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Our grassroots begin with you or the next several months, Mississippi’s legislative body will be in session at our state Capitol and will be reviewing thousands of pieces of legislation. It’s not an easy task for these dedicated public servants. They must become informed on a diversified slate of issues to determine what is good for our state. They have to spend endless hours examining proposals and researching facts. Upcoming legislation will cover a wide range of issues, from education to health care, from formulating a state budget to electric utility issues. Yes, that’s right. Quite often legislation comes before the lawmakers that deals with electric power associations. Just this past year, we supported an important piece of legislation requiring motorists to slow down and move over one lane of traffic when approaching a utility vehicle on the roadside. Due to the tremendous support of our legislative and executive branches, this legislation became law last July. This is an example of the positive things that happen when people come together and support a common cause. And, on behalf of our more than 2,800 employees, we applaud our elected officials for listening and enacting this law, which provides another safety measure for our crews. Legislators understand the importance of grassroots efforts. They want to hear from us. And we do our part, working with lawmakers on legislation so it is fair to our electric cooperative members. What exactly does it mean to be part of a grassroots movement? It can be as simple as sending an email on an important issue to a state legislator, or even a phone call. It’s your involvement that lets them know how you, their constituents, feel about certain issues, and it plays an important role in how they cast their vote. Another strong voice serving on your behalf comes from the board of directors and management of your local electric power association. They are well versed in what’s happening and do everything they can to keep your electric costs affordable. In addition, they represent the voice of more than 1.8 million Mississippians who depend on us for affordable, reliable

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electric service while being environmentally responsible. You are part of one of the largest grassroots bases in Mississippi. Another general term you hear around state and federal government is “lobbying.” In my conversations, I like to refer to it as “advocacy.” Simply put, it involves citizens talking with legislators through spokespeople. Our freedoms are important only if exercised. With a strong statement from our engaged membership and dedicated workforce, we can help drive our concerns home. And, when lawmakers hear from our folks—voters—back home, they listen. Electric power associations are looking out for you, making sure you have affordable, reliable and safe electricity. Sometimes state or federal laws and regulations threaten this, so we “advocate” hard on your behalf. But without your support, our ideas often don’t reach the right ears. No matter how loudly we speak out on how legislation or an agency rule may impact electric bills, our voice dims in comparison to one of the most untapped resources in our communities—you. We’re a statewide association—you are a voter. We’re working hard on your behalf, but your support helps ideas take root and survive. The 26 electric power associations across the state are committed to powering your community and empowering you to improve your quality of life. We work closely with political leaders and want to encourage you to use these tools to help us plant deeper grassroots.

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Mississippi is . . . . . . a beautiful state tied together by ribbons of highways built by my dad and two brothers. Ribbons of highways from Tishomingo...Carthage...the original Tom Bailey Drive around Meridian...McComb...Poplarville...Vicksburg. Several sections of the Natchez Trace and many more. They helped with the construction of Enid Dam and Flint Creek Water Park. Our families will have special memories in the years to come as we visit the parks and travel these ribbons of highways. — Bobbie Culpepper Walker, Meridian I’m proud to be a Mississippian because it means I can walk to my mailbox without locking my door. It’s waking up to a beautiful sunrise over the trees and breathing in fresh air. It’s smelling the sweet magnolias in the spring. It’s jumping off an old bridge into a channel and praying there ain’t snakes. — Kymberlee Smith Daddy throws a mullet net off the seawall Telling us kids, be careful, don’t fall. Later years, playing on a beach that wasn’t there, Smelling and feeling the salty gulf air. Screeching gulls flying and dipping low, Picking up shells, splashing as we go. Sound of crickets, fireflies everywhere, Sitting on the porch, in the moon’s yellow glare. Granny’s Sunday gumbo along with crab claws, Her old dog Bo, lying in the sun, licking his paws. These memories I cherish and love the most, Growing up at my home, the Mississippi Gulf Coast. — Shirley F. Ladner, Petal

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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves How do you view the role of lieutenant governor in state government? The lieutenant governor’s role should be to shape smart public policy that makes Mississippi a better place to live, work and raise a family. The lieutenant governor serves as the presiding officer of the state Senate and helps to guide legislation through the legislature, along with the speaker of the House of Representatives. What are the key responsibilities of the lieutenant governor? Mississippi’s lieutenant governor position is unique when compared to other states. In the 1800s, Mississippi chose to give the lieutenant governor strong authority through the state constitution. With the approval of the Senate, the lieutenant governor appoints members of Senate committees and assigns all bills to committees. The lieutenant governor also serves as acting governor when the governor is out of state. What have been some of your major accomplishments in your first year as lieutenant governor? Mississippi has a balanced budget for fiscal year 2013 that spends more on education and adequately funds other priorities for the fiscal year that began in July. One of my priorities, setting aside 2 percent of state funds for a “rainy day,” was adopted to provide a cushion in the current economic climate. We also sent a message to state agencies that the legislature will not tolerate wasteful spending. I campaigned last year on cutting government waste, and one of the most egregious examples has been our spending on state cars. Taxpayers have paid for about 7,500 vehicles— that’s one for every four state employees —even buying cars for the government in a recession, when most Mississippi families couldn’t afford to buy one for themselves. That is far too many government cars. So we placed a yearlong moratorium on state car purchases and ordered a 2 percent annual reduction in

