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Daily Times Leader
Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 Friday, April 12, 2013 50 cents
Inside Online
2: Community
4: Opinion
5: Lifestyles
7: Sports
8: Comics
9: Classifeds
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Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Sally Kate Winters Family Services is hosting
their annual Spring into Action 5K and Family
Fun Night, Saturday, April 13, in downtown West
Proceeds from the event will assist with the
daily programs offered by Sally Kate Winters
Family Services including Emergency Shelter
Services, Runaway and Homeless Youth Services
and Families First Resource Center Activities.
“April is national child abuse prevention month
and the purpose of our event is to bring a greater
awareness to our community that child abuse
prevention and intervention is not just a national
problem, but something that we all need to
become proactive about and take responsibility
for. Out Spring into Action 5K and Fun Run for
children is a positive upbeat family focused
opportunity for your community to take part and
A fghter and survivor
Mulkey is fve years cancer-free
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
Zoey Mulkey is just like any other 6 year-old
She likes the outdoors, and she loves video
games, thanks to her older siblings, Melinda,
Jeffery Jr. and Douglas.
Behind her beaming smile and her boundless
energy, there lies a fighter.
Mulkey had to learn to be a fighter from from
the time she was eight and half months old. It was
then that her mother, Christina and father Jeffery
Sr. noticed that she could not hold down her for-
Zoey’s parents took her to the doctor, but they
were told initially that “she had a viral infection.”
What the Mulkey family soon found out was
news no one ever wants to hear.
“She had a Chorid Plexus Papilloma,” Christina
Mulkey said on Tuesday afternoon while she
waited for Zoey to complete rehab at the North
Mississippi Medical Center-West Point Outpatient
Rehab facility. “I had to learn to memorize the
name for when we go up to St. Jude [Children’s
In layman’s terms, a Chorid Plexus Papilloma
amounted to a softball-sized tumor that was sit-
ting on Zoey’s brain three and half months prior
to her first birthday.
“She’s a fighter,” Mulkey said of her daughter.
“She’s very determined and strong-willed.”
Mulkey says that doctors were not expecting
Zoey to walk, but when they brought her to St.
Jude for a checkup at age 2, she walked in the
front doors.
It was at St. Jude where Zoey spent much of
her early childhood, undergoing surgery and con-
stant monitoring by doctors.
“They (St. Jude) helped us a lot,” Mulkey said.
“They helped our family, especially when we had
to go up and stay a month. They provided us with
Bryan Davis
With the help of physical therapist Brooke Pettit, Zoey Mulkey (right) has been able to learn how to
walk at the North Mississippi Medical Center’s Outpatient Therapy Clinic.
MDEQ awards Solid Waste Assistance Grant to Clay County
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
(Jackson, ) -- The Mississippi Department of
Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded
Clay County a solid waste assistance grant of
$11,658 that will be used by the county for
employment assistance for a local solid waste
enforcement officer.
“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a
variety of useful solid waste management activi-
ties for cities and counties, and this grant will
assist Clay County’s efforts in improving their
management of solid waste,” said Trudy D.
Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.
Cities and counties may apply for Solid Waste
Assistance Grants through the Mississippi
Department of Environmental Quality.
These grants are utilized by local communities
for programs to prevent and clean up unauthor-
ized dumps; to aid in hiring local solid waste
enforcement officers; for public education efforts
on solid waste disposal and recycling; and to
establish programs for the collection of white
goods, bulky wastes and recyclables.
Information about this grant program and other
initiatives is available at
Bryan Davis
The “Art Walk Burger” will be available for Saturday patrons at the
Twisted Burger in West Point.
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
There will be no shortage of food during
tomorrow’s Art Walk in the heart of West
There will not be food vendors like
there are at events such as the Prairie Arts
Festival, but there will be three of West
Point’s very own restaurants open for busi-
ness, and they are all three celebrating the
arts with our hometown folks and visitors.
Whether it is Cranberry Chicken Salad
from the Ritz, a homemade Chocolate Pie
from Main Street Market or the Twisted
Burger’s original “Art Walk Burger” there
is plenty to satisfy an apetite.
Carol Lummus, of Main Street Market
has a variety of homemade pies, cakes and
other foods available, and her place will be
open for lunch starting at 11 a.m.
“We’ll be serving everything on our
usual menu,” Lummus said on Wednesday.
“We’ll have our homemade chicken salad
plate and our BBQ plate. Those are always
crowd pleasers.”
Just a stone’s throw away, J.T. Hurst and
his crew at the Twisted Burger will be
serving up some of the finest specialty
items in the Golden Triangle.
Hurst is even celebrating the town’s first
art walk with a new and limited “Art Walk
It starts with a pretzel bun, followed by
two tomatoes, lettuce, smoked Gouda
Cheese, a Portabella mushroom, and don’t
forget the ¼ pound of meat slapped in
And then there’s Commerce Street’s
very own Ritz Cafe, which will be open
for a special lunch during the Art Walk.
The Ritz will feature paint artists as well
as musicians.
With this being the first of two festivals
that will take place on Commerce Street
this year, West Point is becoming known
for its good art, good music and good
Art Walk to feature some of West Point’s fnest foods
Project nearing completion
Deborah Mansfield stands atop a ladder by an East Main Street building where she is
completing a massive artistic undertaking that should be completed soon. Keep read-
ing the Daily Times Leader to see the project upon completion. Photo Courtesy of
Valeda Carmichael
SKW prepares for fourth-annual Spring
Into Action 5K and Family Fun Night
Submitted Photo
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month,and Sally
Kate Winters will be holding events all day Sat-
urday in recognition. See ‘SKW’ page 10
See ‘Mulkey’ page 10
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Friday, April 12, 2013
Mae Eunice Coleman
Mae Eunice Coleman age 79, passed away Friday, April 5,
2013, at her home in Hendersonville, Tenn.
Funeral services are Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. from
St. Paul United Methodist Church with Pastor Maggie Little offi-
ciating. Burial will follow in Lower Prairie Creek M.B. Church
Visitation is today, Friday, April 12, 2013, from 3 – 6 p.m. at
Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Church Calendar
All “Church Announcements” are published
as a 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
telephone. Announcements submitted
after noon will not be published for the
next day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email
• 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 morn-
ing of the deliveries.
Saturday April 13
• Men of Praise meeting
The Men of Praise Brotherhood
will meet at Gospel Temple Church
at 8 a.m. on April 11.
• Maximizing your marriage
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center Maximizing
Your Marriage Ministry will be
having their 1st seminar on April
13, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m. The guest
speakers will be Pastor Thomas and
Minister Linda Lane of Palestine
Church - Woodland, MS. The pub-
lic is invited.
• Marriage Seminar
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center Maximizing
Your Marriage Ministry will be
having their 1st seminar at 6 p.m.
The guest speakers will be Pastor
Thomas and Minister Linda Lane
of Palestine Church of Woodland.
The public is invited.
Sunday April 14
• Pastor Appreciation
Payne Chapel M.B. Church family
will honor their pastor and his wife,
Rev. and Mrs. Edward Dean with
an appreciation program in grati-
tude for 17 years of Godly service
at 3 p.m. Guest speaker, Rev. Billy
Rainey pastor of New Lebanon
M.B. Church of Tupelo, accompa-
nied by his choir and church fami-
ly. Everyone is invited to attend.
Sunday April 21
• Youth Praise and Worship
Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church is hav-
ing a Youth Praise and Worship
Service at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is
the Rev. Oneal Simmons of Darden
Chapel M.B. Church.
• Church Anniversary
Northside Christian Church will
celebrate its 116th Church
Anniversary at 3 p.m. A cordial
invitation is being extended- please
come and share in this celebration
with the Northside Church Family.
The dynamic speaker for this cele-
bration service will be the Rev. Lee
Brand, Pastor of the Bethel M. B.
Church, Starkville. Prior to the
hour of worship, there will be a 116
balloon release. Looking forward to
seeing you there. For more infor-
mation, please call 494-5210.
• Church Anniversary
Greenwood M.B. Church is cele-
brating their 188th Anniversary at 3
p.m. Guest speaker is the Rev.
Clyde Knox, associate pastor of
West Grove M.B. Church of
Houlka. Everyone is invited to
• Usher Appreciation
Fountain Head M.B. Church is hav-
ing its annual Usher Appreciation
Program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is
the Rev. Elbert Lee of St. Robertson
M.B. Church.
• Usher Appreciation
Yeates M.B. Church of West Point
will hold their Usher’s Appreciation
program on April 21, 2013. The
event is scheduled for 3 p.m. Pastor
L.T. Gathings encourages all ushers
to attend.
• Northside Christian Church
Northside Christian Church, locat-
ed at 155 Cottrell Street, West Point
will celebrate its 116th Church
Anniversary on Sunday, April 21,
2013 at 3:00 P. M. A cordial invita-
tion is being extended- please come
and share in this celebration with
the Northside Church Family. The
dynamic speaker for this celebra-
tion service will be the Rev. Lee
Brand, Pastor of the Bethel M. B.
Church, Starkville, MS. Prior to
the hour of worship, there will be a
116 balloon release. Looking for-
ward to seeing you there. For addi-
tional information, please call (662)
494-5210. The Rev. Orlando R.
Richmond, Sr., Pastor.
• Men and Women’s Day
Hopewell M.B. Church is having
their Men and Women’s Day
Program at 3 p.m. Guest speaker is
Rev. Darrick Whitfeld of Shady
Grove M.B. Church.
Monday April 22-24
• Revival
New St. Peter M.B. Church is hav-
ing Spring Revival at 7 p.m. Guest
speaker is the Rev. Kelly Martin of
Concord M.B. Church.
