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Features APRIL 2013 Volume VIII Issue 1

We’ve got that tune Right here in the Pine Belt The Greater Pine Belt area offers a wealth of musical talent.




You won’t want to miss upcoming music fests in New Orleans, Gulf Shores & Memphis.


Southbound Crescent This young band is headed to a venue near you.


At the center

Cameraderie Club members take a little music of their own.


Meet the.... The gang at T-Bones Records and Cafe have the music in them.


On the airwaves WUSM is having fun while also doing some learning.

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112: The Signature Q&A: Vasti Jackson


16 30 Happenings


35 Cuisine

16 Downtown Crawfish Jam: Headliner bands to make their way to town

19 Best of the Pine Belt: Voting is underway. Cast your nominations!

35 Passions of the Palate: USM group welcomes sous chef Jeff Cali.

18 Events: You’ll want to be out and about with this calendar of activities.

30 Lights! Camera! Action!: Filming of ‘The Historian” set May 13 in and around Hub City.

37 Q&A: Jeff Cali, chef at a Charleston, S.C., resort, enjoys food.

21 Big River: HCLO sets course for Saenger. 23 Art for Heart: Artsy fundraiser supports American Cancer Society.

39 Wine: A salute to the Rhone Rangers.


25 Spring ArtWalk: Make your way downtown and see what the fuss is about.

ON THE COVER: The T-Bones family of Harry (and Harry), Will, Mik, and Shaw. photograph by LEE CAVE



This cast of Habitat hi-ballers helped raise funds for the Hattiesburg Habitat for Humanity as they took on the Harlem Wizards. See other events such as this one on our be-seen pages.


50th Celebration: Shows, Dearman and Waits are a mainstay.


Top Employees: Hattiesburg Clinic honors the cream of the crop.


A Family Affair: The H’burg Zoo gets all dressed up for Valentines.


Nothing but net: Hoops for Habitat and Wizards provide magic.


Keeping it Downtown: HHDA bestows honors.


Strutting their stuff: Breakaway Fashion Show.


Pink Goes Red: USM AKA promotes heart.


Petal Chamber: Tom King honored with Runnells award.


Prayer Breakfast: Community comes together as one.


Valentine Dinner: Company says thanks.


Petal DYW: Breanna Traweek chosen.


Webster pays visit: OG BBQ hosts TV star.


Lavon is 85: Lavon Smith celebrates.


Birthday concert: Elvis party benefits ACS.


Jetting off to Paris: PHS showchoirs perform.


Soul Food Fun: Contributions recognized.


A Souper Bowl: The Salvation Army plays host.


Family time: The McBride family gathers.

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Ray Charles (second from left) is one of many legends who has taken the Hub City stage.





Music unites the Hub City


CHLOE ROUSE, ASHLEIGH JOHNSON, ROBERT GREENSTREET, CAROLYN CRITZ, MATT BUSH, LEE CAVE MEMBERS OF THE CAMERADERIE CLUB: DIANNE COLE, JOAN EASTERLING, JENNIFER OWENS, ANN REEVES, LOUISE SINGER, BRENT WALLACE Reproductions in whole or in part, without written permission, is strictly prohibited. No responsibility can be assumed for unsolicited manuscripts, articles, or photographs. We reserve the right to edit submissions before publication. Signature Magazine is a product of Hattiesburg Publishing, Inc., proud publisher of The Lamar Times, The Petal News, Camp Shelby Reveille, and and is distributed at more than 200 locations in and around Hattiesburg. Mail subscriptions are available for home delivery. For subscriptions or inquiries, write Signature Magazine, 103 N. 40th Ave., Hattiesburg, MS 39401, or call (601) 268-2331. Copyright 2013 by Hattiesburg Publishing, Inc. Find us online at:

rom the very beginning, music has always played a big part in the life of Signature Magazine. Since our launch in April 2006, our staff has brought you dozens of feature stories and profiles about a slew of songwriters, musicians and bands that all call the Pine Belt their home. Now, they have their very own issue. After stumbling around with different themes over the years for our April issue, we decided it was finally time to devote an entire issue each year to the area’s many talented musicians. And this is it. We will still continue to dedicate our August issue to the Fine Arts including chamber and orchestra music, musical theatre, and the like, and our June issue will still be dedicated to FestivalSouth – the Pine Belt’s multi-genre music festival – but now the rest of the local music community has an issue all of its own, too. For Signature’s first-ever Music Issue, we went straight to the heart of the local musical community with features on TBones Records & Cafe, the historic HiHat Blues Club, Southern Miss’ WUSM radio station, and the popular Southbound Crescent band among others. There’s truly something for everyone. And regardless of how long you’ve lived in the Pine Belt, I’d be willing to bet you’re going to learn something new in this issue – including how T-Bones got its name and other musical tidbits. Jazz great Charlie Parker had it right when he talked about music being different things for different people. “Music is your own experience,” he said. “Your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” We agree, Brother Charlie. We agree.


David Gustafson Editor/Publisher

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Jazz, Heritage fests artists make their way to Hub City he Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood is tuning up the 15th Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam presented by Southern Beverage Co., with an exciting lineup of musical acts including three bands that will be performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year. This annual music event takes place from 11 am-7:30 pm Saturday, April 20, at Walthall Park, 600 Walnut Street at the intersection with Rebecca Avenue,in the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood in Downtown Hattiesburg. This year’s event will feature great acts like The Pine Belt Pickers, Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Grayson Capps, The Hot 8 Brass Band, and local favorite, The King Fridays- who will return for a reunion performance. The Downtown Crawfish Jam (DCJ) will offer great music, boiled crawfish, hot dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and beer, a Kids Zone with various slides and jumps for kids of all ages, and a family friendly atmosphere. Advanced Tickets go on sale starting March 9th at T-Bones Records, Signs First, Click Boutique, and Brewsky’s, and online at Brewskys-tickets-Hattiesburg/venue/336497 Advanced Tickets are $30 for the all-inclusive ticket (includes admission plus all-you-can-eat and drink). Day of the event the all-inclusive ticket will be $40, general admission tickets will be $15 (admis-

sion only-food and drink sold separately). Children 12 and under are admitted free and get a limited food ticket. (Crawfish Guaranteed until 3 pm only). “Pets, tents and coolers will not be allowed in this year,” said Brian Saffle, DCJ Chairman. “We are expecting a record crowd this year, so we are making every effort to make sure our guest enjoy the day. Rain or shine the event will happen, but we are all praying for a beautiful spring day” said Saffle. Parking for this year’s event will be made easier as well thanks to Sacred Heart School and Grove Transit. Parking will be available at the Sacred Heart High School campus located at the corner of West Pine and 2nd Ave, as well as the church parking lot, and Grove Transit will shuttle people throughout the day back and forth




Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, above; The Pine Belt Pickers, right

Above, The King Fridays; at right, Grayson Capps; below, Hot 8 Brass Band

between the parking lots and the Walthall Park. Visitors should be aware that there will be limited parking on the streets in the neighborhood. Walnut Street will be closed off between Hall Avenue and Rebecca Avenue and Rebecca Ave will be closed between Walnut St and Court St. “We have had a tremendous show of support for the event this year,” said

Andrea Saffle, President of the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association. “It is just wonderful to hear so many people talking about it and actually calling us to ask about being a sponsor! It’s a great problem to have.” For more information: online visit or find us on Facebook at Downtown Crawfish

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Ingrained in Wood Daily@ Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Biloxi The artwork of Petal resident Terry

Tjader is being featured in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi through June 1. The exhibit, Ingrained in Wood, features several of his pieces. Tjader purchased a lathe in 2006 and he’s been turning ever since. Most of his work is turned from wood recovered following Hurricane Katrina. The museum is located at 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and military; $5 for students and free for children 5 and under.

and hosts the Downtown Arts Market & a Sustainability Seminar once a month! Each week there is a great selection of fresh produce, local honey and eggs, fresh bread & other baked goods, goat's milk & cheese, soaps & lotions, locally processed meats and delicious, refreshing beverages.


Eaglepalooza @ Downtown Hattiesburg Phillip Phillips and Elle Varner will be the featured artists for the 10th Annual Eaglepalooza event set for April 5 in downtown Hattiesburg and sponsored by the Student Government at USM. Eaglepalooza is a free concert and is open to the student body at Southern Miss and the general public. For more information on Eaglepalooza or other events sponsored by Student Government Association, call 601.266.4407.


Purple Parrot Wine Festival 6-9pm@ Train Depot This year’s Purple Parrot Wine Festival is a one-of-a-kind world-class wine tasting, which will the Extra Table this year. With 35 winemakers from across the world, more than 110 wines, many valued at more than $100 per bottle, will be made available for tasting. Winemakers traveling from Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, South America, Germany, Washing-ton, and beyond are partnering with the Purple Parrot Café to end hunger at Hattiesburg’s charitable wine tasting event. Absolutely 100 percent of proceeds from the event will benefit Extra Table, and help end hunger. Tickets for the event are $85 and can be purchased through the Crescent City Grill or Purple Parrot Café at 601.264.0657. email: APRIL 9 MARCH THROUGH OCTOBER

Downtown Farmers Market 3-6pm Thursdays@ Town Square Park The Downtown Hattiesburg Farmers Market seeks to improve the quality of life and health of communities across the Pine Belt by promoting positive social engagement as well as cultural enhancement through local economic relationships and exciting public gatherings focusing on local food. The Downtown Hattiesburg Farmers Market is located every week at Town Square Park, at the intersection of Main & Buschman Streets. The Market operates each Thursday from 3-6 pm, March through October. Every week expect to find a seasonal variety of locally grown, farm fresh produce in addition to a wide variety of dairy options and delicious prepared foods of all types. The Market offers live music every week



C Studio Elite Fashion Show


The Perrys in Concert

APRIL 19, 20

Little Mermaid, Jr. 7:30pm, 2:30pm@ Saenger Theater Stagestruck Theater presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. at 7:30 pm April 19 and 2:30 and 7:30pm April 20 at the Saenger Theater. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above, But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea with, Ursula, and convince Price Eric she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Tickets are $13, $15 and can be purchased at the Saenger box office.

7pm@ Heritage UMC

7pm@ Train Depot Local high school juniors will strut their stuff in this high-powered runway event featuring trendy fashions from local boutiques. This fast-paced show will feature the latest spring fashion trends and all the glitz and glamour of New York. Emceeing the show once again will be Jeff Krapf of Los Angeles, who serves as the voice of the San Diego Padres, and has experience with a variety of on-air productions. Joining him will be Jessica Carter, reigning Miss Mississippi Teen USA. Proceeds benefitting the local ARC Foundation and “The Extra Table” charity. Doors open at 6 p.m. and runtime for the show, which begins at 7 p.m, will be just under two hours and will include an intermission complete with entertainment. Tickets are $5 at the door and a limited number of V.I.P. tickets are available for $15.

and adolescents in South Mississippi. Tickets are $50 per person and availability is limited. Tickets can be purchased by credit card by calling 601.403.1193 or by check made payable to the PRCC Alumni Association, Box 5389, 101 Highway 11 North, Poplarville, MS 39470 with attention to the Little Black Dress. Deadline is April 5. America’s favorite mixed gospel quartet, the Perrys, will be in concert at 7pm Friday, April 12, at Heritage United Methodist Church, Hwy. 98 West at Baracuda Drive, Oak Grove. Doors open at 6pm. There is no admission charge, a but love offering will be received to support the Perrys’ ministry. For more information, call the church office, 601.261.3371.


Charity Luncheon @ PRCC President’s Home The Pearl River Community College Alumni Association will host the annual Little Black Dress Charity Luncheon on Saturday, April 13, at the president’s home. The luncheon and silent auction will benefit Alumni Association scholarships and Pathway2Hope, a non-profit organization focused on serving and supporting children


Hattiesburg Concert Band 3pm@ Saenger Theater Conducted by Dr. Sherman Hong, the Hattiesburg Concert Band has been bringing together talented musicians from across the South since 1982 to share their love of music. The concert will feature Dr. Brian Stiffler conducting his own composition, Ramstein Reflections, in which he gives his musical thoughts about the reactions of the Ramstein Military Base (Germany) to the events of September 11, 2001. Also featured will be a brass sextet, music from Les Miserables and some toetapping big band music. Concert is free.


Downtown Crawfish Jam 11am-7:30pm@ Walthall Park The Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood is tuning up the 15th Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam presented by Southern Beverage Co., with an exciting lineup of musical acts including three bands that will be performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this year. This annual music event takes place from 11am to 7:30pm Saturday, April 20, at Walthall Park (located at 600 Walnut Street at the intersection with Rebecca Avenue) in the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood in Downtown Hattiesburg. See story on Page 16.


Passions of the Palate 5pm@ Lake Terrace Conv. Ctr. The Casino, Hospitality, and Tourism Department of the University of Southern Mississippi presents their 9th annual Passions of the Palate. The event is a silent auction and tasting dinner and proceeds help promote student learning outside of the classroom. Guest chef for this year’s event will be Jeff Cali, Executive Sous Chef at Wild Dune’s Resort, Charleston’s Island Resort in Charleston, S.C. The silent auction will include numerous donations of dining and travel packages. Tickets are $75 and can be reserved online. For tickets or donations, please email or call 601.266.6762. email:


A Night in Italy 4:30-7:30pm@ Southern Oaks The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg and The Children’s Center for Communication and Development invite you to enjoy “A

Night in Italy” at Southern Oaks House & Gardens, 1246 Richburg Road, Hattiesburg, from 4:30-7:30pm on Tuesday, April 2. Dine-in or carry-out a delicious spaghetti dinner, while benefitting these two organizations. Purchase your $10 tickets by calling 601-266-5222, online via the Center website,, or at the door. APRIL 27

Crawfish Boil 1-5pm@ The Neal House The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine: Student Osteopathic Medical Association (WCUCOM SOMA) will host the 3rd Annual Crawfish Boil on April 27. The event will feature live music by Hartle Road. The Student Medical Association has held the Crawfish Boil as the sole fundraiser to support growing volunteer projects within the Hattiesburg Community. Tickets will be available at the SOMA booth at the Hattiesburg Farmers Market. Online tickets, meal selection and T-shirts are available Bundle Package - Includes 3lbs. crawfish, T-shirt and souvenir tumbler, $20; Meal Only - 3 lbs. of crawfish, $15; Meal Only Hamburger or Vegetarian Option, $5; TShirt Only, $11. Day of event, items are a la carte, no bundled option. www.wmcarey/edu/somacrawfishboil


Spirit of Women Spring Event 11:30am@ Lake Terrace Conv. Ctr. Mississippi native Sam Haskell will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Spring Event, “Lessons Learned: Promises Kept,” 11:30 am Tuesday, April 30, at Lake Terrace Convention Center. Attendees will be treated to a keynote address from Haskell, and lunch. Haskell is chair of the Miss America Board of Directors and formerly served as executive vice president and Worldwide Head of Television for the venerable William Morris Agency. Ticket prices are $45 for Spirit of Women members and $65 for non-members, plus applicable service fees. Call the Lake Terrace Convention Center at 601.296.7429 for information.

