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There’s not anything By Debbie Stringer experts. This year’s One more reason to vacation in inductees will be else ” Mississippi opens this month in announced in May. (The Meridian. public can help nominate – Paula Chance The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment artists by voting at Experience, known as The MAX, is a $50 lion facility that celebrates the state’s incredible arts The MAX started out in 2001 as the Mislegacy: namely, the world-famous performing, visual sissippi Arts and Entertainment Center, as established and literary artists whose creativity stems from their by the state legislature. Funding to build and operate Mississippi roots. the center would come from private donations, grants Multi-media exhibits give MAX visitors insight into and state government. the lives of the artists, as well as the unique geographic, But construction of the complex, originally slated to community and cultural influences that shaped their begin in fall 2004 at Meridian’s Bonita Lakes Park, was development. postponed as the state struggled to recover from Hurri“This is a non-traditional museum. There are intercane Katrina and the Great Recession. It would be actives throughout, and that’s how the name Experianother 11 years before The MAX would break ground ence came along,” said Paula Chance, MAX spokesper- at its new location on Front Street in downtown son. “It’s about seeing some artifacts but also experienc- Meridian. ing some of the things that influenced the artists.” In a way, the delay turned out to be a good thing. The MAX also houses the state-sanctioned Mississip- New technologies emerged during those years that pi Arts and Entertainment Hall of Fame. The 18 artists would elevate the museum into a unique arts “experience” for visitors. MAX visitors can create virtual paintand performers selected for the 2017 inaugural inducings, for example, in the style of Walter Anderson and tion—from Elvis to Oprah—are depicted in multimedia displays lining a two-story rotunda gallery. Each other Mississippi artists represented in the museum, and throw virtual pottery in the style of three different year new inductees will be selected by a panel of

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Mississippi potters, such as George Ohr. Serving as an arts education resource for individuals and educators has been a goal of the museum since its inception. Workshops, seminars, changing art exhibits, artist demonstrations and programs for all ages will be offered throughout the year. “Statistics show the importance of arts in education, and that is absolutely one of our goals, to educate people about the importance of art,” Chance said. Some of the programs in development at the museum will target aspiring artists and performers. “I think one of the programs that is especially good is the mentoring program. Our plans are to have students selected that are interested in, for example, putting together an art portfolio or a recording for college. We would assign a mentor to learn not just about their art but how to be an artist [and] all the things you need to promote yourself.” For its first year of operation, The MAX has set an attendance goal of 150,000 visitors—including travelers on Interstate 20, which slices through Meridian a few blocks from the museum. “We see this museum as a gateway to other museums in the state,” Chance said. “For example, probably of those first 18 [artists] in the Hall of Fame, 10 or 12

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The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience, far left, known as The MAX, opens this month in downtown Meridian. The 59,000-squarefoot facility includes an amphitheater for concerts and other outdoor events. Visitors to the museum’s Juke Joint gallery, above, will be immersed in the sights and sounds of a Mississippi music club, where many Mississippi music legends got their start.

MISSISSIPPI Visitors learn how the land inspired Mississippi artists’ works. Creative approaches to exhibit design are evident throughout The MAX.

have museums in Mississippi, like Faulkner’s Rowan Oak and the B.B. King Museum.” The MAX is expected to help spur business development in downtown Meridian as it joins a list of attractions that includes the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum and the MSU Riley Center, a performing arts venue. The MAX opens to the public April 29 with a slate of special events and presentations, following a grand opening black-tie gala April 27 and member preview day April 28. The full schedule and future event listings are posted on the museum’s website. “It’s really exciting and different. There’s not anything else like this,” Chance said. The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience is located at 2155 Front St. in downtown Meridian. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Tickets may be purchased at the museum or online. Contact the museum at 601-581-1550 or

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“WE CAN”Shoot for a Cure For five years now EMEPA has sponsored an event we’ve called Shoot for a Cure. It is our effort to raise awareness and monies to fight the dreaded disease called Cancer. During this five-year journey, we’ve seen coworkers, family members and friends fight this disease. For many, the treatments developed using funds from events such as this have allowed them to hear “you’re in remission.” For others, the research benefits have extended their CEO Randy Carroll time with us and family. March 8th began with coolness in the air. The ice on the windshield required a few extra minutes of defrost before hitting the road to the Boy Scout sporting clay range. I drove with eager anticipation of what the day would bring. The past three years we experienced heavy rain the day of the event, and we were forced to shift to an alternate day causing scheduling conflicts for some. This year, we moved up by a month to try and avoid the April showers and all systems were a go for the day. As I arrived at the parking area of the scout camp, I could already feel the warmth of the day. Although the