Saturday April 27
• Usher Appreciation
Union Star M.B. Church is having
its annual Usher Appreciation
Program at 3 p.m.
Sunday April 28
• Church Clean-up
Mt. Hermon M.B. Church will hold
its Church Clean-up event on April
27 in preparation for the church’s
145th anniversary.
• Night Sunday School
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship center will have
their annual Night Sunday School
at 6 p.m. The public is invited to
• Pastor’s Aide Program
Walker Grove M.B. Church is hav-
ing a Pastor’s Aide Program at 3
p.m. Guest speaker is Associate
Minister Gary Worldlaw.
Wednesday, May 1-3
• Usher Crusade
Upper Prairie Creek M.B. Church
is hosting an Usher Crusade each
night at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is the
Rev. Anthony Macintosh of Mt.
Bell M.B. Church of Louisville.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Friday, May 3-5
• Homecoming Celebration
On May 3, Mt. Hermon M.B.
Church will kick off its
Homecoming celebration with a
“Meet and Greet” in the Mt.
Hermon parking lot, weather per-
mitting (otherwise in the Mt.
Hermon fellowship hall). On May
4, at 8:30 a.m., there will be the
25th annual Prayer Breakfast. Later
that day, there will be the “Blue and
White Evening” in the fellowship
hall. The events will climax on
Sunday at 11 a.m., with worship.
Sunday, May 19
• Church Anniversary
The Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center will be cel-
ebrating their 11th Church
Anniversary on Sunday May 19,
2013 at 3:00 p.m. The guest speaker
will be Pastor Donald Wesley of
Mt. Pisgah Tibbee. The public is
All “Community Announcements” are
published as a 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 announce-
ments will be taken over the telephone.
Announcements submitted after noon
will not be published for the next day’s
paper. To submit announcements,
• 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 attend.
• 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
• 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
parents, siblings, grandparents and imme-
diate family members are welcome to
attend. For more information, call Michele
Rowe, director of Social Services at
NMMC-West Point, at (662) 495-2337.
• 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.
• 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-performance workforce.
These classes are sponsored by EMCC
Workforce Services. Please call Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647, to register for
free classes.
• 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 ben-
efit from this free delivery service, call
494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning of the
• 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.
c l a s s c r e a t o r . c o m/ We s t - P o i n t -
Mississippi-2003 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.
• 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, lyrical, tumbling, musical theatre
and voice. Semester will run for four
months and culminate with a Christmas
recital in December. For more informa-
tion, email or call (662)
• 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.
• Grief Support Group
Christ United Methodist Church is pro-
viding support for grieving families with a
Grief Support Group who will meet
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
• 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 department of East
MS Community College. Please contact
Cynthia McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 492-
8857 for additional information.
• C2C Info
Need work skills to get a job? EMCC
Workforce offers the Counseling 2 Career
program to assist in gaining work experi-
ence. C2C classes are available for resi-
dents 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 information.
• Animal shelter help
The West Point Clay County Animal shel-
ter needs foster families for several pup-
pies 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 transport. If you are interested,
please call the shelter at 524-4430.
• 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.
• 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 classes.
• Foster Parenting
Foster and Adoptive Parents are needed. If
you can give time, space, care and atten-
tion to foster children, maybe you can
qualify to be a foster parent. Caring fami-
lies in Clay Co. are needed who have the
interest and ability to be loving foster
parents. For more information call Karen
Ward at 494-8987.
• 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
• 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 mem-
bers 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
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
Proceed will go toward updating our secu-
rity on campus. Call 295-0461 or 574-
5959 for more information.
Thursday, April 4-25
• Childbirth Class
North Mississippi Medical Center-West
Point will offer a prepared childbirth class
for expectant parents from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursdays, April 4-25.
Instructors cover a wide variety of topics
including relaxation techniques, prenatal
care, labor and delivery, pain relief mea-
sures, breast-feeding and infant care. The
fee is $35.
To register or for more information, call
(662) 495-2292 or 1-800-THE DESK
Saturday, April 13
• Walk for Multiple Sclerosis
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
will be sponsoring the Walk MS event at
the Mississippi State University Research
Park in Starkville this Saturday, April 13
at 9 a.m. Those interested can sign up at or call 1-800-344-
• Family Fun Night
There will be lots going on in Downtown
West Point with the Sally Kate Winter’s
Family Fun Night. The Children’s Fun
Run will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the
SKW 5K Run at 5:30 p.m. In addition to
the runs there will be entertainment, food
and jumpers in the Sally Kate Winters
Memorial Park. To register for the race
and for general information you can call
662-494=4867 or go to www.sal-
• Downtown Art Walk
More that 50 artists and craftsmen will be
exhibiting and demonstrating their tech-
niques in Commerce St. businesses
throughout the day. Musicians will be
entertaining on the street, and businesses
and cafes will be running specials. This
free event is sponsored by the West Point/
Clay County Arts Council. For more
information contact 494-5678.
• HanaLena Concert
Nashville bluegrass musicians Hannah
and Caroline Melby will close out the Art
Walk with a concert at Center Stage at
7pm. Tickets for persons 18 or over are
$15. Those under 18 get in free when
accompanied by a ticket-holding adult,
and seniors aged 65 and up get in free.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or by
calling 494-5678. This event is sponsored
by the West Point/Clay County Arts
Monday, April 18
• Multiple Sclerosis Support Meeting
Those who are suffering from or have
been affected by Multiple Sclerosis are
invited to Baptist Memorial Hospital in
Columbus on April 18 for the MS support
group. It will be from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in
Conference Room 5.
• Proactive Parenting Workshop
Weems Consulting is offering a Proactive
Parenting Workshop from 5 – 7 p.m. at the
ICS Head Start Center. The topics will
cover the Common Core curriculum and
what will be expected of beginning stu-
dents. Make and take activities, educa-
tional materials and door prizes will be
given away Training provided by: weems
consulting (Sharon Weems) For more
information contact: The Offce of Special
Services Director, Yvonne B. Cox, Adm.
Asst. Amy Taylor 492-5867.
Sunday, April 21
• Columbus Choral Society Concert
“Sweet ‘n Sassy”, a free choral music
concert by the Columbus Choral Society
and sponsored by the West Point/Clay
County Arts Council, will begin at 3pm in
the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian
Church, with a reception to follow in the
fellowship hall. For more information
contact 494-5678.
Tuesday, April 23 & 25
• Pre K and Kindergarten Registration
Pre K registration will be April 23 from
3-6 p.m. at the Catherine Bryan campus.
Kindergarten registration will be April 25
from 3 - 6 p.m. at East Side Kindergarten.
Thursday, April 25
• Oak Hill Student Play
Students at Oak Hill Academy will per-
form the play “Nana’s Naughtly Knickers”
by Katherine DiSavion Thursday, April
25th and Friday, April 26th at 7 pm in the
school gym. Admission is Adults $8 and
Students $5.
• Dad’s Event
Dads are invited to come to the West Point
High School North Gymnasium on April
25 for Excel by 5’s Dad’s Event.
The purpose of this event is to provide an
opportunity for Dads of all ages of the
West Point community to come together
for fellowship and focus:
-If they are a teen dad they can get support
from the WP School District and Excel by
5 to stay in school and graduate in order to
be a stable and supportive dad for their
-To provide Dad Parenting Tips that
encourage and support them to be the best
Dad they can be
The keynote speaker will be Mario Willis,
Principal of West Point High School
Fellowship time will include a “Dunking
Dads” B-Ball Classic 4 on 4, door prizes,
and concession stand
Friday, April 26
• Friday Night Jams
Hosted by the West Point/Clay County
Arts Council, the Friday Night Jam ses-
sion will be from 7-9:30pm at the Parks
and Recreation Building in Marshall Park.
This is a free, family-friendly event,
where no smoking or alcohol is allowed,
but people are welcome to bring refresh-
ments to share. For more information
contact 494-5678.
Sunday, April 28
• Music in the Park
“Our Children’s Voices” will feature the
Dynasty performance group from West
Point High School and the Raider Rhythm
from Oak Hill Academy . Sponsored by
the West Point/Clay County Arts Council,
this free event will begin at 3pm. For more
information contact 494-5678.
• Night Sunday School
The Church House of Refuge Family
Worship center will have their annual
Night Sunday School April 28, 2013 at
6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Friday, May 10-11
• 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
continue through until about midnight.
For more information, visit RelayForLife.
Community Calendar
Daily Times Leader Friday, April 12, 2013 • Page 3
Why God got mad
A message from Genesis 6:5-7
There is an old saying; “GOD don’t like
ugly!” When I first heard this phrase I grossly
misinterpreted the meaning of it. I took it to
mean that GOD doesn’t like people who are not
attractive. But I came to realize that I had it all
wrong. If it GOD favored people based on their
physical appearance then our lives really
wouldn’t be worth much in the
eyes of GOD.
So now I understand that
what the old folks were saying
when they said “GOD doesn’t
like ugly” has nothing to do with
how people look. It’s all about
how people act. GOD is not
concerned with how fine or
handsome you are. Man can
only look at the outer appear-
ance but GOD looks on the
GOD’s creation was a master
piece of design. It was the cen-
terpiece of the universe and it
was coordinated by the master creator but some-
how the train still ran off the track. There was
nothing wrong with GOD’s plan. What went
wrong was the one he put in the plan…us.
When GOD created the heavens and the earth
all thing were set in order and all things operated
in their order
When GOD set up the garden there was no
problem with the plants. When GOD created
the fowls of the air, the fishes of the sea and the
beast of the field all was well. The birds flew,
the fishes swam and the beast crept upon the
earth. There was no problem. But as soon as
GOD put man in the garden there was a prob-
lem. The problems continued and worsened
until GOD patience was finally challenged in
the 5th chapter of Genesis.
