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Daily Times Leader
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Oak Hill netters compete at state
page 7
Emily Jones: When a curse
becomes a blessing page 4
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By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
A one thousand word essay
was Bobby Cole’s worst night-
mare when he was a high
school English student.
It was a bad dream he had
while asleep at his remote deer
camp several years ago that
would eventually become the
inspiration to a 90,000 word
novel, “The Dummy Line.”
On Tuesday morning, Cole
spoke to students in the Oak
Hill Academy Library about his
writing process and about the
struggles in English that he
overcame to become the author
of now three novels.
“I struggled with English,”
Cole told the group. “When I
was in school, if the teacher
said a 1,000 essay was due next
Friday, I knew that I was going
to put it off until the last min-
ute, and I would be counting
Cole and his daughter Jessie
who is a student at OHA were
at the family’s deer camp about
eight years ago when he woke
up from a nightmare in a cold
The bad dream is the inspira-
tion for “The Dummy Line’s”
most violent chapter.
“I got to thinking that some-
thing like this could actually
happen,” Cole said.
The next day, he got his lap-
top out, and he began writing
the first chapter of the book
that would eventually rise to
No. 2 on Kindle’s top seller’s
“When I started writing, I
began to remember things my
English teachers taught me,”
Cole said. “It was really amaz-
Cole pounded out chapter-
after-chapter, developing char-
acters and leaving corrections
to the editors.
“You don’t have to be perfect
at English to write or tell a
story,” Cole said. “That’s what
editors are for.”
Cole says that once he creat-
ed the characters for the “Jake
Crosby Thriller” that he let
them do the talking.
“This sounds crazy, but the
characters would tell me what
they would do,” Cole said. “It
was like I was going on an
adventure with them.”
The entire process of writing
the book was exciting for Cole.
“I couldn’t wait to get home,”
Cole said. “It was so much
It took Cole four years from
the time he wrote “The Dummy
Line” until it was published,
but it was worth the wait.
Cole engaged in a question-
answer session with the OHA
Cole discusses writing process with students
Bryan Davis
Bobby Cole speaks to student at Oak Hill Academy on Tuesday morning about the three novels he
has written since 2004.
See ‘Cole’ page 5
From Staff Reports
Daily Times Leader
The West Point Green
Wave Booster Club will hold
its annual Sports Banquet on
May 11, at the West Point
Civic at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for athletes
and $7 for all other attendees.
Tickets may be purchased
by calling Paulette at 662-
524-0191, Denita at 662-
295-1788 or Tammy at 662-
Those wishing to buy tick-
ets can also go to Image
Makers to make the purchase.
Green Wave Athletic Banquet
tickets are still for sale
Vote certification delayed
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Wednesday afternoon, at per-
haps the busiest intersection for
walkers and motorists, a
woman was struck by a car as
she was crossing the street at
the intersection of East Main
Street and Commerce Street.
Around 12:35 p.m., emer-
gency technicians and local
police were dispatched to the
intersection where they encoun-
tered the woman, Eva Jadzinski
of Steens, sitting upright on
Commerce Street.
Jadzinski, who was con-
scious on scene, reported to
police that she had just stepped
off the sidewalk after leaving
Cadence Bank and had started
walking when she saw a white
car headed towards her. She
told police she thought the
Sheena Baker
West Point emergency offcials assist the victim of a vehicle/pedestrian accident that happened
Wednesday at the intersection of East Main Street and Commerce Street.
Investigators’ Corner
This is a conversation with West Point’s investigators to inform the
public of ongoing investigations in the community.
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Recent burglaries, including
one involving the Bryan Public
Library, add to the increasing
cases of burglaries in the city of
West Point, and once again the
community as well as business
leaders are asked to be cautious
and protect property.
Just this Monday, approxi-
mately $2,000 in cash was sto-
len from a residence on the 200
block of West Morrow Street,
said Albert Lee, Acting Chief
See ‘Investigate’ page 6
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
Becoming a law enforce-
ment offcer usually begins
with a childhood dream of
one day saving the day while
standing up proudly and pro-
tecting the state’s men,
women, boys and girls.
And to help young ones
dreaming of becoming a
police offcer, the West Point
Police Department is once
again hosting its annual
Junior Police Academy that
will be held June 10 through
June 14 this year.
Juvenile Offcer Sergeant
Zate McGee said the Junior
Police Academy is a wonder-
ful opportunity for youth
ages 10 to 14 to get fun,
hands-on experience in the
role of an offcer. From
observing a realistic crime
scenes with K-9 dogs to sim-
ulating a drunk driver to
learning to extract fnger-
prints, the Junior Police
Academy is offering an array
WPPD recruiting junior
cadets for summer academy
From Staff Reports
Daily Times Leader
The Clay County Arts
Council is not having Friday
Night Jams, Friday, May 10,
in deference to Relay For Life
taking place on this date.
Friday Night Jams is resched-
uled for Friday, May 24 at
the Marshall Park offce
Friday Night Jams postponed
See ‘Academy’ page 6
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Friends of the Library are
presenting Dr. Johnnie Earl
Rasberry at Luncheon with
Books, today at noon at the
Bryan Public Library. Lunch
is available for a $6 donation
to Friends. He is author and
illustrator of the children’s
book, Hannibal’s Garden and
the Friends That Helped
Him. Rasberry will have
signed copies of his book for
LWB welcomes Rasberry
See ‘Rasberry’ page 6
Two ballots could spell victory for Dedeaux
Pedestrian OK after being struck by car
See ‘Car’ page 8
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
The West Point Municipal
Election Commission hoped
affdavit voting would wrap
up quickly Wednesday, but a
tight Ward 5 race caused a
delay and prompted input
from the Mississippi Secretary
of State’s Offce.
After affdavit votes were
added in with machine,
absentee and curbside votes,
Ward 5 candidate Gary
Dedeaux came out with 465
votes while incumbent Jasper
Pittman received 354 votes.
Candidate Margaret Shelton
received a total of 114 votes
after affdavits ballots were
In order to win the race,
Dedeaux needed 467 votes.
Out of the 26 affdavit ballots
that were received, 10 were
rejected because the Election
Commission could not verify
addresses of 10 individuals
who voted by affdavit.
Dedeaux asked the Election
Commission if they could do
a second check to verify if
these 10 voters do indeed
reside in Ward 5. If not, he
said, the vote certifcation
process can proceed.
Dedeaux also requested a
recount of the 56 absentee
votes that had to be hand-
counted Tuesday night after
they could not be counted by
the electronic vote count
machine. He said there is a
likelihood of human error by
hand-counting and recount-
ing the 56 absentee votes
could change the outcome in
Ward 5. He then suggested
that a representative from the
Secretary of State’s Offce
come in, review all the ballots
in Ward 5 and make a fnal
“We want this over,”
Dedeaux said. “I want this to
be fair. If those 10 (affdavit)
votes aren’t in Ward 5 we’re
See ‘Votes’ page 8
Sheena Baker
Ward 3 candidate Jimmy Clark and Ward 5 candidate Gary Dedeaux observe the opening of affda-
vit ballots Wednesday by the West Point Municipal Election Commission.
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u Civitan meetings — The West Point
Civitan Club meets on the first and third
Wednesdays of each month at noon in the
Training Room of NMMC-West Point. All
interested persons are cordially invited to
u City Board Meetings — The City
Board of West Point holds its meetings the
second Tuesday of each month at City Hall
at 5:30 p.m. Work Sessions are held every
Thursday prior to the board meeting at City
Hall at 5:30 p.m.
u Compassionate Friends — Families
who have experienced the death of a child
are invited to attend The Compassionate
Friends meeting at 6:30 p.m. the second
Tuesday of each month, at North
Mississippi Medical Center-West Point,
835 Medical Center Drive. The mission
of The Compassionate Friends is to assist
families toward resolving grief following
the death of a child of any age and to
help others be supportive. Bereaved par-
ents, siblings, grandparents and immedi-
ate family members are welcome to
attend. For more information, call
Michele Rowe, director of Social Services
at NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-
u American Legion Meeting —
American Legion Post 212 will meet every
third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at their
headquarters on Morrow St. All members
are urged to attend.
u AARP Meeting — The Clay County
AARP will meet every third Thursday, at
5:30 p.m. at the Henry Clay Retirement
Center. All members and those interested in
AARP are urged to attend. For more infor-
mation call Ella Seay 494-8323 or Dorothy
Landon 494-3577.
u Basic Skills Class — Free Basic Skills
class at the EMCC West Point Center, Hwy.
