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OFFICERS Keith Hayward - President Kevin Bonds - First Vice President Eddie Howard - Second Vice President Randy Carroll - Secretary/Treasurer Michael Callahan - Executive Vice President/CEO EDITORIAL STAFF Ron Stewart - Senior VP, Communications Sandra M. Buckley - Editor Mark Bridges - Manager, Support Services Elissa Fulton - Communications Specialist Rickey McMillan - Graphics Specialist Kevin Wood - Graphics Specialist Chris Alexander - Administrative Assistant
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by Sandra M. Buckley The Mississippi State Fair is turning 160 this year, and will be “the place to be” October 2-14 with a fun-filled lineup that attendees have historically come to look forward to each fall. “Mississippi is known as one of the longest running State Fairs in America,” said Steve Hutton, executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission. The anticipated event takes place in downtown Jackson at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, drawing 600,000 people from around Mississippi, the United States and world. “We have welcomed visitors from Australia, Japan and all parts of the world,” noted Hutton, explaining that the event also makes a significant economic impact on the capital city area and state – at an estimated $50 million – by boosting sales for hotels, restaurants and retailers. For many people, the fair represents a longstanding family tradition; for others, it’s the thrill of the carnival rides, cravings for fair food, headlining music performances, livestock shows, antique car show, arts and crafts, tractor pull, and much, much more. The Midway – a 1.2-mile stretch of games, carnival rides and food – is always a fan favorite. From funnel cakes and fried pickles to corn dogs and freshbaked biscuits, the options are almost endless. “Mississippi State Fair places a
great emphasis on our local talent, such as Penn’s Fish House famous chicken-ona-stick,” said Hutton, adding that another local favorite is the Icee stand, also a Mississippi-based product. “And, everyone can’t wait to get their fingers sticky with some good ole Malone’s State Fair Taffy. My favorite, however, is the ribeye sandwich provided the Mississippi Cattleman’s Association.” New this year is “the coolest event at the fair,” known as the Ice Dome,
an 8,000-square-foot ice skating rink featured in the Mississippi Coliseum that is only $10 for all day skating. “We think having the Coliseum open, having an air conditioned space for people to enjoy and having the ice rink is going to be the biggest new attraction at this year’s fair,” he said. More newly added attractions include an Extreme Off-Road Exhibit and a “beautiful, double-decker merry-goround that will be a site to behold,” said Hutton. “Also, we are having a fun event to address a serious topic. We are hosting our first ever Ferris Wheel 5K Run
Against Traffick, bringing awareness and raising money to fight Human Trafficking.” A lineup of concerts is on tap as well, spanning a variety of musical genres. “Country music, rock, pop, R&B, blues, urban, gospel and bluegrass, something for everyone,” Hutton shared. “We are also proud to announce a new second stage, which will have 30 performances, all brand new and all local.” The fair continues to be an annual destination for hundreds of thousands of people, and the reasons are numerous. One, however, is that if offers an affordable experience with general admission of only $5 for adults and children under 6 are free. Fairgoers can easily get a big bang for their buck, with specials as well as a host of free activities such as the Kid Zone, Pig Races, Fetch-N-Fish, the Petting Zoo and The Great American Thrill Show. As the Mississippi State Fair celebrates its 160th milestone year, it is definitely on point as “the place to be” yet again. There is something for everyone, including opportunities for creating new traditions with family and friends while also triggering a few cherished memories of fair days gone by. Visit www.msstatefair.com for more information. OCTOBER 2019 | TODAY 7
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biblical times by Nancy Jo Maples Dressed as a Levitical High Priest, Pastor Bill Freeman guides groups through the Promise Land Journey helping visitors understand biblical times. Approximately 3,000 people visit the Lauderdale County site each year. Promise Land Journey is a 7,000 square-foot facility, built by the Baptist preacher and his wife, Jo Anne, along with fellow church members. The twohour tour includes viewing replicas of Solomon’s Temple, Moses’ tabernacle furniture, the crucifixion cross and Christ’s burial tomb. Dioramas of first century Jerusalem and the Holy Land give guests a bird’s eye view. Most exhibits are remakes; however, a few artifacts are authentically from Israel including the 12 stones on the high priest’s breastplate that represent the 12 Tribes of Israel.
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The Tishomingo Swinging Bridge by Sandra M. Buckley Nestled in the scenic Appalachian foothills of Northeast Mississippi is Tishomingo State Park, which sprawls over 1,500 acres of land dotted with the natural beauty of lush greenery, massive rock formations, moss-covered boulders, wildflowers, creeks and more. One of the park’s landmark attractions is the famed Tishomingo Swinging Bridge. At 200 feet long, the bridge crosses over Bear Creek and leads to a picturesque waterfall and substantial rock formation. “It is a beautiful, functioning, historical landmark,” said André Hollis, director of park operations for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks. Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history that dates back to 7000 B.C., when Paleo Indians settled on the land. Later, in the early 1800s, these rolling hills were home to the Chickasaw Tribe – which is now the namesake of the park and its county and city. “I personally think Tishomingo State Park is the most scenic park in the state of Mississippi,” Hollis added. “The massive rocks and early Indian history throughout the park are must-see attractions.” Situated along the Natchez Trace Parkway, Tishomingo State Park attracts thousands of tourists each year. In fiscal year 2019,
more than 77,380 people visited the park, with about 31,000 of those from out of state. Visitors not only come to Tishomingo State Park to enjoy the swinging bridge experience, they also take part in canoeing, 13 miles of hiking trails, fishing, rock climbing, disc golf and exploring an 1840s log cabin, among other outdoor recreational activities. Plus, the park is equipped with cabins and RV campsites. Visit www.mdwfp.com/parks-destinations/state-parks/tishomingo for more information.
