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By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
The West Point Police
Department is currently in
search of 39-year-old Kevin
Franks of West Point, who is
wanted in connection to a June
7 burglary.
According to Acting Chief
Investigator Albert Lee,
Franks broke into a Griffn
Street residence and made off
with a 73-inch television,
assorted hunting knives, a
DVD player and a large
amount of assorted coins.
“It is believed that he did
not act alone,” Lee said.
Point of entry into the home
is undetermined at this time.
If anyone knows of Franks’
whereabouts they are asked to
call the WPPD at 622-494-
Daily Times Leader
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and Yarber. page 3
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Power outage issue resolved
By Sheena Baker
Daily Times Leader
West Point Water and
Light Department crews are
confdent that the issue that
caused a mass power outage
across the city is fnally
Hundreds of West Point
utility customers lost power
Tuesday and Wednesday,
most of whom reside south
of Main Street. Several resi-
dents living north of Main
Street also experienced power
outages. Before the problem
was resolved, many residents
and businesses remained
without electricity nearly
three hours.
Water and Light
Superintendent Dwight
Prisock said the initial prob-
lem with the lights were
caused by an issue with light-
ening arrestors that began to
malfunction. Lightening
arrestors provide protection
to the insulation and conduc-
tors of utility system from
damage caused by lightening.
Once this issue was identi-
fed, utility crews replaced the
lightening arrestors, worked
to split the service load across
other breakers and managed
to restore power to customers
in the north. Crews immedi-
ately began restoring power
to customers in the south
shortly after replacing the
In the process of recheck-
ing the system the crew dis-
covered a problem with the
breaker in the city’s south
substation. Water and Light
linemen worked to switch the
service load to other breakers
and got all customers on line
once again.
Thursday the crew found a
broken, aged ground wire in
the south substation that was
causing instability in the
breaker, which caused the
entire substation to go down.
There are about eight circuits
that feed the city, Prisock
said, and crews worked
Thursday to balance the cus-
tomer load evening across all
eight circuits.
The Water and Light
Department will continue
checking the system and
believes the even distribution
of the load will prevent mass
power outages in the future.
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
For West Point native
Tyler Bratton, being in the
dugout with the Diamond
Dogs as they play in Omaha
tomorrow at 2 p.m. against
the No. 3 Oregon State will
be like a kid’s dream coming
But even more good news,
off the diamond, has made
this Father’s Day week more
On Monday, in
Charlottesville, Virginia,
Bratton celebrated with the
Maroon-and-White as
Mississippi State clinched a
berth into the College World
On Wednesday, Bratton
learned that he and his wife,
Bree, are expecting a baby
boy in the coming months.
“Really good news earlier
today,” commented Bratton
on Wednesday evening about
learning his frst child would
be a boy, “A little slugger is
on his way.”
Bratton is the Mississippi
State baseball program’s
Director of Baseball
Operations. You probably
have seen him standing in the
team’s dugout behind Head
Coach John Cohen during
games and might have won-
dered who the guy was in
slacks and a golf shirt. That’s
“There’s a lot of different
hats I have to wear. I order
equipment, set up fights, and
travel arrangements in
advance,” said Bratton about
his duties, and it won’t just
stop when he gets to the
CWS in Nebraska, “It’s a
challenging time right now in
June. Friday will be a crazy
day with the host folks want-
ing to take the team to events,
a photo shoot, practice, and
press conferences, all in a
short amount of time.”
Bratton, 28, has been on
the Mississippi State staff
since 2008 and has been a
part of the “fve-year plan”
that Cohen laid out when he
flled the head coach vacancy
in 2008 from the University
of Kentucky.
With expectations high for
a historic program like
Mississippi State, the ninth
trip to Omaha has been
viewed as overdue.
“It feels good, and it has
been a long time coming,”
said Bratton, “As a college
baseball coach coming into a
new position in the summer
like Cohen did, you miss the
early signing period, so you’re
already in a tough spot. But
our signing classes have had
players like frst-rounder
Chris Stratton, Ben Bracewell,
Adam Frazier, and Hunter
Renfroe. It takes time and
talent like these players in
signing classes to get success
like this.”
Bratton called this year’s
Mississippi State team a very
relaxed ball club. Bratton
Bryan Davis
Mississippi State Bulldogs Head of Baseball Operations Tyler Bratton, a Clay County native and Oak Hill Academy graduate speaks
with coaches during a camp scrimmage game at OHA’s baseball feld on Thursday night.
Dogs are in good hands
MSU heads to Omaha with
Bratton head of operations
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
Members of 4-County
Electric Power Association met
Thursday afternoon and elected
two directors, attended a health
fair and learned about an array
of cooperative programs and
initiatives at the Association’s
Annual Membership Meeting
at East Mississippi Community
College’s Mayhew campus.
4-County CEO/General
Manager Joe Cade began his
remarks to an estimated 700
people by honoring the
Association’s linemen. The
cooperative’s directors recently
adopted a resolution declaring
April 18 of each year as
4-Count y Li neman
Appreciation Day.
“Our linemen are the heart
and soul of our cooperative,”
Cade said. “They often work in
the rain and snow, day and
night, when duty calls. Working
together, these brave men
restore power to our communi-
Cade also outlined a number
of co-op initiatives undertaken
in the last 12 months:
• Co-op Connection Cards
– 4-County provided these
cards to members, free of
charge. The cards provide dis-
counts for prescription drugs
and other products and services
throughout the 4-County ser-
vice area. Since the cards’
Hundreds in
attendance at 4-County
annual meeting
Sheena Baker
Over 700 4-County customers convene Thursday for the coop-
erative’s annual meeting during which two incumbent board mem-
bers were re-elected.
See ‘4-County’ page 12
See ‘Bratton’ page 8
Kevin Franks
Franks wanted for burglary
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
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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.”
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 VBS — Siloam M.B.
Church wishes to invite every-
one to Vacation Bible School
from 6-8 p.m.
u Revival — Yeates Chapel
M.B. Church is having Revival
at 7 p.m.
Monday, June 10-13
u VBS — St. Paul United
Methodist Church is having
Vacation Bible School from
5:30 – 8 p.m. Children from
kindergarten through 12th
grade are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, June
u Pre-Pastor Appreciation
— Progress St. Church of God
Pastor’s Aide Dept. would like
to invite area pastors and their
church families to come and
share in their Pre-Pastor and
wife Appreciation Services at 7
p.m. There will be a different
speaker each night.
Saturday, June 15
u Choir Anniversary —
First Baptist Pheba Church is
celebrating their Choir
Anniversary at 6:30 p.m. All
solo singers, choirs, and
groups are invited to attend.
Monday, June 17-21
u VBS — West End
Baptist Church will be hosting
Vacation Bible School 6-9
p.m. WEBC invites pre-school
thru 5th graders and adults to
come join the “Colossal
Coaster World; Facing Fear,
Trusting God.” 2 Timothy
1:7. VBS Family night will be
on Friday, June 21st at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June
u VBS — Gospel Temple
M.B. Church wishes to invite
everyone to Vacation Bible
School from 6-8 p.m. The
theme is “Round em’ up for
Sunday, June 23
u Pastor Appreciation —
Progress St. Church of God
wishes to invite everyone to
their Pastor Appreciation
Service for Bishop William
and Lou Golden at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker is Bishop
Charles Ferrell of Holy Temple
Church of God in New
Albany, along with his choir
and church family.
Sunday, June 23
u Church Anniversary
— Mt. Zion M.B. Church
of Pheba is celebrating their
church’s anniversary. Guest
speaker is Rev. Gregory
Wright of Center Hill Baptist
Church of Houlka.
Sunday, June 23-27
u Revival — Walker Grove
M.B. Church wishes to invite
everyone to their Summer
Revival Services, Sunday at 6
p.m. Monday-Thursday at 7
p.m. Guest speaker is Rev.
Charles Brown of Pine Grove
M.B. Church of Starkville.
Monday, June 24-26
u VBS — Third Mt. Olive
M.B. Church is having
Vacation Bible School from
5-7 p.m.
Monday, June 24-28
u Revival — Revival ser-
vices will be held at St. Paul
M. B. Church. Rev. Gerald
Valliant will be the guest evan-
Tuesday, June 25
u Women’s Ministry
Meeting — The Women’s
Ministry of Gospel Temple
M.B. Church is having their
monthly meeting at 6 p.m.
The program will be “Learning
about the good, bad and the
ugly women in the Bible.”
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.
Sunday, June 30
u Church Dedication —
Strong Hill M.B. Baptist
Church is having a Church
Dedication at 3 p.m. Guest
speaker is Rev. Vernon Swift
of Elizabeth Baptist Church in
Tuscaloosa, Ala. His church
family and choir will also
attend. All area churches and
pastors are invited to come.
Dinner will be served.
Daily Times Leader Page 2 • Friday, June 14, 2013
Mattie Sue Moore
Mattie Sue Moore age 88, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at
her home in Aberdeen.
Funeral services are Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at
Baptist Grove M.B. Church with Rev. Joseph L. Lampkin
officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation is today, Friday, June 14, 2013 from 3-6 p.m. at
the Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrange-
ChurCh Calendar
Life is sort of like a ball
game. It gives us the ball and
then it’s up to us to make it
into the end zone. We would
do pretty good except for the
fumbles, dropped passes,
missed goals and game chang-
ing injuries. It’s enough to
discourage any player who
has ever played the game.
Every time we go to work it
can be a discouraging situa-
tion. There is always some-
body there waiting to take the
air out of our sails. Every
time you go to school there is
always somebody there wait-
ing to rain on your parade.
Every time you go to a meet-
ing there is always somebody
there waiting to poop on your
party and even in the church
there are people who are har-
boring evil spirits and they
will steal your joy.
The greatest enemy of
Elijah was not the evil king,
the unruly people or the ene-
mies of the children of Israel.
It was the wife of King Ahab;
a woman by the name of
Jezebel. Jezebel was a mean
and ruthless woman. A
manipulative vixen so bent
and warped on power that she
twisted the mind of her hus-
band until he turned his back
on GOD and bowed down to
idols gods.
