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Hot weather drives up energy use, but you can fight back une is one of my favorite months. School’s out, farmers markets are in, fish are biting and the days are long—and getting hotter. With another sizzling Mississippi summer on the horizon, now is the time to prevent it from heating up your energy bills. As a member-owned cooperative, your electric power association ranks service as its No. 1 priority, and that includes helping members manage their energy costs. We are not in business to make money for Wall Street investors; we exist to provide you with a necessary service at a reasonable rate and to help you use it wisely. You can find good energy-saving tips all day long on the Internet. But I’d like to emphasize a few because they work for Mississippians, where extreme humidity accounts for as much of our summer discomfort as the temperature. Topping my list is the setting on your air conditioner’s thermostat, whether a central or window unit. On hot days, raise the thermostat a few degrees to, say, 78 or 80 degrees. The goal is to keep your air conditioner from running all day and night. The longer it runs, the more energy it consumes and the higher your electric bill will be. If you use window air-conditioning units, cool only the rooms you are using; close off the bedroom vacated by your just-married daughter. Select the energy-saving mode, if your air conditioner has one. If you plan to buy a new air conditioner or any major appliance, look for the yellow EnergyGuide label to compare different models’ energy efficiency. Supplement your air conditioning with fans. Moving air helps evaporate moisture from the skin, which makes you feel much cooler even though it doesn’t actually lower the temperature of the room. Fans can also help move conditioned air throughout smaller homes. Fans are so effective at making us feel cooler


On the cover Don Chisnell, aka Farmer Don, grows vegetables not only for his own family’s use and to sell, but to help feed other families. Since he began gardening several years ago in rural Covington County, Chisnell has donated much of his produce to charitable organizations that distribute food to the needy. Last year, he donated all of it. Read more about this giving gardener on page 4.

that you might be able to turn off your air conditioner at night if you use a fan in the bedroom. But turn off fans in rooms not being used; if the fan is not blowing on you, it’s not cooling you or the room, just wasting electricity. Schedule household chores that add heat to the house, such as washing and drying clothes and dishes, for the cooler evening My Opinion hours. Done during the heat of the day, Michael Callahan these activities will Executive Vice President/CEO Electric Power Associations make your air condiof Mississippi tioner run longer. Wash clothes in cold water and dry them on low heat—or on a clothesline. Using a slow cooker or a microwave will help keep the kitchen from overheating. If you must use the range or oven, consider cooking in batches for later reheating in the microwave. Lighter, no-cook meals are refreshing in summer. Think salads, sandwiches and chilled soups. I hope these ideas get you to thinking about your daily energy use. Electricity is so easily available—you don’t have to drive to a store to buy it—that we take it for granted. We forget that every flip of an electrical switch represents a purchase of energy. JOIN TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI


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The passing of blues great B.B. King is marked with flowers and a black ribbon tied to a replica of “Lucille,” King’s guitar, at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. King died May 15 at age 89. He is buried on the grounds of the museum opened in 2008 to honor his life and music. Although he lived in Las Vegas, he called Indianola home. The brick building is the renovated gin where King worked in his youth. The adjacent museum complex includes a theatre, guitar studio, exhibition galleries and gift shop. Get details at or call 662-887-9539.

Mississippi is Walking along a dirt road Picking a few blackberries So Mamma can make a pie. Memories from my childhood Very quickly passing by. Swimming down there in Mill Creek Where the tadpoles live and play, Staying away from the snakes Watching the blistering sun Doing a few double takes. Life evolves and changes. Nothing ever stays the same. We all learn our lessons well. Stop awhile and listen To what Mississippi tells. — Ruth Odom Mann, Forest What Tylertown, Miss., means to me: My life, my home. Raising children and grandchildren, a place to call home. Children growing up, coming back home, bringing grandchildren, every holiday and on weekends. And in the summertime, planting flowers, mowing grass, hearing birds. People are family, neighbors are friends and family, and everyone is life. And that’s what Mississippi is—love. — Barbara H. Warren, Tylertown Mississippi is a remnant of yesterday’s hope. Prolific progression of dreams fulfilled and the epitome of the vitality of life ushered in by people who deem hard work, faith, love, dedication and courage as indestructible forces unified to be reckoned with. — R.D. Glover, Collinsville

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Having left the family farm of his youth for big-city opportunities, Don Chisnell now finds gardening both sustains his family and satisfies his altruistic nature Chisnell’s hilltop garden, pictured in early May. Chilly springtime weather delayed planting for many of his crops.

