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a lifestyle magazine for northeast mississippi

august 2010


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inside this issue:


10 Keep Your Hard Earned Dollars at Home......................... 14 2010 Mississippi Trailblazers Awards.............................. 16 Ross & Yerger Insurance celebrates 150 years ............ 18 tupelo’s 149th birthday celebration............................... 20 carver reunion parade........................................................ 22 tupelo firefighters do more than put out fires........... 23 Letter from the editor.......................................................






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42 Tupelo’s Bumphis living up to hype................................... 44 world war II veterans still going strong...................... 46 hidden treasure................................................................... 47 hanby’s beautiful home retreat....................................... 53 take a swing at cancer........................................................ 58

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As we put the finishing touches on this edition of Greater Tupelo Magazine, I took a moment to reflect back to all I’ve had to deal with since our last edition. It really made me appreciate what I have and how lucky I truly am. My mother took gravely ill (She is much better now) and I had to take time off to be with her. There was such an outpouring of love and support from the community, for which I am truly thankful for. I hope all of you have enjoyed your summer. Those of you that like it really warm should have had a great time because it has been a hot one. Speaking of hot, we pay homage to Tupelo’s finest in this issue. Yes, were talking about the guys and gals that put out the hot

stuff, Tupelo’s Firemen. I was surprised to find out all they do and really surprised at some of the equipment and resources they have. We are truly blessed to have a fire department with so much talent and resources. We also feature women’s health topics in this issue. A special thanks to North Mississippi Medical Center’s Marketing Department for help with that. And of course, it wouldn’t be Greater Tupelo Magazine without a showcase of beautiful homes. I hope you enjoy this edition, and as always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. May God Bless you all Wesley Wells

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Greater Tupelo Magazine would like to welcome aboard Patricia Neely-Dorsey as a staff writer Greater Tupelo Magazine would like to welcome aboard Patricia Neely-Dorsey as a staff writer. Many of you already know Patricia. She is the author of a fascinating book of poetry called, “Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia”. She is a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School and received a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University. After living in Memphis, Tennessee for almost 20 years, Mrs. Neely-Dorsey now makes her home in Tupelo with her husband (James) and son (Henry).





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keep your

hard earned dollars at home

By Patricia Neely-Dorsey


Donna Coleman (r) helps a customer at MLM Clothiers in Downtown Tupelo.

here has been a major push in recent years, especially in these trying, uncertain economic times, to encourage residents to keep their money flowing in the local economy.

The message is to make a concerted effort to “Buy Locally” as much as possible. This one decision goes a long way in helping small businesses to thrive and sometimes, even just to stay alive. It could, possibly, make the difference in the life or death of one of your favorite establishments. Most people are unaware of the alarming statistic that 70-80% of all small businesses fail within the first three years. Many business and civic organizations have adopted various campaigns in efforts to spread the message of the importance of buying locally. In the age of shopping networks and online buying, it has become crucial for consumers to know how important it is to make a decision to keep their spending close to home. It has become imperative for community leaders and organizations to take a major role in getting the message out. The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association has been very enthusiastic in getting behind the 3/50 Project. It is a nationwide initiative that urges consumers to save their local economy three stores at a time. According to Debbie Brangenberg, Executive Director of the Association, “Successful, local business, is essential for a strong, thriving, downtown environment and local economy. We adopted the 3/50 Project about seven months ago and





continuously encourage everyone to buy local whenever possible.” The concept is very simple. A consumer is asked to choose three independently owned businesses in the community and spend at least $50 a month in those businesses. The website for the 3/50 Project states that if just half of the employed population in the U.S. spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases alone would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. How does all of this break down in your/our community? For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, ect. If money is spent in a national chain about $43 stays locally, and if that same amount is spent online $0 comes back to the local economy. You can find out more at GT


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2010 Mississippi Trailblazers

Awards Ceremony and Banquet


Renasant Bank Was recently held at the Bouldin Building in Tupelo. Maj. Gen. (Ret) James Donald was named Mississippi Trailblazer of the Year. V.M. Cleveland was named Tupelo Trailblazer of the Year. Kenneth Mayfield received the Mississippi Trailblazer Legacy Award. Patty Tucker received the Leonard Morris Award for Public Service and Integrity. Kimberly Nicole Morgan (Miss Mississippi 2007) received the Mississippi Trailblazer INSPIRE Award. Dr. James Neely was honored with the Robert Jamison Lifetime Achievement Award.



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Dr. James Neely

Kimberly Nicole Morgan

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Ross & Yerger Insurance, Inc. celebrates 150 years as a risk-management company, and a proud part of the community.


eing in risk management,

the cake probably won’t have that many candles on it, but

Ross & Yerger

is indeed celebrating

150 years of

helping businesses manage risk. More than that, the firm is celebrating its many, many years of being a proud partner in the community.

Joey Hutto, Sr. Vice President and Barbara Knapp at recent 150th celebration dinner.