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sun was coming up, the warmth I felt was from old and new friends who were shaking hands, patting each other on the back and poking a little fun at how they expected each other to do on the sporting clay course. Warm biscuits and hot coffee greeted the participants and provided the breakfast of champions for the day’s challenge. East Mississippi is blessed with an exceptional sporting clay course at the Camp Binachi Boy Scout Camp. This is a challenging course maintained by the Choctaw Area Council that meanders through the woods of east Mississippi. The course provides an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy days and enjoy a slower pace. Our event is a time when employees and vendors come together as a team. This year we had 59 vendors attend and/or contribute to this event. These vendors support us all year long and are truly partners in our effort to provide the energy that empowers lives. Without their support, many of our day-to-day operations would be slowed while we wait for truck parts, tires, poles, wire, connectors and a host of other items.

American Cancer Society ® Joining our vendors, we had 65 of our employees contribute a minimum of $100 each as Relay For Life team members. Many others also worked to support the effort. Our employees worked tirelessly to contact the vendors, signup teams, sell raffle tickets, set up the morning of the event and take everything down late that afternoon. Many will do the same the night of Relay For Life. Their dedication to our communities always shines brightly but especially during events like this. Let me say how humbled and honored I am to be a small part of such an effort. Throughout the day, I received nothing but positive comments about the event. It was an exceptional day filled with friendships, laughter, food and fellowship. I can’t wait for next year.

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EMEPA hosts 5th Annual

Shoot for A Seventy-four teams gathered at Camp Binachi in Lauderdale County on Thursday, March 8 for East Mississippi Electric Power Association’s Fifth Annual Shoot For A Cure event. Through this annual clay shooting event, EMEPA employ-

ees and supporters raised more than $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. “This event not only gives us the opportunity to enjoy a day of fun and friendly competition, but also allows us to help support those who are bat-

tling cancer,” said EMEPA Chief Executive Officer Randy Carroll. “We’ve all been touched in some way by this horrible disease, and helping to raise funds that go to research and patient support is the least we can do.”

Thank you

Thomas Gun and Pawn

in Meridian for donating a Remington 870 7-round, 12-gauge Tactical shotgun to be raffled at Lauderdale County’s Relay For Life on Friday, May 4. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at any EMEPA office for a $1 donation.

Thank you to our 5th Annual Shoot For A Cure sponsors: Asset Engineering Benefits Management Group CoBank Davidson Hauling & Construction Deanco Auction Co. EMEPA Board of Directors Garner Lumley Electric Gresco

Piggly Wiggly of Collinsville SEDC Southern Business Supply Southern Clearing T&Z Hydraulic Service, Inc Thomasson Company Waste Pro Wilson & Biggs PLLC

X-Treme Truck 4way Electric/ Emerald Trans Atmos Energy Campbell/ Keene Coca-Cola Cspire D and H Construction Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi

Ed Chaney Tire Pros Floor Décor Heblon Heating&Air Irby Electric Jon T. Flint, DMD North Lauderdale Water Association Osmose

Prime Developers, Inc. Rock House Gun & Pawn Slay Steel, Inc. Southern Tire Mart, LLC Storm Services, LLC The Trading Post Twin States Flooring Woodall Electric

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EMEPA sends local students to Youth Leadership Workshop

Leading the Way into the

FUTURE through Mississippi’s brightest students

Top photo: Lydia works with her team to create a leadership song. Above: Michaiah and Maya have fun dressing up during the photobooth session. Below: Shon Willis received an award for qualifying as a finalist for the Youth Leadership Council during the workshop.

