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Safety...make it a priority we usher in a new year, I would like to remind everyone of the dangers of fallen power lines. Contact with a line on the ground can cause a deadly shock — even during a power My Opinion outage. There is no way to tell Michael Callahan if a downed line is energized Executive Vice President/CEO Electric Cooperatives simply by looking at it, so of Mississippi please, just stay away and report the situation immediately to your electric power association. One more safety-related plea: Our crews often work on lines after dark, in the fog and during downpours. They use various safety devices and procedures to help drivers spot them, but they still need your help to stay safe. Please slow down when you approach a utility worksite on a roadside. On multi-lane highways, remember the “Move Over Law.” Move over at least one lane away from any utility or emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If you can’t change lanes due to traffic, slow down and be prepared to stop. When the weather turns miserable as it does so often during a Mississippi winter, I find myself thinking of linemen. Their “office” is thousands of square miles of mostly rural landscape. On a sunny spring day, I envy their being outdoors all day. But not today; outside my window, it’s a gloomy and blustery late-January day with a cold rain threatening. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our members, employees and the public. Most companies won't tell you to use less of their product - but as a not-for-profit cooperative, that's exactly what we do! We want to partner with our members to show you how you can manage your energy use and save!

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On the cover Rebecca Turner is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), radio host on Super Talk, television presenter and author of Mind Over Fork. She encourages smart eating and living a healthy lifestyle by changing the way we all look at food in the story on page 4.

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This time of the year, our electric cooperative member service representatives receive numerous calls with inquiries about high electric bills. And since there will be many more days of cold weather, members may continue to receive bills reflecting a higher energy use. Though winter temperatures can range from the teens to the high 60s, many people see a spike in their electric bills during the colder months. Remember, to reduce monthly energy cost you must act immediately as the energy used today will be on your next bill. One of the easy ways to keep your electric bill low is to turn off lights when you leave the room or leave your house. In my own household, we are guilty of having lights on when not necessary, especially during the day. You would be surprised what an impact this simple task of turning off the lights would have on your monthly electric bill. Adjust the temperature setting on your thermostat. When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours and save around 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills. A smart or programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. Another simple energy saving tip is to make sure you fill up the dryer when drying clothes – don’t just dry two or three items. Dryers need a lot of energy to work. However, don’t stuff the dryer. This could be a fire hazard, so use good judgment! Electric cooperatives want to help you manage your energy cost. Throughout the year we publish articles promoting energy efficiency and your local electric cooperative can provide additional tips to save on your energy cost.

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The Official Publication of the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Today in Mississippi is brought to you by your member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative to inform you about your cooperative and its various services, including wise energy use. If you are not a member of a subscribing cooperative, you can purchase a subscription for $9.50 per year. Today in Mississippi (ISSN 1052-2433) is published 11 times a year (Jan.-Nov.) by Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Inc., P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158-3300, or 665 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS 39157. Phone 601-605-8600. Periodical postage paid at Ridgeland, MS, and additional office.

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Mississippi is Mississippi Girl I’ve traveled to many states, but I now no longer wish to roam. ‘Cause always when I’d come back, Mississippi would say, “Welcome home!” Well, I was born way down, south Mississippi way. And I grew up eating gators and greens and a few other things I won’t say. But I’m proud to say I’m a country girl, living in a country like this. If I had to leave it all today, there’s a whole lotta things I’d miss. A whole lotta things I’d miss. While, Jerry Clower jokes around, Conway sings his heart out. And Elvis is still our ‘King’ and will be forever, no doubt. Climbing trees, swimming in the creek. Going rodeoing all the time. This great state of Mississippi — well, it’s yours, and it’s mine! And I’m proud to say I’m a country girl, living in a country like this. If I had to leave it all today, there’s a whole lotta things I’d miss. A whole lotta things I’d miss. Song written in precious memory of Robert and Maureen Hobgood — Melanie Hobgood Rogers

What’s Mississippi to you? What do you treasure most about life in our state? Send your thoughts to Today in Mississippi, P.O. Box 3300, Ridgeland, MS 39158, or to news@ecm.coop. Please keep your comments brief. Submissions are subject to editing for length and clarity.

