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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

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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 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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October was initially the eighth month. The early Roman calendar contained only 10 months. A revision of this early calendar, likely instigated by Julius Caesar, created one that included 12 months, January and February added. That left October, its root meaning eight like in octopus, out of place. Still, the name stuck. As a result of this jiggling around of days and months and years, the eighth month became the tenth month and remains that in the Gregorian system we implement today. All those rather tedious facts aside, October is known for its autumn grandeur. True, autumn may officially begin with the autumnal equinox in September. There is, after all, that curious slant of shadows during September. But it is October that must be considered real autumn, particularly here in Mississippi. This is the time when conditions are ripe for the spectacles we associate with fall. What are those spectacles? The list is long, and offering comment about each would fill a lengthy treatise. Still, effort will be made here to highlight some of the obvious and perhaps even a few that are more veiled but still present. First to consider is the color show. Leaves will change colors in October. Depending upon weather conditions, these changes may be blatant or subtle. But they will be visible. Some could present in the form of hushed hues, with only a hint of what is to come. Others, already draped in brilliance, may practically attack. Those subtle ones could appear as little more than lush green losing its wealth, succumbing to tempered gold or quiet brown or gentle yellow, submissive in their journey toward enhanced glamour. Not unlike a makeup session preceding the party that ultimately

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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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Make plans to attend the 69th annual meeting As I look forward to Northcentral’s 69th annual meeting on October 23, I am reminded of the challenges facing the service area that led to our formation. Leaders in Kevin Doddridge General Manager/CEO Senatobia were unsatisfied with the lack of affordable electric power in their community. Concerned citizens came forward and discussed the idea of forming an electric cooperative to satisfy that need. A plan was put in motion by a group of caring, unselfish and bold leaders to form this cooperative in February of 1950.

It’s obvious that much has changed in the last 70 years, including our service area and principal office location. Public, cooperative, electric power still stands out as a driving force of our local and regional economy and an overall enhancement to our quality of life. Planning for changes to enhance our community continues to this day as we review all our business and governance processes. We are also in the late stages of making a decision on the establishment of a high-speed internet affiliate. The lack of this service in our area is seen by many as a hindrance to economic growth, enhanced education, healthcare and quality of life. It is a costly venture, but one that we feel could bring great benefit to our communities. We need our members’ assistance in the days leading up to this October



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annual meeting. You should have received a letter from Northcentral in late September regarding changes to the cooperative’s Articles of Incorporation. These changes affect our name, update some old, dated information and allow us to participate in the high-speed internet business if our board approves. We will have a detailed explanation of these amendments on our website. The second cooperative principle is “Democratic Member Control.” Your control is represented through your elected board members. When you receive your annual meeting notice and proxy in early October, please consider attending our annual meeting or assigning your proxy to another member or our board of directors. Articles that properly demonstrate the identity of our cooperative are a necessity as we attempt to move forward.

Notice of requested changes to Articles of Incorporation The annual meeting of the members of Northcentral Electric Power Association will be held at its office, 4600 Northcentral Way, Olive Branch, Mississippi, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM. A major current business task at the Annual Meeting is the election of three members of the Board of Directors. This year, board members are to be elected from District 3, District 5 and District 7 of our system area. Current board members representing these districts are Phil Lachaussee of District 3, Jerry Nichols of District 5 and Joan Childress of District 7. For more details on the board of directors elections, the Annual Meeting or the nomination process, a copy of the Northcentral Mississippi Electric Power Association bylaws can be found under the “Cooperative” section on Northcentral Electric’s website,

Another agenda item will be to consider and vote upon the following amendments to the Charter of Incorporation, as approved by the Board of Directors: 1. To change the name of the corporation to Northcentral

Electric Cooperative. 2. To remove Panola County from our certificated area and add Lafayette County and to correctly spell DeSoto County. These areas have changed since 1950. 3. To change the location of the principal office from Senatobia, Mississippi, to Olive Branch, Mississippi. 4. To make the period of duration of the Association perpetual. 5. To permit the Association to perform any and all acts permissible for electric power associations under the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act of 2019.