the fleet for three years. That will save taxpayers $12 million. In education, we enacted reforms to save money and clearly communicate school performance. In an effort to make school district ratings more transparent, the legislature changed the grading system to A, B, C, D and F. The simplified grading terminology will clarify district performance for parents. Also, school district administrative functions were consolidated in both Sunflower and Bolivar counties, saving taxpayers more than $3 million. The legislature approved several measures to make Mississippi an even better place to do business. I believe government should create an environment to encourage the private sector to create more jobs. The legislature laid the groundwork by allowing businesses to claim a tax credit on inventory held in the state, which will encourage companies to invest more capital in creating jobs. The state’s workers’ compensation law also was reformed to ensure a more fair and impartial relationship between the worker and employer with provisions to better define the employee’s choice of physician, implement stronger measures against workplace drug and alcohol use, and increase certain benefits. As you move into your second year, what are the major issues and how will you address them? My top priority is fixing our broken education system. Too many Mississippi students are stuck in a school that is not working for them. Too many teens are

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, right, talks with Michael Callahan, CEO of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, at Reeves’ office in the state Capitol.

giving up on an education and dropping out of school. Too many parents are frustrated with the lack of options for their children. It’s time for Mississippi to rethink what is possible in public education. We need innovative ways to improve public school education in our state, and public charter schools are one way we can achieve our goals. By allowing a choice, healthy competition will spur both traditional schools and charter schools to do their best to attract quality teachers and better educate students. I would like to see public charter schools allowed in every school district, giving all parents a choice in their children’s education. However, I am willing to compromise and support a bill to allow public charter schools in districts graded by the Mississippi Department of Education as C, D or F, and in A and B districts with local school board approval. Charter schools would be required to have a proven track record of success. Public charter schools would be funded with existing dollars. No new taxes would be added. The funds within the current school funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, would follow a student to their school of choice. Of course, charter schools are only one part of the solution to our education problems. We will review many ideas during the session that raise the bar for

our administrators, teachers, parents and, most importantly, our students. How do you view the financial stability of state government? Our state’s finances are steady, but Mississippi has not been immune to the economic difficulties seen worldwide. This session, the legislature set aside money in the Rainy Day Fund for only the second time in eight years, and we ended the fiscal year with $268 million more dollars than we anticipated. However, our state economist predicts revenues will not return to prerecession levels for another two years. He has described our economy as weak and vulnerable. While our revenues for the year are slightly higher than we expected, the national economy is fragile. That fact, coupled with the millions of dollars that Obamacare could cost the state, means the legislature must be cautious in its spending. Our readership is primarily rural. What opportunities do you see in the rural areas of Mississippi? Mississippi is a rural state, and our rural areas will always be important to our future. I see real opportunities for growth through promoting tourist attractions, supporting our agriculture industry, developing energy resources and strengthening our workforce


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Rankin County native first elected as treasurer through partnerships with community colleges and universities. Electric power associations are Reeves presides over the Mississippi Senate. an important ally in the state’s economic development efforts. By building a consensus among the How do you view our role? Senate and with the help of Speaker Electric power associations are invalu- Philip Gunn and Gov. Phil Bryant, we able to building a successful economic can pass strong, conservative legislation development program. Without the for the state. strong partnership by electric power associations, the legislature, governor and Mississippi Development Authority would have a difficult time recruiting new businesses to the state. When companies look at Mississippi, they want a strong workforce, reliable power In January 2012, Reeves announces a bipartisan leadership team to lead Senate source and room to committees. Reeves’ decision on committee chairmen was praised as a reflection grow. of all areas of the state. Your office is often referred to as one of the most powerful seats in state government. Do you feel this observation is valid, and if so, how have you harnessed the power to benefit Mississippi? While the Mississippi Constitution granted this office with much authority, I believe we can best accomplish smart public policy for the state with input from Mississippians from across the state. When I was elected, I met with each of the 52 members of the state Senate about their interests and needs of their districts. From those meetings, I put together a solid leadership team in the Mississippi Senate that represents the entire state. I didn’t just appoint leaders from central Mississippi where I’m from, and I didn’t limit leadership to just members of my party. We put a team together that reflects all of Mississippi.

After you have completed your first term as lieutenant governor, how would you like Mississippians to remember you? We must increase the education attainment level of our residents to make Mississippi an attractive place for businesses to locate and expand. We need a workforce prepared for highly technical careers that pay well. When my time as lieutenant governor is over, I hope the legislature will have made a difference in education that will lead to a stronger foundation for a healthy economic development environment. We accomplish this with real education reform initiatives like public charter schools, more rigorous academic standards for our schools and increased reading proficiency levels among students.

