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Cleared for Take-off GTRA begins $13 million in expansion of runway, facilities and services. The Stark Contrast Stark leads rather than follows with quality manpower and unmanned aerial systems success. Artful Lodgings Historic homes and buildings lead charmed lives of Service. Forget the Early Bird Special Baby boomers find a satisfying menu of retirement choices. Bam! In the age of the celebrity chef, MUW’s Culinary Arts Institute booms, serving food with thought. Non-Still Life 60 Those who do also teach in MUW’s Art Department. Cream of the Crop Fresh ideas yield big benefits, big awards for Downtown Columbus. The Big Finish At Columbus high schools, the junior-senior years are the jumpstart of a lifetime.
We are Columbus, Mississippi. We are a river town. We were born along the banks of the Tombigbee and today we use the river as our playground. We are a university town. We are home to America’s oldest state supported women’s college and the energy the students bring to our place. We are a military town. We train the pilots that defend our country and freedom around the world. We are a historic town. We gather to celebrate our place in lovingly restored homes and our nationally acclaimed downtown. We are a progressive town. We build the things that supply the world and we train the people who do the building. We are each of these things yet so much more… we are Columbus, a diverse community that has come together with the spirit to persevere, to prosper, and to succeed. We invite
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Getting a handle on the perfect house Decide where you want to wake up and smell the coffee. Guiding Lights 100 Black Men brightens the future with mentoring and more. Community Briefs Columbus is buzzing with activity. Bringing All of Columbus to the Table Devotion to food and family is the recipe for Table of Plenty’s success. Sizing Up the Future. At the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park, a $17.5 million infrastructure investment lays the groundwork for the next phase of growth. Winging it on the Waterway Rare birds and others flock to the Tenn-Tom. Eventful Columbus If it’s here, it’s happening. Most in Translation Columbus Air Force Base puts the accent on international diversity, local prosperity. Lean and Meaning Business CMTE prepares the 21st century workforce, instilling the heavy-weight skills for lean manufacturing. Gone with the Winter Clean Sweep ushers in a beautiful new year for Columbus. Front Line Leading edge care at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle echoes city’s history.
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Cleared for Take-off Golden Triangle Regional Airport begins $13 million expansion of runway, facilities and services.
uring the last two years, while dark clouds of reces-
terminal with a 160-seat post-screening waiting area and
sion have cast a pall over the national economy and
add a second instrument landing system (ILS) to increase
the airline industry in general, at Golden Triangle
landing flexibility in low-visibility conditions.
Regional Airport it’s been blue skies all the way, with GTRA
While the runway extension will allow greater opera-
posting record years of growth. In 2008, GTRA’s traffic was up
tional capacity for commercial jets as well as charters,
28%, and in 2009, the airport bested even that performance
by accommodating the T-38 supersonic jet trainer, the
by a few percentage points while expanding service to include
extension will also enable the airport to enhance its sup-
connections to two international hubs, Atlanta and Memphis.
port of the Columbus Air Force Base training mission.
More good news: GTRA has embarked on a $13 mil-
“We’re very pleased about that,” notes GTRA Director
lion physical expansion program that upon completion will
Mike Hainsey, who points out that airbase activities make
extend the runway from 6,500 to 8,000 feet, expand the
up more than 40% of the airport’s traffic.
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In 2008, GTRA’s traffic was up 28%, and in 2009, the airport bested even that performance
GTRA’s own mission is also enlarging as more global aerospace leaders choose to locate their manufacturing
spacious post-screening waiting area offering food and other amenities.
in the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park. American
Ninety-five percent of the financing for all these
Eurocopter, a division of EADS North America, Aurora
improvements came from FAA grants, awarded after a
Flight Sciences, and Stark Aerospace, the American
rigorous process verifying need. Thus, Hainsey notes, it is
subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, have already
ultimately the economic health of the region that the airport
established thriving operations at the park, with more
has to thank for the improvements.
companies on the way. Also in the works are plans for
“We’re a mirror image of the local economy,” he says.
air cargo facilities that will allow off-loading directly to
“So while the national economy has been down, we’ve
trucks, thus strengthening the Park’s inter modal speed
actually been growing.”
and convenience. In the meantime, commercial passengers will also enjoy noticeably added convenience and comfort in the
And, with the recession easing, Hainsey says, “we’ve weathered the storm,” facing a forecast that looks bright. More blue skies ahead.
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There are still plenty of terrific locations for new construction. In fact, that’s part of Columbus’s appeal—no matter what your desires, budget or lifestyle, this area probably has a great match.
Getting a Handle on the Perfect House Decide where you want to wake up and smell the coffee.
ometimes people know the minute they walk through
realtor Kris Davis of RE/MAX Partners explains. In her case,
a door. But sometimes, choosing the right home is
because she and her husband Michael live in Bent Tree
a tough decision. With all the neighborhoods in
Plantation, where large wooded lots stretch an acre to an
Columbus, who knows what’s right for you? Joe knows. Your morning cup of joe, that is. “Think about where you’d like to have that first cup of coffee,”
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acre and a half, she can have her morning coffee out on the patio, surrounded by trees, serenaded by birds. On the other hand, it wasn’t the birds that brought
Homer and Mary Swain to their ideal
Craftsman bungalows, there’s also
home nearly 10 years ago. It was
plenty of room, Davis points out, for a
the birdies. A devoted golfer, Homer
house of your very own design.
found his paradise at Elm Lake golfing
“There are still plenty of terrific
community, where he plays every day
locations for new construction,” she
if he can. “I’ve played all the courses in
says. “In fact, that’s part of Columbus’s
the area, and Elm Lake is a good, fun
appeal—no matter what your desires,
course,” he says. The Swains also like
budget or lifestyle, this area probably
the atmosphere and the people. “It’s a
has a great match.”
friendly, quiet neighborhood,” Mary says
That includes a match for those
of the development, where families of
with loftier ambitions, who want to
all ages live and where the golf pro
step out the front door of a downtown
teaches summer clinics for children.
loft and have that morning cup at
Some Columbus residents like
Café on Main. And soon, new condos
their morning coffee with added water,
at the mixed use center, University
as in the peaceful lake that spreads
Place, will add yet another choice to
out across Prairie Waters. But others
the city’s downtown options.
couldn’t care less about that kind
Whether it’s with birds or the
of glassy surface—what they yearn
birdies, loft or lake side, no matter
to look across every morning is a
where you drink that morning cup,
gleaming expanse of counter top in a
there’s one more perk you’ll enjoy: a
new custom-built kitchen. In a city also
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renowned for its architectural riches,
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Guiding Lights 100 Black Men brightens the future with mentoring and more.
hat they see, they will
the number of protégés who also go
be. That’s a guiding
on to college.
In another successful outreach protégés provide community service
principle behind the
Such success is no accident.
for seniors, including meal delivery
work of 100 Black Men of Columbus
Selected by school counselors on
and yard cleanup, a program that
and Golden Triangle, Inc., and what
the basis of both potential as well
benefits both generations, Robinson
Columbus has seen, thanks to the
as need, protégés enjoy a wide-
says, as the gratitude of the seniors
efforts of this volunteer organization,
ranging program of mentoring and
“helps these young men to realize,
are benefits reaching throughout the
enrichment that goes beyond aca-
maybe for the first time, that they have
community—from the rising rates of
demics to include everything from
something important to contribute.”
graduation and success for young
public speaking to etiquette to busi-
From teens and seniors, 100
African American males, to senior
ness. Besides informational speakers
Black Men is now focusing its efforts
citizens finding important needs cared
at monthly meetings, the curriculum
on the very young, partnering with
for, to preschoolers getting a strong
also includes field trips to nearby busi-
the Utah-based Waterford Research
start in school thanks to a state-of-
nesses like the Weyerhaeuser and
Institute to create a pilot program to
the-art pilot education program.
test and integrate technology into
Founded in 1997 as a local
The chapter’s sponsorship of the
pre-school learning for the three and
chapter of the national organization,
annual summer Science Camp at the
four-year-olds at the United Christian
the group began with a mission
Mississippi School for Mathematics
Baptist Child Development Center.
of awarding scholarships but quick-
and Science also broadens horizons
“We recognize brain development
ly realized “we had more to give,”
as well as knowledge. Located on
is key,” says Dennis Erby, a retired
according to the chapter’s president,
the campus of Mississippi University
state trooper who serves as the chap-
local dentist Dr. John Robinson, Jr.
for Women, the week-long program
ter’s secretary/treasurer, noting that
Today, 100 Black Men’s group men-
(open to both protégés and non-
early results have been impressive.
toring program guides protégés, as
Erby also encourages those inter-
teenage participants are called, as
in intensive and engaging science
ested in helping with projects like
they make their way from 7th grade
instruction—at one recent camp,
these to join in.
through high school. “I’m most proud
protégés built and launched their
“Anybody with a good work
of our excellent graduation rates,”
own rocket—while also providing a
ethic is welcome at 100 Black
Robinson says, pointing with pride to
taste of college life.