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by Tony Kinton Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. Visit www.tonykinton.com for more information.
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a new plant sure to make a big impact called Lime Sizzler, and it About 10 years ago while lives up to that name. attending a meeting in Lime Sizzler is a Miami, I had the opportough plant for our tunity to tour around hot and humid south Florida, sightseesummers. It was ing and enjoying the selected as a Louhorticulture. isiana Super Plant We visited the for 2019, and it will Fruit and Spice Park be super in our Misin Homestead and sissippi landscapes discovered the joys and gardens. It is a and deliciousness of vigorous but comfresh tropical fruit, not pact-growing plant, the grocery store offerreaching about 3 to 4 ings most of us consider feet tall and wide. Lime “fresh.” While in the park, sizzler is better suited for I was enamored of a large, small gardens than its native charming shrub. south Florida cousin. I was told this was a native The foliage is a variegated plant in the genus Hamelia, commonmixture of chartreuse yellow and lime ly called firebush. This shrub easily grew green highlighted by bright-red veins. The over 8 feet tall and wide, and it was covered with flowers are arranged in whorled clusters of gorbright and beautiful, reddish-orange tubular flowers, geous reddish-orange blooms. The each about an inch and half long. plant produces these tubular flowers I knew this would be a hit back in all summer and well into the fall. Mississippi. It would be winter hardy For the best flower production and along the Coast and an annual in the Lime Sizzler is an excellent foliage color, plant Lime sizzler northern part of the state. But its choice for butterﬂy and where it has full sun for at least six size would keep it out of many home hours a day. This plant will be just landscapes. hummingbird gardens, fine in a shadier setting, but it will Then a couple of years ago while as the ﬂowers provide an not develop the showy colors. visiting the LSU AgCenter in Hamample supply of sweet, Though this plant tolerates prunmond, I discovered a new-to-me nutritious nectar for ing, the home gardener shouldn’t Hamelia selection that I immediately our pollinators. prune during the summer growing knew was a winner. This selection is 12 TODAY | OCTOBER 2019
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season, as this removes and reduces the current season’s flower development. Always prune in late winter before spring growth begins. Lime Sizzler is an excellent choice for butterfly and hummingbird gardens, as the flowers provide an ample supply of sweet, nutritious nectar for our pollinators. Lime sizzler is considered a tropical perennial and is hardy in USDA Zones 8 to 11. It is likely to be evergreen most years along the Mississippi coast and is considered root hardy for most of the rest of the state. Look for Lime Sizzler at your favorite garden center for next year’s summer garden.
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Celebrating a 50-year career by Elissa Fulton For half a century, Bill Johnson has worked at Magnolia Electric Power. On September 9, Johnson made the milestone he has been working toward – 50 years! At 71 years of age, he’s finally thinking about the possibility of hanging up his hard hat. When you’ve worked at a place as long as Johnson, and worked in mostly every department, there are many changes that happen through the decades. The most significant changes he has seen is the amount of employees and the convenient equipment and machinery that make the job easier for a workday. “When I started here in 1969, we only had one bucket truck,” said Johnson. “No one trusted it, so it sat under the shed the majority of the time. We dug holes by hand and used an A-frame truck to set poles.” Johnson had not been at MEP for very long when he received the dreaded letter that he would be drafted to go overseas and fight for our country. “I started in September and I worked until December when I got my little letter that said, ‘Your friends and neighbors have selected you!’ and I got drafted,” he said. “And so, I did a 19-month tenure in the service, spending 11 months in Korea.” When Johnson began his career at MEP, he started off on a right-of-way 14 TODAY | OCTOBER 2019
crew. By the time he returned from overseas, the right-of-way program had mostly been abandoned and turned over to contractors. MEP stayed true to their promise of holding a job for him, so he returned as a groundman and worked on construction crews. “I’ve been on the construction crews, I’ve been a senior lineman and had my own crew, I’ve been a foreman, I’ve done a little of all of it,” Johnson said. “In 1988, I got promoted to substation superintendent and I’ve been in this role for 31 years.” Johnson has helped to build nearly a dozen substations. When he started at the cooperative, there were only three substations, and the organization shared three substations with an investor-owned utility. Today there are 18 substations, three of which are still shared with Entergy. As superintendent, Johnson has been tasked with maintaining and caring for those substations he helped to build so many years ago. Johnson has been a south Mississippi resident the majority of his life. When he interviewed for the job in 1969, he didn’t have much experience, but a connection between his grandfather-in-law and the former line superintendent, Warren Wood, got him in the door, and he’s been at MEP ever since. In his time at the cooperative, he’s worked for three general managers, five line superintendents and 3 engineers. A 50-year career has meant a lot to Johnson. “It has just been a wild ride,” he said.
