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Talking with Today Phil Bryant Mississippi’s Energy Economy Over the years, world-class businesses have chosen Mississippi as their destination location. From Nissan to Chevron, GE Aviation to Huntington Ingalls Industries and today the soon-tobe-opened Toyota Motor Co., businesses around the world are choosing to build facilities right here in Mississippi for what we offer: a pro-business environment, an exemplary workforce, and an abundance of energy resources. Gov. Haley Barbour has done tremendous work to attract these businesses to our state, and as governor, my No. 1 priority will be to bring even more new businesses to Mississippi, creating new jobs and making Mississippi the most job-friendly state in America. In order to build our economy and bring new jobs to our state, we must continue enticing major businesses to come here. The Mississippi Development Authority—our economic, cultural and export development agency—has done outstanding work to bring some of the world’s most successful companies to Mississippi, and I will continue to work side-by-side with MDA to support their ongoing efforts. Working with MDA and the state legislature, I will strive to fund appropriate projects that bring new jobs and tax revenues to Mississippi. Before a business decides to move here, it will want to know about our workforce. What are their strengths? What are they trained to do? Are there enough trained workers to fill the needs of their business operation? In order to keep Mississippi competitive, I will continue to make workforce development a priority for our state’s economic growth. I will seek out more partnerships between companies and local community and junior colleges to provide specialized training that leads to better employment options for Mississippians. One way we can do this is through dual enrollment for high school students and community colleges so students can begin learning a trade before they graduate from high school. We are often able to attract new businesses to Mississippi with our unique new energy economy, which sets us apart from any other state in America. Using our variety of natural resources, we offer a major network of interstate energy pipelines, oil refineries and diverse electricity generation from sources including natural gas, nuclear and coal. In addition, because of our abundance of biomass, we can help lead the U.S. in new developments in biofuel technology. Companies in Mississippi are already pushing our new energy economy forward, with projects like the Chevron Refinery, the Kemper County coal gasification plant and more. By putting smart, growth-centered policies in place, we can meet our growing energy needs by supporting our local energy sector and continue to improve our economy through traditional and new energy methods. Mississippi has always had the potential to be an economic competitor, and with the tremendous progress made in recent years, we’re on our way. I pledge to build on that momentum by bringing even more new businesses to Mississippi, creating more jobs for the people of our state and advancing our energy sector to meet our economy’s needs. Together we can make Mississippi the most job-friendly state in America. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is the Republican nominee for governor. For more information, go to

Johnny DuPree Making Mississippi First I was raised by a single mother. We lived in a little shotgun house in Hattiesburg, and she worked two and three jobs as a domestic to take care of my brother, my sister and me. She instilled a lot of things in me: the importance of a good education, the importance of doing more with less, the importance of working hard. Those values remain with me today. People ask me all the time, “Why are you running for governor?” I tell them that all my life, Mississippi has been last on the lists of things you want to be first on, and first on the lists of things you want to be last on. I’ve seen good men hold this office, but we are still pretty much where we’ve always been. I’m running for governor because I can see the problems that face Mississippi, and I believe that my background, my experience and the success we’ve had in the past allow us the best opportunity to Make Mississippi First for a change. Mississippi Jobs It’s no secret what most people are concerned about—the economy. During the past 10 years as mayor of Hattiesburg: • we’ve never raised taxes, cut services or laid off employees, • we spend less today than we did 10 years ago, and we do more because we’ve become more efficient, and • we also created 6,000 jobs. If we want to create more jobs, we need to start with a focus on small business development by offering the same type of incentives to small businesses that we offer to large corporations. If we want to recruit new jobs, we need to start by requiring companies that move to Mississippi to hire Mississippi contractors and workers. That’s what we did in Hattiesburg with Stion, a California-based company that is now manufacturing solar panels right here in Mississippi and will create 1,000 jobs in the process. They agreed to use Mississippi contractors for their building needs, and they are hiring mostly Mississippi residents. We also need to review corporations who receive tax incentives in exchange for creating jobs to make sure they are actually creating the jobs they promised. Mississippi Education Of course, our public education system also needs help. I propose the Mississippi Education Restructuring Program (MERP). From training our teachers more extensively to early childhood development, MERP restructures how we educate our children. Additionally, MERP proposes $85 million in tax breaks for teachers and parents. And that’s just the beginning. Mississippi’s Rural Areas Mississippi’s rural areas are hurting the most when it comes to jobs, schools, health care and other opportunities. For governor, we need someone who has worked alongside the municipal and county leaders who deal with the issues facing rural Mississippi every day. I am here to offer you a choice, and that choice is someone who has been a public servant for 20 years and has a record of creating jobs, not raising taxes, and working with people to find innovative solutions to our problems. I offer you an opportunity to Make Mississippi First. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree is the Democratic nominee for governor. For more information, go to

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Cooperatives offer unique benefits to their members ctober is when the nation traditionally observes Cooperative Month. But this year’s celebration also kicks off the International Year of Cooperatives in 2012. Throughout the coming year I hope you will learn more about the impressive global network of local businesses owned by those they serve. Electric power associations in Mississippi make up the state’s largest cooperative network. You, as a member of an electric power association, benefit in many ways from the power of this network. Electric power associations work together to control expenses, devise solutions to common challenges and restore power during emergencies, just to cite a few examples. How does this cooperation affect you? The short answer: You pay the least amount possible for your electric service. And it is among the most reliable in the world. Here are a few more benefits of being a member of an electric power association: • Local management. You are invited each year to attend your electric power association’s membership meeting where you can talk face to face with top management. You can ask questions or make comments directly to the CEO and the board of directors (which the members elect). How many other businesses are this accessible? Have you ever talked to the CEO of your phone company, TV provider or superstore? • Energy-efficiency leadership. Your electric power association is serious about helping you control energy costs by being more aware of your energy use. Every time you flip a switch on or use hot water, you are buying electricity. Today in Mississippi has a long history of promoting wise energy use to electric power association members. How many other companies actually encourage you to use less of their product or service? • Fast power restoration. Your electric


On the cover The friendliest skies may belong to balloonists like Tim Slattery and his wife, Mel Wilson. Sharing their sport with others only enhances its thrill, the Gluckstadt couple says. Take a look at ballooning from their perspective on pages 4-5.