Men,” he says.
Good works, chapter and verse “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” That Bible verse, John 10:10, was the inspiration behind the Genesis Dream Center, the former Hughes Elementary School now being converted into a church and community center offering diverse programs for workforce and youth development as well as transitional care. “With all the industry coming into this area, we wanted to make sure our community members had the skills to take advantage of the opportunity,” says Pastor Darren Leach, who leads Genesis Church and is heading up the Center. Leach is in talks with local education officials to add satellite industrial training certification to the Center’s proposed GED prep and testing, while the Center’s current involvement with the city’s “Lace Up” middle school youth program has proven such a success Leach hopes to expand it to other grade levels in the near future.
Tune in for teeth Could it be the cure for the common dental appointment? Patients of Drs. Steven Porter and Patrick Singley certainly think so. At the practice’s inviting new offices on Bluecutt Road, Porter and Singley have taken technology to a new level—all the way to the ceilings of exam rooms where televisions have been arm-mounted so that patients can tune into their favorite tv shows and movies during appointments. “We make sure everything is age appropriate,” Dr. Singley says and notes that while kids enjoy watching cartoons, adults—especially those in for longer procedures like root canals—are equally appreciative of the chance to catch up on their own viewing. Other technological dental dividends include digital x-rays and Waterlase® Dentistry, state-of-the-art laser dentistry that is not only quieter but also means less anesthesia and fewer shots—which makes getting lost in “Lost” even easier.
Feast for the senses There are farmer’s markets, and then there is the Hitching Lot Farmer’s Market, offering not just sales of produce but a true celebration of the area harvest, which, as visitors discover, includes everything that’s “locally grown, made or conjured up.” That means in addition to home-grown taste temptations like farm-fresh eggs, plump ripe tomatoes, fresh peaches, greens and silver queen corn, there are also plenty of delicacies like home-made artisanal breads and gourmet coffee. Good taste isn’t just confined to the food—the yield also includes collectible arts and crafts, from hand-thrown pottery to wood carving to greeting cards and hand-crafted candles. Hungering for great live music? The Hitching Lot offers that as well, plus cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and more. Small wonder that crowds are always collected at Second Avenue and Second Street from May through October. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Family Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Meeting with success The scheduled 2011 opening of two Marriott hotels—the Courtyard and the Fairfield Inn and Suites—has already met with a lot of enthusiasm from Columbus business, thanks in part to the Courtyard’s promise of the largest and best appointed meeting facilities in the city. According to Mark Castleberry, President of Castle Properties, which is developing the two hotels in conjunction with Peachtree Hotel Group in Atlanta, the new meeting space advantage will include more than square footage. “We’ll have state-of-the-art AV equipment, and we’ll also offer full catering,” Castleberry says. Plus, with approximately 200 rooms (between the Courtyard’s projected 110 and the Fairfield’s 90) this Marriott duo will be ready to handle a crowd, whether for in-town business training or out-of-town tourists. Castleberry also expects many regional travelers through Marriott’s popular Marriott Rewards program. “We’re the only Marriott properties in the Golden Triangle” he points out. “That gives us a big advantage.”
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A brand new flavor brand An eatery named for a river, Caney Fork Restaurant in Nashville launched its brand into the Mississippi and Alabama markets this year by really diving in—a first-year rollout of at least 6 restaurants, which began right here in Columbus in February at the site of the former Santa Fe restaurant just off I-82. That prime location was one reason Columbus was chosen to be first, says Josh Weis, Caney Fork Vice President. “But the people here were so great and so enthusiastic, it was our talk with them that made our decision.” Serving down-home Southern food with flair, Caney Fork avoids the generic flavor of conventional chains both with its menu and with its hunting and fishing-inspired interiors. The mounted raccoon poised mid-scavenge in the Columbus Caney Fork is a charming thief who has stolen so many hearts he’s become a star at other locations too.
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The Hunter RQ-5A has been used by the U.S. Army to patrol the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan since the early 1990’s.
The Stark Contrast Stark leads rather than follows with quality manpower and unmanned aerial systems success.
here are many ways to
ters in the GTR Global Industrial
assess the progress of Stark
Aerospace Park. This ultra-modern
Aerospace, the global aero-
86,000-square-foot facility is already
space defense contractor producing
undergoing a 20,000-square-foot
unmanned aerial systems and parts
addition, expansion necessitated by
that support American military efforts
consolidation and by the addition
around the world.
of ground-tactical radar to a prod-
Take the benchmark of the bot-
uct line that currently includes the
tom line, and you’ll find a doubling
Hunter MQ-5B and the Heron MALE
of growth each year since the com-
Unmanned Aerial Systems, as well as
pany’s founding in 2007.
Plug-in Optronic Payloads used on
Measure success in square feet,
AAI Shadow UAS.
and you see a company that’s grown
It’s an impressive record, but
from a total of 16,000 square feet in
for David Eudy, Stark President
the Raspet Flight Sciences Laboratory
and CEO, there’s another equal-
at Mississippi State University and in
ly important measurement of the
a modest facility here in Columbus,
to the company’s current headquar-
“When you walk out in the plant, you see employees who are happy
Stark Aerospace technicians fabricate new unmanned aerial vehicles and also make repairs and upgrades to vehicles that have logged many hours of service in the skies over the Middle East.
to be here. They know what they’re doing is important, and they’re proud of their work. For me, that’s success,” Eudy says.
Heads Up. Eudy, who has
excellence above all, which means the
community at large as well as with the
headed the company since start-
company shares something besides
Columbus Air Force Base.
up, credits a motivated staff for the
information with its employees. “Our
In return, Stark has received
company’s prosperity, and now as he
people know they’ll be rewarded for
strong support from the Columbus
pilots Stark’s 120-person operation
community, particularly from the area’s
from “an essentially entrepreneurial
Still, according to Eudy, it isn’t
economic development team. Eudy
entity” to an established organiza-
only financial incentives that drive
headed American Eurocopter before
tion with formalized structures, he is
Stark’s cohesive team, it’s also a
being hired by IAI and says, “One
equally confident that the quality of
sense of belonging and shared
thing I’ve learned over the years is to
Stark’s people will loft the enterprise
mission. “We’re a family here,” he
rely on the development people to cut
to the next level.
says, and it’s a family with deep ties
red tape and help out in other ways.”
to the community.
Case in point: the access road cur-
Eudy’s confidence seems justified. After all, when it comes to moti-
Think globally, act locally—and
rently being built to the airport runway
vation, he may not have written the
vice versa. A subsidiary of Israel
that will allow test flights for Stark’s
book, but he has created an effective
Aerospace Industries, Stark has a
UAS, which in the past have had to be
scorecard. It’s called a Heads Up
workforce that is 90% local residents,
shipped to Arizona and Maryland for
Display, or HUD, a monthly progress
all trained on the job, a point of pride
the job. “Soon we can test for delivery
report covering areas including rev-
for Eudy. “I believe in this area,” he
right here,” Eudy says.
enue, new business, customer sat-
says. “I believe in the people. When
As company capabilities continue
isfaction and corporate citizenship.
somebody asks me where I’m from, I
to rise, market opportunities also
HUDs are posted throughout the facil-
say right here.”
promise to expand, with horizons
ity; quarterly reports are also shared
That’s one reason good corpo-
opening in both military and non-mili-
with employees. And, Eudy points
rate citizenship is a goal measured
tary applications. The sky really is the
out, unlike some global manufactur-
by HUDs and met with enthusiasm,
limit for Stark, a company ready to
ers searching for the lowest possible
through a variety of volunteer activi-
reach higher thanks to a strong foun-
labor costs, Stark has always sought
ties and relationships, both with the
dation right here in Columbus.
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Pictured above: Marleen Hansen, proprietor of the Cartney-Hunt House, enjoys the morning light in her historic b&b. Pictured left: Azalea Place, c. 1869, is one of more than 600 historic homes and buildings in Columbus.
hey are beautiful, elegant, with an aura both
“I never know who’s going to be on the other end of
seductive and a bit mysterious. People love to
the line,” says Marleen Hansen, of the telephone calls to
take their photographs. Tales have been told of
the b&b she and her husband Vagn operate out of their
them, books have been written about them. They’ve even
home, the 1828 Federal-style Cartney-Hunt House, the
attracted a star-struck autograph seeker.
oldest brick house in North Mississippi. Some Cartney-
Old fashioned movie stars? Not quite. And for all
Hunt guests are regulars, like the couple from Houston,
the attention they attract, the more than 600 historic
Texas who stay at the b&b when they attend Mississippi
homes and buildings of Columbus are far from pampered
State football games. (“They already have reservations
divas. True, many have been carefully, lovingly restored
for every single home game this year,” Hansen says.)
and preserved, but these beauties
Some guests are attending events at
are doing more than sitting pretty.