Ahab was the king but
Jezebel ran the kingdom with
an iron fist. She wielded her
husband’s power and because
he was so weak, she destroyed
the temples of GOD and built
temples to her idol gods. She
set up worship services and
demanded that the Israelites
worship her god. She round-
ed up and murdered all the
prophets of GOD and
ordained 450 prophets of
Baal. She passed laws, made
sacrifices and turned GOD’s
people into idol worshipping
Elijah was the only advo-
cate for morality standing
against seemingly impossible
odds to set things back in
order and demand that GOD’s
people do the right thing.
Elijah challenged the proph-
ets of Baal to a showdown on
Mt. Carmel where they agreed
to call on their respective
The prophets of Baal went
first and they called on Baal
all day long. They shouted,
they hollered, they bucked,
jumped and danced all over
the mountain but Baal
wouldn’t answer. Elijah even
told them to scream a little
louder just in case Baal was
They cut themselves and
bleed all over the mountain
but Baal still didn’t answer.
Elijah sat by patiently till late
over in the evening but Baal
still remained silent. Finally,
Elijah prepared his sacrifice.
He set up an altar and laid his
bullock thereon. Then he pro-
ceeded to dig a trench around
the altar and poured water all
over the altar until it ran down
and filled the trench.
When he was done he
looked up and placed a person
to person call to glory. Well,
as the old folks might say,
“The Lord heard his cry.”
Immediately fire came down
from heaven and consumed
the sacrifice, burnt up the
altar, licked up the water and
burned up the dust. Elijah’s
GOD and my GOD is a pow-
erful GOD. The people saw
that and
agreed to
serve him. At
Elijah’s com-
mand, all the
prophets of
Baal was
arrested and
herded down
to the brook
Kishon where
Elijah killed
them all.
The proph-
et Elijah had
o v e r c o me
ing odds and destroyed all of
Jezebels preachers. But Ahab
ran home and gave a detailed
report to Jezebel and she was
not happy. In fact she sent a
messenger to Elijah with this
promise, “As my god is my
witness, you’ll be dead by
this time tomorrow.” This is
where I got somewhat per-
plexed. The bible indicates
that Elijah became so dis-
couraged that he ran for his
life. What would make a man
of GOD become so discour-
aged so fast?
The pivotal lesson here is
that discouragement can
come from an unlikely source.
Bullies can only bully us as
long as there is a fear factor.
People will make a slave out
of you if you let them. But
once the fear is removed you
can turn a warrior into a
wimp. That’s why mental
health professionals have
always advocated that we
face our fears and not run
from them.
Paul wrote to
T i m o t h y
(1:7), “For
GOD has not
given us the
spirit of fear;
but of power,
and of love,
and of a
sound mind.”
leads to dis-
You do know,
I hope, that
words sometimes come from
family and friends. Even
church folks have their
moments. We are good at
slipping little discouraging
comments into our godly
conversations. I have had
members tell me, “I’m think-
ing about joining the usher’s
ministry or singing in the
choir.” But later they come
back a say, “I’ve changed my
mind.” Some times I wonder
how many minds have been
changed because somebody
planted some seeds of dis-
There is no doubt that
Elijah had a discouraging dis-
position after the messenger
told him what Jezebel had
said. He should have told him
to go back and tell her to
“bring it.” He should have
said, “I just finished polishing
off 450 of her bad guys;
maybe she should bring 451.”
But Elijah said nothing….he
just ran. So now let’s follow
the prophet up the mountain
and see what a discouraging
disposition may do to our
The first thing that I noticed
was the fact that the bible
says when he saw. What I
can’t figure out is what was it
that he saw. I know he could
see physically but what could
he possibly be looking at spir-
itually. Up until now he could
clearly see what GOD could
do. But now all of a sudden
he only sees what Jezebel can
Why is it that people can
clearly see bad stuff that
might happen but have a
problem seeing the good stuff
that GOD will make happen?
Everything we look at seems
to be clouded by deception
and a fundamental lack of
faith. When it comes to
destruction we see 20-20 but
when it comes to deliverance
we see 20-200.
I need to encourage some-
body to look up and not
around for your help. The
people in your corner may not
be in your corner. The people
around you may not under-
stand where GOD is trying to
take you. If you give in to
discouragement right now
and give up on GOD; you
may loose the blessing he has
in store for you.
After Elijah saw the evil
intentions of Jezebel he ran
and sat down under a Juniper
tree. As you travel this
Christian journey and particu-
larly doing the work of a mis-
sionary; you cannot sat down
on GOD. He has too much
invested in you for you to
give up the struggle. If you
are a child of GOD and on the
battlefield for the Lord then
you are in this for the long
haul. And you cannot sit this
one out.
Your energy and enthusi-
asm may be the catalyst that
keeps somebody else in the
race. One thing the devil
loves is to see Christian sol-
diers falling down or sitting
down on the battlefield. If
GOD has moved you to min-
istry in the community and
especially in the church; you
must not let Satan discourage
you to set out on the mission
of GOD.
Finally Elijah asked GOD
to take his life. Not only did
he see and set down but it’s
sad to say that he surrendered.
Every now and then you will
get so discouraged that you’ll
be tempted to throw up your
hands and surrender. In this
case Elijah exhibited the
Brinkley: A discouraging disposition
Tim Brinkley
Mosley: A father who cares
Lord, I thank you for the
worshipper, the praise, the
lover, the comforter, the healer
that you have placed in me. As
you look to my heart, Father, I
pray that you see all that is
pleasing to you. My desire and
spirit urge me to live for you
and for you alone. Lord, when
I look over my life I praise you.
When I think of the sunshine of
the brand new day, Lord I
praise you. Father, as I medi-
ate on your goodness, I ask that
you open the floodgates and let
it rain on me. You are a truly
awesome God; when man said
no, you said yes. When I
doubted my ability, you stepped
in and made me more than a
conqueror. When I could go no
further, you reached down and
carried me. When I was
wounded and all alone, you
picked me up, wiped the tears
from my eyes and held me
close. When I came to myself,
you saved me. As I rejoice in
your goodness, you smile with
me. Father, I just want to say, I
love you and thanks for caring
for me.
As I journey, I have encoun-
tered many people and experi-
enced a variety of relationships.
Some were good, while there
were those that were not so
good. I was advised at an early
age that you can’t judge a book
by its cover. Often times I have
had to open the book, and read
some of the pages. (Smile).
There have been times when I
have had to read every line on
the page to get a clear under-
standing of exactly what was
going on. As I matured in my
reading (relationships), I have
had to even read between the
lines. (Lord have mercy.)
Needless to say, I have had my
share of ups and down; yet,
through it all I have had a
Father who cares.
Go with me to the Book of
Luke, chapter 15, verses 11-32.
Here you will find the familiar
parable of the lost son. It tells
of a son who leaves home,
squanders his wealth, and has
to return home. I thank God for
this parable because it tells of a
father who cares. It tells of a
father who longed for his
child’s return. Apparently, the
father never gave up on his son
because the word says “But
while he was still a long way
off, his father saw him and was
filled with compassion for him;
he ran to his son; threw his
arms around him and kissed
him.” As he received his lost
son, he did so with love. The
son began to speak words of
regret, but the father was speak-
ing words of celebration. The
father loved his son back to
him. He too had a father who
On this Father’s Day week-
end, I encourage you to cele-
brate the one and true Father.
His name is Elohim, he is my
creator. His name is El-Shaddai,
he is my God Almighty. His
name is Jehovah-Jireh, he is
my provider. His name is
Jehovah-Rapha, he is my heal-
er. His name is Jehovah-Nissi,
he is my banner. His name is
Abba, he is my Father. Happy
Father’s Day. Be blessed in the
Gavis Mosley
Often in the news we hear
of climate change, how some
scientists and environmental-
ists are saying that the tem-
perature of the earth is chang-
ing. They attribute the sup-
posed changes to man, saying
that man is responsible for
changes in the atmosphere
which, in turn, causes an
increase in earthquakes,
floods, hurricanes, tornadoes,
fires, and other natural disas-
ters. While I am not nec-
essarily a proponent of this
theory, I do see a climate
change for which I do think
man is responsible.
Think back with me into his-
tory – recent history – and what
changes do you see? I’m not
talking about changes in the
weather, but changes in our
society. Can you remember
back when Sunday was
observed as a day of rest and
worship; stores were closed,
and families spent that time
together? Then for conve-
nience (and greed), merchants
slowly began to break the pat-
tern until now Sunday is a
popular day for shopping.
Remember when school days
began with the Bible being
read over the loudspeaker and
prayers were said in class – and
no one complained? Now, not
to offend anyone who might
object, Bible reading and
prayers are not welcome but
the teaching of sex education,
complete with the distribution
of condoms, is a part of the cur-
riculum even in early grades.
Remember when it was consid-
ered a disgrace for a couple to
live together without being
married or to have a child born
out of wedlock? Last year over
sixty percent of babies born in
America were born to single
mothers; more couples choose
to engage in “relationships”
instead of marriage; marriage
itself is being redefined; and
unwanted babies are aborted
just for convenience. Oh, yes,
the climate has changed!
America has been blessed
abundantly with health, wealth,
and security, and because of
these blessings (from God), we
have become complacent, sat-
isfied, and self-sufficient. We
have said, in effect, “We are
rich. We have everything we
want. We don’t need a thing –
including God!” These are the
same sentiments expressed in
Revelation 3:14-20 by
Laodicea, known for its bank-
ing, medical school, and textile
industry. Here is what Christ
said to the church of Laodicea,
whose name means “rights of
the people.” “You don’t realize
that you are wretched and mis-
erable and poor and blind and
naked.” He invited them to
buy His gold (real spiritual
treasures), white garments
from Him (His righteousness)
to cover their nakedness, and
ointment for their blinded eyes
that they might see the truth
(Revelation 3:18).
Climate change? Yes – and
unless we accept Jesus’ invita-
tion, more stormy weather is in
the forecast!