Over the last century and a half, Ross & Yerger has fostered long-term, trusted relationships with clients, while striving to play a support role in local and regional community service endeavors as well. “Meals on Wheels, Downtown Tupelo Association, CREATE Foundation, Faith Haven, Good Samaritan Free Clinic, S.A.F.E., Inc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Supporting causes like these reap some of the biggest rewards,” notes President and Chief Operating Officer Dudley Wooley. “After all, this isn’t just where we work, it’s where we live. Since 1860, we’ve held to a strong commitment to lend a hand in Jackson, Tupelo and Baton Rouge to help them grow, prosper, and flourish.” It’s a commitment that goes back to when James B. Ross and Edward Yerger opened their doors to fledgling businesses throughout Mississippi in need of insurance protection. In March, 1990 Ross & Yerger added their Tupelo location through a merger with Hutto and Associates. The firm is an employee-owned business. Currently with 84 employees, Ross & Yerger is among the Mississippi Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2010, and was recently named one of National Underwriter’s Insurance Agencies of the Year. During the recent 150th anniversary employee dinner, the Yerger family was recognized for their personal contributions and dedication to the firm. Chairman Emeritus Wirt Yerger,





Jr. said, “My greatest accomplishment at Ross & Yerger has been hiring some fantastic employees. We are blessed and fortunate. The Lord is always looking after us.” He reminded employees to keep things in perspective because “some things you think are critical at the time are really not that important.” Chairman and CEO Eason Leake spearheaded a Ross & Yerger sponsorship of the Mississippi Museum of Art’s current exhibition “Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection” in acknowledgement of the firm’s many contributions to cultural and civic affairs. The exhibition is open for viewing in Jackson until September 12, and will be moved to the Tupelo Museum in mid September. Several of Ross & Yerger’s insurance carriers joined in the support of this exhibit including Chubb, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Travelers, Southwest Business Corporation, Sun Life Financial, The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Mutual of Omaha, Union Standard, ChamberPlus, and Matterhorn Financial Services. Ross and Yerger provides innovative and cost-effective risk-management solutions for businesses across many industries nationwide. The Ross & Yerger philosophy is to partner with clients to help make their business successful. Ross & Yerger is an employee-owned firm whose employees are very thankful for their many loyal clients and insurance carriers. GT

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Tupelo Firefighters do more than put out fires;

trained as HAZMAT responders

By Cristal Cody


eing a firefighter with the Tupelo Fire

Department means more than putting out fires.

The staff also is behind the scenes and at the forefront of many emergencies including auto accidents as well as the milder incident of a cat in a tree. The city employs a total of 93 employees in seven stations located strategically throughout Tupelo.

“We try to ensure a three-minute response time,” said Tupelo Fire Chief Thomas Walker. “We respond to medical emergency calls, any kind of motor collisions. We have the jaws of life tools strategically located throughout the city.” In addition, the department responds to homes for carbon

monoxide detectors and performs a variety of public education on fire and safety for schools and other groups. “Fighting fires – that’s primarily our job, but the majority of our time is spent in training,” said Walker, who became the chief in September 2009. “Not only are we firefighters, but we’re also emergency medical responders and the majority

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tupelosafety “I’m really proud of the men and women who serve in the Tupelo Fire Department. They are professional, they are well trained, they are physically fit, and they respond quickly. Our citizens should feel very secure in knowing that they are on the job.” —Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr

of our guys are EMTs, emergency medical technicians. We have a dive rescue team.” The department’s staff also is trained as HAZMAT responders and is a part of Homeland Security’s task force. “We go to Union County a lot if a tanker trailer turns over on the highway,” Walker said. “We’ve spent probably close to $2 million of Homeland Security money buying equipment and getting training.” Tupelo firefighters are linked with a regional response team activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A group of the city’s firefighters were on the scene for 14 days to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “About 80% of our department is also part of the regional response team,” Walker said. “Whenever FEMA calls out for assistance, they tell us what they need – say a search and rescue team of nine to 11 people for a 72-hour mobilization. We will send the guys from our team and use the remaining members to work overtime, and FEMA reimburses [the city]

Tupelo Fire Chief Thomas Walker





for any money we spend.” And while Tupelo is not known for its mountains, the department still may have to handle calls dealing with heights. “We have several water towers in Tupelo and these have to be painted and have maintenance,” he said. “If someone gets up there and has a heart attack or accident, someone has to go get them, and we’re trained to get them.” And yes, the Tupelo Fire Department does get the occasional call for a cat stuck in a tree. “We respond to things like that if it’s where we can do it safely,” Walker said. “But most of the time with a cat in a tree is – when it’s hungry, it’s going to come down. We’re cross-trained enough that no matter where you are in the city, you’re going to get someone that has the level of training and are able to take care of you.”GT

Emergency Response Team ready to go By Patricia Neely-Dorsey

We should all feel safer because Tupelo is also the home of the Northeast Mississippi Regional Response Team, a very special emergency response team that is one of only five in the state. Located at Firestation #3 off of Veteran’s Boulevard, the team is equipped to handle emergencies on a state and national level and is ultimately overseen by The Department of Homeland Security. Tupelo fireman Kerry Scott explained that the team was formed around the time of hurricane Katrina and has been in full operation since then. The intricate equipment for the team was received and paid for through the Department of Homeland Security. Upkeep and maintenance of the equipment is taken care of here on the local level. Scott explained that the team could be mainly described as a support team. It offers and supplies the additional help needed in major emergencies. During Katrina, the team was primarily responsible for the logistics of making sure that food and water were received and distributed properly. The team has several calls throughout the year. They have had some calls closer to home, lately, from the Corinth and Oxford areas. Another recent call was when tankers were overturned on US Highway 78. Kerry states that because of the seriousness of the situations and dire circumstances that usually surround their response team being needed, he concedes that is a good thing when they don’t have many calls. It is just good to know that they are here and are ready, willing and able to provide the services needed in a major catastrophe. GT greater tupelo magazine |