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By Elissa Fulton Many of us start off each year with great intentions for ourselves. We join the gym, we begin the latest diet trend, we meal prep and we know that this is going to be THE YEAR that we lose the excess weight. Except most of the time, we are disappointed when we end up gaining more weight by the end of the year and beat ourselves up for eating sweet treats during the holidays. So why are we in this cycle? It should be easy to want to be healthy, shouldn’t it? But for so many, it’s simply not easy. So many people fall into the “quick fix” trap. Because we want our cake, and we literally want to eat it too. It’s no wonder that Marketdata Enterprises, a market research firm, reports that Americans spend more than $60 billion annually on gym memberships and weight-loss programs to try and shed the extra pounds. But what if we could drop all of the fad diets, eat what we want and live a healthy life without worrying about everything we consume on a daily basis? Rebecca Turner of Terry, Miss., a registered dietician, says that we can and should drop the trendy diets. In fact, she pleads with everyone that will listen to cut out the “dumb dieting” decisions that we all too often make. She affirms that when we cut out food groups and go on diets that shed weight fast, we are actually doing more harm than good to our bodies. Turner has offered some useful tips and would like to challenge the way we all think about food in 2019.

“I want everyone to enjoy good health and I don’t want it to be a burden on anyone to have to get healthy,” she said. “There’s so much confusing and conflicting information out there, but it’s really not as hard as we all make it. We get so wrapped up in how much weight we want to lose, instead of how much weight we need to lose. And those are two very different numbers.” According to Turner, for those that already have a Body Mass Index (BMI) that labels them overweight or obese, just a 10 percent reduction of weight can significantly reduce the risk and complications from chronic disease. The weight loss recommendation can help in lowering blood pressure and preventing diabetes and cancer. “Now, you may look at yourself and think that you need to lose the entire 100 pounds to be healthy; but what science tells us is that you only need to lose 10 percent of that to significantly improve factors that lead to chronic illness,” said Turner. “And while 10 pounds may not seem significant to you in terms of an accomplishment, I would love for people to see that a little bit goes a long way in terms of actually improving quality of health and well-being.” Turner suggests that for 2019, we should set realistic goals for ourselves. “When we begin with that 10 percent

weight-loss goal, we are setting ourselves up for being healthier in general,” she said. “The first step should be to make the difference between how much weight you need to lose versus that higher number of what you want to lose. Those two numbers are usually very conflicting and one is very inflated, versus one is very realistic.”

I Achieving realistic goals There are many things we consume each day that we don’t realize contain high fats and high calories. Turner said, “If you change nothing about your diet in 2019, but you removed 100 calories every day, you would lose 10 pounds in one year.” So just what does 100 calories look like? For example, a 12-ounce regular soda contains approximately 140 calories. Depending on how tea is sweetened, eightounces of sweet tea has 70 calories. One tablespoon of mayonnaise and rich dressings also contain many calories. “If you simply just cut out one or two sodas a day, sweet tea or a 100-calorie coffee drink each day, you would already lose 10 pounds by the end of 2019,” said Turner. “But think about those other calories. Just switching how we create our sandwiches to using less or light mayonnaise, or getting our salad dressings on the side, that all can add up to 100 calories per day. You may be putting


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your best foot forward by ordering a salad over some of the other items, but when we look at how many calories are in many of the dressings, you can almost defeat your efforts and become discouraged. But if you cut out the soda and are mindful of your dressing every day, here’s 20 pounds you could now lose in 2019.”

I Busy lives, quick food and better choices So many of us succumb to fast-food windows for dinner. Long days and long commutes, kids’ ballgames, church activities, play practice, dance and family obligations; all of these things lead us to the dreaded intercom and we find ourselves at the window purchasing greasy sacks of processed food. “I’m a registered dietician with a 6-year-old daughter, a working mom with a busy schedule, so I see my fair share of fast-food restaurants,” said Turner. “But just because you go through the window does not mean that you have to order a full meal the way it comes, with a burger, fries and the soda. If the chicken sandwich or the burger is what you really want, get it and cut out the fries. If you are on your way home, cut up fresh fruit and pop some popcorn. Or if you really want the fries, get that and order a salad. Maybe it doesn’t look like the perfect meal, but you will make a huge dent in what would have been for you, so you will see the weight loss results from that.”