Gwen Yarber
Yarber: Evidence of climate change
See ‘Brinkley’ page 6
Daily Times Leader Friday, June 14, 2013 • Page 3
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
(06/12/2013)(readMedia)-- The
following Mississippi
University for Women students
were recognized on the
President’s List for the spring
2013 semester.
Stefan Adcock, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Adedoyin Adebowale, a res-
ident of Columbus, MS.
Latara Arterberry, a resident
of Starkville, MS.
Valentina Beard, a resident
of Brandon, MS.
Amanda Burkhardt, a resi-
dent of Starkville, MS.
TaKaia Burnett, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
Virginia Bush, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Mary Chancellor, a resident
of Madison, MS.
Scott Chandler, a resident of
Caledonia, MS.
Katie Chunn, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Taylor Cliett, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Andrew Cole, a resident of
Starkville, MS.
Miriam Comans, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
Daniel Cox, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Christy Cunningham, a resi-
dent of Columbus, MS.
Adrienne Dailey, a resident
of Starkville, MS.
Rachael Damms, a resident
of Starkville, MS.
D’Angela Davis, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
Kathleen Elder, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Madeline Estes, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
Amanda Gibbons, a resident
of Steens, MS.
Krista Green, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Ruthe Guerry, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Jason Hannaford, a resident
of Caledonia, MS.
Chelsey Harris, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Scottie Hemphill, a resident
of West Point, MS.
Mary Hodges, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Janette Hreish, a resident of
Columbus, MS.
Jennifer Huddle, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
Amanda Hughes, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
Kristian Johnson, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
LaToria Johnson, a resident
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Starkville, MS.
Jennifer Jones, a resident of
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dent of Columbus, MS.
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Sibo Liu, a resident of
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Sharlotte Manley, a resident
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Lindsey Marsac, a resident
of West Point, MS.
Autumn Mason, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
Rachel Mast, a resident of
Crawford, MS.
William McAlpin, a resident
of Houston, MS.
Amber McCrary, a resident
of Columbus, MS.
Mallory McVay, a resident
of West Point, MS.
Paul Neyman, a resident of
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James Osborne, a resident of
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dent of Columbus, MS.
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Jennifer Rigdon, a resident
of Starkville, MS.
Kourtney Riley, a resident
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Kacie Roberts, a resident of
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Kaja Roby, a resident of
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dent of Kathmandu, MS.
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To qualify for the President’s
List, the student must be
enrolled full-time and have a
perfect 4.0 quality point aver-
Mississippi University for
Women is a public university
that feels like a private college.
Founded in 1884 as the frst
public college for women in the
United States, MUW is a tradi-
tion-rich university that has
educated men for 30 years. The
quality of MUW’s academic
program has been nationally
recognized. U.S. News &
World Report’s 2013 guide,
“America’s Best Colleges,”
placed MUW at No. 18 as one
of the top public Southern
regional universities. MUW
also was ranked No. 15 in
Washington Monthly’s 2012
rankings of top 100 master’s
universities. Located in the
heart of historic Columbus,
MUW’s campus boast 23 build-
ings on the National Register of
Historic Places.
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U.S. Senator Thad Cochran
(R-Miss.) is seeking insight
into the resources needed to
ensure that the United States
has a talented, well-trained
workforce to repel cybersecu-
rity attacks on American inter-
Cochran on Wednesday par-
ticipated in a Senate
Appropriations Committee
hearing titled, “Cybersecurity:
Preparing for and responding to
the enduring threat.” The full
committee reviewed the chal-
lenges facing U.S. cybersecu-
rity activities.
Cochran, vice chairman of
the Senate Defense
Appropriations Subcommittee,
directed his attention toward
the resources needed to support
current and future Department
of Defense cybersecurity needs,
including the formation of
Cochran sought input from
General Keith B. Alexander,
Commander of the U.S. Cyber
Command, on what incentives
the Armed Forces might offer
to aid in developing and retain-
ing a technically-skilled cyber
workforce, as well as the devel-
opment and coordination of
cybersecurity test ranges.
“Cyberattacks could affect
every aspect of our society and
it is important that we under-
stand those threats and what is
needed to protect against
them,” Cochran said. “We
can’t wave a magic wand to
have all the talented people
available in the right places
with the right responsibilities to
carry out cybersecurity mis-
Alexander said the
Department of Defense and the
National Security Agency are
standardizing training “top to
bottom” in order to raise stan-
dards, in addition to consider-
ing the use of an existing lan-
guage incentives program as a
model for a possible incentive
program for cybersecurity per-
sonnel. Alexander also stated
that coordinated cyber test
range activities will be impor-
tant to creating a well-prepared
cyber force.
The President’s FY2014
budget request recommends
more than $13 billion for
cybersecurity programs,
including $4.7 billion for the
Department of Defense. The
defense funding, which is $1.0
billion over FY2013 funding,
would support reorganization
and expansion of the defense
workforce and capabilities.
Keesler Air Force Base in
Biloxi is home to the Air
Force’s undergraduate cyber
training program, and
Mississippi universities and
community colleges house pro-
grams to develop cybersecurity
Appropriations Committee
assesses cybersecurity attacks
on U.S. Government, industry
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U.S. Senator Thad Cochran
(R-Miss.) today reported that
Mississippi will receive more
than $6.2 million in funding
from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to support recovery
from recent natural disasters.
The USDA this week
approved Emergency
Watershed Protection (EWP)
program funding to assist in the
recovery from damages
incurred during Hurricane
Isaac and fooding in 2012, as
well as fooding earlier this
“These resources will help
carry on work to restore storm-
damaged land and natural
resources in a manner that will
protect the public. I’m pleased
that this funding will also help
reduce a backlog of this type of
recovery work in our state,”
Cochran said.
Cochran, as a member of the
Senate Agriculture and Rural
Development Appropriations
Subcommittee, worked this
spring to secure funding for
EWP as part of the Consolidated
and Further Continuing
Appropriations Act of 2013.
The EWP is an emergency
recovery program administered
by the Natural Resources
Conservation Service that pro-
vides on-site technical and
fnancial assistance to commu-
nities recovering from natural
disasters. The funding
approved for Mississippi can
be used for a variety of activi-
ties, including stream debris
removal, eroded bank restora-
tion, levee and drainage facility
The bulk of the EWP fund-
ing will be directed toward
projects associated with
Hurricane Isaac destruction,
with nearly $5.9 million
approved for fnancial assis-
tance and technical assistance.
For damages caused by food-
ing this February, $167,264
will be made available. Another
$165,001 was approved for
recovery efforts from fooding
in July 2012.
Emergency Watershed Protection Funding
approved for food, Hurricane Isaac recovery
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Iran liberals ask: Snub election or take chance?
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In
the end, Iran’s presidential
election may be defined by
who doesn’t vote.
Arguments over whether to
boycott Friday’s ballot still
boiled over at coffee shops,
kitchen tables and on social
media among many liberal-
leaning Iranians on the eve of
the voting. The choice — once
easy for many who turned their
back in anger after years of
crackdowns — has been sud-
denly complicated by an unex-
pected chance to perhaps wage
a bit of payback against Iran’s
The rising fortunes of the
lone relative moderate left in
the race, former nuclear nego-
tiator Hasan Rowhani, has
brought something of a zig-or-
zag dilemma for many Iranians
who faced down security forces
four years ago: Stay away from
the polls in a silent protest or
jump back into the mix in a
system they claim has been
disgraced by vote rigging.
Which way the scales tip
could set the direction of the
election and the fate for
Rowhani, a cleric who is many
degrees of mildness removed
from being an opposition lead-
er. But he is still the only fall-
back option for moderates in an
election that once seemed pre-
ordained for a pro-establish-
ment loyalist.
“There is a lot of interesting
psychology going on. What is
right? Which way to go?” said
Salman Shaikh, director of The
Brookings Doha Center in
Qatar. “This is what it means to
be a reformist in Iran these
It’s also partly a political
stock-taking that ties together
nearly all the significant themes
of the election: the powers of
the ruling clerics to limit the
choices, the anger over years of
pressures to muzzle dissent and
the unwavering claims that the
last election was stolen in favor
of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
who cannot run for a third con-
secutive term.
Iran’s presidency is a big
prize, but not a crown jewel.
The president does not set
major policies or have the pow-
ers to make important social or
political openings. That rests
with the ruling theocracy and
its protectors, led by the
immensely powerful
Revolutionary Guard
But for liberal-leaning
Iranians, upsetting the leader-
ship’s apparent plans by elect-
ing Rowhani could open more
room for reformist voices and
mark a rare bit of table-turning
after years of punishing repri-
sals for the 2009 protests, the
worst domestic unrest in Iran
since the 1979 Islamic
“Rowhani raises a lot of
interesting questions,” said
Scott Lucas, an Iranian affairs
expert at Britain’s Birmingham
University. “Among them, of
course, is whether he gets
Iranians who have rejected the
system to then validate the sys-
tem by voting again.”
And there are many other
factors at play.
Many Iranians say they are
putting ideology aside and
want someone who can stabi-
lize the sanctions-battered
economy — one of the roles
that does fall within the presi-
dential portfolio. This could
boost candidates such as Tehran
Mayor Mohammad Bagher
Qalibaf, who is seen as a fiscal
steady hand.
Also, the rest of the candi-
dates approved to run by elec-
tion overseers — from more
than 680 hopefuls — are
stacked heavily with pro-estab-
lishment figures such a hard-
liner Saeed Jalili, the current
nuclear negotiator. Among
those blocked from the ballot
was former President Akbar
Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is
one of the patriarchs of the
Islamic Revolution.
The vetting appeared aimed
at bringing in a pliant and pre-
dictable president after disrup-
tive internal feuds with
Ahmadinejad, who upended
Iran’s political order by trying
to challenge the authority of
Khamenei. The desire for calm
is also fueled by the critical
months ahead, which could see
the resumption of nuclear talks
with the U.S. and other world
But the presumed plans have
met an obstacle in the form of
Rowhani, who is a close ally of
Rafsanjani and is now backed
by other reformist leaders who
had previously seemed resigned
to defeat. In the span 24 hours
earlier this week, Rowhani
received a major bump when a
moderate rival withdrew to
consolidate the support.