Columbus Air Force Base, and some
They’re also working hard every day:
people are simply passing through.
some hosting out-of-town visitors and
“Our calls come from all over the
in-town events as gracious bed &
country,” Hansen says.
breakfasts; others holding classes
Perhaps one of the most unusual
for students in one of the nation’s
calls, however, came from just outside
the b&b. “I got a phone call asking
campuses; still others serving as
if we were open,” Hansen recalls,
sanctuaries to some of the state’s oldest congregations,
“and I looked out the window to see the man on the
as public buildings for city and county business and as
phone standing outside in front of his car.” A professor
family homes to people of all ages and from all walks of life.
of architecture at Ball State University, he explained that
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he had just been passing through when he realized he’d come on to an architectural treasure. “He told me he just had to see the rest of the town.” Armed with a copy of Reflections, the hard-cover picture book history of Columbus homes, the professor set out to see as many houses as he could and to get each owner to autograph his volume. “I gave him my card so he’d have an introduction,” Hansen remembers with amusement. Of course, a card of introduction isn’t necessary to be welcomed into the gracious historic world of Columbus. In fact, the childhood home of playwright Tennessee Williams, a gingerbread-clad Victorian, once an Episcopal rectory, serves as the city’s Welcome Center, and nearly a dozen other historic homes are open for daily tours, with three city-wide tours and celebrations scheduled each year: the Fall Home Tour, the Tennessee Williams Tribute Weekend and Victorian Home Tour, and the Spring Pilgrimage, a twelve-day extravaganza that includes tours, carriage rides, a 10k run, and Tales from the Crypt, a candlelight tour of the storied Friendship Cemetery where the decoration of both Confederate and Union graves just after the Civil War gave rise to the nation’s first Memorial Day. The annual events are excellent opportunities to experience historic architecture, but really, the star-gazing in Columbus is great anytime.
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Columbus.............................................23,650 Lowndes County.......................... 58,655 Location
Columbus is in east-central Mississippi, seven miles west of the Alabama border and 22 miles west of Starkville, home of Mississippi State University.
The Chickasaw Treaty of 1816 provided land to the U.S. government where Columbus now stands, and the town was officially established in 1821.
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Whether you crave the Tenn-Tom Waterway’s miles of water fun or your passion for eagles and birdies lands you in one of the area’s golf communities, Columbus’ menu of lifestyle options has something to fit every appetite.
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Forget the Early Bird Special
nt C o m
Baby boomers find a satisfying menu of retirement choices.
t happens every 8 seconds. Another baby boomer turns 60. And as the Pepsi generation heads into AARP
country, one thing seems certain: “seniority” won’t be a one-plan-fits-all affair. Forget the early bird special. This generation wants retirement à la carte, and with its impressive menu of inviting lifestyle options in everything from recreation to healthcare to residential choices, Columbus, a Certified Retirement City, more than fills the bill. It’s all about freedom, explains Maureen Lipscomb, director of the Hometown Mississippi Retirement Program in Columbus. “Retirees nowadays don’t want to feel limited by age, economics or even geography,” she says. That makes Columbus made to order, whether the order is more play, more travel or even more work. “I’ll have retirement with a side order of employment.” As many as 75% of boomers expect to engage in some employment after retiring. As home to Columbus Air Force Base, the city has always been ahead of the curve in accommodating working retirees; it’s the perfect stage for second acts in careers. Larry and Jean Parker relocated to Columbus from Cleveland, Ohio more
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Retirees nowadays don’t want to feel limited by age, economics or even geography. Jean Parker, pictured above, has enjoyed her opportunity to rejoin the workforce.
than a decade ago after Larry retired from his job in the
wired for life. Here at Mississippi University for Women,
pharmaceutical industry. While Larry took to the links,
retirees can dig into college curriculum classes and other
Jean, after more than 20 years as a stay-at-home mom,
educational opportunities at reduced costs or even cost-free
wanted to return to a job in banking. A part-time slot
at one of the South’s premiere institutions of higher learning.
became full-time within a week, and although she took
“The perfect lifestyle sunny side up, with an
another try at retirement a few years ago, she realized
extra helping of convenience.” Varied options allow
she wasn’t ready to give up her teller window.
retirees to maximize their place in the sun, be it a
“I just love my job,” she says.
traditional neighborhood, a condo,
“I love what I do, and I love the
a loft apartment or seniors-only
people.” She also credits the city’s
community. The Parkers like the
welcoming atmosphere. “In big
peace and quiet at Elm Lake; they
cities, it’s a lot harder. People treat
like the diversity of ages, too. “It
you with respect here, and they
keeps you young,” Larry says.
appreciate your experience.”
Other retirees enjoy the seniors-
“I want the recreational
only programs and camaraderie
buffet.” For retirees ready to play,
at Trinity Place Retirement Center.
the choices are endless: the Tenn-
But no matter where they locate,
Tom Waterway’s miles of water
retirees love the convenience to
fun, plus state and local parks,
great shopping and dining.
the Riverwalk, a biking and cycling club and more. Larry
It’s all a question of balancing a full plate, and for the
Parker’s passion for golf has found the perfect outlet at the
Parkers, it’s simple. “I told Larry a long time ago, you don’t
Elm Lake golfing community where he and Jean live, and
go shopping with me, and I won’t go golfing with you,”
where Larry hits the links five or six days a week. “The course
Jean explains with a laugh.
here is outstanding,” he says. “It’s really the best deal in golfing in all
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of northeast Mississippi.” “The footloose special, please.” Lipscomb points out
that for retirees who like to travel, Columbus is the ideal location,
only a few hours drive from major Southern cities like Atlanta,
New Orleans, Birmingham and Memphis. And a city airport with recently expanded service makes
JACKSON 118 mi. Birmingham
taking off even easier. “For retirees
147 mi. Jackson
on the go, Columbus is on the
166 mi. Memphis
way,” Lipscomb says.
251 mi. Miss. Coast
“Life-long learning, welldone, at a senior discount.”
262 mi. Atlanta 288 mi. New Orleans
Columbus is also the place for boomers to keep their brains hard-
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Columbus-Lowndes County residents enjoy excellent health care, with numerous physicians and specialists, and the presence of a regional hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital.
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MUW’s culinary program is ready to “kick it up a notch.”
In the age of the celebrity chef, MUW’s Culinary Arts Institute booms, serving food with thought.
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television studios to learn how to
plans to convert empty galleries into a
cook for the cameras.
sleek and inviting teaching café and a
But as for bam!—or any other
teaching restaurant with lounge.
That’s about the only thing students
“We think this will be a great draw
are not taught at MUW’s Culinary
subject students have to tackle on
for students as well as for people
Arts Institute, where aspiring chefs
in the community,” says Ogle, who
learn how to make food taste good,
Still it wouldn’t take Emeril to
is also exploring the feasibility of a
look good, sound good and sell
see that MUW’s culinary program is
small-scale bakery operation. Other
like, well, hotcakes, in
the course of earning
a Bachelor of Science
for budding restaurateurs
arts with a minor in
as well as classes for
what Ogle calls the
“hobbyist,” which in the
or nutrition wellness.
era of Food Network
Students are taught
encompasses a virtually
how to cook in front
of a crowd, to the
delight of Columbus
diners who snap up tickets to savor
ready to “kick it up a notch” with all
nearly so hot in the nineties when
the Institute’s regular “Lunch and
the new space they’ve acquired in
Ogle enrolled in the Institute’s very
Learn” demonstration meals. And
historic Shattuck Hall, now that the
first graduating class—a handful of
whenever possible Interim Director
art department has decamped for
students consigned to a single stove
Erich Ogle has taken students into
new quarters. Currently underway:
in the home economics department.
“Not much space to learn to cook,”
Huckaby and his brother Bubba
Ogle remembers with a smile.
own and operate Huck’s Place, a
By the time they graduate, this
year’s student body of 120 will have
Ogle also expects an uptick
refined their craft in spacious test,
in students applying from around
styling and demonstration kitchens
the country now that the Institute
and SMART classrooms, with curricula
has become a member of Pro-
that now includes a degree offering
Start, the dual credit high school
in culinology, merging culinary arts
with food science training; graduates
More students, more jobs for
have gone on to research and
graduates, more delicious dining
development positions with national
for the community—the folks at the
chains like Chili’s. Other Institute grads
Culinary Institute may not say it, but
have ended up in restaurants all over
Columbus surely can:
the nation, including right here in Columbus. Ogle’s classmate, Brian
Pictured above from left: MUW culinary graduate, Brian Huckaby, and his brother Bubba own and operate Huck’s Place, a city favorite.