By Debbie Stringer Growing up in the mountains of Pennsylvania, Don Chisnell was 14 before he knew food could be purchased at a store. “I knew Dad brought home salt and sugar and pepper, and that was about it. We made our own flour, made our own vinegar, made our own you-name-it.” His family, like their neighbors in the Brethren denomination community, valued simple living. Farming, mostly with horse-drawn equipment, dominated their daily life and provided their sustenance. In Chisnell’s youth, the boys would start going to the farm fields with the men at age 8. “Before that, you were your mom’s kid and that meant gardening,” said Chisnell, a member of Southern Pine Electric Power Association. In the winters, he tended the family’s livestock. He milked five cows by hand every day before walking to a one-room schoolhouse. Eventually, like so many of the

children he grew up with, Chisnell turned his back on the farm to earn a living in the city. “When I was 18, I moved out and said you’ll never see me on the farm again,” he said, laughing. What he couldn’t know then was how the knowledge he gleaned on the farm would serve him later in life—and bring him unexpected contentment.


Chisnell settled in Mississippi in 1992. A Vietnam-era Marine veteran, he had worked as a construction superintendent for a major construction company in Pittsburgh. With encouragement from his son, who was based at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Chisnell decided to stay a few months in Mississippi. “Back home it was cold and muddy. Here you could walk on the beach in winter,” he said. Then he met his wife, Brenda, on a blind date. “We fell in love at first sight,” he said, “and if anybody had told me that was possible, I’d have laughed at them.”

They married six months later and in 1995 moved to her family’s home place in Covington County. There they raised her three daughters and eventually became grandparents to eight.


He returned to gardening in 2007, when health problems prevented him from working and driving. Frustrated, Chisnell said he asked God what to do with his life. God responded, he said, by

“We had way too many tomatoes so I started giving them away. I found out that was more fun than selling them.” jogging childhood memories of gardening. “He said, ‘Go plant a garden.’” Chisnell balked. He had no farm equipment and lots of excuses. Yet with nothing but a shovel, Chisnell headed for the pasture across the road from his

house and went to work. “I planted 16 150-foot rows that year,” he said. “We ate some, sold some and gave the rest away. “The Lord blessed it, and the next year I bought a walk-behind rototiller. That year I planted 16 rows about 800 feet long, and I planted 4,000 tomato plants I had grown myself.” He started a pick-your-own tomato operation that year, but production far outpaced picking. “We had way too many tomatoes so I started giving them away. I found out that was more fun than selling them.” Before long, Chisnell was delivering hundreds of pounds of tomatoes and other garden produce twice weekly to a Christian organization in Hattiesburg. “Year before last, I gave them my whole crop,” he said. This spring, Chisnell doubled the size of his garden to 8 acres.


The Chisnells sell their produce every Saturday at the Mississippi Farmers Market in Jackson. There he dresses in

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his trademark overalls, a red T-shirt, blue bandana and straw hat. Families are drawn to the friendly Farmer Don, as he is known. “We’ve gotten to know the kids and their names. They want their picture taken with me, so I always dress up,” Chisnell said. On the rare occasion they don’t sell out by noon, the Chisnells give away whatever produce is left. They donate a large portion of their crop to Edwards Street Ministries in Hattiesburg, which in turn sends volunteers to help with the harvest.

Don and Brenda Chisnell grow their tomato plants from seeds, then transplant them to the garden.

“It’s been a great experience. One time I had 20 to 30 home school kids who came up to help harvest and pull weeds and whatever,” Chisnell said.