Endorsements from artists,
activists and others poured in.
At the final rallies, Rowhani’s
supporters waved his cam-
paign’s signature color purple
— a clear nod to the now-
crushed Green Movement and
its leader, Mir Hossein
Mousavi, who has been under
house arrest for more than two
years. On Wednesday, the last
day of campaigning, thousands
of supporters welcomed
Rowhani in the northeastern
city of Mashhad yelling: “Long
live reforms.”
Some Rowhani backers also
have used the campaign events
to chant for the release of
The man who told the world
about the U.S. government’s
gigantic data grab also talks a
lot about himself.
Mostly through his own
words, a picture of Edward
Snowden is emerging: fresh-
faced computer whiz, high
school dropout, wannabe Green
Beret, disillusioned cog in a
secret bureaucracy.
He’s retained an aura of
secrecy despite sitting for sev-
eral days of interviews with
The Guardian, some posted in
online video. Snowden com-
bines an earnest, deeply serious
demeanor with a flair for the
Snowden, 29, fled the U.S.
for a Hong Kong hotel last
month to go public with top
secret documents gathered
through his work in Hawaii as a
contractor through Booz Allen
Hamilton with the National
Security Agency, where he
worked as a systems analyst.
He revealed startlingly vora-
cious spy programs that sweep
up millions of Americans’ tele-
phone records, emails and
Internet data in the hunt for
With the United States con-
sidering criminal charges
against him, Snowden told the
South China Morning Post he
hoped to stay in the autono-
mous region of China because
and he has faith in “the courts
and people of Hong Kong to
decide my fate.”
He’s also talked of seeking
asylum from Iceland or Russia.
And he suggested the United
States might hire Chinese
gangs to get him. The adversar-
ies he’s made by disclosing
secrets are so powerful that “if
they want to get you, they’ll get
you in time,” Snowden told
The Guardian newspaper of
London, which first reported
his revelations.
Why would a man “living in
Hawaii in paradise and making
a ton of money” decide to leave
everything behind, he asked.
Because he realized that his
computer savvy was helping
erect an ever-expanding “archi-
tecture of oppression” and he
believed the people must be
From a secret location in
Hong Kong, he told the news-
paper: “The reality is that I
have acted at great personal
risk to help the public of the
world, regardless of whether
that public is American,
European, or Asian.”
Snowden’s leaked docu-
ments have had an enormous
impact. Some have questioned,
however, his descriptions of his
power as a Booz Allen contrac-
tor and other details of his life.
For example, he said he was
earning $200,000 a year. When
Booz Allen fired him, they said
his salary was $122,000.
“I, sitting at my desk, had the
authority to wiretap anyone,
from you or your accountant to
a federal judge to even the
president if I had a personal
email,” Snowden told The
Guardian on videotape.
Asked by Sen. Susan Collins,
R-Maine, about that comment,
NSA Director Gen. Keith
Alexander said simply that it
was false. “I know of no way to
do that,” Alexander told sena-
tors in a hearing Wednesday.
Former NSA and CIA direc-
tor retired Gen. Mike Hayden
called Snowden’s claim
“absurd legally and technologi-
cally.” Former NSA Inspector
General Joel Brenner also
doubts it.
“I do not believe his state-
ment,” Brenner said. “And if he
tried, I believe he would be
discovered, stripped of his
clearance, and summarily
Brenner said, however, that
Snowden appears to have had
extraordinary access to things
he should not have and that will
be investigated.
Snowden also raised eye-
brows by declaring that in his
job he “had access to the full
roster of everyone working at
the NSA, the entire intelligence
community and undercover
assets all around the world, the
locations of every station we
have, what their missions are
and so forth.”
Guardian journalist Glenn
Greenwald, who first reported
the phone-tracking program
and conducted the Snowden
interviews, describes him as
“very steadfast and resolute
about the fact that he did the
right thing.”
Jonathan Mills, father of
Snowden’s long-time girl-
friend, Lindsay Mills, described
him as “very nice. Shy, and
“He’s always had strong con-
victions of right and wrong,
and it kind of makes sense,”
said Mills, who said he was
“shocked” when he heard the
news about Snowden.
In her blog, Lindsay Mills, a
dancer and art college graduate,
writes of a boyfriend she refers
to only as “E.” On Monday, she
wrote that “at the moment all I
can feel is alone.” She said her
hand and been forced, that she
was typing on a “tear-streaked
keyboard,” and that “some-
times life doesn’t afford proper
Snowden told the South
China newspaper that he hasn’t
dared contact his girlfriend or
family since allowing his iden-
tity as the leaker to be revealed
Sunday in The Guardian.
His father, now retired from
the U.S. Coast Guard and liv-
ing in Pennsylvania, told ABC
News in a brief interview that
he was worried about his son
and still processing what had
happened. Lonnie Snowden
said he last saw his son two
months ago, over dinner.
Snowden’s parents are
divorced and his mother,
Elizabeth Snowden, declined to
NSA leaker mysterious
despite hours of interviews
Living in a rural Nevada town,
Moe Royels recalls a more bus-
tling time years ago when retir-
ees poured in to enjoy the warm
desert climate, nearby casinos
and quiet community. But soon
boom turned to bust, and years
after the recession ended,
Royels still wonders if things
will ever fully turn around in
small towns like his.
Across the U.S., rural coun-
ties are losing population for
the first time ever because of
waning interest among baby
boomers in moving to far-flung
locations for retirement and
recreation, according to new
census estimates released
Long weighed down by
dwindling populations in farm-
ing and coal communities and
the movement of young people
to cities, rural America is now
being hit by sputtering growth
in retirement and recreation
areas, once residential hot spots
for baby boomers.
The census estimates, as of
July 2012, show that would-be
retirees are opting to stay put in
urban areas near jobs.
Recent weakness in the econ-
omy means some boomers
have less savings than a decade
ago to buy a vacation home in
the countryside, which often
becomes a full-time residence
after retirement. Cities are also
boosting urban living, a poten-
tial draw for boomers who may
prefer to age closer to accessi-
ble health care.
For instance, in Royels’ Lyon
County, Nev., about 30 miles
east of Reno, small towns pros-
pered during the housing boom.
Spillover residents from
California’s expensive Bay
Area flocked to the area, drawn
to the affordable housing, tem-
perate weather and lack of a
state income tax.
But after the housing bubble
burst, the retirees stopped com-
ing. On Main Street in the town
of Fernley, the Wigwam, one of
the town’s oldest restaurants,
now does half the business it
used to, according to Royels,
who opened the diner in 1961
and sold it five years ago.
“People moved out of town,”
Royels said from his seat at the
restaurant, where he returns
every afternoon for a cup of
coffee. “Some of these subdivi-
sions are still sitting vacant,
with the curb and the gutter in
but nothing else.”
It’s not just happening in his
county. Analysts say the rural
decline spreads far and wide,
and could be long-term.
“This period may simply be
an interruption in suburbaniza-
tion, or it could turn out to be
the end of a major demographic
regime that has transformed
small towns and rural areas,”
said John Cromartie, a geogra-
pher at the Agriculture
Department who analyzed the
About 46.2 million people,
or 15 percent of the U.S. popu-
lation, reside in rural counties,
which spread across 72 percent
of the nation’s land area. From
2011 to 2012, those non-metro
areas lost more than 40,000
people, a 0.1 percent drop. The
Census Bureau reported a
minuscule 0.01 percent loss
from 2010 to 2011, but that was
not considered statistically sig-
nificant and could be adjusted
Rural America
posts frst-ever
loss in population
AP Photo
The picture of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance pro-
grams, is displayed on the front page of South China Morning Post at a news stand in Hong Kong Thursday, June 13, 2013. Snowden
dropped out of sight after checking out of a Hong Kong hotel on Monday. The South China Morning Post newspaper said it was able
to locate and interview him on Wednesday. It provided brief excerpts from the interview on its website. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
See ‘Iran’ page 10
See ‘Rural’ page 6
See ‘Snowden’ page 6
Daily Times Leader Friday, June 14, 2013 • Page 5
I’d love to write a full-length,
highly entertaining book
review featuring a new
Mississippi writer – at least
he’s new to me. But at this
very moment the only thing I
can think about is going to bed
so I can continue reading
Bobby Cole’s latest book. It’s
currently 5:20 p.m. by the way,
and my bedtime has become
embarrassingly early.
That should tell you how
infatuated I am with this new
writer who lives in my home-
town of West Point. I recently
completed his second work,
“Moon Underfoot” and now
I’m going back to read his first
effort “The Dummy Line”
which is also set in my old
stomping grounds. I recom-
mend you read them in the
opposite order since the sec-
ond is a sequel to the first.
Bobby Cole, a Montgomery,
Alabama, native, is President
of Mossy Oak BioLogic. He is
an avid wildlife manager,
hunter, and supporter of the
Catch-A-Dream Foundation,
who loves writing in his free
His latest work is “Moon
Underfoot” and it is a delicious
thriller enhanced by the homey
backdrop of my hometown and
residents of the historic Henry
Clay Hotel. In a nutshell, a
group of retirees living at the
hotel devise a Robin Hood type
scheme to steal money to help
those less fortunate. He insists
that all characters are fictional
but I still put real faces on the
characters I have known over
the years who hung around the
Henry Clay eatery once known
as The Point. (Was that Harmon
Robinson, Kenny Dill and
Grace Clark cooking up that
The lovable and well-inten-
tioned senior citizens get
caught up in a plot of murder,
intrigue and ill-gotten gains
with so many twists and turns
your head will spin. It even
contains the quintessential red-
neck, Ethan “Moon Pie”
Daniels, who turns out to be a
very bad guy and his half
brother Levi who moves into
the good guy column during
the course of the book. I read
it in a day and a half and hated
for the book to end. Not to
worry, a third book is on the
way, tentatively titled “The
Rented Mule”, set in
Montgomery, Alabama. It will
be released in January.
Cole’s name can now be
added to a long list of
Mississippi authors Eudora
Welty to John Grisham who
have received well-earned
international attention.
“I’m thrilled that you con-
nected with the story so much.