BUSINESS AT A GLANCE Retail Sales 2008 ($1000)
$1,046,033,456 Retail Sales per capita
$17,764 Food Services Sales ($1000)
$165,343,426 Total Number of firms
1,875 Source: MS State Tax Commission
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Bringing All of Columbus to the Table Devotion to food and family is the recipe for Table of Plenty’s success.
arty Wages, co-owner of the Table of Plenty,
brother and sister team who grew up in Columbus with
begins to apologize to his customer. The man
two parents who were both “excellent cooks” eager to
has just told Wages he doesn’t like coleslaw,
pass along their knowledge.
and it’s after he’s eaten Table of Plenty’s signature oyster
The family’s love for good food sent the siblings on
po’ boy: a half dozen plump oysters deep fried and
separate yet not unrelated paths—Wages off to Florida
nestled on fresh-baked bread spread generously with
and two decades working in the food industry, Borland
garlic mayonnaise—and smothered in a tangy layer of
in Columbus, catering part time as she brought up young
feta cheese coleslaw.
children. Their paths rejoined when Florida’s cratering
“I’m sorry, I should have asked if you wanted the
economy and corporate downsizing brought Wages back
slaw,” Wages says (even though the menu description
to Columbus and into the kitchen of the small house that
is quite clear.)
Borland owned and which became Table of Plenty.
“Oh, no!” the customer replies quickly. “I’m so glad
Despite the tiny size of its premises, Table of Plenty
you didn’t ask. Because if you’d asked me, I would have said no, and then I would have missed this.” Call it a this factor, an uncanny ability to combine flavors in fresh, sometimes surprising and always exceptionally delicious ways that has turned Table of Plenty’s restaurant and catering operation into a Columbus institution after barely more than a year in business. Whether it’s feta cheese coleslaw, the creation of Margaret Ann Borland, Wages’ sister and partner, or balsamic-glazed meatloaf, Wages’ own take on the American classic, Table of Plenty’s approach to food is winningly ingenious. And like its signature dishes, the business thrives thanks to a unique combination of flavors brought to the table by a
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residents thronging to the city’s annual Catfish in the Alley.
crowds from corporate events to weddings, and serving up the title treat, golden fried to perfection, to visitors and Another successful and particularly appropriate area of business are the to-go meals, bringing the city’s busy families back to the table for home-cooked feasts. For Marty Wages, being back in his old hometown has been gratifying. “I’ve really felt welcomed,” he says. Welcome, too, is the city’s recession-resistant economy. Would Wages have ever chosen this path without necessity? Perhaps not, but then he would have lost out on the
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Sizing Up the Future At the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park, a $17.5 million infrastructure investment lays the groundwork for the next phase of growth.
orget Texas. For those looking to find a place where everything is bigger, including the opportunity, there’s no need to look further
than the GTR Global Industrial Aerospace Park, the massive 2,500 acre development located adjacent to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. Encompassing the 1,200-acre Crossroads TVA-certified Megasite, the Park is already home to a thriving industrial hub, including global aerospace leaders drawn to more than just big acreage, according to Joe Higgins, Jr., CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK. “It’s not just the scale of the sites,” Higgins says. “It’s the scale of the assets that have attracted these companies. Assets in support, infrastructure and labor, as well as in ideas and innovation.”
The development of a Memorandum of Cooperation and Collaboration, agreed upon by seven counties in Mississippi and Alabama, is another innovative asset.
Strength in numbers. For David Eudy, CEO of
The LINK itself is a perfect example of big and
Stark Aerospace, the regional alliance behind the Park
innovative thinking, a unique public/private partnership
has brought powerful advantages. “I like that we can
that has already made short work of a tall order.
count on support coming from more than one source,”
In only a few years Link has brought to the area
he says. “The regional aspect is important.”
more than $3.4 billion dollars in industrial and retail
In fact, the development of a Memorandum of
development that has created more than 4,000 jobs
Cooperation and Collaboration, agreed upon by seven
with top pay grades—economic development that
counties in Mississippi and Alabama, is another innovative
also propelled Columbus to the No. 7 spot in Site
asset, marshalling the economic, educational and political
Selection magazine’s 2009 survey of the nation’s top
resources of two states in support of the Park.
“Because we recognized early on that cooperation
Many of the new jobs belong to aerospace
was key to competitiveness,” Higgins explains, “we’ve
companies like American Eurocopter, a division of
been able to bring on board collaborative partners who
EADS, Aurora Flight Sciences, and Stark Aerospace,
could add strategic strength and synergy.”
just three of the manufacturing operations that have enjoyed booming growth since locating in the Park.
A convergence of top-flight talent. One such partner is the Columbus Air Force Base, a pillar of the
Columbus community since its opening in the early days
And there’s more work ahead for EMCC and for
of World War II, and today one of the nation’s top pilot
the Columbus labor force, as over $30 million in Park
training facilities. Some of the world’s best pilots graduate
and Airport infrastructure improvements pave the way,
from CAFB, while only twenty minutes away at Mississippi
literally, for a new phase of growth.
State University, the Raspet Flight Sciences Laboratory
Ready to roll. With a $17.5 million water and
and the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems both
sewer infrastructure investment—along with a $13
offer globally renowned research capabilities as well as
million expansion of the GTRA, already the state’s
engineering talent that is second to none. Right here in
third largest airport—the Park is poised for new
Columbus, at Mississippi University for Women (co-ed
activity. It’s a good position for the Park, just as the
since 1982), the formation of the School of Professional
Park offers a good position for industry, Higgins points
Studies has added another significant resource with its
out, offering inter modal convenience and speed, with
new Masters of Global Commerce, an advanced degree
excellent air, rail, highway and port access on the
program that integrates cutting edge technology with
global economics and entrepreneurial savvy.
While the area has largely resisted the recessionary
“We’ve also been exceptionally pleased to have East
pressures affecting the nation, Higgins and his development
Mississippi Community College as a training partner,”
team know the stresses on today’s manufacturers. Their
Higgins notes. “We’ve got an available workforce of
advice: Think big, in size and assets.
nearly 100,000, and thanks to EMCC, our workforce training is superb.”
“With all the demands of the global economy,” Higgins says, “it would be unwise to settle for any less.”
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Winging it on the Waterway Rare birds and others flock to the Tenn-Tom.
Columbus is the only city that sits directly on the Tenn-Tom. Transients are drawn not just by the relatively warm weather but by the even warmer hospitality.
he sun breaks through the
and east to Pennsylvania. Others—
whose 78-foot pilot house motor yacht,
clouds on a cool February
Great Loopers, they’re called—range
Thai Suites, rests alongside the Marina
day, as a great blue heron
farther north and east, all the way
on this particular February day. The
launches abruptly from the surface
around the Great Lakes to the Atlantic
wayfaring couple has been on the
of the water, tearing the air with a
Intercoastal Waterway, south around
water for seven years now, navigating
great whoosh of wings. Mallards coast
Florida and back up.
channels all over the continent, from
nearby, while Canada geese float in a
Hundreds of these rare birds—
the Pacific Northwest to Canada to
flock. Meanwhile, just down
Mexico. This is their second
the way an entirely different
winter in Columbus.
species of migratory bird has
settled in at the Columbus
Columbus is the only city that
Marina. The habitat for this
sits directly on the Tenn-Tom,
particular bird is water, in
and transients like Duffy and
this case the Tenn-Tom
Tuss are drawn not only by the
Waterway, but nesting habits
relatively warm weather and
vary, from trim cabin cruisers
the even warmer hospitality,
to homey houseboats to
but by one more important
100-foot yachts that stretch
commodity: the food.
high and long in the water.