this building,” he said. “Aside from moving to the new building, the new guys coming through the organization have really been the most memorable to me. As a long-timer, it’s been great to see these guys learn and come through the ranks and to be a part of Bill Johnson (left) is pictured with Daniel Evans, engineer. their careers. It’s been really special to me.” “That’s about all I can say. Things have Though it’s been 31 years since Johnchanged. We used to work late hours son has climbed a utility pole, he used and seldom went home at 5 p.m. There to teach the younger ones how to climb. just wasn’t enough of us to keep up with He is still always willing to teach the new everything. After we got more personnel guys what he’s learned over the years, it made it easier on all of us.” The technology has changed drastically and he admits it is his favorite part of the job. over 50 years, but Johnson has kept up “I just try to help every time I can,” with all of the changes. he said. “I just tell the guys if they need something to call me and I’ll help if I can. If I haven’t got the answer, I’ll find it.” Technology, more personnel, trained linemen and a larger workspace has definitely made a significant difference in the later part of Johnson’s career. Going from the beginning roots of an electric cooperative, working with limited equipment and building substations and distribution lines from the ground up, MEP is a very different organization than it was 50 years ago. When Johnson looks at the cooperative Johnson (middle top) honored for years today, he feels a lot of pride knowing that of service with other MEP employees he was a part of building it. during the 1980s. “We participate in many activities in our communities, like Relay for Life, the “The technology has made things easYouth Tour and a lot of our guys coach ier, and everything has gotten a lot more Little League and T-ball and things like sophisticated,” he said. “I’ve had to study that,” said Johnson. “With the positive a lot to keep up with it and it’s been an changes over the last few decades, our evolving process. But I told them when guys are able to do things like that now I started, ‘If you’re willing to teach, I’m without having to work around the clock. willing to learn,’ and I’ve held up my end Our employees are a part of the commuof the bargain for five decades.” nity and I have a lot of pride in that. And Through all the changes and all the our members appreciate us. They feed us storms, the most memorable event has and care for us when we are working long been moving to the new building in 2016. “After working somewhere for 47 years, hours.” With a career spanning five decades, you just get accustomed to a place, so Johnson has made many professional this has been a big change to move into
connections that have benefitted the cooperative when it has have been in need. He’s had a lot of influence when securing supplies during major storms. “You just have a lot of influence when you’ve been building relationships for 50 years,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of people through the years and I just know who to call when we need things.” Johnson has had a special career, and he doesn’t regret a minute of it. But he’s getting ready for retirement and enjoying his later years with his family. His wife has been retired for 20 years, and he has two sons, two grandchildren and just welcomed his first great-grandchild. With a love of hunting and fishing and family, he has plenty to keep himself occupied. And he knows he’s leaving the cooperative in very good hands. “These young guys just have to apply themselves and always be willing to learn and they’ll do fine,” he said. “We have really good people coming on.” Magnolia Electric Power is proud to have had a loyal and dedicated employee like Johnson for 50 years. We wish him all the best in his retirement years.
Johnson works on MEP Friendship substation in 1994.
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McComb Garden Club hosts annual show at MEP by Elissa Fulton It’s a cosmic time of the year for the McComb Garden Club and the Natchez Trace District of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. Each year, the club holds its annual, themed flower show. As this year’s First Vice President, Jordan Porter is responsible for planning a colorful show for the public to present the many talents of its garden club members. The McComb Garden Club does numerous beautification projects in the community. In Jordan Porter First Vice President order to give back McComb Garden Club to the organization, Magnolia Electric Power (MEP) is privileged to welcome the members as they hold their annual event in the MEP Auditorium on Nov. 11 from 2-5 p.m. As a part of the Natchez Trace District of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., the McComb Garden Club has been tasked with hosting the district competition this year. MEP is delighted to have garden club members from all over the region come to the office and display their beautiful work. The theme will be out of this world as the McComb Garden Club presents “Gardens of the Galaxy.” With Porter’s very
creative theme, visitors can expect to be wowed with imaginative displays. “I’m very excited about it,” said Porter. “We are wanting a lot of vibrant and abstract designs. We are going to have some lava rocks for staging, and play space age music. I might even talk my husband into dressing in an astronaut costume.” The garden club members will bring many different horticulture specimens from their homes to display and will compete in a variety of design categories. There will also be educational exhibits, as well as youth exhibits. “This year we will be doing an educational display on how to bring interiorscapes into corporate offices,” said Porter. “It is said that it improves the mood of the people working in offices. We will also have an educational display on night blooming plants and one on upside down gardening.” The event also showcases youth projects from preschool students through high school. The young people participate in different activities throughout the year and submit designs. The collective show is a competition and the exhibitors will be competing to receive points and win awards. There are also national awards the members can apply for with their exhibits. The members must follow a strict set of guidelines that
are outlined in the Handbook for Flower Shows. They are each assigned a design and use florals to create art with flowers. The McComb Garden Club and the Natchez Trace District of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc., together with MEP invite you to explore the earthly florals at the “Gardens of the Galaxy” show on Nov. 11.
