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Daily Times Leader
Today’s News . . . Tomorrow’s Trends
Check out new events on the Church
and Community Calendars. pages 2, 3
Pictures from Tuesday Night Dizzy
Dean Games page 9
Devotionals from Brinkley, Mosley
and Yarber. page 2
Community Religion Sports
Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 Friday, May 31, 2013 50 cents
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2: Community
4: Opinion
5: Lifestyles
7: Sports
8: Comics
9: Classifeds
Honoring our fallen
On Thursday morning, West Point paid tribute to the 1,385 military veterans who either died in the line
of duty or have passed on after serving honorably in the Armed Forces. Above, retired West Point Fire
Chief Caradine Young is escorted to receive a fag from city CAO Randy Jones by Dewel Brasher. More
photos on page 8. Photo by Bryan Davis
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
An eight-member jury set-
tled into their seats Thursday
for the third day of testimony
in a case against the city of
West Point alleging race dis-
crimination and wrongful ter-
Shasta Plunkett, the for-
mer city employee who fled
the civil suit, testifed that
when he served as interim
superintendent for the
Electric Department there
was tension between him and
Ward 5 Selectmen Jasper
Pittman. Plunkett told the
court that he was “hounded”
by Pittman and other black
members of the West Point
Board of Mayor and
Selectmen over complaints
selectmen were getting about
Though Plunkett accuses
the board of fring him
because of race, Pittman testi-
fed that race had nothing to
do with it.
“We had to weigh the
good and the bad and come
up with a good, sound deci-
sion that was best for the
people,” Pittman said.
Long before the com-
plaints starting rolling in
about Plunkett’s alleged rude-
ness to citizens, Pittman said
he had a conversation with
Plunkett and “told him one
day he may be over the whole
department if he kept on the
right path.”
Pittman said before he
voted in March 2010 to ter-
minate Plunkett, the board
had a discussion with Plunkett
about the billing cycle and
giving courtesy to elderly cus-
tomers of the Electric
Department and customers
who received their income
the frst of each month.
Pittman said the board asked
Plunkett if he would hold off
on disconnecting these cus-
tomers’ utilities until they
received their pay instead of
turning off their lights on the
30th of each month.
Pittman said Plunkett
failed to cooperate with the
board’s instructions as com-
plaints continued to come in
from blacks and whites.
Plunkett’s attorney Jim
Waide questioned Pittman
about not paying his electric-
ity bill to the Electric
Department, but Pittman
said when Plunkett was serv-
ing as interim superintendent
Plunkett, Pittman take stand
See ‘Trial’ page 6
Sheena Baker
Deputy Circuit Clerk Layne Irvin utilizes the Mississippi Electronic
Courts system, which was recently adopted by the Clay County
Circuit Clerks Offce.
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
The invention of paper
and ink may have been a
businessman’s dream in the
old days of operating a com-
pany from day to day. But
what came along and made it
even better? The computer.
And to this day people
everywhere are fully utilizing
the benefts of electronic
information, including court
Digital documentation
Circuit Clerk’s offce
switching to electronic fling
Bryan Davis
On September 3, 2013, West Point’s Waverly branch of BankFirst
will be closing.
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
BankFirst Financial
Services will close its West
Point Waverly branch on
September 3, 2013 bank off-
cials have reported.
Customers’ accounts will
not close and no action on
their part will be required.
The West Point Waverly
branch accounts will be ser-
viced from the West Point
Main Offce located at 538
Highway 45 North.
According to a press
release from the bank, cus-
tomers will receive letters this
week explaining how their
accounts will be handled.
Customers will experience no
difference in the service that
they currently receive and the
BankFirst closing Waverly branch
See ‘Digital’ page 6
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
Yokohama Ti re
Corporation is looking to
receive 5,000 qualifed appli-
cants for the frst 500 jobs for
its initial phase in Clay
The competition will be
intense, and there is no better
time than the present to begin
looking into workforce train-
ing programs to ready for
those jobs.
East Mi ssi ssi ppi
Community College current-
ly serves Clay County, among
fve others in the region, and
there are a number of options
there that adults can take
advantage of when consider-
ing higher education.
EMCC District Director
of Job Placement, Work-
Based Learning and Military
Liaison Linda Gates spoke to
the West Point Rotary Club
on Thursday about the need
for those interested in
Yokohama to act quickly.
“We are registering right
now for the summer,” Gates
Clay has been in the top
three on the bad side of
unemployment statistics for
quite some time. Those num-
bers may look better when
Yokohama opens its doors in
2015, but Gates says that the
workforce has to be trained.
“The pressure is on, and
the clock is ticking,” Gates
said. “There is a skills gap.
The jobs we have today are
not even the jobs we had fve
years ago.”
Gates highlighted the
opportunities high school
graduates in Clay County
possess in the Tuition
Guarantee Program. This
guarantees each Clay gradu-
ate, public, private or home
school four semesters free at
The students must main-
tain a 2.0 and take 15 hours
per consecutive semester.
EMCC continues to be an economic driver
Bryan Davis
East Mississippi Community College’s Linda Gates speaks to the
West Point Rotary Club about opportunities at the college. See ‘EMCC’ page 7
See ‘Bank’ page 7
Sheena Baker
Plaintiff Shasta Plunkett walks into the Federal Building in Aber-
deen Thursday where a trial involving the city of West Point is
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Friday, May 31, 2013
Residents of Ward 3
Thank you for your support, prayers and votes in the
Ward III election. This was a HUGE TEAM EFFORT.
I look forward to working with our new Mayor and
Board. West Point’s future is looking great! As a team,
we will see this become reality.
Thank you to all my friends, my family and a special
Thank you to my brother-in-law, Bubba Atkins.
I will represent Ward III in a way that will bring unity.
I pledge to work to make West Point a better place for
the future!
Again, thank you. I am looking forward to serving you.
Jimmy Clark
Paid for by the concerned voters in Ward 3.
I have come to realize that
there is a little sucker in us all.
But there is also a little con
man in us too. Half of our
conversations focus on tying
not to be the sucker and the
other half of the time we’re
trying to make a sucker out of
somebody else. However,
there is one thing that will
make your story more believ-
able…the truth.
So in your zeal to convince
other people that they really
need to believe you just tell
them the truth. As you try to
relay a message that you care,
you’ll be more believable if
you tell the truth. As a matter
of fact it is the truth that
makes that gospel story so
Why else would anybody
believe that GOD has a son?
If it wasn’t the truth it would
be crazy. Why else would
anybody believe that he was
born of a virgin, turned water
into wine and walked in water.
How could anybody believe
that he spoke to the storm and
the weather obeyed? How
could anybody believe that he
died at Calvary but rose again
with all power? The only way
anybody could ever accept
this account as the gospel is if
every word is true.
The power of persuasion is
given as a gift to every believ-
er who has a desire to spread
the gospel. The gospel is
believable because it is true
and because it is a story that is
ordained by GOD. As a
Christian you are called upon
to tell the good news. It is
your duty to assist in the mak-
ing of disciples. In order to
do that you must rely on the
truth and on the power of
This text today gives us a
good example of the power of
persuasion. The New
Testament Jews were not
ready to give up on their
monopoly on grace. The
Holy Spirit spoke to the apos-
tles and requested that Paul
and Barnabas be separated.
GOD had something special
for them to do.
So the apostles prayed and
laid hands on them and sent
them on their way. Led by the
spirit of GOD they showed up
in Antioch and went into the
temple. After hearing the
reading of the scripture Paul
preached Jesus and him cruci-
fied. Then he made this state-
ment, “I work a work that you
guys will not believe even
though it’s being declared to
you.” He was making refer-
ence to the fact that GOD was
sending him to preach repen-
tance and salvation to the
Gentile nations.
The power of persuasion is
being refocused. Since the
Jews were rejecting the sav-
ing grace of the ministry of
the Jesus; GOD was declar-
ing salvation to non-Jews.
As soon as
the Jews left
the synagogue
the gentiles
asked Paul
and Barnabas
to stay and
preach to
them on the
next Sabbath.
Then, accord-
ing to verse
44 when the
next Sabbath
came around the whole city
showed up to hear the word
of GOD and gospel of Jesus.
The word of GOD has a
way and a mode of travel
unlike any other news. It’s
not called the good news for
nothing. Everybody always
wants to hear good news.
During Jesus’ earthly minis-
try news of his deeds spread
like wildfire. Every time he
performed a miracle the peo-
ple couldn’t wait to tell it.
Then after he moved off the
scene the apostles began to
perform miracles and spread
the good news.
Even today the church is
still growing through the per-
suasiveness of Christians
who are willing to tell some-
body what GOD has done and
what he is doing in their lives.