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My Opinion Michael Callahan Executive Vice President/CEO EPAs of Mississippi

power association is poised to respond to any outage, any time of day or night. When the big storms mow down our lines, your electric power association can call on emergency power restoration help from other electric coops in Mississippi and other states. We’ve had co-op crews from across the region pour into Mississippi by the hundreds to repair destruction to lines from hurricanes, ice storms and tornadoes. We’ve returned the favor when our sister cooperatives were similarly stricken. • Legislative watch dog. Electric cooperatives in Mississippi and throughout the nation monitor proposed state and federal legislation with your energy interests in mind. We target any proposal that might threaten the cost, reliability or availability of your electricity. Our government relations team makes every effort to point out potentially harmful legislation to elected officials. We want them to understand the unique nature of not-for-profit electric cooperatives and the needs of our membership. • You are an owner. Your electric power association is owned by the members it serves. Not by stockholders across the globe. Your electric power association is governed by local members (the directors you elect at the annual meeting) and staffed by local employees. The result is a cooperative focused entirely on providing service—not pleasing stockholders—and leading efforts to make your community a better place to live. Cooperatives truly help build a better world.

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Timothy Laird, 18, of Newton made this picture of a kitty captivated by a flower. We invited photographers up to age 18 to submit their best work for this month’s Picture This feature. See a selection of their work on page 14 and on our website,

Mississippi is . . . . . . where the best of family, relationships and values are united in matrimony with what was, what is and what will be, lovingly crafting a 21st century Mississippi that hasn’t lost sight of or touch with its roots. For my wife, a Mississippi native, and myself, with Mississippi roots dating back to 1839, the state is an escape to a place where life is slower and quality is greater. People know, love and help their neighbors so that we can physically be, at least for a little while, where our hearts remain all year long. — John and Elizabeth Shivers, Magee/Calhoun, Ga. Pink Autumns Just go and sit down near an ole pond Many colors will appear there beyond. All the many shades of pink As if God had spilt His red ink. Pink autumn, you are so beautiful With your charming wind blowing blissful! — Sarah Watkins Hall, Black Hawk Mississippi is a state in which kindness and caring is the norm for our citizens. While recently traveling on I-20, I couldn’t help but notice the numerous loads of hay bales that were being taken from Mississippi to Texas. Because fellow ranchers and farmers there are suffering due to the drought, Mississippians are doing what Mississippians always do: lend a helping hand. — Pat Blankinship, New Hebron

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Couple shares a love for ballooning By Debbie Stringer involved in the sport. Her husband fulfilled They drift in the breeze like dandelion her wish on her birthday when he arranged seeds, their vivid colors and graceful movea ride with a local balloonist. When she ments commanding our attention as few air- started crewing for the pilot, she got craft can. hooked. In the world of aviation, there’s nothing “Then somebody decided to buy his wife like the hot air balloon. a balloon,” Wilson said with grin aimed at “It’s fantastic. It’s beautiful. It’s relaxing her husband. but also challenging,” Mel Wilson said. “She forgot to tell me specifically, do not Wilson and her husband, Tim Slattery, buy a hot air balloon,” Slattery replied are licensed balloon defensively. pilots living in It went someGluckstadt. She is a thing like this: graduate school proWith his wife fessor of immunology away on a threeat the University of month sabbatical Mississippi Medical in Sweden, SlatCenter; he is a civil tery started lookengineer. ing at balloons for They fly their balsale on the Interloons near their net. He found a home, at church and used one available school events, and at in Hattiesburg, festivals and balloon drove down to races. Slattery, a check it out and member of the Middecided to buy it. Mississippi Balloon If it didn’t work Association, plans to out, he told himcompete in the Great self, he could sell Mississippi River Balit. loon Race in Natchez Eventually, Tim Slattery and Mel Wilson, of Gluckstadt, decidOct. 14-16. both Wilson and ed to become hot air balloon pilots after he surSlattery and WilSlattery earned prised her with the purchase of a used balloon. son have the most their balloon pilot His current balloon, above right, is a 90,000fun when they take license, issued by cubic-foot model. She prefers the agility of her own 69,000-cubic-foot balloon, Wilson says. others up with them. the FAA. His is a Nervous passengers commercial can kneel or sit in the basket until they feel license, which allows him to carry paying more comfortable. passengers and instruct student pilots. “I love taking people who’ve never been At a hot air balloon flight school in Albubefore,” Wilson said. querque, N.M., they honed their airmanship Wilson herself dreamed of riding in a bal- skills and learned how to respond to every loon long before she or her husband got flight scenario imaginable. Slattery described

the school as a “ballooning boot camp.” “That was the best thing I ever did,” Wilson said. Slattery has now notched more than 300 hours of flight time, Wilson about 80. “I stayed a student pilot for a long time simply because I never had time to get my license. Work gets in the way,” she said. “There are a lot of women [balloon] pilots and they fly just as good as men,” Wilson said. “There’s not a strength issue. It’s more about finesse.” She and her husband each fly their own balloon. His holds 90,000 cubic feet of air and stands about five stories tall when inflated. Her balloon holds 69,000 cubic feet; she prefers the responsiveness and agility of the smaller balloon. The basic balloon system consists of the balloon (also called the envelope), a propane burner and tanks for heating the air, a basket to carry the pilot and passengers, and a large fan for inflating the balloon on the ground. Balloonists usually rely on a ground crew for help in launching and landing their balloons. Wilson and Slattery invite friends and her graduate students to join their crews. At the launch site, pilot and crew work together to set up and launch the balloon. First, they attach the burner and the balloon to the basket. With the basket lying on its side, they spread the balloon out on the ground and then, while restraining the envelope, they inflate it with a powerful fan. When the balloon is sufficiently inflated but still lying on the ground, the pilot blasts the burner to heat the air inside. Slowly the balloon rises to its full height. When the pilot and passengers are ready for lift-off, the ground crew releases the bal-

loon. Fire roars from the burner, its dragon breath propelling the balloon upward. The pilot shuts off the burner when she reaches a suitable altitude. For a few moments the balloon drifts in silence. Earthly worries fade as the pilot maneuvers her craft, chats with passengers or simply enjoys the view. “There’s a lady that works with Mel and occasionally she’ll say, ‘You need to go fly your balloon,’” Slattery said. “When I’m not teaching I may call her around 9:30 in the morning and she’ll say, ‘You’ve been flying—I can hear it in your voice,’” Wilson said. Navigation is imprecise compared to other aircraft, but the experienced balloon pilot carries out desired manuevers with the judicious use of the burner. By firing the burner longer or more often, the pilot guides the balloon upward to catch a wind of a different speed or direction. To descend into an air current, or to land, he vents hot air through a valve in the top of the balloon. “It’s really fun when you’re in a pack of balloons and you see balloons going this way and that, but you’re going straight. The winds are just crazy that way,” Slattery said. Every decision revolves around safety, from preflight planning to the landing. Nothing is left to chance. Pilots monitor weather conditions, brief their ground crew, inspect their equipment, and locate power