FestivalSouth’s Best of Pine Belt voting is underway o you have a favorite place you and your family like to go eat burgers? Or maybe you believe you’ve found the best place to have children’s birthday cakes created. Are you a golfer and think the best place to get in 18 holes is just around the corner in your neighborhood? Maybe your family likes to get back to nature and spend a few days in the woods communing with nature – squirrels, bugs, snakes and the like. Then you’ll want to nominate your favorite place to camp. No matter what your favorites might be, there’s sure to be a category where you can nominate those people, places and events which are near and dear to your heart. For the past 3 years, FestivalSouth and Signature Magazine have teamed up to give our area an opportunity to voice their opinion on their favorite people, places and things in the Pine Belt. You’ve definitely made your voices heard with your overwhelming response in past year’s voting that continues to grow. Coinciding with the release of season tickets, a ‘best of ’ competition, Best of the Pine Belt 2013, returns to determine the favorite people, places and things that make the area great. This year’s nomination process was scheduled to get underway, but the tornado of Feb. 10 delayed that process. Nominations kicked off Tuesday and will continue


through April 8. Voting for the final winners will run through May 6. Following an overwhelming response last year, more than 53,000 votes cast, residents created a guide to the Pine Belt. The complete list of ‘bests’ will be featured in the festival program that encompasses the June edition of Signature Magazine. Like last year, this year’s competition will take place in two phases. Nominations are currently being sought in categories including everything from “Best Day Trip” to “Best Mexican Food” and “Best Shoes” to “Best Volunteer” or “Best Hardware Store.” On April 8, the top vote getters in each category will be put into the finalist competition and another round of online voting will determine the winners. That voting will end May 6. To vote, simply log on to and click on the Best of the Pine Belt 2013 logo. There, choose a category and write in as many nominations as you like. Don’t forget to check back April 8 for the finals round to make sure your favorites win. For a complete list of free and ticketed events or for more information, visit Season tickets are also available at the Southern Miss Ticket Office, 601.266.5418 or

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HCLO sets course with spring production By Petch LUCAS ark Twain’s The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn is the source for Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera’s spring production of Big River, an adaptation written by William Hauptman and with songs by Roger Miller. The show will run May 9-12 at the Historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg. Joe VanZandt headlines as Huck, the free spirit whose alcoholic father Pap (David “Doc” Trim) has left him with a pair of pedantic spinsters. After a rollicking number with his old buddy Tom Sawyer (Dallen Boutwell), Huck decides to flee his confines. He ends up in a chance rendezvous with runaway slave Jim (Paul Williams), and the two bond and take to the


mighty Mississippi River with a goal of heading north. Along the way, they encounter Duke (Grantham Woods) and King (Petch Lucas), a pair of con artists who insinuate their way onto the journey and provide for comic relief – plus complications. “I have never directed a show that was this difficult to cast,” said director Chris Wooten. “It was difficult because we had so many talented people audition.” Sue Bush, who most recently conducted the music for HCLO’s Legally Blonde, once again wields the conductor’s baton for Big River. The bluegrass and Gospel-inspired songs in this show include “Do Ya Wanna Go To Heaven,” “When The Sun Goes Down In The South,” “Muddy Water,” “Arkansas,” “Waitin’ For The Light To Shine” and the near-hymn “Free

At Last.” A feast new faces will grace this HCLO production, including Reagan Arnold, Auddsey Dantzler, Landon Morrow, Jessica McMillan, Jarod Parker, Katie Byrd, LaQuita White, D'Angela Holmes, Brandon Nix, Kayla Austin, Emmie Perkins, Hermine Granberry, Graeme Forrest, Landry Filce, Hannah McMillan, Sarah McMillan and Austin Querns. Also on-hand will be such local stage veterans as Scotty Whitehurst, Mary Margaret Hyer, Roger Wiseman, Mikaela Malone, Dustin Wactor, Jimmy Griffin and Michelle Banks. Big River runs at 7:30 p.m. May 9-11 with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. May 12. Tickets are by calling 601.584.4888. Visit for more information.

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Fundraiser supports American Heart Association he American Heart Association and Forrest General Hospital invite you to join Art for Heart 2013. The theme for this year’s event is “Midnight in Manhattan.” This year’s honoree is Brad Brian. Doc and Carolyn Roberts. will also be remembered. “Heart disease is something I learned about at a very early age,” said Forrest Roberts, Doc and Carolyn’s son. “My father had his first heart attack when I was a senior in high school and I remember thinking how terrible it would be not to have him as a part of my life as I grew into a young man. But thanks to the wonderful doctors here, he was able to pull through. He had another heart attack when my first child was born and again it was a reminder how horrible this disease is. I remember wondering if he would ever see my children grow up. But once again, thanks to research and the wonderful care he received, he was able to see my children grow and was able to dance at his granddaughter’s wedding before losing his battle last year. “My father was my best friend, business partner and lifelong mentor. My father would be honored that the American Heart Association is remembering my mother and him at this year’s Art for Heart, but would quickly remind us there is still much work to be done to defeat this disease. The Roberts Company has been and will continue to be an active partner of the American Heart Association.” The event will feature an extraordinary live and silent auction with a trip to Little Cayman donated by the Rhian family, beautiful earrings donated by JewelMasters and many unique art pieces from various local artists, heavy hor d’oeuvres provided by Southern Oaks, an open bar sponsored by Jeff Farris with Oak Grove Plaza Package Store and Cork Wine & Martini Bar, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and Stokes Distributing, and entertainment by Charles Carter. “It is indeed my privilege to chair this year’s event and to work with an organization whose mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” Janet Mitchell said. “Someone dies every 30 seconds from heart disease or stroke. It touches so many of us in a personal way. I invite you to support the American Heart Association through this year’s Art for Heart gala. Hattiesburg has always been known for being such a giving community and I know it will be no different for this worthwhile event.” Amy Martin created the print pieces for this year. This year’s honoree, Brad Brian recently retired from Hattiesburg Coca-Cola, where he served as vice president of the Mississippi Division of Coca-Cola. Brian is well known in the community after serving on many service organization boards and committees, which includes the board of Forrest General Hospital, working closely with


the Area Development Partnership and University of Southern Mississippi. “I am extremely excited about being selected as the honoree for this year’s event. The American Heart Association is special to me, because had it not been for our company’s involvement in activities of the AHA, I probably would have never taken the Cardiovascular Assessment Risk Evaluation test which resulted in me having triple bypass surgery a day later. My thanks to the work of the AHA and I am honored to participate in this worthy event and hope you all will attend on May 3,” Brian said. For more information about the gala or to be placed on the invitation list, please contact Eve Elias, Regional Director American Heart Association,

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Celebrate the arts April 13 during annual spring event By Ashleigh JOHNSON pring has blossomed out around the Pine Belt and especially in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg! Just like the beautiful spring flowers, new businesses are popping up all around. Downtown is growing. The Spring Art Walk from 4-9 p.m. April 13 is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of everything Downtown Hattiesburg has to offer. Each year the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association presents a Spring, Fall and Holiday Art Walk, each offering a unique theme. The Spring Art Walk is typically all about the music and this year is no exception. Bennie’s Boom Boom Room will host The first South City Records Festival at the end of Front Street with a great lineup planned. The music outside of the Boom Boom Room will extend beyond the hours of the Art Walk and will feature a variety of local and regional artists. Area artisans will flood the streets to provide local, original art to the public. The South Mississippi Art Association (SMAA) will feature member artists on Main Street in front of Kress Gallery as well as along Front Street. Artist Amanda Spiers Sanford, a member of SMAA, will have a booth near the gallery displaying her pottery as well as paintings. “I am an artist of all things muddy and coated with paint,” Sanford said of her work. “I will mostly have hand-built pottery as well as a few original paintings at the Spring Art Walk. Indigenous characteristics are evident in all of my original works of


art whether illustrated by the bumblebee sunbathing on a hand-built pottery plate or the floral replicated with the stroke of a brush.” All of the shops, galleries and restaurants will feature artists or have demonstrations. Stop in for unique shopping opportunities along Front Street, Walnut Street and Main Street. The Downtown Farmers Market will be in full swing by mid-April. Here you will find vendors along the perimeter of Townsquare near The New Yokel Market and Main Street Books. They will be offering early spring vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and other canned goods. The market will also feature artisans selling their handmade crafts. The Lotus Downtown, a new day spa on Pine Street, and Southern Eye Center are co-hosting an Open House and Champagne Reception from 6-8 p.m. to honor Dr. Stan Saulny. Dr. Saulny is the Pine Belt’s only fellowship-trained oculoplastic specialist, and is now offering cosmetic corrective procedures at The Lotus. “We are excited about our partnership with Southern Eye Center and hope everyone will join us as we welcome Dr. Saulny to Downtown. There will be music, door prizes and great food catered by Southbound Bagel,” said Lotus owner Leigh Mikell. “We are loving Downtown Hattiesburg and are looking forward to being a part of Spring Art Walk.” Upstairs at Oddfellows Gallery, the senior projects of Southern Miss students will be featured. Kellie Gutterman, Kellie Grantham, Hayley Ivy and Meghan Sauls will each have their artistic cre-

ations on display at the gallery. “The naturalistic style of these created environments provide insight on the suggested contemplative thoughts.” Ivy said of her work that will be featured. “The color and light of the paintings are often thought about in reference to a certain time of day and are inspired by memories or life experiences.” The newest businesses in Historic Downtown include The Lucky Rabbit on East Pine Street and Firefly Interiors on Walnut Street. People are encouraged to stop in and explore their offerings. The Lucky Rabbit will be featuring a variety of local art as well as showing an outdoor movie later in the evening. Firefly is a beautiful furniture gallery on Walnut Street. Downtown also welcomes the return of Forrest Bridal to their Pine Street location. They will be hosting an Open House so be sure to stop in and welcome them back. As usual, the streets of downtown will be closed for the duration of the Art Walk in order to make it a safe and walkable environment. The event is kidfriendly as well as pet-friendly, so make sure not to leave anyone behind when heading Downtown! The Spring Art Walk features every aspect of art from music to fashion to paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, food and anything else that allows people to get artsy and share their creativity. Artists will be scattered along the streets as well as in each store and restaurant. Mark your calendar and support the small, locally-owned businesses in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg as they celebrate the arts and the season!

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Associate Producer Ryan Jackson and Miles Doleac, creator of ‘The Historian,’ look over the script for the upcoming film to be shot in and around Hattiesburg.

The Historian Local film to start shooting May 13 in Hub City By Beth BUNCH One of Miles Doleac’s wildest dreams will come true May 13 when filming for his movie, The Historian, gets underway in Hattiesburg. “We are currently in formal pre-production – hiring crews, scouting locations and negotiating the final cast list,” said Doleac. “We’re establishing the framework on which to build.” Doleac and associate producer, Ryan Jackson, a Hattiesburg native, have been impressed with the way the community has jumped on board this project – from fundraisers to boutiques offering clothing, people donating use of their buildings and other facilities to groups offering their catering services. Producer Mackenzie Westmoreland, a Forrest County native, who spends much of his time now between Atlanta and New York, is not surprised at the reaction the film has received. “I expected people to get behind it all along,” he said in a telephone interview from New York. “I’m elated



and always had the expectation they would support the project. “We’ve truly been blessed and have been quite amazed at the response of the crew and people reaching out to us – especially experienced, passionate actors who are willing to take a pay cut to come and help us. We’re really impressed and amazed and know the Lord is making things happen.” But while filming is set, there are still opportunities for area individuals, organizations and businesses to help. Westmoreland mentioned items such as gift baskets for hotel rooms and other things to make everyone from the actors to the film crew feel “at home” during their month-long stay in the Hub City. “We’ve asked for a lot of favors from business owners and investors, begging, borrowing and praying for things for the entire filming process and we asked anybody we thought might could help, but I assure you, it’s not too late to help,

even if we’re already filming,” Doleac said. “We owe a lot of thanks to those we approached early on and the first handful of people who got behind us and believed in this project - the locals as well as Jodi and Colin,” said Doleac. “We intend for this to be a real profitable fete. We know it will be a great thing for the community.” “The donation of local services also allows the film to be shot at a comparatively low cost,” said Doleac. “It shows that the community has been starving for something like this because of what they want and are willing to do.” While the script was the only selling point they had in the beginning, it was the foundation which they’ve built on and that’s been enormous. “We’ve embraced it and it’s taken on a life of its on. While it’s something we hoped for, we never imagined it could happen. It’s grown beyond our wildest dreams on both sides,” Doleac said. “And that’s because so many people have jumped on