Transients, they’re also called—pass
“Boaters love to eat out,” Duffy
Migratory patterns vary, too. Some,
through the Marina every year, and
says, “and Columbus has great choice
the Snowbirds, travel the Y-shaped
some settle in for a night, for a week, or
and variety in restaurants.” It’s also
river system connected by the Tenn-
sometimes for the whole winter season,
easy to get supplies at a reasonable
Tom, a forked artery that stretches
like Duffy and Tuss (no formality here,
price, he adds—and easy to get to the
south to Mobile, north to Minnesota
boating is a first-name kind of lifestyle)
supplies and the dining thanks to that
warm hospitality. Marina Manager T. Caldwell provides a courtesy van to chauffeur transients to and from town; more unusually, when the van is busy, he and his staff offer up their own vehicles, a level of friendly service that surprises even (or, rather especially) seasoned travelers like Duffy. “This isn’t the fanciest marina I’ve ever been to,” Duffy says, “but it’s got great Southern hospitality, and T. gives a fair value price on things like The Columbus Marina welcomes not only the transients, but also the parade of local boaters who pass through the Marina all year.
monthly slip fees.” Call of the water. For his part, Caldwell welcomes not only the transients, but also the parade of local boaters who pass through the Marina all year—ski boats, jet skis, fishing boats (the bass and crappie fishing are outstanding), pontoons and more—some of them cruising north to
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the end of the 234-mile Waterway, where it feeds into the massive Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River, or south where it connects to the Warrior-Tombigbee System in Demopolis, Alabama. “Boaters are just a different breed,” Caldwell says. They’re people who not only like the water, but who are also “the kind of people who like to help each other out.” It’s a breed he understands well, as a lifelong water skier whose son is now a sponsored skier. “I never expected to run a marina, but it’s worked out well,” he says, with business growing 20% last year, as local boaters and boaters from as far away as France and Australia came through. And it isn’t only boaters who feel the call of the water. Land lubbers find plenty to love about the Tenn-Tom, too, with ample camping, picnicking, and dock fishing areas, thousands of acres of hunting, and with the Riverwalk winding five miles through downtown Columbus with pavilions, lighted trails and benches to sit and watch the water and the people go by. The bird watching, by the way, is also excellent.
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P.O. Box 869
Lake Lowndes State Park
Columbus, MS 39703
3319 Lake Lowndes Road
Columbus Malco Cinema
2320 Hwy. 45 N.
Waverley Plantation Mansion
Columbus, MS 39702 (662) 328-2110
Columbus Country Club 2331 Military Road
(national historic landmark)
Mother Goose at Columbus/ Lowndes Public Library
1852 Waverly Mansion Road
314 7th St. N.
Tennesse-Tombigbee Waterway, Mile 335
Plum Grove Center
Pilgrimage Antebellum Home & Garden Tour
Columbus, MS 39705 (662) 328-5584
Columbus, MS 39705 (662) 327-8450
Magnolia Motor Speedway 495 Hwy 45 S. Columbus, MS 39704
54 W. Minnie Vaughn Road (662) 327-4935
Columbus Historic Foundation
Plymouth Bluff Center
2200 Old W. Point Road (662) 241-6214
Hwy. 82 East and Martin Luther King Drive
2616 Tabernacle Road Columbus, MS 39701 (662) 241-5004
Columbus, MS 39701
Columbus, MS www.historic-columbus.org
Historic Downtown District Columbus, MS (662) 327-4935 www.historic-columbus.org
Rosenzweig Arts Center 501 Main St. (662) 328-2787
Skate Zone 910 N. Lehmberg Road (662) 329-1881
Slip N Dip 312 Lake Lowndes Rd. (662) 328-7946
Spray Park 7934 Barton Ferry Road (662) 434-6808
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Dream 365 MLK Celebration Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with weekend-long activities and events including a noted keynote address. Admission to some activities. (662) 425-1234 FEBRUARY
Catfish in the Alley African-American Heritage Tour Tennessee Williams Welcome Center Celebrate the significant political, artistic and athletic contributions of Columbus’ African-American community through musical presentations, historical tours and cultural performances. Transportation provided. No Admission • (800) 920-3533
Columbus Pilgrimage 10K Run Begins at the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center. Entry Fee Tales From the Crypt Friendship Cemetery The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students recreate the lives of noted local personalities interred at the historic Friendship Cemetery, site of the Decoration Day that inspired the poem, “The Blue and the Gray.” The multi-day event occurs during Spring Pilgrimage. Admission • (662) 329-7360 Noon Tunes Tennessee Williams Welcome Center/The Trotter Convention Center Courtyard Held Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm. These musical series showcase local musicians with a live concert and offers lunch for purchase from local Downtown restaurants. Decoration Day Reenactment Friendship Cemetery Reenactment of the 1866 service that eventually became the nation’s Memorial Day celebration. No admission.
Arts Auction Gala Trotter Convention Center Live arts auction, silent auction, dinner and live musical performances. Admission • (662) 328-2787 Noon Tunes Tennessee Williams Welcome Center/The Trotter Convention Center Courtyard Held Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm. These musical series showcase local musicians with a live concert and offers lunch for purchase from local Downtown restaurants. APRIL Grilling on the River Columbus Riverwalk Annual cooking competition, designated the Magnolia State Barbeque Championship; Offers children’s activities, a food fair and live music. No Admission • (662) 328-6850 Annual Spring Pilgrimage Tennessee Williams Welcome Center Annual tour of homes with daily tours, candlelight tours and carriage rides of historic South side Columbus. STS Top 20 Event Admission • (800) 920-3533
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MAY Market Street Festival Downtown Columbus Music and art festival held in historic downtown Columbus. Admission to some activities (662) 328-6305 JUNE Juneteenth Celebration Sim Scott Park Two-day festival with lots of food vendors and live music. No admission • (662) 329-5871 Sounds of Summer The Columbus Riverwalk Bring a lawn chair and relax to music from local musicians, visit with friends and neighbors and enjoy food and cold beverages while overlooking the Tenn-Tom River. Sounds of Summer is held each Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm. JULY Fireworks on the Water Stennis Lock and Dam Oh, say you will see! Sponsored by the City of Columbus and the Columbus Air Force Base. Features live entertainment, children’s activities and a star-spangled finish.
Sounds of Summer The Columbus Riverwalk Bring a lawn chair and relax to music from local musicians, visit with friends and neighbors and enjoy food and cold beverages while overlooking the Tenn-Tom River. Sounds of Summer is held each Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm. AUGUST Duathlon Lake Lowndes State Park Individual and team competitions. Entry fee • (662) 328-2110 Artesia Days This festival features delicious food, music and lots of fun including children’s activities. SEPTEMBER Tennessee Williams Tribute & Victorian Home Tour Tennessee Williams Welcome Center Tribute honoring one of America’s most prolific playwrights, Tennessee Williams. Enjoy exhibits, plays, forums and Victorian Home Tours. Admission to some events. (800) 327-2686 or (662) 328-0222 Curtain Calls! A week-long celebration of America’s finest playwright, Tennessee Williams, who spent his childhood years here in Columbus. The Williams home, a former Episcopal rectory, is now the Columbus Welcome Center. Victorian Home Tours, performances of the writer’s work and more. Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival A celebration of what was once one of Columbus’ most vibrant business districts. No admission • (662) 329-1191 OCTOBER Roast ‘N Boast Columbus Fairgrounds Festival including live music and a barbecuecooking contest. Admission • (662) 364-7272 Welty Weekend at the W Mississippi University for Women A three-day celebration of Southern literature. Admission to some activities. (662) 329-7119 Ghost & Legends Tour Embark on an escorted bus journey through Columbus’ historical and haunted past. Admission • (662) 329-1191
Fall Tour of Historic Homes Tour antebellum and Victorian homes during this lovely Fall tour. Admission (800) 920-3533
DECEMBER Star Driving Tour Self-guided driving tour of antebellum and Victorian homes decorated for the holidays. Antebellum homes feature a gold star and Victorian homes feature a silver star. Brochures available at the Welcome Center. No admission • (662) 328-0222
Trash & Treasures along the Tenn-Tom Columbus Riverwalk 234 miles of yard sales. This is an all-day event. No admission. (662) 329-1191 or (662) 328-3286 NOVEMBER Decorative Arts & Preservation Forum/Antiques Show & Sale Various Locations Fine and collectible antiques with lectures and related activities. Admission to some activities. (800) 920-3533 Downtown Open House Main Street Columbus Downtown businesses open special hours with refreshments and sales. No admission • (662) 328-6035
Wassail Fest Downtown Columbus Great night of art, entertainment, good food and homemade wassail with downtown merchants. No admission • (662) 328-6305 Love Feast at MUW An annual tradition featuring traditional and contemporary music followed by a Christmas tree lighting at Welty Hall. No admission • (662) 329-7204 Holiday Historic Homes Tour Tour antebellum and Victorian homes decorated for the holidays during this tour. Admission • (800) 920-3533
Columbus Christmas Parade Over 200 floats, cars, bands, marching groups and local celebrities light the streets of Downtown with festive holiday decorations and floats. Santa and Miz Claus are escorted in perfect style to spread holiday cheer! First Monday in December each year. Lightning of the City Christmas Tree Tennessee Williams Welcome Center The lighting of a 40 foot tall pine is on the first Friday in December and the ceremony is broadcast live on WCBI TV. Event is complete with Christmas Caroling, Santa & Miz Claus. New Year’s Eve Block Party & Ball Drop Downtown block party complete with live music, food, beverages and fun. Begins at 8:00 pm and includes promotions at all downtown restaurants and bars and even a cruise giveaway for 2. At midnight, join in the excitement of a 10’ X 10’ lit ball is lowered from over 100 feet above Downtown, all the festivities are also broadcast live on WCBI TV. Planning to celebrate the 3rd year on New Year’s Eve 2011, this growing event has already received recognition as the best event in the state of Mississippi!