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Unfortunately, the average Mississippian lives approximately 27 miles from a grocery store that sells fresh food items. Convenience foods are targeting those in areas like Mississippi that have what are called “food deserts.” For many Mississippians it’s challenging to make some of the healthier food choices, but Turner wants us to do what we can in terms of making better decisions and not letting these obstacles limit our ability to make better food choices. “Fresh fruits are showing up in gas stations and the food industry is supply and demand,” said Turner. “When you notice these changes in your local communities, support it by purchasing these healthier options. If you buy it, your stores will stock it.”

I About Rebecca Turner Turner is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a registered dietician, nutritionist and a certified specialist in sports dietetics with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the author of “Mind Over Fork.” Her book is a documentation of her personal discovery and relationship with food. She hosts a radio show on SuperTalk Mississippi, “Good Things with Rebecca Turner.” She is a television presenter on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s healthy eating show, “Fit to Eat” and the Emmy Award-winning children’s show “Ed Said” and often appears on WLBT/FOX 40-TV as a wellness expert. For more information, videos or to contact Rebecca Turner, visit www.therebeccaturner.com.

Rebecca Turner is a registered dietician, radio talk show host, television presenter and author of Mind Over Fork. She encourages everyone to take a different approach to their health so it doesn’t become burdensome.

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Delta and how changes in agriculture dictated changes in the Delta. With fewer workers needed in the age of mechanization to make a crop, people either left or stayed to compete for the few available jobs. I asked Mayor Holland if Moorhead being on the Blues Trail was helping in any way. He said it brought people there

“It brings a lot of attention to Moorhead, and you may be able to sell someone a T-shirt who tours the museum.” – Mayor Holland

reason I was in Moorhead was to do a story about Joe Acree. Joe has been taking the daily rainfall readings there for nearly 47 years. Joe had just received the Thomas Jefferson Award for his dedicated service. The gist of the story: when you are faithful to your duty, sooner or later somebody will notice. As I was leaving town I crossed the little rise on Washington Street where the railroad used to run. Nearby is where the Southern crossed the Yellow Dog – Yellow Dog being the Yazoo Delta railroad. It was nicknamed Yellow Dog because the rolling stock was painted yellow with the initials “Y.D.” on the sides. The Yazoo Delta was the north-south line and the Southern was the east-west line and they intersected at Moorhead. And by intersected I mean like where two streets cross at a 90 degree angle. And that intersection became famous in blues songs. Perhaps the most famous is the “Yellow Dog Rag” by the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy. The same song goes by the

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later name “Yellow Dog Blues.” You can hear several versions on YouTube, including one recorded early in the 20th century by Handy Mississippi himself. Seen Handy first by Walt Grayson heard that song being squeezed out of an old guitar by a black man using a broken knife blade as a slide while he was waiting at the depot in Tutwiler around 1903. The man was singing that he was “goin” where the Southern Crossed the Yellow Dog.” This was supposed to have been Handy’s introduction to blues music. The Blues Trail marker beside the depot in Moorhead is about 100 yards north of where the restored intersection of the “Southern” and the “Dog” resides today, on the same rise I crossed on Washington where the railroad used to run. As I was getting my photo of the

marker and the water tower, Moorhead Mayor George Holland walked over from a restoration project he was working on just across the street and introduced himself and asked me if I’d like a tour of the restored depot/museum. There is ample wall space given to W.C. Handy in the depot as well as hometown boys, country music star Johnny Russell and Gov. Phil Bryant. There is history about the town and the area and how agriculture defined the

from all over the world to see the railroad intersection landmark, mostly tourists from other states and other countries. “We grew up with the blues. We’re used to it,” explained the mayor. Does the Blues Trail help the economy? “It brings a lot of attention to Moorhead, and you may be able to sell someone a T-shirt who tours the museum.” In other words it brings lots of lookers but few buyers. But there isn’t a lot to buy, anyway. The Blues Trail aptly marks where America’s music was born here in Mississippi. But maybe we haven’t come up with the best way to capitalize on it. Maybe the trail hasn’t hit its stride yet. Maybe we’ll have to be like Joe Acree and continue to do what we do and not give up and sooner or later someone will notice. Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television, and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Contact Grayson at walt@waltgrayson.com.

