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Is a job with an electric co-op in your employment future? might be biased, but in my opinion, Mississippi’s electric power associations are great places to work. And at a time when retirements are on the rise, I wanted to take a moment to share the advantages of working with our team. We are here to serve our members not only with safe, affordable and reliable electric power, but also with community support and programs that help you save energy and money. Because we make a difference in people’s lives, those of us who work at an electric power association in Mississippi tend to be a satisfied bunch. In general, not-for-profit, consumerowned electric power associations offer competitive salaries and benefits in a time when many companies are scaling back. And we offer a stable work environment. Many employees start here and stay here throughout their career. It’s not uncommon for one of our employees to retire from a career spanning 30 or even 40 years! While our lineworkers remain our public face, it takes many more departments to run the myriad operations of an electric power association. On our staff we may have communicators, accountants, billing clerks and key-accounts representatives who work with our commercial and industrial members. Some electric power associations employ public relations professionals, who cultivate relationships with local, state and national opinion leaders and keep them updated on issues important to us and the communities we serve. We also employ information technology professionals, warehouse staff, and staking technicians and engineers, who plot where new power lines will be built. In most cases, the largest group of employees at an electric power association is lineworkers, followed by administrative assis-

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tants and engineering and operations staff. Anyone who wants a career as a lineworker can get a good head start in Mississsippi by attending one of the lineman training programs offered at some of the community colleges. I strongly encourage young people to consider career opportunities within the electric power association network. Working at a consumer-owned electric power association is a pleasure, and we’re looking out for our members by recruiting the best and brightest employees to serve you to the best of our abilities. ••• Our thoughts this month are with coastal and south Mississippi residents who are still struggling with their recovery from Hurricane Katrina’s strike on Aug. 29, 2005. As first responders in natural disasters, electric power association employees stand ready for quick response to any type of emergency situation, day or night. Our emergency plan proved effective in kick-starting the recovery from Katrina. We are, however, continually making improvements to our emergency readiness and response, including communications capabilities. As hurricane season reaches its peak in the coming weeks, rest assured your electric power association is prepared for whatever may blow our way. Are you ready? If you don’t already have an emergency plan in place, I encourage you to discuss it with your family now.

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One of Mississippi’s most effective and enduring leadership programs for high school students is marking its 25th year. Learn more about the the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership Program and its impact on current and past participants beginning with our coverage on page 4.

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Yes, the Mississippi August is hot and miserable. But the Chunky River offers a cool respite and a beautiful view from Dunn’s Falls Water Park in south Lauderdale County.

Mississippi is . . . . . . its children first knowing the joy of water and the outdoors through the state’s rivers, creeks and lakes, versus what is found in concrete and chlorine. — Timothy C. Lea, Wesson One of the best things in my life is going to Mississippi to visit. I used to live there before I moved to Texas when I was 5. I often see my cousins and we have fun riding the fourwheeler, Kubota and Gator. We also enjoy hanging out in our fort....I love going to Camp Shelby where I get to see all the Army weapons and clothes. Going to Mississippi is so important to me. I not only get to see family members there, I also have many activities to do. I look forward to all the memories I make while I’m there. — Campbell Anderson, age 9, Forney, Texas Mississippi is a tall, handsome, hazel-eyed cowboy with a perfect southern drawl that stole this Texas heart some 28 years ago. It’s a wonderful blue-eyed baby boy that I’ve watched grow into a fine young man, right before my eyes. It’s green trees and fields like you’ve never seen before. Beautiful red-orange sunrises reminding me to thank God for the day ahead, and breathtaking blue-violet sunsets to remind me He heard my prayers. It’s red, white and blue through and through, the 20th state in this great union. Mississippi, to this west Texas girl, is home! — Cherry Pruitt Head, Wesson

What’s Mississippi to you? Each month in this space, we feature readers’ personal reflections on what “Mississippi is.” We’d love to hear from you. Please keep your comments brief and send them to Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158, or e-mail them to news@epaofms.com. Submissions are subject to editing.

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Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership Program marks 25 years of

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Leaders By Debbie Stringer A leadership-development program that has benefited more than 1,000 Mississippi students turns 25 this year, and participants say its lessons have had a lasting impact on their lives. The Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership Program is a fun yet intensive educational experience designed for high school juniors. The agenda focuses on building leadership skills, encouraging interest in governmental affairs, teaching the cooperative form of electric utility and fostering interaction among students from communities throughout the state and nation. The program has two main components: the three-day Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson and the week-long Washington, D.C., Youth Tour. At the workshop each March, participants meet state officials and legislators, tour the state Capitol, hear motivational speakers and engage in team-building exercises. In June, the students fly to Washington to join the national Youth Tour. Their packed itinerary includes a visit to the U.S. Capitol where they meet their respective Congressmen, tours of major memorials and museums, and social activities with more than 1,450 other high school juniors from 44 states. The national Youth Tour has hosted more than 40,000 high school students from across the nation each June since the late 1950s. “Our Youth Leadership Program is rooted in our desire to help young people,” said Ron Stewart, Electric Power Associations of Mississippi senior vice president and coordinator

Kent Ford, national spokesperson for the Youth Leadership Council for 2005-2006, speaks at the 2006 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Annual Meeting, in Orlando, Fla. Ford, who grew up in Lamar County, now works in Washington, D.C. for the United Nations Foundation.