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me that if picked a bale by Brad Barr of cotton, he’d get one for What’s the best way me. I started at sunup and to immerse yourself in worked until sundown. I history? picked my bale of cotton Find a little piece of it, and he got my tricycle.” according to Earl McIlwain His father, a farmer and of Oktibbeha County. carpenter, turned over the Earl has done his part to farming and responsibility uncover a little bottled-up to a 15-year-old Earl. “It piece of history, excavating was a full-time job,” he said, a collection of bottles that adding that he was still godates to the 1800s. ing to Maben High School. The 87-year-old retired He also drove a school bus 4-County Electric Power his senior year. Association meter reader “I tell people all the time has always enjoyed colthat it’d be nice to go back lecting historical items. He to the old days when we started with stamps, collectcould leave the door open. ed coins and then switched We didn’t have much, but to bottles. In his travels, Earl I tell people all the time that it’d be nice we were happy,” he said. would sometimes come to go back to the old days when we After high school, Earl across old, abandoned could leave the door open. We didn’t served in the Navy and houses and property. After was stationed in California. gaining permission from have much, but we were happy. He later worked in the the owners, he would look Earl McIlwain San Diego area as a plant around and, more often than nursery supervisor for eight years. not, find hidden treasures. “I found some fabulous stuff through California was nice, Earl said, but it wasn’t home. He returned the years,” he said. Bottles of all shapes, sizes and colors. His to Mississippi, settling in Oktibbeha County and went to work collection, at times, has numbered in the thousands. for I.G. “Big” Daniels at 4-County Electric Power Association. The history hunter even joined a group of archaeologists from He also worked closely with early 4-County pioneers Louis Mississippi State University, traveling around the state exploring Wise and Chloe Miller. abandoned dumping sites. The result? Stone jugs, stone bottles, Today, Earl and his wife of 41 years, Juanita, live on 60 acres medicine bottles and a bevy of soda bottles. “I’m fascinated of family land in the Self Creek area of Oktibbeha County. His with history,” he said. wife is a collector, too, keeping an eye out for antique glass and A self-admitted jack of all trades, Earl made a little history china bells. The couple are members of First Baptist Church of of his own in his 43-year association (1966 to 2009) with Mathiston. Earl has four children, nine grandchildren and 4-County. “I really enjoyed it,” he said. Through the years as a 17 great grandchildren. meter reader, Earl was often asked his name by children. “I’m Earl said he stays away from doctors (other than an annual Earl the Squirrel,” he replied, drawing giggles from his young checkup at the VA Center) and doesn’t take any medicine. audience. The name stuck. “Years later, this tall fellow with a “I do what I want to do,” Earl said with a twinkle in his eyes. big grin came up to me at Wal-Mart. He wanted to know if I “I just have to do it a little slower than I used to.” was Earl the Squirrel. He was one of the kids I saw on my Collecting can be a fun and rewarding hobby, Earl said. routes. That was kind of neat.” “I’ve made a lot of friends through this hobby. I’ve learned a lot As a child, Earl grew up working 30 acres of cotton and corn about history. And, most importantly, I’ve had a lot of fun.” on the family farm. Hard work was a way of life in those days. At five years old, Earl begged his father for a tricycle. “He told OCTOBER 2019 | TODAY 17


