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Talking with Today District 49 Senator Billy Hewes and State Treasurer Tate Reeves, the only majority-party candidates in the race for lieutenant governor, will face each other in the Republican primary election on Aug. 2. Today in Mississippi invited both candidates to submit comments written specifically for our readers. Their responses appear below.

Billy Hewes Temperatures are rising, and festivals and fairs are popping up on every other street corner, which can only mean one thing: There must be an election coming up soon! It’s hard to believe county and state primaries are almost upon us, and candidates will be doing their best to catch your attention in seeking your vote. For me it’s always been a family affair, but I think my kids have gotten wise to me. In over 20 years of service in the legislature, all four of our crew have grown up with their daddy on the road and running for office. With my statewide campaign for lieutenant governor, the travel schedule is nonstop and the intensity level is, well, intense! Paula has always been my biggest supporter and best sounding board, and when it comes to getting to know folks, she’s never met a stranger. She’s become so good at it, her brand of campaigning is known as “Paula-ticking!” Our girls are in college—Katie at Ole Miss, Sarah at State—and with Paula having attended junior college and me graduating from USM, there’s no shortage of constituency groups to discuss around the dinner table. At 17, Gardner is more interested in girls and baseball, but we’re still getting a little work out of him. Our youngest, Sam, probably takes the cake. A couple of months ago while attending an academic competition, he noticed a flyer for a summer camp. Our uninhibited one enthusiastically

asked, “Hey Dad, can I go to a camp this summer?” I replied, “You bet! We’ve already signed you up for one.” He said, “Oh yeah?” To which I said, “Yeah, it’s a CAMPaign. You know, it has the word ‘camp’ in it.” Without hesitating, he retorted, “Yeah, it has the word ‘pain’ in it too.” The office of lieutenant governor is one of the most critical positions in state government because that individual is the presiding officer over the Senate who appoints committees and committee chairmen, and assigns legislation. With the importance of keeping proven, conservative leadership in this position, voters will have a very clear choice in this race, as the main difference between the candidates is that of experience and character. Not just extensive government and political knowhow, but life experience. With my background as a successful business owner, building a family for 25 years with two in college, and living and leading through natural and manmade disasters, I am prepared for the responsibilities of this important post. I am particularly grateful for the electric power associations in the example they set in our communities of civic responsibility and public service. I am proud to have been a supporter of issues important to you and hope to have the opportunity for continued service as Mississippi’s next lieutenant governor. I humbly ask for your vote in the Aug. 2 Republican primary and hope you will keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Paula and I look forward to seeing you out there soon!

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Tate Reeves Thank you to the folks at Electric Power Associations of Mississippi for making editorial space available to candidates. I’m asking for your vote in the Republican primary on Aug. 2. I grew up in Florence, graduated from Florence High School, then attended Millsaps College where I played basketball. I met my wife Elee there, and we now live in Flowood and have two daughters. Before 2003 I had never really thought about running for political office before. After graduating from Millsaps with a degree in economics and earning a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, I went to work in the private sector. Haley Barbour inspired me with his ambition to change Mississippi for the better, and I decided to run for state treasurer in 2003. I wanted to be part of a team focused on improving our state by creating a business-friendly environment where job creators can thrive and grow successful companies. Thanks to the efforts of a very understanding wife and thousands of dedicated volunteers, I was elected in 2003 as Mississippi’s first Republican treasurer and was re-elected in 2007 with 61 percent of the vote. Now I seek to bring new energy, fresh ideas, conservative management and financial know-how to the legislative branch as our next lieutenant governor. During seven years as state treasurer, I’ve worked hard to reform the way our state borrows money to save taxpayers millions in interest payments, reduce our debt burden, protect our credit rating and ensure that our state is investing in

our future in the most fiscally responsible ways possible. I believe our next lieutenant governor should be someone who has executive leadership and a proven record of fighting to protect the best interests of taxpayers. There are still people in Jackson who want government to spend more, borrow more and tax more. Some of them believe government is the answer to every problem and that government can better spend your money than you can. They have power in both parties, and they don’t really care whether a Republican or a Democrat wins as long as it’s an insider who’s accustomed to the ways of the legislature. I believe we need an outsider as lieutenant governor, someone who will serve as a watchdog for taxpayers and a conservative money manager who will fight for every penny of savings we can find. I’ve been your watchdog as state treasurer, and I hope to have your support to continue that role as lieutenant governor. Our faith and values make Mississippi a great place to raise a family. I’m a prolife, pro-Second Amendment conservative who will lead our state into a brighter future. Please take time to learn more about my record by visiting my Website at www.TateReeves.com. Thank you for your consideration and support.