GEORGE HOLCOMB Years On Force: 34

CPT. TRACY LODEN Years On Force: 13

JON ROOKS Years On Force: 5

DANIEL OWENS Years On Force: 3

TERRY ROBINSON Years On Force: 10

CODY LANGLEY Years On Force: 4

DAVID RILEY Years On Force: 25

ALAN ESTES Years On Force: 5

JESSE CLOCK Years On Force: 15

MARK PATTON Years On Force: 15

JOSEPH SENTER Years On Force: 6

SCOTT MORGAN Years On Force: 16

JAMES GHOLSON Years On Force: 10


ROGER DAVIS Years On Force: 24

MARTY STEPHENS Years On Force: 13

TYLER SCOTT Years On Force: 1

JUSTIN LAMB Years On Force: 5

JASON O’CONNOR Years On Force: 7

MATT ARMSTRONG Years On Force: 4

IRY GLADNEY Years On Force: 4


BRIAN REESE Years On Force: 11

STEVE SHAFFER Years On Force: 11

MIKE THOMAS Years On Force: 13

DAVID BLACKWELL Years On Force: 33

ARTHUR PRESTON Years On Force: 12

ADAM HOLT Years On Force: 5

RON ALLEN Years On Force: 15

JOHN BLANCHARD Years On Force: 12




ANDREW HOOPER Years On Force: 14

CHARLIE HARDIN Years On Force: 5

ZACK BOREN Years On Force: 2

MARK JOHNSON Years On Force: 21

LARRY FERGUSON Years On Force: 8

STAN WOOD Years On Force: 1

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ADAM SHARP Years On Force: 2

CHRIS WATKINS Years On Force: 10

MACDONALD McCOY Years On Force: 21

KEVIN FULGHAM Years On Force: 16

CARLOS BROWN Years On Force: 4

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JOEL GOSS Years On Force: 4

BRAD ROBINSON Years On Force: 11

BRIAN BENSON Years On Force: 15

AL GRAVES Years On Force: 16

DAVID LEE Years On Force: 12

JERRY PARMER Years On Force: 12

JIMMY AVERY Years On Force: 22

CATHY GAULT Years On Force: 13

ROMECO TRAYLOR Years On Force: 15

GERALD PANNELL Years On Force: 14

JOHN BELK Years On Force: 9 mths

WILSON WEAVER Years On Force: 5



RICHARD BAILEY Years On Force: 11

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RONNIE MAYFIELD Years On Force: 22

DAVID ESTES Years On Force: 12


CHAD WHITE Years On Force: 1

RODNEY ROBINSON Years On Force: 10

BRADLEY BRIDGES Years On Force: 15

CLAY CURTIS Years On Force: 8

BRANDON BRUCE Years On Force: 1

AUSTIN HOLMES Years On Force: 5

BILL WARDLAW Years On Force: 17

KERRY SCOTT Years On Force: 14

THOMAS CONNALLY Years On Force: 15

DANNY GIROUX Years On Force: 15


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Jim Bain: changing with the times Jim Bain

By Patricia Neely-Dorsey


n Tupelo, when you think of hometown pharmacy, you automatically think of Jim Bain’s. Of course, we remember TKE’s and Roy’s Prescription Shop. But, for the past 25 or so years, and the closing long ago of both of those cherished establishments, it’s been Jim Bain’s Pharmacy. Jim actually got his start in and around the pharmacy business in one of those very establishments. He began working for Roy’s Prescription Shop in 1969.

Jim says that he served in almost every capacity that you could think of at Roy’s from, delivery person to pharmacy tech to soda fountain attendant. (Yes, there was actually a time when you could sit at a counter in your neighborhood drugstore and order a cool, refreshing treat). Jim’s official professional entry into the pharmacy business though, is “a long story”, he says with a chuckle. Jim goes on to explain that when he graduated from Tupelo High School in 1971, he headed to Mississippi State, where he declared a major in accounting. He switched his major from accounting to marketing and from marketing to business and eventually to pre-pharmacy. The Vietnam War

and the draft were in full swing at the time. While he was home on a break from school, his father came to him and told him, matter-of-factly, that he had been talking with the owner at Roy’s Prescription Shop and if he (Jim) didn’t make up his mind what he was going to do and enroll in pharmacy school, he was going to call the draft board himself and sign him up. Well, we pretty much know the rest of the story. His father didn’t have to make that call to the draft board and young Jim enrolled in pharmacy school at Northeast Louisiana University (presently University of Louisiana-Monroe). Jim received his Pharmacy degree in 1976. He continued

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Jim says that he served in almost every capacity that you could think of at Roy’s from, delivery person to pharmacy tech to soda fountain attendant. (Yes, there was actually a time when you could sit at a counter in your neighborhood drugstore and order a cool, refreshing treat). Jim’s official professional entry into the pharmacy business though, is “a long story”, he says with a chuckle. Jim goes on to explain that when he graduated from Tupelo High School in 1971, he headed to Mississippi State, where he declared a major in accounting. He switched his major from accounting to marketing and from marketing to business and eventually to pre-pharmacy. The Vietnam War and the draft were in full swing at the time. While he was home on a break from school, his father came to him and told him, matter-of-factly, that he had been talking with the owner at Roy’s Prescription Shop and if he (Jim) didn’t make up his mind what he was going to do and enroll in pharmacy school, he was going to call the draft board himself and sign him up. Well, we pretty much know the rest of the story. His father didn’t have to make that call to the draft board and young Jim enrolled in pharmacy school at Northeast Louisiana University (presently University of Louisiana-Monroe). Jim received his Pharmacy degree in 1976. He continued to work at Roy’s Prescription Shop for several years, before opening the doors to his own pharmacy in 1981 at the corner of Jackson and Gloster streets. In 1988, the business was moved to its present location of 367 North Gloster Street. When asked about the biggest changes in the industry that he has seen in the past 25 years, Jim’s first response is an emphatic “technology”! He says that when he started out, everything was handwritten or typed out on an old-fashioned typewriter. “Now, he says, everything is done by computer, such as e-scripts. Now, if the computer is down, you can’t do anything!” Another major change he sites is the way payments are made. “When I first started in the business, 90% of all payments were made in cash. Now, 90% of