So as a child
of GOD you
should never
pass up an
to let some-
body know
that you are a
believer and
the reason
you are.
E v e r y
church has a
crew. They are the guys who
do stuff to destroy, dismantle,
disrupt or discontinue the
mission of the church. As
soon as the Jews saw a big
crowd so eager to listen to the
gospel they were furious.
They got mad because they
were jealous and envious of
the persuasiveness of the dis-
Obviously Paul and his
sidekick had something that
the Jews didn’t. They had the
truth about Jesus. The crew
will never prosper but it sure
is interesting seeing them try.
The will throw monkey
wrenches in the churches
They will steal from the
churches treasury. They will
try to influence the adminis-
tration of church. I have seen
churches split up over stuff
that don’t even make sense.
I need to encourage some-
body here today to stay off of
the crew. They are always
recruiting and they always
have an agenda. They are
good at making promises but
at the end of the day they
always make a mess and
everybody that gets sucked in
usually get left high and dry.
If you are a child of GOD and
member of the Lord’s church
then you shouldn’t be hook-
ing up with anybody that has
a mission or an agenda that is
either not authorized by the
church or that is contrary to
its mission.
The Jews did everything
they could to stop the mission
of the church. When the crew
saw the crowd they immedi-
ately started contradicting the
gospel that was being
preached by Paul and
Barnabas. The text says that
in their zeal to stop the gospel
they blasphemed against
GOD. Ironically this was the
very offense for which they
crucified Jesus.
The Jews carried on so bad
that Paul and Barnabas felt
compelled to confront them.
So they boldly told them that
they had rejected the good
news and that they were on a
mission of redemption.
The kingdom of GOD was
being offered to the gentiles
and there was nothing the
Jews or anybody else could
do about it. It was GOD’s
decision and no one else’s.
They said, “It was necessary
that the word of God be
preached to you: but seeing
you cast it aside, and judge
yourselves unworthy of ever-
lasting life, so we’re giving it
to the Gentiles.” They pro-
claimed that they were oper-
ating under a commandment.
It was basically to spread the
gospel to the gentiles. This is
our mission.
Let me again impress upon
you to do your duty. GOD
has given you the power of
persuasion. That means you
can make them believe. The
secret to making them believe
is to tell them the truth. Jesus
said you shall know the truth
and the truth shall make you
Brinkley: The power of persuasion
A message from the book of Acts 13:42-47
As my husband and I sat eat-
ing breakfast near glass doors
leading outside and watched as
a gray squirrel came from
among the trees and crossed
the yard with a large nut in his
He stopped several times as
he zigzagged across the grass.
Each time he paused, his small
body with its large tail would
seem to still be charging –
quivering with unused energy.
I thought – what an imagina-
tion God has!
He must have had a lot of
fun thinking up and speaking
into existence this beautiful
and complex world.
Just think of the variety in
nature - the proud peacock, for
instance, with its stunning train
of long tail feathers in irides-
cent green and gold with bril-
liant blue eyelike markings.
Such a creature could only
have been designed and created
by Someone with a vivid imag-
Then there are other birds of
all sizes and colors – such as
the blue birds, red birds, robins,
black birds, sparrow, and the
smallest of all, the humming-
bird that flies backward! And
what about the beautiful majes-
tic eagle? God gave him
wings so strong that he can
soar out of sight of man, yet
He equipped him with eyes so
sharp that, from the heights,
he can see his prey, his food
source, on the ground. Look
at the trees – from the huge
oak to the weeping willow –
and, for added variety, God
has the leaves change colors in
the fall, creating a panorama
of breathtaking beauty.
No words can describe nor
can any artist’s brush capture
the beauty of the radiant sunset
which seems to set the sky on
fire! Think of the fun God must
have had making and placing
the stars in the sky. After He
had filled the heavens with
them, can’t you just hear Him
saying, “I think I’ll just arrange
a few in different shapes, say,
like a bear or a big dipper.”
Gwen Yarber
Tim Brinkley
Yarber: God’s great imagination
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 pub-
lished for the next day’s paper. To
submit announcements, email life@
u Feed the Hungry —
Holy Temple Holiness Church
Women’s Ministries deliver
meals to Feed the Hungry the
second Saturday of each
month at 10 a.m. If you or
someone you know is elderly
or shut-in, and could benefit
from this free delivery service,
call 494-3322 before 8 a.m.
the morning of the deliveries..
u Town Creek Bible
Study — Minister Lester
Moore will be holding Bible
Study at Town Creek
Apartments in the Laundry
Room each Tuesday night
from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. The
current 13-week less is titled
“How to be a Christian.”
Saturday, June 1
u Prayer Breakfast — The
Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center will
be having a prayer breakfast
on June 1, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
The guest speaker will be
Pastor Michael Cannon. The
public is invited to attend.
Sunday, June 2
u Scholarship Program
— Third Mt. Olive M.B.
Church wishes to invite every-
one to their Annual
Scholarship Program at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker is the Rev.
Raphael Terry of Gleen
Chapel C.M.E. Church and
his church family and choir.
u The St. Paul United
Methodist Church women are
having an event at 3 p.m. A
banquet will be hosting a ban-
quet following and uplifting
program, in the fellowship
hall. The theme is “The
Mission of the Driven
Woman.” Guest speaker is
Minister Monica Banks.
u Pastor Anniversary —
New St. Peter M.B. Church
will host celebration service in
honor of Pastor Judias Neal
and family 7th anniversary at
3 p.m. Guest speaker is Pastor
Charlie F. Barnes Sr., of Mt.
Pelier Baptist Church,
u Pastor Anniversary—
Cedar Grove M.B. Church of
Aberdeen, MS will be cele-
brating the 21st anniversary of
Dr. Henry L. Brownlee on
June 2, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Rev Clarence Buchanan of the
New Birth M.B. Church of
Gore Springs, MS will be the
guest speaker.
u Pastor Appreciation —
Siloam M.B. Church is cele-
brating Rev. Robert
Shamblin-Traylor’s third year
of dedicated service to the
church at 3 p.m. Guest speak-
er is Rev. Charles Brown of
Piney Grove M.B. Church of
Starkville. Everyone is invited
to attend.
u Sr. and Jr. Choir Day
— Greenwood M.B. Church
is having their Annual Senior
and Junior Choir Day at 3
p.m. The public is invited to
Monday, June 3-7
u Blood Drive — West
End Baptist Church is hosting
a Blood Drive from 1 – 5 p.m.
in the Family Life Center.
Know your blood type if pos-
sible. Eat a good meal and
drink lots of water before
donating blood. Each pint
donated helps three people.
For more information call
494-2137 or Louise Miller
Monday, June 3-7
u Revival — Shady Grove
Abbott M.B. Church is having
Revival at 7 p.m. A different
speaker will bring the message
each night. The public is invit-
ed to attend.
Monday, June 3-5
u Revival — Hogan
Romans 12:1 I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mer-
cies of God that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable ser-
It says I ask you earnestly;
present your bodies as a living
sacrifice meaning that all of us
should use our bodies to serve
and obey God. “You see, giv-
ing our bodies to God is more
important than dead animal
sacrifice.” Let your bodies be
holy; set apart for the Lord’s
use. It is acceptable to God and
pleasing to him. It is the new-
ness of Life. This is the least
we can do for all God has done
for us. Live for God; no matter
the cost.
John 3:16 For God so loved
the world that he gave his only
begotten Son.
“I love God’s people”
Dorothy Tucker
Read and hear:
Come Alive
See ‘Chruch’ page 8
Mosley: When it hurts
When it hurts…it really
Lord, I thank you that you
hold all power over heaven and
earth in your hand. Thank you,
Lord, for as you continue to
heal, to mold, to comfort, to
reveal; I see your mighty
works. I pray now Lord that as
I journey; when it hurts…it
really hurts…I will turn to you.
I pray that as I journey, I be all
that you have called me to be as
I witness to your goodness.
Just the other day I had an
encounter with an old friend.
We were able to sit and share
life experiences. As we shared,
I thanked God for the opportu-
nity to share my experience,
strength and hope. For truly it
is God and not me myself, that
has brought me to this place in
life. You know, it hurt to see
my friend this way. I will say
first of all, it hurt because I
was looking at myself and my
past transgressions. The
rewind button was down and
running. It hurt to see my
friend in such a place. It hurt
to see my friend being bound
by the enemy and not truly
Gavis Mosley
See ‘Mosley’ page 10
See ‘Yarber’ page 10
Daily Times Leader Friday, May 31, 2013 • Page 3
There will be a yard sale on
Friday, May 31 from 7am to
7pm and Saturday, June 1
from 7am to 10am. Hosted
by Calvary Baptist Church,
located at 460 McCord St.
in West Point.