of the program for the past 21 years. “Yes, we want them to learn about our unique business, but most importantly, we want them to understand the challenges and opportunities in life that lie ahead of them,” Stewart said. “We challenge each participant to search his or her own life first for strengths and weaknesses, and then we work with them to enhance their leadership skills and motivate them to make a difference, today and in the future.” Students earn the free trips through local competitions sponsored by their electric power associations. During the workshop in Jackson, students compete to become Mississippi’s delegate to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Leadership

Council (YLC). The delegate serves a oneyear term, attends a summer Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and takes part in the annual meetings of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi and NRECA. Mississippi’s delegate also competes for the opportunity to be the national spokesperson for the YLC. Mississippi’s Youth Leadership Program so far has produced two national YLC spokespersons, Moriah Mozingo (in 1998), formerly of Poplarville, and Kent Ford (in 2005), formerly of Lamar County. “I think that without my experience in the program, I very likely would not be where am I today, working on behalf of the United Nations,” said Ford, who is executive assistant to the vice president for Global Partnerships at the United Nations Foundation, in Washington, D.C. “The program helped me understand the need to give back and to empower communities through responsible practices—something that lies at the heart of the co-op spirit.

But also broadened my horizons to a much larger understanding of community,” Ford said. “The experience is unique and truly a great testament to [electric] co-ops’ commitment to youth and building communities.” Ford continues his involvement in the program by speaking to current YLC members at their annual meeting in Washington. “I know how much I valued the opportunity

“I think that without my experience in the program, I very likely would not be where am I today, working on behalf of the United Nations.” -Kent Ford

when I was first a part of the program to talk with others who had been in the same place and gone on to live and work in D.C. I hope that now I am able to provide a bit of that experience to today’s students.”


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‘An extraordinary program’ Youth Leadership’s lessons influence alumni’s educational, career choices By Debbie Stringer Today in Mississippi asked a few Youth Leadership Program alumni to help commemorate the 25th anniversary of the program by reflecting on ways the program has affected their lives. Nic Lott, a 1996 participant from Taylorsville, said the program helped open his mind to new possibilities. “I recall the program being one of the very first times it occurred to me that I could do more, that a little country boy like me could come from a humble upbringing and still accomplish a lot of good things,” he said. “This is an extraordinary program that allows youth to go beyond their familiar comfort zones and explore new horizons,” said Lott, who once aspired to become a pediatrician. “The program actually helped put me on a different path to explore my personal capabilities and my interest in public service.” Lott now serves in Gov. Haley Barbour’s administration as director of special compliance projects for 1996 Youth Leadership Program participant Nic Lott, pictured at the state Capitol, says the program helped inspire his career interest in public service.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the program, it’s rewarding to hear of the accomplishments of our former participants. We are passing the leadership torch to a great group of young people who have or will make a positive impact on our future.”

renewal recovery. Though still a young man, he has a long record of leadership and achievement, including his election as the first African-American student body president at the University of Mississippi. An alumnus of the U.S. Senate’s African-American Leadership Summit, he was selected for Who’s Who in Black Mississippi 2010. Stevie Cantrell, a 2008 participant from Biloxi, said the program inspired her educational choices. “The [Washington] trip and overall program are honestly what sparked my interest in the fields I am now studying, a double major in economics and public management,” she said. Beginning this fall at Stewpot Ministries in Jackson, Cantrell will teach a program she developed to help homeless and low-income adults learn basic business tasks, including personal finance, and other information. She is also involved in Students in Free Enterprise, a campus organiStevie Cantrell zation whose mission is based on the idea that free enterprise is the key to solving poverty. “Without the building blocks of leadership, one can never fully reach their potential, and without the YL program, I would never have received these skills,” Cantrell said. She plans to continue her economic studies next spring at the University of Liechtenstein. “I do not have a specific career in mind, but I do know that I will strive to be a successful and independent career woman, an idea that the Youth Leadership Program first inspired me to pursue.” Ladd Pulliam, a 1999 participant who served as Mississippi’s delegate to NRECA’s Youth Leadership Council, said the program motivated him not only to excel in life, “but to try my best to make sure that

– Ron Stewart

Stewart said the overall success of the Youth Leadership Program is due to the commitment of electric power associations’ staff who coordinate the program locally. “They work hard to promote leadership and encourage students to apply for the program,” he said. Electric power association personnel continue to support Youth Leadership students long after their participation in the program ends. “We stay connected with the students and offer our assistance as they further their

education, choose career paths and become actively involved in society,” Stewart said. “The Youth Leadership Program is a life-changing event for the students who Rep. Lester Carpenter participate in it,” said Penny McAlpin, manager of marketing and communications at Southern Pine Electric

Power Association, in Taylorsville. “In the 25 years Southern Pine has been involved with the program, we’ve seen our students go on to become doctors, lawyers and politicians, and many of them have told us that this program paved the way for their future. This program opened their eyes to a world of possibilities,” McAlpin said. Lester Carpenter of Burnsville, a state legislator representing Alcorn and Tishomingo counties, attended the 1987 Youth Leadership Program. “I feel that the Youth Leader-

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ship Program did influence my decision in my career choice,” Carpenter said. “I had always wanted to work in the public sector to help people and make a difference in their lives. “Looking back, I remember having a great time and learning more about the way our system of government works. I will always cherish those memories, especially now as I watch the groups attend the program in Jackson as I serve in the Mississippi House of Representatives,” Carpenter said.


