louis was pushed off his bike by a robber who pulled a gun on him before stealing the bike. If that wasn’t enough, the robber also took Louis’ keychain with his house key, leaving his home vulnerable.

When the news got out about what happened, the community leapt into action to set things right. A GoFundMe account was set up to raise money for a new bike, and several local folks donated to the cause.

Linda Shows, Stormy Deere and Vicksburg Daily News’ Tommy Parker decided to organize a relief effort with city and county officials for Louis and his family. Together, they rallied the support of Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace, Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs, Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore, Officer Michael Battle, Crime Prevention Specialist Danielle Williams, and Chris Gilmer with Vicksburg Locksmith.

The group visited Louis at his home to let him know he has the full support of the community, and then took him to Walmart to replace his bicycle. While most of the group was out shopping, Gilmer stayed behind to replace all the locks on the Louis home for free.

The presence of so many officers caught the attention of Walmart manager Angela Shelby.  When she realized what was going on, she insisted that Walmart would happily donate not only a bicycle but also a helmet, cupholder, safety lights, a bike lock and earbuds.

Michael Battle, Angela Shelby, Danielle Williams, Reed Birdsong, Milton Moore, Kofi Louis, Jerry Briggs, Linda Shows, Alicia Louis, Thomas Parker, Martin Pace, Percy Wright, and Cora Collins.

Alicia Louis updated her GoFundMe page to let everyone know that the bike has been gifted.  She thanked everyone for supporting her brother and assured them the money raised would go toward tools, tubes, and whatever is needed to maintain the new bicycle.

The outpouring of generosity from the entire community has touched the Louis family and helped turn a frightening robbery that shook their home into a blessing and a reminder that good will prevail.

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MSDH Office of Tobacco Control receives two awards for smokefree efforts



The Mississippi State Department of Health’s Office of Tobacco Control received two awards from the American Nonsmoker’s Rights Foundation: the Smokefree Air Challenge award and the Smokefree Air Challenge E-Cigarettes award.

The awards were presented at the ANR annual Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge and Voices for Smokefree Air awards ceremony.

The virtual awards ceremony was established by ANR to acknowledge and recognize states that excel in passing 100% smokefree provisions in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Mississippi has 171 smokefree cities with the passage of comprehensive smokefree air ordinances, 137 of which have ordinance that include restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

“The smokefree air policies implemented by these cities will protect all employees and customers in businesses and other public places from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke,” said Amy Winter, director of the Office of Tobacco Control at MSDH. “There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

In 2019, 14 Mississippi cities passed comprehensive smokefree air ordinances. At this time, 36% of Mississippi’s population is protected from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and e-cigarettes.

“The adoption of these smokefree air ordinances by cities across Mississippi is an important step in improving our state’s overall health status,” Winter said. “We hope this activity at the local level demonstrates the widespread public desire for a comprehensive statewide policy.”

For information and resources about the dangers of e-cigarettes and tobacco products, visit For help with quitting visit, or call the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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