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a lifestyle magazine for northeast mississippi

mama’s got a brand new bag! A night at the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball

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HOME SHOWCASE

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Published By Legend Publishing Company Publisher Wesley Wells Photography Stehanie Rhea | Wesley Wells Graphic Design Fran Sherman Advertising Sales Julie Smith | Wesley Wells Contributing Writers Cristal Cody | Jennie B. Curlee | Barbara Briscoe | Wesley Wells

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Wedding SHOWCASE

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10 one one one with mayor reed...................................... 13 longtime Tupelo CVB Director to retire.................... 17 mama’s got a brand new bag....................................... 18 new wedding looks for 2010....................................... 20 wedding dresses for that special day....................... 22 47th annual junior auxiliary charity ball................ 48 Letter from the editor.................................................

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51 best cheeseburger?...................................................... 56 caring for your gardens.............................................. 58 gumtree art museum’s 25th anniversary party....... 60 mama’s got a brand new bag (photos)........................ 62 last shots....................................................................... 64 old world charm: home of dr. & mrs. massey..........


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As we have done this magazine over the years, there’s one thing I’ve come to learn; The citizens of Tupelo have a spirit that is hard to match. When there’s a need or an event that supports a great charity, the support is always there. I witnessed this first hand recently at an event called Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag. Sure, the event was tons of fun for the ladies attending, but it was more to it than that. This was a charity event for S.A.F.E. Inc., an emergency shelter located in Tupelo that provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and their children. And women came out in droves in support of the event. A big kudos to event co-founders Rhonda Herring and Maggie Caldwell. They are truly what the Tupelo Spirit represents. Besides covering the Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag event, we also have coverage of several local events, including the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball. Jack Reed, Jr. is coming up on his first year as mayor of the city, so we sat down and had a chat with him. The biggest section of this issue looks at some of the area’s most beautiful weddings. We also try to add some interesting tidbits for the bride-to-be. I want to thank all our advertisers. If you enjoy this magazine, please tell our advertisers you saw their ad in the magazine and patronize them whenever possible. I can’t stress enough how important that is. Remember, you’re the engine that makes this product go, so you’re ideas and suggestions are always welcome. May God Bless you all. Wesley Wells

Greater Tupelo Magazine: “Created by Tupelo people for Tupelo people!”

Greater Tupelo Magazine Presents

“Tupelo’s Top 20 Young Professionals” Do you know a hardworking young professional who works in the Greater Tupelo community? Do you know a young professional in the area who has a great track record of community service? If you answered yes to any of these questions, now is the time to send in your nomination for the very first Greater Tupelo Magazine’s “Tupelo’s Top 20 Young Professionals.” “Tupelo’s Top 20 Young Professionals” is a chance to honor young professionals in Tupelo and Lee County, who have a track record of work accomplishments and are engaged in community service. To nominate someone, simply complete the nomination form on the adjoining page and mail it to:

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Legend Publishing, P.O. Box 1388 Tupelo, MS 38802, fax to (662) 840-4903, or e-mail it to legendpublishing@comcast.net. All nominations should be received by June 30, 2010. Nominations should be limited to young professionals age 21-40 who work full-time in Tupelo and Lee County. Students are not eligible for consideration. An independent panel will select the Top 20 from nominations received. Those selected will be featured in a special edition of Greater Tupelo Magazine and will be honored at a luncheon in late October. For more information on “Tupelo’s Top 20 Young Professionals,” please contact Wesley Wells at Legend Publishing at


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Tupelo’s Top 20 Young Professionals If you know of a young professional who is making a difference in Tupelo, please let us know. We want to recognize them for their dedication. Requirements: 1. Nominee must be 21-40 years of age. 2. Nominee must be a full-time employee – students are not eligible. 3. Nominees must work in Tupelo/Lee County. Please fill out the form below and return by June 30, 2010 to: Legend Publishing, P.O. Box 1388, Tupelo, MS, 38802 or by email to legendpublishing@ comcast.net or fax to: 662-840-4903. You may use up to one additional sheet to complete the nomination. Nominations will be judged by an independent panel and winners notified by July 31, 2010. Winners will be featured in the October, 2010 edition of Greater Tupelo Magazine and honored at a luncheon. Name of nominee: ____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:_______________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address__________________________________________________________State:_________Zip: _____________ Email_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Place of employment and job title: _________________________________________________________________________ Nominated by: (provide name and contact info)________________________________________________________________ Summary of Nominee’s Work Experience:_____________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Summary of Nominee’s Community Involvement:________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Summary of Nominees Recognitions/Honors/Awards:_____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________