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Freezing Fog and A Winter Wood What is it about a winter wood that makes it so alluring? “It’s not,” some will say. “It is anything but alluring. It is austere, dismal, painfully sad.” While there is a measure of truth in that counter, I must hold to my conclusion that it is alluring. With those who think otherwise, I must graciously disagree and encourage them to look at it from another perspective. To God, the Creator of a winter wood, I bow in awe and offer deep appreciation. Consider a day not long back. Freezing fog, the weather prognosticators had said. It was a rather simple process as one forecaster described it. Prevailing conditions would cause fog, this to begin about dusk. That would hold firm throughout the night as temperatures eased steadily downward. And since these temps would drop below freezing and remain there until midmorning the following day, that fog would freeze to all exposed surfaces. And as predicted, that is exactly what happened. Neal Brown Outdoors and I were at our Today camp hard against by Tony Kinton the bluffs east of Greenwood. That evening we sat by a warm fire and discussed this pending matter. Between the two of us something approaching 100 years had been spent in proximity to and affiliation with the outside world, and neither of us could recall ever experiencing such a thing. We eventually crawled into cozy canvas tents and contemplated morning. We were, at least in theory, deer hunting, each equipped with our favorite Sharps rifles – big, ponderous units common to the 1870s.

sight. The air itself seemed frozen. One not fully acquainted with snow might think a light dusting had come during the night. But it was the fog. I observed closely, with each exhaled breath drifting gently away in a fog of its own making. Light came tentatively from a reticent sun, giving the impression that the sun was not keen on destroying such a surreal setting and was taking its jolly good time in taking command. When daylight did brighten the woods, there was even more spectacle. Beguiling it was. Thumbnail-sized bulbs of frozen moisture let go in miniscule showers, again mimicking snow. Then long string-like strands came down. All these were gentle and secretive, making not a sound when they came to rest on a leaf floor. Even squirrels seemed content to stay in holes and nests, perhaps as mesmerized by the day as I. When one did ease from some cloistered abode, that one caused Austere? Perhaps. But a winter wood holds its own mystique that should a great but brief glint not be missed. Photo by Tony Kinton not unlike an African night sky. No sadness ping thumb-sized cartridges loaded with here, just grand illumination. hand-cast bullets and black powder into At some point later, I heard Neal’s gaping chambers of the Sharps. We Sharp rumble. This, I concluded, indiwaited silently and would share the cated a successful hunt, and a text wonderment of that day later back at directly confirmed that conclusion. camp. That freezing fog was incredible. Mysterious, haunting, and yes, alluring. It sparkled on every naked limb and withered blade of grass and fallen leaf in

But to be truthful, the freezing fog business likely had more of our attention than did the whitetails. Neal probably left camp a few minutes earlier than I, but well before the breaking of day we were both at our stations. I chose a big oak on one ridge, Neal a similarly-sized hickory on another. At the respective spots we cleared out leaves and sat between huge roots, drop-

Work was to be done, so we joined up to extricate a big eight from the rugged woods. We talked of the deer and the Sharps and of good times shared here in years past that evening around the fire, but for the most part we talked of freezing fog. Prior to that morning we only wondered about it, but now we knew it firsthand. We agreed that even without a buck this would have been an exceptional day. So what about those winter mornings in a winter wood minus freezing fog? Not every day can afford such a vestibule to wonderment as did the one just noted. Does a winter wood lose its grandeur? Not at all. There can still be quiet, solitude, reverence. There are yet the denuded hardwoods that, though naked, have no need of apology to their evergreen cousins. Rather, they stand in proud display, waiting for spring and a new covering. They teach well that life has seasons, and that survival of one season gives rise to another. And there are those marvelous sunrises in winter that have no viable competition from those of other seasons. Those of winter are distant and painted brightly and holding promise for warmth. There are those mystic puffs of breath that drift off into the surroundings. And there is life, full and rich and glorious even within the chill. A winter wood is alluring. Don’t miss this gift – a gift that is sure to be treasured. Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. His newest book is “Rambling Through Pleasant Memories.” Order from Amazon.com or Kinton’s website: www.tonykinton.com.