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Columbus, MS – A 85-room Fairfield Inn and Suites with approximately 1,000 square feet of meeting space is slated to open late 2010. Peachtree Hotel Group will be the Hotel Operator. The Fairfield Inn and Suites Columbus will offer an outdoor pool, an outdoor whirlpool spa, fitness room, guest laundry, valet laundry service ,complimentary high speed internet, 24 hour business center, on-site guest laundry facilities and the new express market open 24 hours a day for your convenience. The hotel will also feature the “Early Eats” complimentary hot continental breakfast. Please visit our Facebook Page “Fairview Inn & Suites Columbus” to view the construction progress of our new Fairfield Inn & Suites.
OPENING LATE 2010 2011 6th Street North • Columbus, MS 39701 For more information call 317.507.1117.
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Willowbrook Dental Center For the smile you always dreamed of! Dr. Mark A. Nobles, DMD Dr. Ben W. Harrelson, DMD Members of: American Dental Association Mississippi Dental Association
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Clockwise from above: Newly restored Fine Arts & Design Building, instructor Alisa Holen assists a ceramics student, Professor Tom Nawrocki at home, Eugenia Summer Gallery student show.
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Non-Still Life Those who do also teach in MUW’s Art Department.
or the faculty of the Art Department at Mississippi
triptych that manages to convey both feverish energy
University for Women, commuting is part of the job
and ironic detachment. Or “Skirmish,” Alex Stelioes-Will’s
description—commuting, that is, between the world
colored pencil evocation of a child’s suburbia that is
of exhibitions and galleries, the world of the classroom,
innocent and familiar yet unknowable at the same time. Or
and that more immediate yet infinitely more distant land
“Keepers of the Faith,” Department Chair Robert Gibson’s
of the imagination, where these working artists routinely
haunting mixed media homage to a time gone by, created
disappear only to return bearing pieces like “Call of the
with exotic wood, handmade paper, and a compelling
Flesh,” Shawn Dickey’s 3D screen print, a surrealistic
combination of imagery: A bird. An hourglass. An old man
Clockwise from above: Call of the Flesh by Shawn Dickey, Skirmish by Alex Stelioes-Will, Perfect Company by Alisa Holen, and Keepers of the Faith by Robert Gibson.
in an old fashioned suit sitting in a chair. A preacher perhaps? To view works like these—to navigate the lush curves of Alisa Holen’s clay pieces or to find your attention ensnared by the bold geometrics of Sung Choi’s computergenerated designs—is to understand the philosopher Francis Bacon’s assertion that “the job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” And yet in the classroom, these makers of mystery are anything but mysterious, offering guidance and
internships, applied projects and
clear-eyed critique borne of real-
even coursework. And thanks to the
world experience. “Because of our
diversity of faculty expertise—from
own work as artists, we’re aware
print making to photography, graphic
of the trends and the competitive
design, painting, figure drawing and
nature of getting into commercial
fiber arts—aspiring artists enjoy a
galleries,” Gibson explains. That
range of choices to help identify and
seasoned viewpoint has resulted in
develop their talents, as well as a
ample opportunities for students to
great environment in newly renovated
gain their own real-world experience
quarters with more than 4,000 square
long before graduation, through
feet of studio space.
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Clockwise from left: Urban by Sung Choi, and ZigZagZig56 by Tom Nawrocki. Below: Mr. Robert Gibson, Director of the MUW Art and Design Program and Associate Professor of Art, explains the process of making paper to his class.
MUW’s artist/teachers also guide by the example of success. This year faculty member and art world star Tom Nawrocki will once again engage in an active schedule of exhibitions. Nawrocki’s art has appeared in more than 400 state, regional, national and international art competitions, with work residing in permanent collections from New York to California to Prague. The artist has taught printmaking and fiber arts at MUW since 1970, and has moved easily between media. His current series of prints, “Zig Zag Zig,” combines exuberant color and shape with the control of a master. Nawrocki’s passport shows stamps from around the world—Korea, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, India, Germany, to name a few. His work shows the stamp of a world even more exotic. Faculty and student art may be viewed at the new Eugenia Summer Gallery in the Art and Design Building. T.E. Lott, Jr. CPA Charles M. Hawkins, CPA, CBA John F. Prince, CPA Nellah F. Taylor, CPA - Starkville Jeffry H. Read, CPA - Starkville Thomas J. Buckley, CPA Vivian L. Yeatman, CPA Bobby G. Shaw, CPA, CBA - Tuscaloosa Debby H. Gray, CPA, CPC Clayton H. Richardson, III, CPA, CVA - Starkville J. Michael Prince, CPA
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In 2010 the National Trust for Historic Preservation bestowed on Columbus the prestigious Main Street Award. Choosing the city after a nation-wide selection process, the organization called Columbus the â€œshining star amoung Mississippi main streets.â€?
Cream of the Crop Fresh ideas yield big benefits, big awards for Downtown Columbus.
hat do you give a downtown
event in the state by the Mississippi Main
that already has everything,
Street Association, while the Hitching Lot
including block after block of
Farmer’s Market was named best public/private
historic architectural treasures, a vibrant retail
partnership. And in 2008, Columbus was named
and restaurant environment, the state’s biggest
one of the National Trust’s Dozen Distinctive
and best selection of loft apartments, a Farmer’s
Destinations, a designation cities earn, according
Market that sells everything from cantaloupes to
to the Trust, “by combining dynamic downtowns,
crafts, a year-round schedule of lively festivals
cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural
and celebrations, a series of both lunchtime
landscapes and a strong commitment to historic
and summertime concerts, a Riverwalk that
preservation, sustainability and revitalization.”
winds around five gorgeous miles and a rich,
The awards have been gratifying to Amber
fascinating history that stretches back nearly
Murphree Brislin, Director of Columbus Main
200 years and includes the man considered
Street, but what’s been even more rewarding,
America’s premiere playwright?
she says, is the way city residents have come
What do you give a downtown that has everything? A few awards, for starters. In 2010, Columbus was a recipient of the Great American Main Street Award given by the National Trust
together for more than two decades to put Downtown Columbus on the map. “The support the downtown area has gotten from the people in our community has been fantastic,” Brislin says. Equally
for Historic Preservation. In 2009 the city’s
prosperity, according to Brislin, is the creativity
New Year’s Eve celebration was named best
and imagination that supporters have brought
to the endeavor. “It’s really all about vision,” she says. “To see what needed to be preserved and to see what needed to be invented or re-invented. To see what was possible, in other words.” Having a ball right here. One good example of turning the possible into the positive is Columbus Riverwalk and Trail, the five-mile ribbon of lighted paths, pavilions and benches that tie Downtown to the Tenn-Tom Waterway and turns the urban experience into a natural wonder. And
focus of Columbus Main Street, says Brislin, an integral
at the Hitching Lot Farmer’s Market, vendors display the
part of the Main Street Four-Point Approach that covers
fruits of their labor, both agricultural and artistic, so that
design, to aid in the enhancement of Downtown’s
glazed pottery sits alongside fresh snap peas and sweet
physical appearance; organization, to build consensus
potatoes, and handmade cane flutes lie nestled next to
and cooperation in the revitalization process; promotion
organic eggs. As for what to do with the childhood home
and marketing of the commercial district’s assets; and
of Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Tennessee Williams, the
economic restructuring to strengthen Downtown’s
city preserved it and moved it downtown to serve as the
Columbus Welcome Center. More recently, Columbus looked at the fun and excitement that Times Square was enjoying on New Year’s Eve and wondered why not have a ball right here? The result is the New Year’s Eve Block Party,
So far, the plan has worked well, but that doesn’t mean Columbus Main Street is ready to rest on its laurels. “We’re always looking to improve,” Brislin says. The downtown that has everything could always do a little bit more.
complete with a glittering ball drop, live music, prizes, refreshments and live television coverage on station WCBI. Not surprisingly, the Block Party has already established itself as a perennial blockbuster. Assets that harmonize. The annual Market Street Festival—held the first weekend in May since 1996 and named a Top 20 event in the Southeast for the past 11 years—has been another smash for Downtown, while the fair weather Noon Tunes and Sounds of Summer concert series have added more high notes. In between festivals, the merchant base in Downtown continues to prosper, offering popular wares ranging from clothing to antiques to art and stained glass. Nurturing Downtown retailers is a particular
Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” – from Oh, the Places You’ll Go
The junior-senior race begins at all the schools with plenty of jumpstarts—a wealth of honors and advanced placement (AP) classes as well as dual credit courses.