45 North, Monday thru Thursday each
week, 11:30-1:30 p.m. The Basic Skills
class will prepare you to take the WorkKeys
test and receive a Career Readiness
Certificate. WorkKeys® is a job skills
assessment that helps employers select, hire,
train, develop, and retain a high-perfor-
mance workforce. These classes are spon-
sored by EMCC Workforce Services. Please
call Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to regis-
ter for free classes.
u WPHS Class of 2003 Reunion —
The website for the class reunion for the
WPHS Class of 2003, 10 year reunion has
been created. Please visit http://www.class- to
view it. Sign up for the site by searching for
your name under the classmate profle tab
and creating a profle. Create your profle and
you will be granted access to the site by a
member of the planning committee. Please
allow up to 24 hours for a member of the
planning committee to verify your identity as
the content is password protected. The
reunion will be in West Point May 31-June 2.
u The Academy of Performing Arts
— located at the North Mississipppi Medical
Center-West Point Wellness Canter is now
enrolling for the fall session. Classes begin
August 13 in ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyri-
cal, tumbling, musical theatre and voice.
Semester will run for four months and cul-
minate with a Christmas recital in December.
For more information, email betty@msapa.
org or call (662) 494-1113.
u Welding and Carpentry Classes —
EMCC Workforce Services is offering
Welding and Carpentry classes two nights a
week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please contact Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647.
u Grief Support Group — Christ
United Methodist Church is providing sup-
port for grieving families with a Grief
Support Group who will meet Mondays at
6:30 p.m.
u GED Classes — EMCC West Point
Center, if offering free GED classes at
EMCC West Point Center, Monday thru
Thursday, from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These
classes are sponsored by the
Adult Basic Education depart-
ment of East MS Community
College. Please contact
Cynthia McCrary or Jessica
Flynt at 492-8857 for addi-
tional information.
u C2C Info — Need
work skills to get a job?
EMCC Workforce offers the
Counseling 2 Career program
to assist in gaining work
experience. C2C classes are
available for residents of Clay,
Lowndes, and Noxubee
counties, Monday-Thursday
from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you
are 18-21, please contact
Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-
1930 or Chrystal Newman at
662-243-1941 for more
u Animal shelter help — The West
Point Clay County Animal shelter needs
foster families for several puppies who have
been selected to go on the next Homeward
Bound rescue. You would need to keep the
pup for two weeks, until the day of trans-
port. If you are interested, please call the
shelter at 524-4430.
u Ladies Auxiliary — The American
Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the
second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
All members are urged to attend.
u GED classes — Free GED classes at
Bryan Public Library on Tuesday and
Wednesday each week, 4:30 - 7:30. These
are sponsored by the Adult Basic Education
department of East MS Community College.
Please call 243- 1985 to register for free
u Foster Parenting — Foster and
Adoptive Parents are needed. If you can give
time, space, care and attention to foster chil-
dren, maybe you can qualify to be a foster
parent. Caring families in Clay Co. are
needed who have the interest and ability to
be loving foster parents. For more informa-
tion call Karen Ward at 494-8987.
u Lodge Breakfast — West Point
Masonic Lodge No. 40 will have a breakfast
the frst Saturday of each month from 5”30-
8:30 a.m. The public is invited.
u REPM Meeting — The Clay County
Unit of Retired Education Personnel of
Mississippi, will meet at 2 p.m. in the Esther
Pippen Meeting Room of the Bryan Public
Library. J.W. Chrestman from Alert
Guardian will be guest speaker. All members
and prospective members are invited to
attend. Membership in REPM is open to all
retired persons from the Mississippi schools.
For more information call President Ella
Seay 494-8323 or Vice President Robbie
Bryant 494-4129.
April and May
u Declutter for a Cause — As you
spring clean, donate items to Oak Hill
Academy for the upcoming giant yard sale.
Drop off items on all Fridays in April and
May 3,10 & 17 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at
the OHA Band Hall building. Furniture,
Holiday items, Baby items, Toys, Lamps,
Household items, etc. NO CLOTHES
WILL BE ACCEPTED!!! Proceed will go
toward updating our security on campus.
Call 295-0461 or 574-5959 for more infor-
Wednesday, May 8
u DAR Meeting — The Horseshoe
Robertson Chapter of the NSDAR will
meet at the home of Laney Wooten on Old
White Rd., at noon. Jeanette Unger will be
in charge of new offcer installation.
Thursday, May 9
Community Calendar
Jeremiah Marshall
Jeremiah Marshall age 75, passed away Sunday, May 5,
2013, at his home in Starkville.
Funeral services are Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 11 a.m.
from Griffin U.M. Church with Elder Eddie Jones officiat-
ing. Burial will follow in North Union Cemetery in
Visitation is Friday, May 10, 2013, from 1 – 6 p.m. at
Century Hairston Funeral Home in Starkville.
Century Hairston Funeral Home of Starkville, is in charge
of arrangements.
See ‘Calendar’ page 3
Daily Times Leader Thursday, May 9, 2013 • Page 3
ChurCh Calendar
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community service on a frst-come, frst-served
basis and as space allows. Announcements
must be 60 words or less, written in complete
sentences and submitted in writing at least fve
days prior to the requested dates of publication.
No announcements will be taken over the tele-
phone. Announcements submitted after noon
will not be published for the next day’s paper. To
submit announcements, email life@dailytimes-
u Feed the Hungry — Holy
Temple Holiness Church Women’s
Ministries deliver meals to Feed the
Hungry the second Saturday of each
month at 10 a.m. If you or someone
you know is elderly or shut-in, and
could benefit from this free delivery
service, call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the
morning of the deliveries..
Saturday, May 11
u Male Choir Night — Hopewell
M.B. Church is having its 4th Annual
Male Choir Night at 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 12
u Mother’s Day Program — New
Hope M.B. Church would like to invite
everyone to their Mother’s Day
Program at 8 a.m. Guest speaker is
Minister Emmanuel Moore of
Cornerstone Christian Church.
Sunday, May 19
u Church Anniversary — The
Church House of Refuge Family
Worship Center will be celebrating
their 11th Church Anniversary on
Sunday May 19, 2013 at 4 p.m. The
guest speaker will be Pastor Donald
Wesley of Mt. Pisgah Tibbee. The public
is invited.
u Pre-Memorial Program —
Gospel Temple M.B. Church will hold
its Annual Pre-Memorial Program on
Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. Pastor Terry
Butler will be the guest speaker. Butler
is Pastor of The Refuge Church in
West Point. The program’s theme is
“Still Leaning on the Everlasting
u MayDay Celebration — Northside
Christian Church is having a Mayday
Celebration, honoring and celebrating
“GENERATIONS”! at 3 p.m. Guest
Speaker is the Rev. Dr. Ethel Young-
Minor, Associate Professor of English
and African American Studies at the
University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).
Please come and share in this celebration
service. For more information, please call
(662) 494-5210.
Sunday, May 26
u Church Anniversary — Come
rejoice with Cornerstone Christian
Church Ministries as we celebrate our 8th
Year Church Anniversary at 3 p.m. This
year’s theme is “Still Standing in God”
Matthew 16:18. Pastor Michael Cannon
of The House of Refuge will be the guest
speaker. Everyone is cordially invited to
join us as we lift up Christ Jesus. A
Celebratory banquet will follow the anni-
versary program.
u Family and Friends — Strong Hill
M.B. Church Willing Workers Ministry
is hosting a Family and Friends
Celebration at 3 p.m. in the Christian
Life Worship Center. Guest speaker is the
Rev. Elbert Lee of St. Robertson M.B.