the band wagon.” be local music, an original composition,” said Doleac. Filming spots to date include the Keg and Barrel, the old The “top quality cast” includes William Sadler, who has Bottling Company, The Depot Coffee Shop, Brownstones, been in “Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile” The End Zone, The Lakes at Turtle Creek apartments, and “Die Hard 2;” Colin Cunningham, whose credits Calico Antique Mall, the Tally House – home of David and include “Falling Skies” and was the first actor to sign on Amy Ware on Rebecca and the Datz house in downtown and John Cullum, the latest to sign on. Hattiesburg. Cullum is a four-time Tony award nominee and two“We owe a special thanks to Brewsky’s, and John Neal at time Tony winner. He also was nominated twice for the the Keg & Barrel for the fundraisers they’ve held on our Primetime Emmy for his role as "Holling Vincoeur" on behalf; Robert St. John, who has offered catering services Northern Exposure. More recently, he is remembered for during the filming; Jason LaViere and Adam Myrick of his recurring roles as "Judge Barry Moredock" on Law and Click and 12 Oaks Accessory Garden, who have agreed to Order: Special Victims Unit and "Lee Garner, Sr." on clothe our female actors; Mitch Brown for the use of his AMC's critically-acclaimed hit, “Mad Men.” downtown buildings; Nicholson and Company (Frank “It took a long time to pin Sadler down,” said Doleac. McWhorter and Carl Nicholson), who have provided us “But he likes the script, said it was great and unlike any with accounting services; USM Chief Communications role he’d ever played. Officer Jim Coll and the university who are allowing us to “We can’t even begin to pay him and others what they shoot on campus “which is a huge thing”; Chamberlain are used to getting paid, but they realize we’ve got someCaruthers at The Lakes at Turtle Creek; BB Patel, for help thing special here,” said Doleac, whose first performance with booking hotel rooms in the Quality and Sleep Inns, on stage was as a teen in an HCLO production. William Sadler Inn on the Hill and Northgate and Merrily Strickland at “To be able to inhabit the role, they are willing to take a Courtyard Marriott for use of space for auditions. pay cut, even though they are still very busy with other “For the most part, in most instances people won't be roles. These are actors who haven’t dropped off the acting able to "watch" filming per se, but we are certainly grateful map, but ones who are willing to take a month off of that all these businesses and individuals have opened their whatever they are doing to come here for filming, to come institutions, businesses and homes to us. We simply woulddo our movie. n't be able to make the film without their support,” said “We’ve also amassed an incredible production team Doleac. that’s going to make our little film and the city of Doleac, Westmoreland and Jackson all feel this will be Hattiesburg truly shine.” great publicity for the city. “It will be a boom to the local The men feel this is a testament to the hard work so economy,” said Westmoreland. “And small business people many have put in to make it happen. “They are serious understand what a film company can do for a city.” about making it work,” said Doleac. He noted a small town in Georgia where “The Walking “Casting director Jodi Collins has done a yeoman’s job Dead,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Driving Miss Daisy” getting the script in front of everybody we wanted it in were all filmed. “In the beginning there were 8 local busifront of, as well as creating a lot of buzz among some signesses. Now there are 49 and there’s a waiting list for comnificant talent, which is a great, great thing. She’s a portal mercial space,” he said. for emerging and established talent and is also known for Doleac believes Hattiesburg and the surrounding area her highly imaginative eye. She utilizes this ability to find have everything needed to shoot the movie – from hospitaland place the highest quality of talent for the project at ity and a wealth of local talent to crew members – things hand,” he said. that could really attract future films to the area. “It’s my Russell Bailey of “How I Met Your Mother,” hope and dream,” he said. “Flashforward,” “NCIS” and “Iron Man II” will serve as Westmoreland said many movie locations, such as sites in Colin Cunningham director. “He has a mind for blending visual and characterTexas and Canada, all begin to look the same once film driven story-telling, while at the same time the experience after film is shot there. “They get burned out,” he said. of being an actor himself,” Doleac said. “And while New Orleans may get that way, Mississippi is “As a production, I’m thrilled to be given the responsion the cusp to offer a new and attractive location/setting bility and privilege of bringing this story to life,” said for future filmmakers, right up the road.” Bailey. “With a great team already on board, it’s a project He mentioned the countryside, the Mississippi Delta, that will allow and require each of us to be beyond where both urban and rural areas, lakes, forests, farmland, the we’ve gone before.” Gulf Coast and everything in between to draw potential Cinematographer is Ben Powell. “We’re very lucky to movie shoots. have him as he’s a visionary and emerging talent,” said “In the Hub City there are Victorian homes, numerous Doleac. Powell has actually been in Mississippi shooting a urban downtown locations, the University and other documentary about barge life on the Mississippi. “So, he’s areas,” he said. “And while Hattiesburg may not be a big already here. He’s just finishing that up and will come on city and there may not be an overabundance of places to over and do our film.” shoot, that’s when you have to be creative and learn to “We’re almost fully crewed and the talent on the crew shoot smartly, so it looks and feels like a major urban area. level is top notch,” said Doleac. “We’ve got some people A plus is that it’s a college town with atmosphere. ” fresh off multi-million dollar projects. “I really think Mississippi is on the edge of being redis“It really is an all-star team; the best of what we were covered,” Westmoreland said. looking for. We’re lucky to get them on board,” said The casting for the crew is almost complete. There are Jackson, who himself is no newcomer to the film world. still a few spots open and auditions will be held at the Jackson, a 2003 Oak Grove graduate who played football Courtyard Marriott in Hattiesburg on April 10 and in New for the Warriors, is also home-grown talent like Doleac. Orleans April 13. Anyone who is interested should contact John Cullum Jackson received his degree from Southern Miss before local casting director Matthew Morgan, a Mississippi making his way through the Mass Comm. Dept. and benative, at Those auditioning should bring a headcoming a member of the film-making world, working with such projects at shot and any reels they might have. MTV, WWE, “The Dynamiter,” Sci-Fi channel movies, “Mothman,” “G.I. “We want to include as much local talent as possible,” said Doleac. Joe” and “The Green Lantern.” He also worked with Jackson Browne and the “After these last auditions, we’ll be headed full bore toward our May start Flaming Lips while they were in Hattiesburg on their Guinness Book of date.” World Records 24-hour marathon tour. Along those same lines, the men hope to turn to the vibrant Hattiesburg Jackson has always wanted to “be part of something local and this is a oncemusic scene for the movie soundtrack. “I hope for at least 80 percent of it to in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “While it will be a challenge and may take

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a few times to get it right, it will set the tone for years to come. It’s going to be fantastic – everything from the film crew to the actors.” Jackson has had the pleasure of doing a little bit of everything – from Hattiesburg and Chicago to L.A., Tampa and NOLA. “But it makes it more special that I live here.” When he read about the film in the October 2012 issue of Signature Magazine, Jackson contacted Doleac and said, “Whether you’re going to shoot or not, use me.” “I feel like where else can I get such leadership than working with these really talented people.” Jackson said he’s honored to tell people where he lives and where he graduated. “USM prepared me for what I’ve accomplished,” he said. A USM Mass Comm. professor reminded him, “If you get rich, don’t forget USM.” There are other people with ties to the Pine Belt who are also willing to come back home and be a part of this project, if for nothing else but a visit with their families. Ashleigh Nichols (producer, writer and director) and husband, Eddie Beasley (writer/director), the founders of Owlet Pictures, a Los Angeles-based film and television production company, are one such couple. They have family in Petal. Nichols has done some independent film work as well as worked with Beasley on ‘Summer of the Zombies.’ “She’s a savvy, experienced, meticulous moneycrunching person and they want to come and be a part of this experience,” said Doleac. Anthony Cabral, a good friend of Doleac’s, will serve as art director. “He all but attacked me and said, ‘When do you need me there?’ He’s one of the best ADs in the country.” And Michelle Short is the still photographer. “It’s something she wants to do,” said Doleac. They all admit “it’s like fairy dust surrounding the whole production.” “We hope people who aren’t a part of this experience will regret the fact that they didn’t take part. And that’s both heartening and humbling.” “It’s wonderful to see support of the artistic community,” said Jackson. “It’s a Hattiesburg project, but will have a life far beyond her. Other parts of the country will get to see the hidden beauty of the Hattiesburg area and what a fantastic way to showcase this part of the country. Even people in Europe have the opportunity to see Mississippi in a way Mississippians see it. And that’s an added bonus to an already loaded slate of bonuses,” said Jackson. “We hope it makes people say, “There’s no way they filmed that in Mississippi.” In recent years the Mississippi Legislature has passed incentives which have done much to lure film companies and investors to the Magnolia State because it understands what a production company can bring to the economy of the state. And in this case, the local economy will also see a boon. With 75 to 150 people in town for as much as a month, hotels have been booked. The people coming in will need rental cars and will spend money at local restaurants and entertainment and shopping venues as well. According to Doleac, he’s received emails from named actors who want to do nothing more than come, be an extra and sit in the background, because they think this is going to be fun. “Something like this is new and sets the tone for what may come,” said Doleac. “It opens a door for larger productions with very deep pockets to come through. Hattiesburg is getting ready to have what other parts of the state (Greenwood, Canton), as well as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, have had.” “It’s our hope that this will infuse art and put money

back into the state. This is an enormous undertaking and when it gets off the ground it will be miraculous.” Like New Orleans who didn’t have much in the way of a film background, Hattiesburg will start working on the ground floor. “If fat cats from the film world are tired of shooting in the Crescent City, we’ll be glad to take it off their hands,” said Doleac. “Here we are.” Jackson and Doleac agree that it will be a shot in the arm for Hattiesburg following the Feb. 10 tornado that ripped through the Pine Belt. Doleac said he’s had people ask if he was still planning on using the campus after the destruction it suffered in the storm. His answer is an emphatic, “Absolutely, we’re going to shoot on campus. Being a Southern Miss professor of history and Latin, as well as an artist with a connection

to the city, I’m going to take care of the people and institutions who have taken care of me and us. This is a dream come true and another opportunity to give back to the city and the university.” In addition to the city and surrounding area benefitting from the filming, there are also educational benefits to the film being shot here. Doleac and Dixon McDowell, a USM professor who teaches film production and screenwriting and has 18 years under his belt, have worked out an agreement so that USM students will be able to obtain class credit and experience for working on the film. “Nothing beats real world experience,” said Doleac. “These kids can have a real world experience outside of New York or L.A. and work with William Sadler on a major film for credit. That’s a definite notch in their belt.” Jackson echoed that sentiment, sharing an experience when he traveled to Atlanta once a week to get experience working in a non-paying environment. “You can’t beat it,” he said. Jackson said that when he was much younger he often hoped for several things – skyscrapers in the city, which he associated with big city living, and that some sort of concert or wrestling event would be filmed here. Come May 13, one of those wishes will be fulfilled with him as an integral part of the team. He’s anxious to be able to “share the beauty of a place we often take for granted – the inner beauty of the state and the Hub City.” According to Doleac, People in the entertainment world are creatures of habit. “If something is going to work, when it comes out, is seen, is successful, makes money and the Hollywood community take notice, then we can say, ‘We did that in Hattiesburg.’ And it will be because of the people who got behind it. And we can take whatever and make the next movie here also.” “We want people to take this movie and embrace it, make it their own, even the actors who come in. And who knows, they may see that Hattiesburg has so much to offer that they want to make this their second home. It’s happened in New Orleans. There’s a reason certain things happen. Again, it’s that fairy dust in an arts-loving community. And what else would you expect from a state that’s produced Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Faulkner, Elvis, B.B. King, Morgan Freeman and other visionary talents.” According to Westmoreland, “There are industry filmmakers who are successful, will it to happen and won’t take no for an answer. With that faith and belief, there’s no way it won’t happen. They’ll make it anyway, no matter what.” And while this isn’t a $250 million film, that’s not where the art comes from, but from those who know real film making on an individual level.” Jackson is excited about working “at home” so his family and friends can see actually what he does for a living. “It will be a fantastic experience, with maybe some people I know as extras in the film,” Jackson said. “I’ll be able to show them what I do and show the cast and crew where I come from. It’s like taking something small and putting it in a broader experience.” Doleac said he owes a debt of gratitude to his parents, Larry and Renae, for their “undying support of my dream. I was 15 when I did my first HCLO show and my dad took me to see ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ which started all of this mess.” Westmoreland said, “Hattiesburg has been so good to us, it’s our plan to return some of that back to the city.” To Westmoreland, Hattiesburg is home. “I hope people realize, it always will be.” For the three men it’s the right movie at the right time and in the right place. And soon, it will be Lights, Camera, Action! They’re ready.

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Charleston resort chef to prepare a night of fun By Beth BUNCH he University of Southern Mississippi Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management is excited to host the 9th Annual Passions of the Palate from 5 until 9 p.m. Monday, April 22. Guests are invited to the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center for an evening of indulgent tastes, exceptional libations and entertainment not to be missed! The evening’s featured chef is Jeff Cali, executive sous chef at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C. Wild Dunes is a 1,600-acress oceanfront resort on the north end of Isle of Palms and has limited access. With 20 years of professional experience under his belt, Cali has won numerous competitions, worked in world-renowned resort kitchens, managed VIP food programs for a huge sporting complex, and immersed himself in food arts. His food philosophy is clear cut. He believes food should take people places – “whether a taste takes them back to a nostalgic, lovely time or forward, mixing flavors, textures and ingredients in ways that are new and memorable.” “What I really like is to take signature ingredients and express my unique point of view with them,” Cali said. Born in Jamestown, N.Y., Cali decided at a young age (according to him about 2 1/2) that he was moving to Florida to get out of the snow and his parents followed. Raised in an Italian-American family in Tampa, Fla., he said Sunday dinner was the most important event of the week. “My family loves food,


which is where my passion comes from,” Cali said. “In fact, my father sold cookware door-to-door for 30 years. Despite that, my mother was the cook and the influence on my love of food.” His first cooking job was at the infamous Mel’s Hot Dogs in Tampa while a junior in high school. “I was good at reading tickets and filling orders even back then,” he remembers. While in school in Tallahassee, he worked as a short order cook for a brief time before hopping around to different cooking jobs. Cali attended Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, “because I was supposed to go to school, but really had no idea what I wanted to do.” Luckily he landed a prep cook job at the Ice Palace (now known as the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the NHL Lightning). “This was my first glimpse into what the culinary world was and could really be,” he said. “I worked every item from hot dogs and chicken fingers to foie gras and caviar during my 6-plus years there. It was shortly after starting there that I decided to major in Culinary Arts at HCC and did my internship while working there.” Cali worked his way up from cold food prep in the luxury suites to hot food, then the restaurant before finally becoming the chef the XO Club, a luxury club which fed 2,000 people an event. Because work at the Ice Palace was so seasonal, Cali was able to work in various places during the off season to round out his culinary knowledge. “From Samurai Blue Sushi and Sake Bar I learned Japanese food and sushi,” he said. “At Cody’s Roadhouse, I learned to work a broiler and cook steaks, while at The Rusty Pelican I learned

more about seafood, classical cooking and fine dining.” It was during the NHL lockout of ‘04-05 that he worked at the Wyndham Harbor Island as the Lead Garde Manger cook. “That is where I met my mentor, Thomas McKinney,” Cali said. “After leaving the Ice Palace for a Sous Chef job at the Isla del Sol Yacht and Country Club for a year, Thomas gave me a call and offered me a Banquet Chef job at the Longboat Key Club and Resort in Sarasota.” He spent 3 years there honing his skills further while having the freedom to write menus, recipes, cost out food and “really work with some fun ingredients. I eventually became the Chef de Cuisine of the flagship restaurant, Sands Pointe at LBKC, where I refined my plating technique and discovered my style of cooking.” Cali describes that as taking familiar ingredients and making them unusual and to take unusual ingredients and make them familiar. “Although, I also find that I tend to use Italian ingredients due to my up-bringing and with a nod to Southern cooking, having grown up in Florida and now living in Charleston.” Thomas had already moved on to the Wild Dunes Resort in South Carolina. A year passed and he once again called upon Cali and his talents. “This time he wanted me to be his Executive Sous Chef,” he said. Cali has been in the position for almost two years and has already been promoted to the Resort Chef of Wild Dunes by Thomas, who is now the Director of Food and Beverage. “At Wild Dunes, I am currently in charge of

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eight different food outlets ranging from high volume Global Low Country Cuisine, fine dining “Reinterpreted Low Country” cuisine, to traditional Southern diner, Italian style deli and pizzeria, smokehouse BBQ as well as beachside fare, banquets and poolside service.” His menu for the Passions evening includes Smoked Sea Salt and Grains of Paradise Crusted Wreckfish, Arancini (fried rice balls), Peach Mustard BBQ Sauce, Peach Vanilla Aioli sauce Caramelized Purple Cauliflower, Dehydrated Peach Chips, Candied Olive Powder and Peach Froth. Prior to being seated, guests will have the chance to enjoy scrumptious hors d’oeuvres while bidding on silent auction items, which include dining and travel packages. Proceeds from the evening’s silent auctions and ticket sales help promote student learning outside of the classroom, for students enrolled in the program. Students have had the opportunity to attend the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, the National Restaurant Show in Chicago and The American Hotel and Lodging Association in New York City. “Learning opportunities like these would not have

been possible if it were not for the money generated by Passions of the Palate, which is handled by Dr. Price’s Convention Management Class at Southern Mississippi,” said DeRae Graham, one of the nine students in this year’s class. Graham was selected to attend the Expo in Las Vegas last year. “The trip to Las Vegas completely opened my eyes to the idea that I can travel beyond the highway between Hattiesburg and Gulfport,”she said. “The trip was my very first traveling experience- first plane ride, first luggage purchase, first time to leave home for more than two days. Without it, I would have never felt like the industry professional I want to become.” For tickets or donations, please email or call 601-266-6762 Tickets are $50 per person. Limited seating is available and table placement is based on date of reservation. For more information, call the Department of Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management at 601.266.6762 or visit the Passions of the Palate website,

Through proceeds raised at the annual Passions of the Palate, USM student DeRae Graham, was selected to attend the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

Chef Cali shares recipes.... Fennel Soubise 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 each shallot, diced 1 each bulb fennel (cored and diced) 1 cup white wine ½ cup heavy cream ½ cup fennel fronds (minced finely) Salt and white pepper to taste Heat oil in sauce pan on medium low heat. Add shallots and fennel and sweat until translucent. Add white wine to deglaze and reduce by ¾ volume. Add heavy cream and bring to a boil. Stir in fennel fronds and salt and white pepper to taste. Puree using a stick blender until smooth.