Tupelo Garden Club’s

2010 Home and Garden Tour Saturday, May 22, 9:00-3:00 Sunday, May 23, 1:00-5:00 Tour the homes and gardens of Mary and Sam Pace, Dolores and Reggie Rose, Yvette and Wayne Slocum, and Carol and James Threadgill. This year’s event includes demonstrations on container gardening, minilectures by Master Gardeners, a raffle of unique garden items, and light refreshments served at the Slocum residence.

Tickets: $10 Raffle tickets: $2 Proceeds will benefit projects of the Tupelo Garden Club, including the preservation of the historic home and gardens at the Private John Allen Fish Hatchery. Tickets are available from any Tupelo Garden Club Member or at the following locations: Flowerdale Marketplace Jody’s Keep It Casual Philips Garden Center Mid-South Nursery Reed’s


one on one with

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Mayor Reed

uly will mark the first-year anniversary for Jack

Reed, Jr. as Mayor of Tupelo.

We recently sat down with him and asked him to share his views of his first year in office. greater tupelo magazine

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Greater Tupelo Magazine (GTM): You’re coming up on your first year anniversary as mayor. How has the ride been so far? Mayor Reed: My first year as mayor… It’s been an enjoyable ride, not necessarily a smooth ride every day. But I’ve enjoyed it most days. GTM: How has your working relationship been with the new city council? Mayor Reed: I think overall it’s been very good. The goal of city government should be to work together. And if we disagree, we disagree without being disagreeable. I think we’ve managed that pretty well. I think the council and I have a good working relationship. GTM: What were some keys factors in your decision to run for mayor? Mayor Reed: Well, as a citizen of Tupelo, who recognizes what a wonderful town we have, I felt like the past council was really not putting Tupelo in a good light. Our city government wasn’t as good as our citizens were. It was certainly humbling to get a strong vote like I did. So, I felt an obligation to work hard and I’ve been working hard. I will admit to that. I work a lot of 12 hour days and I’m really trying hard. GTM: You laid out some goals when first elected. How are those coming along? Mayor Reed: They’re going great. I’m real excited about that. And the reason they’re coming along so well is because they are citizen led. I knew from my own experiences from volunteering around town, whether with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Good Samaritan Free Clinic, or Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the things I have been involved in and seen so many other good people involved in. I didn’t think the city government was tapping enough of the creativity and energy of our citizens. Basically they weren’t being asked to serve and so we have packaged that, fortunately. We have the: The Jobs Tasks ForceTheir goal is a good job for every man, woman or youth in Tupelo that needs one. They’ve been working with people who are unemployed and connecting them with job centers, holding interviewing classes for youth and adults on how to do a resume, how to dress, and how to be interviewed. They are doing a great job.

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The Education Task ForceMy goal there is Tupelo is the center of lifelong learning. We are starting a project to have, eventually, every mother that delivers a baby at NMMC go home with a book of nursing rhymes or Goodnight Moon. That’s just showing that we recognize early education starts at day 2 and what an enormous difference it makes when children are read to. I’m in the public schools once a week. And I think public schools and the city of Tupelo teachers are intertwined and I’m glad Dr. Shaver and I get along great. The Healthiest City in Mississippi Task ForceWe had the Mayor’s Marathon, where 4,000 citizens walk 26.2 miles in the month of November. That included every elementary school child in Tupelo. Then we had 150 teams in the trim down Tupelo, where we lost over 4,000 pounds. The Neighborhood Task ForceWe’re trying to make every neighborhood strong, attractive, and safe. Our goal there is to make every part of town a good part of town. GTM: Tupelo has had its ups and downs with racial harmony, like most cities. How do you see things now and what can we do better? Mayor Reed: I’m committed to one Tupelo, not black Tupelo or white Tupelo. I think I have a lot of trust in the black community and had a lot of black citizens voted for me. I was well received during the campaign in Churches


