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FALL <strong>2015</strong>

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In this issue Metropolitan Supper Club 9<br />

On & Off the Field 11<br />

For the Record 19<br />

MOPS 40<br />

A Quiet Hero 42<br />

Where Are They Now 50<br />

Care Today, Character Tomorrow 60<br />

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8 • <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2015</strong>

The MeTropoliTan Supper Club<br />

SuSan Marquez<br />

Barbara and John Collier waited until they were both<br />

in their early 40’s to get engaged in the summer of 1993.<br />

John enjoyed cutting a rug on the dance floor, Barbara not<br />

so much. But when John’s cousin invited the couple to join<br />

a supper club that centered on dancing, they jumped at the<br />

chance. “We attended mainly for the fellowship, but<br />

I ended up enjoying the dancing more than I thought I<br />

would,” said Barbara Collier.<br />

The Colliers have been members of the Metropolitan<br />

Supper Club ever since. “We’ve made some wonderful<br />

friends over the years,” Collier said. “We see several of<br />

them outside of the supper club. We’ve been through all<br />

kinds of things together.”<br />

The Metropolitan Supper Club was started by Stuart<br />

C. Irby, Jr. and Dudley Hughes in 1992 to promote dancing<br />

to live music in a 1940s supper club atmosphere. It was<br />

organized to provide a place to listen and dance to big<br />

band music, enjoy a good meal, and to have fellowship<br />

with friends. Over the years, the club has met at various<br />

locations and as often as three times a week.<br />

Currently the club meets eight times a year at the Capital<br />

Club in downtown Jackson. The dance is held on a Friday<br />

night from 7:00 to 10:30pm. A buffet dinner is served,<br />

and a cash bar is available. But the main attraction is the<br />

music, always provided by a live band. The bands are the<br />

Jackson All Stars, led by Dave Schommer, and The Sessions,<br />

led by Bob Davidson. The two bands alternate each month.<br />

When the club was organized, the membership<br />

consisted of over 100 couples. In recent years, however,<br />

the membership has not grown in proportion to the<br />

number of aging members who have dropped out due to<br />

ill health, moving or death. Today the club has 36 couples<br />

from Brandon, <strong>Clinton</strong>, Madison, Canton and Jackson<br />

who are members, with several potential memberships<br />

pending. Membership is contingent upon being approved<br />

by the board of directors. A couple may come as a guest one<br />

time at a cost of $52. After the first visit, a couple may come<br />

as a guest for $90 each time. The board of directors will not<br />

approve those whose behavior makes others uncomfortable.<br />

The cost to join the club is $240 per year. In addition,<br />

the cost of the buffet meal with gratuity is $52 per couple<br />

each time the couple attends. Reservations are made in<br />

advance. There are two formal dances a year, one in March<br />

and the other in December. Black tie is requested for the<br />

formal dances, but not required. Dress for the other dances<br />

during the year is coat and tie for men, while women may<br />

wear a dressy pantsuit or a Sunday dress.<br />

Being involved with the Metropolitan Supper Club<br />

has been a joy for Barbara Collier. “It’s been so much fun.<br />

We look forward to it each month!” Collier said she wishes<br />

more young people would get involved. “It’s such a fun<br />

activity for young couples, and like us, you grow old with<br />

friends you meet in the supper club. Unfortunately, it’s a<br />

well-kept secret, but we’re trying to get the word out!” ■<br />

For more information on the Metropolitan Supper Club, visit their website at www.metsupclub.com.<br />

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On & Off<br />

the Field<br />

Coaching football is about<br />

more than just fundamentals<br />

and winning ball games.<br />

According to these <strong>Clinton</strong><br />

coaches, it's about providing<br />

leadership to young men so<br />

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12 • <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2015</strong>

john bland<br />

Head Coach<br />

Who or what inspired you to become<br />

a coach?<br />

My Dad, Dan Bland.<br />

Is there a part of your job that you<br />

didn’t anticipate?<br />

Taking on a parent-away-from-home role. It’s good, but it’s<br />

extra pressure.<br />

What’s your favorite thing to do in<br />

your spare time?<br />

Spend time with my family.<br />

What is your favorite childhood sports<br />

memory?<br />

Having a great senior year in high school and getting a<br />

scholarship to Arkansas.<br />

What’s your biggest win as a coach?<br />

A lot of big ones. At Cumberlands (KY), we beat Carroll<br />

College in overtime in the NAIA semifinals to advance to<br />

the national championship game. The win came over a team<br />

that had won six national championships in the last 10 years.<br />

What is your favorite MC tradition?<br />

The Choctaw Walk. We walk through the Quad where fans<br />

are tailgating prior to the game. It gets the blood flowing<br />

and gets our guys ready for the game.<br />

What’s one of the most difficult things<br />

about being a public figure?<br />

I don’t have any difficulties with it. Dealing with people and<br />

seeing people is one of the great things about this job.<br />

What’s the most rewarding thing about<br />

being a public figure?<br />

Getting a chance to make an impact on more people’s lives<br />

than if this platform was not available.<br />

What is your most challenging task as a<br />

football coach?<br />

Getting the best out of every player on the team, both on<br />

and off the field.<br />

What is your greatest reward as a<br />

coach?<br />

It happens well after a player has played football. Seeing guys<br />

10-15 years down the road as good husbands, fathers and<br />

citizens.<br />

How do you balance coaching and<br />

family life?<br />

I always keep them a part of the team. They enjoy being up<br />

here, and I try to keep them involved as much as possible.<br />

What is the one character trait you<br />

would like your players to say you<br />

taught them?<br />

Good character. I want these guys to make good decisions as<br />

they go throughout life.<br />

What do you consider to be the most<br />

significant accomplishment of your<br />

coaching career?<br />

Making it the NAIA national championship and going 13-1<br />

in the 2013 season at Cumberlands (KY).<br />

Who is your biggest fan?<br />

My wife and three kids and my parents.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Clinton</strong> • 13

Coach Bryan Grove<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong> Christian Academy<br />