Peach Mustard BBQ Sauce 2 tablespoons canola oil ½ diced white onions 1 ½ cups diced peaches (peeled) ½ cup bourbon 1 cup prepared yellow mustard 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon cayenne Salt and white Pepper to taste Heat oil in sauce pan on medium heat. Add onions and sweat until translucent. Add peaches and cook until soft. Add bourbon and carefully flambé to burn off the alcohol. Add all the rest of the ingredients except for the salt and white pepper, mix thoroughly and bring to a boil. Then remove from the heat and puree the sauce with a stick blender until smooth. Adjust the seasoning.



Peach Vanilla Aioli 2 egg yolks 1 vanilla bean (split and scraped) 1 cup diced peaches (peeled) 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons lemon juice Salt and white pepper to taste Place the two egg yolks into a blender and mix eggs well. Add the scraped seeds from the vanilla bean and the peaches and blend again. While running, stream the oil into the blender to incorporate. Finish by blending in the lemon juice and salt and white pepper.

Dehydrated Peach Chips 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 Fresh Peach (cut into 1/8 inch half moons) Combine the water and sugar in a sauce pan and heat on the stove until the sugar melts through. Continue until boiling and the liquid reduces by half. Chill liquid. Add the peach slices to the chilled liquid and soak for 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove the slices from the liquid and place onto a dehydrator tray that has been lubricated with pan spray. Set the dehydrator to 140 degrees and leave on overnight. If possible, turn the chips over half way through. Chips should be sweet and crispy when through.

Candied Olive Powder 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 cup kalamata olives (cut in half lengthwise) Combine the water and sugar in a sauce pan and heat on the stove until the sugar melts through. Continue until boiling and the liquid reduces by half. Chill liquid. Add the olives to

the chilled liquid and soak for 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove the olives from the liquid and place onto a dehydrator tray that has been lubricated with pan spray. Set the dehydrator to 140 degrees and leave on overnight. If possible, turn the olives over half way through. Olives should be sweet and crispy when through. Then take the dried olives, place into a spice grinder in small batches and blitz to create a powder.

Caramelized Purple Cauliflower 2 tablespoons of canola oil 1 head of purple cauliflower florettes (crosscut) 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Salt and white pepper to taste Heat the oil in a pan on medium high heat. Add the cauliflower and sauté until cooked through but still al dente and slightly browned on the edges. Add the butter and toss until butter is melted and season to taste.

Peach Froth 1 cup whole milk 1 tablespoon honey 1 cup fresh peaches (peeled and diced) 1 tablespoon soy lecithin Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and heat to a boil. Puree mixture with a stick blender and then strain through a fine mesh sieve. Chill the liquid and discard the solids. Then with a stick blender or a milk frothier, froth the top of the liquid to create bubbles. Scoop the bubbles to serve. Additional Garnishes Blackberries (cut in half lengthwise) Salty Fingers (sea beans)

Jeff’s Recipes Arancini 1 each Shallot, diced 2 tablespoons unsalted Butter 4 cups Arborio rice 1 cup White Wine 12 cups Boiling chicken stock (can use vegetable stock) ½ cup Heavy cream ½ cup Parmesan, grated 1 cup Flour (Seasoned) 2 Eggs (beaten) 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs Heat a pan over medium heat. Saute shallots in butter. Add the rice and stir until rice is hot. Continue stirring to toast the rice but do not brown the rice. Add white wine and reduce by half. Add the first third of the stock to hot rice and consistently stir the risotto until stock has reduced almost all the way. Repeat with stock 2 more times while constantly stirring the risotto and keeping the bottom of the pan from sticking. Stir and finish with heavy cream and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste and chill. After chilling, scoop risotto into one ounce balls. Dredge them in the flour, then dip into the egg

wash, and finally coat with the bread crumbs to coat the outside of each ball. Then place into 350 degree deep fryer and cook until golden brown and heated through.

Smoked Sea Salt & Grains of Paradise Crusted Wreckfish 1 tablespoon Applewood Smoked Sea Salt 1 tablespoon Grains of Paradise 4 each 3 ounce filets of Wreckfish (skin off) 2 tablespoon Canola Oil Place Sea Salt and Grains of Paradise into a spice grinder and blitz until fine. Place onto a plate or shallow container. Take the flesh side of the filets and press into spice mixture to crust. In a sauté pan, heat canola oil until hot. Carefully place filets crust side down into hot pan and cook for 2 minutes. Using a fish spatula flip the filets over being mindful of the crust and cook for one minute more. Place filets into 350 degree oven for 3 more minutes to finish cooking through.

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Celebrating America’s Rhone Rangers By David WHITE


ecently, more than 100 wine producers gathered in San Francisco to celebrate America's take on the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France's Rhone Valley. The producers – known collectively as the "Rhone Rangers" – trace their roots to the 1980s, when a small group of California vintners dedicated to these varieties began meeting informally. One of these winemakers was Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard. Although best known for his flamboyant and irreverent marketing campaigns, Grahm was among the first American winemakers to embrace varietals like Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. So when the Wine Spectator dubbed Grahm "The Rhone Ranger" in 1989, the moniker stuck. As the organization began to grow, these Rhone Rangers realized that if they worked together, they'd all benefit. So in the late 1990s, they formally organized and began promoting their work. The group helped catalyze – and revive – the planting of Rhone varieties across the country. But they still have lots of work to do. Consider Syrah, the most popular Rhone varietal in the United States. Marked by dark fruits, black

pepper and meat, Syrah is wonderfully accessible, even in its youth. And whether it's bottled on its own or blended with varieties like Grenache and Mourvedre, Syrah is capable of striking the perfect balance between power and finesse. So it works well with all sorts of food. When it comes to sales, however, Syrah is only the fourth most popular red wine grape, trailing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Although many California winemakers have spent their lives hoping Syrah would become the state's next great varietal, sales have dropped steadily over the past few years. In 2012, Syrah sales declined by nearly 16 percent. It's no wonder why many winemakers joke that it's easier to get rid of a case of pneumonia than a case of Syrah. With white wines, the Rhone Rangers face an even bigger challenge. The primary four varieties – Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Grenache Blanc – barely make the radar for America's wine consumers. This defies logic. Viognier, which is typically bottled on its own, and Marsanne and Roussanne, which are typically bottled together, are rich, tropical and floral. So they're perfect substitutes for Chardonnay – and oftentimes more interesting. Grenache Blanc is bright, tart, and crisp. It's one of my favorite varietals to pair with warm weather.

In the United States, many of the best Rhoneinspired wines come from vineyards along California's coast – from the Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles along the Central Coast, to the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey, to the Russian River Valley and Dry Creek in Sonoma. Other top wines come from the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley in Washington and Oregon's Rogue Valley. Idaho, Michigan and Virginia are also beginning to make their mark with these grapes. Most of these areas are relatively cool. Although most Rhone varieties are a farmer's dream – reasonably easy to grow and fairly resistant to disease – these grapes shine when grown in cooler areas, resulting in complex, vibrant, more aromatic wines. When grown in warmer climates, these varieties too easily produce wines that are flabby and pruney. The Rhone Rangers certainly have their work cut out for them. But for now, the lack of demand for Rhone varietals helps keep prices low. So check out what the Rhone Rangers have to offer. You won't be disappointed. David White, a wine writer, is the founder and editor of His columns are housed at Palate Press: The Online Wine Magazine.

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We’ve got the music....

Members of the Cameraderie Club, a Pine Belt photo club, were asked to submit photographs representing this month’s Signature theme – MUSIC. If you’d like to submit a photo (large format, high resolution) for the May issue of Signature, the theme is Mother’s Day. Send photo(s), along with name and phone number, to



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Meet: The T-Bones gang -Bone Records. Where do you get a name like that? Well, if you’re Harry Crumpler III, it comes with the territory – a record store you purchase from someone else. In this case, Tim Ramenofsky. But the name…..No, not from a cut of beef from the short loin of a cow. And not from a traffic accident where one car crashes into the side of another like the letter ‘T.’ But in the case of this local business, it isn’t going to the dogs, but rather came from the dog. A German shepherd – Tim’s German Shepherd, to be exact. According to the story, T-Bone, along with his lady friend, Mingus, had a ton of puppies, some of which are rumored to still be roam- H. Crumpler ing the Hub City, thus the name. “We debated about changing the name, but it had been a thriving business for three years and was doing OK, so we decided not to spend the money to rebrand it,” said Crumpler, who bought the business with his parents (Harry Jr. and Jennifer Crumpler) on April 1, 2001. “My thought at the time was, ‘We’ll see who’s the fool in the end,” said Crumpler, who gets called T-Bone all the time. “I’ll be at the grocery store and somebody will say, “Hey T-Bone. It’s good that it’s


endearing and I like it.” Crumpler first worked in the music business at Camelot Music in the old Cloverleaf Mall back in ‘88/89 when cassettes and vinyl started moving to CDs. “I got an allowance as a kid and funneled everything I made into buying cassettes, records, CDs,” Crumpler said. “I love music and have spent all my money on it. It’s been a blast.” He got his start at T-Bones working part time for the original owner, Ramenofsky (aka “Headfridge,”), for three years. Ramenofsky started T-Bones Records as well as the record label which mirrored its name, discovered rapper Afroman and produced the infamous album, “Because I Got High,” which was originally released on the T-Bones label. Then, Universal Records picked it up, Ramenofsky got a lucrative “bonus” and moved to California. But not before finding a safehaven for his beloved store. “I was 21 when he offered to sell it to me,” Crumpler said. “That was a young age to be going into business.” He approached his folks, who had a long history in the business world (owners of Cash McCools nightclub back in the ‘70s and ‘80s) and they went for it. “I felt like I was really lucky for them to be so supportive and help me get started. It was like

they were there to keep me from crashing into a mountain.” For five or six years the Crumplers tried to change the image of the business, which Ramenofsky had made his own, carrying just what he liked, rather than what everybody liked. “We wanted to make it a better record store. And with the ebb and flow, we did, month by month, year by year, one day at a time,” Crumpler said. About four and a half to five years ago, they added a cafe in empty space which was being “poorly utilized. We needed to diversify,” said Crumpler. “But we were going to start slowly until this thing really came together.” Now, four years later, it’s been a great compliment to the store. “We’re as well known now as a cafe as we are a record store,” he said. “Now we can support our own business rather than order out for food. We have to eat. The record store and cafe co-exist very well together,” he said. Crumpler said the year 2000 was a difficult one for independent record stores in the state. “Everything was shifting, changing and nothing was settled as the era of 8-tracks, cassettes and vinyl segued into digital. The buyer had nothing concrete to grab onto,” said Crumpler. T-Bones was surprised to be named a member of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores

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(CIMS), a group of some of the best independent music stores in America. CIMS was founded in 1995 and its current membership is made up of 29 accounts that handle 59 stores in 21 states. Many of the accounts have been recognized by the music industry and their local communities for their outstanding dedication to customer service and developing artist support. Crumpler said there had been definite benefits and perks to being a CIMS store, including special programs and promotions. “Being independent predisposes us to independent things in general – like local artists and bands coming through town,” he said. “Because of that, we’re able to have in-store performances, which is a good opportunity to familiarize people with a variety of artists they might not know.” The free performances provide an opportunity to hear the group or individual, buy their music and get it signed. “They get to see the artist in a different light where the acoustics are different, as well as buy the product,” Crumpler explained. “It also provides a chance for kids, who can’t frequent bars, to see a show. And it’s great to see little kids enthralled and totally stimulated by the music. They can have fun and be a part of the local music scene. “These type performances are beneficial to us, them and the venue – all 3. It kind of creates a symbiotic circle of support in the local economy,” Crumpler said. The store also opens itself up, when it can, to other local groups. The Hub City Crafters meet at the Hardy Street store on Wednesdays for Knit Night. “They have a blast – eat, maybe have a beer and knit. They carry on with each other and have a good time. It’s one of the favorite things we have,” said Crumpler. T-Bones is “one of the more diverse places in town. It’s a little bit of everything for everybody – every age



group. You can’t pigeon hole us as a college place or a coffee shop or a music place. We’re like a chameleon.” While Crumpler believes that digital music is incredible and provides a multitude of freedoms and is super convenient to be able to carry with you, he understands the beauty of vinyl “which you can almost argue is back,” he said. “But it doesn’t have to be one or the other.” He feels that digital material, which has been compressed like a panini, misses some stuff. “It takes away some of the necessary elements,” he said, “but for convenience you can’t beat it. And it’s really not something you can pass down.”“There is beauty in a record. The sound quality is exponentially better and is as close to being there as you can be,” he said. “It’s as good as watching a movie. The artwork is larger, there’s a warmer sound. It’s total immersion and healthy for the mind. There’s something magic about that. You place the diamond-tipped needle and all this sound comes out. You can let that become an experience.” T-Bones buys “used, pre-loved records” from individuals, which are then vacuum cleaned, “so when they leave out the front door they sound as good as they possibly can.” With the resurgence of vinyl, they also started carrying turntables, which Crumpler said had been hard to find. “We want to make sure to take care of our customers,” Crumpler said. “We feel a certain degree of responsibility. That’s old school mentality, but we want to provide quality products and service and embody things we care about. We have top-notch customer service, which goes out the door with our products.” So, what does the owner of a record store listen to? “I’m an everything kind of guy as far as listening,” roll, pop, Beatles, whatever is popular at the time.” During his high school years when he played saxophone, he listened to a lot of jazz. But he credits “the great music people in my life,” with his love of music –

from the very earliest. “Mark Vandermark was a mentor. He used to repair instruments at Mississippi Music,” Crumpler said. “Then Larry Panella at USM was a huge influence. I took lessons from him during high school. He’s an indescribable talent.” Roy Eure Sr. is another. “When I worked at a video store, he’d come in, rent some movies and strike up a conversation. His second love was music and before I knew it, he’d bring in huge stacks of CDs for me to listen to. That made me so much of who I am. He was a significant educator.” The 1980 Petal High School graduate, who was in the showchoir band, also gives accolades to then director Gayle McInnis and Terry Ingram. “It wasn’t until later in my life that I realized how hard these people worked and how much they put into their music programs. I appreciate it now and that’s why my life evolved the way it did. My family, band directors, Gayle, choir and other people shaped me musically.” With a music scholarship in hand, heading to USM was Crumpler’s original plan. But being a member of a local band, it came down to touring with the band or going to school. Touring won out pretty quickly and “became my own education in a way,” he said. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” So, with a semester of college behind him, he hit the road. Crumpler was one of those who never really liked where he lived until he got out of town and the state. “It made me appreciate and really love where I’m from,” he said. “I want to treasure it, stick around and make it a better place.” It was while on the road touring that he made his way through a “ton of other record stores, coffee shops and cafes, which was an experience that translated into good things for T-Bones,” he said. “It gave me the opportunity to see how and what others were doing. It was a lot of fun and a definite learning experience.”