October 2011 lines and other hazards. “As a pilot, you’ve thought about all the things that could happen and you’ve planned your standard reaction to a certain situation,” Slattery said. “Periodically, both of us will put our baskets in our driveway and practice safety precautions like how to relight burners and how to check out the basket before every flight,” Wilson said. “We know what that system should look like when we set it up and when we load it. If we see anything wrong, we stop and investigate.” During the flight, the pilot keeps an eye on instruments that display the balloon’s rate of climb, altitude and envelope temperature. Slattery prefers to keep the air at or below 200 degrees inside his balloon. “A lot of people are fascinated by the fuel system,” he said. “We burn liquid propane, the same thing you use in your barbecue grill. We carry 35- and 25-gallon tanks, and we’ll burn through about half of a fuel load in one flight.” Flight distance and weight affect the balloon’s fuel consumption. “My rule is when I hit 50 percent, I’m thinking about where I’m going to land,” Wilson said. Landing presents its own set of challenges. Pilots want to avoid landing damaging crops, snagging power lines and spooking livestock when they land in rural areas. “We choose not to fly during deer season because we like to have very good relations with landowners and hunters,” Wilson said.

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About balloons • Balloons can fly because warmer air is lighter than cooler air. To ascend, the pilot heats the balloon envelope with a propane burner. To descend, he releases the hot air through a large valve at the top of the balloon. • Unlike other aircraft, a hot air balloon moves with the air and cannot be propelled in a controlled manner. • The balloon pilot“steers”the balloon by adjusting its altitude to take advantage of differing wind directions. • Most balloons are made of ripstop (nylon) or polyester, reinforced with webbing and protected by a fire-resistant coating. Wicker is a good basket material because of its strength and flexibility—a plus during rough landings. • Why are hot air balloons so big? One cubic foot of air inside a hot air balloon can lift about 7 grams. To lift 1,000 pounds requires about 65,000 cubic feet of air. • To the balloonist, the air feels still because his balloon travels with the wind. A lighted candle will not flicker in a hot air balloon while it is aloft. • The balloon’s basket hangs motionless in the air; it does not sway. • Balloonists prefer to fly when skies are clear and winds are normal, generally early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Learn more about ballooning from the Balloon Federation of America at

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“It’s fantastic. It’s beautiful. It’s relaxing but also challenging.” Mel Wilson She and her husband have found Mississippi landowners to be accommodating to balloonists landing on their property, making the state “a wonderful place to fly,” Wilson said. As the balloon descends toward the landing site, Wilson and Slattery warn their passengers of the possibility of a bumpy ride if it’s windy. The impact can be a soft touch or more of a whack. “It’s kind of like jumping off a ladder from about halfway up,” Slattery said. Landings thrill passengers and pilot alike when the basket hits the ground hard, then bounces several times before coming to a stop. “People pay money to get on carnival rides to get a physical experience similar to that,” Slattery said. Some passersby think a balloon landing is a crash. They may see flames from the burner, a dropping balloon and the ground crew


A powerful fan inflates Tim Slattery’s hot air balloon, top, silhouetting Slattery as he checks the large valve at the top of the balloon envelope. Once aloft, he can descend by releasing hot air through the valve. With the envelope inflated and restrained by the ground crew, Slattery fires a propane burner, center, into the envelope to right the balloon prior to launch. Other ballonists, above, pack up after a recent balloon launch in Natchez.

running about. “Then next thing you know, 9-1-1 is called and the reporters come out, and emergency services and the police show up,” Slattery said. “If you see a balloon go down, most of the time they’re landing. Just go look and ask if everybody’s OK before you call 9-1-1.

But if the balloon is draped across a power line, then yes, call 9-1-1.” Slattery and Wilson, always happy to talk about ballooning, welcome questions from onlookers after a balloon landing. “Ask if you can help pack it up. That’s always welcomed,” Slattery said.

The skies over Natchez will be ablaze with scores of colorful hot air balloons during the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. The ballooning and music festival is set for Oct. 14-16 at the Rosalie Bicentennial Gardens, on Broadway Street overlooking the Mississippi River. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday for a balloon glow at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 7:30, followed by live music. Festivities continue Saturday and Sunday with music performances, food and balloon races and flights (twice daily, weather permitting). Balloon pilots will compete in a Key Grab on Saturday afternoon; the pilot who can retrieve a key from the top of a 50-foot pole wins a new truck. Learn more about one of Mississippi’s most popular festivals and get the flight schedule at Visitor information is available from the Natchez Visitor Reception Center at 800-647-6724 or




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Gunboat Cairo an apt subject for new quarter t had to have been a tough decision to select just the right scene to put on the back of the new Vicksburg National Military Park quarter. Taking it a step further back, it must have been a tough decision narrowing down the list of over 350 national parks to the final 56 to be featured on the “America the Beautiful� series of coins. The U.S. Mint will release five new quarters each year through 2020. The Vicksburg quarter was released the end of August. The scene selected for the “tails side� of the Vicksburg quarter depicts the USS Gunboat Cairo as it would have looked floating on the Yazoo River— before it hit a Confederate mine and sank in 1862. Park Superintendent Mike Madell says the Cairo is a perfect representation for the Vicksburg park because so many people identify the park with the Cairo. The gunboat has been on display there for years. The Cairo (pronounced like the Illinois town with emphasis on the long “a,� not like the city in Egypt with emphasis on the long “i�) was a part of the Union naval flotilla sent to find a way to wiggle into a position to get at Vicksburg. Lincoln had declared that Vicksburg was the key to winning the


war. And he wanted that key in his pocket. Union Gen. Sherman’s only defeat in the Civil War came when he tried to scale the Mississippi bluffs north of Seen Vicksburg at by Walt Grayson Chickasaw Bayou. The Navy had tried bombarding Vicksburg from the river. And Union Gen. Grant devised every strategy adopted and used in every war since then to try to get into the city. Levees were broken in the Delta to allow the Mississippi River to flood inland streams like the Sunflower River so they would be deep enough to float gunboats. Grant even tried digging a trench across DeSoto Peninsula where the Mississippi looped back up along Vicksburg’s waterfront to try to divert the river away from the city. Didn’t work. In 1862, the Cairo was one of the gunboats dispatched to try to find access north of town from the Yazoo River. A Confederate “torpedo� (we’d call it a mine today) exploded under the boat’s hull, and the Cairo sat on the bottom of the Yazoo River for 100 years. Then, in 1962, after months of preparation, the Cairo was raised and taken to Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula. It sat, with water being constantly sprayed on its wooden hull to keep it from dry rotting, while it was figured out what to do with the boat. Well over a century after it set out, the Cairo finally arrived where it was headed in the first place, Vicksburg, to be set up as a permanent display in the military park, where it ought to be. The