UNIVERSAL DESIGN because it doesn’t get as hot as a gas by Laura Araujo or an electric cooktop does. Walk into any kitchen and its design A shorter person or a person who will help reveal its age. Avocado and accesses the kitchen from a seated mustard-colored appliances: leftovers position may need to position their from the 1970s. Granite and stainless: kitchen storage and work surfaces marks of the early 2000s. So, what are differently than the way they are in a the trends in the kitchens of today? standard kitchen. Rather than stacking Elle H-Millard, industry relations double ovens, one above the other, they manager for the National Kitchen and can be placed side by side. This reduces Bath Association, said today’s kitchens the need to stoop down or stand on a are moving away from one particular stool, and it increases safety as hot look and toward what best meets a foods are removed from the oven. homeowner’s needs and tastes. “Anything goes today depending on personality,” she said. “More and more homeowners are pushing a custom design that fits their lifestyle.” With this in mind, one of the design movements that has become popular is universal design, often referred to as “living in place.” Mary Jo Peterson, president of Mary Jo Peterson, Inc., is a ConnectiKitchen renovation project. Photo by Laura Araujo. cut-based designer, Ample lighting, including natural, is author and nationally recognized expert another key element of universal design. on universal design. She explained that “As we get older, our eyesight deterioliving in place involves design that apprerates,” H-Millard said. “This starts hapciates the differences in people; it recognizes that people have varied physical and pening in someone as early as their 40s. As our eyesight diminishes, it can make cognitive abilities throughout their lives. For example, a couple in their 30s may foods look unappetizing. For example, meat will look gray and have the appearconsider the safety of their young chilance of being rotten. Color-corrective dren during a kitchen remodel. They may lighting can help with that.” choose to install an induction cooktop


Another element of universal design may be to ensure generous clearances in the kitchen – whether to accommodate a person’s mobility aids or to allow room for two cooks in a busy family to comfortably utilize the space at the same time. “Universal design causes us to stop and think about the function of every element and what is the best solution for the space,” Peterson said. “The only rule is that the design must be beautiful.” Peterson said universal design accommodates people’s unique needs and allows them to live in place and enjoy their spaces for longer. Elizabeth McKenna, director of marketing and communications for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, added that Boomers are increasingly choosing to modify their homes for accessibility in the aging process. “Due to a historic low of inventory in the real estate market, more people are tending to stay in place and remodel existing homes to fit their needs,” McKenna said. To implement universal design into a kitchen remodel, look for a designer with a CLIPP™ (Certified Living in Place Professional™) or CAPS (Certified Agingin-Place Specialist) certification.

ss e r g o r p n i A work a e m o c e b to N! U F r o f n o i t destina by Sandra M. Buckley Arlie may be in a wheelchair, but she wants to ride a horse. Allie may be blind, but she wants to “fly” on the zip line. Nick may not talk to you, but he loves to play basketball. Victoria may not always understand what you’re saying, but she loves to dance. Zylan may have trouble holding a pencil, but watch out if he’s holding a water gun. Arlie, Allie, Nick, Victoria and Zylan are real kids who enjoy the same fun things all children do— but they just need a little extra help. And that extra help is what Camp Kamassa plans to provide for Mississippi children and adults with serious illnesses and physical, mental and emotional challenges. Onsite in Crystal Springs, Camp Kamassa’s construction is well underway transforming 326 acres into a wheelchair-accessible, year-round camp destination for those with special needs — and its progress is on track for a grand opening in the fall of 2021. Assisting with the construction efforts are Air Force Reservists through a program called Innovation Readiness Training. The program, which is a part of the Department of Defense, matches soldiers training for deployment with communities who need assistance. Thanks to this invaluable military part-

Soon to be constructed is a fully outfitted kitchen and a specially designed infirmary, which will be connected to each other. Doctors and other experts from Batson Children’s Hospital are assisting with the design of the infirmary, as it will be particularly important to the healthcare of camp attendees. In less than two years, Camp Kamassa in Copiah County will be in full operation and a special place where Mississippians facing serious health and medical challenges will be able to discover and experience the carefree joys of simply being a kid. From horseback riding, playing basketball and swimming to dancing and “flying” on a zip line, this will be a destination for fun.

nership, numerous strides have been made — even Arlie, age 3, noticed and told her mom, “Look! The pirates are building me a castle.” Those “pirates” are U.S. soldiers, and the “castle” is a cabin. To date, eight of the camp’s cabins have been built and pads are currently being prepared for six designated family cabins. In addition, concrete has been poured for the 8,000-square-foot multipurpose building. This space will include a rock-climbing wall, craft room for ceramic and woodworking, teaching kitchen, library, dress-up room, music room, large accommodations for dances and movies, and more.