Chisnell’s produce was recently designated Certified Naturally Grown by a organization that assures consumers that food labeled as such was produced without synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms. Chisnell grew up farming without synthetic chemicals. He sees no reason to start now. “Everybody laughs at me and says I could have a better crop if I did this or that, but I raise things here exactly the same way that I did as a kid. And it works,” he said. His sustainable farming practices include rotating deep- and shallow-rooted vegetables from year to year; tilling leftover plants into the soil come autumn; planting a winter cover crop and plowing it under in spring to enrich the soil; and treading lightly to avoid “beating the soil up.” Heavy equipment tends to compact

the soil and kills earthworms, he said. Chisnell uses a small tractor with implements he fabricated to speed planting and harvesting. “When I first started gardening here, there weren’t any earthworms at all. I never saw any evidence of them. Now, when you walk across in the springtime, you can see earthworm casting mounds all over the place.” Pest control is a delicate balancing act between “good” and “bad” bugs. “My garden is not weed free. There’s pigweed growing in it, and the bugs love it so they leave my crop alone,” he said. “Right now, the good bugs have the upper hand.” Although he tolerates some insect damage to his crop, he tries to divert destructive bugs by offering them a row of mustard planted just for them. The lacy look of the mustard leaves indicates his strategy is working. Chisnell plants both heirloom and new varieties he believes taste better or offer some other benefit. New in his garden this year are a sweet-tasting turnip, rainbow-colored carrots, gold beets, strawberries and about 10 varieties of lettuce. The old variety of yellow crookneck squash he planted “tastes like squash should taste.” Despite ongoing health challenges that include a visual impairment, Chisnell works the garden himself. “My eyesight is 20/600, so what I do is by the grace of God. I can run my tractor and cultivate the crops and harvest them.” His poor eyesight forced him to find a nonvisual way to determine when to harvest. “My sense of touch tells me when a tomato is ready,” he said. Starting at the bottom of a plant and working upward, he feels each vegetable before deciding whether to pluck it from the plant.


This farmer’s journey back to the garden became his personal path to contentment by growing healthful foods for his family and customers, and by sharing his bounty through charitable giv-

ing. He and his wife view the farmers market as a place not only for selling their produce but also for demonstrating their Christian beliefs. “The Lord has given us so many

“My garden is not weed free. There’s pigweed growing in it, and the bugs love it so they leave my crop alone.” opportunities to witness,” Chisnell said. When he offered vegetables free of charge to a family he knew was facing hard times, they hesitated to accept. “I said, ‘I’m not giving it to you. The good Lord is. He owns it and He just told me to give it to you.’” “You know, God has a mission for each of


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us,” Brenda Chisnell said. “Teaching was mine for a long time. And now, He’s given Don and me the same mission.” “What I do now is for the Lord,” he said. The Chisnells sell their garden produce from their home near Collins, at the Mississippi Farmers Market and at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative in Jackson. Contact Don Chisnell at 601-818-6735 or his website at Chisnell also serves as an inspector for Naturally Grown and welcomes inquiries about certification.

Late-spring produce from the Chisnell farm includes squash, carrots, sugar snap peas, kale, onions and green beans—all grown without synthetic chemicals.



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year for their emergence. We either didn’t have them in the Delta where I grew up or I was too busy listening to my transistor radio to notice them that year. And I noticed this year that they didn’t pop out everywhere. During the course of this outbreak, I was in Claiborne County one day. The first thing I heard was the absence of the background drone of the locust. I guess I also need to add that they are not locusts at all. Scott Peyton at the

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science told me they are cicadas. Locusts are something entirely different. He says their emergence isn’t uniform, so there are gaps where there aren’t any. They tend to cluster in some places and not in others. Like the changing seasons and eclipses and other natural periodic occurrences, the 13-year locust, or cicadas, are a reminder that the background clock the world runs by is still keeping time, no

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Go out yonder to get away from busyness hen I glanced out the upstairs window where my real computer is located (my laptop is in the treehouse), I noticed a large pine limb was hanging from where it had broken near the top of the tree. I reported this to my maintenance man. He shrugged and said, “It’s been like that for months.” He didn’t seem worried that it could fall on us or our animals. Oh, my goodness, that’s one more concern to add to my list. I shuffled through my stack of papers and found my list of “things to do” and added: Do not walk under the second pine on the south corner of the house. The list had grown and I was busy every day. I had to stop and take a deep breath to slow my heart rate. “There’s your sign,” I said to myself, thinking about one of Jeff Foxworthy’s comedy team members who used that remark in his routine. So I turned off the computer, cell phone and pot of turnip greens on the stove, ignored the unwashed dishes and walked out the back door.