The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi recently held the 32nd Youth Leadership Workshop in downtown Jackson. This annual youth event brought students from across Mississippi to the state capital to meet their legislators and to participate in activities designed to enhance their already present leadership abilities. The workshop began on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and continued through Friday, Feb. 23. Electric cooperatives from all areas of Mississippi participate in the program each year. Michaiah Bolar, Maya Clay, Lydia Palmer, Sierah Roberts and Shon Willis were selected among the schools in EMEPA’s service area to represent the electric cooperative during this hands-on event. “The program was developed to help young leaders determine their strengths and weaknesses while showing them ways to become better leaders. We then encourage them to return home and put their skills to use,” said Ron Stewart, senior vice president and program coordinator. “We challenge these young people to go out and make a difference in the lives of others, exemplifying true leadership.” This year, 80 students attended the workshop which was held at the Marriott in downtown Jackson. When the students arrived on

Wednesday, the workshop began with a “get acquainted” session and they were put into situations where they had to learn about others. They were then asked to participate in a Town Hall meeting, which encouraged them to discuss issues they are facing as young people. Together with their groups, they developed possible solutions to these issues, and were encouraged by group leaders to take the skills they learned back to their schools where they could make a real difference in the lives of their peers. On Thursday morning, the students enjoyed breakfast with senators and representatives who serve in state government on behalf of the districts in which they reside. The breakfast was well-attended with over 40 legislators in attendance. Before visiting the Mississippi State Capitol, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves spoke to the students and encouraged them to work hard for their dreams. He gave the students three guidelines for success: dream big, make a plan and work hard. “If you do these three things, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to,” he said. Gov. Phil Bryant continues to support this program by speaking to the students each year during a luncheon at the Old Capitol Inn. During his speech, he encouraged the students to pursue their

“We are proud to have these five outstanding students represent EMEPA.” – Randy Carroll CEO



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Gov. Phil Bryant

Above from left: Lydia Palmer, Michaiah Bolar, Shon Willis, Rep. Michael Evans, Siera Roberts and Maya Clay. Right: Lydia, Maya, Shon, Michaiah and Sierah pose during the Fun Time photobooth session.

dreams and hold on to their Mississippi values. He discussed the positive economic factors happening in Mississippi and told them that they don’t have to go far from home to become successful. “There are so many opportunities for you in Mississippi to take on leadership roles here. Whether you go on to college or choose a technical trade, there are many advantages to staying right here at home,” he said. The students also heard from other motivational speakers and participated in a fun evening with local magician, Dorian LaChance where he wowed them with his illusions. When the workshop came to a close, the students had made many new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Building leaders is fundamental to building a strong

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves

community and through this program, EMEPA hopes to prepare these young people for a bright future. The program has proven to encourage students to reach their goals year after year, and the students take away lifelong relationships. EMEPA is a proud sponsor of the program. “We are proud to have these five outstanding students represent EMEPA,” said Randy Carroll, CEO. “They are our future leaders, and we look forward to seeing all that they accomplish.” In June, the students will travel with the youth group to Washington, D.C. The seven-day trip will include visits to all of the popular monuments and memorials, as well as meetings with Mississippi’s congressional delegation during a visit to Capitol Hill. Sierah’s teammates lift her in the air and she has to learn to trust them during this activity.

Maya participates in a leadership game. She is trying to guess her partner’s birthday without speaking.

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Thank a lineworker on April 9 America’s electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineworker Appreciation Day. On April 9, 2018, East Mississippi Electric Power Association will honor the dedicated men and women who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on, as well as those that provide support. We proudly recognize all electric lineworkers for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep power flowing and protect the public’s safety.

“Our lineworkers are the first responders of our electric distribution system, and they work around the clock in challenging situations,” said Randy Carroll, EMEPA CEO. “Conditions can be dangerous, but they power through to ensure reliable service for our members.” To honor these brave lineworkers EMEPA invites members to take a moment and thank a lineworker for the work they do. Use #ThankALineworker to show your support for the men and women who light our lives.

Keep the lights on

Heroes Wear Hard Hats

Lineworker Appreciation Day April 9, 2018

Remember to #ThankALineworker

Board of Directors nominations According to Section 4.04(a) of the Bylaws of East Mississippi Electric Power Association, any 50 members acting together may make a nomination by petition. Any petition for nomination shall be submitted on a form designated and provided by the Association. Each member signing such petition shall place thereon the date of signing, address, account number and service location of the member. Qualified nominations made by petition, if any, must be received on or before the second Wednesday in May before the committee on nominations meeting in June. The committee on nominations shall receive and consider any suggestions as to nominees submitted by members of the Association and shall review the regularity of all nominations and all petitions for nomination and approve or reject the same. ATTALA COUNTY






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your participation or purchases. There is no charge to you for this program. This is just one more way you benefit from being a cooperative member. To receive discounts, simply show your Co-op Connections card to any participating business.

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