I can understand how the USS Gunboat Cairo is the obvious modern-day choice as the symbol of the Vicksburg National Military Park. But back in my young days, it would have been the Illinois Monument. Not only could you make wonderful echoes by whooping inside, but it had those bronze tablets with the names of what we thought were all of the men who fought in the Vicksburg Campaign. Actually, the names are the 36,000 who were here from Illinois. Photo: Walt Grayson

Cairo is the only “surviving� gunboat from the Civil War. Those of us who grew up in Mississippi and visited the park in our younger, pre-Cairo years, may think there would be way more obvious icons of Vicksburg than the gunboat. The Illinois Monument, for instance. Who hasn’t been shushed by a teacher for whooping too loud to make echoes inside the Illinois Monument while on a class tour? But Mike Madell says nowadays more

people ask to see the Cairo when they come to the Vicksburg Park than any other thing. So watch for Vicksburg quarters in your change. And then go see the park and the Cairo for yourself soon. 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.�


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Mississippi Outdoors by Tony Kinton

Autumn magic through the hunter’s eyes

ystique is a fitting word when describing autumn. The season is filled with it. Appealing yet haunting, refreshing yet sobering, a beginning yet an end—autumn exhibits a broad spectrum of sentiments. And the most vivid, lucid portrait of this season is often seen through the hunter’s eyes. Part of autumn’s appeal to the hunter is nothing more than simple anticipation. But anticipation plays a significant role in life, whether we are hunters or not. Looking forward to some event gives strength to move in that direction. We often need such impetus, for strength can be depleted


in the mundane of the everyday. Anticipation coaxes, encourages, calls us to act. It is a rudimentary ingredient in the prescription that prevents stagnation. For the hunter, that anticipation may focus on a chilly morning in the squirrel woods, senses quickened and attuned to the slightest rustle of a shaking limb. Or it may be that associated with the rhythmic crunch of leaves as a whitetail approaches the stand. Or that faint whistle of wings at tree-top height as sunrise brushes back the darkness along a river slough. Whatever the anticipator anticipates, it has a peculiar and life-bringing appeal.




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regardless of how deeply these qualities may be buried within our beings. We think of what was and what was not and what might have been. We think of what may come. We hunters interrupt our stalk for game to rummage through neglected tombstones we happen across or to touch a tiny track left by an equally tiny animal that was busy with life along a sand ditch. Or to watch a dead leaf let go from its place of prominence and drift to the forest floor to lie among the millions of others that will return to the earth, which sustained the tree that gave them life. We are sobered by it all. Autumn is a beginning. For the hunter, autumn is the beginning of the hunting seasons, a time offering untold opportunities to pursue game. This potential stirs the hunter’s spirit. This stirring may not be so much the actual collection of that game as it is the hope and possibility of doing so, that anticipation mentioned above, if you will. And it happens in autumn—the beginning. It is also the end. In the greater scheme of things, this beginning amounts to a miniscule portion of the total, a short-lived occurrence in the day-to-day. In reality, the autumn beginning signals the year’s end. Winter comes. However, spring is not far away. A new and spectacular rebirth waits. Not unlike life, I must say. Even if ghosts ride an autumn sunset, there are few things more alluring than the close of an October day. Photo: Tony Kinton.

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And we must not overlook the pure glory when considering autumn’s appeal. A color show unmatched. An azure sky. A carefully orchestrated symphony of sights and sounds and smells. Yet, it is all rather haunting. The ghost riding an autumn sunset. The breeze-induced quiver of withered leaves. The resultant shudder that runs up the spine of anyone who sees and hears and contemplates. The hunter, perhaps more than some, absorbs these elements. Alluring but haunting. Autumn is refreshing. Gone is the oppression of summer’s heat, this replaced by the brisk and the clean. The participant in autumn’s renewal is prompted to wander and wonder and consider, to wear a ragged coat and felt hat. The hunter may do this alone or in the company of others, perhaps children or grandchildren or parents or grandparents. He or she is at liberty to reflect on the past and hope for the future in such company. He or she is at liberty to shed a tear for the losses of yesterday and posture a smile for the possibilities of tomorrow. Yet, it is all rather sobering. Few times of the year bring on the reflective qualities in us all as does autumn,

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, or P.O. Box 88, Carthage, MS 39051.



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Confessions of a jinxed housewife


hen I was 5 years old, my grandmother Tyner told me that I was born star-crossed. “What does it

mean?” I asked. “Means if there’s a calamity or irritating development to be had, you’ll find yourself in the middle, or on the fringes.” At the time Big Mama sounded like she was speaking German right out of the movie “Sergeant York,” starring Gary Cooper. It was an old movie but new to me, since small towns like Forest didn’t get their turn until Jackson and Meridian had their fill. It took a few years for her message to sink in, but when it did I slapped my knee and said, “Yes! I was born starcrossed.” Others with this diagnosis can link up and understand adversity that befalls us as we innocently ramble along the twists and turns of life. Some are impasses. Adversity ranks from unpleasant to dreadful, but we can overcome. Most of my jams are ranked unpleasant. Not to say I haven’t encountered a “winter of discontentment.” Reflection: I’ve come across contentment a few times. And it’s wonderful. But when it’s possible for someone to innocently stumble in the middle or reside on the fringes, it’s me. Here’s a mere example. This time it started with a strike of lightning, and tropical storm Lee. “Honey, unplug the computers and TVs. I’m on the phone,” the boss said. I was too busy. Another strike disabled the phone in his ear and the computers—everything else it struck was

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trivial in comparison. I placed the Internet first. Above the stove and other appliances. A week minus the Internet was dreadful. Sunday, a car blocked the new church parking lot. Well, I was fuming when I walked into my Sunday school class, so my big mouth begin complaining about the situation. A wonderful member and polite lady asked, “What color was the car?” Then my face turned red. Sorry, my friend. That’s not what Jesus would do. The next day a policeman stopped by our house and told Roy for us to stay

inside with the doors locked. He said two men with weapons and on drugs had been chased into the woods around our property. Not a contented day. Several days later I had a top-secret appointment in Mobile at a skin clinic. Having sun-damaged my skin, I had freckles on my legs and arms; some might call them age spots, but I don’t. The nurse walked in—Brittney from Rocky Creek. As she administered the treatment another medical attendant walked in and said, “Hi, Kay. I read your columns in Today in Mississippi. I’m Jay, and I live in Rocky Creek.”

