New law prevents gun confiscation

Here’s an interesting article from Tennessee,

(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A person who legally possesses a gun would not have it seized during periods of martial rule under a proposal that has been signed into law by the governor.

The measure was signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday and takes effect immediately.

One of the more troubling Katrina stories for 2nd amendment advocates dealt with the seizure of firearms in the aftermath of the storm in the greater NOLA area.

Now, we didn’t see anything like that here in Pike County. Of course, the storm damage around here, as bad as it was, didn’t compare to the flooding in NOLA, or the wind/wave damage on the MS Gulf Coast. Still, the new Tennessee law is a good start.

Please feel free to email this article to your MS legislator of choice.

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Power outage in Pike County

McComb E-J interviewed Jim Hedges of Entergy regarding power outages in Pike, Walthall, and Amite counties. An estimated 6500 households and business have lost power, and Hedges told E-J, “it’s going to be several days” before power is fully restored in the area.

“More people have power than don’t have power, and I hope it remains that way throughout the duration.” …
“There have been times where we have been restoring power, but for now, we’re just scouting.” “With the wind, it’s just not safe for us to get our buckets out there.”

We’re operating on generator power here in Edgewood subdivision. Hopefully,power will be restored soon. But, remembering the post-Katrina outage, a day or so shouldn’t be too bad.

To the linemen of Entergy and Magnolia EPA, “Thanks for all you do. Be careful out there.”

Katrina +3: Waiting on the Big Swede

Gov. Haley Barbour issued a state of emergency declaration for the southern part of Mississippi on Thursday afternoon due to the potential threat coming from Gustav, “The Big Swede.”

“Now is the time to prepare yourself, your family and your friends,” Barbour said in a statement.

Barbour also urged “all Mississippians to please take this storm seriously. One of the most important lessons we learned after Hurricane Katrina was that there is no substitute for awareness and self-help, especially in the days before a hurricane is predicted to hit.” link

We’re ready. I think. Still have a few loose ends to tie up, but most of the preparation has been done.

Related: from E-J — Pike BOS declares state of emergency

Hang in there, folks. It’s going to be an interesting week.
In the meantime, be sure to enjoy some great college football.
Go Dawgs!

T.S. Fay approaches Cuba

With the 3rd anniversary of Katrina just around the corner, Tropical Storm Fay is moving along a path which could enter the Gulf within days.
from CNN

Tropical Storm Fay had weakened slightly but was reorganizing as it approached eastern Cuba moving westward from Haiti, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

Cuba issued hurricane watches for six provinces, and tropical storm watches remained in effect for other Caribbean islands. Officials in Florida were preparing for a possible hit from Fay within days.

Fay was barely clinging to tropical storm status Saturday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of near 40 mph (65 km/hr) with higher gusts, forecasters said