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Historic church barely escapes floodwater guess we have some sto- were still several families, a bunch of old ries to tell our grandkids homes, the old school and a couple of now about the record old store buildings there at that time. flood on the Mississippi I go back every now and then to see River and a deep what’s become of Rodney. It’s sad to see drought going on at the same time. how time always winds things down. With the levees we have Every time I go back, more of nowadays, our stories aren’t the old houses have either been nearly as harrowing as the moved away or torn down. tales passed along from the And the Presbyterian church 1927 flood. My uncle stayed building keeps fading back to in the second story of his what it must have looked like house on North Broadway in prior to its restoration. Greenville in ‘27. He was Then the 2011 Mississippi working underneath a Model River flood hit. Every time the Mississippi Mississippi River rises, it creeps A parked on the levee when Seen President Herbert Hoover back and turns Rodney into a by Walt Grayson walked past on Hoover’s big river town again. Only in this flood tour. My uncle said he flood Rodney wasn’t just on the disliked the administration so much he river, much of it was in the river. didn’t even bother to get out from under We flew over Rodney in the WLBT the car to see what the man looked like. helicopter a few days before the height of By and large, it was only those places the flood, and I saw water already climbnot protected by the levees that caught ing up the steps of the Presbyterian water this time. Lots of deer camps on church. My fear was that if water ever the river and all of those houses on got inside and warped the floor and Upper Lake Ferguson in Greenville, for mildewed the walls, the building might example. And low-lying areas around never be fixed again. Vicksburg and Natchez. Fort Adams. Well finally, the other day Miz Jo and And just about the entire town of RodI got the chance to drive down to Rodney. ney to see what the flood had done. The Rodney was an 1800s Mississippi old Rodney Baptist church building had River port situated between—and about water up to about the top of the door. as important as—Natchez and VicksBut it was a given that the Baptist buildburg. But the Mississippi wandered away ing would flood because it sits in the low to the west, and a river port without a area of town. The mud line on the Presriver isn’t much use. So the people slowly byterian building higher on the bluff was filtered away from Rodney, leaving it a close call, judging from the outside. pretty much just a ghost town by the end Once inside the building, we were unof the 1900s. sure at first whether the water had come My first experience there was while in, because of all of the decades of dirt working on a story about the Presbyteon the floor. But no boards were warped rian church’s 1990 refurbishing. There and there was no mold on the walls. It

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Youth Leadership Program coordinator for the Electric Power Associations of Missisthose around me were successful as well. sippi. The Youth Leadership program stressed The program teamwork, whether with an individual or a also touched group, to make sure that the best job possiSmith’s life in a far ble is done.” more personal way. Pulliam manages a funeral home based “The Washington in Richton and lives in Leakesville with his was amazing, trip wife and daughter. and I will always “I still remember the Youth Leadership remember how program and [recently] was reminiscing wonderful it was. with some of the people that joined me on However, the thing that trip about how much fun we had, and Ladd Pulliam that stands out how we have grown from going through most about the Youth Leadership experithe program,” said Zack Huffman, of ence is my sweet wife, Elizabeth.” Woodland, a 2008 participant currently “We got to know each other over the majoring in public policy leadership at the [2002] leadership conference in Jackson, University of Mississippi. and our friendship continued to grow over In March, at age 19, Huffman became Mississippi’s youngest school board trustee, the Washington, D.C., trip,” said Elizabeth Sanford Smith, a stay-at-home mom living serving the Houston School District. in Bonaire, Ga. “I have been trying to juggle college, a After their meeting at the Youth Leadersocial life and my new duty to the students ship Workshop, she and Smith kept in and community of my hometown; however, it seems to be working out well. I am touch while he attended the U.S. Air Force excited to be able to do a public service at Academy and she studied at the University such a young age,” Huffman said. Magee native Joey Smith, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and an Air Force pilot, recalled one of the important lessons he learned in the program: “Before Zack Huffman you can lead a team, you must first lead yourself,” he said in an email interview during a recent deployment. “You do this by intently listening to other people’s ideas, having a clear and defined goal, and, most importantly, being a person of character. These are principles that the Youth Leadership Program solidified during a formative time of my life.” Smith said the program helped focus him on his goal of attending the Air Force Academy. “It even helped me get accepted,” he said, referring to a letter of recommendation provided by Ron Stewart,

of Mississippi. “At the end of our senior year in college, we knew we were meant to be something more than friends,” Elizabeth Smith said. “Joey and I are so blessed, and we are so thankful for the opportunities that were provided for us because of the EPAs of Mississippi,” she added. “We have a 14-month-old, Lucy, and I can’t wait to see them both after I return from my deployment,” Smith said. “So, personally and professionally, the Youth Leadership program has greatly impacted my life!” “It was a wonderful vacation and great learning experience that I still tell people about over 10 years later,” said Justina Merwin Lee, a 1998 participant from Kiln. Victoria White, of Olive Branch, a 1997 participant and a partner in a Memphisbased business, said, “To this day I use so many skills I learned from the YLP. I am so happy to know this program is still going strong and providing such a blessing to my home state’s young people.”