Church in Cedar Bluff. All pastors and
church families are cordially invited to
Community Calendar Continued
u Luncheon with Books — Friends
of the Library’s May Luncheon with
Books begins at noon with local author
Dr. Johnnie Rasberry, of West Point.
His book is for children and their par-
ents or grandparents entitled
“Hannibal’s Garden and the Friends
That Helped Him.” Signed copies of
his book with be available for purchase.
Lunch will be served with a $6 dona-
tion to Friends.
Friday, May 10
u Relay for Life 5K Run
The Relay for Life “Team Skylar”
will sponsor the fourth annual 5K Run
for Relay at 6 p.m. with proceeds ben-
efting the American Cancer Society.
The race starts on East Street beside the
Growth Alliance and proceeds onto
Westbrook, Commerce, Tournament
and South Division streets. The route
continues on Brame and Eshman ave-
nues before ending in front of First
United Methodist Church. Top male
and female fnishers will each receive a
$50 prize. Four $25 gift cards will be
awarded as door prizes. Registration fee
is $20. Race day registration begins at
5:45 p.m. For online registration, go
to Call Brenda
Johnson at (662) 495-2339 or e-mail for a 5K Run for
Relay registration brochure. For infor-
mation about volunteer and sponsor-
ship opportunities, call Debbie
Hargrove at (662) 495-2189 or email
Friday, May 10-11
u Relay for Life — Join the fght
against cancer on May 10 and 11 with
Relay for Life of Clay County. Events
kick off on May 10 at 6 p.m., with a
walk for cancer survivors. There will be
a 5K. Those interested can sign up at Events should con-
tinue through until about midnight.
For more information, visit
Saturday, May 11
u Green Wave Sports Banquet —
The West Point Green Wave Booster
Club will hold its annual Sports Banquet
on May 11, at the West Point Civic at
6 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for athletes and $7 for
all other attendees.
Tickets may be purchased by calling
Paulette at 662-524-0191, Denita at
662-295-1788 or Tammy at 662-312-
Those wishing to buy tickets can also
go to Image Makers to make the pur-
Tuesday, May 14
u REPM Meeting — The Clay
County Unit of the Retired
Educational Personnel of Mississippi
will meet at 2 p.m. in the Esther
Pippen Meeting Room at the Bryan
Public Library. Guest speaker is
Mary Helen Waggoner to inform on
services available at the library.
Members and prospective members
are urged to attend. For more infor-
mation on REPM contact President
Ella Seay 494-8323 or Vice President
Robbie Bryant 494-4129.
u ARC Meeting — The ARC of
Clay County will hold it’s annual meet-
ing at the Catherine Bryan School
Cafeteria at 5 p.m. This meeting is for
all members and people interested in
Saturday, May 18
u Golf Tournament- Northside
Christian Church will be hosting
its Golf Classic Tournament on
May 18, starting at 8 a.m. The
four-man scramble will have an
entry fee of $65 per person. The
fee includes the 7:30 continental
breakfast, lunch and prizes. Cash
prizes are $200 for frst place,
$150 for second place and $100
for third place. For registration
and information, contact
Northside Christian Church at Also
contact Marion McClenton at
662-549-2437 or Dorothy Ryland
at 662-524-0289. The tourna-
ment will take place at the MSU
Golf Course at 1520 Old Highway
182 East, Starkville.
Friday, May 31
u Vidalia Onion Fundraiser —
The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club
are selling Vidalia Onions 10 pounds
for $10. Don’t miss out on these deli-
cious onions and help the Civitans con-
tinue their work in our community.
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
BYHALIA, —Governor
Phil Bryant, along with local
offcials and offcials from
Roxul Inc., today broke
ground on the company’s
frst-ever U.S. manufacturing
facility. Roxul is a leading
manufacturer of stone wool
insulation products.
Roxul Inc. announced the
new manufacturing operation
in June 2012 and is locating
its 600,000-squre foot pro-
duction facility in the
Chickasaw Trail Industrial
Park in Byhalia. The facility is
creating 150 jobs and repre-
sents a $160 million corpo-
rate investment.
“The state of Mississippi is
proud that Roxul chose to
locate in Marshall County,
and we appreciate the com-
pany’s strong belief in our
citizens and their work ethic,”
Gov. Bryant said. “This will
be a cutting-edge facility that
will be environmentally
friendly, result in high-paying
jobs and produce a high-end
product. We like to say that
‘Mississippi Works,’ and this
outstanding manufacturing
operation will illustrate that
to the world on many levels.”
Roxul Inc. is a part of
Denmark-based Rockwool
International, the world’s
leading producer of stone
wool. Stone wool is a fber-
based insulation made from
natural stone and recycled
“Rockwool and Roxul are
delighted to be locating and
constructing our frst United
States plant and believe this
will enable us to meet the
growing demand for our
stone wool insulation prod-
uct,” said Roxul Inc. President
Trent Ogilvie. The Mississippi
Development Authority pro-
vided assistance for the proj-
ect through the Mississippi
Industry Incentive Financing
Revolving Fund for site prep-
aration, as well as assistance
for road improvements and
workforce trai ni ng.
Additionally, Marshall
County Commission provid-
ed assistance for infrastruc-
ture improvements.
“This is an exciting day for
Mississippi as Roxul prepares
to begin construction of its
state-of-the-art manufactur-
ing facility in Byhalia,” said
MDA Executive Director
Brent Christensen. Roxul
Inc. is the North American
division of Rockwool
International and has been
operating in Canada for more
than 20 years. The company
is the leading North American
manufacturer of stone wool
insulation products for the
North American market and
has operations in Milton,
Ontario, and Grand Forks,
British Columbia. Both facili-
ties employ world-class tech-
nology to produce residential
products, as well as a wide
array of industrial, commer-
cial and marine stone wool
insulation products. To learn
more, please visit www.roxul.
Roxul Inc. breaks ground in Byhalia
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new ways to arrange their
boards to fit their needs.
Although the haphazard spirit
of Pinterest remains, the site
is much less overwhelming.
I wasn’t a Pinterest user
before, so the redesign gave
me a chance to take a good
look at the site for the first
time. Before that, I had
refused to be sucked into yet
another form of social media.
I figured I didn’t have much
use for it.
In the months since I started
testing out Pinterest’s new
look, though, I’ve found the
service helpful in organizing
and sharing my continually
expanding recipe collection.
And it’s fun to check what
other people around the world
are looking at and to see
which strangers choose to fol-
low me or respond to what
I’m sharing.
Although it is not a replace-
ment for Facebook or Twitter,
and doesn’t pretend to be, it is
a beautiful and vast world
with more than 25 million
users around the world.
For those who have never
used Pinterest, the free site
lets people “pin” pictures
from websites they want to
share on online peg boards.
You can choose to share the
boards with just a few close
friends or the entire Pinterest
world. Others can comment
on the boards and pins, “like”
them or repin items on their
own boards.
The result is an eclectic mix
of millions of boards span-
ning just about as many top-
ics. Although it doesn’t offer
as much of a chance to com-
municate and debate the way
Facebook and Twitter do,
Pinterest is an interesting and
often beautiful supplement to
those social media networks.
Pinterest’s recent redesign
is intended to cut down on
clutter and make the site easi-
er to manage, without drasti-
cally changing its look. The
new look continues to evolve.
Most of the changes are very
subtle, and some have been
tweaked or reversed already,
helping Pinterest avoid the
kind of backlash that
Facebook has weathered in
the past. Pinterest promises
even more updates in the
weeks and months ahead.
One of the most noticeable
changes so far is Pinterest’s
move to larger pins, so you
get four rather than five items
per row. The site looks clean-
er and less overwhelming
because you don’t see as
many items on the screen at
once. Much of the text previ-
ously found on Pinterest
boards is smaller or gone.
Menus have been stream-
What impresses me most
about Pinterest — and also
update easier
to manage
This week, Dr. Lynn H.
House, Interim Superintendent
of Education for the state of
Mississippi issued a plea to
citizens and educators within
our state to embrace the
Common Core Standards.
Dr. House spent most of the
article that appeared in many
media publications, including
this one, lauding the experts
who came up with CCS.