The Natchez Trace District of The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. includes: Brandon GC, Chautauqua GC, Fayette GC, McComb GC, Natchez GC, North Bay-Madison GC, Pine Burr GC, Raymond GC, Richland-Florence GC, Riverside GC, Spring Lake GC, Garden Club of Jackson and Wesson GC. The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. are a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
GENERATOR SAFETY TIPS Never connect a standby generator into your home’s electrical system. There are only two safe ways to connect a standby generator to your equipment.
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Plug appliances directly into the outlet provided on the generator. Set up and run your generator in a well-ventilated area outside the home. Make sure it’s out and away from your garage, doors, windows and vents. The carbon monoxide generated is deadly.
An approved generator transfer switch, which keeps your house circuits separate from the electric co-op, should be installed by a professional.
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THINK SAFETY FIRST! A safety message from Magnolia Electric
By the community, for the community October is National Co-op Month. When you think of October, pumpkins, Halloween and beautiful fall foliage naturally come to mind. But October is notable for another reason – it’s National Co-op Month! This is the time of year when cooperatives across the country, including Magnolia Electric Power celebrate who we are and more importantly, the members we serve. Cooperatives are different than other types of businesses. Magnolia Electric Power, a rural electric cooperative, came together to bring electricity to our community. We exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, the members of the cooperative. Cooperatives still work for the common good. Our mission is to enrich the lives of the members we serve. As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community because we are locally governed. Magnolia Electric Power’s leadership team and employees live right here in the community. Our board of directors, who helps set long-term priorities for the co-op, live locally on co-op lines. These board members have been elected to the position by neighbors like you. We know our members (that’s you!) have a valuable perspective. That’s why we are continually seeking your input. Whether through community events, or the annual meeting, we want to hear from you. Another feature that sets our co-op apart
from a traditional utility is one of our core principles, “Concern for Community.” We partner with local organizations for worthy programs. We participate in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, where we take a group of the community’s young leaders to Washington, D.C. for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs. We hope you will think of Magnolia Electric Power as more than your energy provider, but instead as a local business that supports this community and powers economic development and prosperity for the people. We will continue to learn from our members about their priorities so that we can better serve you – because your electric co-op was built by the community, for the community.
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Investing in our youth, our community and our future. Magnolia Electricâ€™s Youth Leadership Program What do you do for young people who demonstrate leadership skills? Simple: Help them refine their skills so they can someday lead our communities to a better future. The Youth Leadership Program identifies local youth leaders and exposes them to a wealth of experiences. This includes trips to Jackson, MS and Washington, D.C. where they take insightful tours and spend time with legislators and other government leaders. See what the Youth Leadership Program is all about. Watch the video at MyElectricCooperative.com/community.
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Why is Magnolia Electric retiring idle power lines? There are several reasons MEP is retiring old power lines.
1. Reduce costs for our members
2. RUS (Rural Utility Services) guidelines 3. Liability
According to RUS and NESC (National Electric Safety Code), MEP has to maintain and upkeep these lines to current safety standards. Because MEP’s right-a-way costs is one of our highest expenses, trimming these unused power lines create additional expenditures. In addition, restoration expenses are increased because these lines have to be patrolled before MEP can restore power to an area. What do you mean when you say you are taking down idle power lines? Retiring idle lines and services means removing all of MEP’s facilities from the property, which includes poles, wires, transformers, anchors, and meters, if they are present. How can I keep an inactive power line that is on my property? If you own property with an idle power line and you want the line to remain on your property, then you need to put in an acceptable meter installation, make an application for service, and begin paying a minimum bill to have the line remain in place.
If you have any questions, please contact Member Services at 601-684-4011.
Tips to stay comfortable this winter When we talk about comfort in our homes, we usually think about where the thermostat is set. But, as some homeowners find, there’s more to the picture than just the indoor temperature. An important piece of the comfort puzzle is radiant heat, which transfers heat from a warm surface to a colder one. A person sitting in a room that’s 70 degrees can still feel chilly if there’s a cold surface nearby, like a single-pane window, a hardwood floor or an exterior wall. Covering these cold surfaces can help. Try using area rugs, wall quilts or tapestries, bookcases and heavy curtains to help prevent heat loss and make your home feel more comfortable. Keep in mind, radiant heat can really work in your favor. A dark-colored tile floor that receives several hours of direct sun can retain heat during the day and radiate it into the room during the evening. Another possible cause of discomfort during the winter is air movement. We recognize this when weather forecasts report chill factor, which is a calculation of air temperature and wind speed. Moving air makes us feel colder, which is why we use fans in the summer. But during the winter, cold, outdoor air can infiltrate our homes. On average, a typical home loses about half its air every hour, and that amount can increase when outdoor temperatures are extremely cold and the wind is blowing. In this case, the best way to keep your home toasty is to minimize air leaks. You can easily locate air leaks in your home with a blower door test, which is typically