Career fields of the respondents in a survey of past Youth Leadership Program participants: Education, 44 % Business, 21 % Medical, 12 % Legal, 6 % Government, 5 % Other: community services, military, ministry, media

Where are they now? Selected past Youth Leadership participants

Daisy Starr Anderson, 1995 participant formerly of Richton, teaches elementary and high school art in Vicksburg while working toward a master’s degree in art at Mississippi College. Anne-Marie Baker, 1993, formerly of Pattison, is finance manager at Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. Jacob Forman, 1999, of Pontotoc, is a graduate of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Academy employed at the Tupelo Police Department. Amé Karoly, 2006, of Hattiesburg, graduates this month from William Carey University with plans to prepare for a career in international journalism. April Kimes, 2008, a Greenville native attending Mississippi State University, plans to earn a doctorate in counseling psychology. Rodney Lewis, 2001, formerly of Lucedale, is a captain in the U.S. Air Force working at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga. He writes contracts for Electronic Warfare and Common Avionics systems. Amanda Kay Lovelace, 2001, of Kiln, teaches 10th grade English at Hancock High School and serves as Mississippi’s Beta Club State Sponsor. Jessica Milner, 2004, of Sandhill, graduated magna cum laude at Jackson State University. She is employed at the University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatric Neuroscience and plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience. Clint Moore, 2008, of Petal, was awarded the Presidential Scholarship from the University of Southern Mississippi and plans to become a pediatric surgeon. Tyler Pichard, 2009, formerly of Olive Branch, attends the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he studies mechanical engineering and aspires to be a Navy pilot. Jacob Stutzman, 1997, formerly of Natchez, is an attorney in Jackson.

Joey and Elizabeth Smith, with daughter Lucy, formed a friendship during the Youth Leadership Program that eventually led to their marriage. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he is an E-8 Joint STARS pilot; she is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a stay-at-home mom.

Phillip (Bubba) Vandevere Jr., 1993, of Yazoo City, is the Yazoo County director for the Mississippi State University Extension Service.


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Students receive academic scholarships

The Electric Power Association Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 electrical engineering scholarship to Alyssa Lomas, of Petal. She was sponsored by South Mississippi Electric Power Association, where she is working as a co-op student. Lomas is an electrical engineering major at Mississippi State University. Pictured from left are Michael Callahan, Electric Power Associations

of Mississippi CEO; Ronnie Robertson, Electric Power Associations of Mississippi board president; Alyssa Lomas; and Nathan Brown, South Mississippi Electric chief operating officer. The annual engineering scholarship, funded by the EPA Foundation, was established to provide educational opportunities in an area related to the electric cooperative industry.

The Mississippi Council of Cooperatives (MCC) recently awarded six L.L. Monroe scholarships to outstanding students. Three of the winners recently attended a luncheon honoring their achievement. Pictured from left are James Matthew Reid, Choctaw County, $1,000; Kerry Palmer, Leake County, $500; Ron Stewart, Electric Power Associations of Mississippi senior vice president and MCC board

member; and Miles Melancon, Lincoln County, $1,000. Also receiving scholarships were Courtney Isbell, Pontotoc County, $500; Katilyn Ford, Smith County, $500; and Lauren Rawls, Jones County, $500. MCC is a statewide organization representing Mississippi cooperatives and has awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships in the past five years.


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may seem logical, I was always the learner rather than the teacher. It was the dogs who possessed the greater wisdom—perhaps in an odd canine fashion, but wisdom just the same. I remember well those first two that were mine, chosen specifically for me. Beagles they were, Herman and Homer. I got them as pups when I was a pup, and they saw me through the first two years of college. Homer was the comedian. Always ready to explore anything that resembled fun, he was not the dedicated rabbit hunter I had hoped he would be. Oh, he would chase a rabbit, but he was also willing to leave a track completely to check out a terrapin or watch a squirrel scurry up an oak. He taught me how to see life as an adventure. Herman, on the other hand, was fully dedicated to the task of rabbit hunting. He didn’t know quit, and this led him to be held in high esteem among my hunting companions. Problem was, he never wanted to abandon Mississippi the woods. One afternoon Outdoors late, Herman was by Tony Kinton off in the distance and refused to come when called. We had to leave for home, and there was no choice but to go without Herman. I laid my hunting jacket on the ground and headed in, concern for this little dog haunting me. The next morning I re-

turned to the jacket and there was Herman, drawn there by my scent on the ragged coat. It was as if he knew I would come. He taught me trust. There was Barlow, a curr that belonged to my friend Neal. Barlow was a squirrel dog, the best I have ever seen. He would hunt for anyone, but he was devoted to Neal. Barlow showed me what true loyalty was. There was White. We rescued her from a road ditch, along with her sister, Honey. We raised the two on a bottle and both became truly grand companions. Once I was in a bitter episode with life’s struggles. All seemed bleak; no end in despair could be seen. I walked into my backyard in search of any comfort I could find in the natural world and gazed upward. The gift White gave came

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subtly. I became aware of her presence and the gentle licking on one of my hands, hands that hung limp from a broken spirit. I looked down at her and patted her head. The look she gave was one of understanding, perhaps more understanding than I could grasp. It was as if she was telling me that all would be well. And it was—all was well in time. The despair, though real at the moment, was short lived, probably even ill entertained. Patience was the lesson learned. And let’s not forget unconditional love. Even when we don’t deserve it, dogs give it unconditionally. They love us in their own unique dog ways. We would do well to practice such. A sad commentary is to see dogs disregarded and thrown away, left to an often merciless world. This should not be. No one or no thing should be treated in that manner. But it happens. Tragic, it is. Perhaps you should adopt one of the forgotten. It could change your life. For everybody needs a good dog. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His books, “Outside and Other Reflections” and “Fishing Mississippi,” are available through local bookstores or from the author at P.O. Box 88, Carthage, MS 39051. Price is $25 each.