Elected in 2011 as Mississippi’s lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves stands ready to help guide the state toward a brighter future through a focus on improving educational achievement for students, supporting the creation of high-skilled jobs and responsibly managing the taxpayers’ money. Reeves led the 52-member Senate in a successful 2012 legislative session with a focus on keeping government spending under control, reforming education and making Mississippi a better place to raise a family. Reeves was named Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Municipal League in 2012. Previously, Reeves was elected as Mississippi’s 53rd treasurer in 2003 and re-elected to a second term four years later with 61 percent of the

vote, the highest percentage of any candidate running for statewide office. He was the first Republican treasurer in the state’s history. Reeves is a Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School. He is an honors graduate of Millsaps College and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics. Reeves has continued to be an active alumnus and remains involved with his alma mater. Reeves and his wife, Elee Williams Reeves, a Tylertown native, are the proud parents of three daughters, Sarah Tyler, Elizabeth Magee and Madeline Tate. The Reeves family attends Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, where Elee and Tate co-chaired a past Capital Campaign.

Tate and Elee Reeves pose for a family portrait at the state Capitol with their children (from left) Madeline Tate, Sarah Tyler and Elizabeth Magee.

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ou have to assume the Mayan calendar must have been continued on another rock, which archaeologists haven’t

found yet. The first calendar ran out Dec. 21, 2012, which had folks who produce TV shows on those upper cable channels thinking that the world was coming to an end that day. But it didn’t. I told Miz Jo that I thought I’d hold off Christmas shopping until after the 21st just in case. But I didn’t fool her a Mississippi bit. She knows that I Seen usually don’t ever do none of that worked. by Walt Grayson much shopping until the When I was growing up in the last few days before Delta, we would drive past a canChristmas, anyway. But at least I had an non beside Highway 82 east of Greenexcuse this past year. wood at old Fort Pemberton. This is one So here we are in the New Year and of those places where the Union gunlooking ahead to the future again. How- boats were turned back and kept from ever, there are some incidents in the past getting into the Yazoo River. I’d also like to consider as we bound off Not too long ago I visited the Cotinto 2013. tonlandia Museum (now The Museum These years between 2011 and 2015 of the Mississippi Delta) in Greenwood are the block of years marking the 150th where they have that gun, all restored. It anniversary of the Civil War. Since April is a rare spiral-bore type weapon that of 1862 the Union Army had a strong they are awfully proud to have. presence in north Mississippi after the To everyone’s surprise, it turns out Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, just above the cannon had been loaded all the time Corinth. Then 150 years ago about right it sat there after the war. My guide now, going into 1863, Generals Grant laughed and told me that it was a wonand Sherman started converging on der it didn’t kill anyone. He said when Vicksburg. they were kids they used to climb all These winter months 150 years ago over it and throw firecrackers down the Grant spent breaking levees in the Delta barrel. to try to get enough backwater to float Northeast Louisiana is where most of gunboats into a variety of rivers to get to Grant’s army migrated in these first few Vicksburg via the Yazoo. cold, wet winter months 150 years ago, He didn’t leave out north Louisiana digging and diverting and making other in the process. In trying to bypass Vicks- plans. It took until April, but they finalburg without having to go down the ly got the transport boats south of Vicksriver itself and take fire from the guns in burg by going ahead and running the the city, he broke the levee at Lake Prov- batteries past the city. They shuttled the idence. The idea was to flood the bayous troops that had collected at Hard Times and backwaters enough to get troop Landing, across the Mississippi River transport boats south of Vicksburg via south of Newellton, La., over to Bruinsthat route. He even tried to dig a canal berg in Mississippi, just south of Bayou across DeSoto Peninsula south of VicksPierre from Grand Gulf. burg and get boats through there. And the rest, as they say, really is hisWithout going into a lot of detail, tory.

I was in Tensas Parish, La., doing a story about repairs on the antebellum home Winter Quarters, owned by Haller Nutt of Natchez, when I was struck by the proximity of Hard Times Landing to Grand Gulf and Bruinsburg. You'd think it was a long way away after you've driven over there in your car. But you are no distance at all from the cooling tower at the Grand Gulf power plant just across the Mississippi on the other side of the levee. Photo: Walt Grayson

Several places have commemorations of the Vicksburg Campaign going on these next few months, including The Museum of the Mississippi Delta at Greenwood. Go see the restored cannon. But no firecrackers allowed.

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Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television, and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Contact Grayson at walt@waltgrayson.com.

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A cold winter in 1948 s Mr. Roy and I were driving to Mobile, Ala., in mid-December, the weather was a mixture of rain and sleet. Our oldest daughter Dawn’s flight was scheduled to arrive at 7:10 p.m. She lives in Salt Lake City. I turned to him. “I’m really worried about Dawn flying in this awful weather.” I shivered in fear and said a prayer. He shook his head. “Don’t worry. Flying in bad weather is safer than it use to be, say back during the Berlin Blockade.” I could feel a story coming on. Mr. Roy was big on telling stories to get my mind off a current dilemma. Especially one about an experience he had, or about someone who had shared an aviation story with him. Roy had worked at Brookley Air Force Base many years ago where he met men who had served in World War II. “Is this story about your old friend Carl Hartley who lives in George County?” “Yep, that’s him. Carl enlisted in the