From left, Mik Davis, Will Poynor, Harry Crumpler, Harry Crumpler Jr. and Shaw Ingram

Harry Crumpler Jr. You won’t find Harry Crumpler Jr., Harry’s dad, out on the floor “where the music is too loud,” but tucked away in an office in the back, crunching numbers and providing analysis of one type or another. “It’s not fun or glamorous, but has a certain amount of enjoyment,” he said. Jr. grew up in Magnolia in southwest Arkansas. His dad was a state judge who raised horses and Dalmatian dogs as a hobby. “He loved horses more than his work,” Jr. said. “His hobby was my job.” Jr. said Magnolia was a nice town to grow up in, “but was insulated from the outside world. And the horse farm outside town made me more insulated.” Before graduating high school, Jr. helped his half brother, who lived in Arkansas, open a restaurant. Jr. loved carpentry and electronics, so was suckered into helping open the business on a shoestring budget. “I was at that age H. Crumpler Jr. where everything seemed exciting. If they’d asked, I would have said, ‘Yea, I’ll dig a ditch, call me.’” Instead he built the cabinets and installed the sound system for the place that would be known as Cash McCools. “I had helped open a place I wasn’t old enough to go into,” he said. “While I’ve done professional work most of my life, it was more satisfying to do that type of work,” he said. He also helped open a second Cash McCools in Meridian. “The day after I graduated high school I headed to Meridian to open No. 2,” he remembers. It was there that he also met his future wife, Jennifer. “We didn’t own these places, but established them. After that he wanted to open one of his own. “I’d never been to Hattiesburg, but loved the city. We were married and opened a Cash McCools here, which we kept for about 5 years before selling it,” he

said. He and Jennifer then both decided to attend USM and never left. Jr. decided to be a sociologist and went to Tulane to do graduate work. He loved teaching students and the classroom, but the pressure to publish and competitiveness was unappealing to him, so he did accounting work for the next 20 years until the downturn in 2008. And then he retired and came to the back office at TBones. “I’ve been here ever since, and have seen the business grow steadily.” Jennifer, who also played the trumpet like her husband, is district assistant manager for the social security office. Jr. said he’d been a musician since the 6th grade. So when Harry decided to join the band, “I strongly encouraged him to play brass, so I could teach him,” Jr said. “As parents we didn’t push, but we knew nothing about woodwinds when Harry opted for the saxophone and took off like a rocket with it. But it was the right choice for him.” Dad was also proud to brag that Harry made the State Lions Band for all four years of high school. “He traveled while Mom and Dad paid,” Jr. said. “He tried out the first year he could, which was as a 9th grader. The directors weren’t negative about the tryout, but usually only seniors try out and make it, but they did feel it would be a good experience for him. He tried out and made it and was first chair for three years.” So, as a freshman in high school at 14 years of age, Harry made his first Lions Band trip to Seoul, South Korea. “That was half way around the world and as parents we were very anxious about letting him go,” Dad said. “It was such a long way and he was at such a young age.” The couple went back and forth before finally saying yes. It was on the first day Harry was gone that the couple turned on the news and saw where a shopping mall

that band members had been scheduled to visit had pancaked to the ground. They frantically started calling, but no one spoke English and could help them. They finally connected with the band director, who assured them that everyone was O.K. Harry’s next trips were to Birmingham, England; Montreal, Canada and Philadelphia, Penn. “We would have much preferred he had been in Philly that first year,” Jr. said. As a member of the band, which would tour the South, Harry Jr. and Jennifer helped the young Harry and fellow band members buy a 15-passenger van they traveled in from Oklahoma to Miami, from Wednesday to Monday. “We were nervous about him being on the road,” Dad said. When Harry approached us about the possibility of buying T-Bones, we said, “It’s up to you.” “This month it will be 11 years. We didn’t have any idea what we were getting ourselves into. And it was beyond our wildest dreams we would be where we are today. We had no idea where to go or what to do. Harry was pretty much the only employee back then. Now we have 15.” It’s been a learning experience for all. “Harry was driven and loved music in a way that was rare to me,” Jr. said of the five or six artists he listened to. “Harry had thousands and taught me. Some music was kind of I find it enjoyable. I’ve ventured out. It’s something new all the time.” “A few years into ownership it started to become evident to the Crumplers that CDs were on the decline. “Downloads were popular and things were O.K., but what was down the road, we asked. As a small business we had to have a plan for next year and the next and four years down the road. What would replace CDs? We looked and kicked around some ideas and decided to go more in the direction of coffee and food.”

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But Jr. said they did it real incrementally. “It was a luxury not to be rushed,” Dad said. “We tinkered with menus and ideas until we got it right.” They bought used restaurant equipment and stowed it away until they got everything else settled into place with distributors. “Harry always had really good ideas about things,” his dad said. “He brought up Jittery Joes, which was not a huge business, but turned out to be great. We became a local distributor for the brand after ordering a sample box to try. “We were taken away with it,” he said. “Again, it was one of those things Harry had seen while out on the road and it was absolutely the right choice. They are a good bunch of folks who make steady, consistent products, which are likeable to the palate. It also had a regional sensibility about it.” After we got the food started, then we focused on a good quality product, good customer service. “We might not compete with others on price, but we could compete on service, knowledge, uniqueness. That was our focus – unique but different, warm, genuine customer service.” He said when they would hire a new employee they’d tell them,“I’ll forgive anything but being rude to customers. You can drop and break things and that’s O.K. They can be replaced, but don’t ever be rude to a customer. That’s important today more than ever.” He says while they can’t afford to pay their employees what they would like, “we want to create a place where people want to work. We respect them and appreciate them for what they do. We’re really fortunate in that regard. We’re like a family.” Jr. said during the 11 years of ownership things have “happened organically. It’s his place,” Jr. said of Harry. “It’s an absolute pleasure working with him. We both rise to be better. We don’t clash and get along well. We didn’t set out to do this, it just evolved and happened. And I’ll give him this, he’s very seldom wrong about stuff like this. He has wonderful ideas. I’m old enough to stay in the back and do what I know.” Dad admits to liking folk music – John Denver, the Everly Brothers. “If we were selling what I like we’d be broke,” he said. “Harry has broadened my horizon immensely.”

Mik Davis A T-Bones diehard, Davis was born in Texas, but has lived all over the South. He grew up with BeBop Records in Jackson. “That provided the seed for what I see as customer service here,” he said. Davis came to the Hub City in 1987 to attend Southern Miss, where he planned to study filmmaking. Instead he got a degree in American Studies, which he described as a catchall – poly sci, lit, music and reflects too many tastes. “And I haven’t left,” he said. He’s done all kinds of things, including working as manager of WUSM for 18 years. He also got a bug to teach while at the university and helped teach a rock and roll class. “It was so much fun,’’ he said. He also worked at WHSY working both the AM and FM sides simultaneously. “It was two shifts at once. I stayed busy.” He’s been at T-Bones since 2008, Davis where he’s enjoyed being on board and watching the store’s growth pattern. He played saxophone in the band, with some guitar on the side, which took over. “My mom couldn’t get me to practice my saxophone then,” he said. Davis wanted an amplifier, but mom said no, so he purchased a headphone amplifier.



The bedpost in his room served as a mic stand and “I would play guitar all night,” he said. “That was my education. And much to my parents’ dismay, I spent every dime I had on music. I would buy everything. Funk, funk, old junk! There was a lot of nostalgia in the 80s, which gave us MTV, right through from the movement to albums, rock to alternative rock and REM, which I still listen to.” It was during the ‘90s where he found his way, an alternative show on WUSM, which provided a varied interest in music. Davis feels the chemistry of the T-Bones staff really balances things out. “We work well together and on a good day make it look effortless,” he said. “We’re a bunch of characters who change hats and it works.” He feels the store provides a place to “get it all in one place, including customer service as well as value. The pendulum swinging back and forth makes things work.” He touts the store’s website,, which he said “doesn’t mirror the brick and mortar,” but rather provides what goes on in the store, stretching the boundaries, whether featuring a CD or LP or a local artist or record reviews. “We just want to keep the people going there,” he said. T-Bones also has 3 different active Twitter accounts – 2 feeds and 1 for reviews. Davis is excited to see kids play video games such as Guitar Hero and others which keep music alive. “It plants a seed that comes into play when they come in and make a beeline for the vinyl. I really like that,” he said. Davis said that in one day’s time, T-Bones went from being the only record store in the state to the oldest record store in the state. “When BeBop closed we became the only game in town,” he said. “Now there are about 3 in the state – Jackson, Oxford and us.” Davis says the highest compliment the store receives is when someone from out of town comes in and says what we have is better than what they have in their own hometown. “That’s the highest praise,” he said.

Will Poynor Store employee Will Poynor grew up in Florence. He attended Mississippi College where he received a bachelors degree in biology and went on to teach for a year. His love of music has kept him at T-Bones for 5 years. He’s a member of ‘The Squirms,’ a 3-member local rock and roll band who plays at the Thirsty Hippo and other venues, as well as out of state, from Jackson to Atlanta, the Gulf Coast and Pensacola. Poynor writes most of the music they play. “I’ve always been a huge music fan,” he said. “My Mom was from Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis, so it was a natural. I got my first cassette, ‘Elvis’ 56 Greatest Hits,’ at age 3.” Poynor has been playing music live for about 18 years, having started in the 9th grade and continuing through the present. “We were always jamming Poynor in the house,” he said. He believes vinyl is the way to go. And why shouldn’t the vinyl junkie with a collection that numbers “a couple of thousand LPs and about 1000 45s.” He remembers his Dad listening to Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. “About 80 percent of what I do is music related,” he said, “whether playing or writing.” He also has a passion for movies, old cars – he is currenting restoring a ‘75 El Camino – his first venture, and reading – fiction or the classics. He’s also a fan of making mixed CDs. He also plays tennis and golf and got a hole-in-one at the age of 12.

He lists among his favorite LPs – • The 13th Floor Elevators, who have a psychedelic sound. “It’s my favorite,” he said. “I just recently got one of the rare finds.” • The Replacements “Let It Be.” • The Zombies “Odessey and Oracle” • Little Jimmy Scott “If you Only Knew” “I got to see him play at age 82 in New Orleans,” Poynor boasts. • The Trilons “Some Forever” – a mid 60s girls group Poynor said that “being around music all day gives me, Mik and Shaw the freedom to play what we like. He said “being able to enrich my own knowledge of music and pass it along to customers is important to me. You want to share something you love with others.” These days Poynor is listening to The Who.

Shaw Ingram The newest member of the crew, Shaw Ingram grew up in the Delta, in Greenville. He came to Hattiesburg to attend the University of Southern Mississippi where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He plays guitar, but “I’ve never played seriously, but occasionally with a group.” He also plays the banjo and “writes a little bit,” he said. Ingram has been at T-Bones since June 2009 and “really like what I do.” Before moving to the music side of the store he worked in the cafe for a couple of years. For several years he worked at Best Buy, but admits “I would stop by here (T-Bones) on my way home and pick up things we didn’t have at the store.” He also put in a stint at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but lost his job to a Ingram restructuring. “I always thought it nostalgic and cool to have records and a turntable,” he said of listening to his parents’ records as a kid. “My parents had records and friends would come over to listen. I remember listening to things like Sesame Street, but ‘Thriller’ also.” A knack for vinyl provided a good excuse for an Ebay habit for awhile. “Me and a couple of guys would feed off each other’s additions and vinyl addictions,” he said. When Ingram began work at the record store there was only “one four-foot section of vinyl and no used albums. We’re in the process of adding more and more to provide a wider selection, as well as turntables.” T-Bones will celebrate Record Store Day April 20. “It’s something that has blossomed into an international event,” said Harry. “It’s the biggest day and much like free comic book giveaway day. “We’ll have lots of artists and labels, some limited editions and out-of-print stuff. A lot of labels open their vaults and produce 2,000 to 2,500 copies of something and sell at a collector’s price. We’ll have crazy sales and giveaways.” T-Bones, where music is always going, is open seven days a week – 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. “We want to provide a more pleasant shopping experience,” said Harry. “The kind of place where a group of grandmothers can drop in and have nice conversation over a salad; college students can come and feel cool and hip, their place to co-exist; to city officials and politicians. We want everybody to feel comfortable and safe and enjoy real conversation in a place that’s become fast paced less and less.”

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Festival-palooza. April is here and so are some of the South’s biggest music festivals. By David GUSTAFSON pringtime in the South means one thing – it’s music festival time and Pine Belt residents are at the epicenter of three of the biggest and mosttalked about festivals in the country. First up is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival which kicks off Friday, April 26, with John Mayer and continues through the weekend before firing up again the following Thursday, May 2, for four more days of some of the biggest names in the music business – and we’re not just talking about jazz. Twelve different stages will feature all types of music including blues, gospel, cajun, country and good ol’ fashioned rock and roll. In addition to Mayer, you’ll have a chance to hear folks like Billy Joel, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews Band, B.B. King, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac and Daryl Hall and John Oates – not to mention the usual mix of New Orleans favorites including Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cowboy Mouth, Kermit Ruffins and much, much more. Besides all the incredible music on both the big stages and large indoor (and shaded) tents, you’ll have a chance to taste lots and lots of tasty food, so bring your wallet – and your appetite. And don’t forget to check the weather. The fairground racetrack has a ten-




dency to get muddy when it rains and it almost always rains. It’s April, after all. For those of you who would rather head north than fight the crowds in NOLA, the annual Beale Street Music Festival gets underway Friday, May 3, along the shores of the mighty Mississippi River in Tom Lee Park just off of Beale Street in Memphis. With three-day passes costing just $75 ($55 if you buy them early enough), it’s by far the most affordable of the three major festivals and has a lineup which rivals its New Orleans and Gulf Coast counterparts. Because it shares a weekend with the NOLA festival, it’s inevitable that many artists take advantage of the close proximity of the two events to double book and this year is no exception. This year’s lineup also features The Black Keys, Hall & Oates and others appearing at the NOLA festival, but also will headline The Flaming Lips, The Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, The Black Crowes, Dwight Yoakam, The Wallflowers and others. Music is performed on three different stages as well as a blues-dedicated tent. Rain and mud are also known to be a problem at the Memphis festival, but come prepared and you’ll fit in just fine. Plus, when the concerts are over each night, you can stroll up the block to Beale Street and keep the music going until the wee hours of the morning.