How to help Camp Kamassa is a project by Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation and supported by Southwest Electric. It relies on financial contributions and fundraisers to assist with necessities such as building materials, furnishings, plumbing, wiring and landscaping. Visit or call 601-892-1117 for more information. Donations are tax deductible, and checks can be mailed to:

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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.












9. Luke, the “happy� 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.



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.



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 or 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, I’ve discovered that one of the easiest and quickest smokes is fish. In particular, I’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




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.


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.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS Gulfport residents Marianna and Andy Chapman own and operate Eat Y’all, a company on a mission to save family farms by equipping producers to serve foodservice accounts and empowering chefs to use their purchasing power today to ensure the availability of healthy, high quality ingredients tomorrow. Visit for more information.

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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:; 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:; 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:; 228-223-3984.

Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, October 9, Olive Branch. The Expo is open to the public. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Northcentral EPA; 4600 Northcentral Way. Details:;; 662-895-2600. Fall Flower & Garden Fest, October 11-12, Crystal Springs. This is the largest home gardening show in the Southeast, featuring winners of the prestigious All-America Selections award in a 3-acre garden onsite. Food vendors with breakfast, lunch, dessert and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Truck Crops Experiment Station. Free admission. Details: 601-892-3731. Bukka White Blues Festival, October 11-12, Aberdeen. Non-stop blues music on the banks of the Tenn Tom Waterway, with Ribs On The River BBQ Contest, Bob Tartar Exotic Animal Show, Gator Bait Kayak Race, kids activities, arts and crafts and food vendors. Details: Yazoo County Fair, October 11-19, Yazoo City. Fair rides, fair food, barn exhibits, petting zoo on Saturday and Sunday matinees, games and more. Yazoo County Fair Grounds. Admission includes all rides. Details: 662-746-4665. The Skuna River Art Festival, October 12, Bruce. Fine arts, children’s activities and more. 5K run at 8 a.m.; festival open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bruce Square. Details:; 662-983-8481. 30 TODAY | OCTOBER 2019

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Gun Show, October 12-13, Natchez. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Natchez Convention Center; 211 Main Street. Details:; 601-319-5248. Lower Delta Talks Series, October 15, Rolling Fork. Bill Lester will deliver a presentation on Dockery Farms Plantation. 6:30 p.m. Sharkey-Issaquena County Library; 116 Robert Morganfield Way. Free admission. Details:; 662-873-6261. Neshoba Bluegrass Reunion, October 17, Philadelphia. Featured bluegrass bands include The Pilgrim Family, Robert Montgomery and Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Northside Park Senior Citizens Center. Free admission. Details: 662-617-3744. Wilkinson County Homemaker Volunteers Annual Bazaar and Quilt Show, October 17, Woodville. Quilts on display are made by local artisans or are heirlooms. A variety of bazaar items and lunch are available.10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wilkinson County Park; 3200 Highway 61 North. Free admission. Details: 601-888-3211. Barn Sale – Antiques & Collectibles, October 18-19, Oak Grove. More than 65 collectors with trailer loads of antiques, collectibles, furniture, tools, old windows and doors, old bottles, coins, jewelry, glassware and more. Concessions. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4799 Old Highway 11. Details: 601-605-8601. 24th Annual Fall Festival, October 19, Walls. Vendor and craft booths, children’s activities, live entertainment, silent auction and exhibits from community Fire, Police, Search and Rescue organizations. The Country Cafe will serve sausage biscuits, BBQ, catfish, hot dogs and more, and the Bake Shop will have homemade desserts. Free admission. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minor Memorial United Methodist Church. Details: fall-festival; 662-781-1333. Turkey Shoot, October 19, Vestry Community. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Daisy Masonic Lodge #421; 25700 School House Road; 14 miles north of Vancleave. Details: 228-861-6299. Olde Tyme Festival, October 19, Lumberton. Presented by Lumberton Economic Development Council. Arts and crafts, entertainment, food vendors and more. Vendors wanted. Details:; 601-796-4212. 7th Annual Historic Griffin Cemetery Tour, October 19, Moss Point. Guided tours include six presentations representing families buried in this historic cemetery.

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:; 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:; 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:; 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




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