and other events. I’ve appointed a lot of African-American members to key committees and commissions since I’ve been in office. We hired Deputy Chief Robert Hall back on the police department. That certainly has been a somewhat controversial decision. When I was sworn in, I swore to do my best for the good of Tupelo. I try to make every decision in that regard. I’m not trying to find out what’s popular first and jumping on that band wagon. I’m not trying to be controversial, but I’m not dodging those issues either. I’ve been told I’m going to hell for not vetoing Sunday liquor sales. But I hope they’re wrong about that. I hope people respect the stand I’ve taken and people have told me they do. Fortunately, I don’t need this job, I left a good job to come here and I’m going to go back to a good job. I don’t feel I have to do what is 51% most popular in order to get elected next time. I don’t have that point of view. I think people respect decisions made on the right thing to do and I think people respect character.

We’re trying to make every neighborhood strong, attractive, and safe. Our goal there is to make every part of town a good part of town.

GTM: Your father (Jack Reed, Sr.) is one of the most respected men throughout the state. Do you talk with him or draw from some of his teachings when faced with tough decisions? Mayor Reed: Sure, we talk a lot. And perhaps one of the most important things I’ve learned from him is how to treat people. The most important thing a mayor can do for his city is really how he conducts himself and also by the power of example. Even more so than his veto power or budget power. I’m a person who enjoys both, blue grass music and the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra. I enjoy going to the ball fields and I enjoy going to the board rooms talking about business or parks and recreation. I think if I can just be observed as a positive, progressive person, I think, when it is all said and done, that maybe is the most powerful tool a mayor has. That puts a lot of pressure on me, or I should say, put a lot of pressure on myself to behave. I would go into one of these schools, and it’s amazing how important they think the mayor is. I don’t think I’m that important. You can make a difference in a teenager’s life just by talking to them. That’s an important contribution. I like to go in and talk to the middle schoolers who are falling behind that are in an after school program. I tell them that I had a tough time in eighth grade. How I was cut from the basketball team and got embarrassed about things that had happened. The reason nobody likes you is because is because of this or whatever. I can relate and say look, I’ve been there too and you can come out of the other side of eighth grade and enjoy high school and go to college and even be the mayor, if that’s what you want to do. GTM: You talked about making Tupelo the healthiest city in Mississippi. Besides the obvious reasons, why was that so important to you? Mayor Reed: I guess this is kind of a personal reason. As you know, my son Jack was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

as a sophomore in high school. So, we have seen children and adults with complications of diabetes. So, whether you have Type 1 or Type 2, the complications are the same. We’ve just seen, from a very close perspective, what being healthy can mean. Type 2 diabetes is behavioral. But if we can keep children and adults from having to suffer from those consequences, it’ll make the family experience and work experiences better and healthier. It makes you a contributing citizen instead of a victim that has to be taken care of. It makes for a better financial standpoint and quality of life standpoint to stay healthy and free of diabetes. That’s what triggered that vision for me. I’ve said that I would be proud if on my tombstone it said, “He played a small part in curing juvenile diabetes.” So being able to take the position of mayor and translating that into an opportunity for healthier citizens for everyone, that’s where that came from. GTM: Anything that surprises you so far about the job? Mayor Reed: I didn’t really think about the role as being an ambassador, speaking to different groups of people across the state on Tupelo’s behalf. I didn’t recognize that that would be an opportunity I’d have. It’s much longer hours than I thought it would be, on the down side. Another thing I would say that surprises me is how important some other people think being mayor is. GTM: What has been the best part of the job? Mayor Reed: Well, best part of job is going home after work and having (wife) Lisa see that I’ve done a good job. If she’s happy, then I’m happy. When she feels good about a contribution I’ve made through work, that’s the best part. GTM: And the worst? Mayor Reed: The occasional frustration to get at least a majority or hopefully unanimous council to go along with some of the ideas that I have. Ideas that I think are good for the city. Business seems to operate more quickly sometimes (laughing), but I know each of them are newly elected to represent their constituents. I take time and try to be a good listener and try to understand their positions too. Well, that takes time to be a good listener. That’s just part of it. That’s democracy. But I think I’ve got a good relationship with the council. GT

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Longtime Tupelo

CVB Director to retire

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By Wesley Wells

everal years ago, I was asked, by then Tupelo

Mayor Ed Neelly, to serve on the Board of Directors for the Tupelo ConBureau. I graciously accepted, but I really didn’t know what to expect. When I walked into the first board meeting, I was greeted with the biggest smile from this warm, charming lady. She introduced herself and really made me feel welcome. vention and Visitor’s