The newest of the area festivals, the Hangout Music Fest in nearby Gulf Shores, Ala., is now in its fourth year and was named one of the country’s top festivals. This year’s fun runs May 17-19. Staged directly on the sand of the shores of the Alabama Gulf Coast, this year’s festival lineup includes headliners Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder and Kings of Leon, and a slew of other national, regional and local acts including Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Gov’t Mule and Trey Anastasio Band (formerly of Phish). Also featuring three stages and a couple of enormous tents, the only thing you need to bring with you to this festival is sunscreen.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: n NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival: April 26 - May 5 @ Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Tickets are $50 per day (plus fees) available at n Beale Street Music Festival: May 3-5 @ Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Tickets are $75 for a 3-day pass (plus fees) available at n Hangout Music Festival: May 17-19, @ The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Ala. General admission tickets are sold out, but VIP tickets are available at

The Avett Brothers at the 2011 Hangout Music Festival

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Party band making a name for itself across the South By Beth BUNCH lthough still in its infancy, Hattiesburg band Southbound Crescent is making quite a name for itself throughout the South as it toddles along with gigs like the Kenny Chesney VIP PreParty at the Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, Mystic Krewe of Zeus Coronation Ball, Pink Gala, USM Spring Slumgullion and Tailgating Series and Hubfest. as well as local venues around the Hub City. And oh yea, then there is that upcoming performance with Nashville songwriter Craig Wiseman during this year’s FestivalSouth. Wiseman, a Hattiesburg native, is a country music songwriter whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes, just to name a few. Many of them have been No. 1 singles. The band got its start in 2010 when Hattiesburg financial advisor Wayne Dawson (lead guitar) was approached by Louisiana Blues Hall of Famer Wardell Williams of New Orleans with the idea of start-


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ing a blues band to back him in the Hattiesburg Area. Initial members of the group included Wes Johnson and Eric Rodgers on vocals and guitar, Pope Huff on bass and Joel Ingram on drums. “Unfortunately, the association with Williams was short lived and the band morphed into a classic / Southern rock band,” said Dawson. At this time, Joel’s long-time friend, Bill Singer, was added as the band’s keyboard player. Around the beginning of 2012, Huff and Johnson left the band and the “Lanna Dana Duo” was added with Lanna Wakeland on vocals and Dana Simmons on bass. “When Eric announced he was moving to Jackson, we realized we needed another lead singer,” said Dawson. “Dana had just started playing with us and knew Lanna from her singing in the Temple Baptist Choir. She suggested we contact Lanna and invite her to sing with us.” Fortunately for them, she agreed. “Since then Lanna and Dana have certainly added a needed "visual boost" to the band, along with their obvious musical talents, and we have nicknamed them "The Lanna Dana Duo," said Dawson. The band is quite versatile, but usually performs as a six-piece unit; however they do have the capability to add a horn section, strings and other musicians as needed, in addition to playing as a smaller group when requested. “With the addition of guest musicians, horns and strings, it’s provided an additional dimension to the band,” said Dawson. Other members of the band include Chris Werle, trombone and Gary Pitts, saxophone, who usually play with the band for weddings, galas and reunion parties. “They recently played with us at the Zeus Mardi Gras

Coronation Ball,” said Dawson. Chris is an entomologist from Connecticut and Gary is a USM music major. Their keyboard player, Bill, also plays trumpet whenever the horns join the band. Also, Tom McKay, a local guitarist, has been working with the group regularly when Rodgers is not available. “With the new members, and the broad range of Lanna’s vocal abilities, the band has since become a much more versatile group performing shows ranging from weddings, corporate events, private functions, charitable events, VIP pre-parties and reunion events while maintaining a focus on its original rock and roll roots,” said Dawson. Since the band initially intended to be a blues band backing a guy from Louisiana, the band wanted a name for itself that had “a blues connotation with a New Orleans feel,” said Dawson. He remembers that someone suggested “trains” and then mentioned the Amtrak Train “Southbound Crescent,” which would have taken the blues players from the Deep South to Chicago during the 1950s as the new Chicago blues sound developed. “That was a great story until a local train aficionado informed us that the Southbound Crescent never went to Chicago, but instead, traveled between New York and New Orleans,” said Dawson. “But never ones to let facts interfere with a good story, the name stuck with us!” These days the SBC is racing along playing a diverse selection of music from blues, rock, country, R&B, as well as current hits. “We can accommodate most types of musical functions, including anything from a small intimate event to an outdoor concert, corporate event, wedding or large party,” said Dawson. The band performs both locally in Hattiesburg

and regionally including Jackson, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mobile, Pensacola and Louisiana. Other venues they’ve played have included Canebrake Country Club, Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center, Hattiesburg Bottling Company, MS Convention Center, Elks Lake Club, La Fiesta Brava, Hub Stacy's Perdido Key, Wharf Amphitheater, Downtown Train Depot, Coopertown Cafe, Darwell’s Café in Long Beach, Sidelines and numerous others. All of the members of the band are intensely dedicated amateur musicians with diverse professional backgrounds. And they all live in Hattiesburg, with the exception of one. Dawson started playing guitar at the age of 11 after seeing Steppenwolf perform at Reed Green Coliseum at Southern Miss. He also played trombone in high school and continued playing guitar with various bands and groups throughout high school and college. He said his influences are Joe Bonamassa, Larry Carlton, Bruce Springsteen, Martin Barre, David Gilmour, the Allman Brothers and Lee Ritenour. Lanna Wakeland is a registered nurse for a local home health agency who has been singing since she was 5 with choirs, praise teams and at weddings. She served as lead singer for Cardiac Jack and the Arrest from 2007-2011. She’s also been a featured soloist for the Temple Baptist Choir. Having joined Southbound Crescent in 2011, she counts her musical influences as Susan Tedeschi and Aretha Franklin. Eric Rodgers works with Merchants Food Services in Jackson. He is engaged to Beth Corkern and will be married in May. Musical influence is the Allman Brothers. Joel Ingram is the managing partner for Hub Development, which is working to create and develop

a planned multi-use community in Hattiesburg’s Midtown area. He fell for rock-n-roll in the 4th grade and joined the junior high band in 7th grade where he played snare drum. “I got my first kit in the 8th grade, learning to play along with Boston, Journey and Eagles records,” he said. When he went off to college in 1985, he continued his affair with rock and live shows. He then joined with his best friend and bassist, Robert Thomas, with The Usual Suspects and gigged with them until 2009. It was after that that he hooked up with Dawson to form SBC. He tallies his influences by the likes of Tom Petty's entire band, Mick Fleetwood, Abe Laborial, Liberty DeVito and Steve Smith. Dana Simmons’ love of music began at an early age, thanks to her parents, particularly her Dad. “He taught me to play the upright bass at the age of 10,” she said. “I played the bass, standing in a chair before graduating to a stool.” For four years, she and her two sisters and a friend were known at The 4 T's. It wasn’t until 3 years ago that she picked up the bass again. “I was inspired to do so after going to see a then new band, Southbound Crescent, play their first gig for family and friends,” she remembers. “I bought an electric bass 2 days later and have been playing "catch up" ever since!” Other than music, she loves to travel with her husband, Robert, and she’s enjoyed staying home and being a mom and now a grandmother! Bill Singer was raised in Detroit where he began playing trumpet when he was 7 years old. He played in various horn/show bands in the early ‘70s. In 1974

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he moved to Atlanta where he continued to play in local bands. Singer received his music degree from Georgia State, where he studied jazz arranging with Ted Howe and was an extra with the Atlanta Symphony, playing in the military band for the 1812 Overture and with the Savannah Symphony, playing the Berlioz Requiem. He moved to Hattiesburg in 1993, where he also manages the Lampost Liquor Store. But no band would be complete without its support team and Southbound HAS a support team. “Sam and Sammy Barr of Barr None Productions run our sound and stage lighting and Mike and Barbara Dawson help with merchandising, equipment and whatever else is needed,” said Dawson. The band has a practice room in town and usually rehearses every week, usually on Tuesday evenings, according to Dawson. They try and limit their performances to once or twice a month. “We all have demanding careers and/or family obligations, so we try to maintain some balance,” said Dawson. “We also try to add something new to each show, so we are still learning new songs and need time to develop them.” The groups travels to shows all together in a van and pulls a large trailer full of equipment when they do their larger shows or out-of-town events. The upcoming FestivalSouth performance with Craig Wiseman is exciting for band members. Dawson explained that last fall, the band played for the Growing Up In Hattiesburg Reunion at the Bottling Company which Craig Wiseman, who grew up in Hattiesburg, attended.

“We invited him to sit in with the band and do a few of his songs with us,” said Dawson. “He was the hit of the show and we all had a great time performing together.” According to Dawson, FestivalSouth organizer and USM Symphony Maestro Jay Dean and Wiseman's close friend, Aaryanne Massey Preusch, have been trying to get Wiseman to do an "Evening with Craig Wiseman" for FestivalSouth for the past few years, but the scheduling couldn’t be worked out. “This year they approached him again and he agreed and asked that Southbound back him,” said Dawson. “We are very excited to be able to perform with him – not only because he has written 20 No. 1 songs, such as Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying," Kenny Chesney's "Young," "Summertime" and "The Good Stuff," etc, but also because we will be performing a couple of songs that have direct ties to Hattiesburg.” It will also be the group’s first performance at the Saenger Theatre. Other “big” shows for the group include the Kenny Chesney VIP Pre-party at the Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach on April 11. “This will be our second time to perform for this event – the first was for the Dukes of September, the super group formed by Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and Boz Scaggs,” said Dawson. “We are also scheduled to play the VIP Pre-arty for Dave Matthews Band at the Wharf on July 23. or by contacting Wayne Dawson at 601-467-6590

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Hattiesburg’s Hi-Hat Club once hosted the likes of Otis Redding, BB King, Ray Charles, Al Green, and Sam Cooke.

the thrill is gone... By Dana Gower

B.B. King at the High Chaparral Club in Chicago, a Blackowned club much like the ones on the famed “Chitlin’ Circuit”

‘The thrill is gone. It’s gone away for good. The thrill is gone baby. It’s gone away for good’ –’The Thrill is Gone’ by Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins

t was, at one time, one of the important stops on what was known as the “chitlin circuit,” featuring the likes of B.B. King, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Al Green and Ike and Tina Turner, among others. And while memories of the Hi-Hat Club remain vivid among those who were once regulars there, little else remains except a historical marker at its former site on Airport Road in southeast Hattiesburg. “In typical fashion, when history is being made, you don’t think about it,” former Hattiesburg resident Roy Eure said of watching legendary blues artists perform there during the 1970s. “The Hi-Hat was an important place.” The credit for that, all agree, goes to its owner, the late Milton Barnes, a local entrepreneur whose businesses ranged from Barnes Cleaners, founded in 1935, to the Hattiesburg Black Sox. And then, of course, there were the nightclubs. According to a history compiled by Jim O’Neal, research director for the Mississippi Blues Trail, Barnes opened the Embassy Club at the site that would later become the Hi-Hat in the 1940s. After it burned down in 1957, it was replaced for awhile


by Smith’s Drive-In before the Hi-Hat opened in the early 1960s. “The Hi-Hat, one of the largest clubs in Mississippi, often drew crowds of eight to nine hundred, sometimes in excess of a thousand,” O’Neal wrote. Barnes’ son, Mavin Barnes, said his father never completed high school, but that he had an instinct for business. “My dad went as far as maybe the ninth grade, but he had business sense,” Barnes said, noting that his father was involved in a wide variety of business ventures. “He built a bunch of houses. He built my home,” Barnes said. “The cleaners was started about ’36. It closed in October 2010.” His father also served as chairman of the board of trustees at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, as well as having served earlier as superintendent of the Sunday school, Barnes said, noting, “When the church was paid off, he retired.” Barnes, who was born in 1915, died in October of 2005. In 2001, he was recognized by an official proclamation of the state of Mississippi.

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Far left, Milton Barnes, right, with Jo, Ann and Mack Hollins and Mary Ann Barnes; middle, Tyrone Davis and Milton Barnes; Milton Barnes with Evelyn Clay, Louise Hare, and Allean Barnes at the HiHat in the ‘60s.

“In his later years, he was a sick man, but nobody knew it because he never told anybody about it,” his son said. “You have to understand my dad. He was hard headed.” One of his fathers’ passions, Barnes said, was his semi-pro baseball team, the Black Sox, which started sometime around the 1940s. Allean Barnes, Milton Barnes’ widow, said it was while attending a ballgame that she met her future husband, who was originally from Prentiss. “He enjoyed being with people,” whether it was at ballgames, his nightclubs or at church, she said. His passion for blues music, along with his talent for business, led him to open nightclubs from the Gulf Coast to Laurel, Marvin Barnes said. “He was a big fan of blues and jazz music,” local musician Vasti Jackson said of his memories of Barnes and the Hi-Hat. It was there that Jackson, while still in his teens and early 20s, had the opportunity to perform along with some of the country’s blues legends. “This was in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s,” Jackson said. “I would play with traveling bands that played the ‘chitlin circuit.’ In Hattiesburg, the Hi-Hat was the prominent club for traveling show bands. I played with Z.Z. Hill.” B.B. King also was one of the performers who enjoyed performing at the Hi-Hat, Eure said, adding that patrons were always highly receptive when he played there. Part of the reason, Eure said, was that attending a show at the Hi-Hat was always a big event. “People would dress up to go there like they would dress up for dinner,” he said. In addition to paying a $10 admission fee, Eure said, you also paid for your table. Picking out a table early meant having a better seat to enjoy the entertainment, he said. “The atmosphere was electric,” Eure said. “There’s an art to introducing a band, and the emcee would give a great introduction. They worked the crowd up to a frenzy. It was great, great fun to be there.” After the performances, many of the musicians would stay around to have their pictures taken with their fans, he said. “B.B. King would stand out by his bus and take pictures with anyone who wanted one,” Eure said. “He was smart enough to know the fans were his bread and butter. After he made the big time, he would still go back to these clubs.” Hattiesburg resident Bill Kirby said his one of his most vivid memories from the Hi-Hat was seeing B.B. King perform there. “It was like having B.B. King in your house,” he said of his performance. “That was the best time I had there.” Willie Stokes, who worked for Barnes at a number of his businesses, said the Hi-Hat was always a special place. “I was a cashier” at the Hi-Hat, he said. It was there that he had the opportunity to see such blues legends as Muddy Waters,



Little Milton and B.B. King, he said. The nightclub had photographs of many of the performers who played there hanging on the walls, Stokes said, but they were lost when the business burned. Marvin Barnes said he doesn’t have too many memories of the Hi-Hat because, “I wasn’t really allowed at the club until after I graduated from high school,” but he remembers some of the legends who entertained there, as well as others who might seem surprising. “Paul Johnson, the governor, became friends with my dad,” he said. “He would come by and talk.” Barnes said his father’s nightclubs included The Crown Club in Laurel and two nightclubs in Gulfport, including a second HiHat. “Before he got it, a white guy had it. I think his name was George,” Barnes said of the Hi-Hat in Gulfport. “That was my first time to see a slot machine.” In his history of the Hi-Hat, archivist O’Neal noted that the business “flourished during the heyday of the ‘chitlin circuit,’ when most of the touring venues for the nation’s top blues, R&B and soul performers were large African American nightclubs and dance halls…As economics and audiences changed, the role of clubs like the Hi-Hat declined as the bigger shows gravitated to auditoriums and arenas, and by 1994, the Hi-Hat had closed its doors.” A later club at another location called the H-Hat 2000 was named after the old Hi-Hat, but had no connection to the original owners, O’Neal said. “Times change,” said Jackson, who plays a number of local venues. “As Milton aged, so did the audience of those artists. It ran its course from a generational standpoint, with hip hop and rap becoming popular in the late ‘70s. As that became more popular, the market share of traditional blues got smaller.” The building itself is gone now, but the site at 209 Airport Road is recognized as part of the Mississippi Blues Trail with a historical marker. An official ceremony was held at the site on Feb. 10, 2010. The Mississippi Blues Trail also plans to put up at a marker at the site of the Ike and Tina Turner Hi-Hat Club in North Gulfport, but no definite date has been set, O’Neal said.