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Impact of June’s heat wave will turn up in July’s energy bills ir conditioners, refrigerators and freezers operated furiously to deal with the extreme heat wave that smothered Mississippi last month. Record-breaking temperatures were reported across the state, as a stubborn highpressure weather system parked over the Southeast, blocking cooling rains. At this writing, there’s no relief in sight. Sweltering, humid days in July and August are just a fact of life in Mississippi. Your electric bill will reflect this spike in your electricity use due to extreme temperatures, so please prepare for the possibility of a higher-than-normal bill. In the meantime, I encourage you to take a look around your home to see how you can curtail your electricity use. Do you really need that second refrigerator or freezer chugging away in the garage? Can you turn your thermostat up a few degrees and wash clothes only in cold water? Have you changed your air conditioner’s filter lately? How about using a clothesline instead of the dryer a few times a month? These are a few simple, low- and no-cost ideas that will help reduce your energy consumption. The people at your electric power association will be happy to help you find other ways to save, so please give them a call. ••• Many Mississippians are still struggling to recover from the devastating floods and tornadoes. Restoration of electric service is a major step in their recovery, so we are doing everything in our power to make sure they get electric service as soon as their meter can safely receive it. If you or someone you know has sustained

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flood damage, please report it to FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362. ••• In this issue, you will meet two candidates vying to become Mississippi’s next lieutenant governor. Today in Mississippi invited District 49 Senator Billy Hewes and State Treasurer Tate Reeves to submit brief comments on their candidacy (see page 2). These Republican candidates will face each other in the Aug. 2 primary election; the winner will appear on the general election ballot Nov. 8. Since these two are the only majority-party candidates for the post, the winner of the primary will face little opposition in November. This is an important year for Mississippi voters, with all state offices being up for election. You can get a list of all the 2011 qualifying candidates for state office at the secretary of state’s Website, www.sos.ms.gov. (Click on Elections and then Candidates and Lobbyists Center.) What better time than Independence Day to resolve to learn about all the candidates so you can make informed choices in August and November. We wish you and your family a fun, safe and meaningful Fourth of July holiday! May God continue to bless our country and our freedom.

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David Lee, a member of Pontotoc Electric Power Association, composed this stunning portrait of an Elegant Candy daylily as a moth rested on a petal. See more reader photos of Mississippi’s lush life in Picture This, on pages 18-19.

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Mississippi is . . . . . . the heart of me, my beginning, The place where the wheels of life started spinning, Walking country roads, laughing with my sister As we popped shiny bubbles where the hot tar would blister. It’s Daddy’s fields of watermelon and sweet sugarcane, Splashing in mud puddles after a steamy summer rain, A trip to the Gulf Coast for a flounder gig, Pulling nets full of crabs from the Bay St. Louis bridge. It is catfish, crawfish, French bread and hot sauce, Magnolias, pines, old oak trees hanging full of moss, Picking juicy blackberries from a thorny roadside thicket, Homemade molasses in one of Mama’s buttermilk biscuits. It is figs, satsumas, mayhaw jelly and delicious summer fruits. Mississippi is cherished memories, my family and my roots. — Sheryl Whitfield Freeman, Centerton, Ark. I grew up in Eupora and left to be with my Navy husband in 1955. After spending most of my working years in San Diego, San Pablo and Pinole, Calif., I returned to Mississippi to live in 1990. It has been great to be with family and old friends again. The spirit of caring concern for others and the generosity for those less fortunate has impressed me beyond the imagination. The Christian philosophy of “When you did it to the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me” is seen at every turn. God bless the wonderful people of Mississippi! — Donnie Pollan Hammack,West Point

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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By Debbie Stringer “It was the desire of the developFrom a prehistoric Native Ameriment committee for the murals to can settlement to the Miss Mississtimulate development along the sippi pageant, Vicksburg’s history water front. It has done exactly and culture are showcased in murals that,” said Bill Seratt, executive dithat transform a concrete floodwall rector of the Vicksburg Convention into block-long art gallery. and Visitors Bureau. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals Since the mural project began, site comprises 32 hand-painted muthe city has added the Children’s rals, most measuring 14 by 24 feet. Art Park and splash fountain at They depict events, people and comCatfish Row, located across the merce significant to the city’s history street from the murals, and last year and development as a port on the an expansive playground was comMississippi River. pleted. Lafayette, La., mural painter Work is under way nearby on a Robert Dafford and his team of transportation museum in the artists created the murals. Local resiLevee Street Depot, set to open in dents housed and fed the artists while early 2012, and on the Lower Misthey worked six years on the paintsissippi River Interpretive Center, a ings, mostly during the winter $27 million U.S. Army Corps of months. Engineers project scheduled to The murals are based on historical open in the spring of 2012. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals transform a floodwall into an art gallery, with history as its focus. At left, a messenger informs photographs provided by local resiThe Vicksburg Riverfront Murals dents. A plaque mounted in front of Jefferson Davis, pictured at his home south of Vicksburg, that he has been elected president of the Confederate States of America. are located on Levee Street. For deeach mural provides background de- “People are amazed at the clarity and detail displayed in the paintings,” said Bill Seratt, of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors tails and images of each mural, visit Bureau. tails about the subject matter. www.riverfrontmurals.com. The Organizations, businesses and famVicksburg annual Independence Day Vicksburg residents who conceived and coor“We got the idea from a floodwall in Padilies funded most of the murals. celebration, with live music and fireworks, will dinated the project, beginning in October ucah (Ken.) that was done by the Nellie Caldwell chaired the committee of be held July 4 along the waterfront. 2001. same artist,” Caldwell said.