I headed straight to the woods where Mr. Roy had mowed a trail for me. This is my favorite. There are other trails, one around the open field and another a wooded road path that once led to our garden but is now separated from us by Highway 63 Bypass. I was on my way to get some “yonder,” as Pastor Chris Cumbest called clearing your head from busyness and the stress that slowly accumulates when you are totally occupied. “Yonder” meant our little cabin on Grin ‘n’ Dauphin Island until 2004, the Bare It year we sold it. by Kay Grafe Now it’s either my shaded woods trail or my treehouse. It’s amazing how you can guide your mind into the most amazing memories of your life and relive them when you take yourself out yonder to your favorite getaways, into the quietness of nature. My first thoughts were of our newly

married days in the army. We were fortunate to be stationed at the arsenal in Pine Bluff, Ark. At 18 I was young and inexperienced. Unlike most of my army friends, I had not graduated from college or worked. Green wasn’t even the word to describe me. You can’t imagine how many times I embarrassed my soldier. He can laugh now, but back then he gave me a gentle lecture at least once a week—at home alone. Once it was about how to distinguish one suit of cards from another, when our friends tried to teach me how to play bridge. They didn’t want to play Old Maid. I thought $165 a month Army pay was more than we could spend, but it just flew out of my hands. That’s when I began charging our groceries to Mr. Roy at the commissary on base. But neglected to mention it. I knew something was wrong when he walked in our barracks apartment with an irritated expression. The manager had asked him for the money we owed. Oh, my. It was more than we made. He began to lecture, then melted

when he saw my tears. He realized then that he held two positions: a husband and an understanding husband. As the breeze blew through the huge pines and the clear blue sky winked at me, I felt myself relaxing. Why do people get so caught up in stressful activities when we could just stop and smell the pine straw or Gulf waters or hear God saying, “I’ll always be with you.” I don’t believe I am any different from my readers with regard to getting too caught up in everyday activities. Again, I promise myself that I will relax more, not take things too seriously and appreciate to the fullest the great life that God has given me. But, if I begin to slip, there is always more “yonder” out there and a head full of memories to relive. Note: Thank you, Morton Chamber of Commerce, for inviting me to speak to the annual Career Women’s Luncheon. 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.

Utility Worker Protection Act signed into law Since their beginning, electric power associations have been actively involved in monitoring legislation at the state and national levels. It’s our responsibility to ensure our members and employees are not adversely affected by the lawmaking process. We maintain strong relationships with our elected officials and keep them informed of issues our members, employees and industry face. Being involved on their behalf is an important part of the legislative process. During the 2015 Mississippi legislative session, we supported and witnessed the passage of a law designed to provide further protection to all utility workers while carrying out their responsibilities in the field. Unfortunately, there are times during which utility workers are called upon to perform their duties in potentially dangerous situations. By seeking to deter threatening situations, this legislation is a good step toward mak-

ing our employees’ jobs a little safer. “Our employees provide a vital service to the people and businesses throughout Mississippi on a daily basis, and there’s no excuse for them to be threatened while carrying out their duties,” said Wayne Henson, CEO of East Mississippi Electric Power Association, in Meridian. “Offering basic protection under the law helps ensure these dedicated men and women

are able to go home to their families every day.” Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed House Bill 172 into law. The bill, sponsored by Rep. William Shirley (RClarke County), amends parts of existing Mississippi law to include utility workers acting within the scope of their duty in the list of protected personnel, triggering an enhanced penalty under the offenses of simple and aggra-

vated assault. The new law, which goes into effect July 1, applies only if the individual is working under the procedures of the company and has properly identified himself. “This important legislation received strong support from members of the Mississippi Senate and House and state elected officials,” said Michael Callahan, CEO of Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. “We appreciate elected officials supporting our grassroots effort and their concern for the safety of the more than 2,900 Mississippians who are employees of local electric power associations.” Employees of East Mississippi Electric Power Association stand with Rep. William Shirley as Gov. Phil Bryant signs the Utility Worker Protection Act into law. Attending the signing ceremony are (standing, from left) Corey Godwin; Risher Heidelberg; Tony Jenkins (retired); Wayne Henson, EMEPA CEO; Steve Helms; and Rep. Shirley.