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all payments are made by a third party.” (Medicaid or private insurance, ect.) I asked Jim what he felt was the most rewarding part of his job. He says that being able to help his patients makes it all worthwhile. He feels good about being able to help them navigate though an often very confusing system. “The new Medicaid Part D program has been so overwhelming for many of the elderly patients,” he says. So he takes the time to explain the different plans and how it will affect their choices and medications. He states that it not at all unusual to have patients call him at home at night. He doesn’t mind, though, and is just glad that he has that sort of trust and confidence from his patients and is able to take away a lot of fears. Since 2007, Jim explained, he no longer actually owns the drugstore. He says that it was taken over by the parent company of Super Drugs. However, he convinced the owners that it would be more beneficial, overall, to keep his name on the business because everyone knows him and because of the longstanding relationship in the community. Jim says that there are some perks with being with the larger company. He

laughs about the time when they explained to him that he would have paid vacations. He replied, “Vacation? What’s that?! I haven’t had a vacation in over ten years!” Is retirement in the near future for Jim? The answer is no time soon. He says he has a daughter in school at Mississippi State and definitely wants to see her through that. Jim’s family includes, Deborah, his wife of 35 yrs and their three children, Ginnie Elizabeth, Bo and Anna Lauren. He also has two grandchildren. There is frequent talk about the “Tupelo Spirit”. When asked about the “Tupelo Spirit”, Jim says that the Tupelo Spirit is always being there to help each other. He says, “People from all over comment on how helpful and nice the people in Tupelo are.” He goes on to say that Tupelo especially showed this spirit during Katrina when everyone in Tupelo was willing to open their hearts and homes to help out in any way they could. After speaking with Jim, there is no doubt that the “Tupelo Spirit” is alive and well in Jim Bain and Jim Bain’s Pharmacy. GT

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says each formulafed infant costs the health care system between $331 and $475 more than a breastfed baby in the first year of life.





health care and

the economy By Sabrina Ganaway, RN and Edward Ivancic, M.D


his generation’s hot topics are health care and the economy. It’s cool to “go green,” essential to conserve energy and resources. Yet in all our efforts, one resource is overlooked that could have a tremendous impact on the health and economy of our nation and our people. This resource is readily available, free to utilize and proven in its benefits. It is breastfeeding!

cancer treatment in 2004 was $8.1 billion. Several studies We know the benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and have determined varying degrees of decreased risk of breast baby, but have we considered the economic impact of the cancer associated with length of breastfeeding. Extended ABSENCE of breastfeeding? Currently, $2 billion per year is breastfeeding could save upwards of $4 billion per year. spent by families on breastmilk substitutes such as formula. There would be a drastic reduction in required treatment A study in Pediatrics concluded that for every 1,000 babies for Type 2 diabetes for women that breastfeed. Currently the who are formula fed, there are 2,033 more medical office cost of treatment for diabetes and lost wages caused by its visits, 212 extra days of hospitalization and 609 more precomplications is $78 billion per year. scriptions written than for their breastfed counterparts. Each Breastfeeding even reduces waste! Bottle feeding adds 550 year there are an estimated 30 million visits to pediatricians million formula cans, with 86,000 tons of metal and 800,000 to treat ear infections at an estimated cost of $1 billion. The pounds of paper packaging to U.S. landfills each year. incidence of ear infections in formula-fed babies is 53 perIt is clear breastfeeding is the best health care choice for cent, versus 25 percent in breastfed babies. feeding our babies. Unfortunately, data from 86 countries The American Academy of Pediatrics says each formulafed infant costs the health care system between $331 and $475 indicate the U.S. breastfeeding initiation rate is only 64 permore than a breastfed baby in its first year of life. The cost cent, compared to more than 90 percent in 70 of the reporting countries. of treating respiratory viruses resulting from NOT breastWhile we look for ways to protect the environment, profeeding is $225 million per year. It has been estimated in the mote health care, improve the economy and balance the United States that 16.5 million children less than 5 years old budget, we must consider promoting our strongest and most have between 21-37 million episodes of diarrhea annually. Incidence of diarrhea in formula-fed babies is 31 percent, natural resource… breastfeeding. GT compared to 14 percent in breastfed babies. Each year, $578 million in About the Author: federal funds is spent by WIC (the Sabrina Ganaway, RN, is a certified lactation consultant at the North MissisSpecial Supplemental Nutrition sippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital. Program for Women, Infants and Children) buying formula for families who could be breastfeeding. Edward Ivancic, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician on the medical staff The National Cancer Institute of the NMMC Women’s Hospital. reported the expenditure on breast

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the “C” word that all women fear


Cancer. This is the fear of all women: to be told they have breast cancer. Both genders are affected, but the ratio of female to male is 100 to 1. Breast cancer is not prejudiced; people of all ages, genders and races are affected. Breast cancer doesn’t care where you’re from or if you have a family history. Every 14 minutes someone will die from breast cancer. ereast