That was nearly five years ago, and now that lady is set to retire after serving 12 years as Executive Director of the Tupelo CVB. Linda Butler Johnson announced recently that she is hanging up her street shoes to spend more time with her family. “It has been a pleasure serving the citizens of Tupelo as the tourism director,” Johnson said. “I have enjoyed helping the CVB grow in the industry and will watch with pleasure as it continues to flourish under new leadership.” Johnson’s accomplishments are many as she directed Tupelo’s CVB to new

heights. “When we were hired to do the search for her position, we gave the (CVB) Board five good candidates,” said John Lovorn, CEO of the Pace Group. “She got the job on a unanimous vote of the board.” Lovorn said Tupelo was lucky to get Johnson for what the job paid. “The pay for the position at the time was very low,” Lovorn added. “They (city council) wanted someone with lots of experience with very little pay. This was during the beginning of the internet and I recall faxing what we were looking for to every CVB in the south. A person from Jackson, TN called us and said that Linda fit the bill for everything our Board was looking for. We called her and she drove to Tupelo and she hit a home run with us and everyone she met. She has hit home runs ever since she got here.” With Tupelo being the birthplace of Elvis Presley, from day one, Johnson sold the Elvis mystique and his Tupelo roots to potential visitors around the world. But Johnson hasn’t been just a champion for Tupelo’s tourism. She’s been an asset to the whole state, assuming many leadership roles in the tourism industry, with such organizations as the Mississippi Tourism Association, the National Bus Association, the American Bus Association, the Southeast Tourism Society, Society of American Travel Writers and many others. For her efforts over the years, Johnson was recently inducted into 2010 Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame by the Mississippi development Authority Division of Tourism. “It’s obvious to me why Linda is in the Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame,” said Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed, Jr. “She’s had a ‘hall of fame’ career here, and our citizens are better off for her leadership.”

What some other community leaders had to say: “Linda Johnson has served Tupelo and her industry well. Tupelo is a great brand and should have the best Executive Director. Linda is just that. We hate to see her go and congratulate her on the many achievements accomplished while in Tupelo. It’s been a pleasure working with her.” Jeff Snyder, General Manager, Mall at Barnes Crossing “Over the past decade Linda Johnson has directed the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau to a new level of excellence. I wish Linda continued success and good luck in her retirement.” Chauncey Godwin, CVB Board of Directors “Linda Johnson’s leadership at the Tupelo CVB has provided Tupelo with tremendous growth of our tourism product, as well as a stable growth of the tourism revenue. During her 13 years, she diversified the bureau by adding different niche markets and provided Tupelo with the financial stability to grow tourism revenues past the 3 million dollar mark. Her recent induction into the 2010 Mississippi Tourism Hall of Fame in Tupelo during the Governors Conference on Tourism was not only an honor for her, but evidence of the skill in which Tupelo’s tourism business has been handled. We all wish her well in her retirement.” Neal McCoy, Deputy Director Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau “Linda has been a great asset for Tupelo and North Mississippi and we have been fortunate to have her and her leadership skills. It was real pleasure serving with her on the Tupelo Coliseum Commission, where her insights were most valuable. I regret that Linda is leaving, but wish her the best in retirement. I know that Neal and the staff will carry on this fine legacy.” Len Pegues, Tupelo Businessman GT

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Brand New Bag miss mississippi anna tadlock and anna freeman wyatt

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hen single mothers

Maggie Caldwell and Rhonda Herring began trying to figure out how to handle the abundance

of purses in their closets, they certainly didn’t expect their conversation would evolve into an annual successful

Tupelo fundraiser. Together, Maggie Caldwell and Rhonda Herring developed the concept of a “designer purse auction” from their love of purses, jewelry, shoes, anything girly, as well as the desire to lend their time and

talents to benefit the local community. Word of their project spread quickly, as friends and businesses embraced the unique concept.

Maggie and Rhonda were amazed by the community’s overwhelming response to the word-of-mouth advertising.