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Britain, French and Russian. Berlin was located in the middle of the Russian zone and it was also divided into the same four zones. An agreement was signed.” “Sounds perilous to me,” I said. “I never figured out why Roosevelt agreed to that.” Mr. Roy continued. “The Russians had the best deal because Berlin, the largest city, was located in the Russians’ East zone. So all four countries took a piece of the pie. Russia’s plan was to eventually take all of Germany. But for three years they didn’t interrupt the land passage into Berlin. “Then in June the Russians closed all land access to Berlin. Without some way to get food and other supplies, two and a half million people that lived in the western part of Berlin could not survive. That’s where Carl came in. He was part of hundreds of air crews sent to fly supplies into Berlin.” The massive effort became known as the Berlin Airlift. I held my hands up. “Stop! This would make a good column for Today in Mississippi.” After Dawn left, Mr. Roy and I were sitting in Carl Hartley’s living room as I asked him one question after another. “The first thing I remember is how bad the weather was, worst in decades in Germany,” he said. “It was grueling, hard work. Twelve-hour shifts, seven days a week. I was there approximately eight months and didn’t have a day off. “Around the clock there were hundreds of aircraft, primarily C54s, flying in and out of Berlin. We took off from three different air bases at three-minute intervals and flew 500 feet apart like a stepladder.” As I listened and thought of the many brave men like Carl who willingly fought and died for our country to remain free from dictators like Stalin, Hitler, Hirohito and Mussolini, it made me think of Tom Brokaw’s book, “The Greatest Generation.” “What did your plane transport?” I asked.

Carl Hartley holds the Medal for Humane Action he earned for his role in the Berlin Airlift.

“Coal. It took the unloading crew 20 minutes to unload 10 tons of coal. Engines were never turned off. Every day crews brought the following items.” I read from a list: 646 tons of flour, 125 tons of cereal, 64 tons of fat, 109 tons of meat, 180 tons of potatoes, 11 tons of coffee, 19 tons of powdered milk, three tons of yeast, 144 tons of vegetables, 38 tons of salt, 10 tons of cheese. Also, 3,475 tons of coal and gasoline were flown in daily. I said, “Carl, I had no idea what a massive effort overcoming the blockade was. When you look back, what are your thoughts today?” “Well, I guess we helped a lot of people and possibly saved West Germany from Communism. To me it was just a job that had to be done. In 1948, that was mine. My six brothers served in the military and my father served in World War I.” I sat silent for a moment, then said, “Thank you, Mr. Carl Hartley.” Footnote: The Berlin Blockade ended May 12, 1949. Today Germany is free, in part because of the bravery of these airmen. And who knows, maybe we are too. 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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Southern Cooking at Meador Homestead’ A rich blend of memories, menus, recipes and photographs—springing from Hattiesburg resident Dean Meador Smith’s love for family, history and entertaining—distinguish her new cookbook. “This is what the book is all about—a way for you to experience over 100 years in the life of a simple family, their way of living and the food they loved to eat,” Smith said. “Pictures in the book visually tie the stories and food together, inviting you to enjoy this tiny southern piece of heaven.” Smith is referring to the Arnold-Meador cabin, built of hand-hewn pine in 1884, the year of Hattiesburg’s incorporation. She and her husband, Eddie, restored the log cabin in 2009 and the following year opened Meador Homestead Bed and Breakfast. There, Smith also operates Simply TeaVine, a popular tea room where she serves southern delicacies and tea in a setting surrounded by camellias, azaleas and pines. The stories and historic photos Smith presents in her cookbook are integral to the history of Mississippi’s Piney Woods region. For example, Smith devotes a chapter to her Circuit Rider’s Tea, a nod to her great-great-grandfather, Levi Meador, a Methodist who traveled on horseback (thus the name “circuit rider”) to preach salvation to settlers and organize congregations in rural areas. The menu includes Preacher Man’s Stew, Hoecakes, Grilled Apple and Cheese Sandwich, and Heavenly Hash Cake. “Momma Dean’s Southern Cooking at Meador Homestead” is a cookbook to be savored. Come on in. It’s friendly and warm inside—not to mention delicious. To order, send check payable to His Lambs Co. to His Lambs Co., 3304 Southaven Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39402. Price is $37.40 for one book, $64.20 for two books and $80.25 for three. Add $5 S&H. For more information, call 601-268-3236 or visit www.meadorhomestead.com. Dean Smith will sign copies of her cookbook Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at Lemuria Books in Jackson.

6 chicken breasts, cooked and diced (8 cups chicken; reserve chicken broth for rice and sauce) 6 green onions 4 celery stalks 2 Granny Smith apples

2 cups red grapes, cut into quarters 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional) 1 cup Uncle Ben’s long grain and wild rice Croissants

Chop chicken, onions, celery, apples, grapes and pecans in a food processor and then combine. Cook rice in reserved broth and add to chicken mixture. Yield: 12 servings Sauce for Salad: 6 heaping Tbsp. chutney 6 heaping Tbsp. mayonnaise 2 heaping Tbsp. sour cream 6 Tbsp. reserved chicken broth

4 tsp. honey 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. nutmeg

Mix sauce ingredients and stir into chicken mixture. Spoon chicken salad onto a crosissant.

Sweet Potato Biscuits 1/3 cup cold butter or margarine 2 1/2 cups biscuit mix

1 cup canned, mashed sweet potato 1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut butter into biscuit mix with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Combine sweet potato and milk, and add to biscuit mix. Stir until blended. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 3/4-inch thickness and cut with a round biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on a large, ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden.