That was my hope,” Cole said
in response to my very first fan
letter to anyone anywhere. The
businessman said he had no
formal training in writing but
has always been an avid reader.
“I’ve always loved to tell sto-
ries…so I think this was very
natural progression.”
Cole has a quick-paced style,
dexterously juggling multiple
plots which makes them hard to
put down.
Cole lives with his wife and
daughter in West Point where
he cranks out his highly enter-
taining contributions to the
murder mystery genre. All are
perfect for a lazy summer after-
noon after the grass is cut and
the leftovers are waiting in the
fridge. If you’re like me, you’ll
get so involved in the plot, you
might even forget to eat.
Emily Jones is a retired
journalist who edits a web-
site for bouncing baby
boomers facing retirement.
She welcomes comments
Daily Times Leader Page 6 • Friday, June 14, 2013
Need a good summer read?
Bobby Cole delivers
Emily Jones
DTL Columnist
Rural areas, which include
manufacturing and farming as
well as scenic retirement spots,
have seen substantial move-
ment of residents to urban areas
before. But the changes are
now coinciding with sharp
declines in U.S. birth rates and
an aging population, resulting
in a first-ever annual loss.
U.S. migration data show
that older Americans are most
inclined to live in rural counties
until about age 74, before mov-
ing closer to more populated
locations. The oldest of the
nation’s 76 million boomers
turn 74 in 2020, meaning the
window is closing for that
group to help small towns
“What baby boomers will do
will be key to rural migration
and growth,” said Jason
Henderson, a former vice presi-
dent of the Federal Reserve
Bank of Kansas City who is
now associate dean of the
Purdue University College of
Agriculture. “Right now, we’re
just at the forefront of baby
boomers entering retirement
age, but many have been delay-
ing retirement.” Some will
decide the time for moving
back to the country has passed,
he said.
Henderson expects a bit of a
rebound for scenic retirement
destinations as the economy
improves, but nowhere close to
the levels seen before the reces-
The scenic retirement desti-
nations experiencing lower
growth stretch wide, from the
Upper Great Lakes and
Appalachia in the eastern U.S.
to the Sun Belt, the Missouri
and Arkansas Ozarks and the
Intermountain West. Boomer
migration to many of these
areas had typically yielded
greater economic activity,
including construction, land-
scaping and service-sector jobs
that brought in workers of all
age groups.
In Lyon County, growth
boomed from 2000 to 2007,
quickly lifting the population
from 35,000 to 52,000. By
2007, however, growth began
to wane amid recession and ris-
ing gasoline costs. Since then,
the county has posted one of
the nation’s worst population
turnabouts: from 6.9 percent
annual growth from 2000 to
2007, to a 0.7 percent annual
loss between 2007 and 2012.
Retirees were “coming out of
California, selling the house for
a lot of money and coming up
here and getting something
nicer,” said Fernley Mayor
LeRoy Goodman, 71, citing his
town’s prime location near an
interstate highway with easy
driving access to Reno’s casi-
nos. “People can also walk out
their back door and go hiking
in the desert. The climate is
pretty good; we don’t have a lot
of snow or rain.”
Due to changing baby boom-
er migration, rural retirement
counties grew 0.4 percent
annually from 2007-2012,
down from 1.6 percent annual-
ly from 2000-2007. During the
housing boom, these retirement
destinations were growing fast-
er than the rate of the nation as
a whole but are now increasing
more slowly. The overall U.S.
population is now growing by
about 0.8 percent each year.
In Florida, almost all coun-
ties experienced slower growth
or a reversal of boomer popula-
tion growth since 2010, said
Mark Mather, an associate vice
president for the Population
Reference Bureau who ana-
lyzed the numbers.
Other counties showing
sharp drop-offs in the boomer
population include Forest
County, Pa.; Trinity County,
Texas; Middlesex County, Va.;
and Banks County, Ga.
“The recent decline in migra-
tion rates among baby boomers
is significant because boomers
were expected to jump-start
economic growth in rural
America,” said Mather, noting
that parts of the rural Midwest
and Appalachia had been losing
population for decades. “But
since the recession, we’ve seen
more boomers aging in place.
This is bad news because as
baby boomers get older, they
are less likely to move.”
Other census findings:
—The 65-and-older popula-
tion grew 4.3 percent between
2011 and 2012, to 43.1 million,
or 13.7 percent of the U.S.
—Florida had the highest
share of residents 65 and older,
at 18.2 percent, followed by
Maine and West Virginia.
Alaska had the lowest share of
older residents, at 8.5 percent,
followed by Utah and Texas.
By county, Florida’s Sumter
County was tops in the share of
the 65-plus age group, at 49.3
—The 85-and-older popula-
tion increased by about 3 per-
cent from 2011 to 2012, to
almost 5.9 million. The number
of centenarians rose to almost
—The nation’s median age
rose to 37.5, up from 37.3 in
talk to reporters as she left
her Maryland home Monday
Joyce Kinsey, a neighbor liv-
ing next to the gray clapboard
condominium in a quiet Ellicott
City neighborhood, said
Snowden’s mother, whom she
knows as “Wendy,” bought the
condo more than a dozen years
When he was about 16,
Snowden lived in the condo
without his family for a couple
of years, Kinsey said. His
mother would drop by with
groceries and a girlfriend visit-
ed every weekend. Kinsey
recalled seeing Snowden
through the blinds, working on
a computer “at all times of day
and night.” She had the impres-
sion he was sort of a “computer
Snowden spent part of his
childhood in Wilmington, N.C.,
before his family moved to the
Maryland suburbs of
Washington, D.C., an area rife
with government workers. He
attended public school in Anne
Arundel County, from elemen-
tary school through three
semesters at Arundel High
School in Gambrills, according
to a county school spokesman.
Snowden told The Guardian
he didn’t finish high school but
studied computers at a
Maryland community college.
He wanted to be a Green
Beret. Snowden served in the
Army from June to September
in 2004 at Fort Benning, Ga.,
where he declared his intent to
qualify for the Special Forces,
said Col. David H. Patterson
Jr., an Army spokesman.
Snowden didn’t complete basic
training and was discharged.
The Army wouldn’t give other
Snowden said he tapped his
computer skills to get an infor-
mation technology job at the
CIA and rose quickly through
the ranks.
Snowden said he left the CIA
in 2009 to begin working for a
private contractor that assigned
him to a functioning NSA facil-
ity, stationed on a military base
in Japan.
Associated Press writer
Lolita C. Baldor in Washington
and Brian Witte in Annapolis,
Md., contributed to this report.
‘ Rural ’ cont i nued f rom page 4
‘ Snowden’ continued from page 4
Godly wisdom because although he ran from Jezebel; he
surrendered to GOD.
It’s true that Elijah didn’t have to run but it’s also true that
some of us have been running a long time from things and
people that actually can’t hurt us. But Elijah ran up the moun-
tain, sat down under the Juniper tree and asked GOD to kill
It looks like he was running from Jezebel. It looked like he
was running because of a discouraging disposition. It looked
like he was running to the juniper tree. It looked like he was
running to his death. But now that I’ve had time to examine
this thing I believe that Elijah was, in fact, running to GOD.
Elijah didn’t just look to the hills for help he ran to the hill for
his help. So should we.
‘Brinkley’ continued from page 2
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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
need to keep the pup for two
weeks, until the day of trans-
port. If you are interested,
please call the shelter at 524-
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.
Now thru August
u Immunization
Requirements for Public
School — To the Parents/
Guardians of 7th Graders:
According to the Mississippi
State Department of Health,
a new immunization require-
ment for 7th grade students
has been implemented. The
new immunization is the
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria,
and pertussis) vaccine. This
immunization is required for
all students entering the 7th
grade. All updated immuni-
zation records must be turned
in to the offce at Fifth Street
Junior High School by
Thursday, August 1, 2013 or
they will not be able to receive
a schedule until the updated
immunization record is
received. If you have any
questions, please call the
offce at 662.494.2191from 8
a.m.- 3 p.m.
Monday, June 10-
July 22
u USDA Approved
Summer Feeding Program
— USDA Approved Summer
Feeding Program for children
up to age 18 and handi-
capped adults, will take take
place at Progress St. Church
of God Monday – Friday
with breakfast at 8-10 a.m.
lunch at noon-2 p.m. Closed
July 4. For transportation call
494-3237 or 662-425-6752.
Friday, June 14
u Friday Night Jam —
The Friday Night Jam at the
Parks and Rec building at
Marshall Park begins at 7 and
goes until 9:30pm. Hosted
by the West Point/Clay
County Arts Council, the ses-
sions are family-friendly, free
events, where no smoking or
alcohol is allowed, but people
are welcome to bring refresh-
ments to share. Karaoke as
well as live music is encour-
aged, and musicians are asked
to bring their own instru-
ments, and the more variety,
the better. Come out and
enjoy the fun music and fel-
lowship. For more informa-
tion please call either Marion
Johnson at 275-3232, or
Kathy Dyess at 494-5678, or
email kathydyess@bellsouth.
Monday, June 17
u Lodge Meeting — The
West Point Masonic Lodge
No. 40 will have their regu-
larly stated communication at
7:30 p.m. All Master Masons
are urged to attend.
Thursday, June 20
u Alzheimer’s Support
Group — The local
Alzheimer’s Support Group
will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, at the
Henry Clay Retirement
Center Parlor, 133 Commerce
St. For more information,
call Brenda Johnson at (662)
495-2339 or 1-800-THE
DESK (1-800-843-3375).
Thursdays, June
27-July 25
u Childbirth
Preparedness Classes —
North Mississippi Medical
Center-West Point will offer
a prepared childbirth class for
expectant parents from 6:30-
8:30 p.m. Thursdays, June
27-July 25. Instructors cover
a wide variety of topics
including relaxation tech-
niques, prenatal care, labor
and delivery, pain relief mea-
sures, breast-feeding and
infant care. The fee is $35.