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Foxgloves provide dramatic impact oxglove can create a can be transplanted as late as early dramatic effect with March to still enjoy a nice flowering its tall spires of show well into late May through midflowers but is an June. underused plant in Camelot foxgloves are available in Mississippi, esperose, lavender, creamy white and white. cially in the southern counCamelot’s flowers are very ties. interesting. Typically, the Foxglove, known botanibell-shaped blooms of foxcally as Digitalis, is a member glove hang down, but the of a somewhat curious group flowers of Camelot are disof plants called biennials. played horizontally and These plants typically take allow a better appreciation two years to complete their of the freckled interior of the lifecycles. After germination, blossoms. the plants only grow vegetaFoxgloves are classified as Southern tively (leaves, stems and Gardening flowering perennials, but I roots), usually forming a lowconsider them to be shortby Dr. Gary Bachman growing rosette. lived perennials. It’s comDuring the second year, mon for foxglove to become after a period of cooler weather, the perennial through reseeding, though plants generate tall this is not a reliable occurrence in spikes on which the Mississippi. We should consider using flowers and seeds are them as annuals in Mississippi. produced. Most home Transplanting young plants in late gardeners want plants to fall will certainly reward you with specbloom the year they are tacular flowers in the spring, as the transplanted into the plants develop a robust root system over garden. Fortunately, the winter months. There is no need to foxglove varieties have worry about covering these hardy plants been developed that will during low temperatures. bloom from seed during Transplanting in the spring will prothe first year. duce nice flower spikes. The past couple Camelot foxgloves of years, I’ve noticed that garden centers have turned out to be a have been carrying larger containerized good selection for our foxgloves already in bloom and ready gardens and landscapes, for instant impact in gardens. especially in the southSelecting the proper planting site is ern half of the state. pretty easy, and, as with other cool-seaThese vigorous plants son, flowering plants, you can’t go produce strong branchwrong with full sun exposure. Just make es, which are good for sure the planting bed is well drained supporting the robust and has plenty of organic matter mixed flower spikes. Camelot foxglove is a in. popular choice because they bloom from seed the first year. This group is Dr. Gary Bachman is an associate also more heat tolerant. Extension and research professor of hortiCommon recommendations are for culture at the Mississippi State University foxgloves to be transplanted to the garCoastal Research and Extension Center in den during the fall season for flowering Biloxi. He is also host of “Southern the following spring. Camelot plants Gardening” radio and TV programs.


The tall floral spires of Camelot foxgloves, left, are available in rose, lavender, creamy white and white. The bell-shaped flowers of foxglove, right, typically hang down, but Camelot’s blossoms remain more horizontal and allow a better appreciation of the freckled interior of the blooms. Photos: MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman

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Mike Smith, General Manager & CEO Lorri Freeman, Manager of Public Relations Amanda Parker, Public Relations Specialist For more information, call 601-947-4211/228-497-1313 x 2251 or visit our website at

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Start preparations for hurricane season

As we enter the month of June, we begin another hurricane season. You will hear a number of messages in the coming weeks, encouraging you to begin preparations for hurricane season by storing such things as non-perishable food, water, fuel, etc., and have an evacuation plan if needed. I too want to encourage you to make those plans.

tric cooperatives provides Singing River Electric access to cooperative line personnel, who will assist us in restoring your electric service following a disaster. Cooperatives from as far away as Delaware and Illinois came to assist us after Katrina, and should we face another disaster, fellow cooperatives will again come when needed. Again, I would encourage each of you to begin making your preparations for hurricane season. Be assured your electric cooperative will be prepared to restore electric service to our members as quickly and safely as possible.

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Singing River Electric has already begun reviewing and updating its Emergency Preparedness Plan as hurricane season approaches. Should a hurricane or tropical storm approach our area, our plan contains specific steps to be taken as a storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. Employees are pre-assigned specific tasks, such as securing supplies, food, fuel, housing, etc., while line crews, service personnel and their supervisors are assigned certain areas of the system to report to once the storm has passed. Being a part of the network of elec-

Swimming Pool Efficiency

Member Services Rep. Stan Mills

Once again it is the time of year when temperatures rise and many people cool off in the swimming pool. Swimming pools can be energy hogs. As we look for ways to reduce energy use around the home, pool owners need to remember that good maintenance and timers can save money. Clean the skimmers and filters regularly. Dirty filters can increase the load on the pool pump resulting in higher energy use. The biggest energy savings for pool owners, however, is to reduce the run time of the pool pump and cleaning system. This can be achieved by installing a timer on the pump and one on the cleaning system. Set the pump timer for the pump to run only 6-8 hours a day for best efficiency. On days of increased use of the pool, the pump may need to be operated longer to properly maintain the best water conditions. The size and quantity of pumps will also have an effect on the energy use. The larger horsepower pumps or multiple pumps will use more electricity. For more summer energy saving tips, visit and click on Save Energy and Money.