conducted by an energy auditor. These are some of the most common spots air leaks occur: • Penetrations and cracks around windows and doors • Exterior cracks in brickwork and siding • Plumbing and wiring penetrations from the exterior to the interior of the home • Mail slots or pet doors A variety of products like caulk, weather stripping, outlet cover gaskets and dryer vent covers can be used to seal these leaks. A fireplace can also be a major source of air leakage. If you don’t use the fireplace, you can seal the opening or install an inflatable chimney balloon. Before using the fireplace, consider this: unless you have a high-efficiency insert, your fireplace will suck heated air from the room out through the chimney. Always close the fireplace flue when it’s not in use. Your pursuit of comfort should also include a careful look at your home’s heating system. Is it distributing heat evenly and efficiently? Forced-air systems distribute air through supply ducts and registers. Small rooms may only have one register, but large rooms could have several. You may find some supply registers are blowing copious amounts of warm air and others little at all. Ideally, every room should have return air registers. If you see possible shortcomings with your forced-air system, enlist the help of a certified contractor that really knows how to improve ductwork. Ensure your furnace is running at peak efficiency by scheduling an annual inspection. Check your filter monthly and replace or clean it as necessary. If you heat your home with radiators, bleed them at the beginning of the season so they flow more efficiently. Beyond that, you can always warm yourself by wearing heavier clothing, doing some light exercise throughout the day and snuggling with a pet or under a blanket. By taking some of these small steps, we hope you will enjoy a more comfortable winter. OCTOBER 2019 | TODAY 19
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1. Endville Pond in Belden, by George A. Housley Jr., M.D. of Belden; Pontotoc EPA member. 2. Center Hill Baptist Church in Olive Branch, by Shirley Spencer of Olive Branch; Northcentral EPA member. 3. Fall harvest, by Jessica Fornea of Vancleave; Singing River Electric member. 4. Fall scene at Roosevelt State Park in Morton, by Tammy Jones of Florence; Southern Pine Electric member. 5. Tanglefoot Trail in Pontotoc, by Melissa Campbell of Pontotoc; Pontotoc EPA member. 6. Colorful fall leaves, by Donna Jacobs-Underwood of Pascagoula; Singing River Electric member. 7. Olivia, by great-grandparents Lois and Robert Summerlin of Brandon; Central EPA member. 8. Dragonfly, by Pamela O’Connor of Petal; Dixie Electric member.
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9. Luke, the â€œhappyâ€? Irish Setter, by Melanie Fuelling of Meridian; East Mississippi EPA member.
12. Hot air balloon fun at the Jackson County Fair, by Debbie Scott of Pascagoula; Singing River Electric member.
10. Blue jay at Piney Grove Campground in Tishomingo County, by Marlene Langford of Maben; 4-County EPA member.
13. Jordyn in the pumpkin patch, by grandmother Connie Richardson of Magnolia; Magnolia Electric Power member.
11. Parker and Zoey, by parents Vicky and Floyd Sanderson of Preston; East Mississippi EPA members.
14. A deer and hunter, by grandparents Nena and Ray Smith of Ellisville; Dixie Electric members.
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A sense of place Preserving cherished landmarks and rich architectural legacy by Sharon Morris “Ultimately, advocates from the community identify buildings he strongest building blocks of a community are all of importance and begin the long, tough journey of protecting laid by one source: the people who call that comthose buildings,” Rash added. “If the community hasn’t done munity home. For Mississippians, the connections to the basic, local legal work to protect historic sites, it is difficult a place are deeply steeped in memory and emotion. to save places. Through our educational programs, we can help The church building, the local market, the schoolhouse where communities understand what is involved.” generations of families attended class all hold a revered place Though the work is not always easy and is not always in one’s heart and mind. successful, the work must begin with getting a local historic Over time, however, many of these sites begin to decay. preservation ordinance passed, establishing historic districts, Whether it is due to a thinning population, damage from a natuhaving an active preservation commission and identifying ral disaster, a desire for a new development that means sacrificlocal elected officials who value the historic preservation work. ing the old or an absentee owner who lacks the will or funds to Through programs including the Preservation Toolkit, Preserrestore and preserve a particular site, buildings become abanvation Curriculum for school children, and 10 Most Endangered doned and communities lose important visuals of their stories. Places in Mississippi, the Heritage In an effort to change the course Trust offers numerous resources of this destiny, the Mississippi designed to raise awareness about Heritage Trust was formed in 1992 the importance of protecting by a group of dedicated preservahistorical sites and their purpose in tionists, each committed to assistcommunities across the state. ing communities in their efforts to This year, the 10 Most Endanpreserve and protect their cherished gered Places program is celebratlandmarks. ing 20 years since its first list. The “The architectural legacy of each 2019 list will be unveiled during a community is a blend of emotional festive gathering held October 24 ties and personal ties that create at the Morris Ice House in Jackson. the connection we have to a special The building, itself a historical site place in our lives,” said Lolly Rash, that is home to the last remaining executive director of the Mississipice house in Jackson, is an ideal pi Heritage Trust. “The Mississippi Listed as endangered in 2011, the Lewis House (Oldﬁelds) in Gautier venue for the landmark announceHeritage Trust exists to support was purchased by new owners who plan to restore the stormment. The story behind the buildcommunities in their efforts to save ravaged landmark. ing, which was erected in 1924 and the historical buildings that are so was operational until 1988, is a familiar one when researching tightly woven in the fabric of these connections. While I simply why buildings become abandoned. In this case, the advent of find historic buildings to be beautiful, each community has its technology and the convenience of in-home refrigeration and own reasons for wanting to keep certain buildings, and there freezers meant families and businesses no longer needed weekare citizens who want to have a say in what happens to those ly deliveries of ice blocks. sites in their own backyards.” The event, which has in the past featured places including The work of the Mississippi Heritage Trust spans the state, the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, the L.Q.C. Lamar House in from the Cutrer Mansion in Clarksdale and the Old Corinth Oxford, the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs Machinery, to the Taborian Hospital in Mound Bayou and the and the Tippah County Jail in Ripley, among others, is an opMillsaps Hotel in Hazlehurst, to the old Hattiesburg High School portunity for communities to come together in a collaborative and numerous points beyond. It also educates local citizens spirit and share a vision for the future. To date, the event has about preservation efforts and provides support as communshone a much-needed spotlight on more than 100 endangered ties seek to protect sites they have identified as significant.