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The Big Finish At Columbus high schools, the junior-senior years are the jumpstart of a lifetime.
s every parent knows, time moves fast. One
High Schools. At Heritage Academy, every 9th through
day it’s ABCs, the next day it’s ACTs and SATs.
12th grader is issued a MacBook, which is used in
From Dr. Seuss and one fish-two fish counting,
conjunction with classroom Smart Board technology, an
suddenly it’s the countdown to college and work life.
innovation so successful that Heritage is the only school
Fortunately, at Columbus area high schools, that junior-
in Mississippi (and only one of 54 in the nation) to be
senior countdown is a learning and action-packed two
selected as an Apple Distinguished School for 2010.
years inside and outside the classroom that ends in high achieving liftoffs.
And far from shunning social media so integral to teen life—and dear to teen hearts— school administrators are
A time of prom and prep. The junior-senior race
finding ways to incorporate it to good use. At the Immanuel
begins at all the schools with plenty of jumpstarts—a
Center for Christian Education, a Facebook page and
wealth of honors and advanced placement (AP) classes
the Immanuel Rams tweets keep students in touch with
as well as dual credit courses
athletics and other activities.
at both Mississippi University for
A global edge. World-
Women and East Mississippi
class is no exaggeration in
Community College. And currently
describing a Columbus diplo-
a $2.8 million AP incentive grant
ma. At Columbus High School,
is expanding AP opportunities
with services like tutoring and AP
Summer Prep Camps at schools
Diploma Programme enhanc-
across Lowndes County, including
es resumes and boosts brain
Caledonia, New Hope and West
power for those juniors and
Lowndes High Schools, as well as
seniors ready to tackle the
at Columbus High School.
rigorous course offerings and
Touchdowns and tech-
nology. Area high schools are
CHS is one of only three
also hard-wired for success,
schools in the state to offer
with “smart technology” like the
the IB diploma, recognized as
Promethean Board used in sci-
a global standard of excellence
ence labs at Lowndes County
from Moscow to Madrid.
Clockwise from below: Students at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science carry out an advanced biology experiment in the lab. Faculty member, Dennis Reed, assists a physics student between class periods.
talented students, where accepted
lege is no easy task with tuition costs
students begin attendance in their
soaring. That’s why Columbus school
junior years, and where typically around
counselors and teachers work hard
10% of the senior class are National
scouring for scholarship opportuni-
Merit Scholars. Not surprisingly, these
ties. In 2009 Columbus High School
quiz whizzes routinely shine at aca-
students earned more than $2 million
demic competitions across the state,
in college scholarships.
region and nation. But
The scholarship process begins
early. “College prep with a strong
aren’t just cleaning up at competi-
Christian emphasis is our mis-
tions—they’re also brightening their
sion,” Bob Williford, Administrator of
communities with volunteer service
Immanuel, explains. “So helping find
that is both required and encouraged
scholarships is part of our job.”
at all area high schools. In 2010,
Ready to work. For students
Heritage Academy seniors, working
who aren’t ready to spend money, but
with Habitat for Humanity, raised funds
would rather earn it both immediately
Meritorious. The junior-senior
and donated Saturdays to lead the
and over the long haul, the transition
focus is exclusive at the Mississippi
school in building a house for a
to the working world is smooth and
School for Mathematics and Science
deserving family in Caledonia.
rewarding, thanks to the 21st century
(MSMS), the state’s only public, residential high school for academically-
training and opportunities available at
These days, raising funds for col-
CHS’s McKellar Technology Center,
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Clockwise from right: Seniors at New Hope High School get a jump on college by taking advantage of advanced placement courses. Heritage Academy was one of 54 schools nationwide to be named an Apple Distinguished School for 2010.
where a rich array of career and technical offerings includes environmental science, computer graphic design, culinary arts, med tech, automotive mechanics, carpentry and more. The financial technology program nurtures budding entrepreneurship, while co-op programs allow students to gain on-the-job experience long before graduation. With so much to do, the juniorsenior years go by fast, but the preparation, say Columbus teachers and counselors, lasts a lifetime. Oh, the places theyâ€™ll go? You just never know.
Most in Translation Columbus Air Force Base puts the accent on international diversity, local prosperity.
esidents of Columbus aren’t afraid to admit it: They speak with an accent. In fact, thanks to the Columbus Air Force Base, home of the 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus speaks with many accents and
enjoys an expanded world view to match, as pilots and other Air Force personnel bring in ideas and experiences from around the nation and around the globe. The influx “adds a good perspective,” says Lieutenant Colonel Carey Lee, CAFB’s International Military Student Officer. “In Columbus, residents who don’t travel still have a window on the world.” Lee oversees the students in CAFB’s two foreign pilot training programs. One is conducted in conjunction with foreign military sales–Poland, for example, purchases F-16s from the U.S. and their pilots are sent to CAFB to learn to fly. The second, the Aviation Leadership Program (ALP), is a scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to train top pilots from around the world. More than 40 countries have sent their best and brightest through the ALP; this year the accents range from Latvian to Peruvian to Indian to Moroccan, with pilots from more than a dozen countries participating. While the purpose of the ALP is enhanced allied military strength, the culwww.columbusmagazine.net/ar
tural exchange is gratifying to all sides,
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Pictured right: Lt. Faiz Mohammed Ramaki, the first Afghan officer to train in the United States in nearly 50 years earned his silver Air Force wings in a June 12 ceremony at Columbus Air Force Base. Lt. Ramaki was a participant in the USAF Aviation Leadership Program.
especially to volunteer host families
and uncomfortable” until his friendship
with a Columbus resident—an older
A taste of America, flavors
woman with an Irish Catholic back-
of the world. Rick “Sonic” Johnson,
ground, Lee notes—helped break
CAFB’s Chief of Public Affairs encour-
the ice. One Yemen pilot “honestly
ages local families to get involved, noting
believed that we had gone in ahead
that hosts enjoy rewarding engagement
of him to stage the stocked shelves
surprised at how open and friendly
“with no heavy requirements.” Holiday
at WalMart,” Johnson says. The
people are in Columbus.”
invitations, family dinners or even drives
pilot was surprised to discover that
World of economic benefits.
downtown provide welcome experienc-
American abundance and the warm
While Hurlburt, 24, will transfer out at
es to pilots who are fluent in English and
American welcome he received were
the end of his training, he just might
usually eager to get to know America
both genuine. “He thought because
be back. Like Air Force spouses, the
and Americans. Hosts, on the other
of the U.S.S. Cole that he would not
more than 5,500 military retirees resid-
hand, get a taste of international friend-
be welcomed, but the opposite was
ing in Columbus provide a strong and
ships—sometimes literally. Johnson
true,” Lee says. “He was amazed at
skilled labor and volunteer resource
happily recounts the meals one Italian
the personal interest the rest of his
for the area, already boosted by the
pilot liked to make for his family. “He was
class showed in him.”
annual economic impact CAFB pro-
a fantastic cook. All he needed was a stove and refrigerator.”
At the end of the pilot’s training Johnson recalls, “We were sitting out
vides as Columbus’ largest employer, which in 2008 reached $321 million.
Over the years, Johnson has seen
on a sidewalk downtown, and he told
But while the presence of the
lifelong relationships form. “People will
me ‘you Americans deserve all your
base translates into a world of eco-
come up to me on the street to fill
nomic benefits, Johnson suggests
me in about the guys they’ve hosted.
Columbus has also been an
They’ll keep track of these pilots like
effective ambassador even to other
they are their own sons.”
the intangibles like international friendships are equally important. “You can’t put a price on those,”
United nations. The program
Benjamin Hurlburt, an Orlando native
and its local alliances also broaden
and Yale graduate currently half-way
Residents interested in becoming
foreign views of America, as in the
through his year-long pilot training.
a host family should contact Lt. Col.
case of Pakistani pilot who was “stiff
“Coming from a larger city, I was
Carey Lee at (662) 434-7610.
CMTE’s manufacturing process begins with a solid foundation of basic skills assured by CMTE’s WorkKeys training and Silver Certification.