What is your most challenging task as a football coach?<br />

Player commitment and retention. Since <strong>Clinton</strong> Christian Academy moved up a<br />

division this year, we are going from eight men on the field to eleven. I need<br />

every player I have on the roster and then some. I have to take boys, some who<br />

have never played football before, and mold them into football players in a<br />

matter of weeks. t’s easy for kids to have a tough practice and just want to quit.<br />

It’s my job not to let that happen. It’s my job to make them want to play football,<br />

even when it’s hard and it hurts.<br />

What is your greatest reward as a coach?<br />

I love the game of football and played for many years. I think my greatest reward<br />

as a coach has been watching my players grow. I enjoy seeing them absorb and<br />

display all the positive attributes the sport of football has to offer. These boys<br />

learn invaluable life lessons about teamwork, self-discipline, perseverance, and<br />

goal setting. Years from now, when playing football is just a memory, being a<br />

football player will still be part of who they are and they will be better for it.<br />

How do you balance coaching and family life?<br />

Balancing coaching and family life during football season is really tough. During<br />

the season, I’m busy and super stressed. I don’t think most people realize the<br />

level of dedication that comes with this profession, even for our AA high school<br />

team. However, I consider myself lucky. I have a very supportive family that loves<br />

CCA football almost as much as I do. My wife knows the game and takes part in<br />

what I do. We even watch game film together each week.<br />

What is the one character trait you would like your players to say<br />

you taught them?<br />

I hope my players would say I taught them respect - to respect themselves and<br />

others. To succeed in football, you must respect your coaches, your teammates,<br />

your opponents, and the game. You must also respect yourself. As said best by<br />

Clint Eastwood, “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to<br />

self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”<br />

What do you consider to be the most significant accomplishment of<br />

your coaching career?<br />

This is my third year as head football coach; I’ve got two winning seasons under<br />

my belt and that feels pretty good. For a private school that is only seven years<br />

old, that’s a significant accomplishment. I am also the athletic director and I am<br />

proud of the overall program we are establishing at CCA and the significant<br />

progress we’ve made these past few years. The level of play is being elevated<br />

each year. Kids are coming to CCA wanting to play ball. It’s a very exciting time<br />

for CCA and its athletic programs.<br />

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Coach Judd Boswell<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong> High School<br />

What is your most challenging task as a football coach?<br />

I want to make sure that each student athlete has the best chance to succeed in<br />

school, on the field and at home. The most challenging task out of the three is the<br />

last one. Some kids do not have the home structure to get three meals a day or<br />

they are the ones raising their siblings. It is for that reason that it is by far the most<br />

challenging task.<br />

What is your greatest reward as a coach?<br />

Seeing kids grow from 8th graders to seniors and watching them mature as a<br />

whole person.<br />

How do you balance coaching and family life?<br />

We preach family every day at practice with the players. The players and coaches<br />

are all extended family so we make sure we treat each other that way. I’m a big<br />

believer in not missing out on family time so I make sure my coaches do the same.<br />

We try to work and stay on schedule so we don’t have to be at work all night.<br />

What is the one character trait you would like your players to have?<br />

Being a positive leader, no matter the situation. Never getting too high or too low in<br />

any situation.<br />

What do you consider to be the most significant accomplishment of<br />

your coaching career?<br />

Our kids, each year, always carry a never quit attitude—no matter what the situation<br />

may be. That’s a great accomplishment. The best thing about it is they do it every<br />

Friday night.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Clinton</strong> • 15

Coach Keith Lockhart<br />

Mt. Salus Christian School<br />

What is your most challenging task as a football coach?<br />

Teaching players that instant gratification is not given in football. It is earned<br />

over time.<br />

What is your greatest reward as a coach?<br />

When a player begins to understand the game.<br />

How do you balance coaching and family life?<br />

There is family and then there is coaching and that order stays.<br />

What is the one character trait you would like your players to say<br />

you taught them?<br />

Mental toughness<br />

What do you consider to be the most significant accomplishment of<br />

your coaching career?<br />

Lasting friendships with former players.<br />

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Few things generate the type of extreme excitement – often described<br />

as "religion" in the South – other than Division One Football.<br />

We recently caught up with Hugh Freeze, Dan Mullen and Todd Monken<br />

for a <strong>Hometown</strong> Q&A, to find out what their days look like<br />

just weeks leading up to kick-off.<br />

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72 20 • August <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2015</strong><br />

/ September <strong>2015</strong>

Hugh Freeze<br />

Head Coach<br />

What is your favorite Ole Miss tradition?<br />

Walk of Champions.<br />

Who or what inspired you to become<br />

a coach?<br />

My father.<br />

What do you consider your greatest<br />

achievement/accomplishment and why?<br />

Being the father of three girls.<br />

Is there a part of your job that you<br />

didn’t anticipate?<br />

Media.<br />

If you could give one piece of advice<br />

to a young person, what would it be?<br />

Work as hard as you can and trust God with the results.<br />

What do you love most about oxford?<br />

It fits my lifestyle.<br />

What is the most rewarding thing<br />

about your job?<br />

Having a platform to influence those I come in contact with.<br />

What’s your biggest win as a coach?<br />

Winning the conference title in my second season at<br />

Lambuth and the 2012 Egg Bowl.<br />

What is your favorite childhood sports<br />

memory?<br />

Playing baseball with all of my friends in a small community.<br />

What are your feelings about having<br />

more teams in the national play-offs?<br />

I would like to see the season shortened to 11 games and an<br />

eight-team playoff within the bowl structure.<br />

What’s one of the most difficult things<br />

about being a public figure?<br />

The criticism and negativity that comes from social media.<br />

what’s the most rewarding thing about<br />

being a public figure?<br />

The platform to influence people in a positive way.<br />

What’s your favorite thing to do in<br />

your spare time?<br />

Family, golf, and fishing.<br />

Who is your biggest fan?<br />

My wife and three daughters.<br />

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74 22 • August <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2015</strong><br />