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Organized more than 50 years ago, Green Sprouts Garden Club has devoted its efforts to the beautification of Taylorsville. More recently, club members have devoted resources to the re-opening of the Watkins Museum. Designated a Mississippi Landmark, the museum houses artifacts dating to the 1900s, including the original printing press used by Taylorsville’s first newspaper, “The Signal.” In an area where restaurants are not plentiful, recipes passed down through generations abound. Newcomers often ask for the recipes of dishes they enjoy at social gatherings, so last year garden club members decided to publish a cookbook. Proceeds from sales of the cookbook are used to help support the American Cancer Society, beautification of the new town park and walking track areas, and to help with the annual Grillin’ ‘n’ Chillin’ barbecue festival and the Christmas parade. Green Sprouts Garden Club Cookbook is available for $10. For purchasing information, call Sandra Walker at 601-785-2267 or Jessica Buckhaults at 601-319-1717. Cookbooks will be sold at Grillin’ ‘n’ Chillin’ barbecue festival, set for Nov. 7 in Taylorsville.

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½ tsp. vanilla extract 3 ½ oz. coconut

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favorite fish, both to catch and to eat, and hold that same designation today. It is safe to say that I learned everything I needed to know for a full life while on a bream lake with him. Not professional skills in the strictest sense of that word, though I did learn how to feed myself and others if called upon to do so, but vastly more important learning such as respect, courtesy, perseverance, patience, adaptability, determination, frugality, cycles and importance of life. He taught them to me through verbal instruction and by example. For that I shall be forever in his debt. And there were those glorious fall and winter mornings in the squirrel woods. These took place every Saturday morning of the season. Since deer were too few to notice in our area during those years, squirrels were his—and became my—favorite game animal. That respect and frugality he taught and I learned were certainly in place, for we took never more than a legal limit and used every squirrel we collected as supper at the close of cold winter days. We were one of those fortunate families who needed that food source. I tearfully but also joyfully remember many times when we would come to a slough or briar tangle and dad would carry me piggyback through the obstacles. At that time in my life, it was his responsibility to get me through the rough spots. I would have ample opportunity to navigate such barriers on my own, both literally and figuratively, as I grew older and life proffered the assort-

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By Nancy Jo Maples The Longleaf Trace trail, celebrating its 15th year, offers the perfect setting for outdoor adventurists and nature enthusiasts. “It has taken some time, but Hattiesburg is fast becoming a biking community and could one day become certified,” trail manager Herlon Pierce said. The 40-mile paved trail from Prentiss to Hattiesburg that opened in 2000 is named after the longleaf pine trees that grow abundantly along the path. It was the former rail line of the Mississippi Central Railroad. Abandoned railroad lines such as this one have been converted to bicycle and pedestrian paths that meander through small towns and rural

areas. The Longleaf Trace has been designated a Hall of Fame trail as one of the top 25 projects in the nation among more than 2,000 Rails to Trails conversions. “We believe we’re actually number two or three in the nation based on comments from people who use it and have been to other trails,” Pierce said. “Our maintenance, number of restrooms and rest stops along the way make our trail top quality.” The 10-foot wide bike and hike trail parallels a 15-foot wide equestrian trail. The horse path runs 22 miles from east Sumrall to Carson and has stalls for overnight horse storage as well as primitive campsites on both ends of the trail. Jeff Davis Lake near Prentiss is also

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accessible and Carson. It from the ends at the trail and University of provides Southern in the based on day-use Mississippi facilities campus. Old comments from as well as railroad crossties who and have been spots for and bridge timovernight bers were re-used to to other trails.” primitive construct landscaping –Herlon Pierce camping and along the trail. There are motorhome hook-up. also rest areas and rain shelThe 100-acre lake has picnic ters. Some of the trail towns have areas, offers boat rentals and can issue cafes and tourist stops with bike racks. temporary fishing licenses. A 3-mile trail Most of the towns have a population of connects the lake area to the Longleaf less than 500 and have benefited from Trace. the bikers and hikers who use the trail. The bike trail meanders through Pierce speculates that the trail attracts small towns such as Bassfield, Sumrall 120,000 to 150,000 users per year, but a