Broiled Shrimp 2 lbs. large fresh shrimp, unpeeled 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, minced French bread slices, toasted

Peel shrimp, leaving tails intact. Place shrimp in a large, shallow broiler pan. Combine oil and next 4 ingredients; pour over shrimp. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 2 hours. Uncover and broil for 7 to 8 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink, stirring once. Serve immediately over French bread. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

English Muffin French Toast 4 large eggs 1 cup nonfat buttermilk 2 teaspoons orange zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 English muffins, split 1 cup fat-free Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. maple syrup Strawberries and nectarines, chopped

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, orange zest and vanilla. Place English muffins in a baking dish, overlapping the edges of the muffins. Pour egg mixture over muffins. Cover and chill overnight. Remove muffins from remaining liquid. Cook muffins in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Stir together yogurt and syrup until blended. To serve, top 6 muffin halves with fruit and yogurt syrup. Top with remaining halves.

Turkey, Bacon and Muenster Sandwiches 4 bacon slices 1 loaf sourdough or roasted garlic bread 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette 1/2 lb. thinly sliced, smoked deli turkey

1 (12-oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and sliced 1-oz. slices Muenster or Havarti cheese

Cook bacon. Cut top off bread loaf and reserve; hollow out loaf, leaving 1-inchthick shell. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette evenly in bottom of bread shell. Layer with half the turkey, peppers and cheese. Repeat layers and top with bacon. Drizzle evenly with remaining vinaigrette and cover with reserved bread top. Press down firmly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours before serving. Slice to make 4 sandwiches.


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Rice paper plant adds tropical flair to garden ne of the easiest ways to add tropical flair to any landscape is to use plants with large leaves. Rice paper plant is a favorite of mine that looks amazing as a component of many landscapes. Rice paper plant is a native of southern China and Taiwan and is known botanically as Tetrapanax paperifera. Interestingly, this is the only plant in the genus. The name refers to the use of the interior of the stem, called pith, to make a form of rice Southern paper. This pith Gardening has the consisby Dr. Gary Bachman tency and feel of plastic foam. The foliage really creates the tropical interest. Rice paper plant has huge leaves that can be up to 15 inches across. The leaves have five to 11 coarse lobes, and the undersides have a dense, white, feltlike texture. The fan-like leaves are attached by very long petioles toward the ends of stems that grow very upright. These characteristics create a visual fan-

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One of the easiest ways to add tropical flair to any landscape is to use plants with large leaves, such as this rice paper plant. Photo: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

like or umbrella-like appearance. The plant blooms in the fall with conspicuous flower panicles that can be 3 feet long and more than 3 feet wide. These panicles are displayed above the

plant foliage. The flowers are grouped in smaller clusters that are ball-shaped. The flowers have what I would describe as a savory aroma. They attract many insects looking for a late-season feeding.

Rice paper plant will form thickets, similar to its distant relative Devil’s Walking Stick, if left undisturbed. The plants readily spread by underground stems called rhizomes. New plants will spring up at various points along these rhizomes. The new little plants will leave a trail in the direction in which the rhizome is growing. New plants can pop up 20 feet away from the original plant, and it’s not uncommon for new rice paper plants to begin to grow in the lawn and other areas. Any unwanted plants are called suckers and can be pruned off. Treating the cut end of the rhizome with an herbicide, such as Roundup, will slow down the rhizome’s outward spread. In Mississippi, rice paper plant has the potential to reach 15 feet in height. The plant will die back in the winter, depending on the temperature. In light frosts and freezes, the stem may die back a couple of feet. Extreme cold can cause dieback to the ground. Treat this plant like many of our other perennials and provide cold weather protection pertinent to your area. Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.


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Lee Hedegaard, General Manager & CEO Lorri Freeman, Manager of Communications Amanda Parker, Communications Specialist For more information, call 601-947-4211/228-497-1313 x 2251 or visit our website at www.singingriver.com

Power cost adjustment decrease to members Lee Hedegaard, General Manager and CEO, Singing River Electric

Beginning January 1, 2013, Singing River Electric will join its members and reach out to help our community with NHN Energy Assistance. In this program, members check a box at the top right of their SRE billing statement to allow their power bill to round up to help a neighbor. Future billing statement totals would also round to the nearest whole dollar. Donations will be given to our local United Way to be distributed one time per year to eligible SRE members in our community who cannot pay their power bill. We ask our members to consider contributing to SRE’s NHN Energy Assistance fund. Your dollars, along with your pennies, nickels and dimes, can help SRE raise thousands of dollars to help others. You can make a difference in the lives of senior citizens, disabled individuals and those who are less

Singing River Electric has announced a power cost adjustment decrease beginning January 8. The power cost adjustment (PCA) on Singing River Electric member bills will decrease 1.5 mills. As a result, a typical residential member bill for 1,000 kilowatt-hours will decrease $1.50, a 1.3 percent decrease. The decrease is in part due to the

lower cost of natural gas which is one of the many fuel sources used to make electricity. The PCA can be a decrease or increase depending on the cost of generating and purchasing electricity. Power costs make up about $.78 cents of every dollar spent by our members. These costs are managed by Singing River Electric working with

South Mississippi Electric, a generation and transmission cooperative, to produce or purchase a diversified mix of fuel sources. “Wholesale power costs are a passthrough expense, and we are happy to pass along the savings at this time,” said SRE General Manager and CEO Lee Hedegaard.



fortunate in our area. It just takes a little to make a big difference in our community. Please consider checking the box to participate in NHN Energy Assistance. You may stop the donations at any time. Your pocket change will be greatly appreciated.