Class will not meet July 4. To
register or for more informa-
tion, call (662) 495-2292 or
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-
Thursday, June 27
u Legislative Updates
— Clay County Alumnae
Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. will sponsor a
program entitled “Legislative
Updates: Issues Affecting
West Point, Clay County” in
the West Point City Hall
auditorium, at 6 p.m. State
Senator Angela Turner Lairy,
State Representatives Tyrone
Ellis and Karl Gibbs will be
guest speakers. State
Representative Chism has a
previous engagement and
unable to attend. The public
is invited. Please take this
opportunity to meet, greet,
and ask questions.
Friday, June 28-30
u Section Fun Day — It’s
time for the 3rd Annual
Section Fun Day from 10
a.m.-8 p.m. There will be
games, fre truck rides,
horseback rides and much
more. Saturday night will
feature a Fireworks Show.
Any organizations or church-
es who would like to partici-
pate in this years event call
Ripp 295-7791 or Bojo 295-
COmmunity Calendar
Classes of 1965, 1966 and 1967 Core Committee
From left are Margaret Townsend Shelton ‘66, Prenita Menard Welch ‘67, Jean
Young-Brown ‘66, Florine Robbins Stewart ‘66 and Dave Cook ‘65. Photo by
Will Nations
Mary Holmes reunites to help Food Pantry
Class of 1967
First Row (left to right) are Prenita Menard-Welch, Pauline Calloway-Waldon,
June Tanksley-Harper, Shirley James-Walker, Mary Cooper-Wright, Lena
King-Anderson, Jean Bush-Dunn, Minnie Ewing-Jones and James Boyd. Back
Row (left to right) are Clifton McKnight, James Dabney, Melvin Washington,
David Jones, Carl Harper and Willie Hughes Photo by Will Nations
Class of 1966
First Row (left to right) are Ivory Anderson, Sandra Benjamin-Hannibal,
Verneice Griffn, Glistine Green-Jones, Christine Green-Calloway, Jannie
Anthony-Riley, David Broady, Betty Jordan-Cook, Elon Rush-Anderson,
Annie Minor-Mays, Louise Williams-Moore, Mary Ann Jumper-Hearnton,
Margaret Townsend-Shelton and Florine Robbins-Stewart. Back Row (left to
right) are James Stewart, Della Hinton-Gray, Jean Young-Brown, Jean
Anthony-Bell, Lillie Franklin-Dabney, Charlie Blair, Jordan Redd, Eddie
Mathews, Harold Calloway and Willie Washington. Photo by Will Nations
Class of 1965
First Row (left to right) are Viola Washington-Williams, Carlee Bennett-
Latham, Lula Petty-Edwards, Rosemary Williams-Chestang, Ruthie Reynolds,
Hattie White-Rupert, Maggie Williford-Paschal, Rosie Bell-Phillips, Gloria
Glass-Burton and Isaiah Davidson. Back Row (left to right) are Doris Sumpter-
Thomas, Bertha Henry, Samuel Nelson, Laymon Calloway, Nathan McDonald,
and Dave Cook. Photo by Will Nations
The Distinguished Alumni Classes of 1965, 1966, 1967 of Mary Holmes College came together this past weekend, June 7-9,
2013, on old Historic Mary Holmes College campus for their second Class Reunion to socialize, reminisce, Worship, and to co-
sponsor a food drive with Community Counseling Services. Theme: “Classes of ‘65, ‘66 ‘67 Meeting Challenges Now”
Daily Times Leader Page 8 • Friday, June 14, 2013
Braves take home 7-8 year-old title
The Braves won First-Place in the 7-8 year-old girls softball league. On the front row from left are Ella Portera, Allison Brents, Jamesha Fears, Harley Vaughn
and Amiyah Tallie. On the second row from left are Jaycee Hudson, Josie Facella, Presley Glusenkamp, Morgan Smith, Aamelie Hunter and Alece Watkins. On
the back row from left are coaches John David Higginbotham, James Daniels and Matt Glusenkamp. Submitted Photo
even referred to some rally
cap antics which the players
have done such as no under-
shirts for one inning or even
stacking the St. Patrick’s Day
hats as tall as they could go.
All this keeps MSU from
being rattled by the big
“One thing about our
team is that we are extremely
resilient,” said Bratton, “We
have beaten tough teams and
I don’t think we will be rat-
tled in the CWS. It’s hard to
view an SEC (Southeastern
Conference) team as an
underdog and we have not
worried about talk outside of
our networks.”
Yet prior to leaving for
Omaha and fulflling his
duties as the head of baseball
operations, Bratton was on
the campus of Oak Hill
Academy. A part of MSU’s
summer team baseball camp,
a night of baseball was in-
store at Bill Ayers Field as
two out-of-state teams faced
each other in competition.
Bratton stood in charge at the
center of the infeld making
sure everything ran smoothly
and even did a little umpir-
Oak Hill is Bratton’s high
school Alma Mater, where he
lettered three years in baseball
and football during the early
2000s. It is also where Tyler’s
father, Marion Bratton, sits at
the helm of the Oak Hill
baseball program.
“OHA is dear to my
heart,” said Bratton about his
time at Oak Hill, “We felded
some really good [baseball]
teams while I was playing
here. Two of the guys from
here went on to play
Division-I baseball. Oak Hill,
like Mississippi State, spoke
for itself.”
Yet outside the diamond
again, the bond of father and
son is strong between the
Bratton men. Tyler Bratton
mentioned that the fre that
drives his father has made a
major impact on his life
growing up and has found a
way to settle into him. This
fre has driven father and son
to want to be successful and
hard workers.
“Huge, huge, always did
the best for me,” commented
Tyler Bratton about his
father’s impact, “[In high
school], it was tough being
the coach’s son not trying to
impress him, but also peers
and parents because you had
to prove that you weren’t just
being played because I was
the coach’s son.”
While growing up, Tyler
Bratton always spent time
alongside his dad whether
Marion was mowing grass or
coaching baseball. While the
elder was mowing Tyler was
learning how to throw.
“At the age of six, I would
throw the football with my
dad while he was on the lawn
mower,” recalled Tyler
Bratton. “He would catch the
passes while still mowing and
throw them back to me. I
spent a lot of time doing that
and basically learning how to
lead a receiver.”
All these events with his
father have shaped Tyler
Bratton, and the opportuni-
ties since have put him in the
position he is in today.
Sunday is Father’s Day
and could possibly be a very
exciting time for the Bratton
men. Not only could Tyler
Bratton and the boys in
Maroon-and-White be cele-
brating a CWS victory over
Oregon State, but he will also
be celebrating the experiences
and stories that have hap-
pened between him and his
dad, while also knowing he
will soon be the father of the
next Bratton slugger in the
near future.
‘ Brat ton’ continued from page 1
Bryan Davis
MSU Director of Baseball Operations Tyler Bratton juggles coaching duties with an MSU camp scrimmage game and booking events for the Bulldogs on Wednesday night.
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
America team honors continue
to mount for a trio of Mississippi
State baseball players.
Junior outfelder Hunter
Renfroe and sophomore relief
ace Jonathan Holder
Wednesday were frst-team
selections and sophomore relief
man Ross Mitchell a second-
team pick on the 2013 NCBWA
Division I All-America Team
announced Wednesday by the
National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association.
Baseball America also
announced its 2013 All-
America Teams, with Renfroe
among fve SEC players named
to the publication’s frst unit
and Jonathan Holder featured
on BA’s second-team honor
Renfroe, from Crystal
Springs, Miss., a frst-round
draft pick of the San Diego
Padres, has already been
accorded first-team All-
America Team honors by
Collegiate baseball newspaper.
Renfroe sports a .352 batting
average with 58 RBI and shares
the SEC lead with 15 home
Holder, also a three-time
All-American this spring,
notched his SEC-leading 18th
save Monday against Virginia
to clinch the NCAA
Charlottesville (Va.) Super
Regional and MSU’s ninth
berth in the NCAA College
World Series. Holder, from
Gulfport, Miss., sports a 2-0
record with a school-record 18
saves, a 1.17 earned run aver-
age and 81 strikeouts in 46
Mitchell, from Smyrna,
Tenn., and the son of former
Major League pitcher Charlie
Mitchell, is 12-0 with two
saves and a Southeastern
Conference-best 1.35 earned
run average.
Renfroe, Holder, Mitchell Garner
More All-America Team Honors
Daily Times Leader Friday, June 14, 2013 • Page 9
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
ATLANTA (AP) — Frank
Wren is facing a dilemma that
general managers covet but
also dread.
The Atlanta Braves must
make room in an already deep
rotation as Brandon Beachy is
almost set to return from elbow
surgery. Beachy was perhaps
Atlanta’s top starter when his
2012 season ended as he led the
National League with a 2.00
Wren said Thursday the dif-
fcult part of the decision is
moving a starter — Tim
Hudson, Mike Minor, Kris
Medlen, Paul Maholm or Julio
Teheran — to the bullpen. The
bullpen needs help after losing
left-handers Jonny Venters and
Eric O’Flaherty to season-end-
ing elbow injuries.
“The good news is our start-
ers are all throwing the ball
well,” Wren told The Associated
Press. “Fortunately for us to
this point we’ve been healthy
and our guys have been able to
make their starts. In that regard
it’s a good problem to have, but
you also are always mindful of
there’s going to be somebody
that comes out of this probably
in a role they’d like not to be in.
That’s the diffcult portion of
Beachy was to make what is
expected to be his fnal reha-
bilitation start for Triple-A
Gwinnett at Rochester on
Thursday night. Wren said
Beachy could join the Braves’
rotation as early as Tuesday’s
doubleheader against the Mets.
“We’re real happy to get
Beachy back and get him
healthy and see where he is in
the process of helping our
club,” Wren said. “At the end
of the day, the decision is going
to be based on what’s best for
our team. That’s really the only
The Braves, off on Thursday,
open a home series against San
Francisco on Friday night.
Entering Thursday’s games, the
Braves led the NL East by six
games despite being swept in a
three-game series at San Diego.
The performance of the
starters has been a key to
Atlanta’s success. Braves start-
ing pitchers rank third in the
majors with their 3.40 ERA,
according to STATS LLC.
They’ve also been durable,
ranking fourth in the majors
with their 410 innings.