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Youth Tour 2 “Youth Tour was such a great experience to be a part of and I will never forget it.”

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look back in history and a challenge for the future highlighted the 25th Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Tour. A delegation of 56 Mississippi high school students recently participated in the annual visit to our nation’s capital. Chanler Booker and Lauren Lott represented Singing River Electric Power Association on the Youth Tour. Chanler is the son of Byron and Renee Booker of Moss Point and will be a senior at Moss Point High School this fall. Lauren will be a senior at Richton High School and is the daughter of Timothy and Teresa Lott of Beaumont. The seven-day trip featured visits to the major monuments and memorials, including the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Wall to name a few. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the Kennedy Center. While there, the students enjoyed the theatrical production Shear Madness, one of the longest running non-musicals of all time. “This has been such an amazing trip,” said Chanler.“I would like to thank Singing River Electric Power Association for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.” The students also toured historic Mt. Vernon and spent a day on Capitol Hill. The students attended the popular Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial and enjoyed a performance by the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Band. While visiting Arlington Cemetery, the students reverently watched the changing of the guard and visited the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy. “Youth Tour was such a great experience to be a part of and I will never forget it,” said Lauren.“I am so thankful for this opportunity.” The students also enjoyed a visit to the Smithsonian Museums, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and an evening cruise on the Potomac River. In addition, the students attended a youth day event with more than 1,450 students representing electric cooperatives from across the nation. At this event, Mark Schlappi, an Olympic gold medal winner in wheelchair basketball, delivered an inspiring message. He challenged the young people to make a difference in the lives of others, no matter the problems encountered. “A tragic event in my life made me a better person,” said Schlappi, who was accidentally shot by his teenage friend.“I was determined not to let it wreck my life.” He credits his mother for his success.“She told me, just because you can’t stand up, does not mean you can’t stand out.”

“I would like to thank Singing River Electric Power Association for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.” - Chanler Booker

The students spent a day at the Capitol, which began with a special tour of the Congressional House Floor, graciously hosted by Rep. Gregg Harper. After a tour of the Capitol, Chanler and Lauren joined a group of students who visited with Rep. Steven Palazzo in his D.C. office. Rep. Palazzo encouraged the students to always walk in the direction of their dreams and to strive for excellent leadership skills. He congratulated the students on their many achievemements. While visiting on Capitol Hill, students also had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Roger Wicker. The Youth Tour is part of an extensive youth leadership program supported by Singing River Electric. “The youth leadership program provides local young people an opportunity to build their leadership skills and learn more about electric power associations in the process,” said Lee Hedegaard, general manager and CEO of Singing River Electric.“It is our goal to sharpen their leadership skills and challenge them to return to their communities and schools to make a difference.” Singing River Electric congratulates these students on their accomplishments.

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Agastache can provide garden color, fragrance nations in the landscape or containers. f I told you about a Reaching up to 30 inches tall, Color flowering plant that likes full sun, needs lit- Spires Pink makes a dramatic thriller tle water and thrives on plant. Try pairing it with May Night salvia. The dark purple flowers of May neglect, wouldn’t you want to go out and buy one? Or several? Night contrast nicely with the clear pink flowers of Color Spires Pink. A plant with these requireHummingbirds will not be ments sounds perfect for our able to resist Agastache Sumhot Mississippi gardens. Agasmer Fiesta, which produces tache (pronounced ag-ahan abundance of sweet nectar. STAK-ee) may just be that The dense, festive, orange-red plant. More commonly known flowers are held high on 28as licorice mint, Mexican hysinch spikes that are showy on sop or hummingbird mint, this even the hottest days of summember of the mint family Southern has—as you may have already Gardening mer. An added feature is that the red base of the flower, guessed—a pleasing licorice by Dr. Gary Bachman called the calyx, will give the aroma. impression of continued flowIt thrives under a high heat ering for several weeks after the petals load in the summer, in areas with westfade. ern exposure or between strips of conAgastache tolerates poor, sandy and crete around sidewalks and driveways. rocky soil as long as it drains. A tight When agastache’s foliage is disturbed, it soil that stays waterlogged will kill the releases the heady fragrance of licorice plant. Do not over-fertilize, as excessive mint. A selection that is certainly landscape- fertilizer causes leggy growth at the expense of flower production. All it needs worthy is Golden Jubilee, an All-Ameris a couple of tablespoons of a good, ica Selections winner in 2003. This slow-release fertilizer mixed in at plantplant has gorgeous, serrated, chartreuse ing. leaves and a symmetrical branching Deadheading is not required, but you habit. It is topped by dense flower spikes of deep lavender-blue from late spring through late summer and into the fall. Another outstanding selection is Agastache Color Spires Pink, which has an upright growth habit and can get quite tall. This plant is a good choice for combi-

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may want to trim back to keep the plant looking tidy. Agastache is an annual or short-lived perennial, and unlike many of its mint cousins, it is noninvasive. It can achieve perennial status because it readily reseeds. This could become a problem, but it is easily remedied by simply removing any unwanted seedlings. Or you could

just sit back and enjoy the agastache as it pops up in random places in your garden. Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.

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Visiting the U.S. Capitol was a highlight of the Mississippi students’ trip to Washington, D.C., during the 2011 Youth Tour. Rep. Gregg Harper, far right, took the students to the House floor before the Congressmen convened.