STEP 1: Check the box to participate in the NHN Energy Assistance program. STEP 2: Your monthly bill will be rounded up to the nearest dollar amount. You can choose to end this service at any time.


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MEET YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS Singing River Electric takes pride in introducing those who will be representing you in the 2013 Mississippi Legislature. On these pages are lawmakers representing Harrison, Jackson, George, Stone, Wayne, Greene and Perry counties, as well as addresses where they can be reached by letter. Singing River Electric salutes these individuals who serve their constituents in the spirit of public service and who dedicate their political careers to helping shape the future for Mississippians.



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United States Senators

State Senate

THAD COCHRAN

Sen. Phillip A. Gandy

Sen. Michael Watson

Sen. Brice Wiggins

District 43: George, Greene, Stone and Wayne counties Address: 17 Oakwood Ext. Waynesboro, MS 39367 Years in Legislature: 2

District 51: Jackson County Address: 502 Delmas Ave. Pascagoula, MS 39567 Years in Legislature: 6

District 52: Jackson County Address: P.O. Box 922 Pascagoula, MS 39568 Years in Legislature: 2

ROGER WICKER

Congressional Representative

State House of Representatives STEVEN PALAZZO United States Representative 4th District

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Rep. Manley Barton

Rep. Billy Broomfield

Rep. Charles Busby

Rep. Dennis DeBar, Jr.

District 109: George and Jackson counties Address: 7905 Pecan Ridge Dr., Moss Point, MS 39562 Years in Legislature: 2

District 110: Jackson County Address: 4512 Hawkins St. Moss Point, MS 39563 Years in Legislature: 22

District 111: Jackson County Address: 907 Grant Ave. Pascagoula, MS 39567 Years in Legislature: 2

District 105: Forrest, George, Greene, Perry and Wayne counties Address: P.O. Box 1090 Leakesville, MS 39451 Years in Legislature: 2

Mississippi Legislative Roster A tribute to Mississippi’s elected officials from the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi

Included in the roster: • elected officials in executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government • district maps • legislative standing committees • legislative deadlines calendar • map and directory of electric power associations

Rep. Jeffrey S. Guice District 114: Harrison and Jackson counties Address: 1208 Iola Rd. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 Years in Legislature: 5

Rep. Douglas D. (Doug) McLeod District 107: Forrest, George, Jackson and Stone counties Address: 1211 Bexley Church Rd. Lucedale, MS 39452 Years in Legislature: 2

Rep. John O. Read District 112: Jackson County Address: 2396 Robert Hiram Dr. Gautier, MS 39552 Years in Legislature: 21

Rep. Henry B. “Hank” Zuber III District 113: Jackson County Address: 429 Hanley Rd. Ocean Springs, MS 39564 Years in Legislature: 14

Visit www.singingriver.com, click “News Center” in the green bar, “Legislative Roster” and then “Mississippi Legislative Roster.”


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Leadership, laughing and learning

Youth Leade University Singing River Electric hosted its 2nd Annual Cooperative University in conjunction with its Youth Leadership interviews on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at its headquarters office in Lucedale. All high schools serving Singing River Electric’s service territory were invited to nominate one member of the junior class to represent the school at the Cooperative University and interview. Student nominees were required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, be involved in extra-curricular activities, be active in church, civic and community activities and receive electricity from Singing River Electric at their main residence. During the Cooperative University, students got to know each other and learned about electric cooperatives including how power is generated, transmitted to substations and then distributed to member homes, safety rules and guidelines, energy efficiency and careers in the

electric industry. Speakers included South Mississippi Electric Communications Specialist Jeanetta Bennett along with Singing River Electric Member Service Representatives Jeff Gray and Stan Mills, Manager of Human Resources Annette Riley, Safety Coordinator Jason Havard, System Engineer Tom Davis, Journeyman Kevin Slay, Manager of Public Relations Lorri Freeman and Public Relations Specialist Amanda Parker. Each student also participated in a 10minute interview during the day, moderated by a panel of out-of-town judges from electric cooperatives across the state. Following the Cooperative University and interviews, three students were selected to represent Singing River Electric at the Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson on February 27-March 1, 2013, as well as the Youth Tour of Washington, D.C. on June 15-21, 2013.

Kenny Holloway dresses out in lineman climbing gear during the Cooperative University safety presentation.

Singing River Electric’s Tom Davis brought the students to Lucedale’s dispatch center and demonstrated how power outages are reported using the Interactive Voice Response phone system and then restored with the help of the Outage Management System. Alexis Krohn and Victoria Cason try on a pair of lineman rubber gloves, an important piece of personal protective equipment.