Community Calendar
All “Community Announcements”
are published as a community ser-
vice on a frst-come, frst-served ba-
sis and as space allows. Announce-
ments 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. An-
nouncements submitted after noon
will not be published for the next
day’s paper. To submit announce-
ments, email life@dailytimesleader.
u Civitan meetings —
The West Point Civitan Club
meets on the first and third
Wednesdays of each month at
noon in the Training Room
of NMMC-West Point. All
interested persons are cor-
dially invited to attend.
u City Board Meetings
— The City Board of West
Point holds its meetings the
second Tuesday of each
month at City Hall at 5:30
p.m. Work Sessions are held
every Thursday prior to the
board meeting at City Hall at
5:30 p.m.
u Compassionate
Friends — Families who
have experienced the death
of a child are invited to
attend The Compassionate
Friends meeting at 6:30
p.m. the second Tuesday of
each month, at North
Mississippi Medical Center-
West Point, 835 Medical
Center Drive. The mission
of The Compassionate
Friends is to assist families
toward resolving grief fol-
lowing the death of a child
of any age and to help oth-
ers be supportive. Bereaved
parents, siblings, grandpar-
ents and immediate family
members are welcome to
attend. For more informa-
tion, call Michele Rowe,
director of Social Services
at NMMC-West Point, at
(662) 495-2337.
u American Legion
Meeting — American Legion
Post 212 will meet every
third Sunday of the month at
3 p.m. at their headquarters
on Morrow St. All members
are urged to attend.
u AARP Meeting — The
Clay County AARP will meet
every third Thursday, at 5:30
p.m. at the Henry Clay
Retirement Center. All mem-
bers and those interested in
AARP are urged to attend.
For more information call
Ella Seay 494-8323 or
Dorothy Landon 494-3577.
u Basic Skills Class —
Free Basic Skills class at the
EMCC West Point Center,
Hwy. 45 North, Monday
thru Thursday each week,
11:30-1:30 p.m. The Basic
Skills class will prepare you to
take the WorkKeys test and
receive a Career Readiness
Certificate. WorkKeys® is a
job skills assessment that
helps employers select, hire,
train, develop, and retain a
high-performance workforce.
These classes are sponsored
by EMCC Workforce
Services. Please call Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647, to
register for free classes.
u WPHS Class of 2003
Reunion — The website for
the class reunion for the
WPHS Class of 2003, 10 year
reunion has been created.
Please visit http://www.class-
creator. com/West-Poi nt-
Mississippi-2003 to view it.
Sign up for the site by search-
ing for your name under the
classmate profle tab and cre-
ating 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 iden-
tity as the content is password
protected. The reunion will
be in West Point May 31-June
u The Academy of
Performing Arts — located
at the North Mississipppi
Medical Center-West Point
Wellness Canter is now
enrolling for the fall session.
Classes begin August 13 in
ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyri-
cal, tumbling, musical theatre
and voice. Semester will run
for four months and culmi-
nate with a Christmas recital
in December. For more infor-
mation, email betty@msapa.
org or call (662) 494-1113.
u Welding and Carpentry
Classes — EMCC Workforce
Services is offering Welding
and Carpentry classes two
nights a week from 5 – 9
p.m. Please contact Mitzi
Thompson at 243-2647.
u Grief Support Group
— Christ United Methodist
Church is providing support
for grieving families with a
Grief Support Group who
will meet Mondays at 6:30
u GED Classes — EMCC
West Point Center, if offering
free GED classes at EMCC
West Point Center, Monday
thru Thursday, from 8 am –
1:30 p.m. These classes are
sponsored by the Adult Basic
Education department of
East MS Community College.
Please contact Cynthia
McCrary or Jessica Flynt at
492-8857 for additional
u C2C Info — Need
work skills to get a job?
EMCC Workforce offers the
Counseling 2 Career program
to assist in gaining work
experience. C2C classes are
available for residents of Clay,
Lowndes, and Noxubee
counties, Monday-Thursday
from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you
are 18-21, please contact
Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-
1930 or Chrystal Newman at
662-243-1941 for more
u Animal shelter help —
The West Point Clay County
Animal shelter needs foster
families for several puppies
who have been selected to go
on the next Homeward
Bound rescue. You would
Boy Scouts
choose WPCCAS
for project
John Willis Stevens, an
Eagle Scout of Troop 15,
recently chose to help the
West Point-Clay County
Animal Shelter by fur-
nishing new housing for
the dogs. Stevens and his
family are long-time sup-
porters of WPCCAS so
when he had an idea for a
personal service project,
he naturally thought of
helping shelter animals
frst. The staff and dogs
are very appreciative of
the new accommoda-
tions. Stevens is the son
of Joe and Kristen
Stevens of West Point.
Pictured are, (from left)
Dakota O’Bryant, John
Willis Stevens and Murry
Falkner. Submitted Photo
Charles Manuel Orman Sr.
Charles Manuel Orman, Sr., 76, passed away Thursday,
May 30, 2013 at State Veterans Home in Kosciusko, MS.
Charles was born October 16, 1936, in Clay County
Mississippi to the late Mabell Blake and Clarence Monroe
Orman. He had worked at Babcock & Wilcox where he was
a B-Fitter for 36 years and was of the Baptist faith. He was
a Veteran of the U. S. Army having served from 1953 until
Funeral services will be Saturday, June 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the E. Scott Allen
officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery
West Point.
Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of
Survivors include two daughters, Joy Posey (Hal) and
Demetra Logan; two sons, Charles Manuel Orman, Jr. and
Mark Orman all of West Point; 12 grandchildren; Jake
Orman, Cooper Orman, Harper Orman, Shawn White,
Candice Miller, Dori White, Beth Phillips, Mindy Logan,
Jessica Logan, Britney Orman, Allen Orman and Stephen
Orman; Six great grandchildren; Madison Bean, Ashlynn
Stafford, Raeley Kate Barkley, Hannah Miller, Madylynn
Stafford and Raelynn Logan; one sister, Irene Orman Tiffin
of Easley, SC. Preceding him in death were his son, Garland
Ray Orman, four brothers, Preston Louis Orman, Curtis
Orman, James Orman, Ernest Orman, and two sisters Erleen
Orman and Francis Orman.
Pallbearers will be Danny Lewis, John A. Kolb, Wayne
Ray, Ronnie Tiffin, Red Rhea, and David Orman.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Harper Orman, Hardee’s
Breakfast Club, and all his co-workers at Babcock and
Wilcox Company.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Family
Services, P. O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 12:00 Noon
until 2:00 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvert-
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With his political future tied
irrevocably to President Barack
Obama, Vice President Joe
Biden is still working to pre-
serve his own distinct identity
as he contemplates a third pres-
idential run in 2016.
With nearly four years left in
Obama’s second term, it would
be untoward for Biden to be
openly self-promotional, and
his advisers say he’s focused on
his current job. Still, with the
jockeying for 2016 nomina-
tions already well under way,
there’s an advantage to staying
part of the conversation. So the
freewheeling man from
Scranton, Pa., is polishing a
reputation carefully nurtured
over four decades in
Washington, playing up his
own strengths even as he stays
fiercely loyal to his current
“The good news is my dad
understands that he works for
the president, first and fore-
most,” said Beau Biden, the
vice president’s son and
Delaware’s state attorney gen-
eral. “I hope he takes a real,
hard look at running, but now’s
not the time.”
That time will come soon
enough. In the meantime, the
vice presidency has afforded
Biden ample opportunities to
keep his name in the spotlight
without seeming overtly politi-
cal. He’s hit the pavement,
keeping a strenuous schedule
that would wear out many
70-year-old men.
On a Monday earlier this
month, Biden hosted religious
leaders for hours at a White
House meeting on gun control,
even though efforts to revive a
failed bill had stalled. On
Tuesday, he spoke about voting
rights at an African-American
think tank. He talked immigra-
tion with Asian-Americans at
an awards dinner Wednesday,
and the Boston bombings in a
keynote address to firefighters
on Thursday. By Friday, he was
preparing to return home to
Delaware, where he spends
many weekends.
“Part of the challenge of
being president is you have to
be president. It doesn’t give
you time to go out and travel
the country as you’d like,” said
Ron Klain, Biden’s former
chief of staff. He said the abil-
ity to deploy Biden as a surro-
gate for Obama has been a
major asset for the White
As he moves from issue to
issue with fluidity and
unchecked enthusiasm, it’s
easy to see how the Biden
brand — blue-collar, solidly
liberal, disarmingly candid —
could have distinct advantages
when Democrats select their
candidate for 2016.