In 2008, the first Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag charity aucshare our passion for Mama’s Got A Brand New Bag.” tion of gently-used designer handbags was held in DownBoth women and men, young and old, are stepping up to town Tupelo, with profits of over $3,000 benefiting S.A.F.E. make a difference through sponsorships, donations, volunInc., a domestic violence women’s shelter, covering a nineteering their time, purchasing a t-shirt, or simply listening to county area of Northeast Mississippi. the affects that domestic violence has on Northeast Missis“We chose S.A.F.E., Inc. because it was an often neglected sippi. organization,” Rhonda explained. “Domestic violence is a bit The 2010 event drew over 350 area women to the Hilton taboo, and we tend to brush it aside out of shame, guilt or Garden Inn-BancorpSouth Conference Center, where they simply not knowing what we can do to help.” were surrounded by opportunities to have fun, socialize with Since 1979, S.A.F.E., Inc. has offered numerous services to their friends and co-workers and bid on a “Brand New Bag”. assist women in reestablishing their lives in a safe, healthy The silent and live auctions were very exciting and some bags and supportive environment. They provide protection as well brought more money that they expected. Many ladies walked as basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing and transportaway with several really good deals. The bag donated by tion. Individual counseling and support groups are available Paula Deen brought $1,000 and the bag donated by Sela Ward for resident and nonresident victims and their children. In brought $650. Together with other local celebrity donations, addition, S.A.F.E. provides parenting classes and educational the overall amount raised was approximately $13,000. programs for shelter residents. Maggie and Rhonda are examples how anyone can make The 2008 charity auction was such a hit, the pair decided a difference in their community. For an idea to catch fire, it to turn it into an annual event. The 2009 auction, which was takes dedication and passion. sponsored by downtown merchants and restaurants, more “It doesn’t take powerful people and big organizations to than doubled its proceeds, having raised over $7,500 for the create big ideas,” stressed Maggie. “All it takes are one or two domestic violence shelter. Over 150 ladies from around North people who are committed to helping others. For us, it just Mississippi and Alabama attended the 2009 auction, held at took the decision we were going to do it, and we’ve been goPark Heights Restaurant, the one and only rooftop restaurant ing full-force ever since.” in Downtown Tupelo. For 2010 Maggie and Rhonda’s vision of not only a successFor more information on the 2010 Mama’s Got a Brand New ful fundraiser have come to life, but they are teaching others Bag: Visit: www.mamasnewbag.org GT how to make a difference. “Our goal in the beginning was to share our passion for helping others, today we have done that,” Maggie explained. (See photos from Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag “This year we have recruited many volunteers who now event on pages 62-63)

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e asked a local salon to provide us with some new looks a bride may choose for her “SPECIAL

DAY”. Sarah McDonald of Tupelo’s Creative Touch Salon and Spa and her staff gave us several different looks to share.


Historic Downtown Tupelo Mall at Barnes Crossing 662.842.6453 662.842.5287 www.reedsms.com

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Wedding

Courtesy of Kay’s Kreations

Strapless sweetheart neckline with beaded lace appliqués on bodice. Empire waistline with beading detail. Flare skirt with beaded lace appliqués throughout front and back skirt. Lace appliqué hem line. Fabric: Swiss Dot and Tulle Train Length: Chapel Available colors: White, Ivory, Crème, Gold

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Description: One shoulder neckline, bodice is gathered with beaded flowers. Asymmetrical waistline with plain flare skirt. Plain hem. Fabric: Silk Satin Train Length: Chapel Available Colors: White, Ivory, Gold, Sterling

Description: Strapless sweetheart neckline with beaded embroidery appliqués and beaded lace appliqués on bodice. Beaded lace and appliqués on A-line skirt with accent color Charmeuse sash. Fabric: Tull and Charmeuse Train Length: Tiffany (75”) Available Colors: White, Ivory, Crème, Gold


Dresses for that special day

Strapless sweetheart neckline with beaded embroidery appliqués on bodice. Dropped scoop waistline with beaded embroidery appliqués on front and back of ball gown skirt. Plain Hem. Fabric: Couture Satin and Tulle Train Length: Tiffany Available Colors: White, Ivory, Crème, gold

Description: Strapless sweetheart neckline with beaded embroidery and gathers on bodice. Asymmetrical waistline and A-line skirt. Ruffles on front and back of skirt as well as hem. Fabric: Satin Faced Organza Available Colors: White, Ivory, Crème, Gold

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Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson, Mississippi was