Vicksburg erected an arch of cotton bales, above, for President William McKinley’s visit in 1901, the subject of this mural. “The Blues Are the Roots, the Rest Are the Fruits,” at right, pays tribute to Vicksburg native Willie Dixon, a musician and songwriter who helped define the blues and rock-and-roll.


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A detail from the “War Between the States” mural depicts a naval battle at Vicksburg, above. Union troops lay siege to the city from May 17 until its surrender on July 4, 1863. At left, a detail from “The Nation’s Most Destructive Flood (1927)” shows volunteers helping displaced victims in a refugee camp in Vicksburg.

“Methodism and the Founding of Vicksburg,” above right, is a tribute to Methodists’ formative role in the area. “Washington Street: Vicksburg’s Commercial Center,” above, depicts a busy 1912 street scene with a trolley, a wide variety of retailers and the distant Yazoo Canal.

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Landowner preserves mysterious rocks e finally got to make our long-planned excursion out to a wooded hilltop southwest of Louisville a few days ago. I made the remark to Mr. Webb Pruitt Lee, owner of the land, that it hardly seemed possible we got rained out the first few times we tried to come here. At first glance, what we went to see hardly seemed worth the effort. Just a couple of hefty rocks standing upright on their ends and another lying flat in the grass. Spindly pine saplings were beginning to close in the little clearing where the rocks have been for no telling how long. But these rocks are more than just rocks. They are the subject of an ancient legend that I had never heard before, or even heard of before. Ken Spellman mentioned the rocks to me when I was in Louisville doing a story about the Fire Engine Museum. He just off-handedly asked me if I’d like to go out and see Indian Head Rock sometime. Sounded interesting. So he contacted Mr. Lee and we set and canceled many dates over the winter because of rain. But the other day was perfect for driving back into the woods. No danger of getting stuck anywhere this summer so far. Past the gate off the county road, the land gradually rises to a pretty good height. Mr. Lee says the hill used to be a lot higher. But in WPA days, a lot of red dirt was graded from the hill and used in road construction around Winston County. Mr. Lee says back when he was a boy, you could stand atop that hill at night and see the lights of not only nearby Louisville, but Philadelphia and Noxapater and even as far away as Kosciusko. The first time he saw the hill was when his family moved to Winston County out of the Delta after the flood of 1927. At the top of this hill at that time were five similar sized rocks, about 3 or 4 feet high, all spaced evenly standing on end straight in a row. Over time he heard the legend of Chief Chickamawcaw in association with these rocks. Chickamawcaw had chased the ancestors of the Choctaws and finally

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caught up with them at this hilltop. According to the legend, he gave the Choctaws the choice to return as slaves or fight to the finish at dawn the next morning. Even thought badly outnumbered, the Choctaws chose to fight and they prayed all night for deliverance. As the sun rose the next morning and war cries went up from Chickamawcaw and his Mississippi band, suddenly the Seen earth opened up and swallowed the by Walt Grayson Chief and his leading warriors, leaving the Choctaws safe. After eons of erosion, these rocks appeared and are supposed to be the petrified remains of Chief Chickamawcaw. There are only three of the rocks still at the site. All of them were bulldozed down the hillside back when they were getting dirt from here. Mr. Lee took some big tractors and managed to pull

Mr. Webb Pruitt Lee takes a seat beside the biggest stone at Indian Head Rock and proceeds to tell story after story, from the 1927 flood to being shot down in a B-17 in World War II. He, as well as I, was most fascinated trying to puzzle out why these rocks are here and where they might have come from. Photo: Walt Grayson

four back up to the top. One is still out I like them because after all these years in the woods somewhere. Another was of chasing stories around Mississippi, I stolen recently. still get to run into places and legends I am pretty certain the stones are not that are brand new to me. the petrified remains of anyone. But they Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on could be an important ancient archeolog- Mississippi Public Broadcasting television and the auical site. Whoever put them here wanted thor of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and them here really badly. They must weight “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” a ton each.