The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood and because of this, there are no sure ways of prevention. But there are steps that everyone can take to make developing breast cancer less likely. These include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink. Leading a healthy lifestyle will not eliminate your chance of getting breast cancer, but it can help reduce your risk. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 207,090 new cases of breast cancer for women in 2010 in the United States. Of these numbers, it is estimated there will be 39,840 female deaths. In Mississippi, it is estimated there will be 1,970 newly diagnosed cases among women. Deaths from breast cancer have declined thanks to earlier detection through screening, increased awareness and improved treatment. Breast cancer incidence has increased, but survival from breast cancer is at an all-time high. The reason for this is because women are more informed, practice breast self-exam, have clinical breast exams and screening mammograms on a regular basis, and because of improved treatment. The real enemy is not breast cancer, but late detection. The best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages is to routinely check your breasts for signs and symptoms of the disease even when your breasts feel fine. Getting checked regularly can put your mind at ease, and finding a cancer early can save your life. Just remember the ABCs of breast health: Annual mammogram, Breast self-exam and Clinical breast exam. Is it time for your mammogram? Call and get your appointment today. One simple test that can save your life. GT




By Vickie Arnold, RN


About the Author: Vickie Arnold, RN, is a breast health specialist at the North Mississippi Medical Center Breast Care Center, as well as a breast cancer survivor herself.

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orthodontic treatment: important at any age


By Dr. John Russell

o matter your age, NOW is the right time for orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists states that it is important for children to have an initial visit with an orthodontist by age 7. Orthodontists have completed 2 to 3 years of full-time education and training after dental school in order to obtain a dental specialty license issued by the state. They are uniquely qualified to provide patients with the wonderful asset of an attractive and healthy smile – important qualities for people of any age.

Young children from the ages of 6 to 12 go through a considerable amount of dental growth and many can benefit from early orthodontic treatment as intervention. The majority of orthodontic patients begin treatment at 10 to 12 years of age when their last primary teeth are coming in. However, certain harmful habits may require immediate treatment rather than allowing damaging effects to continue for several years. Poor jaw relationship treatment is an example of orthodontic treatment that is better being done at an earlier age rather than at a later age. It is easier to accomplish with more stable results and fewer negative effects if done at an earlier age. Many technological advances in orthodontic treatment have been made over the years. Orthodontists have addressed appearance concerns of younger patients by providing treatment options with clear aligners, smaller braces, and tooth-colored braces. The days of the “metal mouth” with metal bands on all the teeth are over! Braces can now be discrete and inconspicuous if desired. Time concerns have also been addressed with technological advances that result in less patient time required and more efficient tooth movement achieved. The convenience of fewer office visits to the orthodontist, shorter appointments, and reduced treatment time is very appealing to many child and adult patients. Despite what some are told and believe, it’s never too late for orthodontic treatment. More and more adults in their 20s and 30s, as well as those in their 60s and 70s and all ages in between are seeking orthodontic treatment. Braces aren’t just for kids anymore!





These days, over 20% of orthodontic patients are adults. People are living longer, keeping their teeth longer, and finding orthodontic treatment more affordable than ever before. Adults understand that taking care of their smile is part of taking care of themselves and some are seeking treatment because changes in their bite have occurred or oral health concerns have developed; while others have long-term esthetic concerns or were not able to receive orthodontic care as a child. The smile is the most important feature of the face, and orthodontic treatment can help people keep this feature looking fabulous. Common reactions at the conclusion of adult orthodontic treatment are that patients could not be happier with the treatment result, find that orthodontic treatment was not as bad as they thought it would be, and often wish they had done it sooner. These adults can enjoy the benefits of orthodontic treatment by having a healthy looking smile. People who take care of their teeth are taking care of themselves, indicating self-respect and self-confidence. Adults with braces are more common than ever before. This proactive effort is a positive step to improve both their oral health and their appearance. As an orthodontist, I am continuously rewarded by being able to share with my patients the joy of being transformed from embarrassment and self-consciousness about their smile to being grateful and happy to have experienced a boost in self-esteem and self-confidence. Seeing patients excited to smile and experiencing an enhanced personality never gets old. GT

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representing us well By Patricia Neely-Dorsey


McMillin is the reigning 2010 Mrs. Mississippi. With her award- winning smile and southern charm, she is representing us well. Keri has been competing in pageants, she says, since she was a child. Her goal was always to become Miss Mississippi. She did compete for that title three times in 1995, 1998 and 1999. In 1999, she was a top-10 finalist and talent preliminary winner. Keri, a 1995 graduate of Kossuth High School was crowned Mrs. Mississippi in June and will be competing for the national crown of Mrs. America on September 10, 2010 at the Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. eri

How has life changed for this raven-haired beauty since being crowned Mrs. Mississippi? Though she was quite busy before this win, Keri says that she is busier than ever. Along with holding a full-time job as a Media Consultant with Comcast Spotlight, Keri is the mother of two very active boys, Mason and Dawson, ages 4 and 14 months. Now, on top of her job and Mommy duties, Keri’s calendar is jammed packed with special appearances and speaking engagements for churches, schools, civic organizations and events around the state. When asked about the benefits of pageants, in general, Keri conveys her belief that pageants can be a tremendous boost in helping to build self-confidence and self-esteem in young girls and young ladies. For herself, personally, she says that the interviewing skills that she has had to develop, answering questions in pageants and on the speaking circuit, have helped her to speak up and speak out about the things that she believes in. “Having to keep up with current events has made me more aware of all that is going on in the world,” She says. “Constantly answering questions on all kinds of topics has helped me to clearly define my opinions and stand on various issues.” For the upcoming Mrs. America Pageant, contestants will be judged 50% for the interview portion, 25% on eveningwear and 25% on swimsuit. Contestants will also be judged on state costumes. Keri will