/ September <strong>2015</strong>

Dan Mullen<br />

Head Coach<br />

What is the typical day in the life of<br />

a college coach?<br />

It changes every day. It starts early and ends late with all<br />

kinds of surprises in between.<br />

Who or what inspired you to become a<br />

coach?<br />

I have always loved football since I was young. I learned the<br />

7-times table in math right away because of touchdowns. I<br />

have always loved teaching young people and have a master’s<br />

degree in education. So I think I was always drawn to be a<br />

coach.<br />

What do you consider your greatest<br />

achievement/accomplishment and why?<br />

Becoming a head coach. I have had to work for everything<br />

to get where I am today. I played small college football, had<br />

no family connections, am from the northeast and yet I am<br />

the head coach at MSU. It is a lesson that if you are willing<br />

to work hard, sacrifice and are committed to your goals you<br />

can make your dreams come true.<br />

Is there a part of your job that you<br />

didn’t anticipate?<br />

There is nothing that can prepare you to be the head coach<br />

and make all the decisions and deal with all the issues you<br />

have to deal with.<br />

If you could give one piece of advice<br />

to a young person, what would it be?<br />

Work hard, be willing to make sacrifices and stay committed<br />

to your goals and you will accomplish them.<br />

What do you love most about Starkville?<br />

The people. This is a great community and the best college<br />

town in the south because of the people that make this town<br />

great.<br />

What is the most rewarding thing<br />

about your job?<br />

Seeing young men graduate and get to live out their dreams.<br />

What is your favorite Mississippi State<br />

tradition?<br />

The cowbell. It means so much to people. It’s a sense of<br />

pride that is handed down from generation to generation.<br />

What’s your biggest win as a coach?<br />

Graduation Day when my players walk across that stage.<br />

Besides your home stadium, where is<br />

your favorite place to play and why?<br />

Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah. I had a lot of<br />

great memories there.<br />

What is your favorite childhood sports<br />

memory?<br />

Winning the 1998 New Hampshire State Football<br />

Championship.<br />

What are your feelings about having<br />

more teams in the national play-offs?<br />

We need to see how this system works first before we try to<br />

change again.<br />

What’s one of the most difficult things<br />

about being a public figure?<br />

The most difficult is that I, along with my family, have to<br />

give up all our privacy in our lives. We are open game to<br />

anyone, anytime, good or bad.<br />

what’s the most rewarding thing about<br />

being a public figure?<br />

I am in a position to make a positive impact on people lives<br />

just by being me. You are able to pick people up that are<br />

going thru hard times.<br />

What’s your favorite thing to do in<br />

your spare time?<br />

Spend time with my family<br />

Who is your biggest fan?<br />

My son Canon.<br />

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todd mOnken<br />

Head Coach<br />

Who or what inspired you to become<br />

a coach?<br />

It would have to be my father. He was a coach and all of his<br />

brothers were coaches – all high school coaches. I would say<br />

that was the initial inspiration.<br />

What do you consider your greatest<br />

achievement/accomplishment and why?<br />

Getting my college degree in economics (at Knox College).<br />

If you could give one piece of advice<br />

to a young person, what would it be?<br />

You never go wrong with great energy, attitude and body<br />

language.<br />

What is the most rewarding thing<br />

about your job?<br />

Impacting young player’s lives. Trying to create the best<br />

version of them you can.<br />

What is the typical day in the life of<br />

a college coach?<br />

First of all, those days are atypical. These is something<br />

different every day. You go from having one child to 101<br />

children, so every day is consistently inconsistent.<br />

What is your favorite Southern Miss<br />

tradition?<br />

It is our Eagle Walk before home games.<br />

What do you love most about Hattiesburg?<br />

The people.<br />

What’s your favorite thing to do in<br />

your spare time?<br />

Spend time with my son.<br />

When you hear “Southern Miss fanatic,”<br />

is there someone who comes to mind<br />

and why?<br />

The one that is on the good end and loves everything about<br />

it is Bill Brodhead. He is not always at everything but he<br />

loves Southern Miss football. I don’t know if fanatic is the<br />

word, but he is fanatical about how kids are doing and about<br />

where we are headed.<br />

What’s your biggest win as a coach?<br />

UAB in 2013.<br />

Besides your home stadium, where is<br />

your favorite place to play and why?<br />

Anywhere we are winning.<br />

What is your favorite childhood sports<br />

memory?<br />

When I was a kid I was umpiring Little League baseball and<br />

my brother ended up pitching and couldn’t throw a strike.<br />

He must have walked like 10 kids and I had to keep calling<br />

balls, because he wasn’t throwing any strikes. He kept walking<br />

everybody and I didn’t know if I was doing the right thing<br />

and that my Mom and Dad would be upset, but he just<br />

couldn’t get it over the plate.<br />

What are your feelings about having<br />

more teams in the national play-offs?<br />

I have always believed that a playoff system is unbelievable.<br />

There should be more teams. It would be more exciting –<br />

it has been proven with the NCAA Basketball Tournament<br />

how exciting it is – even just with the four teams that we<br />

had last year. I would hate to see it go to that, though; just<br />

based on the bowl games. I don’t think you can have as<br />

many neutral site games (in a playoff ) because there is a<br />

lot to be said for going to a bowl game and the reward for<br />

your season for your players and coaches at a site that hosts<br />

you and it really is a neat deal for your kids that have never<br />

been anywhere. The moment you that expand the playoffs it<br />

really diminishes the bowl. Right now, we don’t diminish the<br />

bowls. There is two weeks of it and all the other teams get to<br />

experience the postseason.<br />

Who is your biggest fan?<br />

My son Travis.<br />

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No matter where you spend your Saturdays<br />