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YOU’RE MORE THAN A CUSTOMER Dixie Electric is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

Supporting the community and making it a better place for everyone

Author Anthony J. D’Angelo observed that, “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” To a large degree, this reflects Dixie Electric’s philosophy toward our consumermembers and the territory we serve. As a cooperative, we have a different “bottom line.” Randy Smith While our priority is always to General Manager provide reliable and safe energy, there is another equally important part of this equation. Your well-being and that of the larger community that we serve are of paramount concern. To us, you are not just a customer; you are a mem-

ber of our co-op and without you, we would not exist. Since our inception, we have sought feedback and engagement from you and that of the larger community to guide our long-term decisions. This is why we hold annual meetings and other events, such as Energy Fairs in the summer months. We host events like this to engage with you and obtain your feedback. We strive to find ways to help you use energy more efficiently. We’re always looking to explore more options that will help you manage your energy use such as Comfort Advantage new home construction program or our Prepay program for billing. In short, we are always seeking to keep pace with the changing energy environment, evolving technology and shifting expectations. Dixie Electric’s members help guide important coop decisions that improve and enrich the community.

We value the perspective of our board members, who are members of the co-op and community – just like you. As a local business, we have a stake in the community. That’s why we support local charitable organizations such as local food banks, and the local United Way agencies. We are actively involved with the local Chamber of Commerce organizations and economic development groups because promoting local businesses and bringing jobs to our community is vital for the quality of life for all of us. When we support these efforts, we are supporting the community and making it a better place for everyone. While the times may have changed, our mission and outlook have not. We view our role as a catalyst for good. Working together, we can accomplish great things for our community now and in the future.

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New Hope Auto Sales provides the ultimate automobile buying experience. They are a used car dealership with quality preowned and affordable vehicles. They have extensive relationships in the dealer community, allowing them to purchase a wide variety of lease returns and new car trades at exceptional values.

In Sawmill Square Mall you will find a favorite shopping spot. Pink Anchor is a women’s boutique with a friendly staff and a woonderful selection. They offer clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories for any occasion. Receive 10 percent off one regular-priced item the next time you visit.

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Stop by and show your Co-op Connections card to receive $5 off an oil change.

Right-of-way clearing projects underway

Dixie Electric Power Association clears trees, limbs and underbrush from the area around and below the power lines, called the right-of-way. Right-of-way clearing decreases the number of outages and reduces the risk of someone coming in contact with the power lines. Here are the substations and surrounding communities that are either currently being cleared or will be cleared soon: • Indian Springs substation – Sunrise and Petal • Old Augusta substation – New Augusta and Leaf River Sawmill area

Clearing the right-of-way protects individuals from the hazards of electricity and makes power restoration quicker and safer for both Dixie Electric’s members and personnel.

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Cayenne quickly starts moving blood and equalizing blood pressure. It regulates the flow of blood from the head to the feet and influences the heart immediately. Cayenne, used correctly, is uniquely effective for improving blood flow. It helps dissolve blockages and restrictions and stimulates blood flow so that vitamins, nutrients and oxygen are properly delivered to all areas of your body. Contrary to popular opinion, cayenne does not burn the lining of your stomach. Instead, it has been shown to actually heal stomach ulcers and rebuild damaged tissue. It can also: s 2ELIEVEARTHRITISPAINANDFIBROMYALGIA s )MPROVEDIGESTION s 2ELIEVECONSTIPATION s )MPROVEALLERGIESANDASTHMA s 2ELIEVESORETHROATS COLDSANDFLU s (EALINFECTIONSWOUNDS s 3TOPHEADACHEPAIN s &LUSHOUTWASTEPRODUCTSANDTOXINS TO ORDER A COPY of Cayenne Cures see Savings Coupon with Free Gift Offer

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Collards, such as these tiger collards, are best grown in Mississippi from fall through spring. They thrive in cooler weather and make great additions to meals. (Photo by Ball Horticultural Company)

etables all taste better when picked in midwinter. There are many varieties of collards available, including hybrid and Southern open-pollinated Gardening types. The by Dr. Gary Bachman Mississippi State University Extension Service recommends these varieties for Mississippi gardens: Vates, Top Bunch, Georgia LS, Blue Max, Champion and Tiger. Seeds are readily available from most retail garden centers, or you can order them online. To direct-seed collards, plant seeds 1/4 inch deep and 12 to 24 inches apart in rows spaced 24 to 36 inches apart. They also grow extremely well in containers, which is my favorite growing strategy. Seeds germinate in about 10 days. Expect to harvest greens in 50 to 75 days.