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of the marriage of Elizabeth Love Yerger and Marshall Adams Briscoe, Jr. on March 13, 2010. The Reverend Jeffrey Waldrep officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hunter Yerger of Jackson, Mississippi. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Zoe Young Henick and the late Wilson William Henick, and Mrs. Mary Margaret Yerger and the late James Rucks Yerger, all of Yazoo City, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Adams Briscoe, Sr. of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers Brashier of Indianola, Mississippi and the late Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hanson Briscoe of Tupelo. Nuptial music was presented by the Cathedral organist James Scoggins. The vocalists were Erin Bond, Angeley Butler, Pamela Butler, and Ezra Wall. Scripture was read by James Rucks Yerger, V, cousin of the bride, and Mark Dulion Yerger, uncle of the bride. Attending the bride as her maid of honor was her sister Ida Catherine Yerger. Bridesmaids were Melissa Yerger Kiefer, Melanie Lucile Yerger, and Julia Margaret Yerger, cousins of the bride, Lauren Allen Briscoe, sister of the groom, Austyn Gunter Cain, Emily Houston Carlisle, Laura McConnell Dalton, Carolina Campbell Hall, Anna Katherine Kendall, Mary Lawrence Markle, Charlotte Kirke McNeel, Elizabeth Anne Taylor, and Koby Ann Wofford, friends of the bride. Her attendants wore floor length gowns of gray chiffon with empire waistlines accented with beading in the center. They carried bouquets of white roses and hydrangeas. The flower girl was Anna Fearon Yerger, cousin of the bride. The program attendants were Ashley Christine Czeschin and Elizabeth Buntyn Heard. Serving as best man was the groom’s father, Marshall Adams Briscoe, Sr. Groomsmen were William Rodgers Briscoe, brother of the groom, Wilson Hunter Yerger, brother of the bride, Baxter Lewis Cannada, Mitchell Lee Cox, Whitman Scott Dowlen, Michael Knox Graham, Oliver Scott Hartner, John Kenneth Lippincott, Andrew Gordon Meador, Kurt Lindsley Nelson, and Jeffrey Michel Payne, friends of the groom. The Ushers were Weston Mark Brown, Lawrence Graham Hancock, II, Ryan

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Patrick Hoorman, and James Evans Miller. They wore white rose boutonnieres. Following the ceremony, a reception was hosted at the Old Capitol Inn by the bride’s parents. Shanna Lumpkin of Shanna Lumpkin Events served as the Event Coordinator. As guests entered the historic building, the wedding gowns worn by the bride and groom’s mothers and grandmothers were displayed along with their bridal portraits. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a beautiful rehearsal dinner for the wedding party, family, and friends at the Capital Club of Jackson. The couple honeymooned at Walt Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando, FL. They now reside in Oxford, MS. GT

photos courtesy allison muirhead

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Modak and John Erik Mylroie celebrated their marriage on June 13, 2009, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Tupelo, Mississippi. The distinctive traditions of India and Norway were united in a ceremony officiated by the Reverend Matthew Marston, a close friend of the couple. obika

The Bride is the daughter of Mr. Ravindra and Melalie Modak of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of E.S. and the late Kiron Modak of Pune, India and the late Dev Prasad and Marjona Basu of Bangalore, India. The groom is the son of Dr. John and Mrs. Joan Mylroie of Starkville, Mississippi. He is the grandson of the late John and Elva Mylroie of West Glenville, New York and Robert Saxon and the late Ruth Saxon of Sun Center City, Florida. Classical guitar music and vocal music for the ceremony was provided by close friends Charlie Wilder and Karyn Brown. Nathan and Cathy Duncan, friends of the Modaks, took pictures at the bridal luncheon, the rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception. During the ceremony, Robika wore a beautiful red silk sari with pure gold border and paisley patterns. For the dinner reception, she changed into a pink and gold silk kurta outfit. Adorned with gold jewelry that are family heirlooms, belonging to her maternal and paternal grandmothers, and the traditional mendhi patterned on her hands, arms, feet, and legs, Robika was a beautiful bride. The groom wore the traditional sherwani with gold paisley patters and a red dupatta (sash) with gold paisley patters and carried a sword for both the ceremony and reception.