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2013 Youth Leadership Winners

Caroline Bradley George County High School

Victoria Cason Wayne County High School

Anna Del Castillo Ocean Springs High School

2013 Co-op University Students Students represented their high school based on leadership and community service.

Martin Cernas Gautier High School

Channing Cochran Perry Central High School

Madison Frazier Resurrection Catholic High School

Jhadia Harris St. Martin High School

Lauren Hinton Richton High School

Kenneth Holloway Pascagoula High School

Alexis Krohn Vancleave High School

Trent Moorman East Central High School

Hayden West Greene County High School


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This year will mark Singing River Electric’s 75th anniversary of serving the electric needs of southeast Mississippi. Please help us by sharing your story or photos of how you first received electric service. Call Lorri Freeman at 601-947-4211 ext. 2251, or email freeman@singingriver.com to share any stories or photos.

Nick DeAngelo, Member Services Rep. deangelo@singingriver.com

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Celebrating 75 years

Exterior lighting for your home

In days leading up to and following the Winter Solstice, daylight hours are shorter and kilowatt-hours used for your exterior lighting increase. This is an often over looked cost associated with your electric bill.

Singing River Electric Power Association W e ’ r e g o n e m o s t o f t h e d a y, s o i t d i d n ’ t make sense to keep an empty house comfortable. But now when we get h o m e , i t ’s r e a d y. I’m saving money on my electricity bill just by programming a thermostat. Wha t can you do? Find out ho w the little changes add up at w w w . s i n g i n g r i v e r. c o m / e n e r g y g u i d e . h t m l .

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If a typical home has 4-100 watt incandescent flood lights that operate 12 hours per day, the cost to the homeowner would be $15.26 per month or $183.17 annually. Some alternatives to this are more efficient lamps, motion-activated lighting fixtures and timers. To illustrate possible savings, if 4 fluorescent lights were used in place of the incandescent in the prior example, you could save up to $136 annually. This is a very simple yet effective way to lower your bill on a monthly basis. For more information on this and other energy-efficiency tips, visit our website at www.singingriver.com and “like” our Singing River Electric page on Facebook.


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SRE’s September 2012 NHN Grant recipients

Left to right: SRE Manager of Public Relations Lorri Freeman presents a NHN Grant check to CASA personnel including Volunteer Coordinator Allison Statham, Executive Director Frances Allsup, Board Treasurer Marilyn Montgomery and Board President Johnnie Bernhard. A $2,400 grant was awarded to CASA to purchase a computer, heavy duty printer/fax/copier, shredder and badge ID card printer.

SRE Public Relations Specialist Amanda Parker (third from left) presents a NHN Grant check to Backpack Buddies of Moss Point volunteers (left to right) Beulah Ginn, Martha Moss, Pinky Broussard, Naomi Broussard Brown and Kay Balcer. A $1,300 grant was awarded to Moss Point Active Citizens to purchase industrial rolling carts, stackable bins, crates and a hand truck, all for storing and transporting food for Backpack Buddies.

2013 NHN Grant Changes: Beginning in 2013, Singing River Electric will add a fourth application period to its Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Community Grant Program. This addition will provide local non-profit organizations serving the communities within SRE’s service territory with more opportunities to receive funds for their projects. Grant application deadlines will be the second Friday of January, April, July and October. Within the grant application deadlines, SRE will award up to two $2,500 grants for an annual possible budget of $20,000. Applications are accepted year round.

The four 2013 NHN grant application deadlines are: January 11 April 12

Left to right: SRE AMR billing clerk Shelia Ward presents a NHN Grant check to Mt. Sinai Family Worship Center Deacon James Myles and Mt. Sinai Food Bank Director Keenan Bishop. A $1,300 grant was awarded to the food bank to help purchase a storage building for housing and distributing food.

Reporting a power outage is as easy as pressing “1!”

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For application criteria and more details, visit www.singingriver.com and click on the NHN Community Grant Program link under the “my Community” tab.

Our Outage Management System will automatically recognize your account if your phone number is correct!

Check your bill amount by pressing “3”.

Update your account information and speed power restorations by emailing us at contactus@singingriver.com or calling any SRE number.


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Online extras for our readers Looking for a recipe or story that ran in a past issue of Today in Mississippi? Wonder how to contact your state representative? You can get that information and much more at our websites: • Go to Today in Mississippi’s website at www.todayinmississippi.com to read the content of the current issue, a digital version of the publication and archived back issues. The searchable recipe section offers recipes from current and past issues, and the current “Picture This” reader photo feature is available for download. • Go to the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi website at www.epaofms.com to gain free access to the 2013 Legislative Roster, a directory of statewide elected officials in Mississippi. There you will also find information about Mississippi’s 26 elec-

tric cooperatives as well as a “Let’s Talk” section where you can ask us questions regarding energy issues. Also, remember to “like” Today in Mississippi on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TodayinMississippi. We want to stay in touch with you!