during football season, there's one thing for<br />

certain. hometown hospitality is universal...<br />

regardless of your colors. So pitch your tent,<br />

load up the coolers and enjoy the best time<br />

of year in the South.<br />

Grooving<br />

in the Grove<br />

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Bacon Cinnamon Rolls<br />

• 1 can (8 count) Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls<br />

• 8 slices pre-cooked bacon<br />

__________________________________________________<br />

• Preheat oven to 400 degrees.<br />

• Unwrap the cinnamon rolls and separate.<br />

• Carefully unroll each roll and place a piece of bacon on top<br />

of the dough.<br />

• Gently re-roll the dough and arrange cinnamon rolls in cake pan.<br />

• Bake for 15 minutes, or until cinnamon rolls are golden brown.<br />

• Remove rolls from the oven and cover with the included frosting.<br />

Prep Time: 5 minutes • Cook Time: 15 minutes • Servings: 8<br />

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Bully’s<br />

Bulldog Bash<br />

Blackbean & Corn Salsa<br />

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<strong>2015</strong><br />

• 1 (8 ounce) cans Rotel<br />

• 1 (14 ounce) can whole kernel<br />

or shoepeg corn<br />

• 1 (16 ounce) can black beans<br />

• 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies<br />

(optional)<br />

• 1 packet taco seasoning mix<br />

• Shredded fiesta blend cheese<br />

• Lime juice to taste<br />

• Drain canned vegetables.<br />

• Reserve a few tablespoons<br />

of Rotel liquid.<br />

• Mix together all ingredients,<br />

making sure spices are well<br />

blended.<br />

• Cover and refrigerate,<br />

allowing flavors to blend.<br />

• Serve with a hearty scooped chip

Smoked Ham & Cheese Sliders<br />

• 24 Hawaiian rolls<br />

• 24 pieces smoked ham<br />

• 24 small slices Swiss cheese<br />

• 1/3 cup Miracle Whip<br />

• Spread Miracle Whip onto both<br />

sides of the center of each roll.<br />

• Place a slice of ham and a slice<br />

of Swiss inside of each roll.<br />

• Close rolls and place them into<br />

a large baking dish or heavy<br />

cookie sheet.<br />

• Place very close together.<br />

PoPPy Seed SauCe<br />

• 1 Tablespoon poppyseeds<br />

• 1½ Tablespoons yellow<br />

mustard<br />

• ½ cup butter, melted<br />

• 1 Tablespoon minced onion<br />

• ½ teaspoon Worcestershire<br />

sauce<br />

• In a medium bowl, whisk together<br />

all ingredients.<br />

• Pour evenly over all of the<br />

sandwiches. You do not have to<br />

use all of the sauce. Just use<br />

enough to cover the tops.<br />

• Let sit 10 minutes or until butter<br />

sets slightly.<br />

• Cover with foil and bake at<br />

350 degrees for 12-15 minutes<br />

or until cheese is melted.<br />

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The Eagle’s Nest<br />

Snickerdip<br />

• 2 pkgs. (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened<br />

• 1/2 cup brown sugar<br />

• 1 container (8 ounces) Cool Whip<br />

• 6 Snickers candy bars, chopped into small chunks<br />

(or 15 to 20 fun size Snickers)<br />

• 2 to 3 tablespoons caramel sauce for drizzling<br />

on top (optional)<br />

• Use a mixer to beat together cream cheese and brown sugar until<br />

smooth. Mix in Cool Whip. Fold in about three-quarters of the Snickers<br />

bars. Refrigerate at least a few hours. Before serving drizzle with caramel<br />

and top with remaining Snickers pieces. Great served with apple slices,<br />

pretzels, animal crackers and graham crackers for dipping.<br />

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September <strong>2015</strong> <strong>2015</strong>

Game Day Frito Chili Pie<br />

• Set up a big tub of single-serve Fritos and surround with bowls<br />

of your favorite toppings.<br />

• Lightly crunch the pack of Fritos in your hands. You don’t want<br />

them in crumbs, but you want them broken up a bit.<br />

• Slice open the side of the package.<br />

• Pour in 3/4 cup of chili.<br />

• Sprinkle some shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes on top of the chili.<br />

• Sprinkle onions on top, if desired.<br />

• Add a spoonful of sour cream, if desired.<br />

• Top it all with cheese a fiesta blend cheese and some sliced jalapeños<br />

for an extra kick.<br />

• Grab a plastic spoon and stick it in the middle, and you’re ready<br />

to enjoy a genuine Frito Chili Pie – right out of the bag.<br />

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MC Choctaw Round-Up

Choctaw Cheese Dip<br />

• 1/2 cup mayonnaise<br />

• One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened<br />

• 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese<br />

• 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese<br />

• 2 green onions, finely chopped<br />

• 1 dash cayenne pepper<br />

• 8 butter crackers, crushed, such as Ritz<br />

• 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled<br />

• Corn chips, crackers or bagel chips, for serving<br />

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.<br />

In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, Monterey<br />

Jack cheese, green onions and cayenne pepper. Transfer the mixture to a shallow<br />

baking dish, such as a 9-inch pie pan. Top the mixture with the cracker crumbs and<br />

bake until heated through, about 15 minutes.<br />

Remove the pan from the oven and top with the bacon. Serve immediately with<br />

corn chips, crackers or bagel chips.<br />

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Worthy of Merit

Steve Dobbs has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO)<br />

of Merit Health to oversee efforts of enhancing quality, improving<br />

access to quality care, and expanding services for patients across<br />

the central Mississippi region.<br />

Dobbs has nearly three decades of executive healthcare management<br />

experience, serving in leadership roles at hospitals and<br />

healthcare organizations in Oklahoma, Florida and Kansas. Most<br />

recently, he served as CEO of Urologic Specialists of Oklahoma, a<br />

20-member physician practice in Tulsa. He has worked with<br />

countless boards of directors, institutional officials, government<br />

regulators, the media, and community leaders. His accomplishments<br />

have graced the front page of USA Today and he has even been a<br />

healthcare contributor on The Fox News show, Fox & Friends.<br />

Dobbs holds a master’s degree in health services administration<br />

from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, and a bachelor’s<br />

degree in accounting from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> spoke with Steve in more detail about his role with Merit Health:<br />

Q. What is your vision for Merit Health?<br />

A. Ultimately, I look forward to utilizing our vast group of physicians and professionals<br />

to expand access to quality care. Merit Health is developing innovative ways to<br />

care for the central Mississippi community, and I am excited about the opportunities<br />

in our future. We hope to become the first choice of patients in the region.<br />