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The bride’s matrons of honor were childhood friends, Brooks Rainey Magee and Sarah Ward Hoffman. Bridesmaids were school friends, Bethany Patterson Machost and Jenny Morrison Heegard; college friends, Jennifer Wilson Schiro, Shadia Slaieh, Athena Owen, and Carmen Cole Rodgers. Honorary bridesmaids were college friends, Carmen Bertasi Wilder, Angel Cole Golson and the bride’s sister-in-law Gayatree Sant Modak. Mrs. Arpana Patel, cousin of the bride, was the wedding coordinator. The groom’s best men were brothers, Leif Mylroie and Lars Mylroie. Groomsmen were Robert Camp, Akram Al-Turn, Sumon Bhowmick, Prasad Vasamsett, John Rodgers and Shonodeep Modak. Ushers were John Kueven, Brad Paulk, Biing Ru Wu, and Charlie Wilder. Following the road trip honeymoon in Savannah, GA; Orlando, FL; and Key West, Fl; the couple is at home in Starkville, where the bride is a school counselor and a doctoral student in Counselor Education and the groom is a research assistant and doctoral student in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.. GT

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Mitch and Lisa’s new house is a beautiful design with timeless character. The home’s foyer flows directly into the family room, dining room, and study by way of three classically framed doorways. Connie Morgan of Staggs Interiors perfectly blended the Massey’s existing furniture and accessories with new pieces. Her choice of fabrics, window treatments, and color selections make this home a perfect place for casual living and for entertaining. The spacious floor plan makes it ideal for gatherings, where guests can mingle easily from one area to another. The family room has a fireplace and access to a covered porch that

overlooks the pool. There is also a large cased opening from the family room to the kitchen. The space in the Massey’s kitchen makes a big impact. This well-planned kitchen is full of conveniences and appealing design details. A warm mix of materials was selected for their beauty and practicality. Painted cabinets, granite countertops, ceramic tile floors and stainless appliances complete this efficient and family friendly kitchen. The Massey’s delight in collecting artwork from professional artists. One of Lisa’s favorite artists is Brook Evans of Jackson, Mississippi. Lisa has filled the walls in her kitchen with Brooks’s paintings. Lisa’s prized painting of Brook’s

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is of Vizcaya which is a National Historic Landmark in Miami-Dade County. Also, other groupings of prints, photos, and plates create focal points throughout the house. The oriental rugs throughout the house have a lot of color, pattern, and interest but do not compete with the walls, upholstery fabrics and wide-plank wood floors. The gorgeous deep molding adds another visual interest as well as personality to complete the look.

The master bedroom is located on the first floor just off of the kitchen. It is a spacious and elegant retreat. The lovely fabrics, serene colors, and silky-soft textures add warmth and make you feel relaxed. The adjacent bath has a garden tub, but if you don’t have time to soak, there is a beautiful separate shower. The master bath also features a pair of his-and-her sinks to make it easier to get ready for the day.

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The stairs are conveniently located in the kitchen and take you to two additional bedrooms, both with roomy walkin closets and each with their own bath. The girls’ bedrooms are designed for fun and entertainment. The younger girl’s room has bright color patterns and is whimsical, yet classy. Any ten year olds dream of the perfect bedroom. The teen-age girl’s bedroom is more of a retreat. It is feminine without being cutesy. The furniture is black lacquered and the mix and match fabrics and soothing walls make this room a perfect place to get away from it all.

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An upstairs bonus room is used as a den/playroom and can accommodate extra guest with the comfy sleeper sofa. It is perfect hang-out room for the girls and their friends. The features and creative ideas in the Massey’s home provide a perfect atmosphere for casual living or elegant entertaining.. GT

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I had only been in there once before, but since I was there; I thought I might as well try out the food. I glanced down the menu and decided a burger would be a safe choice. I’m not big into trying new things, of course. What I didn’t expect was this gigantic monstrosity that was sat down before me. It looked good, but it was really large. I took a large bite and

my taste buds went into a frenzy. I told my friend, “Now, this is a burger.” The patrons that regularly visit the Stables are well aware this it is a hidden gem for the All-American burger. “Every small Mississippi town, you can find a great burger joint,” said Kris Del Grande. “When you find that one (burger), you won’t go anywhere else. And that’s where you find that one, right here.” Tupelo businessman Carr Sams also frequents the establishment. “It’s a good one,” Sams says of the cheeseburger. “It’s a real old-fashioned, American cheeseburger.” Best cheeseburger in town? I can’t say, because I’m sure there are a lot of places I haven’t tried. But I can say this; if there’s one that’s as good or better, I’d sure love to try it. GT