Whether Democrats, in pick-
ing their first nominee to fol-
low Obama, will sour on the
notion of an “old, white guy” as
their standard-bearer is an open
question. Another factor in
Tied to Obama,
Biden tries to
forge distinct path
Tornados lead to more charity giving
Donations are pouring into
Oklahoma as people around the
country look to help residents
affected by last week’s violent
tornado outbreak, but charities
also are receiving plenty of
items they don’t need — tons
of used clothes, shoes and
stuffed animals that take up
valuable warehouse space and
clog distribution networks.
Charity organizers say mon-
etary donations are far more
flexible and useful, and many
organizations are expected to
see an infusion of cash dona-
tions after a benefit concert
Wednesday night in Oklahoma
City that featured country
music stars with Oklahoma
ties, including Blake Shelton,
Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill
and Reba McEntire.
At the Abundant Life Church
in Moore, just a few blocks
from the Plaza Towers
Elementary School where
seven children died in the May
20 tornado, Sunday school
classrooms are overflowing
with donated clothes and other
used items.
“I don’t want to come across
at all like we don’t appreciate
people’s generosity, because
we do,” said Norma Clanton, a
longtime church member who
is helping coordinate volunteer
efforts at the church. “To be
honest, we’ve had very few
people that have even come
and looked at clothes.
“The people who have lost
their homes, many of them
aren’t even in a permanent
dwelling. They don’t have
room for a closet full of clothes
or anything like that.”
The American Red Cross
says it’s not equipped to handle
a large influx of donations like
household items — which take
time and money to sort, process
and transport. Officials with
major relief organizations
encourage people to send
money instead.
“We spend that money local-
ly to help energize the local
economy ... and it allows us to
spend it on items we need,”
said Salvation Army spokes-
woman Jennifer Dodd.
Organizations helping dis-
placed residents are expected to
see an influx of cash from the
“Healing in the Heartland:
Relief Benefit Concert” at the
Chesapeake Energy Arena in
downtown Oklahoma City that
was held Wednesday. The
money goes directly to the
United Way of Central
Oklahoma, which will distrib-
ute funding agencies helping in
relief and recovery efforts for
those affected by the May 20
tornado, said Karla Bradshaw,
a spokeswoman for the United
Way of Central Oklahoma.
“Those are the ones that are
dealing right now with the
immediate needs,” Bradshaw
People who lined up outside
the arena in heavy rain before
the telethon said they were
happy to have an opportunity to
help their neighbors and enjoy
a night of country music.
“I told my husband I wanted
to help, and what better way
than to do something fun too,”
said 29-year-old Kara
McCarthy of Oklahoma City,
who attended the concert with a
Shelton, a native of Ada,
kicked off the concert with a
version of his song “God Gave
Me You.”
The televised event also
included recorded video pleas
from Oklahoma native Garth
Brooks and his wife, Trisha
Yearwood, Moore native Toby
Keith, Ellen Degeneres and Jay
“I’m here tonight with some
of my closest friends from
Oklahoma and beyond,”
Shelton told the sold-out crowd
before the concert began. “It’s
going to be awesome. We’re
doing a TV show so we can
raise as much money as human-
ly possible.”
Donations have poured in to
Oklahoma since two major tor-
nadoes ripped through the state
last week, killing 26 people and
affecting nearly 4,000 homes,
businesses and other buildings
in five counties. Twenty-four
people, including 10 children,
were killed in the May 20 tor-
nado that hit the Oklahoma
City suburb of Moore.
In just the first three days
after the tornado hit Moore, the
Red Cross reported raising
about $15 million in donations
and pledges for its response to
the Oklahoma tornados, includ-
ing about $3.8 million in pledg-
es from text donations.
The Salvation Army reported
Tuesday afternoon it already
has raised more than $5 million
in monetary donations, as well
as in-kind food donations from
numerous corporations.
Before Wednesday night’s
concert, the United Way of
Central Oklahoma reported
raising $3 million for tornado
relief, and the governor also
asked the charity to administer
an additional $2 million from a
separate Oklahoma Strong
disaster fund, said Debby
Hampton, president and CEO
of United Way of Central
Dodd, with the Salvation
Army, said many people are
holding clothing drives to help
benefit local residents, but that
can pose problems for charities
and other groups that might not
have the room to store the
“Just the logistics of shipping
a hundred pounds of clothing
from across the country, it’s ter-
ribly expensive and then you
have to worry if you have space
on the ground,” Dodd said.
Ken Sterns, who spent years
researching the best and most
effective charities for his book,
“With Charity for All,” said
donating to reputable, well-
established charities also helps
victims of the next disaster.
“I think most charity experts
recommend giving cash dona-
tions, but I also tell people that
in fact the most valuable contri-
butions are not the contribu-
tions made after the fact, but
contributions that allow chari-
ties, especially disaster relief
organizations, to prepare for
helping the victims of the next
disaster,” Sterns said. “We
don’t know who they are. We
don’t have a face on them. But
we know they are coming.”
AP Photo
FILE - This Feb. 24, 2013 fle photo shows singer Adele performing “Skyfall” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
There are hundreds of copycat versions of Adele’s Oscar-winning song on the Spotify subscription service, confusing customers who
think they are buying Adele’s version. Adele’s label, XL Recordings, is keeping her music off of streaming services until download
sales peter out. In the meantime, copycat artists fll the void, racking up royalty revenue, often before customers realize they’ve been
listening to someone else. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, fle)
There are about 600 versions of
Adele’s Oscar-winning song
“Skyfall” on the Spotify sub-
scription music service. Not
one of them features Adele.
Adele’s label, XL Recordings,
keeps her music off of all-you-
can-listen subscription plans
until download sales peter out.
In the meantime, copycat art-
ists fill the void, racking up
royalty revenue, often before
customers realize they’ve been
listening to someone else.
Alice Bonde Nissen found
that out the hard way. She once
paid 99 Krone ($17) a month
for Spotify’s premium service
in Denmark. Bonde found a
version of “Skyfall” and mis-
takenly clicked on a “follow”
button to become a fan of
GMPresents and Jocelyn
Scofield, the name for a cover-
song specialist with some 4,600
Spotify followers. Scofield,
who didn’t respond to a mes-
sage seeking comment for this
story, has the most listened-to
cover of “Skyfall” on the ser-
“When I found out ... that I
couldn’t find the original
‘Skyfall’ (and some other hits)
I decided to quit Spotify,”
Nissen says.
Thousands of cover songs
crowd digital music services
such as Spotify and Rhapsody
and listeners are getting
annoyed. The phenomenon
threatens the growth of these
services —which have millions
of paying subscribers— and
could hold back the tepid
recovery of a music industry
still reeling from the decline of
the CD.
Streaming services put a
world of music at listeners’
fingertips with millions of
tracks, everything from the lat-
est pop hits to age-old violin
concertos. For a flat fee — usu-
ally about $10 a month in the
U.S. — users can listen to as
many songs as they wish. The
music resides on the provider’s
servers and gets transmitted, or
streamed, to subscribers as they
listen on smartphones, tablet
computers and PCs.
The services allow users to
store songs on their devices as
long as they keep paying. But
because such a vast selection
can be stored online in the so-
called cloud, when listeners
search for popular songs, they
often find oddball renditions.
Cover songs are perfectly
legal in the U.S. and have a
long tradition in the music
industry. Some covers are even
more famous than the originals.
Which do you think of first,
Aretha Franklin’s soaring 1967
version of “Respect,” or Otis
Redding’s original from two
years earlier? How about Jimi
Hendrix’s funky 1968 rendition
of “All Along the Watchtower”?
Does anyone even remember
that Bob Dylan wrote and sang
it in a release six months
The difference today is that
anyone with a computer, a
microphone and an Internet
connection can create and dis-
tribute a cover. New technolo-
gy, from affordable digital
recording equipment and
sound-mixing programs to con-
venient online services are
making homemade covers an
easy and profitable endeavor.
And sing-it-yourself shows
such as “American Idol,” ‘’The
Voice” and “The X Factor” are
fueling the notion that anyone
with a decent voice can be a
Spotify’s head of develop-
ment and analysis, Sachin
Doshi, acknowledges that find-
ing covers instead of originals
can be frustrating. “We recog-
nize it’s a problem we haven’t
fully solved yet,” Doshi says.
Jon Maples, Rhapsody’s vice
president of product manage-
ment, says customers have
asked that cover songs be
removed and the company has
targeted 10,000 for deletion. “It
just clutters the experience,” he
Some independent artists
insist cover songs are a fast
way to achieve fame. Kina
Grannis says covers are helping
her build a fan base. The
27-year-old Los Angeles-based
singer won the 2008 Doritos’
Crash the Super Bowl contest.