I am not hear today to bash
Common Core, but rather to
point out an obvious fallacy
that exists within the opening
lines of Dr. House’s case.
She opens, “When an
Olympic high jumper wants to
reach new heights, he doesn’t
leave the bar where it is and
expect to meet that goal. To be
competitive with other high
jumpers, he must raise the bar.
That’s exactly what Common
Core State Standards will do.
They will set a high –yet reach-
able – bar for our students.
They will ensure that
Mississippi’s children are
equipped with the knowledge
and skills needed to thrive in
both college and career and
compete in a global economy.”
I opened by calling this anal-
ogy a fallacy. I want to clarify
that it can be argued that it is
only a partial fallacy.
Let’s take the case of the
Olympic high jumper into con-
The jumper does need to be
competitive, and in order to be
competitive, the jumper must
train past his current condition-
ing in order to raise the bar.
Dr. House is correct about
that part, but the jumper must
meet previous goals and expec-
tations in order to raise the bar
at the proper time. He cannot
arbitrarily move the bar and
expect his body to respond.
I am a runner myself, so I am
going to change the analogy up
a little for my own purposes.
A runner
cannot go
from running
one mile to
running six
miles in a
week’s time.
It is a gradual
process, but
most impor-
tantly it is a
process that
requires the
runner to
meet certain
goals before
he or she tries
to run an extra
If a runner has not met the
goal of running three miles, it
would be unwise to ask he or
she to run five.
If you force the runner to run
five, unconditioned for such,
the runner will feel the negative
effects on his or her body the
following morning, days and
With all due respect to Dr.
House’s position on Common
Core, Mississippi schools have
yet to condition their students
for the three mile run, and now
they are being told they have to
run the six mile race in a profi-
cient manner.
In the 2012 Accountability
Results I downloaded from
House’s own Department of
Education website, I counted
around 340 schools who are
designated “Not Met” when it
comes to meeting “Growth”
during the 2012-2013 school
These are
340 schools
that Dr.
House’s own
depar t ment
have said are
not condi-
tioned to meet
the expecta-
tions put forth
to administra-
tors, parents,
teachers and
students dur-
ing that year.
Dr. House
now contends
that these
340 schools
are prepared to compete for the
gold and silver metals of edu-
My old stomping grounds in
Yazoo City produced a 92
District QDI (Quality
Distribution Points) last year.
Every school in the district is
designated “Not Met” when it
comes to “Growth” achieve-
Now Dr. House and her
department are informing the
students of the Yazoo City
schools that they must now
jump from previous and obvi-
ously lower standards to more
“rigorous” standards to “com-
pete in a global economy.”
How well do you think these
completely unconditioned chil-
dren are going to compete
under the Common Core
Let’s be serious here.
Adding rigor to a place like
Yazoo City only increases the
chances for brain muscle
fatigue and chronic soreness in
the district’s neck.
To Dr. House’s credit, this is
only a partial fallacy.
It makes perfect sense for the
schools that have “Met” their
expected growth to proceed
forward with broader goals and
Star Schools and Successful
Schools should certainly be
conditioned to graduate to the
next level of “rigor” brought
forth by the educational
Schools which have not yet
met older and more lax expec-
tations should stay within those
older and more lax expecta-
tions before they are allowed to
move forward. The social
advancement of schools must
be stopped.
We can call it the Common
Core Gate.
Dr. House, I encourage you
and your department to look at
this matter more closely. If stu-
dents are to compete in a
“Global Economy” they must
first be able to at least compete
with themselves.
Should all Mississippi schools
embrace Common Core Standards?
See ‘Pinterest’ page 6
Emily Jones: When a curse becomes a blessing
I just experienced what I
hope will be my last chemo-
therapy treatment for a long,
long time. (Forever would be
even better.) Some cancers
creep up slowly; others pounce.
Mine swept in like a hungry
tiger while I was looking the
other way, bemused by com-
monplace things like thinning
hair, loss of memory and just
generally growing older.
Chemo resolved all those
complaints without so much as
an apology. It took ALL my
hair, left me in a brain fog that
made me drop everything I
pick up, and it gave me the sud-
den desire to live to become a
little old lady! Funny how that
But what has been most
shocking was finding that a life
threatening illness can be the
catalyst for more blessings than
you can ever imagine. One of
the most serendipitous
moments I’ve experienced was
last weekend when my com-
munity celebrated its annual
Relay for Life. People of all
ages came out to honor their
loved ones who have died of
cancer and to show support for
those who are surviving and
fighting the disease.
During the opening “walk of
survivors,” I stumbled around
the track in awe that perfect
strangers would come out on a
rainy blustery Friday evening
to cheer on a lot of people they
may not even know. I had par-
ticipated before, but never with
such a personal stake in the
value of the event which annu-
ally raises millions of dollars to
fight cancer. My compliments
and appreciation to my friends,
Brian and Diane, and all the
volunteers and workers from
the American Cancer Society
who spent months recruiting
teams and planning a flawless
At dawn
today, I sat out
on my back
porch and
breathed in
the combined
fragrance of
maturing mint
and rosemary
while making
a list of all the
good things
that have
occurred as a
direct result of
illness. I
won’t go into
all the minor
details - like
losing unwant-
ed pounds
without a diet, getting a great
head of hair (which I hang on
the bedpost over night), and
falling in love with those here-
tofore dreaded green vegeta-
bles. The lat-
ter is thanks
to Margaret
Ann Wood, a
and longtime
friend, who
i nt r oduc e d
me to Goya
s eas oni ngs
which can
make the
lowly canned
green bean
taste like the
nectar of the
The Big C
also gave me
a bizarre
sense of
humor. I still
chuckle at the look on that
truck driver’s face when I was
pumping gas during high winds
which blew my wig right off
my head and carried it across
the parking lot. He stared in
dismay, probably confused by
the smiley face a friend had
drawn with magic marker on
the BACK of my head. I also
got a kick out of the long black
“Cher” wig my son sent me as
a joke. One morning I went
door to door pretending to be
an encyclopedia salesperson
and not one neighbor recog-
nized me. Come on people,
who sells encyclopedias these
The greatest gift has been the
deeper relationships formed
with my family and friends
who I often took for granted;
the absolutely religious experi-
ence of feeling good again after
being under the weather; learn-
ing not to judge others who
may be suffering from their
own set of stressors; and the
realization that material things
will never provide lasting ful-
fillment. That lesson was way
overdue, but I’m a slow learner
and like they say, it takes what
it takes.
Someone once said that the
hardest arithmetic to master is
that which enables us to count
our blessings, but when we do,
they seem to multiply. Oh, and
here’s something else to look
forward to. I heard mosquitoes
will take one bite out of a
chemo patient and fly off to
wash their mouths out with
soap, spitting all the way. Ah,
Emily Jones is a retired
journalist who edits a web-
site for bouncing baby
boomers facing retirement.
She welcomes comments
Emily Jones
DTL Columnist
Bryan Davis
Managing Editor
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Daily Times Leader Thursday, May 9, 2013 • Page 5
What are the facts?
UNRWA’s original definition of a refugee was someone
“whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June
1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of
livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.” UNRWA
began by providing emergency assistance, temporary shelters
and basic relief. Soon after, UNRWA helped resettle the
refugees in permanent housing and
create educational and health
institutions. But, unlike the treatment of
refugees in all other wars, UNRWA
dramatically and inexplicably expanded
the definition of “refugee” to include
descendants of Palestinian refugees.
Today, UNRWA claims more than five million Palestinian
refugees, most of whom are in fact descendants and have never
lived in Israel. UNRWA currently employs 30,000 people,
mostly Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank. The organization
receives more than $600 million annually to serve these people,
almost 40% of which comes from the U. S., and the Palestinian
economy has become absolutely dependent on this aid.
By contrast, the UN’s High Commission on Refugees
(UNHCR)—formed in 1950—serves all the world’s refugees
except the Palestinians, and has successfully resettled 50
million refugees. Yet UNRWA, with its strange definition of
refugee, has actually increased the number of Palestinian
refugees by more than 700%—several million of whom are
citizens of Jordan, and millions more of whom are living in
Lebanon, Syria and Gaza. By 2030, the number of Palestinian
“refugees” is expected to hit 8.5 million.