Washington, D.C., Youth Tour 2011 Fifty-six of Mississippi’s finest high school juniors spent part of their summer vacation exploring the nation’s capital and making new friends, courtesy of their electric power association. As participants in the 25th annual Electric Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Tour, the students visited many of Washington’s most significant historic and cultural sites during the week-long trip. They also took part in special events with more than 1,450 other Youth Tour participants from other states. A highlight was a visit to the U.S. Capitol, where Rep. Gregg Harper took the Mississippi students to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the Congressmen convened. Each student also had the opportunity to meet his or her Congressman. “It has been such a blessing to be a part of this amazing program,” said participant Daulton Newman of Eupora. “It has been a rewarding experience that I will forever remember.” Newman was selected during the Youth Leadership Workshop in March to represent Mississippi on the national Youth Leadership Council. The workshop and Youth Tour are components of the Electric Power Associations of Mis-

sissippi Youth Leadership Program. Participants are chosen through a competitive process sponsored by their electric power association. “Our program encourages young people to make a positive difference in their schools and communities. We challenge them to not wait to be leaders but use their skills to influence others today,” said Ron Stewart, senior vice president of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. “In order to do this, they need proper training. This program believes the leadership process begins by strengthening individual leadership skills.”

Stewart, statewide coordinator for the program, said the program was established to transform lives and to equip young people to make good choices and take advantage of opportunities. “Thanks to the board and management of electric power associations, we have made a difference in the lives of more than 1,000 young people since the program began,” he said. 2011 Youth Tour delegates and their sponsoring electric power associations are Alcorn County EPA: Aubrey Hodges; Central EPA: Brittney Coleman, Cole Gressett, Erica McCoy, Krissy Winstead; Coast EPA: David

Sen. Roger Wicker speaks to the Mississippi students during their visit to Capitol Hill. Each student also had the opportunity to meet his or her Congressman.

Webb, Joseph Yott; Dixie EPA: Hunter Estess, Mason Robertson, Daniel Vial; East Mississippi EPA: Abbie Smith, Kennedy Smith; 4-County EPA: Brelana Coleman, Megan Gammill; Magnolia EPA: Lizzy Carr, Brianna Johnson, Garrett Rushing; Natchez Trace EPA: Chace Gore, Daulton Newman; North East Mississippi EPA: Andrea Colston, Lauren Cullen, Jacob Stewart; Northcentral EPA: Kaley Barber, Samantha Brunson, Alexia Mazique, Joshua Rushing, Bailey Smith, Derek Starnes, Chase Waldrip; Pearl River Valley EPA: Natalie Bourn, Robert Gay; Singing River EPA: Chanler Booker, Lauren Lott; South Mississippi EPA: Conner Hemphill; Southern Pine EPA: Mia Coleman, Warren Smith; Southwest Mississippi EPA: Derek Migues, Georgianna Pepper; Tallahatchie Valley EPA: Jordan Kile, Hunter Lawrence, Austin Davis Smith, Hannah Waldrip; Tombigbee EPA: Sarah Childers, Abby Clayton, Betsy Kingsley, Mason Lee, Beth Lindsey, Whitney Palmer, Anna Williams; Twin County EPA: Parker Boyles, Mary Kendal Champion, William Jones; Yazoo Valley EPA: David Edwards, Terrian Garvis, James Golden, Desiree Haralson.


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Once Upon a Timeless Recipe Far more than a collection of recipes, “Once Upon a Timeless Recipe” cookbook serves up funny and sentimental stories from Petal students, teachers and others affiliated with school life. e cookbook is a fundraiser for the Petal Education Foundation. Leahne Lightsey, executive director, said a group of dedicated, retired Petal School District teachers volunteered to gather and organize recipes for the cookbook. “We also shared hours of laughs and memories of some 435-plus cumulative years of teaching experiences,” Lightsey said. e cookbook’s “Teacher Treasure Trove” section offers recipes for teacher gifts, participatory food activities for very young children, and quickie recipes teachers and families can use for school projects. Student artwork is featured throughout the cookbook, including cover art by

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Sauce: 1 can tomato sauce 3/4 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp. ground mustard

4 large eggs 1 cup half-and-half 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 3 plum tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices

Fit pie crust into a 9-inch deep-dish tart pan or pie plate. Prick bottom and sides with a fork. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Sauté bell pepper, onion and garlic in hot oil in a large skillet for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in basil. Whisk together eggs and half-and-half in a large bowl. Stir in sautéed vegetables and cheeses. Pour into pie crust; top with tomato slices. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Shield edges of crust with foil after 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Note: Great with melon, fruit and lemonade.

Beach Shrimp 3 lbs. raw shrimp 1 (16-oz.) bottle Italian dressing 1 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 cloves garlic

2 lemons, halved 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup butter, cut up

Combine first 4 ingredients in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, tossing to coat shrimp. Squeeze juice from lemon over shrimp mixture and stir. Add lemon halves to pan. Sprinkle with parsley and dot with butter. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Serve in dish.

Caramel Pound Cake 1 cup butter 1/2 cup shortening 1 box light brown sugar 1 cup sugar 6 eggs 3 cups unsifted flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup evaporated milk 1 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter and shortening until creamy; gradually add sugars and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour with baking powder and salt sifted together. Add vanilla and evaporated milk, then the pecans. Bake in a greased and floured Bundt pan at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until done. Frosting: 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup evaporated milk

1 stick margarine 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup chopped pecans

Combine sugars, milk, margarine and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Boil 2 minutes. Cool. Stir in nuts. Spread on cake.