GOD saw the wickedness of mankind. GOD
sees everything. In his infinite wisdom he
knows what we do and what have done. The
greatest lesson of the bible is that there is a great
book wherein is recorded all the deeds we have
GOD saw that the world was in a mess. He
saw that his master creation was terribly dys-
functional. Jesus gave us a good idea what to
look for when the world falls in a state of hope-
less dysfunction.
He said ye shall hear of wars and rumors of
wars. Nation shall rise against nation, kingdom
against kingdom and there shall
be famines, and pestilences, and
earthquakes. And then shall
many be offended, and shall
betray one another, and shall
hate one another.
And many false prophets
shall rise, and shall deceive
many. And because iniquity
shall abound, the love of many
shall wax cold. To me this
sounds a lot like the days we are
living in right now. It appears
that the world is on the brink of
war every day. Doctors are
constantly discovering new dis-
eases and earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis
are becoming more and more common. I am
just afraid that the same thing that GOD saw
then I am seeing now. He said the thoughts of
man were only evil.
GOD saw wickedness and he saw violence.
What a terrible combination. These two ele-
ments are bad enough by themselves but to have
them both at the same time is just awful. By
comparison let’s examine Sodom and Gomorrah.
These were plagued by wickedness alone (not
violence) and GOD destroyed the city. But in
this text we see both and GOD is not happy.
How can a GOD that is unfailing and perfect
ever create something that goes wrong. The
only reason it happened this way was because
GOD allowed man to be a creature of free will.
All the other animals were programmed to
behave a certain way and cannot deviate from
that behavior.
A dog must bark, a cat must meow and a cow
must moo. That’s how GOD programmed them
and as long as do that GOD will be glorified.
But the man is different. It has been given the
gift of choice. He can glorify GOD in countless
ways; if he chooses to do so. But man has no
business barking. GOD already has a creature
for that. Man doesn’t need to say oink or swing
from the trees. He can be more creative than
that in his praise.
As creatures of free will we really ought to be
praising GOD instead of disrespecting GOD by
making a mockery of his creation. That’s what
was going on in this text. That family of crea-
ture that was supposed to be the showcase of
creation has ruined everything. According to the
text everything on the earth was corrupted
because of the man. Isn’t it interesting how one
apple can indeed spoil the whole bunch?
The bible said it repented the Lord that he had
made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his
heart. GOD was sad he decided to make man as
part of his magnificent creation.
He said, “I will destroy man whom I have
created from the face of the earth; both man, and
beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of
the air; for it repenteth me that I have made
them.” One of the things I never hope to hear is
that GOD is sorry he ever made me. I don’t
know about you but I want to hear good stuff
when I stand before the Lord. I don’t want to
hear him say depart from me for I never knew
GOD is our last and only hope. When we
have exhausted all other means of support, pro-
tection and provisions we ought to have the
wherewithal to rely on the power of GOD.
That’s why the Psalmist said, “I will lift up my
eyes until the hells from whence cometh my
help. All my help comes from the Lord.” That’s
why he said the Lord is my light and my salva-
tion, whom shall I fear?
That why he said, “The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want.” That‘s why he said, “Fret not
thyself because of evil doers for they shall soon
be cut down like the grass and wither like the
green grass.” That’s why he said, “I have never
seen the righteous forsaken not his seed begging
for bread.”
Tim Brinkley
Mosley: What’s on your mind?
Romans 12:2. Do not conform any longer to
the pattern of this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind. Then you will be
able to test and approve what God’s will is- his
good, pleasing and perfect will.
God’s challenge to us is for us to face the
world and all it has to offer in the freedom of the
spirit. Oh, what a ministry to be a living testi-
mony of walking in the will of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
I am the righteous of God. I am the lender
and not the borrower. I am the head and not the
tail. I am more than a conqueror in the name of
Jesus. I will succeed and not fail. I will not fall
to the deceit of the evil one. I will be victorious
in the power of God. I will continue to press
forward; toward the prize that Jesus has set
before me. I will experience fullness of health
and not dwell on sickness and pain. I will expe-
rience prosperity and abundance of life even if
it doesn’t look like it right now. I will rejoice
for I declare…I have made up my mind to
believe what God says about who he is and who
I am in him.
As I journey, I can speak peace to chaos. I
can speak success and not regret. I can begin
each day with a heart of expectancy because…I
believe 2 things…I have had a mind change and
whatever I think then that is what I am.
These two things go hand in hand. I must
have a mind change. I must operate on that
which has been promised to me and on that
which I know to be true. God is God. I no
longer think on the negative and misguided
options of this world because they are in direct
conflict with the word of God. The world’s
view and way of thinking creates doubt, fear
and chaos. It can stop the most committed
person in his tracks. Just let the enemy attack
him where it hurts most: his finances, his health,
his security. Crumble. Crumble. Crumble.
Man quickly enters a mode of defeat. “I’ll
never be able to do this or I’ll
never be able to have that. I’ve
won’t ever be able to do better, I
might as well give up.” Well,
one thing for sure, you keep
speaking it, and then you will
speak yourself right out of what
God has for you. Began to think
on those things that God says he
has for you. All of the above is
distraction, drama, and a lie
from the enemy that is designed
to do exactly what it’s doing,
“keeping you low in spirit,
health, and belief.” I would
rather think I can have everything in God than
be convinced that I will never have anything.
“Oh Lord, I got all these aches and pains.
My leg hurt, my back hurt, my shoulder sore,
my hands stiff, my…my…my. Consider 2
Corinthians 12: 7-9. As you should know, Paul
was zealous for the Lord. To keep Paul from
becoming too prideful and boastful of himself
God allowed Satan to attack him. He was left
with a thorn in his flesh, a point of discomfort
and pain. The thorn was meant (by Satan) to
torment Paul, to take his mind off of the Lord,
to distract his ministry. Paul asked God three
times to remove the pain, the thorn, the thing
that he did not like…but God’s answer to Paul
was, “no, I will not move the thorn but I will
give you my grace…for my grace is sufficient
for you, for my power is made perfect in weak-
ness.” We must know that Satan will do all he
can to take our mind off our faith, off the word
of God. God will allow these attacks to come
and stay with us so that he can do a work in us.
Know that through it all God’s grace is suffi-
cient. It can carry you through any valley, any
midnight hour. You must change the way you
think about those things that are going on
around you.
On this journey, it is not
always what you see, that will
set you free. It is often that
which cannot be seen that will
keep you in line with the word
of God. God allows us to go
through things to shape us, to
make us and he will give us the
strength to make it through;
but our minds must be set on
him. God comes to us with
more than enough.
Our duty is to take our eyes
off of our discomfort and
worldly thoughts and place
them on the strength, the ability, of our Father in
heaven. When you question if you are going to
be able to make it…don’t look to the left or to
the right…look to the cross! Victory over any
attack on your mind, your thinking, your body,
your doubts, your fears, was won on the cross.
No doubt, the world has its challenges; but God
has greater opportunities. He offers joy, peace,
rest, security, protection from all our cares. We
must think of him as our everything. We must
know the word of God and believe all it says.
We must walk in the spirit so that we can expe-
rience a change of mind. With our mind
change, we walk in victory in Jesus Christ.
When we think as God thinks then Satan cannot
get access to our life. As we think on the things
of God: our behavior, our life changes. We
must know that our change comes from the
inside out. We must have a thought change
before we are able to change. In all this, as you
journey, if you are frustrated or discouraged,
you are not content, you do not feel victorious,
know that God’s Grace Is Sufficient. Allow
God to take your bad thoughts captive and cast
them far, far, far away from you. When you are
weak…He is strong. You think? Be blessed in
the Lord.
Gavis Mosley
Yarber: Standing on His promises
Her heart was
breaking! She had
lost the love of her
life – her husband
of many years.
What would she
do? They had
been a team for so
long – had done
everything togeth-
er. Her weakness-
es had been his
strengths and his
weaknesses had
been her strengths
– together they really were one –
complete. But now instead of
walking beside her, he had gone
on ahead of her. She was alone!
But was she? No! She still had
with her the One Who had prom-
ised never to leave her – never
forsake her, and He had never
broken His Word!
In all of history,
His Word had
stood, being
“established in
the heavens.”
Yes, He was still
with her, walking
with her now
through this “val-
ley of the shadow
of death.” She
would not be
alone – He had
promised to be a
husband to the widow (Isaiah
54:5). She would grieve, surely,
but He would give her comfort.
“Blessed are those who mourn for
they shall be comforted.” He,
Himself, was “a man of sorrows
and acquainted with grief”
(Hebrews 53:3).
Just as He had helped them in
the past, He would continue to
help her. He was the same today
as He was yesterday and would
be forever (Hebrews 3:18). She
could go to bed at night without
fear just like the psalmist (Psalm
4:8), “I will both lie down in
peace, and sleep; for You alone, O
LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
In the lean years when they had
remained faithful in their service
to Him, He had remained faithful
in His promise: “Don’t worry
about what you will eat or drink…
but seek first the Kingdom of God
and His righteousness and all
these things shall be added to
you” (Matthew 7:31-33). When
sickness came, they trusted Him
as their Healer. They had read
Deuteronomy 32:39, “Now see
that I, even I, am He, and there is
no God besides Me; I kill and I
make alive; I wound and I heal…”
Sometimes He had chosen to
work through doctors and medi-
cines to heal; at other times He
had just miraculously brought
wholeness to both body and mind.
