PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE WORTHEM
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018 On the Fast Track Lawhon Elementary School student Maison Dunn is one of the fastest kids in the country. The fifth-grader’s name regularly appears in the top 10 on the gym wall where his physical education teacher posts results from the quartermile run test. But last November, Dunn made news with a 1.28-minute time that ranked him fastest in the whole school and second in the nation by Project Fit America, a program that allows participating schools to track their students’ quarter-mile times and other fitness data against those of others around the country. “I was exhausted by the third time around, but I kept going,” Maison said of his run. “I knew it must be good because I was in front of everyone and then I’d be behind them and in front again.” Athleticism runs in his family. “My mom played volleyball and basketball in high school, and my dad played basketball. All my sisters played basketball, and my brother played football,” he said. He gets most of his practice running while playing football for the Lee County Bears and playing basketball or racing his cousins at home. “The first time I got to run on a real track was at Tupelo High School on a field trip,” Maison said. That visit and his recent record-setting run have him considering a new sport. “I’m thinking about doing crosscountry at middle school and in high school,” he said.
I Love Mississippi
Winter Warm Up
Poet Patricia Neely Dorsey’s mission in life is to get others to love Mississippi as much as she does. Now she’s reaching an even wider audience with her inspiring words through a new line of Southern Belle T-shirts that feature lines from Dorsey’s recently published third book of poems. “The people who wear them are sharing the great things I see in this place even if they never pick up a book of my poetry,” she said. “In my poems, you see that love for the family and community connections here, the core values, the beautiful landscape and the country living.” This is not the first time Dorsey’s poetry has made news statewide. In 2015, Gov. Phil Bryant named her an official goodwill ambassador to the state because of her writing.
Does chilly weather have you craving a hot drink? Now there are more ways to experience Crave, the local establishment that provided the drink pictured on our cover. The owners, Tiffany and Brad Franks, are expanding into the space next door to their business to open Crave Community. The location will have a smoothie bar that offers healthy treats, and it will serve as overflow space for the Crave crowd. It can also be booked for private meetings and even as an event space for “micro-weddings.” The expansion comes shortly after the Franks launched Fire and Ice, two new coffee shops located in former shaved-ice stands in Ballard and Veterans parks. The Ballard Park location, which was the site of spontaneous pop-ups this winter, will begin selling coffee regularly on Friday and Saturday mornings in the early spring. The Franks also plan to start up Foodie Fridays, one-night events in which they’ll partner with a local restaurant to sell food alongside Crave’s signature drinks. The Veterans Park location, which will sell cold drinks and desserts, will open when the weather warms up.
8 INVITATION TUPELO | February 2018