UNHCR, which currently serves about 34 million refugees,
employs only 7,685 staff—about one for every 4,424 refugees.
UNRWA, however, employs one worker for every 172 refugees,
and their staff budget per head is double that at UNHCR.
After 1993, when an agreement between Israel and the
Palestinians gave broad authority for self-governance to the
Palestinian Authority (PA), many donor nations argued that
UNRWA’s purpose should be taken over by the PA and refugee
host governments, such as Jordan and Lebanon. UNRWA
argued vehemently against this move, however, and won out.
How many true refugees from Israel are left? In May 2012,
Senator Mark Kirk introduced and Congress passed a bill
known as the Kirk Amendment, requiring the U.S. State
Department to specify the real number of refugees who meet
the original UNRWA definition. That number is estimated to be
no more than 30,000 Palestinians—a far
cry from the five million claimed by
UNRWA. The actual number is critical
because the U.S. is the single largest
donor to UNRWA—contributing about
$240 million annually. Surely U.S.
citizens have a right to know whether
they’re supporting legitimate refugees from Israel’s 1948 war
of independence or whether they’re paying to support millions
of descendents of refugees and thus creating a new category of
Arab welfare dependents.
Why does the Palestinian Authority want millions of “fake”
refugees moved to Israel? One of the greatest obstacles to an
Israeli-Palestinian peace has been the insistence by Palestinian
leadership of the “right of return” of Arab refugees to Israel. Of
course there is no inherent right of legitimate refugees, let
alone their descendants, to move to Israel. But in every peace
negotiation, the Palestinians have stubbornly insisted that
millions of “fake” refugees—descendants—“return” to Israel,
though 98% of them have never set foot in Israel. This poses
an obvious question: Why would Palestinian leaders who are
determined to create a Palestinian state want their people now
living in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan to
move to Israel instead of to their own new state?
There can be only one explanation: They want a Palestinian
state and they want to conquer the Jewish state. For surely, if
Israel, with a population of eight million—six million Jews and
two million Arabs—were to agree to such peace terms, it
would be tantamount to suicide. An influx of five million Arabs
would swamp Israel demographically, and it would instantly
cease to be a Jewish state.
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How, under the auspices of the UN Relief and Works Agency, can their numbers
have exploded from 650,000 in 1948 to more than five million today?
In 1948, some 650,000 Arabs fled from Israel during Israel’s war of independence against six invading Arab armies. The United
Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was then formed to provide humanitarian aid to those Arab refugees. Sixty-five years
later, UNRWA has grown into a huge, half-a-billion-dollar-a-year bureaucracy that claims a constituency of five million
Palestinian-Arab refugees. How has the number of Palestinian refugees grown so dramatically? Is UNRWA helping resettle the
refugees, or is it exacerbating the problem? Finally, why would the Palestinian Authority in negotiations for a Palestinian state
insist that these refugees be moved to Israel?
It’s clear that UNRWA is an organization that has outlived its usefulness. Rather than working to help stateless Palestinian-Arabs
assimilate into other societies, it encourages refugee camps. Rather than promoting Palestinian self-determination and self-
reliance, the agency is nurturing a new, rapidly growing welfare class. Rather than working to eliminate the problem of
Palestinian refugees, UNRWA has become a bloated bureaucracy whose goal seems to be its own perpetuation and the demise of
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millions of “fake” refugees
“return” to Israel—though 98%
of them have never set foot there.
Many people with multiple
sclerosis are treated with health
intolerance which is better known
as the Uhtoff’s Phenonmena.
With Uhtoff’s Phenonmena, a
person with MS may experience
a marked sensitivity to increased
body temperature.
Demyelinated fibers in the
central nervous system can be
very sensitive to even small ele-
vations of core body temperature
resulting in conduction delays or
even conduction block.
This sensitivity can be brought
out when the weather is very hot
or humid, sunbathing, exercise,
hot baths, emotion, fatigue, fever,
or any other factor associated
with an increase in body core
Any MS symptom can present
this way, and one of the most
common presentations is the
blurring of vision after physical
It is important to remember
that heat generally produces only
temporary worsening of symp-
toms and does not cause more
disease activity (demyelination
or damage to the nerves them-
selves). The symptoms are gener-
ally rapidly reversed when the
source of increased temperature
is removed.
People with MS who are plan-
ning to move to a very warm cli-
mate should try to visit first;
plans may have to be changed if
the weather seriously worsens
MS symptoms.
Because these symptoms dis-
appear with rest and cooling, they
can be confusing to health care
professionals unfamiliar with this
Heat-induced weakness pres-
ents safety concerns for people
with MS because the impact of
the weakness can be quick and
dramatic, and they may find
themselves too weak to extricate
themselves from the hot condi-
tions causing the problem.
Avoidance is the best defense,
and when unavoidable, minimum
exposure followed by cooling
strategies should be sought.
The best strategies for easing
the effects of heat is to stay in an
air-conditioned environment dur-
ing periods of extreme heat and
humidity. [If an air conditioner is
needed to help minimize the
symptoms of MS, the cost of this
equipment may be tax deductible
if the physician has written a pre-
scription for it.), use cooling
products (vests, neck wraps, ban-
danas, etc.) during exercise or
outdoor activity, or pre- and post-
cool, wear lightweight, loose,
“breathe-able” clothing, drink
icy drinks and eat popsicles, and
use air conditioners and fans.
MS corner
Gayva Baldwin
DTL Columnist
Heat and temperature sensitivity
students and was asked about
a variety of subjects like char-
acter development, names for
characters and how he came to
mention Oak Hill Academy and
West Point in the book.
“I think that when you read
about a place where you have
actually been, it creates a con-
nection with that place,” Cole
told the students. “I think it’s
more authentic.”
Cole, an avid outdoorsman
and hunter revealed that the
character Jake’s name was spe-
cial to him because Jake is a
term often used in turkey hunt-
Lauren Billington asked if
Cole had toned down the hunt-
ing lingo for readers who may
not be hunters.
“I don’t think so,” Cole
responded. “I wanted to make
that as genuine as possible for
hunters who are reading the
The book has been repub-
lished by Amazon in paper-
back, and it was added to
Kindle’s library where it rose to
No. 2 overall.
“The only book it could not
beat was a little book called
“The Hunger Games,”’ Cole
Today, “The Dummy Line”
receives an average of 4.3 stars
on Amazon’s reviews where
308 individuals have written
about the book.
The sequel, “Moon Under
Foot” has an average of 4.2
“Moon Under Foot” was
written by request of Cole’s
editors to tie up the loose ends
with the Jake Crosby character.
The second novel that Cole
had written before “Moon
Under Foot” is titled “Rented
Mule”, and it will be out this
Bryan Davis
Jessie Cole (left) who introduced her father Bobby Cole at Oak Hill Academy on Tuesday stands
with the author beside “The Dummy Line” his frst novel.
‘Cole’ continued from page 1
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Starkville, The local alumni
chapter of Phi Beta Sigma
Fraternity, Inc. has been mold-
ing six of the Golden Triangle’s
young men for the future. The
young men are participating in
the organizations Beautillion
Scholarship Pageant 2013.
Workshops are currently being
held to cover topics from finan-
cial responsibility to personal
health to college preparation.
The pageant will culminate the
workshops and fundraising
efforts on May 18th at Mary
Holmes College Auditorium at
Phi Beta Sigma is preparing
to celebrate 100 years of ser-
vice to the community; the fra-
ternity’s local alumni chapter
has been in the Golden Triangle
since the 1960’s comprised of
professional males ranging
from the 20’s to 70’s. If there
are any concerns, please con-
tact a representative by phone
at (601) 227-1283 or email at
Sigmas prepare young men for the future
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
direct teams of construction
workers, site managers need to
know how to do the work, too.