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Clockwise from top left: Listed as endangered in 2003, the old Hattiesburg High School is getting a new lease on life as apartments for senior citizens. Students from Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach show off their historic preservation artwork depicting endangered places in Mississippi. The Isaiah T. Montgomery House, a National Historic Landmark in Mound Bayou, was listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2018. The Millsaps Hotel in Hazlehurst, listed as endangered in 2013, is undergoing remarkable transformation into a community arts center.
places across the state. And a highlight of the 20th anniversary event is a photography exhibition featuring images from places named on past lists.
The architectural legacy of each community is a blend of emotional ties and personal ties that create the connection we have to a special place in our lives. The Mississippi Heritage Trust exists to support communities in their efforts to save the historical buildings that are so tightly woven in the fabric of these connections. Lolly Rash, executive director, Mississippi Heritage Trust
“After the list is announced, the real work begins,” Rash shared. “Some places from past lists have been saved, some have been lost and some are still in the works. Sadly, some of
the sites are in an active plan to be demolished and may be gone even before the list is announced. We continue to advocate for each place, and provide a venue where people can talk about the impact of losses and the impact of saving the sites and what can happen in a community when either of these outcomes is achieved.” Nominations for the Top 10 Most Endangered Places list are received from residents within the communities. The Mississippi Heritage Trust organizes a group of preservationists to discuss the threats to the location, as well as the importance of the location on both a local and national scale. As with all progress in any form, a local champion is needed to identify and rally for any particular building. “We hope people will look at the list and think about an opportunity in their own communities,” Rash said. “Regardless of the outcome, we hope a real dialogue can begin within a community and we can work with them to find a good solution, to set goals for an agreed upon outcome and to unite a community to be successful for this or other issues in the future.” Visit www.mississippiheritage.com or www.10mostms.com for more information.
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Skip the takeout and pre-packaged snacks this game day. Our quick and easy recipes and game day food tips will make your party the one folks will still be raving about on Monday morning! by Marianna and Andy Chapman Food and football go together like peanut butter and jelly. But food, that’s the lasting memory maker — and no one does passionate, flavorful food better than us here in the Deep South. Don’t leave the competition to the football team: make your tailgate the one folks can’t wait to attend — and can’t stop talking about long after the post-game wrap-ups are done. Two of our favorite game day recipes both featuring Simmons Catfish strips, with small, 1 to 1.5-ounce, portions being perfect for tailgating bites. Simmons Catfish is a delicious, healthy, sustainable protein grown and processed by three generations of the Simmons’ family in Yazoo City, and we love the versatility this product provides for a variety of occasions — especially game day hospitality! With this easy to follow gameplan and recipes, you’ll be all set to connect with your friends and family on game day without a lot of fuss. Cheers to winning the party, y’all!
GAMEPLAN 1. Pre-Game: Offer a signature beverage to your guests. Whether it’s your famous lemonade sweet tea or a game day punch or even a favorite bottled water or soda adorned with a game day sticker, quench their thirst with something memorable! The details make the memories. 2. Offense: When you dip I dip. It wouldn’t be a Southern party of any sort without a dip. Our favorite game day option is Simmons Catfish Dip, which is easy to prepare in advance and is hearty enough to satisfy your hungriest guest. Honestly, we get in trouble whenever we do not serve this dip. It’s simply one of the most
popular, crowd-pleasing recipes we’ve ever developed. But don’t take our word for it — try it for yourself! Add an extra shot of hot sauce to this dip to warm things up as the weather cools. 3. Defense: Lay it on thick. Grilling and game day are longtime companions. An easy finger food on game day are our Grilled Simmons Catfish Strips basted with Sugar Taylor Sauce. This easy, two ingredient combo is always a winner served hot off the grill or at room temperature. 4. Special Teams: Fire up secret weapons. Your packing, unpacking and setup will be so much easier if
you stick to a short shopping list and force each ingredient to do double duty. Use a few ingredients that each pack big flavor for the maximum win. For example, use Sugar Taylor Sauce as a baste for the Grilled Simmons Catfish Strips and also as a dip for the strips and a bowl full of pretzels.
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RECIPES I love to smoke. On pecan wood, usually. While I have a particular affinity for smoking pig, lately, Iâ€™ve discovered that one of the easiest and quickest smokes is fish. In particular, Iâ€™ve fallen head over heels for smoking Simmons Catfish in all its forms, but the quickest and most economical is probably the catfish strips.