Clichés explain: The cat’s out of the bag. My life’s an open book. The tropical storm dumped over 10 inches of Grin ‘n’ rain. On the Bare It fourth morning I looked out the by Kay Grafe upstairs window from my writing space and saw waves, like the Gulf of Mexico. Surreal, but true. Our swimming pool had overflowed—it’s located near a downstairs porch. The waves were lapping at the door. I screamed for the pool man. He

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dog paddled and turned off the hose running in the pool. Guess who turned it on before the storm? The clothes dryer broke when I stuffed it with too many towels and jeans. The kitchen had an awful odor, but I think it came from two wet dogs and three cats. They’re afraid of bad weather. Roy said he was moving out! During the stormy days I reread “To Kill a Mockingbird” and read “Roadmap to 100.” Both made me cry. The first book for obvious reasons. The second book because it’s too late for me to do what it takes to live to a hundred. Near the end of a jinxed week I received a threat—from my husband: “If you don’t learn how to manipulate the TVs, I’m going to hide all the remotes.” He also remarked that when I touch a remote our whole system crashes. I said, “It seems to me with all the new technology we shouldn’t need two remotes for each TV. What happened to simple on and off buttons?” He said, “It seems to me my wife came to Earth on a spaceship.” 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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Fall colors emerge as plants prep for winter all has always been one of my favorite times of the year, something that probably has a lot to do with my growing up in Michigan, where I enjoyed cooler temperatures and trees changing colors. Here in Mississippi, I enjoy waking up in the morning and feeling that chill in the air. I guess I am finally becoming acclimated because even 70 degrees feels chilly after a hot and humid Mississippi summer. The best part of fall is watching the trees change color. Reds, yellows, oranges and every color in between remind me of the colors of the sunset. These colors are analogous, meaning they are connected on the color wheel,


and they make beautiful combinations. Throw in a few purples, and great color contrasts are created. It looks as if the trees are displaying one last burst of excitement and intensity before the cold temperatures of winter set in. Where do these beautiful fall colors come from? The answer is found when we take a close look at the structure of leaves. The leaves’ primary function is to absorb sunlight, allowing the plant to transform light energy into chemical energy. Plants use this chemical energy in the form of sugars for growth. You may remember from science class that this process is called photosynthesis. Sunlight is composed of different wavelengths of light, and each wave-

Fall weather brings an abundance of color to Mississippi landscapes. Photo: Gary Bachman

length is a different color. You see the different colors of light when you Southern see a rainbow Gardening arching across the sky after a rain by Dr. Gary Bachman shower. Leaves have many pigments that absorb different wavelengths of light. The primary pigment in a leaf is chlorophyll, which absorbs blue and red light. Leaves look green because chlorophyll actually reflects the green portion of sunlight and masks the orange and yellow pigments—known as carotenoids—and red, blue and purple pigments— known as anthocyanins. The cooler weather of fall sends strong environmental signals to plants. The days get shorter and night temperatures are cooler. Trees can sense these changes. Nutrients such as chlorophyll are recycled from the leaves and moved to the roots for use next year. Once the chlorophyll is gone, the other pigments become visible. Fall colors in Mississippi are not as spectacular as those found in the mountains of North Carolina or in New England, but they are beautiful all the same. Enjoy the red-oranges of the maples, dark purples of black gum, and the reds and bright purples of dogwood and crape myrtle. When left to her own devices, Mother Nature can certainly put together some of the best-looking color combinations to be found anywhere in our landscapes. Dr. Gary Bachman is MSU horticulturist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.

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Dixie Electric Power Association Working Together for the Good of All

Keeping the cost of electricity down Making members aware of issues that affect Dixie Electric’s ability to provide reliable, economical electric service is very important to me. Last month I reported how new regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency could add considerable cost to generating plants in the U.S. These regulations could even cause some power plants to be shut down, affecting power supply. Officials in several states, including Mississippi, announced their intentions to go to court to postpone the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). CSAPR was announced in June and is set to go into effect in 2012. We support such efforts because the rule would shut down or severely limit production for several power plants in Mississippi during the heat

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of summer when we need it most. In a letter to the Senate in August, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reported “that 81 gigawatts of generating capacity is ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to be subtracted by 2018 amid coal plant retirements and downgrades. That’s about 8 percent of all U.S. generating capacity. Merely losing 56 gigawatts – a midrange scenario in line with FERC and industry estimates-is the equivalent of . . . all power generation for Florida and Mississippi,” according to An EPA Moratorium in the The Wall Street Journal on August 29, 2011. As your energy provider, we must also keep planning in case the rule goes into effect, and we will have to find alternate supplies of power in order to comply with CSAPR. We will hopefully know more in the coming months. These and many other issues sur-

rounding our industry have created much discussion around the country. There have been numerous news stories quoting a wide variety of opinions. One of the most absurd quotes I have seen recently was printed in a Mississippi publication; an “expert” from another state suggested that our “problem” in Mississippi was that our electric rates are too low! Let me assure you that we work hard every day to keep your rates low, and I will not apologize for that. As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, we exist solely to provide our members with service that is as reliable and economical as possible. As we deal with the numerous issues that affect our industry, which includes complying with difficult regulations, we will continue to look out for your interests. Now for some better news, each of our members should have received their newly designed, letter-sized billing statements.

Randy Smith, General Manager

These billing statements have allowed us to streamline the processing of mail payments, which will save us time and money in the long run. We should begin accepting debit or credit cards and offering pay online shortly. Many of you have requested these services, and we are pleased to be able to offer them to you. Lastly, our annual meeting pamphlet was mailed to you in late September. Please vote your proxy or absentee ballot or attend the annual meeting. Instructions for filling out your proxy are included in the following pages. I encourage you to participate in your electric power association.

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Overall Prize $300 credit on electric bill

Seven District Prizes $150 credit on electric bill (one awarded per district)

To be eligible for prizes, sign your proxy, mail in your absentee ballot or vote in person at the annual meeting. You need not be present to win. One prize will be awarded per district and an overall prize winner named.