Our company culture is also evolving. New programs empower employees to<br />

optimize the overall patient experience through a more mindful approach. We are<br />

also providing new tools that enhance safety, communication, and quality<br />

measures.<br />

Q. What are the latest trends helping patients<br />

lead healthier lives?<br />

A. Emphasizing the importance of prevention and patient education has become<br />

paramount. This trend started some time ago, but it has taken a while for everyone<br />

to figure out the best way to address this paradigm shift. Clinical data supports the<br />

value of prevention and we want to encourage our patients to be their own<br />

advocates.<br />

To support this endeavor, we have accelerated and improved the volume,<br />

content, and reach of our educational materials. In addition, prevention has become<br />

a more integral part of the provider and patient conversation, especially as new<br />

research uncovers ways for patients to prevent and/or live “well” with common,<br />

but debilitating illnesses, such as heart disease or diabetes.<br />

Q. Lately, I have seen the Merit Health name<br />

more frequently. What have been some of your<br />

growth initiatives?<br />

A. Recently, we added over 30 Merit Health Medical Group clinics to our six<br />

hospitals (Merit Health Central, Merit Health Madison, Merit Health Rankin, Merit<br />

Health River Oaks, Merit Health River Region, and Merit Health Woman’s Hospital)<br />

in the Jackson/Vicksburg metropolitan area. Overall, we employ more than 3,300<br />

people, have 1,200 licensed beds, and 1,800 physicians on active medical staff.<br />

As these entities join together in various ways, we are making a concerted<br />

effort to inform our patients that first and foremost, their health and experience in<br />

our facilities is our top priority.<br />

For example, you may have seen our 30 minute ER service pledge campaign.<br />

We’ve incorporated a tool within our emergency departments that allows us to see<br />

patients within 30 minutes of their arrival. Providing this level of service is one way<br />

we are communicating the benefits of utilizing our facilities to the community.<br />

Q. Now that Merit has expanded in the market,<br />

how do you plan to get involved in each of the<br />

facility’s surrounding communities?<br />

A. We are currently involved in several community programs and there are others<br />

we are further researching and engaging with over the next several months. For<br />

example, we work with a local school district to supply school nurses and health<br />

education information to families and students. We are also participating in<br />

community programs supporting cancer care, heart disease, maternal and fetal<br />

health, and many more. Personally, I am excited about getting to know community<br />

leaders and figuring out ways we can work together to improve health and vitality<br />

in all of the communities we serve.<br />

Q. I know you’ve been busy, but what do you like<br />

to do in your spare time?<br />

A. My favorite past time is going on cruises with my family. It allows us to enjoy<br />

and explore new places and unplug from our busy lives. My kids are grown, so<br />

when we have time alone together on vacation, I definitely treasure it.<br />

Q. What are you impressions of Mississippi?<br />

A. It has been a great experience thus far. Throughout my career, I have had the<br />

opportunity to live in a lot of different places and uncover the unique nuances of each.<br />

It’s been a hot summer, but one full of friendly faces and exceptional possibilities.<br />

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Elizabeth Bennett<br />

MOPS is an international organization that is coming<br />

to <strong>Clinton</strong>. MOPS, which stands for Mothers of<br />

Preschoolers, is a grassroots movement that believes<br />

that moms are world influencers. MOPS is for all moms<br />

with kids ages birth through five years old. The basic principles<br />

of a MOPS group are that it is welcoming to all women and<br />

consists of mentoring, leadership development, honest conversation,<br />

relevant teaching, creative activities and childcare.<br />

MOPS began in 1973 in Wheatridge, Colorado, and there<br />

are currently more than 3,900 MOPS groups meeting across<br />

the United States as well as in 35 countries across the world.<br />

MOPS groups meet regularly to celebrate the joys of motherhood<br />

and to encourage each other through the challenges.<br />

MOPS International is dedicated to meeting the needs of every<br />

mother of preschoolers.<br />

Kelly Robinson, who moved to <strong>Clinton</strong> last fall from<br />

Washington, became a stay-at-home mom and was looking for<br />

something to do with her two preschoolers. She<br />

was familiar with MOPS and was surprised<br />

to find out that a city the size of <strong>Clinton</strong>,<br />

with so many young families, did not<br />

already have<br />

a chapter.<br />

“I am thrilled to be bringing<br />

MOPS to <strong>Clinton</strong>. It’s a great<br />

ministry for moms who are in<br />

the trenches of raising little ones.<br />

Our goal is to encourage and equip<br />

moms through meaningful discussion,<br />

mentorship and friendship,” said<br />

Robinson. “The leadership team<br />

is excited about this year’s<br />

theme, A Fierce Flourishing,<br />

which is about embracing rest,<br />

noticing goodness and celebrating<br />

lavishly.”<br />

The Fierce Flourishing<br />

theme is based off of Isaiah 55:12,<br />

which says, “For you shall go<br />

out in joy and be led forth in<br />

peace; the mountains and the

hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of<br />

the field shall clap their hands.” Robinson has a special message<br />

to mothers of preschoolers in <strong>Clinton</strong>. “It is our hope that you<br />

will join us for a meeting. We think you will find a group of women<br />

who want to encourage you in this season of life.”<br />

The <strong>2015</strong>-2016 <strong>Clinton</strong> MOPS Leadership Team consists<br />

of Kelly Robinson (Coordinator), Tanika Roberson (Creative<br />

Activities), Hope Vandersteen (Table Leader), Angela Plunkett<br />

(Table Leader), Maritza Cook (Special Touches), Elizabeth<br />

Bennett (Publicity) and Melissa Baugh (Mentor Mom). The ladies<br />

on the leadership team are from a variety of places including<br />

Wisconsin, Wyoming, California, Alabama and Mississippi. They<br />

have a plethora of talents and various experiences to lead the<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong> MOPS.<br />

Hope Vandersteen is a mother of three and is from <strong>Clinton</strong>,<br />