As part of the competition, fans
were asked to vote for an aspir-
ing musician’s music video.
The winner got to air their cre-
ation before 100 million view-
ers on game day. Grannis says
she wouldn’t have earned
enough votes to win if she
hadn’t seeded her YouTube
channel every day with covers
of artists like Jason Mraz and
Death Cab for Cutie. Many of
her current followers on
YouTube stumbled upon her
while searching for originals.
“It doesn’t feel bad that they
were looking for someone else,
because they didn’t even know
I existed,” says Grannis, whose
original song video “In Your
Arms,” has racked up 9.2 mil-
lion views. “They’re not going
to search for Kina Grannis if
they’ve never heard of you.”
Winning the Doritos contest
earned Grannis a recording
deal with Interscope Records,
but she opted out because she
believed she had enough of an
online following to make and
sell music on her own.
U.S. copyright law says
cover artists don’t require the
original artist’s permission, as
long as they get a license, pay
royalties and let the original
songwriters release their ver-
sion first. Streaming services
like Spotify are obligated by
Cover songs: Homage or irksome marketing ploy?
See ‘Covers’ page 8
See ‘Biden’ page 8
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Daily Times Leader
By Donna Summerall
Daily Times Leader
What is considered to be a
lost art form is alive and well
at Yarns and More, on
Commerce St. Owner Lynne
Tubb has a group of ladies
who meet every Thursday
and spin fbers into yarn the
old fashioned way. They use
spinning wheels. Most people
have never seen or heard of a
spinning wheel outside of
Sleeping Beauty pricking her
fnger on the spindle or
Rumplestilskin spinning
straw into gold. It is a fasci-
nating look into the past.
Spinning wheels and looms
were all operated by hand
before you could just go to
the nearest store and buy
ready-made yarns.
“My friend Mary Shannon,
has adopted a llama and
offered me the hair after
shearing,” explained Tubb.
“There are several steps to
getting the hair ready to be
spun into yarn. I have to
comb through it to get it
ready to be spun. It makes
the softest yarn I’ve ever felt.”
The spinners come from
Aberdeen, Starkville,
Crawford and right here in
West Point, to enjoy the
company of other people
with the same interest. Some
of the ladies have been spin-
ning for years and make it
look effortless. Others are
new and learning the craft for
the frst time. Stop by Yarns
and More on Thursday after-
noons if you are interested in
seeing the process or are
intrigued by the idea of learn-
ing how to spin.
Let the spinning wheel turn
Donna Summerall
Mary Ellen Drummrich, Jane Dollar, Meredith Barter and Leslie Bauman get together every Thurs-
day to spin different types of fbers into yarn.
WPHTF Jungle
Adventure gets kids into
the swing of things
Kids from all over West Point and Clay County answered the call of the wild
to a Jungle Adventure Race Friday, sponsored by the West Point Healthy Task
Force. They swung on ropes, crawled through tunnels, ran full tilt up and down
trails, swung through the trees like Tarzan and enjoyed a great time outdoors.
Each leg of the race was an adventure unto itself and was sponsored by area
businesses. The Jungle Adventure was held behind the Wellness Center and all
around the walking track at North Mississippi Medical Center. The West Point
Healthy Task Force works with schools and businesses to promote healthy eat-
ing and exercise by making it fun for everyone. Photos by Donna Summerall
offcials, many of whom
are taking more advantage of
electronic court documenta-
tion access.
One local agency that is
now making the move from
paper fling to digital fling is
the Clay County Circuit
Clerk’s Offce, which is in the
process of scanning all 2013
court documents into a fed-
eral case management system
known as the Mississippi
Electronic Courts (MEC)
system. Soon older cases will
be scanned in as well.
Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell
said very soon court person-
nel, attorneys and the general
public will have the option of
retrieving digital copies of
court records instead of sift-
ing through volumes of paper
fles to fnd what they’re look-
ing for. The Circuit Clerk’s
offce is not only making civil
cases digital but criminal
cases as well.
“What it will do for us in
the future is preserve docu-
ments forever and allow
attorneys to have offsite
access so they don’t actually
have to come to the court-
house,” Harrell said. “It will
also help judges, prosecutors
and public defenders because
they’ll all be able to see it and
prepare their cases from their
own offce. It’s also going to
help the Supreme Court
judges see what’s happening
in lower court cases.”
Accessing digital court fles
is “a lot like the docket book,”
Harrell said. The public will
come to the Circuit Clerk’s
offce, sit down at the public
terminal and will be prompt-
ed on how to login and view
records. Circuit Clerk offcials
hope to have most 2013 cases
digitalized by the end of June.
Harrell said mandatory elec-
tronic fling will come shortly
after that and the date when
mandatory electronic fling
begins will be announced
“We’re excited because
we’re one of the frst Circuit
Clerk’s offces in the area to
go live with this,” Harrell
said. “It will save a lot of time
and free up a lot of calls ask-
ing for different fles and
orders. There is no charge to
view digital court documents,
but regular rates will apply
for fles that are printed off.
Original complaints and
fling fee will still have to be
made at the Circuit Clerk’s
Offce physical address, but
notifcations and documents
that follow the original com-
plaint will be digital.
The Clay County Chancery
Clerk’s Offce is also in the
process of switching paper
fles to the the MEC system.
‘Digital’ continued from page 1
he never had utility servic-
es with the city. Pittman said
at that time he resided in the
Lone Oak area and his resi-
dential electric bill was paid
to 4-County Electric. As far
as his barber shop, Pittman
said the lights were not in his
name. He said at no time did
he owe utility payments to
the city and provided record
that showed he was not delin-
quent in paying his water bill
to the city.
Waide mentioned a former
Water and Light Department
employee whom he said was
allowed to have electricity
although no payment had
been collected. He said
instead of terminating this
employee, who is black, the
city took no action yet took
action to fre not only
Plunkett but other white city
employees as well.
Jury deliberations have not
yet begun, as the case contin-
ues today with more testi-
mony expected.
‘Trial’ continued from page 1
Daily Times Leader Friday, May 31, 2013 • Page 7
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
authors and poets added a
new state title to East
Mississippi Community
College’s list this year: Best
Literary Magazine.
“Syzygy,” EMCC’s annual
collection of poems, short
stories, plays, essays, art work
and various writings, took
the top spot at the Mississippi
Community College Creative
Writing Association’s 2013
State Competition in March.
In addition to earning the
overall award at the ceremo-
ny held at Mississippi Delta
Community College’s
Indianola campus, EMCC
students took the top two
spots in the poetry category
and the top spot in the one-
act play category.
Benjamin Stephens of
Columbus penned the top
one-act play “A Chance
Meeting.” Jennifer Dott of
Cedar Bluff earned frst place
in poetry with her piece
“Tide.” And Dane McCulloch
of Eupora earned second
place in poetry with “War
and Piece.”
“The Creative Writing
program continues to grow
at EMCC and to be a vital
part of academia and personal
development for our stu-
dents. Derrick Conner
(EMCC’s Scooba campus
Creative Writing instructor)
and I are often amazed at the
potential and the talent that
such young students display.
We could not be happier
with the direction of this pro-
gram,” said EMCC Golden
Triangle campus Creative
Writing instructor Marilyn
“And it’s a fantastic boon
for academics to know that
we, too, have state winners.”
Stephens said his best-in-
state play, which details a
heated confrontation between
two men following an accusa-
tion of theft, was refned with
the help of his Creative
Writing classmates.
“Winning was a feel-
ing of utter disbelief but also
of vindication. I was proud of
my own efforts and the class
in the sense that it was due to
their encouragement and crit-
icism that I was able to pro-
duce such a thing in the frst
place,” he said.
The issue of Syzygy which
won the 2013 MCCCWA
overall award was actually
published in 2012. However,
the individual writing awards
won by Stephens, Dott and
McCullough appeared in the
2013 edition of Syzygy, pub-
lished in March.
Summer online classes at
EMCC begin June 3.
Registration deadline is May
31. Fall semester classes begin
Aug. 19 and the deadline to
register is Aug. 16. Visit east- for more details.
named top
literary magazine
Submitted Photo
East Mississippi Community College Creative Writing students Benjamin Stephens, Dane McCull-
och, Taylor Durrett, Charles Thomas Salazar and Hannah McCulloch visit the B.B. King Museum in
Indianola while attending the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association Awards
Banquet. EMCC’s literary magazine “Syzygy” was named the state’s best magazine and EMCC
students earned frst place in several individual categories.