Smoked Catfish Dip Ingredients 10 pieces catfish filet strips 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup June Bugg Rub 1/4 cup Sugar Taylor Sauce 1 green onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon grated Horseradish 1/4 sweet yellow onion, like Texas Sweet or Vidalia Your favorite hot sauce (to taste) In a medium bowl, mix the catfish strips with Sugar Taylor Sauce and coat evenly. Then sprinkle fillets with a layer of June Bugg Rub. Toss until fully covered. Prepare your grill or smoker with pecan wood or other sweet fruit wood. Place catfish strips on the grate, leaving plenty of room around each strip. Smoke at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the fish is fully cooked. After 30 minutes, turn the fish. They should release
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from grate and not stick at this point in the cooking process. When fully smoked, the fish will be a deep golden brown color. Take the fish off the smoker and let them cool slightly. Take two forks and shred them into fine pieces. In a bowl, mix them into the cream cheese. Once combined, continue to mix by using a fork to whip mixture until there are no large chunks of fish remaining. Add horseradish, onions and hot sauce to taste and mix thoroughly. Use a spatula to move dip into a 2-cup serving container and smooth out the top for presentation. Garnish with a pinch of June Bugg Rub and green onion. Prepare this dish up to two days in advance and keep cool for transport to your tailgate. Serve with an array of crackers or corn chips.
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Grilled Catfish Strips
Ingredients Catfish filet strips Sugar Taylor Sauce This is a great option for grilling on small portable grills. Preheat grill to medium hot heat (approximately 350 degrees). Toss catfish strips in Sugar Taylor Sauce in a bowl until all are just coated. Use tongs to place strips on grill. Baste more Sugar Taylor Sauce onto the strips while grilling. Strips will cook in only a few short minutes, so take care not to dry them out. Serve with a side of Sugar Taylor Sauce for additional dipping sauce.
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Thankful that fall is finally here As I sit at my computer on this beautiful October day morning, I whisper a little prayer of thanks that another fall is finally here. Every year, the “Blah Period” seems to be harder for my man to get through. Not all of you ladies understand what I am talking about, but many of you experience this period of time in one form or another. If you are still puzzled regarding these statements, then I need to explain. The time that I am speaking of, encompasses a minimum of two months, July and August, but in most cases three months that includes June. This depends on whether your college baseball team makes it to, and past, the regional tournaments. For my readers who still don’t understand what I am talking about, I will describe Mr. Roy’s college athletic interests, which also match that of a lot of Mississippi husbands. He can hardly wait for college football season to start on the Saturday before Labor Day. From then until the season ends, which depends on how successful the season was and a possible bowl game, Mr. Roy lives and breathes college football. When football is finally over in January, basketball is heating up, then it’s not just Saturday afternoons but week nights also. And here again, if it’s a successful season, tournaments can extend the season until mid March or later. When spring comes, you guessed it, baseball. College baseball teams in Mississippi are normally pretty good, so interest is always high. But when the last college baseball game for Mr. Roy’s team is finally over, my man goes into a mood of depression. I pet him, discuss some of his favorite games from previous seasons and find reruns of games on YouTube for him to watch. I’ll do anything to keep him focused on Labor Day weekend when his mood becomes jubilant. For more than 30 years we attended college games for all three sports, including girls basketball. After we stopped purchasing season tickets, I wondered if his interest in his college team’s games would wane. But if anything, it has
increased. Now with so much television, he can watch almost all games sitting in his special TV room and chair. Now, don’t misunderstand, Mr. Roy is not a “couch potato.” In fact, about the only thing that will get him in the house during daylight hours is a college sports event. This year when the last week in August began, I could see that special glimmer in his eyes, and that sweet little grin was back. I visited the grocery and stocked up on his special snacks and planned my Saturday around his football game schedule for the day, so I could watch with him. He reviewed his schedule with me several times and finally printed a copy so I wouldn’t be late for any event. ESPN “Game Day” begins on Saturday at 8 a.m., and if you can endure three hours of that before the first game starts, you are really a football fan. Most Southern men, “bless their hearts,” love hunting, fishing, pickup trucks and college football. And I’m thankful to be married to one. And for you girls that say you don’t like football and can’t stand this time of the year, I’ve got some advice for you. Get interested in this part of your husband’s life. After a few weeks or months you might decide you enjoy it, and it’s an excellent way to increase the bond with your man. At 10:30 p.m. this past Saturday, when the last game on Mr. Roy’s schedule ended, he said, “It’s time to go to bed, I’m worn out.” I almost asked if he was pleased with the way his college team played today, but at that hour I decided it was best to leave that question until later. It was too late to listen to his replay of the game. But bless his heart, I know that his assessment would end with, “It’s their first game of the year and they’ll get better.” Besides, there is always basketball and baseball.
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Octoberfest, October 4-5, Carthage. One of Mississippi’s oldest indoor arts and crafts shows, including children’s activities, pumpkin patch, door prizes, food vendors and more. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carthage Coliseum. Details: www.leakems.com; 601-267-9231. Bailey Haunted Firehouse, October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 31, November 1, Meridian. Haunted house and trail, plus concessions and themed movies playing on a large outdoor screen. 7 to 12 p.m.; Halloween, 7 to 10 p.m. Admission; Fast Pass available. Details: email@example.com; 601-479-4539. Founders Cemetery Twilight Walking Tour, October 5, Tylertown. Presented by the Judith Robinson Chapter of the DAR, come meet the “phantoms” of Founders, the pioneers and merchants who populated the village of Conerlys, later called Tylertown, as they tell their stories at their gravesites in historical Founders Cemetery. Tours: 5 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; 7:15 p.m.; 8 p.m. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org; 228-223-3984.