My mother is still standing on
His promises! She has been a
widow for forty years and can say
with David, “I have been young,
and now I am old; yet I have not
seen the righteous forsaken, nor
his descendants begging bread”
(Psalm 37:25).
How wonderful God is! All the
promises that have sustained my
mother all these years are also
promises given to me – and to
you! “For all the promises of
God in Him are Yes, and in Him
Amen, to the glory of God
through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Gwen Yarber
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Federal
Reserve policymakers want to continue extraordi-
nary bond purchases to help boost the U.S. economy
at least through the middle of the year, according to
minutes from the Fed’s last meeting released
But many members indicated they want to slow
and eventually end the program before the end of the
year, as long as the job market and economy show
sustained improvement. The Fed’s purchases of
about $85 billion a month in Treasury and mortgage
bonds are intended to lower long-term interest rates
and encourage more borrowing and spending.
The minutes of the Fed’s March 19-20 meeting
were released at 9 a.m. EDT — five hours earlier
than planned — after the Fed said it inadvertently
sent them a day earlier to congressional staffers and
lobbyists. The more than 100 recipients also includ-
ed employees at JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs
Group, Wells Fargo and other large banks , accord-
ing to a list of email addresses released later in the
day by the Fed.
“One gets the sense that many Fed policymakers
are anxious to start paring back the size of the ...
purchases as soon as the data allow,” Dana Saporta,
an economist at Credit Suisse, said in a note to cli-
Still, a weak employment report released Friday is
likely to make policymakers even more supportive
of keeping the measures in place for the foreseeable
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Dear Editor,
The time has come—West Point’s first “Art Walk” will explode
onto Commerce Street tomorrow from 10:00 until 3:00. This
event has the potential to bring hundreds, if not thousands of “art
lovers” to our community for a day of shopping, eating, and just
plain having a good time enjoying the hospitality of our town—
and to greatly increase our local revenue as shoppers pour dollars
into our city. The businesses on Commerce Street will be filled
with beautiful art provided by 55 premier artists including jewelry
making, paintings of oil/acrylic/watercolor, pottery, basketry, pho-
tography, sculpture, textile weaving, glassmaking, woodcarvings
and more.
As you stroll from business to business, enjoying the artists and
the local stores, please join our arts council for a glass of lemonade
and listen to great music provided by some of West Point’s best
musicians: Hannah Garbutt, Tim “Mookie” Wilson, Joe Jordan
and Layna Shackelford. Then be sure to enjoy your lunch in town
because The Ritz, Main Street Market and The Twisted Burger are
preparing something special for the day—so come with an appe-
And remember, as the Art Walk begins to wind down, the Sally
Kate Winters 5K Fun Run will be gearing up with activities in the
SKW Park…..and then of course at 7:00 pm, HanaLena will hit the
stage at Central School’s Center Stage with a musical explosion as
they present two hours of power-packed music.
So as you can see, tomorrow will be a big day in West Point,
and as president of the West Point/Clay County Arts Council, it is
my pleasure to invite all of you to attend and have a fun time on
behalf of our council, as we have all worked so hard to make this
event a roaring success. We want to say a big “thank you” to
everyone involved in this immense endeavor…..together, we are
making West Point a better place for all of us to live………See
you tomorrow!
Monte Brasfield, President
West Point/Clay County Arts Council
When a gunman killed 26 children and
staff at a Connecticut grade school,
Missouri state Rep. Mike Kelley quick-
ly proposed legislation that would
allow trained teachers to carry hidden
guns into the classroom as a “line of
defense” against attackers.
Similar bills soon proliferated in
Republican-led states as the National
Rifle Association called for armed offi-
cers in every American school.
Yet less than four months later, the
quest to put guns in schools has stalled
in many traditionally gun-friendly
states after encountering opposition
from educators, reluctance from some
governors and ambivalence from legis-
lative leaders more focused on eco-
nomic initiatives.
The loss of momentum highlights
how difficult it can be to advance any
gun legislation, whether to adopt great-
er restrictions or expand the rights to
carry weapons.
Since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy
Hook Elementary School in Newtown,
Conn., legislators in at least four states
— Connecticut, Colorado, Maryland
and New York — have passed signifi-
cant gun-control measures. The
Newtown attack came less than five
months after a gunman killed 12 people
and injured 70 at a Colorado movie
So far, South Dakota is the only state
to respond with a new law allowing
school personnel to carry guns into
elementary and high schools. Similar
legislation is awaiting the governor’s
signature in Kansas. And Arkansas has
enacted a new law allowing colleges to
let staff with concealed gun permits
bring their weapons on campus.
But Kelley has shelved legislation
that would have let Missouri school
staff carry firearms if they have con-
cealed gun permits. His legislation
never received a public hearing even
though he is a House majority whip
responsible for rallying Republican
support for bills.
Kelley, an NRA member, tried to cast
the bill’s demise in a positive light.
“It’s done the No. 1 thing that I
wanted, and that’s to bring awareness to
schools about some of their safety
issues,” he said.
House Speaker Tim Jones vowed this
past week that Missouri’s Republican
supermajorities would still pass some
sort of pro-gun measure this year. But
it’s unlikely to involve arming teachers.
In Oklahoma, where pro-firearms
measures usually get a warm reception
from lawmakers, gun-rights advocates
faced an uphill battle against educators
opposed to any effort to allow guns in
schools. A bill letting schools develop
policies for arming trained employees
died in the Senate Education Committee.
“As a rule, it’s very difficult to find
educators and administrators that sup-
port the idea of putting arms in the
schools, for whatever reason,” said
Rep. Steve Martin, chairman of the
Oklahoma House Public Safety
After opposition from education
groups, the North Dakota Senate
defeated a bill last month that would
have let people with permits bring their
weapons into schools. And the New
Hampshire House rejected legislation
that would have let local school dis-
tricts seek voter approval for their per-
sonnel to carry guns.
“The chances an armed teacher will
hit a child are high,” Dean Michener, of
the New Hampshire School Boards
Association, told lawmakers earlier this
When NRA Executive Vice President
Wayne LaPierre called for armed
school officers, he warned that gun-free
schools “tell every insane killer in
America that schools are their safest
place to inflict maximum mayhem with
minimum risk.” His message carried
extra heft, because many lawmakers in
the more than two dozen Republican-
controlled states are NRA members.
The NRA did not respond to request for
comment about the state response to its
In some states, Republican governors
have put the damper on legislative
efforts to place guns in schools.
Just days after the Newtown shoot-
ing, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed
legislation letting concealed weapon
permit holders — including teachers
— carry guns in schools, because there
was no provision for local school dis-
tricts to opt out.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence raised con-
cerns this past week about a bill requir-
ing an armed “school protection offi-
cer” onsite during school hours.
“Decisions that are nearest and dear-
est to our hearts ought to be made by
parents and local school officials,”
Pence told reporters.
Some states such Texas and Utah
already allow teachers and administra-
tors to bring guns to school, though the
practice is not common. Just three
Texas school boards have granted per-
mission for concealed guns, said state
Sen. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican
who is sponsoring legislation to train
armed teachers for classroom gun-
In Minnesota, where the gun debate
is on hold at the Capitol, the small town
of Jordan recently decided to place sat-
ellite police offices in its public schools.
The intent was that the mere presence
of police would deter any would-be
Some ardent guns-rights supporters
remain hopeful that stalled legislation
still can pass this year.
Texas Rep. Dan Flynn, a Republican
co-author of a bill allowing guns on
college campuses, said opposition from
public universities and big cities has so
far kept the measure from coming to a
vote. But the Legislature doesn’t
adjourn until Memorial Day.
“This is still Texas,” Flynn said.
“And in Texas, the Second Amendment
is right up there with mother, God and
apple pie.”
Associated Press writers Tom Davies
in Indianapolis; David Eggert in
Lansing, Mich.; Sean Murphy in
Oklahoma City; and James Vertuno in
Austin contributed to this report.
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Even pro-gun states having trouble arming teachers
Minutes show FED support of stimulus through mid-year
Medicaid expansion focused on DSH funding
Mississippi faces both
short-term and long-term
decisions on the state
Medicaid program and
those decisions are begin-
ning to be focused more
intently on what the real
debate has been about all
along whether Mississippi
hospitals can deal with the
problem of uncompensat-
ed care while state govern-
ment resists a quick expan-
sion of the Medicaid pro-
gram through the
Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
First, the Mississippi Legislature has
yet to deal with legislation authorizing
the state s existing Medicaid for the fis-
cal year that begins July 1. That s the
short-term challenge. Second,
Mississippi faces a broader question
about whether or not to expand the
Medicaid program through
the Affordable Care Act a
move that Republicans say
would increase the state s
portion of the program to
fiscally untenable levels
and Democrats say would
both exponentially expand
health care and be an eco-
nomic boon to the state.
Separating truth from
fiction in this highly-polit-
icized environment is dif-
ficult at best. There s no
question that Medicaid
expansion would provide more public
health care in a state in which one-in-
five is already on Medicaid and another
one-in-five are uninsured. But at what
cost to the taxpayers?
A Mississippi Institutions of Higher
Learning economic brief by economist
Bob Neal found these facts about
Medicaid expansion: “Medicaid expan-
sion will generate additional state
Medicaid costs in years 2017-2025.
From 2014-2020, cumulative state costs
of Medicaid expansion, minus additions
to state General Fund revenue, are pro-
jected to range from $109 million to $98
million. From 2014-2025, total state
costs of Medicaid expansion, minus
additions to state General Fund revenue,
are projected to range from $556 mil-
lion to $497 million.