Americorps visits EMCC
Jesse Brammer of Columbus, Ohio, and Kirsten Riley of Canton, Ohio, assem-
ble underpinnings for student housing cottages Wednesday at East Mississippi
Community College’s Scooba campus. Brammer and Riley are two of seven
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members staying
on the Scooba campus through June 10 to participate in service projects.
Americorps recruits 18-24-year-olds to travel the country taking part in non-
proft, service learning opportunities such as disaster relief, urban renewal and
environmental conservation while earning scholarship money for college.
Submitted Photo
EMCC students get a “Heads-Up”
from Mississippi Highway Patrol
Two Mississippi Highway Patrolmen from Troop H in Meridian received cer-
tifcates of recognition from East Mississippi Community College earlier this
month as thanks for providing guest lectures to classes on the Scooba campus.
Master Sgt. Jeffrey Willis, second from left, an MHP investigator and EMCC
alum, and Sgt. Jason Jimison, third from left, were presented certifcates on
EMCC’s Scooba campus by Social Science and Business division chairman and
instructor Marianne Stuart and instructor James McMullan. The patrolmen
delivered lectures on the dangers of texting and driving to McMullan’s Juvenile
Justice and Introduction to Corrections classes. Submitted Photo
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Tammie McCoy, department
chair of the Bachelor of
Science in Nursing Program
at The W, has been named
one of the top 20 medical
and nursing professors in
Mississippi by Online Schools
McCoy was honored for
accolades as Mississippi
Community Service Nurse of
the Year for her breast cancer
awareness outreach and com-
munity literacy campaigns
through the Nightingale
Awards in Jackson. She also
helps nursing students pre-
pare for their own commu-
nity engagements as head of
the BSN department.
She has been very involved
with community service dur-
ing her entire nursing career.
Last year she served as presi-
dent of the Mississippi
Federation of Women’s
Clubs, an organization that
helps to improve communi-
ties through volunteer ser-
A few of the projects
McCoy has been involved
with in Mississippi include
breast cancer awareness and
prevention, raising funds for
mammograms, teaching stu-
dents to read, promoting
summer reading programs,
proper utilization of seatbelts
and providing immunizations
for students. Internationally
she has worked to provide
immunizations for children in
third world countries.
McCoy and her fellow
club members worked across
the state to implement Dr.
McCoy’s Presidents Special
Project, “Feeding Fellow
Mississippians,” which
focused on ways to help indi-
viduals across the life span
have adequate food. As part
of this project she worked
with food banks in canned
food drives, with local church
organizations in feeding ini-
tiatives, with schools and
weekend backpack programs
and with ways to identify and
help Mississippian’s with
basic food needs.
During her tenure as state
president she supported her
fellow club women in their
volunteer work with more
than 10,745 programs and
projects, 637,221 volunteer
hours and $1,576,802 raised
with $1,001,198 raised with
in-kind donations.
In April, McCoy was the
recipient of the Distinguished
Achievement Award. The
award is presented to alumni
and friends of the university
who have achieved profes-
sional distinction and made
signifcant community service
contributions at the local,
national and/or international
level, bringing distinction
and honor to the university.
Members of the top 20
medical and nursing profes-
sors list includes combat vet-
erans, legal consultants and
policy makers. Biochemists
and pharmacists contribute
knowledge from their special-
ties, as do surgeons and career
Online Schools Mississippi names McCoy
among top 20 medical, nursing professors
transfer of accounts will be
While the decision to close
the branch was diffcult, the
bank remains committed to
its customers, employees, and
to Clay County. For 125
years, BankFirst has remained
steadfast in its commitment
to remaining a locally owned
bank focused on community
banking with superior per-
sonal service.
BankFirst continues to
offer cutting edge and inno-
vative products like mobile
banking, free and high yield-
ing Kasasa checking and sav-
ings accounts, online personal
and business banking, and
remote deposit for business
customers. With the contin-
ued support of its customers
and communities, BankFirst
looks forward to providing
outstanding personal service
with new and innovative ser-
vices for many years to come.
One of Clay’s biggest
unemployment problems
centers around older adults
who were previously
employed at industries like
Bryan Foods. It’s those indi-
viduals, who wish to return
to the workforce, that Gates
says must take advantage of
EMCC’s programs.
An adult who is between 0
and 12 credit hours from
completing an Associates
Degree may qualify for a
grant. That Associates auto-
matically makes the applicant
more competitive.
Yokohama and other
industries have laid out spe-
cifc things they look for in
Applicants need to have at
least a Career Readiness
Certifcate. This tells the
employer that the applicant is
equipped with the basic skills
to work 65 percent of the
jobs available.
Gates says that EMCC
will work with individuals for
free to get them to CRC sta-
tus. It only takes a $45 fee to
get the certifcate when the
person is ready.
Enrolling full time is also
an ideal path for those seek-
ing new jobs. The workforce
training programs at EMCC
will equip people with skills
and give them the two-year
degree needed to advance in
the workplace.
Gates was the guest of
Rotarian Wesley Rice.
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ChurCh Calendar Continued
Chapel of Pheba wishes to
invited everyone to their
Revival Services at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker is Rev. Dossie
Wednesday, June 5-7
u VBS — Yeates Chapel
M.B. Church announces
Vacation Bible School from
6-8 p.m.
Thursday, June 6-7
u Youth Revival — The
Church House of Refuge
Family Worship Center will be
having a two-day Youth
Revival June 6-7, 2013 @
7:00 p.m. The public is invit-
Sunday, June 9
u Church Anniversary —
Fountain Head M.B. Church
wishes to invite everyone to
come and celebrate its 127th
anniversary at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is Nathaniel Best of St.
Matthew M.B. Church of
u Usher Ministry
Program — First Baptist
Pheba Church would like to
invite everyone to their Usher
Ministry Program at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker is Rev. Dr.
Charlie F. Barnes Sr., of Mt.
Pelier M.B. Church of
Starkville. Special music by the
Mt. Pelier Choir.
Monday, June 10-12
u VBS — The Church
House of Refuge Family
Worship Center will be having
Vacation Bible School June
10-12, 2013. VBS will be
from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Monday, June 10-14
u VBS — Walker Grove
M.B. Church wishes to invite
everyone to Vacation Bible
School from 6 – 8 p.m. The
theme is “Tell it on the
Mountain where Jesus Christ
is Lord.”
u Revival — Yeates Chapel
M.B. Church is having Revival
at 7 p.m.
Monday, June 27-29
u VBS — Shady Grove
Abbott M.B. Church wishes
to invite everyone to Vacation
Bible School at 6 p.m. Classes
for all ages, includes adults.
law to handle songwriting
royalties on behalf of cover art-
Obtaining a license to record
a cover is easy and inexpensive.
Services like Google Inc.’s
Limelight, which launched in
late 2009, offer commercial
song licenses to anyone who
fills out a form. For each song
they cover, artists pay a $15
fee. By law, Limelight also
charges $9.10 in advance for
every 100 downloads the artists
may sell. TuneCore, which
launched in 2006, distributes
songs on outlets like iTunes for
$10 per track. Selling a couple
hundred tracks — because of
consumer confusion or other-
wise — can earn cover artists
enough money to pay the bills.
The hurdle is so low for the
average amateur that once a hit
song comes out, it’s covered
quickly. Take “Suit & Tie,” a
Justin Timberlake song released
by RCA Records in January.
There are already around 180
covers on Spotify in addition to
Timberlake’s version.
Since Adele’s “Skyfall” was
released in October, it has sold
more than 1.9 million copies in
the U.S. Cover artists sold more
than 54,000 copies, according
to Nielsen SoundScan. The top-
selling cover was produced by
Movie Sounds Unlimited, a
subsidiary of German music
publisher BMG, and sold over
9,800 units.
The singer on the Movie
Sounds Unlimited version of
“Skyfall” imitates Adele’s offi-
cial version down to the brassy
intro and the unique way the
British diva rolls over the sound
“L’’ like an “O’’ when she sings
“Let the sky fall when it crum-
On iTunes, 35 people have
reviewed the album containing
Movie Sounds Unlimited’s ver-
sion of “Skyfall.” Half of them
felt the purchase was a dud,
giving the album a one-star rat-
ing, the lowest in the electronic
“Adele’s voice is perfect for
this song, not whoever sung it
for this album,” writes one
“Don’t waste your money.
None are as good as the origi-
nals,” writes another.
While some people make
covers to get discovered, others
seem to be in it to trick buyers
and make a fast buck. A recent
search for popular artists on
Spotify reveals plenty of me-
too bands who pick deceptive
artist names like the “Bruno
Mars Tributors” or song names
like “Firework (As Made
Famous By Katy Perry).” The
artwork and graphics used for
their songs are sometimes a
mirror image of the originals.