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Lean and Meaning Business CMTE prepares the 21st century workforce, instilling the heavy-weight skills for lean manufacturing.
ailure is not an option, explains Stan Rice,
classrooms of the Center’s 27,000-square-foot state of
Workforce Development Coordinator at the Center
the art facility, where hands-on assessment is given for
for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE),
verification and authentication of an individual’s skills.
as he lays out the puzzle. Four squares of woven filaments,
Armed with basic M3 certified skills, students can then
four thread patterns that look identical to the untrained
move on to specialized tracks in more than a dozen areas,
eye. The job is to overlay the patterns at top speed and at
from PLC’s, robotics and pneumatics to CNC operation to
exact angles to form a perfect matrix for the composite, the
avionics and cabling to composites. “Keep it real” is the credo
engineered material that is light in weight yet exceedingly
in CMTE’s hands-on training areas which are, in essence,
strong, and flexible enough to be molded to a variety of
miniature manufacturing floors, where students hone their
applications including aircraft wings and bodies.
skills on working equipment—trouble-shooting PLC’s, for
In applications like these, and in today’s manufacturing environment, “there’s no room for error,” Rice says. “You have to be precise.” Composites helped skyrocket aerospace performance during the 20th century, and today CMTE, the workforce development division of East Mississippi Community College, is working to do the same by creating a labor force that is much like composites: flexible, agile, with an impressively strong knowledge base molded to answer the 21st century demands of lean manufacturing and just-in-time inventories.
example, assembling and disassembling diesel engines, and maintaining military grade wiring harnesses.
Major Manufacturing Employers Employers
No. Of Employees
Weyerhaeuser Corporation.................................. 647 Sanderson Plumbing...........................................600 Severstal.............................................................550 Omnova Solutions............................................... 387
Making the grade. CMTE’s manufacturing process—
the making, that is, of high grade workers—begins with
Johnston Tombigbee Furniture.............................250
a solid foundation of basic skills assured by CMTE’s
WorkKeys training and Silver Certification. From there, training progresses with the Basic Manufacturing Skills and the Modern Multi-Skill Manufacturing (M3) program. Thanks to the Amatrol Anytime Anywhere e-learning system,
APAC..................................................................206 Stark Aerospace................................................. 180 American Eurocopter........................................... 319
students can study either remotely or in the computer
Being multi-skilled and team oriented is important in a pull-through manufacturing system, but CMTE instructors also know the key importance of retraining students to master the problem solving skills necessary for lean manufacturing.
Major Employers EMPLOYERS
NO. OF EMPLOYEES
Columbus Air Force Base
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle
Lowndes County Schools
Columbus Municipal Schools
Miss. University for Women
Vinyl wall covering
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And CMTE training isn’t just about knowledge and skills, it’s also about thinking. “In a pull-through system,
Employment By Occupation (2008) Architecture/Engineering
“But we also retrain students’ thinking
Business operation specialists
to orient them to problem-solving. In
Computer and mathematical
capabilities as a specialized training
partner have also proven to be a
you have to work as a team, and you have to be multi-skilled. So crosstraining is important,” Rice notes.
lean manufacturing, that’s key.” From zero to production inside
crucial asset for a diverse range of industrial pace setters such as Severstal, Weyerhaeuser and
Food preparation/Serving related
PACCAR as well as aerospace
leaders like American Eurocopter and Aurora Flight Sciences. In 2007, when Stark Aerospace was formed,
Health-care Support Installation/Maintenance/Repair
CMTE helped the company move
from hiring its first employees to
Management, including farmers/Farm managers
production within one year, and today it continues to serve Stark with pre-employment and post-hire training in areas such as composites
Success in training partnerships is the result of attention to client needs—
and to client know-how, says Otis
Taylor, CMTE’s Director of Workforce
Services. “First of all, we sit down
with client companies to determine Industry veterans with nearly
exactly what is required to create
the region has in turn stepped up with more work.
a productive, sustainable workforce.
We then create an individualized plan,
between them, Rice and Taylor
“I can remember a time when
and typically, we write a grant for the
have seen vast improvements in
good workers sometimes thought
cost of instruction”—instruction that
the production process as the
there were better manufacturing
will also incorporate the knowledge
global economy has emerged, and
opportunities in places like Detroit,”
of existing client staff. “We’ve learned
they both agree that the region’s
Taylor says. “Now those people are
clients have a lot of expertise to
workforce, with training help, has
returning, because they’ve seen the
contribute,” Taylor says.
stepped up to the challenge, while
best opportunities are right here.”
People from every corner of the city come to get the job doneâ€”and in the process, a lot of people get to know each other, too.
Clean Sweepâ€™s annual oneday effort draws hundreds of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life.
Gone with the Winter Clean Sweep ushers in a beautiful new year for Columbus. hen it comes to spring makeovers, it’s pretty
Even big retailers like WalMart and Kroger pitch in
hard to top Mother Nature’s handiwork in
to donate gift cards that are used to purchase supplies
Columbus. That’s her job, after all, to splash
for the lunch served up to Clean Sweep volunteers,
the landscape with all the marvelous sunny hues and
while local merchants and residents also help out
delicate foliage of daffodils, jonquils, irises and budding
donating paint used to spruce up curbs this year and
trees. On the other hand, the volunteers on the Columbus
fire hydrants last year.
spring makeover team are no slouches, either. Armed with
One might expect a “young professionals” group to
rakes, paint brushes and trash bags, the Clean Sweep
be more at home wielding Blackberries than paint brushes
crew—not so much a crew, really,
and rakes, but this group of young
as an army—does exactly what the
working people ages 21 to 40 has
name suggests: it sweeps across
successfully blended “doing well”
the city eliminating the unbeautiful
with “doing good.” Born as a county
and beautifying the blah.
leadership project, the LINK’d Young
Held in late March, the annual
Professionals also offers plenty of
one-day effort draws hundreds of
advantages for networking in the
volunteers (more than 400 this
group’s monthly meetings at local
year)—people of all ages and
eateries and watering holes; the
from all walks of life, including
recent Speed Networking Night
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts,
provided a fun twist.
4-Hers, Exchange and Kiwanis
Still, Clean Sweep is a project
club members, church groups,
the group particularly enjoys and
businesses bringing as many as
that has found special support from
a dozen staffers—all to clean and
the community at large as well as
brighten the face of Columbus.
from other business professionals.
“And if the end result is a thing of beauty, so too
Roger Burlingame, President of Ceco Building Systems
is the group effort that brings it about,” says Shasta
and a longtime community volunteer, sees Clean Sweep
Nance, of the Columbus LINK’d Young Professionals,
as an ideal program for a city that is “both friendly and
which organizes Clean Sweep. “The cooperation is really
beautiful,” and where tourism is vital.
amazing,” Nance says. “People from every corner of the
“You never get a second chance to make a first
city come to get the job done—and in the process, a lot
impression,” he says. “Clean Sweep is opportunity to do
of people get to know each other, too.”
something positive for Columbus and in turn for ourselves.”
Photos courtesy of Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library
FRONT LINE Leading edge care at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle echoes city’s history.
first in the country to offer MammoSite
comprehensive cancer care center,
“hospital town” was born
Radiation Therapy for breast cancer;
and to provide cancer patients with
under fire, when 3,000
its nuclear medicine camera was the
breakthrough treatments like high-
wounded men poured into the city
first of its kind in the nation when it
dose-rate brachytherapy, total skin
on wagons and oxcarts after the
was installed. Baptist was also one of
electron-beam irradiation to treat skin
Battle of Shiloh.
the first in the region to implement the
cancer and chemoembolization to
Medicine at the
time was primitive.
No antiseptic. da Vinci
No antibiotics. But what Columbus
Robotic Surgical System;
also the first in the region to open a
treat certain types of liver cancer. Chemoembolization is light years
had was a willingness to improvise
ahead of chloroform and carpet
and a determination to provide
squares. Today, the more than 100
care. Churches became hospitals;
physicians who practice at Baptist
carpeting became blankets.
represent most medical specialties,
Today, the city’s reputation as
and the hospital still plays a vital role
a “hospital town” comes not from
in the community, says Paul Cade,
gunfire but from “firsts” at Baptist
Baptist Administrator and CEO.
Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle:
Baptist was, for example, the first hospital in the state and one of the
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And, since joining Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in 1993, tremendous updates in facilities and equipment have been made that greatly enhance the quality of medical care provided to the residents of the area,” Cade added. Civil War Columbus marshaled its resources strategically; facing a modern era of challenges, Baptist has done the same. Founded in 1969, the hospital was acquired by Memphis, Tennessee based Baptist Memorial Health Care 17 years ago, and membership in the tri-state system has brought added resources to bear on local Columbus needs, a strength which helped the hospital provide what it calculates as $57 million in total community benefit in 2008 alone. Greater resources have also helped bring about those firsts. And speaking of firsts, in 2009, more than a thousand babies were born at Baptist and spent their first days of life in the welcoming environment of new labor and delivery
nursery located in a new five-story patient tower, part of a $34 million expansion project in 2005. The face of Columbus today owes much of its architectural richness to the city’s wartime medical services, which saved the town from battle. For the face of Columbus tomorrow, friends and families of Columbus newborns can log on to the Baptist Web Nursery to see and “aww” over its Picaboo Pics. Expect unconditional surrender.
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