Oatmeal Cake 1 1/2 cups boiling water 1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda

Molly’s Favorite Pulled Pork Sandwiches 1 pork roast

1/2 (15-oz.) pkg. refrigerated pie crust 1 small red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 purple onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil

Slaw: 1 pkg. shredded cabbage Equal parts oil and vinegar Salt, pepper

Place roast in a slow cooker. Combine sauce ingredients and pour over roast. Cook on High 3 to 4 hours, or until roast falls apart or is easy to pull apart. Bring oil and vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour directly over cabbage. Let it wilt down before serving. Served pulled pork, topped with slaw, on kaiser rolls or other buns.

1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup salad oil

Pour boiling water over oatmeal and set aside. Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add to sugars, eggs and oil. Add oatmeal. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Topping: 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup chopped nuts 1 cup coconut

Combine sugar, milk and butter in a 2-cup microwaveable measure. Microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds, or cook in a saucepan on stovetop until it thickens. Stir in vanilla, nuts and coconut. Cool slightly and spread on cake. Place in oven and broil 1 minute until lightly browned.


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Ask your grandkids hat’s what people told us. I’m impressed if you have a grandson or granddaughter who can help you with your smartphone and computer. I’m also impressed that mine, Hunter and Lealand, can handle their technological paraphernalia as if it were their personal creation. That’s why I’m reluctant to expose my grandson’s flaws that systematically show up at our house. But you know me; my life is an open book. The ongoing damage began years ago with our treadmill. Hunter has always visited during his birthday week, July 5. He had just turned 7 when he discovered my new machine downstairs. I knew from the sound echoing up through the floor that he was running like an Olympic track champion. Much faster than the treadmill’s owners dared to run. What I didn’t know was that our machine had a default setting. After his visit, I visited my treadmill to

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work off some of the pounds I’d gained. (My kitchen is open around the clock for grandchildren. And I’m a taster.) My workout was the fastest in history. I stepped on the machine, turned it on and—flip!—it threw me off like a wild bronco. The injury wasn’t too serious. I could walk normally after three weeks. When Hunter came back the next birthday we had a talk about grandmothers who couldn’t run as fast as their grandsons. During the visit he borrowed Pops’ tools to construct a walkway across a ditch in our woods. Actually a gully. We bragged on his construction but passed on his invitation to try it out. After his visit, I went downstairs to run on the treadmill. The default was set on Manual. If I shoved my legs, the rubber runway would eventually budge a few inches. Pops’ tools had been put to use once again. Through the years Hunter built many modern constructions: a hideout using yards and yards of canvas tarp, and secret huts using a variety of materials he called discarded spacecraft supplies. The tarp construction was located in the middle of a long row of grown crepe

myrtles. A discovery I made too late. When one of the nurtured flowering shrubs disrupted his architectural design, he sawed its sturdy trunk down. My once-beautiful crepes resembled a helicopter’s view of destruction after a major hurricane. Hunter didn’t build anything last summer; he brought his girlfriend to visit us and they stayed in the pool most of Grin ‘n’ the time. He didn’t Bare It fix, build or saw. “He’s growing up,� I told Pops. This July Hunter came in his car, and a few days later our daughter and son-inlaw arrived. Since Hunter’s a whiz on his computer and iPhone, we asked for help. Pops and I wanted to learn more about

Facebook and a dozen other things. So when Babette and Trey headed back to Tupelo, Hunter got busy. He taught us new tricks. Like scanning price tags with the cell phone to compare prices. And how to find our phones when we misplaced them, which is every day. We enjoyed his yearly visit, but did he leave unseen damage in his wake? About dark, Pops decided to contact a friend on his cell phone. I’m thankful Hunter wasn’t around. My normally calm husband discovered that everything in his computer email for the past five years had been downloaded into his iPhone contact list. He scrolled through hundreds of regular and junk emails, but he couldn’t find his familiar list of friends. And to make matters worse, Pops doesn’t use email on his iPhone. Even worse, our grandson had installed apps that were not free. The next day my stressed, no-longercalm husband drove to the Mobile store where he’d bought the phone. “AT&T will fix it,� he told me as he left. No, they didn’t. They couldn’t! Hunter had changed all the phone’s settings. Only one thing to do, the experts informed him: “Buy a new phone, or delete emails one at a time—but they’re likely to reappear.� An incomprehensible task. Oh, did I mention that Hunter was 22 on his birthday? As for next year’s birthday, we’ll insist he bring his girlfriend. Kay Grafe is the author of “Oh My Gosh, Virginia.� To order, send name, address, phone number and $16.95 plus 3.50 S&H to Kay Grafe, 2142 Fig Farm Road, Lucedale, MS 39452.


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We gladly list events of statewide interest, as space allows. Submissions should reach us at least two months prior to the event date and must include a phone number with area code. Mail submissions to Mississippi Events, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300; fax to (601) 605-8601; or e-mail to news@epaofms.com. All events are subject to change. We recommend calling to confirm dates and times before traveling. For more events and statewide tourism information, go to www.visitmississippi.org.