Minor is a lock to remain in
the rotation. The left-hander is
8-2 with a 2.44 ERA.
Even so, there have been
some struggles. Hudson, the
veteran of the staff, has lost
fve straight decisions to fall to
4-6 with a 4.41 ERA. Teheran,
only 22, gave up only hit in
eight innings of a 5-0 win over
Pittsburgh on June 5 before
showing inconsistency by
allowing fve runs in six innings
of a 7-6 loss to the Padres on
Maholm has been strong at
Turner Field, where he is 4-1
with a strong 1.64 ERA. But
the left-hander is 3-4 with a
4.89 ERA away from Atlanta.
Maholm can become a free
agent after the season, making
him perhaps the most probable
trade candidate in the rotation.
Wren said he’s not expecting a
trade so early in the season.
“I think it’s a little early for
the trade market,” Wren said.
“There’s just not a lot going on
there just yet. I think this is
going to be one of those deci-
sions that’s made primarily
with the players we have on
Medlen has experience as a
reliever. He had success in a
setup role early in the 2012
season as he made his return
from Tommy John surgery.
Medlen was even more domi-
nant last season when he moved
into the rotation and has said he
doesn’t want to return to the
bullpen. He is only 3-6 but has
a strong 2.87 ERA, the second-
best on the staff behind Minor,
entering his start on Friday
Beachy was 2-0 with a 2.84
ERA in four rehab starts with
Class A Rome, Double-A
Mississippi and Gwinnett
before Thursday night. Beachy
said a key was returning to a
normal routine of pitching
every fve days.
“I can tell the difference,”
he said recently. “It feels good.
I’ve been throwing all my
Beachy could return almost
exactly one year after suffering
the injury. Beachy’s ligament-
replacement surgery was per-
formed by Dr. James Andrews
on June 21, 2012.
“Fortunately for him and for
us he’s had a fairly uneventful
rehab through the whole pro-
cess for nearly a year,” Wren
said. “He’s had some starts
where he was pretty sharp and
he’s had other starts where he
would tell you he didn’t feel
quite himself. That’s the up-
and-down cycle you have com-
ing back from a major surgery
like this. That’s why we have to
just continue to monitor and
watch what happens.”
Braves face rotation decision
when Beachy returns
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2011 fle photo, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (37) throws a pitch during the frst inning of a
baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington. With Beachy reaching the apparent end of his
rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, the Braves are facing a tough decision with their rotation as they prepare to open a series
against San Francisco on Friday night, June 14, 2013. There’s no obvious answer as to who might move to the bullpen to make room
for Beachy, who was leading the majors in ERA when he hurt his right elbow about a year ago. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
— Chris Johnson is often asked
how many yards he thinks he
can rush for any season, and
the player nicknamed CJ2K
always responds with the same
answer: 2,000.
But Johnson said he is rarely
asked about his team goals and
gets tabbed as a selfsh player
for mentioning his personal
Still, he believes he can run
for 2,000 yards again and help
the Titans make the playoffs.
His ultimate goal is helping
Tennessee win a Super Bowl.
“Every year I want to rush
for 2,00 yards, and I feel like if
we are doing what is right and
we making plays on Sunday
and if I get to that yardage, I
feel like we can be a playoff
team and hopefully win the
Super Bowl,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he knows peo-
ple need something to talk
about, but he’s surprised how
much attention he gets every
time he mentions his annual
goal to become the frst man to
run for 2,000 yards in a season
twice. But he said he’s not
going to talk about team goals
when asked specifcally about
his personal plans.
Those team goals are why
the running back entering his
sixth NFL season has been a
regular in the Titans’ offseason
program this year, getting to
know all the new players
Tennessee brought in to help
this franchise rebound from a
6-10 season. It’s been three
seasons since Johnson ran for
2,006 yards and became the
sixth man in NFL history to
reach that mark.
It’s been even longer since
the Titans last made the play-
“Oh, it’s been forever,”
Johnson said. “It seems like
I’ve never even been to the
playoffs. So it’s a situation that
I really want to get back there.”
The Titans want Johnson to
have a big year too because that
likely means they have done
just that too.
“There’s no doubt he needs
to have a big year,” Titans
coach Mike Munchak said.
“We’re planning on him having
a big year because obviously
that means things are going
well for us.”
The three-time Pro Bowl
running back seems very happy
with the changes both in the
offense and the help the Titans
got him this offseason.
Munchak officially named
Dowell Loggains as the offen-
sive coordinator, and Johnson
sees evidence in the playbook
of turning back to a run-heavy
offense after a heavy focus on
passing the past two seasons
under former coordinator Chris
The Titans also revamped
the interior of the offensive line
with their frst free agent signee
in left guard Andy Levitre and
their frst draft selection in right
guard Chance Warmack. They
signed veteran Shonn Greene
to offer up the change of pace
back this team hasn’t had since
LenDale White in 2008 and
2009. Johnson pointed out
White scored plenty of touch-
downs in 2008, and that was
the year Tennesssee went 13-3.
Johnson said he’s also able
to share with Loggains what
plays he’s most comfortable
with, and he appreciates new
running backs coach Sylvester
Croom’s ability to have more
input into the offense with both
Munchak and Loggains.
Greene ran for 1,000 yards
in each of the past two seasons
with the Jets, and he’s 26
pounds heavier than Johnson.
He said Thursday that he’s not
worried at all about how much
playing time he’ll get this sea-
son. He also thinks targeting
2,000 yards rushing is a good
goal for Johnson to have.
“I think he’s capable of
doing it, and I think everyone
in this team is going to strive to
help him get that done,” Greene
The Titans do want more
from Johnson. He’s been work-
ing on catching passes to help
the Titans move him around
more while getting him out
away the line of scrimmage
with room to run. Johnson
caught 50 passes for 503 yards
in 2009, and he caught a career-
best 57 receptions in 2011. But
he had only 36 for 232 yards
last season.
Munchak said Johnson also
is a key part of their pass pro-
tection despite his size at
5-foot-11 and 200 pounds. The
running back knows where to
be and how to buy that extra
time for the quarterback.
“Can we win week in, week
out without him putting up
numbers and doing well?”
Munchak said. “Probably not.”
Johnson also knows criti-
cism comes with playing run-
ning back in the NFL.
“If I don’t rush for 1,000
yards, then I lost a step. I’m not
the same guy,” Johnson said.
“But when I want to run for
2,000 yards, I’m being selfsh.
Just got to take it.”
Notes: The Titans wrap up
their organized team activities
this week and hold a three-day
minicamp next week to con-
clude their offseason. Munchak
said some players like Levitre
and RT David Stewart may be
limited to individual drills.
Munchak said the goal is to
have players with any injuries
healed up and ready for train-
ing camp.
Johnson wants 2,000 yards again, playoffs too
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — In
his record-breaking decade in
the NFL, Larry Fitzgerald has
grown comfortable in one posi-
Now new Arizona Cardinals
coach Bruce Arians has
Fitzgerald on the move, learn-
ing to play all three wide
receiver spots.
Fitzgerald says after having
some success it’s hard to shake
his familiar role, but he’s work-
ing to do just what Arians
“I think as a human being
you’re a bit of a creature of
habit,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve
played the same position since
I was in junior high school.
I’ve never had to really move
around and you know I’ve got-
ten good at it. So I think we all
resist change to a certain
degree, especially if you’ve
had a little bit of success. But
as I’ve gone through the offsea-
son workouts, I’ve defnitely
become more receptive of it.”
Arians said it’s a simple
concept. Moving his star
receiver around will make it
much harder for defenses to
zero in on him with double
“If you want a hundred
balls, move around,” Arians
said. “If they know where
you’re at, it’s easy to take you
out of the game.”
Arians said Reggie Wayne
made the same adjustment a
year ago in Indianapolis, where
Arians frst was offensive coor-
dinator, then interim head
“I think Reggie bought in
right away last year,” Arians
said. “Fitz is buying in now,
and it’s hard because when
you’re a veteran of your stat-
ure, you don’t like making mis-
takes, you get embarrassed.”
Fitzgerald said he respects
Arians’ pedigree.
“He tells me there’s going to
be a lot more opportunities to
make plays inside,” Fitzgerald
said. “It’s going to give my
teammates Andre Roberts and
Michael (Floyd) and Rob
Housler and guys like that bet-
ter matchups as well. It’s not all
about me, it’s about making the
team go. We know that if this
team is moving in the right
direction, it’s because the
offense has put points on the
That wasn’t the case last
year, when the Cardinals had
the worst offense in the NFL,
with quarterback woes leading
to the team losing 11 of its last
12, resulting in the fring of
coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Arians has overseen a major
personnel overhaul, including
bringing in quarterback Carson
Fitzgerald hasn’t spoken
much to the media in the off-
season, and he said it’s because
he’s motivated to talk less and
show better results after last
year’s struggles.
“It’s ‘prove it’ for me,” he
said. “It’s not about the talking
and sound bites, it’s about
going out there and being pro-
ductive and getting back to the
level of play that I’m accus-
tomed to and that everybody
around here is accustomed to.”
While Arians is headed for a
few weeks’ respite at his lake-
side home in Georgia, Palmer
and his receivers will recon-
vene in Minnesota for
Fitzgerald’s annual workouts
Fitzgerald also has a gig as a
judge at the Miss USA contest.
He and the rest of the
Cardinals practiced for just a
half-hour in their fnal day of
minicamp on Thursday as
Arians let them go early as a
reward for all the offseason
work they had done.
The next formal gathering
of the team will be at training
camp, to be held at University
of Phoenix Stadium in
Glendale. The reporting date
has not been announced.
Fitzgerald learning to play 3 spots in new offense
Daily Times Leader Page 10 • Friday, June 14, 2013
Mousavi and other political
prisoners, including former
parliament speaker Mahdi
Karroubi, leading to some
arrests and scuffles with police.
Rowhani is far from a radical
outsider, though. He led the
influential Supreme National
Security Council and was given
the highly sensitive nuclear
envoy role in 2003, a year after
Iran’s 20-year-old atomic pro-
gram was revealed.