In Mississippi, the primary bone of
contention as legislators continue to
sort through the mountain of competing
data either favoring or opposing
Medicaid expansion is the
Disproportionate Share Hospitals
(DSH). The Medicaid DSH program
provides funding allotments to states to
subsidize certain hospitals for the unre-
imbursed costs they incur treating unin-
Sid Salter
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CCS recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month
Special to the
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Drinking too much alcohol increases
the risk of health-related problems like
injuries, violence, liver disease, and
some types of cancer. This April dur-
ing Alcohol Awareness Month,
Community Counseling Services and
The Pines & Cady Hill Recovery
Center encourage you to take time to
educate yourself and your loved ones
about the dangers of drinking too
In Mississippi alone, there have
been 1,109 drunk driving related
deaths within the past 5 years. To
spread the word and prevent alcohol
abuse, Community Counseling
Services and The Pines & Cady Hill
Recovery Center is joining other orga-
nizations across the country to honor
Alcohol Awareness Month and prevent
alcohol abuse in our community.
If you are drinking too much, you
can improve your health by cutting
back or quitting. Here are some strate-
gies to help you cut back or stop drink-
• Limit your drinking to no more
than 1 drink a day for women and no
more than 2 drinks a day for men.
• Keep track of how much you drink.
• Don’t drink when you are upset.
• Avoid places where people drink
too much.
• Make a list of reasons not to drink.
• If you are concerned about some-
one else’s drinking, offer to help.
• Visit to take the
MAST Alcohol Screening Test for
Community Counseling Services is
a comprehensive community mental
health center providing quality mental
health treatment through diversified
services. The Pines & Cady Hill
Recovery Center is an Alcohol and
Drug Treatment facility set in the heart
of historic downtown Columbus,
Mississippi. Founded in 1976, The
Pines & Cady Hill has established a
reputation in the Southeastern United
States as a premier inpatient care pro-
vider. Our innovative methods and
individualized approach of treating co-
occurring addiction and mental health
disorders continue to lead hundreds of
men and women to sobriety each year.
The Clinical Team believes in a treat-
ment approach grounded in the 12 Step
Model and other nationally recognized
evidenced based practices. For more
information, call (662) 327-7916 or
Submitted Photos
Christie Duboise will present her artwork at The Bink on tomorrow during West Point’s first Art Walk. Above is Duboise to the left, and to the right is a sampling of her artistic talents.
MSU faculty, Ohio singer
give collaborative recital
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
S T A R K V I L L E ,
--Internationally recognized
singer and composer Dawn
Sonntag will be featured
Thursday [April 11] in a collab-
orative recital with Mississippi
State faculty members.
Free to all, the university pro-
gram begins at 7:30 p.m. in the
Robert and Freda Harrison
Auditorium of Giles Hall.
Sonntag, an assistant profes-
sor of music at Hiram (Ohio)
College, will be performing
selections by Schubert, Sibelius,
Mozart, Rossini and Crumb, as
well as original commissioned
song-settings drawn from the
poetry of Walt Whitman and
Sara Teasdale.
Tara Warfield, MSU music
department voice area coordina-
tor, will join Sonntag in operatic
duets from Mozart, Mendelssohn
and Rossini. Linda Elliott, a
member of the department’s
horn faculty, will perform with
Sonntag on Franz Lachner’s
Karen Murphy, departmental
coordinator of collaborative
piano, will provide piano accom-
paniment, while Nancy D.
Hargrove, Distinguished Giles
Professor Emerita of English,
will speak about Walt Whitman
as an introduction to Sonntag’s
song-setting of “Come Up from
the Fields, Father.”
Sonntag has performed opera,
oratorio and art song repertoires
on stages across the U.S., as
well as in France, Germany and
Norway. She also has appeared
with the Florentine Opera of
Milwaukee, Wis. and Chamizal
National Theater of El Paso,
Texas, among other venues.
As a soloist, she has been fea-
tured with numerous chamber
and community choirs in the
U.S. and Germany.
Her commissions have includ-
ed works for the 2008
International Leif Eriksson
Festival and Luther Seminary’s
“All God’s People Sing” 25th
Anniversary Reformation
Festival; settings of poetry by
Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell;
and music for the PBS docu-
mentary film, “Voice to Vision.”
Her choral works have been
performed by choirs at the Ohio
State University and Augsburg
and Hiram colleges, Oslo
University, and the University of
Minnesota, among others.
For more information on the
event, contact Murphy at kmur-
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Fostering an environment
of innovation and creativity
and inspiring students to be
successful in a fast-paced and
changing world are goals that
Mississippi State President
Mark E. Keenum said are in
line with the university’s
During the “Investing in
Innovation” conference, also
known as I3 Day, Friday
[April 5], Keenum said nur-
turing an entrepreneurial cul-
ture will help educate and
train people to be successful
in taking on global challeng-
es, including one that is of
special focus under Keenum’s
leadership — innovative
agricultural solutions to help
feed the growing global pop-
ulation. Keenum noted that
an additional two billion peo-
ple will be added to the glob-
al dinner table by the year
“To inspire and motivate
students to go off into the
world and do great things
— that’s what we’re about
at Mississippi State,” Keenum
The conference centered
around the theme “Inventing
Solutions,” and an intellectual
property showcase demon-
strated that a true variety of
ventures, from medical and
pharmaceutical solutions to
social media applications, are
addressing a diverse assort-
ment of demands.
Keynote speaker at the inno-
vation luncheon Thad
McNulty, an angel investor
and entrepreneur, emphasized
that the basics of supply and
demand should never be over-
looked as the fundamental
keys to success in any busi-
McNulty, who received a
bachelor’s degree in econom-
ics from Harvard University
and an M.B.A. from Stanford
University, worked as a
research analyst and general
partner at Water Street Capital
before starting a hedge fund
that compounded at 20 percent
net per year for 12 years.
McNulty shared stories of
investments in new ventures
and his perspective on the
right ingredients for success.
“There’s no substitute for
good people,” he said, adding
that just as important as hiring
good people is keeping them.
He also observed that the
best companies in the world
tend to be fanatics about cus-
tomer service. “There’s noth-
ing like a word-of-mouth
referral,” he noted, also add-
ing, “The best salesman is a
satisfied customer.”
Throughout the preceding
Entrepreneurship Week, MSU
students competed in business
plan competitions, with cash
awards totaling more than
$50,000. Dean of Business
Sharon Oswald said the week
demonstrated the university’s
incredible entrepreneurial cul-
“We have students with
innovative ideas and faculty
willing to help them take these
ideas to the next level. This
week has given students the
opportunity to pitch their ideas
to a host of individuals who
can serve as mentors in life,”
Oswald said. “It gave them
good practice and good feed-
Oswald said MSU’s College
of Business can compete with
any school in the country.
“Our students are not afraid
of any challenge and they
proved it this week,” she said.
Student entrepreneur Read
Sprabery, representing the
company Nimbus Mobile,
walked away with the top
award from the Tellus
Operating Group, LLC Final
Round Business Plan
Competition. John Gazzini is
the company’s co-founder,
who participated in an earlier
round of competition before
traveling to out-of-town
employment interviews. The
award package includes a
$10,000 cash prize, as well as
legal services provided by
Bradley Arant Boult and
Cummings, and office space in
the MSU Business Incubator
courtesy of the Golden
Triangle Enterprise Center.
Sprabery, a senior computer
engineering major from Olive
Branch, explained that Nimbus
Mobile’s FeatherServe plat-
form allows pool service com-
panies to easily manage their
employees while keeping bet-
ter logs for their customers.
Gazzini, of Birmingham, Ala.,
also is a senior computer engi-
neering major.
“We’re actually revolution-
izing service companies in
general, but we’re starting
with pool service companies,”
Sprabery said. “We’re just
making it easy to schedule
appointments, keep records,
keep up with your customers,
and keep up with your employ-
He said that participating in
the business plan competition
forced he and Gazzini to think
about the business in more
technical ways.
“We’ve done financial pro-
jections. We’ve had feedback
on how we need to improve
our business model to be com-
petitive. This business compe-
tition at Mississippi State has
provided us with the incentive
to really formalize our busi-
ness,” Sprabery said.
The competing business
plans were evaluated on com-
pany technology, manage-
ment, financials and market.
Danny Holt, assistant pro-
fessor of management and a
faculty advisor with the
Entrepreneurship Center, said
the week offered unique
opportunities for many pio-
neering students.
“It’s a chance to interact
with professional investors
and folks who can give these
young people all types of
funding or mentorship sup-
port, which is incredibly
important to take their busi-
nesses to the next step,” Holt
“The ideas that these experi-
enced entrepreneurs and busi-
ness people give students are
invaluable. They give them
insights and experiences to
help them avoid some pitfalls
and refine their products.”
For more information about
Mississippi State University,
Innovative culture grows
entrepreneurs at Mississippi State
Scott Corey
Brian Sims, from left, representing Tellus Operating Group, LLC, and MSU Dean of Business Sha-
ron Oswald, present the grand prize award check for the fnal business plan competition to Read
Sprabery, representing Nimbus Mobile.
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
COLUMBUS, – Dr. Julia
Mortyakova, Chair of the
Department of Music, will per-
form a solo piano recital,
Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in
the Connie Sills Kossen
Auditorium of Poindexter Hall.
Mortyakova will perform
musical selections by Cecile
Chaminade, Alexander
Scriabin, Paul Osterfield and
Olga Harris. She received the
2012 Sigma Alpha Iota Career
Performance Grant to perform
and record the music of
Chaminade. Dr. Osterfield is a
professor of composition at
Middle Tennessee State
University. Dr. Harris is the
subject of Dr. Mortyakova’s
book, “Olga Harris: A Journey
of an Artist through Soviet and
Post-Soviet Russia and the
United States,” in progress.