With that concept in mind,
building construction science
majors at Mississippi State are
getting hands-on experience by
renovating the interior of
Howell Engineering Building,
a two-story, 1940s-era brick
building. In addition to learning
theories of reliable decision
making and problem solving,
students are applying their
knowledge in an actual work
Assistant professor Tom
Leathem said MSU is one of
only two construction manage-
ment programs in the country
that offer a studio-based cur-
riculum conducive to providing
hands-on work experiences as
part of the classroom environ-
“It’s talked about in con-
struction education -- that the
field is plagued by a shortage
of a skilled labor workforce,”
he said. “When I started teach-
ing, I saw students didn’t know
the difficulties of the craft
because many of them have
never been exposed to con-
struction prior to entering the
The BCS program, part of
MSU’s College of Architecture,
Art and Design, moved into
Howell about two years ago.
Student interns have taken out
walls, added new ceilings and
put in flooring, among other
related tasks.
“We received funding from
the Mississippi State Board of
Contractors’ Construction
Education Fund, and it’ll pay
for the rest of the work we’re
planning on for the summer,”
Leathem said. “The funds help
us purchase materials and tools
and pay the student workers to
do the work.”
The project is part of an elec-
tive course Leathem will offer
during the summer term: Craft
of Construction.
“Students have to do all the
preparatory work before they
do the physical work; they have
to figure out how much time
and how much it’s going to
cost. Then, they are required to
apply the theory-based ideas
and compare the physical activ-
ity to what they were anticipat-
ing,” Leathem said. “It’s what
they’re going to have to do in
construction management
when they get into their
While Leathem is in charge
of scheduling and coordinating
the budget, he said the students
are responsible for completing
the work, including adding
concrete and masonry, updating
electrical and mechanical
equipment, and installing
woodwork and flooring.
“We want the students to
realize what they’re doing here
is implementing the master
plan, not putting a Band-Aid on
something,” he said. “This now
is our space that the public is
going to see, and it’s going to
be seen by a lot of people.
“This is something our stu-
dents can take pride in, and
when they graduate, they can
come back and show off.”
Leathem expressed apprecia-
tion to the state contractors’
board and its Construction
Education Fund for giving stu-
dents the opportunity to work.
Learn more about MSU’s
BCS program at http://www.
MSU building construction science majors learn by doing
Special to the Daily Times Leader
Mississippi State University junior Thomas Vinton, of Decatur, Ala., left, and senior Taylor Britt, of
Madison, are among building construction science majors completing renovations of Howell Hall.
The work is sponsored by the Mississippi State Board of Contractors’ Construction Education Fund.
Photo by: Beth Wynn
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) Secretary
Shaun Donovan today awarded
$675,495 in a second round of
grants to support three local
homeless housing and service
programs located in Hattiesburg
and Biloxi. Provided through
HUD’s Continuum of Care pro-
grams, funding announced
today will ensure these HUD-
assisted local homeless assis-
tance programs remain operat-
ing in the coming year. Last
March, HUD awarded addi-
tional support to hundreds of
other existing local programs
and will make a third round of
funding to support selected
new projects later this year.
View a complete list of all the
Mississippi homeless projects
awarded funding.
“We know these modest
investments in housing and
serving our homeless neighbors
not only saves money, but saves
lives,” said Donovan. “These
local programs are on the front
lines of the Obama
Administrations efforts to pre-
vent and end homelessness as
we know it once and for all.”
HUD’s Continuum of Care
grants are awarded competi-
tively to local projects to meet
the needs of their homeless
Obama administration pledges over
$600,000 to help homeless in Mississippi
See ‘Homeless’ page 8
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Thursday, May 9, 2013
DAR installs new ofcers
The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the NSDAR are pleased to announce their new officers for 2013-2014. The
Daughter’s of the American Revolution met Wednesday at noon at the home of retiring Regent Laney Wooten. New
officers pictured are, front row (from left) Registrar-Esther Pippin, Chaplain-Marguerite Breland, Parliamentarian-Mary
Dean Dill, back row (from left) Vice Regent- Lucille South and Regent-Gaynell Duke. Not pictured are, Treasurer-Patricia
Harris, Secretary-Brenda Edwards and Historian-Jeanette Unger. Submitted Photo
‘Investigate’ continued from page 1
Investigator for the West Point Police Department. Lee said
the victim in this incident came home Monday and discovered
that the residence had not only been burglarized of money but
several pairs of gym shoes and a Sony Playstation 3. The serial
number of the Playstation 3 is 0G834610420, and anyone who
comes across this device is urged to contact authorities.
Investigators believe the offender(s) gained entry into the home
through a bedroom window. Leads are currently being followed
in this case.
Another burglary under investigation by the WPPD occurred
either April 30 or May 1. The burglary occurred at the Bryan
Public Library, where staff arrived May 1 and realized that the
safe had been broken into, Lee said. Taken from the safe was a
large sum of money. The amount stolen from the safe is not being
disclosed at this time.
On April 30 a GED class was taking place, and the class ended
around 7:30 p.m. The library was then locked up around 8 p.m.
Investigators are still searching for information that could
assist in solving this case.
Lee said although the WPPD’s investigation team is currently
working several cases, they always have time to assist individu-
als who need law enforcement’s help with a matter. Anyone who
wishes to run a past crime or current crime in the Investigators’
Corner section of the newspaper can contact Lee at 494-1244.
Those who have new information on a past or present case is also
encouraged to contact the WPPD and speak with an investigator.
Residents of West Point who would like to implement a
Neighborhood Watch group in their area can contact the WPPD
and an investigator or officer will offer guidance in setting up the
group and conducting watches.
of activities for the young police offcer enthusiast.
“The West Point Junior Police Academy motivates young
people to be outstanding citizens through law enforcement
education,” McGee said. “An outgrowth of community
policing, this program transforms the traditional role of the
police offcer into one of a mentor and friend. Young people
will learn and understand what police offcers do and why
they do it.”
Applications to join the summer academy are now being
accepted and can be picked up at the WPPD. Cost of the
Junior Police Academy is $20, and the cost to purchase a JPA
t-shirt is $12.
In order to participate, youth ages 10 to 14 must have at
least a C average in school and must have never had any
criminal contact with law enforcement.
Applications are due by June 1.
For additional information, contact McGee at 494-1356.
Rasberry is married and has six children. He has served his
country as a United Air Force Veteran, he holds a Bachelor
of Science degree in Physical Education and Health, and a
Master of Education from Tuskegee University in the
Behaviorally Disordered and Emotionally Disturbed felds.
he received a PhD of Philosophy from Mississippi State
University in Elementary Education with a minor is Special
Education. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master
of Laws from John Marshall University.
He is president and CEO of Southern Atlantic Corporation,
a non-proft educational corporation that has served local
community for over 30 years in four states and Belize in
Central America. He is president and CEO of
Mississippi Magnolia Institute, Inc., a black think-tank. The
mission is to identify and address through intellectual pursuit
the most important issues that impact, depress and impede
the progressive development of the state and provide instruc-
tion to the public on subjects useful to individuals and ben-
efcial to the community. The institute has a publishing dept.
for new authors.
Rasberry is an active member of the West Point commu-
nity as Vice-President of West Point High School Parents,
Teachers, and Students Association, President of the Clay
County Unit of the NAACP and Director of Education for
the Living Manna Church of God in Christ.
Rasberry is also Chairman of the Prison Committee for
the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP.
‘Rasberry’ continued from page 1
‘Academy’ continued from page 1
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
JACKSON, , Wednesday,
May 8, 2013--- Another excit-
ing election season is in the
books! The votes are cast and
the party has come to an end.
But with every celebration,
comes the inevitable ‘clutter’
that we all try to avoid.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone
lent a helping hand to clean up
all of the signage that decorates
roadways in the wake of elec-
It has become a tradition
amongst Americans to take
time out of their normal lives to
promote their candidate of
choice and exercise a most
cherished right, the right to
vote. For months, campaign
managers invest a great deal of
effort and money strategizing
ways to promote their candi-
date and win the vote. It’s no
secret why campaign signs are
one of the most favored means
of representation- they are
highly visible and easy to pro-
duce. The problem is that long
after the polls are closed, signs
can be seen in numerous places
across the state; primarily along
medians and intersections.