Gator Display and Gator Gala, through Nov. 3, Gautier. Forty fiberglass Gators created by local artists displayed throughout the city. Silent auction of Gators at gala Nov. 3; admission; IP Casino. Details: (228) 217-1655. City Wide Rummage Sale, Aug. 6, Laurel. Indoor sale; spaces for rent. Sellers pre-register at www.myrummagesales.com. Admission free. Magnolia Center, South Mississippi Fairgrounds. Details: (601) 319-6086. Senior Day at Central Mississippi Fair, Aug. 12, Kosciusko. Free health screenings and information, exhibit scavenger hunt, breakfast, bingo and entertainment for ages 50-plus; 8:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Attata County Coliseum. Details: (662) 289-6964. The Trace Traditions, Aug. 13, Ridgeland. Musicians performing acoustic traditional country, gospel and folk music; 1-4 p.m. Per-

formances continue every second and fourth Saturday. Free. Log cabin, Natchez Trace Parkway. Details: (601) 845-2534. The Shadrix Trio in Concert, Aug. 13-14, Starkville. Performances 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Longview Baptist Church and 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at Fellowship Baptist Church. Details: (662) 312-8840 (Longview), (601) 941-0004 (Fellowship). All-Breed Dog Shows, Aug. 19-21, Southaven. Memphis Toy Dog Club show Aug. 19-20; Memphis Kennel Club AKC Dog Show Aug 21-22. Admission. The Arena. Details: (901) 353-1805; tapyocas@aol.com. Choctaw County Jamboree, Aug. 20, Ackerman. Bluegrass, old-time and gospel music featuring Harmony & Grits and Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers; 6 p.m. Admission. Choctaw County Community Center. Details:

(662) 617-3744. Mississippi Clogging Extravaganza, Aug. 26-28, Gallman. Workshops for dancers. Clogging exhibitions for spectators 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Details: (601) 906-2882; www.msclogextravaganza.com. 35th Annual Country Festival, Aug. 27, Union. Arts, crafts, food, antique car and tractor parade, entertainment, bike rally, political speaking, talent show, Country Boy/Gal pageant. Downtown. Details: (601) 774-9586. Mississippi Sacred Harp Convention, Aug. 27-28, Forest. Singing begins at 10 each day; potluck lunch. Antioch Primitive Baptist Church. Details: (601) 940-1612. Children’s Consignment Event, Sept. 1-3, Columbus. Free. The Point gymnasium. Details: (662) 574-0110; www.new2uconsignment.com. Kids Fishing Rodeo, Sept. 2, Walnut Grove. Golden Memorial State Park, 4:30-7 p.m. Details: (601) 253-2237. Walnut Grove Day, Sept. 3, Walnut Grove. Arts, crafts, entertainment, Kids Fun Zone, food and family fun. Downtown. Details: (601) 253-2321; www.walnutgroveday.com. 10th Annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes, Sept. 6-12, Columbus. Various events including theatrical performances, scholars presentations, “Stella” shouting contest, food, poetry, Streetcar Run and much more. Details: (662) 328-0222; www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams. Hummingbird Migration Celebration, Sept.

9-11, Holly Springs. Hummingbird banding, live animal shows and experts, nature vendors, artisans, native plant sale, nature walks, wagon rides and more. Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. Details: (662) 252-1155; strawberryplains.audubon.org. “Mississippi Remembers,” Sept. 9-11, Brandon. Flag display honoring victims of 9/11. Sgt. Maj. Tony Rose, a Pentagon survivor and Medal of Heroism recipient, to speak at 2 p.m. Sept. 11. Frank Bridges Memorial Soccer Fields. Details: (601) 825-2094. The Famous Dixie Echoes in Concert, Sept. 10, Hattiesburg. Also appearing: The Revelations Quartet, Calm Assurance, Hunter C. May; 6 p.m. Admission. Saenger Theater. Details: (601) 584-4888, (601) 214-8017; www.hattiesburgsaenger.com. Car Show and Gospel Sing, Sept. 10, Hattiesburg. Proceeds support Wounded Warrior Project. Registration fee; admission free. Pineview Baptist Church. Details: (601) 4671138; anderson1549@bellsouth.net. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Dance, Sept. 11, Biloxi. Admission; 2-5 p.m. Hard Rock Casino. Details: (228) 392-4177. Southwest Mississippi Quality Deer Management Association Banquet, Sept. 13, Brookhaven. Admission; 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Civic Center. Details: (601) 754-5592, btgray@bellsouth.net.

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It’s your turn, kids Photographs by our youngest readers will be showcased in Today in Mississippi’s next Picture This theme, “Through the Eyes of a Child.” Photographers age 18 and under are invited to submit one or more favorite photos. We will publish some of the most eye-catching in our October issue. Photographers whose photos are selected for publication are eligible for a $200 cash prize, to be awarded in a random drawing in December. This is not a contest, as photos will not be judged. Photos are selected for publication based on their overall quality, relevance to the given theme and visual impact. Submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed to us by Sept. 19. Selected photos will appear in the

people in the picture. • Submit as Submission requirements • Photos must relate to the given theme. many photos • Photos must be the original work of an as you like, but select amateur photographer. only your • Photos may be either color or black best work. and white, print or digital. • Prints will • Photos must be in sharp focus. be returned if ac• Digital photos should be high-resolucompanied by a self-adtion JPG files. The images may be dressed, stamped envelope. We cropped but please do not use photocannot, however, guarantee their safe editing software to enhance colors or return through the mail. tones. How to submit • Please do not submit a photo with a Send prints or a photo CD to Picture date appearing on the image. This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box • Photos must be accompanied by the 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Or, photographer’s name, age, address, e-mail your digital photo (as an attachphone and electric power association. ment to your e-mail message) to Include the name(s) of any recognizable October 2011 issue of Today in Mississippi.

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