She is a professor of composi-
tion at Tennessee State
This recital program will
also be presented at Louisiana
Tech University, Nashville, as
well as several other venues
throughout Mississippi.
Dr. Mortyakova will conduct
a master class for local pre-
college piano students orga-
nized by the Golden Triangle
Music Forum on Saturday,
April 13, at 10:00 a.m. in
Poindexter Hall. The master
class is free and open to the
The recital is free and open
to the public. For additional
information, contact the
Department of Music at (662)
Mortyakova performs
piano recital at the MUW
Julia Mortyakova
Daily Times Leader Friday, April 12, 2013 • Page 7
Brian Davis
Adam Tumey, Oak Hill senior, winds up for a pitch during an Oak Hill baseball game.
Brian Davis
Junior short stop Curt Huffman beats a throw to frst.
College baseball benefits
from MLB draft changes
David Brandt
Steve Megargee
AP Sports Writers
Alec Rash is a 6-foot-6 right-
hander with the kind of talent that
makes professional baseball scouts
The Philadelphia Phillies used
their second-round pick in last year’s
draft on Rash, but the 19-year-old
pitcher isn’t honing his skills in the
minor leagues this spring. Instead,
he’s a freshman for the Missouri
Rash is a poster child for how
Major League Baseball’s new col-
lective bargaining agreement is
already starting to impact the college
With new limitations on how
much teams can spend on prep stars,
it appears more will be heading to
college instead of the minor leagues.
In November 2011, the CBA
capped the amount of money each
organization could spend in the first
10 rounds of the draft. In the first
draft under the new rules, the num-
ber of high school players rated
among Baseball America’s top 200
draft-eligible prospects went
unsigned or undrafted increased
slightly to 35, up from 26 in the 2011
Of those 35 unsigned or undrafted
players, 33 are now playing Division
I college baseball. The numbers
might increase after the 2013 draft in
“It’s already had an impact,”
Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said of
the CBA. “What you’re seeing is the
kids who are drafted from round five
or after, I think you’re seeing more of
those kids show up in school.”
Rash, the highest-drafted high
school player not to sign a pro con-
tract last year, said the Phillies didn’t
offer the $750,000 signing bonus he
sought. He was the 95th overall
selection, and the slot value for that
spot was $500,000. Rash enrolled at
Missouri instead and is 2-1 with a
3.43 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 21
He said he probably would have
turned pro directly out of high school
under the old agreement.
The cap “really makes it difficult
for teams to be able to just go out and
throw money at someone,” Rash
said. “They have to play more of a
game with it. They have to really be
smart with their money. Before the
new CBA, they could just throw
money at someone and make that
decision for them.”
LSU shortstop Alex Bregman is
another player tearing up college
fields and not the minors.
He was considered a potential
first-round draft pick before breaking
a finger his senior year at Albuquerque
(N.M.) Academy. After getting
picked by the Boston Red Sox in the
29th round, Bregman went to LSU
and is batting .444 with 41 runs
scored and 35 RBIs in 34 games.
The Tigers (32-2) are off to the
best start in school history, thanks in
part to Bregman’s presence.
“I think in the old rules, they prob-
ably would have still taken a flyer on
him — maybe not in the first round
— but they would have watched him
all summer and then they would have
had a chance to give him a couple of
million dollars in August before
school started, and he probably
would have signed,” LSU coach Paul
Mainieri said. “Because of the new
rules, he ends up coming to school,
where he’s been leading our team.”
Tennessee has played 17 true
freshmen this season, the most of any
Division I team. The list of Tennessee
freshmen includes shortstop A.J.
Simcox and outfielder Vincent
Jackson, who were rated by Baseball
America among the nation’s top 200
draft-eligible prospects last year.
Before MLB’s latest collective
bargaining agreement, teams could
offer an unlimited amount of money
to players they drafted.
Now MLB assigns a slot value to
every pick in each year’s draft —
which in 2012 ranged from $7.2 mil-
lion for the No. 1 overall pick to
$125,000 at the end of the 10th
round. A team’s total allotment is the
sum of the slot value of all of its
selections in the first 10 rounds.
A team can spend its allotment as
it sees fit, going above or under slot
value for an individual pick if it
desires. But if a team goes above the
overall threshold, it must pay a luxu-
ry tax. Any players selected after the
10th round of the draft can be signed
for up to $100,000 without counting
toward a team’s cap.
Miami Marlins scouting director
Stan Meek said the draft’s rule
changes are more restrictive, but can
be a positive for pro organizations
because it streamlines the negotiat-
ing process.
“It makes for a more honest dis-
cussion and it certainly makes us do
our homework with prospects,”
Meek said. “We have to get a good
understanding of how much it’s
going to take for a player to sign
because we don’t have as much wig-
gle room. It’s brought a little more
realism to everything.”
Meek said he expects the new
rules will help the college game
because good prospects who aren’t
considered elite — ones that might
be slotted from the sixth to 10th
round — would be more likely to go
to school because the hope for a large
signing bonus isn’t as feasible.
Major League Baseball’s slot
value for a sixth-round pick in the
2012 draft ranged from about
$200,000 to $250,000. That’s not
necessarily an enticing amount for a
player who has a scholarship on the
table and could potentially improve
his draft position after a good college
Still, LSU’s Mainieri pointed out
the rules also can work to college
baseball’s detriment.
Mainieri signed outfielder Hayden
Jennings last year and didn’t expect
him to get drafted in the first 20
rounds. Jennings instead went to the
Washington Nationals in the sixth
round and never played for LSU.
Mainieri said Jennings signed with
the Nationals for $100,000, well
below slot value.
“Basically what was happening
was Washington was drafting a play-
er they knew they could sign for
under slot to save them money they
could probably put into one of their
higher picks,” Mainieri said. “We
ended up losing a player there that
we did not expect to lose. It happens
in both directions.”
The Masters not always kind to favorites
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The first tee shot
clattered through a pair of pines on the
left side of the 13th fairway, finally
landing on the wrong side of Rae’s
Creek. Tiger Woods tried again, and
this wasn’t any better. Fans peered
across the fairway and only heard the
ball rifle through some bushes.
“He’s hitting another one,” a man
announced from the gallery.
The third shot with a fairway metal
caused them to retreat until it turned
with a slight draw, clipping a pine
branch and settling in the second cut of
Woods played nine holes Wednesday
morning in his final tuneup for the
Masters, and how he played was of lit-
tle consequence. Even so, that snapshot
from the 13th tee was another reminder
how quickly the best plans can fall
apart, even for the No. 1 player on top
of his game, especially at Augusta
Think back to Woods at his absolute
He won 10 times in 2000, including
three majors, and finished no worse
than fifth in 19 of his 22 tournaments
worldwide. Going into the Masters, he
either won or finished second in 10 of
his previous 11 PGA Tour events. It felt
as though everyone was playing for
second at Augusta that year.
What happened?
Woods made a double bogey and a
triple bogey in a span of three holes,
shot 75 in the opening round and never
caught up.
The hype over Woods is not that
strong this year, though there is no
doubt who is driving the conversation.
Those who have played with him on
the course or hit balls next to him on
the range talked about how he never
missed a shot. His putting has been
pure since he got that tip from Steve
Stricker last month at Doral. And it
shows in the scores. Woods has won his
last two tournaments, at Doral and Bay
Hill, and neither was terribly close.
When the Masters begins today, he is
the odds-on favorite to end his five-
year drought in the majors, and win a
green jacket for the first time since
Trouble is, Augusta National doesn’t
play favorites.
“Obviously, Tiger is Tiger,” said
Scott Piercy, who will play alongside
Woods and Luke Donald in the opening
two rounds. “He’s always going to be
that target. He knows it, and that’s how
he wants it. But there’s a lot of people
getting closer. And the golfing gods, or
whatever you want to call them, have a
lot to do with winning. A bounce here,
a bounce there. A lip in, a lip out.”
Angel Cabrera got one of those
bounces off a pine tree and back into
the 18th fairway in 2009 that helped
him save par and win a playoff on the
next hole. Sure, he was a former U.S.
Open champion, but the big Argentine
was No. 69 in the world that year, the
lowest-ranked player to ever win the
The hole got in the way twice for
Charl Schwartzel in 2011, once on a
chip across the first green that fell for
birdie, another a shot from the third
fairway that dropped for eagle. He fin-
ished with four straight birdies to win.
It has been 11 years since the No. 1
player in the world — Woods — won
the Masters.
There is always the usual assortment
of players who seem to contend every
year for a green jacket. Phil Mickelson
is a three-time Masters champion, his
most recent in 2010 when he arrived at
Augusta National without having come
close to winning that year. Fred
Couples was tied for the 36-hole lead
last year at age 52. Rory McIlroy has
shown he can play the course, at least
on the weekdays. Lee Westwood has
been among the top three twice since
But for every Woods there is Zach
Johnson. For every Mickelson there is
Trevor Immelman.
Johnson was just a normal guy from
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who would not
seem to fit the profile of a Masters
champion. He wasn’t very long, didn’t
hit the ball very high and didn’t go for
the green in two on any of the par 5s.
He won by two shots in 2007.
“I thought I was playing good that
week,” Johnson said.
He might have been the only one
who realized it. Johnson put the esti-
mate at “0.5 percent” of those who
could have pictured him in a green
jacket. Then again, it’s like that just
about everywhere he goes.