Mississippi. “I joined MOPS to have a network of encouragement,<br />

connect with other moms, see how they are handling life and get<br />

support,” said Vandersteen. “I wanted to serve on the leadership<br />

team to be able to encourage other moms, lift them up, pray for<br />

them and let them know that they are not alone. We are all in<br />

this together! I am excited about this year and all the things I’m<br />

going to learn. When you bring all the moms together there is<br />

a wealth of knowledge and information that we can share and<br />

benefit from.”<br />

MOPS will meet at Celebrate Church the second and fourth<br />

Tuesdays of every month starting in September and ending in<br />

May. The launch meeting will be Tuesday, September 8, <strong>2015</strong>,<br />

from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Celebrate Church is located at 2001 Old<br />

Vicksburg Road in <strong>Clinton</strong>. “We will bring in speakers often t<br />

hat can talk to us about issues that we are facing. There will<br />

be encouragement, refreshments, arts & crafts and childcare,”<br />

said Robinson.<br />

When a mom comes to MOPS, her first meeting is always<br />

free and after that, she can register for the year. A MOPS membership<br />

for a year is $75 which includes: a subscription to Hello<br />

Dearest quarterly magazine, a welcome package with various<br />

goodies, an encouraging email every Tuesday, childcare during<br />

the meetings and more. “Along with the fun perks of being a<br />

registered member, you are part of a movement that is changing<br />

the world for generations,” according to mops.org.<br />

“For you shall go out in joy and be led<br />

forth in peace; the mountains and the<br />

hills before you shall break forth into<br />

singing, and all the trees of the field<br />

shall clap their hands.”<br />

Isaiah 55:12<br />

If you are not a mother of a preschooler, but have a heart for<br />

young moms, babies and toddlers, then there are some perfect<br />

opportunities for you. <strong>Clinton</strong> MOPS has a need for another<br />

Mentor Mom and for workers in childcare. The Mentor Mom is a<br />

mom who is more seasoned in life and has already been through<br />

the journey of raising preschoolers. She nurtures and encourages<br />

members of the MOPS group. She teaches by example,<br />

encourages, counsels and shares with moms. This is a ministry<br />

opportunity that is very rewarding. Also, there is a need for<br />

caring, responsible women to work in the nursery. Meetings last<br />

for two hours and are twice a month. If you have any questions<br />

or are interested in being a Mentor Mom or working with these<br />

precious babies and toddlers, call Kelly at 253-549-8629 or email<br />

celebratechurchmops@gmail.com.<br />

If you are a mom to kids ages birth through 5 years old,<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong> MOPS welcomes you to the launch on September 8th<br />

from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Experience MOPS this year by embracing<br />

rest, noticing goodness and celebrating lavishly!<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Clinton</strong> • 41

Susan Marquez<br />

A Quiet Hero<br />

There are times in your life when<br />

you feel that having to learn something<br />

is useless—that you’ll never use it in real<br />

life. I felt that way sitting through Spanish<br />

class in high school, only to meet and<br />

marry a Venezuelan in college. So it was<br />

when Mary Lou Dill was sitting in a CPR<br />

instructor training class last fall. She had<br />

already had CPR training several years<br />

earlier when she worked offshore. But<br />

now, in her role as a public safety officer<br />

at Mississippi College, Dill was taking it<br />

again, and thinking that she would probably<br />

never need it.<br />

So in June, a perfect series of events put Dill in<br />

the right place at the right time for a six-year-old boy<br />

who was found at the bottom of a swimming pool at<br />

a vacation resort in Orlando. Just as she arrived at the<br />

pool, Dill saw a woman frantically running with the limp<br />

body of the boy in her arms. Without thinking, without hesitation,<br />

the training kicked in and Dill immediately put into practice what<br />

she’d learned.<br />

Compressions. Nothing. More compressions. Still nothing. On<br />

the third try, she began to see bubbles come from the boy’s nose.<br />

Turning him on his side, she compressed more, and water from the<br />

boy’s lungs rushed from his mouth. Dill spotted her husband, Chris,<br />

a lieutenant with the <strong>Clinton</strong> Police Department. He had rushed toward<br />

the commotion, never thinking that he’d find his wife working<br />

feverishly to resuscitate a child. Chris jumped in to assist her. “He<br />

was my calm in the storm.” Soon the boy’s eyelids began to flutter<br />

and she got a pulse.<br />

It was all chance that put Dill in that place at just that time. Dill<br />

had been in Canada, taking care of her ill father. Almost forgetting<br />

that she had booked a vacation to Orlando, she and her husband<br />

made the last-minute trip with friends. “The second day we were<br />

there, I went on down to the pool while<br />

everyone else was changing into their<br />

swimsuits. Just as I arrived, I heard the<br />

commotion and saw the woman running<br />

with the child.”<br />

Mary Lou recalls, “One moment he<br />

was swimming across the pool, and the<br />

next he was at the bottom. A woman had<br />

seen him and pulled him out. That’s where<br />

I stepped in. I don’t even remember doing<br />

it.” But what she does remember is the<br />

child’s lifeless body and his mother crying<br />

hysterically. “That’s an image that’s hard to<br />

forget. It was quite overwhelming.”<br />

Dill and her husband, Chris had been friends before<br />

she moved to <strong>Clinton</strong> in 2006. “He has been in law<br />

enforcement for over 22 years, and is well-known for<br />

helping people. He absolutely loves his job, so I thought<br />

I’d look into law enforcement, too.” Dill first worked at<br />

Hinds Community College in Raymond before being offered a<br />

full-time job at Mississippi College in 2008. “She’s a very pro-active<br />

and caring officer, one of the finest officers I’ve worked with in my<br />

30-year career,” said Steven McCraney, Public Safety Director at<br />

Mississippi College. “She’s very personable, but reluctant to claim<br />

hero status for what she did. She and Chris are very special.”<br />

Today Dill is a strong advocate for CPR training. “There were<br />

60 to 70 people at the pool that day and nobody reacted. That’s<br />

frightening. I can’t stress enough that the more training we all have,<br />

the better. You never know when you’ll be put in the position to<br />

save a life.”<br />

Dill stays in touch with the little boy and his family, who live in<br />

Memphis. She learned that he was a triplet, and he and his siblings<br />

had already faced several problems in their lives. “He just turned<br />

seven years old and is starting the first grade. He’s doing fine, and<br />

he’s got his whole life ahead of him. That makes me very happy.”<br />

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A perfect series<br />

of events put<br />

Mary Lou Dill in the<br />

right place at the<br />

right time for a<br />

six-year-old boy<br />

who was found at<br />

the bottom of a<br />

swimming pool at<br />

a resort in<br />

Orlando, Florida.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Clinton</strong> • 43