The producer behind that
Katy Perry cover says he’s not
out to deceive.
“It’s not about trying to live
in somebody’s shadow or fak-
ing people out,” says Michael
Vail Blum, the Sherman Oaks,
Calif.-based owner of Titan
Music Inc. Blum says the cover
song business is about taking
great material — sometimes
written by someone else — and
making a great recording.
Technology has just evened the
playing field for artists who
aren’t signed to major labels, he
But sounding similar is often
the whole point, explains a per-
son familiar with how the sub-
sidiary of music publishing
giant BMG works. The execu-
tive spoke on condition of ano-
nymity because he wasn’t
authorized to speak publicly
about it. The sound-alike can
take the place of the original for
businesses like malls and res-
taurants that want to use the
song but can’t afford the origi-
nal. For example, TV show
“Two and a Half Men” licensed
Movie Sounds’ sound-alike of
“Gonna Fly Now,” the theme
song from the movie “Rocky,”
for an episode from 2010.
It’s a big business, with mil-
lions of dollars invested, and
Movie Sounds’ parent
Countdown Media has a cata-
log of more than 50,000 covers.
Digital music stores have
made knock-offs profitable in a
way that wouldn’t be possible
with physical stores.
When iTunes launched in
2001, bands like The Beatles,
AC/DC, Metallica and Kid
Rock refused to sell their music
online, so cover artists swooped
in to profit from the digital
demand. Titan Music cover
band Led Zepagain was one of
them. Standing in the place of
originals in search results,
sound-alike songs made hun-
dreds of thousands dollars
when consumers bought their
That’s not illegal, says Chris
Mooney, senior director of art-
ist promotions at indie song
distributor TuneCore.
“A cover song does not have
to be an entirely original take
on a version,” he says.
Brian Felsen, the president of
CDBaby, another independent
song distributor, says that while
a gray area exists today, the
deluge of covers can’t really be
“Everybody polices it as
much as you can,” he says, add-
ing that his staff attempts to
prevent “blatant” knock-offs
that copy cover art and use
other deceptive practices from
being distributed. But he
acknowledges that having so
many covers isn’t good for con-
sumers. “It may not be illegal
or immoral, but it may not be
the best thing for society at
large either.”
In the face of this growing
tide, the mainstream music
industry is jumping on for the
Warner Bros. Records artist
Michael Buble, whose career
was made covering singers like
Frank Sinatra and Louis
Armstrong, worked with a band
that got its start doing covers,
Boyce Avenue, to cover his
original single, “It’s a Beautiful
Day.” Buble introduced their
version in a video released in
April that links back to his
The exposure is worth any
sales lost to Boyce Avenue’s
cover, according to Kayla
Isenberg, Warner Bros.’ senior
director of interactive media,
who reached out to Boyce
Avenue on the partnership.
“The trade-off is being able
to use their avenue to open up
Michael and his music to this
YouTube generation,” she says,
pointing to their 3 million sub-
scribers and their YouTube
channel’s 917 million views.
“We’re getting massive public-
Biden’s equation — and
every conversation about 2016
— is Hillary Rodham Clinton,
who Democratic insiders say
would start out a heavy favorite
if she seeks the nomination.
A match-up with his former
Senate colleague, 2008 primary
opponent and West Wing team-
mate would test the loyalties
and relative influence of a
number of key Democratic
Fiercely popular with women
and with strong bipartisan
appeal, Clinton stands to gain
from fond memories of a boom-
ing economy under her hus-
band’s presidency. Like Biden,
she also lays claim to the
Obama legacy. But Biden, on
many issues, also has cast him-
self to the left of Obama, stak-
ing out ground that could make
him an attractive alternative to
Clinton for the party’s liberal
base in presidential primaries.
“When he takes on gun con-
trol or comes out ahead of the
curve on gay marriage, he is
also right where people are,”
said John Anzalone, a
Democratic pollster who
worked on Obama’s re-elec-
tion. “He’s evolved just like
everyone else.”
Unlike Obama, whose
appearances are carefully cho-
reographed to leave nothing to
chance, each of Biden’s public
events has an element of sus-
pense. His supporters say his
seeming inability to hide his
true feelings about an issue
speaks to an honesty and can-
dor that are at the heart of his
appeal. But White House offi-
cials have privately griped
about the fallout and distrac-
tions when he struggles to stay
on message in a highly politi-
cized environment.
“The standing joke in the
office is Barack’s learning to
speak without a teleprompter,
I’m learning to speak with
one,” Biden quipped Tuesday
at a Jewish American heritage
event, managing to be self-
effacing while coming close to
slighting his boss in the course
of a single sentence.
Douglas Brinkley, a presi-
dential historian at Rice
University who interviewed
Biden for a recent feature in
Rolling Stone magazine, said
Biden’s become “the Chris
Christie of the Democratic
Party,” a reference to New
Jersey’s shoot-from-the-hip
Republican governor.
“Biden’s kind of a joke to the
right,” Brinkley said, “but in
core Democratic circles, they
feel that somehow this long-
time Washington politician has
packaged himself as the straight
talker who’s not hostage to
“That kind of makeover
doesn’t happen by accident,”
he said.
Behind the scenes, Biden is
doing the legwork to keep his
membership current in key
Democratic circles. He’s mak-
ing recruitment calls for the
House Democrats’ campaign
arm ahead of the 2014 mid-
terms. During inaugural week-
end, he schmoozed with promi-
nent Democrats from Iowa and
New Hampshire — the first
two states to hold presidential
primary contests. While vaca-
tioning in early April in South
Carolina, another key early pri-
mary state, Biden invited the
state party chair, Dick
Harpootlian, for a round of
A few weeks later, Biden was
back in the Palmetto State,
where he let his voice rise to a
boil as he keynoted the state
party’s annual fundraising din-
“To all of a sudden, since the
last election, hear our
Republican friends talk about
how much they value the mid-
dle class ... “ Biden said with
dismay. He noted state
Republicans were holding a
competing dinner a few miles
away. “I’ll bet they’re talking
about the middle class —
When the laughter subsided,
a more restrained Biden
“I don’t want to make any
news tonight,” he said.
“Go ahead!” one activist in
the audience shouted, egging
him on.
Minutes later, Biden was
whisked by motorcade across
town, where he riffed on voting
access before a casual crowd
downing beers at a fish fry in
honor of longtime Rep. James
Clyburn, D-S.C. For almost an
hour, he worked a rope-line,
five-people deep, greeting sup-
porters and posing for pictures
the way he did years earlier in
two unsuccessful presidential
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Twitter at
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‘Covers’ continued from page 4
Remembering those who made the
ultimate sacrifce
On the far left, Clytee Ballard holds a fag for her husband, Fred Ballard, a
veteran of World War II as Baleria Walker and Maxine Shotwell also hold fags
for fallen loved ones who served in the military at Thursday’s Memorial Day
commemoration. Photo by Bryan Davis
Cox honors veterans
West Point resident Darlene Cox holds multiple fags for fallen loved ones dur-
ing Thursday’s ceremony. Photo by Bryan Davis
Community Calendar Continued
need to keep the pup for
two weeks, until the day of
transport. If you are interest-
ed, please call the shelter at
u Ladies Auxiliary —
The American Legion Post
212 Ladies Auxiliary meet
the second Thursday of each
month at 6 p.m. All members
are urged to attend.
u GED classes — Free
GED classes at Bryan Public
Library on Tuesday and
Wednesday each week, 4:30
- 7:30. These are sponsored
by the Adult Basic Education
department of East MS
Community College. Please
call 243- 1985 to register for
free classes.
u 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 families 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.
u Lodge Breakfast —
West Point Masonic Lodge
No. 40 will have a breakfast
the frst Saturday of each
month from 5”30-8:30 a.m.
The public is invited.
u REPM Meeting — The
Clay County Unit of Retired
Education Personnel of
Mississippi, will meet at 2
p.m. in the Esther Pippen
Meeting Room of the Bryan
Public Library. J.W.
Chrestman from Alert
Guardian will be guest speak-
er. All members and prospec-
tive members are invited to
attend. Membership in
REPM is open to all retired
persons from the Mississippi
schools. For more informa-
tion call President Ella Seay
494-8323 or Vice President
Robbie Bryant 494-4129.
Friday, May 31
u Vidalia Onion
Fundraiser — The West
Point Civitan Luncheon Club
are selling Vidalia Onions 10
pounds for $10. Don’t miss
out on these delicious onions
and help the Civitans contin-
ue their work in our commu-
Daily Times Leader Friday, May 31, 2013 • Page 9
Scenes from Tuesday’s Dizzy Dean play
Will Nations
The Braves’ Amemelia Hunter gets a single during Tuesday night action.