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I like to buy transplants, which can make the growing process easier. Even with the colder weather, I saw transplants at my local mega garden center this past weekend. All parts of the collard plant are edible and can be picked fresh from the garden during the entire growing season. Large, mature leaves are tough and fibrous, which gives collards their reputation of taking a long time to cook. While I like a pot of fresh-cooked collards, I also like to harvest the much more tender young leaves, which are just as delicious and can be eaten raw in a salad. Collards are a traditional substitute for cabbage all across the South. However you eat them, collards are good for you as an excellent source of the dietary phytonutrients beta carotene, vitamin C and calcium. Always choose darker leaves, as they contain more of these important plant compounds. Collards’ main insect pest are cab-

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bage worms, which damage all cruciferous vegetables. Several products can help control these pests. I like using formulations that contain spinosad or Bacillus thuringiensis, commonly abbreviated as “Bt.” These are marketed under a variety of brand names, so be sure to read the ingredient label. Organic products are also available, which is good news to many growers. Collards have the reputation of having a bitter taste, which leads many folks to love them or leave them. They contain a compound called phenylthiocarbamide, which about 70 percent of the population can detect. Some people dislike collards because of this extreme flavor, while others thoroughly enjoy the bitterness. Others don’t even taste the bitterness. Which group are you in? I wouldn’t worry about the bitterness aspect too much. Cooking them down with a little – or a lot of – bacon or ham will certainly make them taste good. Dr. Gary Bachman is an associate Extension and research professor of horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He is also host of “Southern Gardening” radio and TV programs.


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“Footloose,” Feb. 14-17, Pearl. Pearl Schools Theatre musical; 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Feb. 17). Admission. Pearl High School Performing Arts Center. Details: 601-664-9725; pearljrthespians@gmail.com. The McKameys in Concert, Feb. 15, Meridian. Admission; 7 p.m. Meridian Temple Theater. Details: 601-416-1630. Greenville Gun Show, Feb. 16-17, Greenville. Washington County Convention Center. Details: 601-319-5248; BigPopGunShows.com. Roosevelt Music Festival, Feb. 20, Morton. Bluegrass, country and classic country music. Roosevelt State Park. Details: 601-408-5965.

Prentiss Institute Alumni 2019 Black History Celebration, Feb. 21-22, Prentiss. Exhibitors, exhibits, vendors; 10 a.m.3 p.m. daily. Free admission. Details: 601-847-1984. Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival, Feb. 22-23, Petal. Nationally renown instructors to lead workshops. Evening jam session Feb. 21; Deep South Dulcimer Championship Feb. 23. Admission; registration. Calvary Baptist Church. Details: 601-270-4035; MississippiDulcimer.com. World of Customs Auto Show, Feb. 22-24, Tupelo. ISCA and True Street custom vehicle classes, student day with speakers, “Smokey and The Bandit” truck and car,

vendors, children’s activities, more. Furniture Market buildings 4 and 5. Details: 662-419-4909; WorldofCustoms.com. Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society 60th Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show, Feb. 23-24, Jackson. Vendors, demonstrations, displays, exhibits, educational opportunities by colleges/state organizations, door prizes, more. Admission. Details: 601-344-8171; MissGems.org. Kids Market Children's Consignment Sale, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, Hattiesburg, Cloverleaf Mall. Thurs.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Free admission. Details: 601-467-5429; www.kidsmarketms.com. The McKameys in Concert, Mar. 1, Petal. First Baptist Church of Runnelstown; 7 p.m. Love offering. Details: 601-583-3733. Hope Conference: Lighting the Way to Cancer Survivorship, Mar. 2, Jackson. Seeks to educate, support and encourage survivors and caregivers. Includes physicians’ and survivors’ panels, breakout sessions, luncheon; 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Free; registration. First Baptist Church Jackson. Details: 601-949-1986; HopeConferenceJackson.com. Mississippi Bluegrass Reunion, Mar. 79, Purvis. Lamar County Community Shelter Building, Lamar County Fairgrounds. Details: 601-408-5965.