But he is believed to favor a
less confrontational approach
with the West and would give a
forum for now-sidelined offi-
cials such as Rafsanjani and
former President Mohammad
Khatami, whose reformist
terms from 1997-2005 opened
unprecedented social and polit-
ical freedoms. Many are now a
memory after clampdowns in
the wake of massive protests
claiming ballot fraud denied
Mousavi victory in the 2009
There are no credible voter
polls in Iran, and supporters of
each candidate claim their
camp is leading. Yet Rowhani
seems to be tapping into grow-
ing energy and could force a
two-way runoff next week with
one of the presumed front-run-
ners: Jalili and Qalibaf, a for-
mer Revolutionary Guard com-
Any significant boycott
would likely hurt Rowhani the
most. And a change of heart to
vote by many liberal-leaning
Iranians could push Rowhani
toward the top.
The worries appeared reflect-
ed Thursday in reported com-
ments by Rafsanjani opposing
the boycott.
“I urge them to vote,” he was
quoted as saying by several
pro-reform newspapers.
Rowhani’s backers, mean-
while, have adopted a motto of
“one for 100” — meaning
every reformist should try to
encourage 100 people to the
It’s not hard, though, to find
Iranians promising to snub the
election. On some Tehran
streets, about every third per-
son planned to stay away.
“Why should I vote?” asked
Masoud Abdoli, a 39-year old
paramedic. “They have kept
opposition leaders under house
arrest. They barred Rafsanjani.”
Samaneh Gholinejad , a psy-
chology student, said she aban-
doned politics after the 2009
chaos. “Honesty left the coun-
try then,” she said.
On social media sites,
Iranians have sparred round-
the-clock over the boycott.
Supporters often quote Albert
Einstein’s definition of “insan-
ity” to describe the futility of
voting after the allegations of
fraud in 2009: “Doing the same
thing over and over again and
expecting different results.”
Responses on the other side
note that great discoveries
would never have occurred if
people gave up.
While there are no current
signs of street protests resum-
ing, security forces are on high
alert. The Revolutionary
Guard’s volunteer paramilitary
force, the Basij, is present in
virtually every neighborhood.
Authorities have steadily
boosted controls on the Internet,
attempting recently to close off
proxy servers used to bypass
Iranian firewalls.
Last month, the U.S. eased
restrictions on export of com-
munications equipment to
Iranian civilians in an attempt
to counter the cyber-crack-
downs. There is no evidence,
however, of any major U.S.
shipments opening new chan-
nels for Iranian Internet activ-
In California, meanwhile,
Google said it stopped a series
of attempts to hack the accounts
of tens of thousands of Iranian
users with a technique known
as phishing.
“The timing and targeting of
the campaigns suggest that the
attacks are politically motivat-
ed,” said Eric Grosse, Google’s
vice president for security engi-
neering, wrote on the compa-
ny’s blog Wednesday. He gave
no other details.
Iranians traditionally have
shown high interest in voting.
The average reported turnout in
the past 10 presidential election
is more than 67 percent, with
officials saying there was 85
percent participation in 2009.
There are no independent elec-
tion observers allowed to verify
the numbers, but no major alle-
gations of vote rigging emerged
until 2009.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei has repeatedly
called for a high turnout as a
reply to Western governments
that have strongly questioned
the openness of Iran’s elections
— including the process of vet-
ting candidates.
But Khamenei went further
in his appeals Wednesday,
when he equated voting — no
matter for whom — as a patri-
otic act.
“It is possible that some do
not want to support the Islamic
Republic while seeking to sup-
port their own country. They
should vote too,” said
A prominent political Twitter
activist, who goes by the han-
dle Koroush, showed the inner
conflicts of many Iranians. He
posted a message Thursday
saying he will stay home but
prays he will regret it.
“I will not vote,” he wrote.
“But I hope I will be regretful if
others vote and Rowhani wins.”
‘ Iran’ cont i nued f rom page 4
Daily Times Leader Friday, June 14, 2013 • Page 11
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‘4-County’ continued from page 1
Sheena Baker
Cindy McCarter of Webster County was one of over 700 people who attended 4-County’s An-
nual Meeting Thursday at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. McCarter learned more
about the co-op’s payment programs from 4-County’s Angela Johnson.
inception over two years ago, 4-County
members have saved over $208,000 on pre-
scription drugs. This year, card services have
expanded to include discounts on vision and
dental care, hearing aids, lab work, imaging and
chiropractic care.
• Columbus Air Force Base – The coopera-
tive recently undertook responsibility for main-
taining the Columbus Air Force Base electrical
distribution system.
• Economic Development – 4-County recent-
ly helped to bring an estimated 600 jobs to the
cooperative’s service area by participating in a
variety of economic development projects,
including the new Yokohama Tire Corporation
site in Clay County, Calstar Corporation in the
Golden Triangle Regional Industrial Park and
expansions to existing plants.
In his comments, Board President Johnny
Johnson pointed out the cooperative’s mission
to provide affordable and reliable electricity.
“We do that by continually looking for ways
to do our jobs as effciently and cost effectively
as possible while maintaining the highest levels
of safety, quality and service,” Johnson told the
Board Secretary/Treasurer Marty Crowder
reviewed the co-op’s fnances. Crowder said
4-County’s total assets were valued at $189.4
million in 2012. Member’s equity, or owner-
ship, in the system was valued at $94.7 million.
In other business, incumbents John
Scarbrough of Columbus (District 1, Lowndes
County) and Marty Crowder (District 5,
Choctaw and Winston counties) were re-elected
to three-year terms on the board of directors.
Prior to the meeting, a health fair was held
for members. About 300 people participated in
the health care screenings.
After the meeting, members enjoyed partici-
pating in door prize activities.
4-County serves about 47,000 members in
parts of nine counties: Clay, Chickasaw,
Choctaw, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee,
Okitbbeha, Webster and Winston.
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — So
much for getting a good night’s
Phil Mickelson arrived at
Merion Golf Club about four
hours before his 7:11 a.m. tee
time and still managed to shoot
a 3-under 67 for the clubhouse
lead at Thursday’s opening
round of the U.S. Open.
“I might have used just a
little caffeine booster at the
turn just to keep me sharp,”
Mickelson said. “But that was
our ninth hole or so, and I just
wanted to make sure I had
enough energy.”
Mickelson few overnight
from San Diego after watching
his oldest daughter’s eighth-
grade graduation, where she
was one of the featured speak-
ers. At frst, he was a little
shaky. But after rolling a birdie
putt 8 feet past his frst hole and
putting his tee shot in the rough
at his second, he settled himself
—helped by a little more sleep
during a rain delay.
It was his lowest opening
round since 1999 in a champi-
onship he’s never won, even
though he keeps coming close.
He’s been runner-up a record
fve times.
“If I’m able — and I believe
I will — if I’m able to ulti-
mately win a U.S. Open, I
would say that it’s great. ... But
if I never get that win, then it
would be a bit heart-breaking,”
Mickelson said.
By the time Mickelson
tapped in a par to complete his
round, the sun had replaced
clouds, and putters had long
replaced squeegees. Drenching
storms caused a 3½-hour delay,
halting play less than two hours
after it began.
The rains returned while the
marquee group of Tiger Woods,
Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy
were on the front nine, and play
was stopped again at 6:11 p.m.
Woods was 1 over at the
time, and he winced and shook
his left arm, staring at his wrist,
after playing a shot out of the
rough at No. 5. The horn
sounded before the three-time
Open champion could fnish
the hole.
Meanwhile, Mickelson and
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts
(69) were the only players in
the clubhouse under par.
Merion was as challenging
as advertised, despite the
onslaught of storms that soft-
ened the course during the past
week. The slanting greens and
heavy rough valued precision
over power. Ian Poulter had
quite the start, with only one
par spaced among four birdies
and three bogeys through nine
holes on the way to a 71.
Sergio Garcia birdied the
102-yard par-3 13th, but that
was an aberration in a terrible
start for the Spaniard, who has
spent the lead-up to the tourna-
ment trying to make amends
with Woods. Garcia had a qua-
druple bogey, double bogey
and a bogey in his frst fve
holes, but he later went birdie-
eagle on the front nine on the
way to a 73.
Garcia was greeted with
mild applause and a few audi-
ble boos when he was intro-
duced at the start of his round.
He is playing his frst tourna-
ment in the U.S. since a recent
exchange with Woods hit a low
point when Garcia said he
would serve fried chicken if
Woods came to dinner during
the Open. Garcia has since
apologized for the remark. He
shook hands with Woods on the
practice range this week and
left a note in Woods’ locker. He
was also noticeably friendly to
the gallery during Wednesday’s
practice round, stopping sever-
al times to sign autographs.
Garcia said he hasn’t heard
from Woods about the note,
and he acknowledged there
were hecklers in his gallery.
“I think there were a couple
here and there,” he said. “But
there was — I felt the people
were very nice for the whole
day. I think that they, almost all
of them, were behind me and
that was nice to see.”
Cliff Kresge, a Floridian
ranked No. 551 in the world,
hit the frst tee shot of the tour-
nament at 6:45 a.m. The horn
blew at 8:36 a.m., and thunder,
lightning and downpours fol-
lowed, sending everyone scur-
rying for cover.
Any major weather disrup-
tion to the championship would
be a shame, given that the U.S.
Open waited 32 years to return
to the course where Olin Dutra
overcame a serious stomach ill-
ness to win in 1934, where Ben
Hogan hit the picture-perfect
1-iron approach to No. 18
before winning in a playoff in
1950, where Lee Trevino pulled
a rubber snake out of his bag at
the frst hole of the playoff
when he beat Jack Nicklaus for
the title in 1971, and where
David Graham became the frst
Australian to win the trophy in
Thought to be too small to
host an Open anymore, Merion
had been off the radar for so
long that many of the top names
in the feld — including Woods
— had never played it until
recently. Organizers had to be
creative with the placement of
hospitality tents and parking
lots on the club’s relatively
small footprint, and ticket sales
were capped at 25,000 a day
instead of the usual 40,000 or
so for recent championships.
Juggling family and golf,
Mickelson leads US Open
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