“The favorite is all media-driven, all
public-driven,” Johnson said. “There
are no surprises out there. There’s
probably 70 or 80 guys that you would
not be surprised one bit if any of them
Three-time Masters champion Nick
Faldo didn’t name them all, but his list
kept growing when he talked about 20
players who could win the Masters, all
from what he referred to as the second
tier and described as “pretty darn
Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Luke
Donald. Brandt Snedeker and Bill
Haas. Louis Oosthuizen and
“Yes, Tiger is the favorite,” Faldo
said. “He’s strong. He’s determined.
We will see. But he’s going to be
chased by a lot of really good players.”
Robert Garrigus considered the last
few weeks on the PGA Tour to illus-
trate how fickle this game can be.
Martin Laird had missed the cut in half
his tournaments and had yet to crack
the top 30 when he closed with a 63 to
win the Texas Open. D.A. Points had
missed seven cuts in nine tournaments
and had not finished in the top 60 when
he won the Houston Open.
“I saw the odds on Tiger last night
and I thought, ‘Man, you just never
know what’s going to happen,’”
Garrigus said. “I saw I was like 200-to-
1, and thought if I could bet I might
throw a couple of hundred dollars on
Woods is annoyed that seven Masters
have come and gone since he last sat in
Butler Cabin with his green jacket,
though he looks at his record and isn’t
worried. He keeps giving himself
chances, and he figures one of these
years, everything will fall into place.
And he’s still the guy to beat.
“One shot in front of Tiger is not a
bad place to be around here,” Ian
Poulter said.
It all starts on Thursday, with the
biggest concern a weather system that
was due to arrive before the weekend
and could alter the nature of the course.
It has been beautiful all week, the kind
of weather that allows officials to set
the golf course for birdies or for pars,
whatever they choose.
All eyes will be on Woods, though
this might require some patience.
Woods has broken 70 only once in his
16 years at Augusta as a pro. His aver-
age score is 71.9.
“I think everybody has the same
thought on Tiger: We’ll worry about
that Sunday afternoon,” Snedeker said.
“I’m sure he’s going to be up there. I
think everybody has a complete idea of
knowing he’s probably playing the best
golf in the world right now, hands
down. If I’m there Sunday afternoon
with Tiger Woods at some point ... it’s
probably going to be a good week
because he’s going to be somewhere
David J. Phillip, AP
The course at Augusta is ready for the Masters that started yesterday.
The report showed employers
added just 88,000 net jobs last month.
That was the fewest in nine months
and much lower than the average of
220,000 jobs a month created from
November through February.
The unemployment rate dropped to
a four-year low of 7.6 percent last
month. However, the rate fell only
because more people stopped looking
for work and were no longer counted
as unemployed.
In its statement after the last meet-
ing, the Fed said the economy had
strengthened but still needed its
efforts to help lower high unemploy-
ment. In addition to continuing the
bond purchases, the Fed stuck by its
plan to keep short-term interest rates
at record lows at least until unem-
ployment falls to 6.5 percent.
The minutes indicated that many of
the Fed’s members want to see sus-
tained improvement in the job market
— from a wide range of economic
indicators — before making any deci-
sion to reduce the pace of purchases.
Stocks rose sharply after the min-
utes were released. The Standard &
Poor’s 500 index rose 16 points to
1,585 in midday trading — above its
all-time high of 1,576.09 set in
October 2007. The Dow Jones indus-
trial average climbed 119 points to
The Fed made minutes public ear-
lier on Wednesday after learning that
about 100 congressional staffers and
lobbyists received them at 2 p.m.
EDT on Tuesday. They had been
scheduled to be released at 2 p.m.
EDT on Wednesday.
Fed spokesman David Skidmore
said the Fed notified the Securities
and Exchange Commission and the
Commodity Futures Trading
Commission about the mishap. The
Fed also asked its inspector general to
investigate its procedures for releas-
ing the minutes.
“At this time we do not know if
there was any trading related to the
early distribution,” Skidmore said.
“Every indication at this time is that
the early distribution of the minutes
was entirely accidental.”
John Nester, a spokesman for the
SEC, declined to comment on the
release of the minutes, beyond saying
that the Fed contacted the SEC staff.
Several staff members of both the
House Financial Services and Senate
Banking committees were among
those who received the minutes early.
The minutes showed a wide array
of opinions and criteria for when to
end the bond purchases, which have
boosted the Fed’s balance sheet to
$3.2 trillion.
A few members want to end “rela-
tively soon” the bond-purchase pro-
gram. Those members say the costs
likely outweigh the benefits. A few
others saw the risks as increasing
quickly and said the purchases would
likely need to be reduced “before
Many members said an improved
job market could lead them to slow
purchases within a few months, and a
few said economic conditions would
likely justify continuing the program
until late this year.
AP Business Writer Marcy Gordon
contributed to this report.
Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Friday, April 12, 2013
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sured and Medicaid patients.
Mississippi s DSH hospitals say they
need these reimbursements since their
patients usually can t afford the full
cost of their care, and the DSH pay-
ments help make up for their resulting
high uncompensated care costs. But the
ACA cuts these payments beginning in
2014 and will cut current DSH pay-
ments in half by the year 2019.
When Congress first passed the
Obama health care reforms, they
assumed that the Medicaid expansion
contained in that law would be manda-
tory and that the increased ranks of
Medicaid recipients would reduce the
federal government s need to dole out
DSH payments to hospitals for uncom-
pensated or under-compensated care.
The Supreme Court decision that ren-
dered state adoption of Medicaid
expansion in ACA had a profound
impact on that now-flawed assumption.
Without Medicaid expansion, the DSH
hospitals may actually be delivering the
same amount of uncompensated care or
more with far less federal revenue.
Concerns over uncompensated care
costs, the specter of reductions in DSH
payments and uncertainty about the
reliability of federal health care poli-
cies particularly the future division of
just what the federal and state shares of
Medicaid costs will be have produced
political stalemate in Mississippi on
Medicaid authorization much less
But does a reduction in DSH pay-
ments by the Obama administration
equate to punitive action against those
states that relied on the Supreme Court
s ruling in not choosing to expand
Medicaid? The high court ruling held
that the feds couldn t take punitive
actions against states that didn t expand
Gov. Phil Bryant believes cuts in
DSH payments to states that chose not
to expand Medicaid would violate the
Supreme Court ruling. Proponents of
Medicaid expansion believe the federal
government can t require states to
expand Medicaid, but can choose to
fund public health care as they deem
Mississippi is no stranger to political
stalemate over Medicaid, so settle in
for another long battle.
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support this valuable cause sim-
ply by doing something good
and healthy for themselves!”
said Heather Usry, Outreach
Laura Yelverton, the program
Coordinator for Sally Kate
Winters explained, “This year
we are going to take a moment of
silence prior to the Fun Run to
honor the victims of child abuse.
We will are offering balloons to
the children present to release in
remembrance of victims and sur-
vivors and to give importance to
preserving the hope of a better
future for those who have suf-
Registration for the 5K is $25
and 1 Mile Fun Run is $15
($20/$30 on race day.) The Fun
Run for children 10 and under
starts at 5 p.m. Each child that
participates will receive and
event tee shirt and a medal with
awards going to the first, second
and third place finishers.
The 5K beings at 5:30 p.m.
and the route takes runners
through downtown West point
and concludes through the Kitty
Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway.
There will be goodie bags,
Run tee shirts and many awards
from sponsors for the first, sec-
ond and third place Male and
Female Overall and for top fin-
ishers in the various age divi-
To encourage registration, one
of our sponsors has offered a
cash prize for all registered run-
ners in both the Fun Run and the
5K! We will also draw a raffle
for a stay at Waverly Waters
from all of our registrations.
Please come and support Sally
Kate Winters Family Services
and join our efforts to educate
our community and protect our
children. See you Saturday!
For more registration informa-
tion, those interested can stop by
Sally Kate Winters Family
Services office at 317 N. Division
or go to www.sallykatewinters.
org or call 662-494-4867.
‘SKW’ continued from page 1
a place to stay, and they helped
us with food.”
Five years have passed, and
Zoey has officially been moved
to St. Jude’s After Patient Unit,
meaning that she is officially a
cancer survivor.
“She’s full of life,” her mother
said. “I call her my little miracle
baby. She had a tumor the size of
a softball on her brain, and the
doctors told us that she would
not have made it to 9 months.”
Now that she is in full remis-
sion, Zoey is determined to
move forward with her life, and
it is her physical therapists at
West Point’s Out Patient Rehab
who are in charge of making
sure that happens as much as
“She’s (Zoey) been coming
here since she was 8 and half
months old,” said Brooke Pettit,
a physical therapist who has
worked with Zoey for two years.
Pettit says that through rehab,
Zoey has learned how to walk,
climb stairs and improve her bal-
ance. When Zoey first came out
of surgery, her right side had no
“She was like a stroke patient,”
her mother said.
Pettit says that the rehab facil-
ity has focused on helping Zoey
participate better in school, and
so far it has worked.
Zoey was one of East Side
Elementary School’s Students of
the Month last month.
“I guess you can say we’ve
watched her grow up, and she’s
watched us grow up,” Pettit said
of Zoey’s time she has put in at
the rehab.
It’s not just the rehab facility
that has helped Zoey reclaim her
Her brothers and sisters have
been a great help too.
“They are teenagers, so they
have helped tremendously,”
Mulkey said of her children.
“They’ve held her hands to get
her to walk. They’ve helped her
with therapy. When Early
Intervention came to the house,
they would watch what they did,
and they would do it too.”
Zoey’s mother says the best
way to get her to work on some-
thing is to tell her she’s not able
to do it.
It is true that Zoey is much
like the other 6 year old kids in
her class, but she has an inner
and outer strength that is hard to
find in persons of any age.
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Bryan Davis
Zoey Mulkey is all smiles as she works with North Mississippi
Medical Center physical therapist Brooke Pettit on climbing stairs.