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Canna, dahlia, ginger lily, gladiolus, crocosmia, lily and tuberose can be planted directly in the garden now. Plant caladium bulbs when soil temperature goes above 70 degrees. Caladiums prefer shade to partial shade. The strap shaped leaved varieties can tolerate sun and typically have a dense growth habit. After bearded iris bloom cut off bloom stalks. Dahlias and tall lilies should be staked early in their growth for best results. Experiment with some of the smaller bulb plants that have long bloom periods between summer and fall. Some to try include the summer scillas (Scilla autumnalis and S. scilloides), alliums (Allium globosum and A. senescens), and zephyr lily (Zephyranthes candida). Do not cut the leaves of daffodils until they have died naturally as these leaves are necessary to produce the sugars that build strong bulbs capable of flowering strongly next spring.

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c. plant taller growing daffodils behind lower-growing shrubs such as dwarf nandinas 2. To remind you when to fertilize your daffodils plant grape hyacinths around or among your daffodils plantings. The grape hyacinth foliage emerges in the fall which is the time to fertilize daffodils. 3. To cut bulb blooms for flower arranging always use sharp scissors and carry a bucket of water with you into the garden to submerge the flower stalks to prevent wilting.

Container vegetable gardening

If you just don’t have the space for a vegetable and herb garden you can grow these plants in containers. For those of us who may have a physical disability or just can’t get up and down like we used to, container gardening is a great way to get around those limitations. Choose containers that are lightcolored so less heat will be absorbed. Also choose large containers to provide enough depth and root growing space and to lessen the need for watering so frequently. Some examples of minimum container sizes for particular crops follows: 1 gallon for beets, carrots, lettuces, onions and radishes; 2 gallon for bush beans, mustard and turnips; 5 gallon for bush squash, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, cabbages and other cole crops. Use a good quality potting mix to fill the containers and provide the same requirements of moisture, light and nutrients that you would for in ground crops. Be aware that watering will be more frequent for container plants than in ground plants. These will also require more frequent fertilizing. Use a complete slowrelease fertilizer to provide a more constant supply of nutrients and to lessen the frequency of application compared to a soluble fertilizer.

the blooms fade on your Mother’s Day hydrangeas, snip the old blooms off and plant the shrub in the garden where it will receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Before indiscriminately throwing out fertilizer around your shrubs, take the time to observe the new growth. If the leaves and stems are green and growing well you probably do not need that fertilizer right now. If the new growth is yellow use a slow release fertilizer at the recommended rate. To renew bigleaf (French) or lace cap hydrangeas and encourage new growth, remove about one-third of the older stems by cutting them off at the base of the plant. Do this right after flowering is completed. These older stems will be replaced by vigorous new stems which will flower next growing season. Typically, azaleas should not need pruning, but if they are overgrown, have dead branches and not flowering well, these may benefit from some selective pruning. Remove individual branches by cutting just above a lateral branch. Remove the oldest branches by cutting all the way to the base of the plant. Prune after flowering. If your aucubas have gotten too tall, do not shorten by just cutting across the top of the plant. Prune away the tallest branches by cutting them back to their point of origin. GT

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Because of the downturn in the economy most of us are looking for ways to conserve our money and reduce bills including the water bill. Encouraging development of a deep root system on our lawns by watering only when the need arises and watering thoroughly and deeply is a good way to cut that water bill. Only water grass areas that exhibit symptoms of moisture stress such as a curled, dull, or bluish colored leaves; or footprints that remain long after you have walked over the turf. Watering late at night or early in the morning when dew has formed will not encourage disease. It will also save you money as watering during the day when it is hot, dry, windy weather can cause up to a 30 percent loss of the irrigation water due to evaporation. Gradually raising the mowing height as the temperature climbs can encourage deeper root growth and reduce heat stress. Cutting your grass cleanly by using a sharp mower blade results in less water loss. Also, the grass heals more rapidly than grass leaves that are shredded by a dull mower blade.

Shrubs

Container grown shrubs can be planted throughout the summer months as long as you pay particular attention to watering. Dig the hole only as deep as the root ball or even a little shallower, backfill with existing soil, water deeply, and mulch. After

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