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The way to a man’s heart no longer through his tummy ere’s a question to ponder: If our economy is in a downhill spiral, according to the media, why do so many fastfood haunts and restaurants have people waiting in line to get served? Pick any night of the week in Lucedale or towns the size of Mobile, Hattiesburg or Jackson, then drive by their restaurants. What do you see? The eateries’ parking lots are overflowing. Are we drowning our economy’s problems in vats of grease, or have we gotten lazy? Our home schooled cooks who are steeped in family recipes have slyly retreated. In our recent past young wives were taught the basics of homemaking: first was cooking, then cleaning, ironing and “Honey, can I get you anything else?” Cooking came natural for some, especially if they enjoyed creating meals

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everyone liked. They established the reputation of “good cook.” Housecleaning is another story. As for me, I like my house clean (who doesn’t) but I don’t like it squeaky clean above writing, entertaining grandchildren, shopping, jogging, Grin ‘n’ playing bridge, Bare It reading and the by Kay Grafe trillion other available fun activities. As for ironing, I despise it but I do iron if wrinkles are conspicuous. I’ll tackle the subject “Honey, can I get you anything else?” in another column. I don’t want to think that applies to me, yet it probably does. Today my mind’s on cooking and eating away from home. At this moment as I write, the sun is going down and a meal is due on our table. My best customer is looking inside the refrigerator, opening pantry doors and closing them with a nosier bonk than normal. This is the place when many wives or husbands say, “Let’s go out for dinner.” And this is also the place when wives or husbands say, “Sounds good to me. Do you want fast food or a put-your-shirt-and-shoes-on restaurant?” I suppose I’ve fallen behind the times. I still cook. One of the many things that has

changed in our culture is the empty kitchen syndrome. In some cases cooking is unbearable if we’re ill, exhausted to the max or just plain too old to cook. No, ma’am! That’s not the syndrome I have in mind. It’s the empty kitchen syndrome equipped with the following excuses: been there done that; I don’t won’t to cook; I’m out of the habit of cooking; the kids are gone so why cook for just me and my husband; I don’t like the taste of anything I cook anymore; it’s cheaper to eat out. These are the most used and beloved excuses. Notice that people built and build houses with fabulous up-to-the-minute kitchens, but the kitchens still sparkle like new 10 years later. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying eating out is a negative activity. It’s simply another way our culture has changed over the years. I really enjoy eating at different restaurants and sampling their cuisines. I could easily add that habit to my other habits in a Mississippi minute. But I love to cook, so my kitchen isn’t empty—it’s got dishes stacked to the ceiling. My best customer is reading over my

shoulder. He said, “If we ate out more often, think of all the extra time you’d have to fold clothes, vacuum under furniture and iron conspicuous wrinkles out of my shirts.” He made the side effects of eating out sound so dismal that I went straight to the kitchen and made a chicken casserole, boiled corn and fried okra. 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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Life just may not get any better than this! t is July in the Southeast. One thing that can be considered a given during this time and in this area is sweltering heat. Perhaps even drought. If June was a reliable indicator, it is safe to say that July will be anything but pleasant when it comes to weather conditions. Makes you want to stay near the AC. But if you can pry yourself loose from the more controlled environment found inside, a simple pleasure waits along the creek banks. Creek-bank fishing is an exercise that was practiced regularly in days past. And while there are those who do it today, the numbers have dwindled. Seems that fishing now equates to big lakes and powerful boats and high-tech rods and reels. There is nothing wrong with this, but to cling tenaciously to such gear and locales precludes some potentially superb fishing action. Finding a creek or other small stream is no chore Mississippi at all; these are Outdoors scattered throughby Tony Kinton out the state. And regardless of their pedestrian appearance, most of these, some little more than diminutive trickles, are loaded with fish. Kentucky and largemouth bass, bluegill, longear (commonly known as redbellies), and the ubiquitous catfish are present in good supply. Just yesterday, as this is written, my friend Neal and I visited such a creek in our area. We arrived there shortly after daylight and stopped

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fishing just before 11:00, this dictated by other responsibilities and the heat index. We left the stream with 25 fish in our coolers, and these covered a variety of species: Kentucky bass, largemouth, longear, bluegill, channel cat. Neal even coaxed in a dandy flathead cat caught on a worm and cane pole. If there is a negative side to creek fishing it is actually getting to those good areas. Public access is often limited, and those spots where access is present are seldom the best places to fish. The angler needs often to go up or down from there. And therein rests the difficulty. Streams such as those mentioned here will more times than not be low. Additionally, they will be cluttered with downed timber. Running a motorized boat in these is not an option. One solution is to use a canoe or kayak. Either of these can be pulled over or around the tangles, and either affords a means by which to navigate those deeper holes that will be encountered along the way. Another ploy is to wade. This works wonderfully well in many places, but there will likely be spots here and there that are too deep to wade. Encountering these impedes moving past them. And keep in mind when wade fishing that most lands along streams are privately owned. Leaving the stream and going around a hole can lead to trespass. Always exercise respect in such situations. There is some element of danger in all fishing. While wading, stumbling on or becoming tangled in logs and debris can lead to a most unpleasant situation. And you may encounter old limb hooks or trotlines left over form times when the water was high and boats could enter the