How to complete your proxy. SAMPLE: #1 If you cannot attend the meeting and want the board of directors to vote your proxy, fill it out this way:

Look for your proxy inside Dixie Electric Power Association’s annual meeting pamphlet which was mailed Sept. 22, 2011, or at any Dixie Electric location. See instructions in the pamphlet for complete details on completing your proxy. You may either vote by absentee ballot or execute your proxy, but not both. Mail or give your proxy to a Dixie Electric employee before the deadline. Don’t delay! All proxies must be in Dixie Electric’s office by noon,

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SAMPLE: #2 If you cannot attend the meeting and want someone who is attending to vote your proxy, fill it out this way:


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state officials and silly skits

What do these three have in common? It’s the 2011 Youth Leadership University! For the third year, Dixie Electric Power Association hosted 25 students, representing 12 high schools, for Leadership University. On Sept. 20, 2011, the students enjoyed an interactive day filled with educational presentations, games and activities, and a tour of Plant Dudley near Moselle. The youth leadership program is for high school junior students who live in Dixie Electric’s service area. “Our goal for the Youth Leadership University is to educate students on what it means to be an electric cooperative member and involved in the political system,” Communication Specialist Pollyanna Magee said. Magee organized the fun-filled day and led the students in “get acquainted” games, which included creative skits about leadership, an introduction game that used toilet paper, and a “get acquainted” version of speed dating. Mississippi state senators and representatives conducted a panel discussion with the students. The students were given an opportunity to ask the elected officials questions. Those attending were Sen. Haskins Montgomery, Sen. Tom King, Rep. Sherra Lane, Rep. Bobby Shows and Rep. Gary Staples. One student commented on the evaluation that the legislator panel discussion was his/her favorite activity because “it provided me with ways that I can help my state, and in turn, my country. Their ideas should be put into action.” The presentations included a cooperative overview and information on how electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed. The students also received information on careers in the electric power industry.

“The presentations were extremely provocative and caught my attention. I enjoyed talking to the legislators and learning about the government. I also learned a lot about our cooperative and plan to use some of things I learned later on in my life,” a leadership participant commented on the evaluation form. The students were quite entertained by an overview of the Youth Leadership Program presented by the 2011 youth leadership winners Mason Robertson, Daniel Vial and Hunter Estess. Academic counselors from the high schools joined the students for the morning portion of Leadership University. After hearing the presentations, the students toured Plant Dudley, which is a natural gas, electric energy generating plant near Moselle. Plant Dudley is owned and operated by South Mississippi Electric who is Dixie Electric’s wholesale power provider. Sixteen students were interviewed based on the information presented at Leadership University on September 21, 2011. The interviews are conducted by out-of-town judges. R’tes Hayes, Alise Mathews and Lindsay Miller will attend the Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson and the Youth Tour of Washington D.C. in summer 2012. “I would like to thank Dixie Electric Power Association for this awesome opportunity. I have met so many amazing people and learned so much from this,” past winner Hunter Estess said.

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2012 Youth Leadership Winners

R'tes Hayes Wayne County High School

Alise Mathews West Jones High School

Lindsay Miller Laurel Christian School




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It’s finally here! Our website has a new look! And new tools to give you, our members, a better experience. Check out our new website at!

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October is National Cooperative Month! Here are some facts about Dixie Electric Power Association, your electric cooperative. 37,889 Total meters served 4,719 Miles of distribution lines 34,910 Residential meters 8 Member meters per mile of line 2,961 Commercial meters 18 Other 92 Total number of employees

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Heavenly Delights A new cookbook from members of First Baptist Church in Bruce shares more than 400 recipes their families enjoy throughout the year. The cookbook is a fundraiser sponsored by Baptist Young Women and dedicated to youth, said member Jackie Corder. “‘Heavenly Delights’ is a collection of homemade recipes from church members to families who try to meet the challenges of raising Christian kids,” Corder said. Members of Baptist Young Women of Bruce Baptist Church serve their community in several ways, including helping youth participate in church

summer camps, providing school supplies to children starting school and offering scholarships to graduating seniors in the church. The organization also partipates in the Christmas Samaritan Shoe Box program for children in other countries. “These services are just a few that are provided by a group of women who love to serve the Lord by helping others in need,” Corder said. “Heavenly Delights” is available by mail for $20 plus $5 S&H per copy. Send name and address to First Baptist Church, Baptist Young Women, Attn: Jackie Corder, P.O. Box 535, Bruce, MS 38915.

Chicken Carbonara 1 lb. spaghetti 4 oz. bacon, diced 2 Tbsp. butter 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips 1 medium onion, chopped 2 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 1/2 cups heavy cream Salt, pepper to taste 1/2 cup grated cheese 3 egg yolks Chopped parsley

Cook spaghetti in boiling water for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté bacon until golden brown. Drain off some of the bacon drippings. Add butter, chicken strips, onion and garlic; cook until chicken is tender. Drain spaghetti and add to chicken mixture. Add cream, salt and pepper. Stir over medium-low heat until heated through (do not boil). Add cheese and egg yolks. Turn off heat and stir well. Spoon into a serving dish and top with parsley.

Cranberry Relish 1 large orange, peeled and quartered 1 lb. fresh cranberries 1 large apple, chopped 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/2 cup nuts

Coarsely chop the orange and cranberries. Add chopped apple. Finely chop orange, cranberries and apple. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Can be served with a lot of things, including yogurt.

1 cup sugar 1 cup flour 1/4 cup butter 1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. almond extract 1 egg 2 apples, peeled, cored and quartered 1 tsp. cinnamon

Combine sugar, flour, butter, baking soda, almond extract and egg. Mix until blended. Pat dough evenly into the bottom of a greased 9-by-13-inch (or slightly larger) baking pan. Thinly slice apple quarters. Overlapping the slices, arrange in lengthwise rows on top of cake batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a little sugar. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. Topping: 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup sugar

1 egg 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Melt butter, remove from heat and add sugar. Stir quickly to dissolve sugar. Stir in egg. Spoon mixture over hot apple cake. Sprinkle with almonds. Continue baking for an additional 25 minutes until edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cut into squares and serve hot or at room temperature.

Roasted Broccoli With Parmesan 1 head broccoli, cut into small flowerets 1 Tbsp. olive oil Salt, fresh ground black pepper

1/4 cup (or more to taste) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F. Arrange broccoli in a single layer on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Roast about 15 minutes. Turn over and sprinkle with Parmesan. Roast 5-7 minutes.

Sweet Bacon Wrapped Deer Tenderloin 3 cups brown sugar 2 cups soy sauce 2 lbs. deer tenderloin (can substitute pork or beef)

1/2 lb. bacon 1/4 cup white sugar

In a bowl, mix brown sugar and soy sauce to make a thick, sticky brown paste. Put tenderloin in a cooking tray and pour the brown sugar mixture over the meat. Roll loin in the mixture to coat completely. Allow meat to marinate at least 3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Remove the loin from the tray and place on a slotted baking sheet with a drip pan or aluminum foil underneath to catch drippings. Reserve marinade. Wrap a piece of bacon around the end of the loin, securing it with a toothpick. Repeat this process until the entire loin is wrapped in 10 or so bacon loops. (The loin will look like an arm with wrist watches along its length.) Drizzle remaining marinade over the loin. Cover the loin and bacon strips in a thin coating of white sugar. Bake on center rack of oven at 350 F for 30-40 minutes. Slice to serve.