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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Clinton</strong> • 45


Ed Bradley<br />


Why did you decide to become<br />

a fireman?<br />

I decided to become a fireman as a result of<br />

my father-in-law, Dan Peacock who had been<br />

a fireman with the City of Jackson Fire<br />

Department and the Flowood Fire Department.<br />

He was a great influence in my life and<br />

was instrumental in me starting my career as a<br />

fireman with the City of <strong>Clinton</strong>.<br />

How long have you been with<br />

your current fire department?<br />

I have been with the <strong>Clinton</strong> Fire Department<br />

28 years.<br />

What do you enjoymost about<br />

your typical day as a fireman?<br />

I enjoy the fellowship and friendships that I<br />

have established with my co-workers over the<br />

past 28 years. The firemen on my shift are like<br />

a second family and the fire station is like a<br />

“second home”. One of the things I (we) most<br />

enjoy when the daily work tasks are done at<br />

the station is cooking on the grill.<br />

What is the toughest thing you<br />

have experienced as a fireman?<br />

Responding to emergency calls where young<br />

children are involved. It hits close to your heart<br />

like nothing else.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I’ve been married to Tanya (Peacock) Bradley<br />

for 32 years. We have two daughters, Madison<br />

who is a junior at <strong>Clinton</strong> High School and<br />

Brooke Hanna, son-in-law Cory Hanna and<br />

three grandchildren, Bradley (age 4), Kanon<br />

(age 2) and Kylar (five months).<br />

Share some things that you<br />

enjoy in your spare time.<br />

I enjoy spending time with grandchildren,<br />

watching Madison play volleyball for the<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong> Lady Arrows volleyball team, playing a<br />

round of golf every now and then, and<br />

hunting during deer season.<br />

What are three things on your<br />

bucket list?<br />

Take my grandchildren to Disneyland, retire<br />

and work just one job instead of two jobs as I<br />

have done for 26 years, and spend quality<br />

time with my family.<br />

Who is someone you admire<br />

and why?<br />

My dad, Eldon Bradley. He was a U.S. Marine<br />

and did two tours in Vietnam. He was a<br />

Christian father and one of the finest people<br />

one could ever meet.<br />

What is your favorite holiday<br />

and why?<br />

Definitely Christmas. I really get into the<br />

holiday spirit by decorating with Christmas<br />

trees and lights. I recall my dad and how<br />

he loved to decorate our house with lights<br />

and decorations. I attribute my enjoyment<br />

of decorating for the Christmas holiday to<br />

my dad.<br />

What is your favorite<br />

childhood memory?<br />

Accepting Christ as my Savior and being<br />

baptized as a boy. Then being inducted<br />

into the American Legion Hall of Fame for<br />

baseball and signing a baseball scholarship<br />

with Ole Miss.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you<br />

think young people make today?<br />

Failing to be respectful to adults and others.<br />

Young people who are disrespectful become<br />

adults who are disrespectful.<br />

What is most rewarding<br />

about your job?<br />

Knowing that you have helped someone that<br />

truly needed your assistance.<br />

Where do you see yourself<br />

in ten years?<br />

Hopefully retired and enjoying life with<br />

my family.<br />

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The Coach<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

48 • <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2015</strong>

Coaches play an important role in the lives of their players.<br />

Whether it’s football, basketball, baseball or track, the men and women that push<br />

our kids to limits that even they, themselves, don’t know they can reach, leave imprints<br />