area. Stay on the alert. And watch for snakes. Cottonmouths can be nasty, ill-tempered critters. Keep an eye out for them and stay clear. Fishing gear? For the most part, simple is better. A cane pole with six- to eight-pound line and a No. 6 hook, small split shot and tiny bobber will handle most chores. But take along a tackle box with replacements for all these. You will surely break some off. Worms or crickets are the perfect bait. If bass are the primary target, few things will beat a casting or spinning rig with 12-pound line and a white-skirted spinnerbait. And take a good collection of these as well. You’ll lose them regularly. How to fish? Drop a line down beside every tree or cypress knee and into every speck of cover you encounter. Don’t miss those dark spots along the banks. For Kentucky bass, hit those areas just below any fast water that pours over a shallow or around a timber tangle. The fish are there.

The longear (redbelly) is a handsome fish that inhabits most streams in the Southeast. They seldom grow larger than hand size, but are purely grand on the end of a cane pole. Photo: Tony Kinton

And please, if you don’t want them for a fish fry, treat all fish gently and ease them back into the water immediately after the catch. Enjoy!

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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Check or change air filter to save money and energy It’s hot this summer. That means your air conditioning system is working hard to keep you comfortable. Here’s a tip from Coahoma Electric Power Association that can help your cooling system operate more efficiently—and save you money. Change your air filter regularly. It only takes a couple of minutes to change the air filter in your heating/cooling system. It’s simple and easy. Changing your filter every month can save you $82 a year. But that’s not all you can save. A dirty air filter makes your system work harder to keep you cool, which wastes energy. Changing your air filter regularly helps to ensure efficient operation and keep your electricity bill in check. What’s more, a dirty air filter allows dust and dirt to build up in your system.

Test and seal your home’s ductwork If your home has a central heating or cooling system, it probably relies on ductwork to carry conditioned air to each room. If this ductwork is not properly sealed, up to 30 percent of the energy you purchase to operate your heating or cooling system could be wasted by duct leaks. Duct sealing will reduce this loss. The best way to measure the air-tightness of your home’s duct system is by performing a duct-blower test. A duct blower is a portable fan that is used to pressurize the ductwork in your home. It is calibrated to determine the size and location of air leaks, giving guidance to air sealing technicians on where to concentrate their

duct sealing efforts. A duct-blower test and subsequent air sealing can be performed by either a building performance contractor or by a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor. Why should duct testing and sealing be a part of your home improvements? Think of your home’s ductwork as part of the building shell, working in conjunction with ceilings, walls and floors to keep heat outdoors in summer and indoors in winter. You have probably noticed that even small leaks around your doors and windows cause uncomfortable drafts, perhaps forcing you to adjust your thermostat to keep your home comfortable.

Yet these door and window leaks allow only room temperature air to escape. Your home’s ductwork, on the other hand, carries air that is heated or cooled beyond room temperature. Duct leaks are also pressurized by the system’s fan, increasing the rate at which air is lost through even small gaps. This rapid loss of energy-laden air makes duct leaks more costly than similarly sized leaks in ceilings, walls and floors. To learn more about how duct sealing can improve the comfort and efficiency of your home, visit www.energysavers.gov.

Changing your air filter regularly can reduce the need for costly maintenance and prevent damage to your system. And when winter arrives, it’s just as important to change your air filter regularly. Your heating system needs to work as efficiently as possible to keep you warm, and a clean air filter helps it do that. Experts recommend turning your system off before changing the air filter. Make sure that the arrow on the filter—which indicates the direction of the airflow—is pointing toward the blower motor. When you’ve made the change, turn your system back on. To save time, it’s a good idea to keep a couple of spare filters on hand. For other tips on how to save energy—and money—visit www.energysavers.gov.


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Beat the heat! Follow these tips for beating high summer electric bills. Don’t let warmer weather turn into “summertime blues” when your monthly electric bill arrives. Here are some energy-saving tips from Coahoma Electric Power Association. Adjust the thermostat. Lowering a thermostat in winter can save as much as $85 per year. During warmer months, raising the thermostat a few degrees can save money, too. Set the temperature between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and you could save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills. Programmable thermostats make it easy to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate a home's temperature throughout the year. Be a “fan-atic.” While they don’t

replace air conditioners or heat pumps, fans move air and help you feel more comfortable. On milder days, fans can save as much as 60 percent on electric bills. Fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave. Regular maintenance is essential. Coahoma Electric recommends that members have their HVAC systems serviced annually by a NATE (North American Technician Excellence)-certified technician. This HVAC professional will check your entire system to make sure it runs efficiently. This will help extend the life of the system and save money. Look for ENERGY STAR-equipment. When it’s time to replace your cooling system, TogetherWeSave.com recommends replacing it with an ENERGY STAR-qualified

model. Doing so could reduce your energy costs by as much as 30 percent. Tax credits and rebates on qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances may be available so check with Coahoma Electric for more information. Bigger isn’t always better. Too often, cooling equipment isn’t sized properly and leads to higher electric bills. A unit that’s too large for your home will not cool evenly and might produce higher humidity indoors. That’s why it is important to talk to energy efficiency experts at Coahoma Electric. Instead of getting burned this summer by high energy bills, visit energysavers.gov for more money-saving ideas.