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Annual Whitehall Church Bazaar, October 26, Whitehall. Repurposed furniture, crafts, baked goods, casseroles, pottery and more. Breakfast and lunch served. 10595 Highway 14 West, near Louisville. Details: 662-803-8222. Bluegrass in the Park, October 26, Quitman. Featuring Bluegrass music by Winky Hicks Band, Tyler Carroll and Pineridge, Bluegrass Cartel Pilgrim Family and Long Creek Band. Concessions available. Bring your lawn chair. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Clarkco State Park. Details: 601-776-6651. Haunted Halloween Railcars, October 31, McComb. Don’t miss ghosts, goblins, monsters, witches, Wolfman and even a hearse with Dracula’s coffin. Lots of fun games for all ages! 3 to 8 p.m. McComb RR Depot Museum. Admission. Details: 601-395-6456. Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, November 1-2, Meridian. Take a trip back in time to the age of steam with a guided tour through America’s last intact steam engine factory. A belt-driven machine shop, iron foundry, assembly shop and 1930s office gives visitors a glimpse of how things were made in America. Tours: 9:30 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. Historic Soule’ Steam Works; 1808 4th Street. Adult admission; students free. Details: www.industrialheritagemuseum.com; 601-693-9905. “Broadway Bound,” November 1-3, 8-10, Laurel. Presented by the Laurel Little Theatre, this Neil Simon classic comedy production is presented in the historic 1937 Arabian Theatre. Reservations and details: 601-428-0140. 35th Annual Homemakers Arts and Craft Show and Sale, November 2, Meridian. All items are handmade. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MCC-Riley Workforce Development Center; 1524 Highway 19 North. Admission. Details: 601-482-9764. 50th Bi-Annual Fall Street Festival, November 2-3, Picayune. Unique downtown shopping and dining, featuring arts and crafts, jewelry, handmade furniture, pottery, food trucks, car show, children’s activities, live entertainment and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: www.picayunemainstreet.com; 601-799-3070. Gun Show, November 2-3, Laurel. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laurel Fairgrounds. Details: bigpopgunshows.com; 601-319-5248. Christmas Open House, November 3, Aberdeen. “Shopping local” at its best. Shops will be open all day with door prizes, refreshments and more. Restaurants will be open too. Details: 662-369-9440.
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Fall back he funniest thing came on television the other day. It was a story about the newfound popularity of ditching the baby stroller and just strapping your youngster onto your chest or your back and carrying them papoose style. They showed moms and dads doing all sorts of things wrapped and strapped to their toddlers — jogging, yard work, shopping. I guess the oddest was a young mom who latched her child onto her back and then did her favorite exercise — poll dancing! I howled and turned to Miz Jo and asked if she could imagine my mom poll dancing. Bob Dylan tried to tell us years ago that, “The times they are a-changin’.” Well, guess what. They have changed. Picture your grandmother (or great-grandmother or whoever in the 1960s) using Facebook. My grandmother always seemed like a frail, elderly woman to me. Imagining her paying bills online is completely foreign. But I don’t sell her short. Her recipe for fried chicken started with, “Catch a chicken.” I think about the old days and the old ways a lot this time of year. I suppose it’s because fall and winter are when we had our gatherings at grandmother’s house in Fulton. Most Thanksgivings or Christmases we would descend on the old home place. Grandmother still heated with coal and cooked with wood. There is no better alarm clock than the smell of coffee,
Winter budding into spring is our most abrupt change of season. Spring just sort of melts into summer. And then summer into fall, like right now, is enough of a difference to notice — yet drifts on slowly enough for us to enjoy. And getting our savings-time hour back the end of this month doesn’t hurt a thing. Photo by Walt Grayson.
bacon and wood smoke drifting under the covers and finding your nose deep in the feather mattress. My kids don’t have those kinds of memories — of a time when life was dictated by the calendar as much as by the clock. My grandparents lived that way — planting and harvest, church on Sunday, celebrating holidays and always looking forward to something else.
There is no better alarm clock than the smell of coffee, bacon and wood smoke drifting under the covers and finding your nose deep in the feather mattress. Don’t get me wrong. I am a fan of modern times and technology. I wouldn’t trade my computer for a typewriter under any circumstances. Spell check alone is worth its weight in gold, although sometimes my goofs still slip through and get me a bunch of emails. But one thing I would like to retrieve
from the old times is time — or enough of it. Grandma had swings and rocking chairs on her porch and time to go sit in them. And they really did have enough time to finish stuff so they could go sit. I don’t seem to be able to get anything done. Too busy! That reminds me of the Yogi Berra story of why no one went to a particular restaurant anymore — because it was too crowded. Speaking of time, we get our hour back the end of this month — the one we donated to “savings time” last spring. Knowing already it will probably evaporate into the vapor of life as soon as it arrives, I really want to try to use it wisely this year. If nothing else, relax on the porch swing for an hour later that Sunday.
by Walt Grayson 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 him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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