Will Nations
Red Sox Gibson Johnson gets ready to step into the box with some practce swings.
Will Nations
Riley Turnipseed runs down frst base line following her hit for the Red Sox.
Will Nations
The Giants’ Trinton Glaspie becomes one with the ball.
By Danny Smith,
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Mountain College is looking
to build its baseball program
and coach Curt Fowler can’t
think of any better way to do
it than with an athlete like
East Webster’s Cody McKee.
McKee, who signed with
the Hilltoppers on Wednesday
afternoon, combined an
excellent skill as a catcher
along with a high academic
standard for the Wolverines,
which was something that
impressed Fowler.
Fowler met East Webster
baseball coach Wes Johnson
on the night that McKee was
selected for the Northeast
Mississippi Coaches
Association for Better
Baseball All-Star Game and
that’s where the interest
began to develop.
“We were looking for two
catchers,” Fowler said. “His
coach highly recommended
him so I came over and got
to see him play a game against
Eupora and liked what I saw.
We did a little background
checking and made some calls
to other coaches in the area
that had coached against him.
They all had the same things
to say about him that he was
a hard-worker, hustled behind
the plate and willing to learn.
We liked that.”
With a high GPA and
ACT scores going for McKee,
Fowler couldn’t pass up gain-
ing an athlete like that for his
“He excels in the class-
room and what we look for is
guys that can play and that
will do well in class,” Fowler
Blue Mountain College is
located between New Albany
and Ripley on Highway 15 in
north Mississippi.
McKee enjoyed the visits
he made to Blue Mountain
and looks forward to ftting
in there.
“I love the campus,”
McKee said. “It’s not really
big and kind of small. You
are going to know everybody
there. It’s going to be a real
friendly environment.
“I’m just excited to be able
to play baseball at the next
level and get to show my
skills there.”
McKee was one of the
standout players at the
NEMCABB All-Star Game in
Corinth last Saturday. In 62
at-bats, he had a .339 batting
average with six doubles and
15 runs batted in.
East Webster baseball
coach Wes Johnson has
watched McKee progress
over the last four years and is
proud to see him get the
opportunith with the
“Every year, he got better
and to me that’s what it’s all
about to be a good athlete,”
Johnson said. “He came in,
worked and now he’s reeping
the reward for his work.”
McKee, who will be par-
ticipating in the Mississippi
Association of Coaches All-
Star Game in Jackson this
weekend, enjoyed his career
with the Wolverines and
learning under Johnson.
“Coach Johnson has
helped coach me all four years
of my life,” McKee said. “I
thank my parents for helping
me through my younger
years and all my family sup-
porting me all my life.
“I had a good time playing
baseball at East Webster. I
was a senior catcher and led
the team. I tried to be a
leader in academics and
Now McKee joins a Blue
Mountain team that’s 4-years-
old and has made the postsea-
son the last two years. It fn-
ished second in the TranSouth
Tournament two years ago.
The Toppers are joining
the Southern States
Conference next year where
Fowler is expecting a step up
in competition.
“We’ll be in there with
Belhaven, William Carey and
some other teams farther
south,” Fowler said. “It’s
almost like the SEC of NAIA
baseball. Everything we’re
doing is building. We’ve got
a long way to go, but we’re
getting there.”
Now McKee is set to be a
part of that journey.
McKee inks with Blue Mountain
Submitted Photo
Cody McKee, of East Webster High School signs with NAIA member Blue Mountain College to play baseball. With McKee as he signs
are (standing) his East Webster coaches along with family members father Patrick McKee, mother Heather McKee. Not pictured are
McKee’s grandparents, Floyd and Cheryl McKee of Clay County.
Tibbee Ramblers hit the road for Algoma
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The Tibbee Ramblers are
coming of a winless Memorial
Day Weekend of non-league
action but are hoping that
their fortune will change
Saturday afternoon in Algoma
against league member
The Ramblers are current-
ly 1-1 in the league and will
play Houlka with a frst pitch
around 3:30.
For more information on
the location of the game or
more about the Tibbee
Ramblers, contact Joe B.
Amos at 662-295-5188
Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Friday, May 31, 2013
know what to do. It hurt to
see the struggle on his face, the
doubt in his mind and the pain
that showed through the smile.
Regret was now his friend. (I
hope he knows that he has been
set up to be blessed by God).
As I sought for words of
encouragement, I was taken to
the time when Paul was impris-
oned for his faith and preach-
ing. From his jail cell…he
called on God, he wrote letters
of faith, hope, renewal,
strength, and hope to the
church. He was more con-
cerned with his fellow man
than with his own state. He
was concerned for the lives of
those who were in the free
world but yet still bound by the
attacks of Satan. Paul’s spirit
could not be held captive to the
deeds of man. He was on fire
for the Lord. As I began to
encourage my friend and
myself; we shared many past
moments…I was again remind-
ed of the power to change, the
strength to change and of the
one who makes it all avail-
able…Jesus…Jesus…Jesus. I
know he is real! There is
power in the name of Jesus. I
was taken back to a “midnight
prayer service.” where chains
were broken, jail cell doors
were opened and captives were
set free. Lives were given over
to God. People we saved that
very night as praises and
prayers were sent up to God.
God was using my testimony
to encourage one who still suf-
fered. He was assuring and
reassuring…thank you Lord.
He was letting us both know
that it was going to be alright.
For I so wanted my walk with
God to be an encouragement to
him to not give up…to strength-
en him. I say to you today, my
friend…every step you take…
every move you make…from
this day forward…do it in the
Lord. Do as Paul, learn to be
content in all situations, you
can’t do it on your own; but
you can do all things through
Jesus Christ who will strength-
en you. Ask God to take your
heart and mold it, take your
mind and transform it, take
your will and make it his own.
When the enemy comes it will
be in a voice that will attempt
to destroy the spirit…quickly
dismiss this thought. Read and
mediate on the word of God.
Know his voice. Listen for the
voice of God; it comes with
power, confidence, comfort and
reassurance of a better day.
My friend, I encourage you
to look to the hills from which
cometh all your help, for all
your help comes from God.
Allow God to speak peace to
your soul. Make it your desire
to be holy; for God is able to do
anything. Surrender to him.
And as a final word, I say to
you, as you are faced with the
adversity of life; know that you
serve a God who cares for you.
He is the name above all names
and worthy of all your praise.
He is a great God. It will be
your prayers and your praise
that will bring you through, that
will break your chains; that will
set you free. I encourage you
to know God for yourself. I
encourage you to stand and
stay in the will of God. Mediate
on the promises of God, for
they are for you. He is a faith-
ful God. Proclaim your love
for him today. God is there and
will be there late in the mid-
night hour. It is now time that
you make him your strong
tower. This wilderness experi-
ence is not permanent, it is
temporary, and it is only a test
you are going through. Keep
the faith, it is only a test. Know
that all things work to the good
of those who love the Lord and
are called according to his pur-
pose. Go deep in the word of
God! Know that he is a heart
fixer, a mind regulator, a giver
of comfort and peace…allow
him to hold you today. Allow
his ministering angels to speak
to your spirit. Know that man
can close no door that God
commands open. Join me on
the narrow path of life, for no
man can make crooked that
what God has made straight.
My friend, accept what God
allows. Everything is truly
under the authority of God.
God will turn your trials into
your testimony. Trust God.
Worship God. Experience the
presence of God in your life.
Be patient as he once again has
you on the potter’s wheel.
Allow God to do a perfect work
in you. Know it all is for the
Glory of a mighty God. Upmost
please remember his eyes are
on the sparrow; know that he
watches over you!
You are my friend. (Lord,
thank you for allowing me to
be a friend.) Be blessed in the
Yes, God has imagination!
He made man from the dust of
the ground and then, from the
rib of man, He made His most
imaginative and complex crea-
ture – woman! Oh, yes, God
has imagination. I think He
enjoyed using His imagination
so much that He gave man
some of that ability. And from
man’s imagination have come
many wonderful inventions –
the heavy airplane that can rise
from the earth and fly through
the skies – vaccines that fight
diseases – electricity that pro-
duces light and energy – tele-
phones that allow us to talk
with someone on the other side
of the world – television that
lets us see and hear events as
they take place far from where
we are. But man, unlike God,
often uses his imagination for
that which is not good. So,
because of sin, God sent His
Son that man might believe on
Him and have everlasting life.
Yet, in our wildest imagina-
tion, we cannot envision all that
God, in His great imagination,
has planned for us as His chil-
dren! First Corinthians 2:9
tells us, “No eye has seen, no
ear has heard, and no mind has
imagined what God has pre-
pared for those who love Him.”
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