Circulating fans to the summertime rescue! Circulating fans include ceiling fans, table fans, floor fans and fans mounted to poles or walls. These devices create a wind chill effect that will make you more comfortable in your home, even if it’s cooled by natural ventilation or air conditioning. Ceiling fans are considered the most effective of these fans. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees F with no reduction in comfort. During moderately hot weather, ceiling fans may allow you to avoid using your air conditioner altogether. Install a fan in each room that needs to be cooled during hot weather. Ceiling fans are only appropriate in rooms with ceilings at least eight feet high. Fans work best when the blades are seven to nine feet above the floor and 10 to 12 inches below the ceiling. Fans should be installed so the blades are no closer than eight inches from the ceiling and 18 inches from the walls.

Larger ceiling fans can move more air than smaller fans. that operates quietly and smoothly will probably offer more trouble-free service than cheaper units. Check the A 36- or 44-inch diameter fan will cool rooms up to 225 square feet, while fans that are 52 inches or more should noise ratings, and, if possible, listen to the fan in operabe used in larger rooms. Multiple fans work best in rooms tion before you buy it. When buying window fans, look for the ENERGY STAR® longer than 18 feet. Small- and medium-sized fans will label. Fans that earn the label move air 20 percent more provide efficient cooling in a four- to six-foot diameter efficiently, on average, than standard models. area, while larger fans are effective up to 10 feet. A larger blade will also provide comparable cooling at a lower velocity than a smaller blade. Heat from sunlight coming through windows and hitting the roof can This may be important increase air conditioner use significantly. in areas where loose paUse shade trees and shrubs in pers or other objects will landscaping design to reduce be disturbed by a strong cooling costs. Block heat in breeze. the summer–but let it The fan should also be through in the fitted to the aesthetics winter–with deciduous of the room—a large trees, which will lose fan may appear overtheir leaves in powering in a small the winter. room. A more expensive fan

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Brownie Pudding Cake 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup water 2 Tbsp. cocoa 2 1/2 cups brownie mix (half a box) 1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup peanut butter 1 Tbsp. margarine, softened 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Boil first 3 ingredients in a pot. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Pour brownie mixture into a slow cooker prepared with cooking spray. Pour boiled mixture over brownie mixture. Cover. Cook on high for 2 hours. Turn heat off. Let stand.

4 Tbsp. olive oil 24 small new red potatoes, unpeeled 2 envelopes zesty Italian dressing mix

Pour oil into a plastic bag. Add potatoes. Coat. Add dressing mix. Shake until coated. Pour potatoes into slow cooker. Cover. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Pineapple Pork Chops 6 center-cut pork chops 1 (20-oz.) can pineapple chunks, with juice

1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup soy sauce

Combine all ingredients in a large zipper bag. Marinate in refrigerator overnight. Pour all ingredients into slow cooker. Cover. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Serve over rice.

Peach Dessert 2 cups frozen sliced peaches 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 (9-oz.) box white cake mix 4 Tbsp. margarine, melted

Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Layer all ingredients in the slow cooker in the order given. Cover. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

Jalapeno Mexican Corn 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup margarine, melted 1/2 onion, chopped

1 (11-oz.) can Mexi-corn, drained 1 (14-oz.) can cream-style corn 3 Tbsp. diced jalapenos 1 (8-oz.) box corn bread mix

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into a slow cooker prepared with cooking spray. Mix well. Cover. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.

Vegetarian Chili 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 Tbsp. cumin

1 tsp. cayenne pepper 3 (14-oz.) cans crushed tomatoes 1 (10-oz.) bag frozen whole kernel corn 4 (10-oz.) cans black beans, rinsed, drained 2 cups picante sauce

Sauté first 7 ingredients in a skillet for 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Mix well. Cover. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

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Micro-irrigation helps home gardens thrive o combat the dry conditions creating problems for home gardens and landscapes, many Mississippi gardeners need to water their plants a lot more than usual. Generally, applying 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water per week using overhead sprinklers will leave the root zones of your plants moist enough to encourage optimum growth. This method of watering works for annuals and groundcovers, as well as perennials, shrubs, trees and lawns. We generally water garden plants based on soil moisture; when the soil feels dry, we water thoroughly. But this drench-and-dry method can subject