‘They call me Mr. Pitiful. Baby that's my name now. They call me Mr. Pitiful, that's how I got my fame. But people just don`t seem to understand How someone can feel so blue. They call me Mr Pitiful cause I lost someone just like you.’ – ‘Mr. Pitiful’ by Otis Redding

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or the past 45 years WUSM FM-88.5 has been bringing its own style of music to the greater Pine Belt area via hands-on and on-the-air experience from students enrolled in the radio broadcasting field at the University of Southern Mississippi. The non-commercial station, which airs 24/7 365 days a year or “as long as the transmitter has power,” is housed on the first floor of Southern Hall on front campus. It’s under the guidance of Justin Martin, general manager for the station and a former entertainment law attorney. The 3,000-watt station broadcasts in about a 30-mile radius of the university, as far as Collins to the northwest, the Laurel area to the north, but not as far to the south due to the fact that Mobile has an 88.5 station with much more wattage, which takes away some of WUSM’s thunder to the southeast, according to Martin. But for a station that started out in 1968 as a 10-watt station, that’s saying something. Back in the beginning, the station was located in a university storage facility, using boxes of textbooks to “build” rooms for the station in the warehouse. The turntables and boards used the building’s wiring as an antennae. Through the years, the station moved to a renovated Southern Hall where it remains. And despite the tornado of Feb. 10, which ripped USM’s front campus apart, Southern Hall escaped with just a few broken windows and some roof damage. However, Martin, who slept through the storm, wasn’t sure of the station’s long-range status once he heard about the storm and started seeing photographs from the Oak Grove High School area. The radio station’s transmitter is located on old Hwy. 11 just 1/8 of a mile from the school. “I thought we may never go on the air ever again,” he said, but was relieved that both the transmitter and Southern Hall were basically unscathed. It gave new meaning to “as long as the transmitter has power.” While the School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been making a move to a new home in College Hall, the radio station will remain where it is for the forseeable future. Martin, the only paid staffer, who is always in fundraising mode, says the current equipment being used is more than 30-years old. “It would make no sense to move it, so for now the station will remain in its current home,” said Martin. “When funding will be obtained is the biggest ‘if ’ right now.” Martin said the tornado occurred at a real inopportune time, if there is a good time for such a devastating event to take place. “It delayed or really sped up different aspects for the station, especially with the fruitbasket turnover of offices and classes that had to be relocated. Wrenches were thrown in everywhere, not just here with us.” In addition for funds for new equipment, Martin would also like to see additional money for scholarships, endowments and funds to allow for visiting professors. In addition to Martin, there are two graduate assistants who serve as the station’s news and program directors. And then there are student volunteers on practicum and others who get class credit for their participation.


WUSM College airwaves soar with variety of tunes By Beth BUNCH

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The all-music station, which is fully automated and pre-recorded, can be accessed via remote. From noon-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday the station hosts Southern Today, which features a student host and interviews. During the same hours on Friday a “Wise Guy Sports Show” features a wide variety of topics involving the local, state, national and international sports world. “One of the hosts is a guy who doesn’t participate in sports, but enjoys watching it and another host is one of the members of the USM lady’s golf team,” said Martin. While Martin prefers live radio, “which is the way I grew up, it’s really not feasible at WUSM. “If you do it right, most people don’t know you aren’t live,” he said. But without paid positions for students to work, Martin said you’re not going to get students to volunteer during school holidays such as spring break or during the wee morning hours. “It’s just not going to happen,” he said. Because it’s a university station, it can’t sell advertising spots, but can have “underwriting” of its shows and broadcasting. Martin said underwriting guidelines include certain things that have to be said, including who the segment is funded by, what the business is, its location and phone number. “But no calls of action. No promotion of the business. Just re-cognition, not promotion,” he said. “But it does help spread a businesses’s name and keeps sponsorship dollars locally.” The station, which for many years had been devoted to jazz, quit that line of programming in 2009. WUSM celebrates American roots music with a strong Mississippi influence from a 60,000-plus music library. According to Martin, the station plays about 1,800 songs a week. While monitoring some of the finer points of who the station’s listeners are, when they are listening and what they are listening to is a bit tricky and time consuming, Martin does know, for instance, that in August 2012, there were 65,000 users of the station. “Now how many of those were duplicated or new, I have no idea,” he said. “I do know that we had 2030 listeners at a time and I know we have listeners from all over.” He can also monitor some of the station’s fans through Facebook. “Our fans are rabid fans. I wish they all could be,” he said. “Research shows that most people listen to the radio for a 15-minute segment and move on, but not our listeners. They listen to us for hours online….all day.” According to Martin, there are several hair salons and law firms, as well as the Keg and Barrel who listen to nothing but WUSM. “They set it and let it go,” he said. “And I’d much rather have 100 listeners for 8 hours than 1000 for just 15 minutes. We’re built for more long-term listening. And that’s the way we treat it. With us, you never know what the next song to come up on the playlist will be like you do with so many other radio stations.” The programming runs the gamut – from John Lee



Hooker to David Bowie. Martin said WUSM is for those billed as “experiencers “ – defined as those people who were the first ones to get Iphones or new turntables during the resurrection of vinyl. “They are on the forefront of buying,” he said. The station doesn’t broadcast sporting events. The big three – football, baseball and basketball – are all contracted out through the IMG sports network. “We could work out something to broadcast the other sports – softball, soccer and golf, but there’s not a market for these on a radio station. “Golf is a hard sell on TV,” Martin said. “And sports is a nightmare and ratings killer for radio stations.” The station follows FCC parameters with Dr. Chris Campbell, head of the department and Martin’s boss, calling the shots on the university’s end. “He does it and it’s very much appreciated,” said Martin Handling all the underwriting, program directing and dealing with FCC licensing is done by Martin, who says some aspects of the station are impossibly hard to learn. “I’ve been in radio for 30 years and some of it still

boggles my mind,” he said. In the fall, Martin will be teaching Radio Production and a Media Law and Ethics class, which he recently picked up after the untimely death of Dr. Robert Wiggins in February of this year. A third generation radio broadcaster, Martin said he’s at work “all the time, but I love it though. It kind of makes me single by design, with 60-plus hour work weeks.” He’s at the station even on Saturday and Sundays “because there’s always something needing to be done,” he said. Remote access from his home computer has made some aspects of the job much easier and much more convenient. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the largest schools on campus with about 750 majors. Martin said he has about 15-20 radio students a semester, who are each required to work a two-hour shift at the station each week as part of class. Then there are other university students with various skill levels who volunteer because they enjoy the work. Martin doesn’t believe radio is dead, “but you’ve got to give people a reason to listen. Radio has to be refocused to bring a person back in. We’ve got to give them better reasons to listen to us over another station,” he said. “While we have great music, they’ve also got to have something besides that.”

Since coming to USM in October 2010, Martin said the station had only received two negative emails and about 100 positive. And they got lots of music requests which are aired the last 15 minutes of an hour. “And it’s the same 60 to 70 request every week,” said Martin. “I told you we were creatures of habit – Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles, Rolling Stones....with Neil Young being the far most requested.” Martin, who has been around music all his life, says he continues to learn. “This job opens a whole new world for me every day.” The station’s library of music is deep and varied with Martin receiving anywhere from 200-250 new CDs a week with requests to “Play me, play me!” “Out of those, 10 of them are in the neighborhood to get attention as there are only so many slots for new music,” he said. Those CDs which don’t get put in the “save” pile are placed on a small table outside Martin’s office door “for the taking.” And from the looks of the recent stack, students aren’t much more interested in the new releases than Martin. Martin comes with a love for the business honestly. His grandfather was in the timber business, but loved music. “He was enthralled with this new-fangled radio thing,” said Martin. His grandfather attended Forrest County Agricultural High School with Bob McRaney, a pioneering broadcaster in the state who went on to earn Hall of Fame status. With the money he made in his other ventures, Martin’s grandfather used the funds to invest in WNSI in 1954 and WNBO in Waynesboro, which he purchased in 1956 and has been in the family ever since. Martin described his father, David, as a ‘radiophile.’ “At the age of 13 he was the youngest deejay in the United States and had national newspaper articles written about him. So I come by it honestly. Dad bought it and then I came along.” Martin said the family’s home was always filled with music and he spent many an hour at the radio station alongside his grandfather and dad. “I loved the knobs, lights and meters and told my dad, ‘I want to do what you do.’ His dad also did play-by-play from the pressbox for the Waynesboro War Eagles, but his dad passed away when Martin was only 9 years old. It was then his mom who spent a lot of time at the station. Martin spent a lot of hours on the air at WNBO, especially during weekends. In addition to the radio, his music background also includes the trombone, which he played in the high school band, as well as the bass guitar, which he played in the band Fling Hammer in the late 80s and mid-90s with a group of friends who toured the countryside in a van. The group was on the verge of brokering a deal with a record company, but broke up before the paperwork was ever signed. They do get back together occasionally and play. Martin attended Middle Tennessee State where he got a law degree – entertainment law. “I hated it,” he said. “And would tell anybody else, ‘If you can

WUSM General Manager Justin Martin and his team of radio broadcasting students provide music over the university’s station 24/7 365 days year.

make a living at anything else you should.’ ” He admits he wasn’t cut out for criminal law. “Too much responsibility for the money,” he said. He practiced for four years, working at a company in Columbus, Ohio, that handled karaoke discs. Martin handled all the licensing, administrative copyrights and other legal finagling required. It was then that he relocated “back home” and contacted Dr. Wiggins at USM about getting his Masters and Ph.D, which he is now wrapping up. “All my classwork is complete, I’ve just got to write my dissertation,” he said. Finding the time for such is the problem, so for now that’s on the backburner. “I finished up my coursework in the fall of 2010 and was hired at the station,” said Martin. “It was serendipitous. I fell ass backwards into something I love. I said, “God’s watching over me....I’ll take that.’” Martin admits the time he puts in with WUSM is “more work than if I was a lawyer. But I go in, have fun and don’t consider it work.” He laughs when he remembers being 4 or 5 years old, taking his plastic-molded Pluto record player with the dog bone needle arm and his small GE cassette player and recording songs. It was then that he became Casey Kasem, counting down the hits for no one but himself. “And that was #10,” he’d say for no one to hear. It was at times like this that his mom would

come into his room and ask why he wasn’t out playing with the other neighborhood kids. The music you’ll hear on WUSM is “an absolute reflection of my tastes,” said Martin. But you never know what you’ll hear – Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Robert Johnson, David Bowie. And he’s proud of the fact that many of the songs the station has played were well before their time. “We’ve been the first to play songs, sometimes as much as eight months before any other station touched it,” he said. Adele was one such artist. “We played her 6-8 months before everybody else.” It was good to hear people say they heard her first on WUSM. “It’s always good to be on the forefront,” said Marin, who believes himself a pretty good judge of up-and-coming talent. “Here at WUSM we’re experimenters and innovators and I’m OK with that,” he said. Programming can be heard online at or 88.5 AM.

WUSM is hosting its third annual Round for Roots Radio Golf Tournament on April 25 at the Hattiesburg Country Club. The cost is $100 per person and includes lunch, a round of golf, music and crawfish at the end of the day with proceeds benefitting the station. Register at or show up April 25.

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A Family Affair


hat’s four-legged and furry and red and pink all over? Valentine’s Day at the –See Pages 72, 73 Hattiesburg Zoo.

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Anna Morgan Michel, Betty and Ronnie Smith

Tammy and Chad Dews, Sandra Norris

Matt and Duran Boutwell

50 Years hows, Dearman and Waits celebrated 50 years in business in Hattiesburg with a reception at the Train Depot. For half a century the company has been practicing civil engineering as an independent engineering consultancy. Guests enjoyed music and hors d’oeuvres.


Emily Montgomery, Bethany McNease

Dawn and Mike Herrin

Maurine Bruner-Philpot, Anita Bourn

Machelle Weeks, Becky and Steve Tingle, Melissa Jenks

Jerry and Sandra Wallace

Jimmy and Mary Virginia McKenzie, Dicky McKenzie

Louis and Lonnye Norman, Kim and Greg Dearman, Nellie and Charles Phillips

Jimmy Havard, Charles Marshall, Curtis Elliot



Marcelian Joseph, Leon Sharp

Shayne and Joelle Cooper

Stacie Wallace, Barbara Sellers


Karen Watkins, Melissa West

Gina and Gary Stroud

Terri and Kevin Martin

Kim and Greg Amos

Top Employees

H Lydia Gholar, Tera Riddick, Patricia King

Margaret Cameron, Patsy and Kenny Purvis

attiesburg Clinic held its annual awards banquet at Southern Oaks House & Gardens. The event honored the 2012 employee award recipients – Annie Ruth Johnston Employee of the Year: Bob Jefcoat, COO; Faris Allen Nurse of the Year: Patty Kimble, Manager, Family Medicine; Medical Support Employee of the Year: Debra Akers, RPH, Co-Director, Owl Drug Store & Diane Ashley, RPH, CoDirector, Owl Drug Store; Dialysis Employee of the Year: Debra Cochran, Hemodialysis Tech, Satellite Employee of the Year: Loretta Robertson, PAR, Purvis Family Practice Clinic; Admin. Support Employee of the Year: Rhonda Mixon, Billing Coordinator, Laboratory; Receptionist of the Year: Carolyn Travis, Receptionist, Internal Medicine; Volunteer of the Year: Cheryl Lowe, Contract Accounts Specialists.