Officials: One death
reported from tornado
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An apparent tornado hit eastern Mississippi
on Thursday afternoon, killing at least one person and causing wide-
spread damage and power outages, officials said.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn
said one person died in Kemper County. The tornado hit there and in
Noxubee County before moving into Alabama, damaging buildings and
knocking out power, Flynn said.
It was not immediately clear how many people may have been hurt or
how severely they were injured. However, Tabatha Lott, a dispatcher in
Noxubee County, said there were “numerous reports of injuries” in the
town of Shuqualak. She said ambulances were on their way.
Jared Allen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in
Jackson, said a tornado appeared to have formed briefly in a storm
approaching Hattiesburg. He said there’s still a danger of strong,
straight-line winds hitting the area.
Allen said there are also reports that high-voltage power lines were
knocked down 5 miles south of Macon on U.S. Highway 45. Such
power lines are typically built on steel trusses, he said.
“If those are taken down, then that’s usually an indication of pretty
strong storm,” Allen said.
Derek Cody, an amateur storm chaser who works at East Mississippi
Community College in Scooba, just south of Shuqualak, told The
Associated Press by phone that he drove north to the small town to try
to catch a glimpse of the tornado.
He said he got out of his car on U.S. 45 just as the twister was
approaching the highway, only to be hit by a strong gust of wind moving
into the storm that almost knocked him over.
“I kind of sat there and hoped it would cross right in front of me,”
Cody said. “It was just a black mass that moved across the road.”
Cody said that the center of Shuqualak, a town of 500 people, was
unaffected. But he said a gas station and about 10 or so houses west of
the town center were damaged. He said one house was “completely flat-
tened” with debris blown across the road. The house was occupied when
the tornado hit, but no one there or anywhere else in Shuqualak appeared
seriously injured
Mississippi Power Co. spokesman Jeff Shepard said most construc-
tion workers were not on site of its new power plant in Kemper County
at the time of the tornado because of severe weather warnings. He said
the twister did not touch the 3,000-acre property.
“It missed the entire site,” Shepard said.
East Mississippi Electric Power Association said more than 5,000
customers are without power in Kemper County. Spokeswoman Julie
Boles said that some poles are broken, and there are reports that
Tennessee Valley Authority transmission lines are also down. She said
crews are out assessing the damage, but it could be a long time before
power is restored.
“We don’t have an estimate of the length of the power outages,” Boles
said. “It could be significant.”
Boles said damage was worst in an area west of DeKalb around
Mississippi Highways 493 and 16.
Mississippi Power Co. said it had fewer than 270 customers without
power at 2 p.m., mostly around Hattiesburg.
Entergy Mississippi was reporting fewer than 600 outages in its terri-
tory, which is mostly west of where the storms have been worst.
Four-County Electric said that at least 50 to 60 power poles were
broken around Shuqualak and that TVA lines south of there are dam-
“There is a chance that people living in the area around Shuqualak
will not get power back tonight,” the cooperative wrote on its Facebook
page. “We are concentrating our efforts there but just want to warn you.”
Four-County reported more than 5,700 customers without power, with
about 3,800 outages around Macon in Noxubee County and around
1,800 on the western side of West Point in Clay County.
Southern chefs looking
north for inspiration
The South’s love affair with fried chicken,
collard greens, gumbo and biscuits is being
challenged — and changed — by an unlikely
influence. The North.
Which may seem strange — or even
heretical — until you stop to consider that
Southern food has always been a confluence
of cultures, an amalgamation of its African,
European and Native American locals. It just
happens that this time around it’s the North
that is infusing its ideas in the culinary mix.
Credit for this fresh face of Southern cook-
ing goes to a growing band of chefs — some
born in the South, many not — who are look-
ing North as they reinterpret the classics.
Take Vivian Howard, for example. The
35-year-old owner of the Chef and Farmer
restaurant in Kinston, N.C., is a true
Southerner, the daughter of a North Carolina
hog farmer whose grandmother baked can-
died yams with butter and brown sugar. Yet
the yams Howard serves are smashed and
double fried, like a Caribbean plantain, a
reflection as much of her time spent cooking
in New York as of her heritage.
In Louisville, Ky., a Korean-American
from Brooklyn marries sorghum and local
lamb — and bourbon! — with Asian flavors.
In Georgia, Canadian Hugh Acheson show-
cases the Mediterranean potential of Southern
staples such as ramps, morels and veal sweet-
breads. And in Carrboro, N.C., Matt Neal —
whose dad Bill Neal helped revive Southern
cooking in the 1980s — channels his love for
New York City in buttermilk biscuits topped
with pastrami.
Many argue that Southern food is the
country’s only true regional cuisine. But
much of its distinctiveness comes from its
ability to blend. African slaves brought their
rice growing culture, laying the groundwork
for iconic dishes like gumbo and jambalaya.
Sweet potatoes resembled the yams they
knew from home, and were used to fill
European items like pies. Native Americans
contributed their knowledge of the land and
its ingredients, showing newcomers how to
use corn for foods like cornbread and grits.
These rich food traditions often are what
attract chefs from other parts of the country.
At Louisville’s Magnolia 601, Brooklyn-
born Edward Lee seamlessly blends tradition
with the flavors of his Korean heritage in
dishes like crab cakes with green tomato
kimchi and mango with red onion and daikon
sprouts. But rather than corrupting tradition,
Lee says such innovation moves it forward.
“I’m not a Southerner and I don’t cook
Southern food,” he says. “I cook my food
with a nod to Southern food and culture. I’m
playing on their culture and history. I’m not
making it better or worse. I’m just doing
something different.”
In North Carolina, New Jersey native
Andrea Reusing projects memories of child-
hood trips to New York’s Chinatown into
whole fried local flounder and tea-cured local
chicken. She plays on a Southern classic with
Korean-style fried chicken wings that offer a
brittle crunch and a sweet-spicy glaze.
Country ham shows up in fried rice and field
peas dot black sticky rice instead of hoppin’
“A lot of these Asian flavors are also
Southern flavors,” Reusing says. “Crunchy
fried chicken, salty ham, a great whole fish.
Peanuts. There are so many similarities. “
At his two Athens, Ga., restaurants,
Acheson adds French, Italian, Spanish, even
North African flavors to Georgia ingredients,
with dishes like grilled octopus and purple
cape beans, cioppino-style local seafood with
stewed collards and roasted local chicken
with red peppers and sesame. He even has
kimchi creamed collard greens, a nod to the
classic creamed spinach. Such interpreta-
tions, Acheson says, fit right into the South’s
“Eighty percent of what we think of as
Southern food is from slaves who were not
indigenous,” he says. “It’s amazingly geo-
graphically different, inflected from so many
parts of the world.”
While some may think of the newcomers
as carpetbaggers, Howard is flattered by the
attention. Playing with Asian flavors or add-
ing Mediterranean accents not only helps
develop the region’s food culture, she says,
but also honors it. “It says a lot about what
people have come to appreciate about our
regional cuisine here.”
Howard is one of a growing number of
native Southerners who traveled or lived
outside the region, then returned home with
fresh ideas. Trained in New York at WD-50
and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice
Market, Howard initially tried to bring
Northern dishes to the South. The response
was lukewarm.
So she began embracing all the things
she’d grown up on — collards, sweet corn,
cucumbers, field peas — but reinterpreting
them, drawing on lessons she learned in the
North. Today, baby collards are flash fried
like potato chips, and lima beans are slow
cooked with mustard greens and sausage
until they melt on your tongue. A pecan pie
isn’t a pecan pie at all, but something
between a chocolate-chip cookie and a salty,
crunchy nut bar.
“What I’m trying to do is translate my
region,” Howard says. “There are all these
subcultures of Southern food. People are
familiar with low country, with Appalachia.
I’m trying to do that same thing with the
cuisine of the frugal farmer in eastern North
Carolina, but do it in a way that’s attractive
for people who live here and is interesting
for people who don’t.”
Like Howard, 41-year-old Matt Neal first
fell in love with New York and its food dur-
ing a childhood visit to the legendary Second
Avenue Deli. Back home, he says he and his
wife Sheila finally gave up on someone
coming from the city to open a deli they
could eat lunch at, so they decided to do it
“I’m not Jewish or Brooklynese or any-
thing like that, but I figured we could figure
out how to make pastrami,” he says. “I had
smoked meat before — whole pigs — so
pastrami wasn’t a huge stretch.”
At Neal’s Deli they serve that pastrami on
Southern buttermilk biscuits, and offer a
roster of groovy hotdogs like the Chilean
“completo,” served in the style of Chile with
mayonnaise, sauerkraut, avocado and house-
made hot sauce. The pimento cheese is
made not just with cheddar, as per tradition,
but with Swiss and provolone as well.
These chefs are successful, observers say,
because their audience also has been travel-
ing the world.
“What is happening in the South is that
we are more open to discovery,” says
Southern cookbook author Jean Anderson.
“There’s always a core of Southern recipes
that will be there forever. But I do think, and
it’s because many Southerners are much bet-
ter traveled and much better educated,
they’re open to experimenting.”
An influx of new immigrants over the last
couple of decades also has inspired a more
adventurous spirit in chefs and home cooks
alike, say Paul and Angela Knipple, authors
of “The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover’s
Tour of the New American South.”
Vietnamese immigrants, Kurdish refugees,
and in the last 10 years many Hispanic farm
workers have all brought their culinary cul-
“The cuisine our grandchildren will eat
will look a lot like it does now, but the fla-
vors will be different,” she says. “Southern
cuisine is made of immigrant cuisines. And
it will slowly embrace the cuisines that come
in, as it always has.”
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