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plants to unseen stresses that have very visual results. Poor watering practices can lead to flowering delays and poor vegetable performance. Southern A much better Gardening approach is to by Dr. Gary Bachman maintain soil moisture with slow and steady watering. Micro-irrigation, also called drip or trickle irrigation, is an easy option to reach this goal. When you keep the root zone moist, plants are not stressed and can use up to 70 percent less water compared with using overhead sprinklers. This makes a

What’s fresh at the

FARMERS MARKET? Micro-irrigation systems, such as this sprinkler watering Telstar dianthus, supply water directly to the soil around the plants. Photo: Gary Bachman

You can enjoy the freshest, most flavorful produce when you buy from Mississippi producers at your local farmers market. Here are some of the offerings available this month:

• Apples • Bell, hot peppers • Blueberries • Butterbeans

• Cantaloupes • Cucumbers • Eggplants • Honey

• Okra • Peaches • Peas • Plums

• Squash • Tomatoes • Watermelons • Zucchini

Fresh ideas: • For a quick and cool Independence Day dessert, fill individual serving bowls with watermelon cubes. Add a dollop of whipped topping and some fresh blueberries. • Toss leftover cooked vegetables with chopped tomatoes, cooked whole-wheat pasta shells and your favorite vinaigrette salad dressing. Sprinkle with feta or Parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve at room temperature. • Combine peeled, chopped cucumbers with halved or quartered cherry tomatoes. Add shelled edamame, cooked and cooled. Add a little salt and toss with Italian, balsamic vinaigrette or other salad dressing. (Note: Look for edamame, or green soybeans, alongside the frozen vegetables at well-stocked grocery stores.) • Buy plain low-fat yogurt and flavor it yourself with fresh berries and other fruit. Top with granola for a tasty, healthful breakfast.

big difference in the monthly water bill. Micro-irrigation systems supply water directly to the soil around the plants through the use of emitters. Emitters regulate the amount of water being applied, usually measured in gallons per hour (gph). Emitter rates vary from 1/2 gph to 10 gph based on the water needs of a particular plant. Micro-irrigation is a very effective method of watering plants in containers. These systems are easy to install. The best way to get started is to buy a starter kit that contains tubing, emitters, timers and tools. Kits are available at most home improvement stores and garden centers, and you can easily add additional tubing and emitters to expand the system. If you have an existing irrigation system using pop-up sprinklers, conversion kits are available to convert these to micro-irrigation. Soaker hoses are another effective method of micro-irrigation. Soaker hoses “sweat” along their entire length, delivering from 1/2 to 3/4 gallon of water per minute for each 100-foot section. Let the soil conditions in your garden or landscape dictate how you water your

plants. Sandy soils drain faster and may require more irrigation. Soils with high clay content will not drain as quickly and need less frequent irrigation. Amend your landscape beds with 3 to 4 inches of good composted organic matter to improve drainage. Adding organic matter slows drainage in sandy soils and increases it in clay soils. Generally, the best time to water is in the early-morning hours when temperatures are cooler and the soil can absorb the water before the heat of the day. Watering during the middle of the day is inefficient as some of the water evaporates before it can do any good. Plants, like people, have preferences, especially concerning water. All gardeners should know when their plants need water and how much to give them. Too much water encourages root rot problems; too little water leaves plants wilted and lifeless. The easiest way to know how much water a plant needs is to read the label that came from the nursery.

Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.


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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.

Olive Branch Farmers Market, Saturdays, July 3-24, Olive Branch. Merchants, live music; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Across from DeSoto Co-op. Details: (662) 895-2600; olivebranchms.com. Mississippi Watermelon Festival, July 15-16, Mize. Gospel show, performances by Andy Griggs and Katie Armiger, car show, camel rides, crafts, watermelon-eating contest and more. Admission. Details: (601) 733-2221; www.mswatermelonfestival.com. Ida B. Wells Arts and Crafts Festival and Birthday Celebration, July 15-17, Holly Springs. Arts, crafts, creative dance, music, soul food and history. Eddie L. Smith Multipurpose Center. Banquet 7 p.m. July 16, Hudsonville Life Center. Details: (662) 252-3232; idabwells@bellsouth.net. Mississippi Opry, July 16, Pearl. Bluegrass and gospel music with The Jason Boone Band; 6 p.m. Admission. Pearl Community Room. Details: (601) 331-6672. Magnolia Arts Market, July 16, Magnolia. Local and Louisiana artists with fine art, baskets, clothing, soaps, baked goods and more; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Downtown. Details: (601) 783-5072; lorifelix@att.net. Greater Shelby Kennel Club Dog Show, July 16-17, Southaven. AKC-licensed conformation dog shows, obedience trials and rally obedience trials. Free. The Arena. Details: (901) 4769199; www.greatershelbykc.org. Leukemia Cup Regatta, July 16-17, Pass Christian. Sailing and gala with live and silent auctions. Benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Admission. Pass Christian Yacht Club. Details: www.mslaleukemiacup.org. Dizzy Dean Girls Softball World Series, July 20-25, Southaven. Greenbrook Softball Facilities. Details: (662) 8907275 ext. 222; greenbrooksoftball.com.