Roasted Corn Salad 1 (16-oz.) bag frozen whole kernel corn or 2 cups fresh corn cut from cob 1 Tbsp. butter 1 avocado, diced into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup finely diced red onion 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/3 cup mayonnaise Zest of 1 lime (about 1/2 Tbsp.) Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp.) 3/4 tsp. ground cumin 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste Additional parsley for garnish

In a skillet over medium-high heat, sauté corn in butter until corn is slightly roasted, 5-8 minutes. While corn is still warm, add avocado, red onion and red peppers. Transfer to a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime zest and juice, cumin, parsley and salt. Pour over corn mixture and stir gently. Garnish with parsley leaves if desired. Browse our recipe archive at

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Picture This... Through the eyes of a child No grown-ups allowed on this month’s Picture This page! These photos were made by kids 18 and younger. See work by other creative young photographers at our website, “Portrait of Mississippi” is our next Picture This theme. Focus on people, places, events, nature, sports, arts, landmarks—anything that depicts our Mississippi lifestyle or heritage. Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by Dec. 5. Selected photos will appear in our January 2012 issue. For more guidelines, call 601-605-8600, email or visit

Above: Dandelion, by Breland Anderson, 15, Mathiston; 4-County EPA member Left: No. 1 fan, by Cassey Toney, 17, Biloxi; Coast EPA member

Top: Brilliant flowers, by Chelsie Brown, 17, Waynesboro; Dixie EPA member Above: Bluebird against a golden sky, by Janeice Pigg, 14, Starkville; 4-County EPA member Right: Great blue heron, by Mason Hennis, 11, Laurel; Dixie EPA member

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Top right: Pretty portrait of Savannah McMullen, by Courtney Osler, 18, Pelahatchie; Southern Pine EPA member Above: Cool cat, by Emily Grace Cooley, 15, Vancleave; Singing River EPA member

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Events 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 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

Nichols-Boyd Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 1-31, Brandon. Hayrides, corn maze, pumpkins, farm animals, playground and more. Group tours on weekdays; open to public weekends. Details: 601-829-0800; The Wrecking Ball, Oct. 8, Holly Springs. Fundraiser to preserve historic Chalmers Institute. Dinner, silent auction, live art auction, music; 6 p.m. Chalmers Institute. Details: 888-687-4765; 14th Annual Brandon Craft Fair, Oct. 8, Brandon. Local and international handmade crafts, homemade baked goods, grilled bratwurst and sauerkraut lunch. Free. Nativity Lutheran Church. Details: 601-825-5125. 85th Annual Parish Bazaar, Oct. 8-9, D’Iberville. Food, bingo, Book Nook, silent auction, games for all ages, entertainment, more. Sacred Heart Church. Details: 228-875-3951; Commiskey-Wheat Marine Corps League 10th Annual Jack Lucas Golf Tournament, Oct. 10, Hattiesburg. Canebrake Country Club. Details: 601-268-2128. The Dark Zone Haunted House, Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, Brandon. Sponsored by Exchange Club; 7-10 p.m. Not recommended for 5 and under. Admission. Soccer fields behind Rogers-Dabbs Chevrolet. Details: 601825-2094. Gulf Coast Military Collectors Show, Oct. 1415, D’Iberville. Buy, sell, trade military memorabilia. Admission; free for WWII vets. D’Iberville Civic Center. Details: 228-380-6882, 228-436-0738. David Marsh Art Exhibition, Oct. 14-15, Como. Meet the artist and view more than 50 pieces of original art; 2-9 p.m. The Como Inn. Details: Yazoo County Fair, Oct. 14-22, Yazoo City. Family fair with carnival rides. Admission.

Yazoo County fairgrounds. Details: 662-7464665. Mississippi Opry Fall Show, Oct. 15, Pearl. Bluegrass, old-time and gospel music with the Vernon Brothers and Harmony & Grits; 6-8:30 p.m. Admission. Pearl Community Room. Details: 601-331-6672. Wheels in Eatonville Car and Motorcycle Show, Oct. 15, Hattiesburg. All makes and models. Food, raffles, children’s activities. North Forrest High School. Details: 601-466-0488. Classic Car and Flywheel Tractor Show, Oct. 15, Olive Branch. Antique cars and tractors. Olive Branch Old Towne. Details: 901-5172396. The Scream Tour: The Next Generation, Oct. 15, Southaven. Mindless Behavior, Diggy, The New Boyz and others; 7 p.m. Admission. DeSoto Civic Center. Details: 662-342-4842. Wister Gardens Friends of the Gardens Wine and Cheese Membership Drive, Oct. 20, Belzoni. Wister Gardens; 6-8 p.m. Details: 662836-8554; Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, Oct. 2022, Columbus. Keynote speaker, readings; free. Welty Gala Oct. 21, 7 p.m., with Sebastian Junger; admission. Mississippi University for Women. Details: 662-329-7386; Wesson Haunted House, Oct. 20-22, 28-29, 31, Wesson. Old Custom Seed and Feed Mill. Details: 601-643-5000; wesson_chamber@ Fall Flower and Garden Fest, Oct. 21-22, Crystal Springs. Gardens, seminars, handicapped-accessible tour wagons, food; 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Free. Truck Crops Experiment Station. Details: 601-892-3731; 50th Annual Mississippi Numismatic Association State Convention and Coin Show, Oct. 21-23, Southaven. Buy, sell, trade. Free admission. DeSoto Civic Center. Details:

601-527-9340, 601-371-6627. City Wide Rummage Sale, Oct. 22, Brookhaven. Pre-register to sell or come to shop. Lincoln Civic Center; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Details: Vaiden Heritage Festival, Oct. 22, Vaiden. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. A Day in the Country, Oct. 22, Causeyville. Barbecue, crafts, homemade cakes, chitlin plates, flea market, music and more. Causeyville Volunteer Fire Department. Details: 601-644-3556, 601-479-7185. Double 16 Fourth Annual Halloween, Oct. 22, Poplarville. Supper, entertainment, spooky hayride, camping. Admission. Gumpond area. Details: 601-550-5905. Gulf Coast Koi Society Annual Pond Tour, Oct. 22-23, Mississippi Gulf Coast. Various locations. Admission. Details: 228-217-4810. Ford vs. Chevy Dragrace, Oct. 23, Gulfport. Admission; gates open 8 a.m. Gulfport Dragway. Details: 228-863-4408; Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, Oct. 25, Biloxi. “Sailors, Shrimpers and Schooners”theme with graveside history-based reenactments; 4-7 p.m. Free. Details: 228-435-6339. Duds for Doodlebugs Consignment Event, Oct. 25-27, Hattiesburg. Kids’clothing, toys, baby equipment, books and more. Free admission. Forrest County Multi Purpose Building. Details: 601-466-1055; www.dudsfordoodle Consign It, Honey: Women’s Consignment Event, Oct. 25-27, Hattiesburg. Women’s, maternity, junior girls’clothing and accessories and more. Free admission. Forrest County Multi Purpose Building. Details: 601-270-6595; Beehive Marketplace, Oct. 28, Kosciusko. Demonstrations/sales by local artists, country store, silent auction. Mary Ricks Thorton Cultural Center. Details: 662-289-4761. Trace Bundy in Concert, Oct. 28, Southaven. Performance by the innovative instrumental acoustic guitar player; 7 p.m. Admission. DeSoto Family Theatre. Details: 662-470-2131. Antique Tractor Show and Community Festival, Oct. 29, Glen Allan. Tractor rodeo, music, children’s rides and acitivity, arts and crafts, food, old trucks, prize for oldest running tractor. Free. Paul Love Park. Details: 662-3786493, 662-822-8500. Fall Fun Fest, Oct. 29, Olive Branch. Hayrides, carnival games, haunted house, silent auctions,

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Moonbounces, food and more. Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Details: 662-895-5007. Church Bazaar, Oct. 29, Louisville. Breakfast, lunch, crafts, homemade breads, baked goods, jellies, jams, silent auction, more; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Whitehall United Methodist Church. Details: 662-803-8222. Meridian Little Theatre Guild Book Fair and Baby Boutique Sale, Oct. 29, Meridian. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meridian Little Theatre. Glosterfest, Oct. 29, Gloster. Food, music, crafts, antiques, assorted vendors. Main Street. Details: 601-225-4925, 601-225-7579. Carson & Barnes Circus, Oct. 29-30, McComb. Two shows daily: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission. Pike County fairgrounds. Details: 601-684-2291; Sixth Annual Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 4, Starkville. Handworks by artisans across the state; benefits Habitat for Humanity. First United Methodist Church. Details: 662-3235722. Whistle Stop Weekend: Soulé Live Steam Festival, Meridian RailFest, Carousel Organ Association of America Fall Rally, Nov. 4-5, Meridian. Traditional craft demonstrations, steam engines and whistles, hit and miss engines, sawmills, grist mills, iron pour, model train display, visiting rail cars, carousel organs, antique tractors and more. Free. Soulé Steam Feed Works and other locations. Details: 601482-8001; Grillin’ and Chillin’ BBQ Festival, Nov. 4-5, Taylorsville. BBQ competition, music performances, craft vendors, 5K run, carnival rides, kids’ chicken cook-off, more. Downtown. Details: 601-785-6541. Magnolia Pickle Festival, Nov. 4-6, Magnolia. Grand Pickle Parade, rides, live music, antique dealers, craft vendors, pickle contests, and cucumber/pickle recipe and canning contests. Magnolia Depot Grounds. Details: 601-3415340, 601-810-9669. Turkey Trot, Nov. 5, Cleveland. 10K and 5K runs, 5K walk, kids’fun run. Registration deadline Oct. 28. Benefits St. Jude. Details: 662843-8850. Rotaryfest, Nov. 5, Ellisville. Arts, crafts, displays, antiques, collectibles, entertainment, kids’activities, food and more. Free. Downtown. Details: 601-477-9201; freida@ 12th Annual Old Times Day, Nov. 5, Leakesville. Cane syrup making, grist mill,

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smokehouse, plowing, crackling cooking, entertainment, food, mule pull and more. Admission. Batley Farm. Details: 601-3942385; Fifth Annual Health Trust Scrub Run, Nov. 5, Magee. 5K run/walk, 1-mile fun run. Register by Oct. 28. Magee Sportsplex. Details: 601849-7309; Pascagoula Gun Show, Nov. 5-6, Pascagoula. Jackson County fairgrounds. Details: 601-4984235; Fall Street Fair, Nov. 5-6, Picayune. More than 300 arts, crafts, antique and food vendors. Music, activities, more. Downtown. Details: 601-799-3070, 601-916-2348. Arts and Crafts Bazaar, Nov. 6, Gautier. Doors open 8 a.m. Lunches, barbecue sandwiches begin 11 a.m. Harold E. Jones VFW Post 2132. Details: 228-623-8571. 21st Annual Magnolia State Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, Nov. 11-13, Pascagoula. Vendors, exhibits, lapidary arts demonstrations. Admission. Jackson County Civic Center. Details: 228-806-1039. 39th Annual Gingham Tree Arts and Crafts Festival, Nov. 12, Lucedale. 300 artists and craftsmen. George County Middle School Activities Building. Details: 601-947-4542, 601-766-5702; The Christmas Carousel: A Gifting Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Market, Nov. 12, Olive Branch. Center Hill Elementary School. Details: 662-812-3506; www.the 11th Annual Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 12, D’Iberville. Military marching units, floats, bands and more; 11 a.m. Downtown. Details: 228-669-4997; Fifth Annual Henleyfield Fall Festival, Nov. 12-13, Henleyfield. Nov. 12: 5&10K runs, food, antique cars, kids’corral, artisan demonstrations, entertainment. Nov. 13: veterans observance, entertainment. Community Center. Details: 601-590-6278; Meridian Little Theatre Guild Fall Variety Sale, Nov. 12-13, Meridian. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m. Meridian Little Theatre. Mississippi Coast Jazz Society Dance, Nov. 13, Biloxi. Admission; 2-5 p.m. Hard Rock Casino. Details: 228-392-4177. Christmas City, Nov. 13-14, Biloxi. More than 300 gift booths, photos with Santa and more. Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Details: 800-4769336; Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow, Nov. 14-16, Vicksburg. Educational programs, workshops. Vicksburg Convention Center. Details: 601-9559298; Pass Christian Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary 15th Annual Holiday Boutique, Nov. 18-19,

Pass Christian. Decorative gifts, art, pottery, books, clothing, jewelry, Christmas Kitchen and more. Admission. West Harrison Community Center. Details: 228-452-5969. City-wide Rummage Sale, Nov. 19, Lucedale. Details: 601-947-2755, 601-947-2082. Seventh Annual Stew Stomp, Nov. 19, Louisville. Breakfast, bazaar, 5K run, entertainment, stew tasting and competition. Main Street. Details: 662-773-3921.


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