While supporting a candidate
may come with good inten-
tions, it also poses a serious
litter problem to the state; a
problem that requires a little
effort and some good ole
‘elbow grease’ to resolve. The
Mississippi Department of
Transportation (MDOT) has
coordinated several volunteer
‘Trash Bash’ events throughout
the state to combat this grow-
ing issue. Trash Bash is a day-
long event where MDOT
employees donate their time to
fill hundreds of garbage bags
with litter collected from the
roadway in designated areas of
the state. However, these quar-
terly events only supplement
the numerous hours and
resources MDOT maintenance
crews devote to cleaning the
right-of-way of material that
could not only be hazardous to
mowers but to motorists in the
“Litter is a problem that costs
tax payers’ literally millions of
dollars every year,” said mem-
bers of the Mississippi
Transportation Commission in
a joint statement. “It’s a persis-
tent issue that will not go away
by simply throwing money at
it. We encourage citizens to
play a part in keeping their
community litter-free after an
election by forming volunteer
groups to retrieve campaign
signs.” The Commission fur-
ther stressed that the removal
of campaign signs significantly
improves the amount of land
crews can mow and reduces the
amount of overall repairs to
With construction and main-
tenance costs on the rise,
MDOT spends over $3 million
per year on litter recovery in
the state; money that could be
used on overlaying bumpy
roads and dangerous potholes
that hinder the daily commute.
Instead, the funding is used for
repairing damaged mowers and
staffing crews to clean the
The Post-Election Hangover
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
JACKSON - State Auditor
Stacey Pickering received the
Patriot Award from ESGR,
Employer Support Of The
Guard and Reserve, during a
press conference today where
he was joined by Governor Phil
Bryant. This award was pre-
sented to Auditor Pickering, a
Chaplain in the Mississippi Air
National Guard, for his support
of employees who are members
of the National Guard and
“It is an honor to receive the
Patriot Award for the second
time while serving as State
Auditor,” said State Auditor
Stacey Pickering. “I have and
will continue to value all men
and women in our armed forc-
es, and I encourage them to
serve our country knowing that
they have the full support of
this agency.”
Auditor Pickering was nomi-
nated for this award by Susan
Syverson, an Investigator with
the State Auditor’s Office who
serves in the Mississippi Air
National Guard 255th Air
Traffic Control Squadron.
Pickering received his first
Patriot Award in March 2009.
According to Jack Wallace,
Mississippi ESGR State Chair,
“The Patriot Award was created
by ESGR to publicly recognize
individuals who provide out-
standing patriotic support and
cooperation to their employees,
and who, like the citizen war-
riors before them, have
answered their nation’s call to
serve. Stacey Pickering was
nominated for being highly
supportive of the National
Guard by his Reserve
Component employee, Susan
Syverson. Supportive supervi-
sors are critical to maintaining
the strength and readiness of
the nation’s Guard and Reserve
ESGR is a Department of
Defense Operational
Committee established in 1972
to develop and maintain
employer support for Guard
and Reserve service. ESGR
advocates relevant initiatives,
recognizes outstanding sup-
port, increases awareness of
applicable laws, and resolves
conflict between service mem-
bers and employers. Paramount
to ESGR’s mission is encour-
aging the employment of
Guardsmen and Reservists who
bring integrity, global perspec-
tive and proven leadership to
the civilian workforce.
*In photo (left to right):
Governor Phil Bryant, Senior
Airman Susan Syverson (Air
National Guard), State Auditor
Stacey Pickering, ESGR State
Chairman Jack Wallace,
Captain David Alexander
(Army National Guard)
Pickering receives
second Patriot Award
Special to the Daily Times Leader
Pictured from left are Governor Phil Bryant, Senior Airman Susan Syverson (Air National Guard), State Auditor Stacey
Pickering, ESGR State Chairman Jack Wallace, Captain David Alexander (Army National Guard)
what drove me crazy — is
its vast variety. Although
there’s no shortage of boards
devoted to food, clothing,
gadgets and home decor,
there are also ones devoted to
obscure topics such as doors,
hockey goalies and the char-
acter Daryl from the TV show
“The Walking Dead.”
Some boards are very artis-
tic and personal, while others,
like mine, are more practical
than pretty. The possibilities
are endless, and so is the
potential for wasting time —
another reason I held off on
joining for so long. Basically,
whatever you’re obsessed
with, there’s something on
Pinterest for you.
For me, that’s food.
I have hundreds of food-
related sites bookmarked on
my work and home comput-
ers, plus my iPhone and my
iPad. They cover healthy rec-
ipes geared toward using up
ingredients from my weekly
farm share, tips for cooking a
filet mignon and lists of New
York restaurants with the best
ramen and pizza. Other peo-
ple have shared everything
from the most ornate wed-
ding cakes to those old-fash-
ioned casseroles held togeth-
er with canned soup.
Pinterest became a handy
way to organize all that. First,
I set up a Pinterest board sim-
ply titled “Recipes.” That
quickly spawned separate
boards for easy meals, des-
serts and New York City res-
taurants. Although they pale
in size so far to many of the
countless other recipe boards
out there, I find myself add-
ing a couple things every day
as I browse Twitter, Facebook
and, of course, other Pinterest
The activity feed, which
details who likes and repins
your pins along with other
information, is in the process
of moving to a drop-down
menu on the right-hand side,
clearing more space for the
pins and their often beautiful
photos. Its content is expand-
ing as well. Notifications go
back further in time than what
users previously saw.
Filtering boards and pins
by topic, such as “Art,”
‘’Food & Drink” and “Geek,”
is now easier, too. Instead of
one long list dropping down
from the middle of your page,
the categories fall from the
upper left in three shorter col-
umns. It’s a simple change
that makes the list less daunt-
ing to read through.
Meanwhile, all of the profile
and account settings have
been consolidated in a drop-
down menu on the right.
Pinterest has also boosted
its search capabilities, so that
when you start typing some-
thing in the search box locat-
ed in the upper-left corner of
the page, a list of suggested
words appears below it.
That’s helpful if you don’t
know exactly how to spell
What makes Pinterest dif-
ferent from other social media
services is that it’s not so
much about posting your
opinions or even letting your
friends know about what’s
going on in your life. Instead
of creating new content, it’s
about sharing and organizing
what’s already out there, pref-
erably content that’s attached
to cool photos.
You get a beautiful visual
experience and links to just
about everything online right
If that’s something you’re
interested in, you might want
to give the new and improved
version a shot. Just don’t
spend too much time at the
office looking at recipes for
1950s-style casseroles made
with cream-of-whatever
soup. It’s 2013, after all.
‘Pinterest’ continued from page 4
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
Coming into Wednesday’s
action in Ridgeland, head coach
Brian Middleton and his Oak
Hill Academy tennis team had
an opportunity to bring home a
boys’ and girls’ state title from
the Mississippi Association of
Independent School AA State
Tournament. Following a
morning sweep of the semi-
finals in the boys’ singles and
girls’ singles brackets, the Oak
Hill Netters looked primed to
take home the victory and a
championship trophy.
Anna Ready was the first
Lady Raider to hit the court in
her final matchup taking on
Lamar School’s Paige Gibson.
In a quick match where Ready
frustrated Gibson with her
skilled play, Wednesday after-
noon held promise as Ready
clinched the #1 girls’ singles
individual title with a 6-0 first
set and 6-1 second set scoring
big points for the Lady Raiders’
title aspirations.
Later in the afternoon, Jessi
Cole, after a marathon match in
the semis, took on Lamar’s #2
girls’ singles player, Anna
Arrington. In a rematch of last
year’s #2 girls’ singles final
which Arrington claimed in
2012, Cole broke out to an
early lead taking the first set in
a tiebreaker 7-6. Arrington
remained patient and took
advantage of Cole’s mistakes to
defeat Oak Hill’s #2 singles
player 6-2, 6-4 in the final two
sets of the match.
Cole’s loss to Arrington
spelled the end to any team title
hopes for the Lady Raiders in
the 2013 MAIS AA tournament
as the Lamar Lady Cardinals
had pulled too far ahead with
their girls’ doubles team win-
ning in their final.