Lamar County Bluegrass Festival, July 22-23, Purvis. Katie Penn Williams Band, Appalachian Trail, Flatline and others. RV sites. 99 Central Industrial Row. Details: (601) 543-9590. 122nd Annual Neshoba County Fair, July 22-29, Philadelphia. Performances by Steel Magnolia, Rodney Atkins, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery. Horse races, crafts, exhibits, youth talent contest and more. Admission. Details: (601) 656-8480; www.neshobacountyfair.org. Mississippi ARTeast Festival, July 23, Hattiesburg. Woodworking, pottery, painting, photography and more by Mississippi artists; favorite foods of famous Mississippians; 10 a.m. - 2

p.m. Simply TeaVine at Meador Homestead Cabin. Details: (601) 268-3236; dean@simplyteavine.com. Special Square Dance, July 23, Brandon. Caller Mac Letson, cuer William Boykin; 6:30 p.m. Admission. Brandon Senior Center. Details: (601) 825-1230. Kids and Clay Art Camp, July 25-28, Hernando. Ages 7 and up create clay and ceramic projects; 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Admission. DeSoto Arts Council. Details: (662) 429-7665; bethany@desotoartwerx.com. 27th Annual Catfish Run, July 29-31, Batesville, Sardis Lake. Pre-1949 car and truck show. Barbecue dinner Friday night, catfish dinner Saturday evening. Benefits Baptist Children’s Village. Details: (662) 413-5834, (662) 561-5163. Osyka Civic Club Garage Sale, July 30, Osyka. Fundraiser for club projects, including scholarships and meals for needy families; 6 a.m. Wall Timber. Details: (601) 542-3652. Tuxedo Reunion, July 30, Meridian. Bring covered dish; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Church of the Mediator. Details: (601) 483-6802. Citywide Rummage Sale, Aug. 6, Laurel. Indoor sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Booths available. Magnolia Center, fairgrounds. Details: (601) 319-6086; www.myrummagesales.com. Meridian Area Coin Club 47th Annual Coin and Currency Show, Aug. 6-7, Meridian. Buy, sell, trade; free appraisals. Admission. Best Western. Details: (601) 527-9340; rulobe@comcast.net. Horn Lake Farmers Market, Aug. 6, 13, 20,

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27, Horn Lake. Local growers; 2-7 p.m. Horn Lake City Hall. Details: (662) 393-6178. Hernando Farmers Market, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, Hernando. Food and ag products, crafts and more; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hernando Courthouse Square. Details: www.hernandoms-farmersmarket.com. 64th Annual Session of the National Singing Quartet Convention of America, Aug. 7-12, Olive Branch. Quartet singing, training on performing and fellowship. Whispering Woods Hotel and Convention Center. Details: www.natsqc.com. 32nd Annual Harrison County Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show, Aug. 12-14, Pass Christian. Admission. West Harrison County Civic Center. Details: (228) 586-5279; tomsey@cableone.net. Memphis Tri-State Blues Festival, Aug. 13, Southaven. DeSoto Civic Center. Details: (662) 470-2131; www.desotociviccenter.com. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Dance, Aug. 14, Biloxi. Admission; 2-5 p.m. Hard Rock Casino. Details: (228) 392-4177.

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Picture This... Mississippi Growing Our readers capture the beauty and wonders of the lush Mississippi landscape in their photography. Today in Mississippi’s next reader photo theme is “Through the Eyes of a Child.” We invite kids up to age 18 to submit their best photos. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 19. Selected photos will appear in our October issue. For submission guidelines, see page 22.

Above: Hibiscus, by Debra Sullivan, Gulfport; Coast Electric Power Association Above right: Tiger swallowtail butterfly and sunflower at Okatibbee Wildlife Management Area, by Susan Myers, Bailey; East Mississippi Electric Power Association Right: Profile of a bloom, by Zarina Meeker, Byhalia; Northcentral Electric Power Association


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Left: Tomato hornworm munches on tomatoes, by Victoria Grantham, Hattiesburg; Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association Below: Starfish-like new growth on a Sago palm, by Leila Whitney, Vancleave; Singing River Electric Power Association

Above left: Beads of moisture on a magnolia blossom, by Alex Fender, D’Iberville; Coast Electric Power Association Heavenly Blue morning glories glow in the shade, by Joan Clarke, Vicksburg; Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association Pink Gerber daisy, by Becky Hollis, Brandon; Central Electric Power Association

Top: Monster azalea bush with Linda Ryals, by Donald Ryals, Hattiesburg; Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association Above: Sunlit poppy, by T.J. Ray, Oxford; North East Mississippi Electric Power Association

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