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Fifth Annual “Whispers in the Cedars” Cemetery Tour, Mar. 8-9, Port Gibson. Sponsored by Port Gibson Heritage Trust; 6-8:30 p.m. nightly. Admission; advance tickets only. City Hall. Details: 601-529-4580. Capital Gun Show, Mar. 9-10, Jackson. Wahabi Shriners Building. Details: 601-319-5248; BigPopGunShows.com. Cedar Lake UMC Craft/Yard Sale, Mar. 9, Biloxi. 12332 Cedar Lake Rd; 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Po-boys and baked goods available for purchase. Details: 228-388-1275. Gospel Singing Jubilee, Mar. 9, Pearl Community Center, Pearl. Featuring the Down East Boys, Jason Runnels, Revelations, Tim Frith and the Gospel Echoes, Details: 601-720-8870; 601-906-0677. 13th Annual Polkville Day - "Happy Trails 2019", Mar. 23, Polkville. Antique tractor, truck, and car show, arts and crafts vendors, children's carnival games, jumpers, petting zoo, cake walks, cowboy costume contest, food, live music, political speeches, raffles, magic show, western movie in the park, and more. Details: 601-537-3115; www.Polkville.org. 4th Annual Shiloh Arts & Crafts Show, Apr. 6, Pelahatchie. Handmade items, antique car show and more. Free admission and parking; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shiloh United Methodist Church Campground; 2394 Shiloh Road. Details: 601.213.7528.

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Knobtown Parade

Celebrates 25 Years

By Nancy Jo Maples Revelers will roll Feb. 23, in Knobtown’s Black History Parade when this sleepy settlement of 200 inhabitants turns into a destination drawing thousands of visitors. Greene County’s Knobtown community annually hosts the event the last Saturday in February. This year marks its 25th anniversary. The parade starts at 1 p.m. and lasts about two hours along a 9½-mile course. The affair began in 1994 when members of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church realized that the community’s children were not being taught their culture’s heritage in the local public school system. Oliver Walley was one of the founders of the event, and his daughter, Amanda Joyce Johnson, is one of the current organizers. “We started having a week of black history education and then celebrated on the following Saturday,” Johnson said. “There were only three or four cars in the first parade. Now we have hundreds of participants that stretch for miles.” The parade route begins at the church, 19872 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and ends back at the same spot. Immediately following the parade, folks gather at the church for a program featuring a speaker and singers, or they return to the camp sites for fellowship. Participants pay $5 for floats or cars and $3 for allterrain vehicles or horses. Participant fees as well as proceeds from T-shirt sales fund a $1,600 college

scholarship for a graduate of Greene County High School. Criteria for the selection is based on grades, church participation and community involvement. The scholarship is named the P.T. Johnson Scholarship in memory of the church’s former minister. Black history education will take place at the church 6-8 p.m. nightly Feb. 11-14. This year’s theme, “Drink, Stand, Grow,” represents unifying the wisdom of the elders with the energy of the youth. “It stands for ‘Drink from the river of knowledge. Stand for something. Grow into the beautiful, strong, fearless, successful black American you were born to be.’ The whole event – education week and the parade – will center on that idea,” Johnson said. On parade day vendors sell food or crafts, booths display information on black history and attendees socialize with friends and family. Visitors begin arriving in Knobtown on Thursday before the big event and usually stay until the following Sunday or Monday. They rent spaces from local landowners to set up motorhomes, campers and tents. This year will be the first time that an official “Meet and Greet” takes place as Morris Hill has planned a fish fry and mingle from noon until 8 p.m. on the Friday before the parade. Hill, the first black elected to the Greene County Board of Supervisors, represents Knobtown, State Line and other District 2 communities in northeast Greene County. He has served the past six terms. “It’s been a huge success and, praise God, without

Morris Hill, a Greene County board supervisor, serves barbecue ribs to friends at the 2018 Black History Parade. Shown above, from left, are Hill, Marshall Runderson, Mark Maples and Trent Robertson. This year's parade is set February 23.

incident these past 24 years. We have at least 5,000 visitors, and I believe there have been some years when we attracted as many as 10,000 people. I base that on helicopter photographs that capture the size of the crowds,” Hill said. The parade attracts more than members of the black community, as a significant number of whites and Hispanics also attend. “That’s because all people are made to feel welcome,” he said. Hill sets up a barbecue grill and feeds friends and colleagues on the morning of the parade. It’s his time of year to show hospitality to local volunteers, to fellow members of the board of supervisors, to other elected officials and to law enforcement. “The weekend and the parade are like a reunion. Locals come, but there are lots of people from New York, Illinois, Missouri and from all over the country who plan their trip home for this event instead of Fourth of July or some other holiday,” Hill said. “What makes people come is fellowship – it’s totally about fellowship.” More information about the parade can be found via Facebook on a page titled “Black History Parade Knobtown” or by calling Johnson at 601-410-0012. Award winning journalist Nancy Jo Maples lives in Lucedale and is the author of “Staying Power: The Story of South Mississippi Electric Power Association.” She can be reached at nancyjomaples@aol.com.