be wearing an authentic, handmade, hand beaded Choctaw Indian garment which she is borrowing from a Choctaw Indian girl. Keri, who is fifth generation Creek Indian, is very proud of her Native American heritage. Continuing the conversation on benefits of pageants, Keri emphasizes that the prize packages for many of the contests are outstanding. Her package of cash and prizes from the Mrs. Mississippi pageant, which included a $3,000 modeling portfolio, was absolutely “amazing”, she states. Keri says that her participation in the Miss Mississippi pageants basically paid for her first two years of college. Keri’s experience with pageants, however, extends beyond the competition level. She was the director for three years for the Miss Magnolia and the Miss Heritage pageants, which are both preliminaries to the Miss Mississippi pageant. Keri says that she decided to enter the Mrs. Mississippi pageant to bring attention to her platform of “Mission Motherhood”, from which she advocates for women who have suffered through miscarriage or stillbirth. She diligently works to raise money for the March of Dimes since the stillborn birth of her daughter Molly Kate, which occurred between the births of their two sons. Asked how her husband, Brent, feels about her being Mrs. Mississippi. She says that he is very proud and supportive. “Before the Mrs. Mississippi pageant, he had never seen me compete,” She said. “It was very exciting for him.” GT

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Fruit Festival® with Dipped Apples and Dipped Bananas




With Edible Arrangements®, your feast just got more festi


Mother/daughter team to open Tupelo’s first

Edible Arrangements shop By Cristal Cody


o worries about pollen allergies with these bouquets. It’s also hard not to smile at a basket of pineapple melon daisies

and pear leaves. Tupelo is about to get its first location of the Edible Arrangements franchise. Cindy Yates and her mother, Robin Gibson, are opening the independently owned and operated store in August at 2240 Rabbit Drive, near Wal-Mart on West Main St.

Edible Arrangements creates a variety of fresh fruit arrangements carved to look like flowers, including chocolate covered strawberries and fruit truffles bouquets. Some are small enough to into a coffee cup and others can feed up to 60 people. The arrangements are priced at $15 and up. The arrangements also can be ordered dipped in white or dark chocolate or peanut butter. “Pictures don’t do it justice,” Cindy said. All of the fruit used is seasonal and includes apples, oranges, grapes, bananas and melons. “We can pretty much design your own basket. We have a whole line of children’s arrangements and we just rolled out a new arrangement for NASCAR,” Robin said. Edible Arrangements has grown to 964 franchised locations around the world since the first store opened in 1999. The mother/daughter team is more than creative enough to pull off the new franchise in Tupelo. “My stepfather owns Gibson Corrugated and every holiday, we’ve always done something like this for him, be it fruit, cupcakes or crazy rice crispy treats that took us weeks,” Cindy said. Robin adds that, “We’re pretty good at it, so why not make money at it? We could make pineapple daisies for fun and

profit.” Although it’s the first time the pair have managed this type of business, both are experienced in the restaurant and food industry. “She was raised in my grandmother’s restaurant,” Robin said of Cindy. “I feel like this is something I can do. Every day we get more excited about it.” Robin worked as a manager for Long John Silver’s and Hardee’s locations in Georgia, while Cindy has worked locally as the manager of Starbucks and Uptown Coffee. The two signed the lease to the building in January and have spent the past few months learning the ropes at Edible Arrangements’ corporate base in Wallingford, Conn. The store will employ seven to 10 full-time and part-time employees once fully open. Edible Arrangements will operate 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. MondayFriday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. In addition, the shop delivers at no additional charge. “We think this will be a great thing for Tupelo,” Cindy said. “Not just because it’s healthy but because it’s different. It’s not too expensive and it’s not out of anybody’s price range because we have such a variety.”GT

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tennis anyone? By Patricia Neely-Dorsey

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ou might say, Dennis

Otono is always ready to serve...a tennis ball that is.

Dennis is a professional tennis instructor here in our fair city and has been at it for the past interesting personality with a very interesting story.



20 years. Dennis is quite an

Originally from Nigeria, Dennis came to the United States at age nineteen on a scholarship in Track and Field at Mississippi State University. Before that time, Dennis said he had no knowledge at all about Mississippi. As part of the track team at Mississippi State, Dennis ran the 400 hurdles and notes that he has a record in that event that still stands to this day. To say that Dennis was a good runner is an understatement. He actually competed in the 1976 Olympics. Dennis only started playing tennis as an adult, after he graduated from college. Upon receiving his degree in Health and Physical Education in 1980, he started work on a Masters degree in Education. During that time, Dennis says, he started watching a lot of tennis between breaks in studying. He officially picked up the game in 1982. Around 1989, he came to Tupelo to play in a tennis tournament, which he won, by the way. He was approached by Scott Reed about the possibility of coming to the city to teach tennis to students in this area. Dennis took Scott up on the offer and has been in Tupelo teaching lessons since that time. He was busy from day one, he states. Teaching all ages, Dennis says that his youngest students have been around seven years old and the oldest student was age 89! Dennis offers private lessons (one person) for $50 an hr, semi- private lessons (two people) for $30 an hr (each) and group lessons. A group of 10 would run $10 each per hour. Dennis, also, teaches a six-week tennis camp through the Park and Recreation Department in the summers. Dennis has taught tennis in much of the surrounding areas, including Pontotoc, West Point, Columbus, and New Albany. Dennis is not married and has one son who lives in Starkville. With most of his family, five brothers and five sisters, in Nigeria, Dennis says that he does get homesick. But, he says, after so many years in Tupelo and Mississippi, he actually considers this his home. GT

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Tupelo’s Bumphis

living up to hype T

his time a year ago, Chad

Bumphis was a bright-eyed freshman preparing for fall camp in SEC country. As a rookie in 2009, Bumphis said he was hoping for the best but wasn’t making any predictions.