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A 15-foot-wide equestrian trail, left, parallels Longleaf Trace. The horse path runs 22 miles, from east Sumrall to Carson, and offers stalls and primitive campsites. A worker, below, mows the shoulder of Longleaf Trace. Diligent maintenance improves not only the beauty but also enhances the safety of the paved path for users. Photos courtesy of Longleaf Trace A dogwood in bloom, left, frames a rural stretch of Longleaf Trace, a Rails to Trails recreational project that extends 40 miles from Prentiss to Hattiesburg. Cyclists, above, head out for a ride on the Longleaf from the trail’s Gateway Southern Miss, in Hattiesburg. Its Welcome Center rents bicycles to trail users.

precise number is difficult to calculate because of the numerous trail heads. “About 7,500 of those come from outside Mississippi,” Pierce said. “We need more projects like this because people coming from out of state like to have opportunities to ride throughout the state.” Longleaf Trail is one of two Mississippi Rails to Trails projects. Tanglefoot Trail opened about a year ago in northeast Mississippi. Its main trail head sits in Pontotoc. Pierce said Tanglefoot has helped increase the outof-state draw to Longleaf Trace. For cyclists who don’t want to transport a bike, the trail’s Gateway Southern Miss Welcome Center rents well-maintained comfort bicycles at $12.50 for two hours or $30 a day. The Welcome Center operates 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Rentals can be returned after closing time to a cage. Parking has been the trail’s biggest obstacle, especially at the Gateway Southern Miss, which only has 18 designated spots. A federal grant will aid in enlarging it by 50 spots this fall. This spring the Longleaf Trace received grants and gifts to expand

the Jackson Road Station parking lot by 80 spots. Future improvements include expanding the Rails to Trails pathway from Southern Miss to downtown Hattiesburg, slated to open in 2016. Hattiesburg is building points-ofinterest trails off the Longleaf Trace. One of these will lead to the Hattiesburg Zoo. Another point-of-interest trail will connect the downtown Hattiesburg Depot to Chain Park on the Leaf River between Hattiesburg and Petal. Hattiesburg hopes to draw interest to its downtown historic home district by luring joggers and bikers. Longleaf operates under a specially created state recreational district formed by three counties and four municipal areas. The district operates from tax revenue generated from Lamar, Forrest and Jeff Davis counties and from the municipalities of Hattiesburg, Prentiss,

Sumrall and Bassfield. For directions to the various access points or for more information check out the organization’s website,, or call 601-450-5247 or 601315-2453.

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Want more than 400,000 readers to know about your special event? Submit it 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 Events open to the public will be published free of charge as space allows. Please note that events are subject to change; we recommend calling to confirm details before traveling.

Biennial Mississippi Invitational Exhibition, through June 19, Greenville. Juried works by Mississippi artists. Free. Roger D. Malkin Gallery, E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. Details: 662-332-2246. Olive Branch Farmers Market, Saturdays through October, Olive Branch. Open 8 a.m. 1 p.m. City Hall parking lot. Details: 662-8930888. Cedar Hill Farm Pick-Ur-Own, June 1 Aug. 31, Hernando. Fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, gift shop; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Details: 662429-2540; Shape-note Singing School, June 10, Florence. Learn to sing Sacred Harp hymns in four-part harmony; 6-8 p.m. Continues second Wednesday of each month. Free. Details: 601-953-1094. Hot Rod Power Tour, June 11, Gulfport. High-end hot rods, custom trucks, street rods, muscle cars on display; noon - 7 p.m. Free. Centennial Plaza. Details: 888-467-4853;