Debra Akers, Diane Ashley, Dr. Steven Stogner Sharon and Guy Harvison

Queen Smith, Sally and Regina Wooley

Sharon and Martie Woullard, Sandy and Ricky Arnold

Rhonda Mixon, Dr. Steven Stogner

Debra Cochran, Dr. Steven Stogner

Faris Allen, Dr. Steven Stogner

Dr. Steven Stogner, Bob Jefcoat

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Gradine Turnage, Hayden and Cooper Brock, Jenny Brock

Heartfelt fun!


ove was in the air for the second annual “A Family Affair” event at the Hattiesburg Zoo. On Valentine’s Day, the whole family was invited to celebrate in true Zoo fashion with a variety of zoo-like activities! Shakita, Terrence, Alana and Leah Taylor

Cadyn and Ashlyn Brock

Jeremy, Andrew and Melissa Wade

Zachary Bennett, Taylor Deen

Emily Nelson, Breanna Petrucci



Marah, Chris, Joyce and Sanders Inman

Kenzie, Karena and Michael Leggett

Gabriel, David, Gavin and Kimberly Buford

Joe, Laney and Tammy Gilbert

Latoya, Jordan and Morgan McKenzie

Shasta, Mazzei and Seth Miles

Kimberly and Gabriel Buford

Livia, Janie, George, Maggie, Troy and Virginia Stouffer

MaiLahni and Meyah Doyle, Nicole Bingham

Stacey, Todd and Bethany Rayburn

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Landon, Jennifer and Emma-Kate Staten

Carolyn Karlovich, Graham and Julie Hatten

Robbie Roberson, Amie Nunez

Martha and Kate Dearman, Lana Smith

Rufus, Melissa and Aaron Barnes

Eric and Adalynn Burt

Nothing but net he Harlem Wizards squared off against the Habitat (for Humanity) Hoopsters, a motley crew of local celebrities at William Carey’s Clinton Gymnasium. This was the fourth year for the event; however, the first time hosting the Harlem Wizards, who offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines. Proceeds benefit Habitat’s affordable housing program.


Eddie Rester, Andy Stoddard, Seth Conerly

Robert Jones, Mike Lyles, Robert Nixon

Stewart Gates, Abby Thaxton, Chinika Hughes, Howard Tate

Selena Lewis, Kayden Wiley



Jillian and Ethan Miller

Deone and Coretta Purdue

Chris Price, Eddie Rester

Tikenya and Byron Gavin


Anita Wright, Kristie Fairley, Patty Hall

Jim Morgan, Kim Bradley

Deborah Herrington, Katherine Keith

Barbara Hamilton, Lynne Houston

Daniel Taylor, Michelle Leslie

Grant Walker, Bert Kuyrkendall, Joey Jarrell

Leigh and Chris Baugh

istoric Hattiesburg Downtown Assoc. hosted its Annual Meeting and Award Luncheon at the Train Depot. Featured speaker was David A Hammond, a retired senior vice president for JPMorgan.


The winner is....

Kathy Spiers, Amanda Sanford

Rachel Morrison, Mitzi Russell

Johnny DuPree, Archie Morris Billy Browning, Barbara Hamilton

Tom White, Troy Korbe

Peggy Connor, Elease Lindsey

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Auzlia Ishee, Pat Nichols, Debra Deese

Brenda and Lemert Kent

Quentin Welbourne, Candace Steinson

On the catwalk


rea high school girls modeled the latest fashions during this year’s Breakaway Fashion Show at The Venue in Downtown Hattiesburg. The event was sponsored by Traci Goodwin Photography, South MS Deejay, Eve Marie’s, Material Girls and Sassy Girl boutiques. Demi Goolsby, Bailey Henry, Debbie Collins

Jessica Rich, Corey Page



Hannah Murdock, Megan Strickland

Grace and Chloe Sanders, Hannah Drake

Gabby James, Lauren Young, Brianna James, Mona Pigford

Marcianne Nelson, Nan and Camille Fulmer

McKenlie Graham, Kelsey Hannaford

Natasha Otis, Reagan Woods, Leticia Bezerra

Reagan Jefcoat, Juliann Aultman

Traci and Kristen Goodwin

Levi and Shannon Rogers

Natalie Graham, Kristen Goodwin

Brandon Hinton, Mitsy Meeler

Nancy Hernandez, Julie Hubert

Wanda Donaldson, Montreus Drummond

Carrington Middleton, Theresa Inmon

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Amanda Brumfield, Monica Igbokwe

Camisha Tolliver, Rakaeja Nickson

Deborah Woullard, Deborah Chambers

In the red?


lpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Sigma Omega and Iota Kappa Chapters held Pink Goes Red event at the Thad Cochran Center on the USM Campus. The event was held in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Wear Read Day. Guest speaker was Dr. Quenyatta EcholsWilliams. Sonya Varnell is president. Carrie and Clarence Magee

Jahmeela Weston, LaKeisha Bryant, Alkennia Stokes

Latoya Grey, Rachel Leggett



Amanda Brumfield, Carmen Hall, Rakaeja Nickson, Jasmine Shaw, Monica Igbokewe

Marquazia Williams, Shanique Truly, Skyler Conway

Sevria Henly, Rosie Evans

Kristyn Jones, Shawnesty Mays

Emma Pope, Anne Coleman, Rosemary Woullard

Lynn Campfield, Amy Heath, Melissa Martin

Jonathan and Melissa Boone

At the top


Marianne Lee, Bonnie Powell


he Petal Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet at the Civic Center. Ronda Rich was guest speaker. Tom King was honored with the Bobby Runnels Lead-ership Award. Michael Stevens was named Law Officer of the Year and Andrew Craft, Firefighter of the Year. Amanda and Michael Stevens

Carrie and Pete Holeman

Wendell Frazier, Vaughn Wilson

Raven and Margaret Tynes

Valerie Wilson, Ronda Rich, Vaughn Wilson

Kelly and Burt Craft

Billy King, Steve Stringer

Jennifer and Rickey Davis

Tim and Jeannie Ryan

Tom and Susan King

Drew and Tiffany Craft

Tom King, Doug King

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Candace Pickett, Eryka Wallace

Rosemary Woullard, Deborah Jackson

Marian Bembry, Deborah Delgado, Derricka and Jakiya Thomas,

His dream


he Martin Luther King Jr. Interracial and Ecumenical Breakfast was held at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center. Guest speaker was the Rev. A.L. Siggers, senior pastor at Mount Olive Baptist Church. Dr. Eddie A. Holloway was program coordinator. The event is presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and area businesses and churches.

Jourdan Green, Alexis Kelly

Carla Whitehead, Amanda Jones

Bonnie and Lawrence Warren

Mayor Johnny DuPree, James Bacchus

Jalisa Keyes, Brandi Carter, Parrish Gibson


Anne Coleman, Sarah Holloway


Frankie and Doris Benton

Celeste Buhl, Maureen Worth

Shenavia Moulds, Robin Funk

Thomas Cooper, Jeremy Hosey, Mark Frazier

Rev. Carlons Wilson, Judy Stepney

Sharee Thomas, Alissa Rice

Lori Davis, Jasmine Hervey, LaRaven Love

Rabbi Uri Barlea, Muhammad Buti

Lana and Rodney Grisham

Rebecca Dawsey, Gladys Tyrone

Larry Haddox, Christine McGarvin

Michelle and Paul Pyles

Bobby and Karen Allen

Talmadge and Rose Anderson


Monnie Pearce, Heide Lederman

Denise and Nelson Crozer

Hearts Day


inancial Works held a Valentine Appreciation Banquet at Lake Terrace Convention Center for its employees and customers. Petal’s very own Elvis, Mike Russell, performed for the event.

Gail and Jordan Downs

Voncile, Joan and Clint Davis

Barry and Larry Russell

Monnie Pearce, Maunteel Dunaway

Chris and Jeff Bryant

Jack and Betty Lucas

Jerry and Nancy Leediker

Mike Russell as Elvis

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Angela Robinson, Kathy Phillippi

Cabrini and Alex Smith

Jessica Burns, Ashley Styron, Lane Friend, Kim Lott



reanna Traweek was named Petal’s new Distinguished Young Woman during a program at the Petal Performing Arts Center. She is the daughter of Denice Traweek and the late Art Traweek and took top honors in talent, interview, fitness and self expression. Rebecca Ann Mullis was first alternate and Carly Rainey, second.

Blake Nagy, Ashley Quinn

Hilary Southerland, Marleigh Beaty

Shelby Russell, Melanie Soldinie

Grace and Jerome Kolbo

Helen and Hannah Buse

Taylor Tolland, Nicole Roseberry

Blake Nagy, Mickie and Eden Wood Mary Ella Cook, Hannah Buse

Madison and McKenzie Nagy



Tracy and Kent Wade

mmanuel Lewis, who played Webster on the ABC show which aired for 4 years, visited Jessie B’s World Famous TKO Wings and Barbeque in Oak Grove. The show starred Alex Karras and Susan Clark as Webster’s parents.


Gwendolyn and Jessie Hearns

Tresyla Davis, Adonis Thompson

Angie and Robert Vanderbrook

Jay Wood, Lauren Carpenter

Jessie Hearns, Emmanuel Lewis, Gwendolyn Hearns

Todd and Trinity Vanderbrook


Hub City visit

Suzette Eks, Emmanuel Lewis, Jessie and Gwendolyn Hearns

Tina Saik, Jon Lawless

Debbie McGrew, Richard Jaxwold

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Sherry Strange, Prentiss Harrell, Don Strange

Gail Brown, Lucy Turner

Delois Smith, Keri Lewis

Dixie Baum, Vickie Iverson

Cecile Sandifer, Paula Thrash

George and Lucy Turner, Betty Jo and Fred Ison

85 years young avon Smith celebrated his 85th birthday with family and friends at the Canebrake Lake Clubhouse. The event, which featured food and entertainment, was hosted by his family.


Lavon Smith

Judith Thompson, Malcolm English

Dennis and Dixie Baum



Leigh Ann Montague, Freida Everitt

Kyle, Dash, Lace and Rowdy Reid

Joel Salda, Vickie Iverson

Dash and Rowdy Reid

Jack and Sally Hanbury

Sue and Jack Bush

lvis was back in the building as he performed his annual Elvis Birthday Celebration as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Funds benefit Petal’s Relay for Life. This year’s event was held at the Petal Middle School Auditorium. The Petal Pizzaz and Showtimers opened the show.

E Cassidy and Lynn Daniels

Daphne and Emily Smith

Charles and Tiffany Tweedy

Coury Clearman, Morgan Burch


Back in the .....

Susan, Andrew, Bo and Shelia Worley

DJ, Dora and Wayne Carter

Katye Parker, Linda Thornton Rachel and Bill Dyar

Michael and Jody Windham, Joseph and Jeff Orman

Renee Extine, Sandra Meeler, Meryl Shows, Christy Uldrick

Nicole and Greg Hodge

Robin and Sarah Rector

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AN EVENING IN PARIS Kathy Inmon, Sue Lovett, Hannah and Laura Windham

Nettie Moody, Ciemya and Ronda Deloach, Raven and Angela Lee

Kelley Yarber, Will Shingleton

Hop on a plane and head to Paris he Petal Showchoir entertained about 1,000 guests as it presented "An Evening in Paris," its annual Dinner Theater. The French-inspired menu and debut performances featured the Soundsations and Innovations Competition Shows. Directors are Shanna Luckett and Ashley Bolling.


Maggie Chancellor, Katie Barr, Sarah Beth Henderson

Jerry and Linda Simon, Jack Cooley

Makayla McCullum, Tyler and Karen Sullivan

Rachel Mulling



Freddy and Beth Roberts

Gertrude Hollingsworth, Barbara Marx

Thomas and Brenda Hesselgrave

Kelley Yarber, Sam Gibson, Si Thompson

Karen and John Carter

Hal and Mindy Marx

Deborah Mitchell, Nancy Watkins

he City of Hattiesburg recognized the impact of African-American's contributions to Southern cuisine with its second annual soul food tasting at the train depot during Black History Month. The 2013 theme, "Celebrating Hattiesburg's Best Soul Food," featured local blues artist T Bone Pruitt alongside the tasty fare.


Joyce and Chris Kelly


Good music, food

Chinika Hughes, Garry and Vonda Loper

Janice McSwain, Trinity Hanks, Quienta Carter Arthur Smith, Luther Reid

Reed Makamson, Autumn Brown, Stacy Dunevent

Stephanie Guest, Ben Mitcham Shirley Scott, Joann Hill

Donovan, Beverly and Chance Carter

Queen Bell, Marvel Allen, Jim Newton

Christina Barta, Lisa Luu, Hayley Bush

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Barbara Hamilton, Lynne Houston, Chase Munro

Captain Frances Gilliam, Howard Tate

Joe and Judy Thrash

Who won the Souper Bowl? he Hattiesburg Salvation Army host its first Souper Bowl event to bring about hunger awareness and raise money to feed the people that come through the Salvation Army's emergency shelter and social services. The event was held at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club gymnasium.


Cheryl Maqueda, Peggy Hurst Gayle Knight, Charlotte Green

Sandra Simmons, Chansity Seals

Gay Nicholas, Bobbie Booth

Betty Shelman, Judi Williams



Kimberly Thomas, Roger Smith

Landon and Carolin Primeaux

Tammy Guyse, Catherine Bates

Sara Townsend, Paige Carter

George Dixon, Janet Baldwin

Deloris Williams, Cheri Hamil

Kathy McMahan, Debbie Overby

James McBride, Dorothy Branch

Dorian Johnson, Mary Julia Williams, Melvin McBride

Dorothy Branch, Janice Johnson

Nikki, Chasity and Kristen Williams

Dorian Johnson, Joann Hollingsworth, Janice Johnson


Bobbie Bryant, Jerry, Modessa and Modestine Hammond

Dericka Thomas, Ramonica Gray

Together again


he McBride family gathered for their annual family reunion at the Danny L. Hinton Center. Guests enjoyed fun, food and fellowship.

Marketa McCoy, James McBride

Nancy and Todd Lenoir

Nancy Lenoir, Armon Morris, M’Kha Morris, Janice Johnson

Sam and Ruby Wilson

Janice Johnson, Madeline Johnson, Melvin Williams

Joann Hollingsworth

Melvin Williams, Madeline Johnson, Bobby Brown

Star and Chandler Lampley

Yolanda Paylor, Nikki Williams

Natasha Hogans, Ramonica Gray

Arthur and Storm Walker

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