On the boys’ side of the tour-
nament, the Raiders had two
opportunities to scores points
for the team totals for a state
championship in the boys’ sin-
gles finals.
John Willis Stevens fought
hard in the boys’ #2 final
against Brookhaven Academy’s
Myles Melancon but fell after
two sets of play. Melancon won
the first set 6-2 and clinched
the championship with a victo-
ry in the second set 6-1.
Meanwhile, senior Raider
David McElwaine faced the
two-time defending AA state
singles champion Will Hickman
of Brookhaven Academy.
McElwaine remained focused
and stuck with his game plan
throughout the contest, but
dropped the match to Hickman.
The Brookhaven Panther won
the two sets 6-2, 6-1 and sealed
a three-peat.
With both losses, the Raiders
fell out of contention to be the
top boys’ tennis team in the AA
With the completion of the
singles’ finals, Oak Hill’s
mixed doubles pairing of Kim
Kelly and John Wesley
Williamson defended their
2012 title.
As of press time, Kelly and
Williamson’s final match was
not complete and heading into
a tie breaking third set against
the Lamar mixed doubles’ pair-
ing of Olivia Mabry and Joseph
Daily Times Leader Thursday, May 9, 2013 • Page 7
OHA netters at state
Ready wins individual singles title, OHA team falls overall at state
Will Nations
John Willis Stevens readies to ace his opponent.
Will Nations
No. 1 Girls’ Singles State Champion Anna Ready returns a volley back to her opponent in a match
at the AA State Tournament.
Will Nations
David McElwaine talks with Oak Hill Tennis Coach Brian Middleton during a break in play at the AA
State Tournament in Ridgeland.
EMCC softball places
six on All-North
Division team
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
SCOOBA – East Mississippi
Community College placed a
state-most six players on this
year’s MACJC All-North
Division Softball Team, as
released this week after being
voted on by the division’s head
softball coaches.
Securing one of the four indi-
vidual player superlatives dele-
gated to MACJC North
Division standouts, EMCC
freshman catcher Abby Roberts
earned Best Defensive Player
(Golden Glove) honors. In
addition to ranking second
among all NJCAA Region 23
hitters with her .431 batting
average, Roberts also fielded at
a .981 clip during the season.
The former Clarkdale High
School product also compiled a
.602 slugging percentage and
.474 on-base percentage as a
collegiate rookie while leading
EMCC with 11 doubles and
tying for the club lead with 29
runs batted in.
EMCC also led the way
within the division with three
players being named to the
10-member first team, as Lady
Lion sophomores Haley Tutor
and Misty Richard were joined
by freshman first baseman/
pitcher Halie Green. Tutor,
from New Hope High School,
batted .375 as the team’s lead-
off hitter with a club-most 35
runs scored as well as 27 runs
driven in. Richard, out of West
Lauderdale High School, hit
.282 this past year and ranked
fourth on the team with eight
doubles. Hailing from
Lafayette, La., Green led
EMCC with five home runs
and 29 RBIs on the year while
also posting a 6-5 pitching
Two more Lady Lion sopho-
mores were selected to the all-
division second team in pitcher
Amelia LaVergne and outfield-
er Amber Spann. From Rayne,
La., LaVergne posted an 8-8
pitching record and 2.60 earned
run average on the year with 10
complete games in the circle.
Spann, another Clarkdale prod-
uct, hit .358 for the season with
26 RBIs and 24 runs scored.
Also receiving individual
division honors for this year’s
East Mississippi club were
freshmen Corey Dawkins
(Brooksville/Pickens Academy
[Ala.]), Taylor Hackney (Bayou
Academy) and Kendra Wilson
(South Lamar HS/Millport,
Ala.), who all garnered honor-
able mention recognition.
As a team under first-year
head softball coach Kyndall
White, the 2013 EMCC Lady
Lions were 24-19 overall and
finished as MACJC North
Division runners-up with a
17-7 division mark. EMCC
also extended its current streak
with a fifth consecutive appear-
ance in the MACJC State
Softball Tournament.
The other individual superla-
tives handed out to MACJC
North Division softball players
for this season went to Holmes
pitcher Kelsey Marter as Most
Valuable Player, Itawamba’s
Rebecca Sloan as Best Overall
Pitcher, and Andrea Cutts of
Northeast Mississippi as Best
Offensive Player. MACJC
North Division Coach of the
Year honors went to Andy Kirk
of the division champion ICC
Lady Indians.
Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Thursday, May 9, 2013
clients. The grants fund a
wide variety of programs from
street outreach and assessment
programs to transitional and
permanent housing for home-
less persons and families. HUD
funds are a critical part of the
Obama Administration’s strate-
gic plan to prevent and end
“This funding is critical to
Mississippi programs that are
on the front lines of helping
those who might otherwise be
living on our streets,” said Ed
Jennings, Jr., HUD Southeast
Regional Administrator. “The
evidence is clear that every dol-
lar we spend on those programs
that help find a stable home for
our homeless neighbors not
only saves money but quite lit-
erally saves lives. This invest-
ment is another installment in
this Administration’s effort to
meet the President’s historic
goal of ending homelessness.”
While the Fiscal Year 2012
funds awarded today are not
impacted by the automatic
across-the-board budget cuts
under sequestration that began
March 1st, Donovan cautioned
that future budget cuts may
reverse significant reported
declines in homelessness:
“During this challenging bud-
get climate, we must make cer-
tain that we don’t balance our
books on the backs of our most
vulnerable citizens. When we
make even modest investments
in these programs, we see a
measureable decline in home-
HUD’s Continuum of Care
grants announced today will
continue offering permanent
and transitional housing to
homeless persons as well as
services including job training,
health care, mental health
counseling, substance abuse
treatment and child care.
Continuum of Care grants are
awarded competitively to local
programs to meet the needs of
their homeless clients. These
grants fund a wide variety of
programs from street outreach
and assessment programs to
transitional and permanent
housing for homeless persons
and families.
In 2010, President Obama
and 19 federal agencies and
offices that form the U.S.
Interagency Council on
Homelessness (USICH)
launched the nation’s first com-
prehensive strategy to prevent
and end homelessness. Opening
Doors: Federal Strategic Plan
to Prevent and End
Homelessness puts the country
on a path to end veterans and
chronic homelessness by 2015
and to ending homelessness
among children, family, and
youth by 2020.
‘ Homeless’ continued from page 5
sitting here for nothing. If
they are let’s move forward. I
recommend that we put this
to rest and ask the Secretary
of State Offce’s to resolve the
issue in the next couple of
days. The Secretary of State
knows all the answers and
knows the election better
than anybody.”
Sylvester Harris, who sat
in for Pittman temporarily
during the fnal count pro-
cess, said it is the responsibil-
ity of the Municipal Election
Commission to certify the
votes that are already before
them. He said since all absen-
tee votes have been accepted
either by the Election
Commission or by their
Resolution Board, there is no
need for the commission to
go back and count any votes
“to fnd him or her two more
Harris said the Resolution
Board determined whether or
not voters live where they
claim they live and said
Dedeaux is asking the com-
mission to overrule the deci-
sion of the Resolution Board.
Members of the Election
Commission who were pres-
ent, Bettye Swift and
Darrellene Fulgham, took
time to decide what their next
step would be. They took the
advise of the Secretary of
State’s Offce and went back
Wednesday evening, review-
ing all the numbers. At press
time, the commission was
still in review.
In other wards and in the
mayoral race, the offcial
results with affdavit votes are
as follows:
Ward 1: Linda
Hannah, 426 votes, William
Young, 159 votes
Ward 2: William
Binder, 356 votes, Homer
Cannon, 249 votes
Ward 3: Jimmy
Clark, 386 voters, Charles
Collins, 237 votes, Ken
Poole, 222 – Runoff May 21
between Clark and Collins
Ward 4: A.C. House,
58 votes, Keith McBrayer,
973 votes
Mayoral: Darlene
Cox, 387 votes, Robbie
Robinson, 3565
‘ Votes’ continued from page 1
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