Chickasaw County Instrumental Music Festival, June 13, Houston. Showcase of instrumental music; vendors; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Free admission. Pinson Square. Details: 662456-6384; Mississippi Professional Investigators Association, June 13, Biloxi. For all interested in becoming or who has a private investigative business; 1 p.m. McAlister’s meeting room. Details: 14th Annual Noxubee County Juneteenth Festival, June 13, Macon. Parade/drumline, food, gospel, blues; 10 a.m. - dark. Free admission. North Street and Highway 14 W. Details: 662-726-5475; 662-352-4738. Spring Campin’ and Jammin’, June 14-20, Foxworth. Acoustic instruments only (electric bass allowed). Free admission; fee for camping. Hickory Hill Bluegrass Park. Details: 601441-1544, 225-241-5521. Lower Delta Talks: “Delta Dragon Boat Festival and the Chinese Heritage,” June 16, Rolling Fork. Presentation by Betty Lynn Cameron; 6:30 p.m. Free. Sharkey-Issaquena

County Library Fine Arts Room. Details: 662873-4076. Book Signing, June 18, Hattiesburg. Bevelyn Charlene Exposé, author of “On the Land of My Father: A Farm Upbringing in Segregated Mississippi”; 5-7 p.m. Main Street Books. Details: 601-584-6960; Covington County MHV Blueberry Tasting Tea, June 18, Collins. Sample blueberry cakes, pies, breads and more, and receive a recipe book; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission. Collins Fire Station. Details: 601-765-8252. Byhalia Lions Club Festival, June 18-20, Byhalia. Fair, rodeo, talent contest, entertainment, carnival and rides. Fair opens 5 p.m. nightly. Highways 309 and 78. Details: 901487-6787. Prentiss Institute All School Reunion, June 19-20, Prentiss. All alumni, teachers, staff, supporters welcomed. Prentiss Institute campus. Details: 601-847-1984, 601-2495643. DeSoto Shrine Club Kansas City BBQ Cookoff, June 19-20, Hernando. State championship cook-off, carnival rides, food, music. DeSoto Shrine Club. Details: 901-487-6785; Bluegrass, County and Gospel Singing, June 20, Black Hawk. Featuring Uncle Kea Pug & Bluegrass Friends and Country Jack Harper; 6 p.m. Old Black Hawk School. Details: 662453-0072; Bentonia Blues Festival, June 20, Bentonia. Country blues music, arts and crafts, food; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Nightly open mic starts June 15. Free admission. Blue Front Cafe. Details: Civil War Relic Show, June 20-21, Brandon. City Hall. Details: 769-234-2966; Bienvenue Acres Horsemanship Camp, June 22-26, Gulfport. Summer camp; 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Bienvenue Acres. Details: 228-3570431; Shape-note Singing School and 141st Newton County Singing Convention, June 25-28, Decatur. Singing school 6-8:30 p.m. June 25 & 26; convention 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 27 & 28. Free. Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church. Details: 601-953-1094; Old Fashioned Political Rally, June 27, Black Hawk. Politicking, food, fun; 2-6 p.m. Old Black Hawk School. Details: 662-453-0072; Rocky Creek Baptist Church Revival, July 8-12, Lucedale. Celebrating 150th anniversary of the church; 7 p.m. nightly, 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Details: 601-947-4875. Bruce Sawmill Festival, July 10-11, Bruce. Entertainment featuring The Shot Gun Billys, golf tournament, car show, 5K run/walk, arts and crafts. Details: 662-983-2222; 18th Tougaloo Art Colony, July 12-17, Jackson. Artist instructors lead week-long workshops in printmaking, mixed media, drawing, embroidery, watercolor. Art exhibit and talks. Education credits available. Admission; pre-registration. Tougaloo College. Details: 601-977-7901; Creative Kids Summer Arts Camp, July 1317, Hernando. Professional artists and craftsmen lead sessions for ages 6-12; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission. DeSoto Arts Council Gallery and Gardens. Details: 662-404-3361;

Send us your best photo of smiling people (or animals) for our next ‘Picture This’ page We want to see all kinds of smiles: sweet, funny, silly, young, old, human, animal—you get the picture.

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Selected photos will appear in the July issue of Today in Mississippi. Photographers whose photos are selected for publication are eligible for a $200 cash prize, to be awarded in a random drawing in December. Photos are selected for publication based on their overall quality, relevance to the given theme and visual impact.

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Mail prints to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Email digital photos (as an attachment to your e-mail message) to If submitting more than one photo, please attach all photos to only one e-mail message, if possible. Or, mail a photo CD to Picture This, Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300. Question? Call Debbie Stringer, editor, at 601-6058610 or email


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