A year later, it was obvious the Tupelo native and Mississippi State receiver lived up to much of the hype. Bumphis led the Bulldogs with 32 catches, 375 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns en route to earning a spot on the All-SEC Freshman squad. While Bumphis did impress many last season, he is also the first to note he’s nowhere close to his own expectations. “It was what I hoped for but not what I expected,” said Bumphis of his rookie campaign. “I was hoping to do well but I didn’t know how well I would do. “It was fun, don’t get me wrong. But I still have a long, long way to go to get to where I need to be, and to where the coaches need me to be.” During his prep career, it was easy for the casual observer to spot Bumphis’ talent. It didn’t matter if he was running the ball, catching the ball or even throwing the ball, he was usually the best on the field. But concerning his success last season, Bumphis deflected much credit to his early arrival to Starkville last summer. Instead of waiting to the fall to enroll, Bumphis came to MSU for the first summer term last June. “It’s a lot different now in the offseason,” said Bumphis, who also rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown in ‘09. “Last year I pretty much came in blind and didn’t know what was



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going on. Now, after coming in early last summer, it gave me a lot of knowledge to know what to expect this summer. Now I know how hard we have to work.” Another aspect of his game has also changed, more so off the field. Despite just being a sophomore at MSU, Bumphis is among the most experienced receivers on campus. This means he has gone from being the new guy on the block to tutoring younger receivers, all in less than a year. “I like it and I don’t mind at all,” said Bumphis. “Leon (Berry) and I have been trying to help the younger guys during the off-season wide receiver drills. It’s just the players out there and a lot of the new guys are still learning the ropes. It’s pretty fun, I guess.” This spring on the field with the coaches, Bumphis added things started to slow down. Yes, life as a SEC receiver is still on a high level. But the learning curve slowed down this spring, he said. “Just understanding the offense a lot better and understanding where I need to be on the field,” said Bumphis. “I know where I need be on the field and at what time. Reading the defense is a lot easier and pretty much, everything has gotten a lot better.” Bumphis is also hoping to line up at a different spot a few more times this season. At Tupelo High School, Bumphis

played many snaps at quarterback and experienced much success under center. In 2009, Bumphis threw two passes for the Bulldogs, including the team’s first pass of the season. He expects to maintain his duties on special teams, too. A year ago, Bumphis collected 428 yards via kickoff/ punt returns. And yes, he will volunteer his services at quarterback if needed. “I guarantee you I am going to ask for it,” said Bumphis with a big smile. “I am definitely going to ask for it. I don’t know how far that will go but I am sure going to ask. It’s a lot of fun, especially having the ball in my hands every play and being able to make different plays. I like it a lot.” From an untested rookie to one of the team’s leader, it is no doubt Bumphis has grown comfortable in his Starkville surroundings. As a senior at Tupelo, he received offers from all over the country. He could have played football at LSU or Florida or Alabama or basically anywhere. But it was the Bulldogs that won out for his signature last February, and Bumphis hasn’t regretted a single minute of his time at MSU. “I love it and would not trade it for anything,” said Bumphis. “I am happy with where I am and I believe we have a lot going for us. It helps a lot to know that other people around the state are watching me and my family is close by.” While Bumphis tasted individual success and individual honors last year, he’s hoping to add some team success and postseason berths to his college resume. Last season the Bulldogs became a competitive squad in the SEC, yet still finished 5-7 and at home for the bowl season. But Bumphis doesn’t expect that scenario this season. “Everybody knows what the coaches expect now,” said Bumphis. “We are a lot closer as a family, a whole lot closer. Everybody is just a lot better. “I am surely expecting us to go to a bowl game. I think we will be a lot better than most folks realize. GT

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World War II Veterans still going strong


Potter and Ottis Brandon don’t let age get in their way. Ernest Potter and Ottis Brandon have a lot in common. Both are World War II Veterans and both say age is just a number. They prove that every day. Potter (90) and Brandon (83) are as active as many 50-year olds. If you can wake up early enough, you may see them walking mornings inside the Gloster Creek Village. They both say walking keeps them fit and mentally sharp. rnest

Ottis Brandon (left) and Ernest potter






Hidden Treasure

By Patricia Neely-Dorsey


f, as all of the real estate experts and popular real estate programs suggest, location, location, location is the winning ticket in the housing lottery. This little gem, or should I say huge gem, of a house hits the real estate jackpot! This

6,135 Dr. Jimmy Hamilton and his wife, Kathy, is situated in a beautiful, well- established neighborhood (Northwood Estates) in the northeastern part of our city at 1932 Allyson Street, off of Lakeshire Drive. It is less than a mile away from the Barnes Crossing Mall and all of its surrounding amenities. Yet, this stunning dwelling sits on an unbelievable 3.5 acres of wooded land with a full tennis court, three-car garage, screened in back porch and an eye-popping outdoor living pavilion, complete with stone fireplace. square-foot home, owned by