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1. Preheat over to 350 ˚F. Lightly spray a 9- by 13- inch baking dish with vegetable oil spray. 2. In a small bowl, combine 1⁄8 cup mozzarella and 1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese. Set aside. 3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese with all the cottage cheese. Mix well and set aside. 4. Combine tomato sauce with remaining ingredients. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Add a third of the noodles in a single layer. Spread half of the cottage cheese mixture on top. Add a layer of zucchini. 5. Repeat layering. Add a thin coating of sauce. Top with noodles, sauce and reserved cheese mixture. Cover with aluminum foil. 6. Bake 30 to 40 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Cut into 6 portions.


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Today in Mississippi I February 2019

y ss i t r P ee M Over the years I have written numerous columns about my and Mr. Roy's pets and our love for animals. Many of you are just like us; in fact I have gotten more reader response from my pet columns than on any other topic. Those of us who love animals share a special bond. When Mr. Roy and I reminisce about the dogs and cats we have had over the years, it makes us melancholy; we have loved each one very much and they gave us great joy. First there was Pansy, our little mixed breed and first inhouse pet. She is still our favorite. Next there was Shannon, our big, clumsy, lovable Collie. He was picture perfect. Then came Dixie Grin ‘n’ Belle. She was Bare It solid white and by Kay Grafe our playful, mischievous Bichon Friese. She made us feel young. Our next dog, Mack, lived outside and this Blue Heeler was a stray that we adopted. He was probably the most intelligent animal we ever had. And now we have

our sweet and loyal black miniature Schnauzer, Sugar Baby. And mixed in with these dogs have been at least six wonderful cats. Approximately four months ago, Mr. Roy had to go to a meeting in Jackson. So, I said, “I want to tag along and while you are in your meeting, I'll go see the editor of Today in Mississippi, Debbie Stringer.” Debbie is the lady that approves my columns and generally tries to keep me headed in the right direction. She is very kind and helpful and we

share a common bond – we are both animal lovers. Debbie is much more dedicated to this love than I am. She takes in stray animals and either keeps and cares for them or finds a good home

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for these little orphans. Many times she has stopped her car and gotten out to pick up a poor homeless dog or cat. She is truly a special person. Mr. Roy's meeting was in Ridgeland at the headquarters of The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi, and this is also where Debbie's office is located. As always, Debbie was glad to see me and after talking about business for while, the conversation shifted to our latest pet stories. Debbie cleverly led the conversation to a little stray kitten that was making its home in a patch of woods adjacent to the building. Debbie and several other office ladies had been feeding the kitten and it had become friendly. She told me how cute the little female cat was and how she hoped she could find a good home for her. She didn't realize it, but I was already hooked. And after she went and got the little gray and white fur ball, I knew that I was going to take her home. But what would Mr. Roy say? Well, I can always handle him. After Mr. Roy's meeting was over, we met in the building lobby. When he walked up, he said, “What's in the box?” I tried to act coy, and said, “Just some-

thing Debbie wanted me to have.” He didn't say any more as we walked out to the car and headed back to Lucedale. Soon the kitten became restless and let out a pitiful “Meow.” Then, he gave me that look that meant, “What have you done this time?” I explained that it was a poor little stray kitten that needed a home, and besides, winter was almost here. I took the cat out of the box, and said, “Isn't she cute?” He didn't answer and in fact he didn't have much to say the rest of the trip home. After we got home, I prepared a place for her in our multi-purpose room (enclosed garage) and she settled into her new home. Mr. Roy didn't have much to say about the kitten the first week, but after that he started making a few remarks like, “I believe you should get some special kitten food, and why don't you turn on the heater for the kitten tonight.” Then one day, I saw him holding and petting her. And now, would you believe, when the cat comes into the main house, she heads directly to Mr. Roy. Don't tell him, but after all these years, I know how to handle my man. Note: Debbie Stringer retired January 7, 2019. 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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