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Nature’s beauty abundant in winter’s austerity inter dominates. Few are those pleasant days that beckon one to venture into wild places away from warmth and shelter. Gone are those spectacular color shows of autumn. Spring blossoms are yet too distant to quicken hopes for change. Some might argue Mississippi that there is nothing to see Outdoors apart from obvious austerity. by Tony Kinton And there is some truth in that. Save the odd beech or oak that has clung tenaciously to its foliage, leaves are gone. Even those remaining are brown and curled. But beauty remains. It comes more in the form of light and shadow than it previously did in color. Properly set on the horizon at sunrise or sunset, even those naked arms and fingers of big timber afford an alluring portrait, haunting though it may be. It all comes down to what the observer looks for and sees. Consider an early-morning field or woods edge or lawn covered with frost. It dances and sparkles and is filled with motion, with life of a different sort not available at any other time. As sunlight pushes misty tentacles through bare to Autumn’s splendor gives way branches and kisses the ground, a gradwinter’s austerity. ual unfolding of majesty occurs. The frost at first reflects that light in twinShort lived, to be sure, but simply too kling diamonds that stir the senses. This marvelous to miss. may prompt an unexpected exhaling of Look, also, to a late afternoon. Day excited breath, which rises toward heavends in a grand display of orange red. en in a gleeful fog. Then the frost is These settings, if listened to carefully, slowly transformed. It gives off a smoky speak. Their proclamation can be sober, salute and vanishes in a sigh of warmth. painting the passing of time. But they

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Photos by Tony Kinton Late-autumn sunrise over Trace State Park Lake. Winter is on its way.

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can also be comforting, a time for reflection. And like their opposites of 10 hours earlier, they are too good, too important to miss. So, if the austerity of winter becomes overpowering and drives you to a search for beauty, bundle up and go outside. Listen intently. Watch judiciously.

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Beauty is at the core of even a winter’s day. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His books, “Outside and Other Reflections,” “Fishing Mississippi” and his new Christian historical romance novel, “Summer Lightning Distant Thunder,” are available in bookstores and from the author at www.tonykinton.com, or P.O. Box 88, Carthage, MS 39051.


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1. An intimate look at brilliant leaves. Photo by Timothy D. Carter, Olive Branch. 2. Reflections of autumn. Photo by Phyllis Smith, Yazoo City; Yazoo Valley Electric member. 3. Lowndes County field of wildflowers. Photo by Melissa Cole, West Point; 4-County Electric member. 4. Bodacious toad stools. Photo by Bonnie VanceWhittington, Gloster; Southwest Miss. Electric member. 5. Flying jewel. Photo by Tom Brewer, Picayune; Coast Electric member. 6. Dawn redwood needles in their autumn transformation. Photo by Dr. George Housley, Belden; Pontotoc Electric member.

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CONGRATULATIONS Andrea Scurria, a Coast Electric member in Picayune, is the winner of our 2012 “Picture This” drawing for $200!

Next “Picture This” theme: Kids at Play Submit unposed pictures of kids having fun. Deadline: April 9. Get details at www.todayinmississippi.com.


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vents E Want more than 400,000 readers to know about your event? Send it to us at least two months prior to the event date. Submissions must include a phone number with area code for publication. Mail to Mississippi Events, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300; fax to 601-605-8601; or email to news@epaofms.com. Events of statewide interest will be published free of charge as space allows. Event details are subject to change, so we strongly recommend calling to confirm dates and times before traveling. For more events, go to www.visitmississippi.org.

Mississippi Opry, Jan. 12, Pearl. Featuring Alan Sibley with the Magnolia Ramblers and host Harmony & Grits; 6-9 p.m. Admission. Pearl Community Room. Details: 601-3316672. Introduction to Birding, Jan. 12, Picayune. Birder and writer Susan Epps to discuss birding, including feeding and identification tips. Suitable for ages 7 and up; 10-11 a.m. Admission. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601799-2311; www.crosbyarboretum. msstate.edu. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Jam Sessions, Jan. 13 and Feb. 10, Biloxi. Dance

and jam; 2-5 p.m. Non-member and student musicians may sit in; call for details. Admission. Hard Rock Casino. Details: 228392-4177. Shuffle to the Chefs, Jan. 24, McComb. Tastings of chefs’ cutting-edge cuisine with live music; 6-9 p.m. Benefits ministries of St. Andrew’s Mission. Admission. McComb Mill. Details: 601-249-2735, 601-684-1517. Gulf Coast Orchid Society Orchid Show, Jan. 25-27, Ocean Springs. Exhibits by vendors and orchid societies from Mississippi and other states; plant sale. Singing River Mall. Details: 228-474-2500; bjwzoo@aol.com.

Forge Day: Blacksmithing and Metalworking, Jan. 26, Picayune. Metalsmithing demonstrations by area craftsmen and hands-on opportunity; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission. Crosby Arboretum. Details: 601-799-2311; www.crosbyarboretum. msstate.edu. Hot Chocolate Classic, Jan. 26, Brandon. 5K run/walk with 1-mile kids fun run to follow; 8 a.m. Entry fee. Rankin Landing parking lot, Ross Barnett Reservoir. Details: 601-825-5590;

robin.haney@rcsd.ms. Natchez Gun Show, Jan. 26-27, Natchez. Admission. Natchez Convention Center. Details: 601-498-4235. Fourth Annual Black History Month Program, Jan. 31, Hattiesburg. Desert Stormera veterans to be honored; 1-3 p.m. C.E. Roy Community Center; reception to follow at African American Military History Museum. Details: 601-450-1942; www.HattiesburgUSO.com.


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