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Tucked away, high atop a hill, seemingly, in almost total seclusion, one gets the feel of a palatial country estate right in the middle of city life. The custom home, built in 1980, is not readily visible from the street. It is only after ascending up the long curving driveway that one is as able to get a glimpse of this magnificent abode. A covered brick porch, extending along the front of the house, ushers guests into the foyer area and on into the formal dining room and sitting room areas. Walking through the home, one cannot help but notice to the numerous windows and glass doors to take advantage of all of the breathtaking views. The spacious kitchen in the heart of the home boasts an abundance of stylish cabinetry, counter and storage space. With custom cabinetry and exquisite black granite counter tops, this kitchen /keep-





ing room offers an eating area, sitting area and built in desk area, perfect for phone calls, computer work, homework, paying bills, ect. It is the perfect hub for a busy, modern family. The amazing old-brick flooring offers yet another character-building feature. Mrs. Hamilton notes that, besides the obvious beauty of the floor, it makes for very easy upkeep and cleaning. The house has a total of four bedrooms, four full baths and a half bath. There are two bedrooms and a master bedroom upstairs and a huge master suite downstairs. Decorated in an eclectic, traditional mix of styles with oriental touches and unique accent pieces, there are hardwood floors throughout much of the house. Mrs. Hamilton states that through the many renovations and style changes over the years, Staggs In-

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teriors has been primarily responsible for the decorating. She goes on to add that they have always been more than pleased with everything Staggs has done. The massive family room, where we sat during much of our conversation, was converted from the original garage. The centerpiece of the room is, most certainly, the large wood burning fire place with beautiful custom mantle, draped by bookshelves and an entertainment center on either side, all made by one very gifted artisan. Looking at the workmanship, blending seamlessly into the interior, one can only label it as art. The spacious master suite downstairs has soothing sea foam green walls in both the bed and bath areas. It is a luxurious get-away in itself. The bathroom has a double vanity with seemingly endless counter space. There is a large Jacuzzi tub and walk in enclosed shower. As an added bonus, the bathroom is installed with heated floors.





The owners, now empty nesters and looking to downsize, have placed the house on the market through Tommy Morgan Realtors. Mrs. Hamilton gets misty-eyed when talking about all of the comfort and enjoyment that the home has afforded over their 27 years there. They are the second owners of the home with Tommy Morgan himself, ironically being the first. Mrs. Hamilton places emphasis on what a relaxed, familyfriendly home it is and thinks that it would be absolutely perfect for a growing, young family. There is certainly no doubt in my mind that some lucky family will revel for years to come in their unbelievably good fortune of obtaining this breathtaking jewel. GT

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Home Retreat

By Patricia Neely-Dorsey


ost people have to travel to far away places to get the luxurious, relaxing feel of an upscale resort

or island retreat. But for Doug and Rhonda Hanby, this experience is a daily fact of life, found right in the comfort of their own home. Thanks to the newly completed additions with inspirations of “sea and sand�, the Hanby family members can enjoy the feel of a tropical vacation away, everyday, without taking a step off of their property in the

Springlake Subdivision.

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The Hanbys added a “from the ground up” addition to their existing home and an outdoor room with motorized screen “windows” that can enclose it and and keep the pests out. Mrs. Hanby states that she and her husband debated for a couple over the project, which they began in June 2009 and completed in December. The builder they selected for this proj| of years august 2010 ect was Shannon Surholt.

She notes that once the decision was made to go ahead, the overall look/feel that she was striving for in decoration was something cool and relaxing with a hint of sophistication. Anyone who sees the rooms can attest to the fact that she certainly achieved her goal. Speaking of relaxing, the blue wall color in the addition is “Sleepy Blue�. greater tupelo magazine |


When asked about her inspiration for the additions, she chuckles and says that it all came straight from a magazine. The blue and yellow wall color scheme, however, she says, jokingly, she “stole” from a neighbor who didn’t mind at all. The official decorator that she chose was Paula Krzanowski. Using that home decor magazine that she picked up from Home Depot, as the pattern, she and the decorator brought her vision to life with blinds from The Blind Side at Tupelo Tint, patio furniture from Keep it Casual and accessories from Room to Room. The pictures, she says, guided them step by step.





The Hanbys have four children ages 6, 8, 10, and 15. What was the family’s overall reaction to the finished result? Mrs. Hanby says, “Everyone loves it! It is very family-friendly.” She notes that the rooms have been great for entertaining. The family has had several functions for the children’s school groups, their church group and friends. I wondered if they had hit any snags in recreating these picture-perfect rooms. “Oh my goodness,” she exclaims. “The fireplace in the outdoor space was SO difficult! Because of its roundness, it was extremely hard for the builders. But, in the end, they got it done”. They have no complaints. Rhonda says, “There is almost not a day that goes by that my husband does not say something about how much he loves the rooms and his only problem has been in deciding in which area to read his morning paper.” GT

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take a swing at cancer

benefit golf tournament


he Take a Swing at Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament held May 17 at Old Waverly Golf Club raised more than $55,000 for the Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund to help qualifying cancer patients at North Mississippi Medical Center get much needed pain and anti-nausea medications, nutrition supplements, transportation for treatment and other supplies.

Afternoon 1st:

The team of Ladd Mark, Barry Mark, Logan Hinkle and Michael Hodges won first place in the afternoon flight.

afternoon 1st

Afternoon 2nd

Trey Camen, Brian Rigby, Harry Rayburn and (not pictured) Walker Swaney took second place honors in the afternoon flight. magnussen

Heyer Family

Dr. Rich Heyer (right) and sons Tays, Rich III and Jake took advantage of a rare opportunity to play golf together.


afternoon 2nd

Dr. Charlotte Magnussen (right) and teammate Darlene Scogin sported pink sequined caps in honor of Darlene’s daughter, Penny, who is a breast cancer survivor. morning 1st

Trey Wileman, Mark Jarrett, John Michael Marlin and John Mark Jarrett won second place in the morning flight.

morning 2nd



First place in the morning flight went to Chris Richburg, South Whitfield, Gordon Eastman and Rocky McBride.

Morning 2nd

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Morning 1st


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