in the hearts of our young people that are rarely ever forgotten.<br />

Another summer has come and gone – and<br />

what a summer it’s been. From contentious<br />

flag debates and seemingly endless discussions<br />

of Supreme Court rulings to a couple of 3-point<br />

magnitude earthquakes in the northern part of<br />

our metro, there has been no shortage of material<br />

to keep water-cooler conversations at a full tilt.<br />

But for my 12-year old, life is much simpler.<br />

It’s all about sports.<br />

My son plays baseball. For years we have<br />

been at the ballparks most every weekend<br />

during the spring and summer – and I knew<br />

early on that it would take some industrial-type<br />

equipment to keep me from exploding from<br />

the heat. So my husband was kind (and wise)<br />

enough to invest in a tent, a generator, and a<br />

couple of commercial-grade fans as a means<br />

for my survival. He knew that if I was ever<br />

actually going to see one of these games, and<br />

certainly if I was expected to be friendly and<br />

hospitable to the other player’s family members,<br />

then I would need to keep my core body<br />

temperature somewhere below boiling and the<br />

point of spontaneous combustion.<br />

As it turns out, we’ve made fabulous friends<br />

throughout our time “in the stands”. And, we all<br />

share in the common belief that America’s greatest<br />

pastime is particularly important for our boys –<br />

and for different reasons than you might think.<br />

Coaches play such an important role in the<br />

lives of their players. Whether its football,<br />

basketball, baseball or track, the men and<br />

women that push our kids to limits that even<br />

they, themselves, do not know they can reach,<br />

leave imprints in the hearts of our young people<br />

that are rarely ever forgotten.<br />

Kids will do things for their coaches that they<br />

might never do otherwise. They have an inherent<br />

desire to please. My son became a catcher this<br />

year, and a darn decent one at that. He did it<br />

because his coaches told him he could do it.<br />

Heck, I didn’t even know he could do it! But they<br />

did. A good coach will make his players see what<br />

they can be, rather than what they are.<br />

I’ve enjoyed reading all the Q&A’s from the<br />

area coaches in this particular issue of <strong>Hometown</strong>.<br />

What I found interesting is that when asked what<br />

their most important accomplishment was as a<br />

coach, none of them said “winning” – not a one.<br />

It was all about shaping a player’s life, having<br />

them become productive members of society,<br />

and teaching a strong work ethic. It was about<br />

influence versus control.<br />

These men have proven that in order to be<br />

a good coach, one must abide by a handful of<br />

basic rules. And if these rules are adhered to,<br />

their players will leave absolutely everything<br />

they have out on the field.<br />

The first is to be positive and make it fun.<br />

Great coaches know how to teach without<br />

criticizing and provide positive reinforcement.<br />

They help players develop confidence in<br />

themselves. And confident players someday<br />

make confident adults. What a gift.<br />

They set expectations early and provide<br />

feedback, often. And they teach their teams<br />

respect – respect for the game, respect for their<br />

teammates and respect for the opponent. Again,<br />

sounds a lot like life to me. That could be any<br />

day at the office for an adult.<br />

But as I continued to spend more and more<br />

weekends at the ballpark, I found that even more<br />

of life’s lessons closely mirror the game.<br />

For example, it’s imperative to take breaks.<br />

In the major league it’s called the 7th Inning<br />

Stretch. In little league, it’s called – well it’s called<br />

the end of the game. But the lesson in it is that<br />

no matter how important the task at-hand, it’s<br />

important to stop, stretch and revitalize.<br />

Fair or foul? It’s all in how you see it, right?<br />

Well, in baseball, there’s a clear foul line. But in<br />

life, there’s not. Sometimes what we think is<br />

good, isn’t, and vice-versa. And how many times<br />

have we heard the coach yell, “Pick your pitch!”<br />

Because as we all know, you can’t take back a<br />

swing.<br />

As the great Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘till<br />

it’s over.” My son’s baseball team played in the<br />

state championship several weeks ago. They<br />

made it to the finals. I’m not sure any of us ever<br />

thought they would. It was the 5th inning and<br />

they were down 5-0. Second-place looked<br />

imminent. But then something happened. These<br />

12-year old boys reached down into their hot,<br />

sweaty, filthy, exhausted souls and embarked<br />

upon a fight that few of us, if any, had ever seen.<br />

They fought back as if their lives depended on<br />

it – and won in the 6th inning, 6-5. They won the<br />

state championship.<br />

They gave it everything they had and left<br />

absolutely all of it out on the field. And their<br />

coaches did, too. No matter how bad the game<br />

got, they never ... stopped ... swinging. I’ve never<br />

been more proud.<br />

So, to our mighty team of baseball warriors<br />

– T-Train, PK, Pey-Pey, Ford, Austin, Chandler,<br />

Whup, Stone, Braedon and Zack – these<br />

lessons will serve you well in life. And it won’t<br />

be the last time you’ll have to fight hard and<br />

claw your way off the bottom, either. What starts<br />

as a simple game of baseball (or football, or<br />

basketball, etc.) can mold your character and<br />

help to pave the way for a wonderfully bright<br />

future. You just have to keep showing up and<br />

keep swinging.<br />

And to our coaches – all coaches, for that<br />

matter. Thank you. Thank you for investing in the<br />

future of our young people as they learn to<br />

navigate life both on, and off, the field. And thank<br />

you for helping them understand the importance of<br />

being a part of something larger than themselves.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Clinton</strong> • 49

Olivia Halverson<br />

Kaley (Winstead) Olsen graduated<br />

from <strong>Clinton</strong> High School in 2009. After<br />

graduating from Mississippi College in<br />

2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Public<br />

Relations and Marketing, she packed<br />

her bags and moved to Charlotte, North<br />

Carolina. There, she began working<br />

for Proverbs 31 Ministries, a nondenominational,<br />

non-profit Christian<br />

ministry that seeks to lead women into<br />

a personal relationship with Christ. At<br />

Proverbs 31 Ministries, Kaley works as<br />

creative department coordinator, “a<br />

perfect job” according to Kaley, “because I<br />

am able to combine my creativity with my<br />

college degree.”<br />

On a daily basis, Kaley balances many<br />

tasks including managing graphics and<br />

videos and contributing to marketing<br />

campaigns and promotional emails. Last<br />

summer, Kaley was on Lysa TerKeurst’s<br />

book release team for The Best Yes where<br />

Kaley coordinated a focus group and<br />

promotional team for the book’s release.<br />

“Overall,” Kaley says, ”I think the best part<br />

of my job is getting to play a behind-thescenes<br />

role in what God is doing through<br />

this ministry. Proverbs 31 Ministries has<br />

grown exponentially in the past two years,<br />

and what I get to be a part of is truly<br />

humbling.”<br />

Greg Matthews is a Class of 1983<br />

graduate of <strong>Clinton</strong> High School.<br />

Following high school, Greg joined the<br />

Mississippi Army National Guard in<br />

March of 1984 where he has remained<br />

in service ever since. Greg worked for<br />

Petroleum Helicopters Inc., flying oil<br />

workers out in the Gulf of Mexico until<br />

1995, then went to work full time for the<br />

Mississippi Army National Guard as a<br />

helicopter instructor pilot.<br />

Over the years, Greg was promoted<br />

to CW5, the highest rank among<br />

warrant officers. Having served multiple<br />

deployments in Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, and<br />

Afghanistan, Greg is currently on his<br />

5th deployment serving with the 185th<br />

Aviation Brigade as a standardization<br />

officer in Kuwait where he flies a UH-<br />

60 Blackhawk helicopter. Married for 23<br />

years with a fourteen year old daughter,<br />

Greg looks forward to coming home to<br />

his family in late <strong>2015</strong>.<br />

50 • <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2015</strong>

Michael Brown graduated from<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong> High School with the Class of<br />

2003. Michael accredits his educational<br />

foundation to <strong>Clinton</strong> High School. He<br />

built upon his educational foundation<br />

at Stanford University, which gave him a<br />

great perspective by immersing him in an<br />

area and a culture that Michael explains to<br />

be “significantly different than the world<br />

I had known. It forced me to learn who I<br />

was and who I wanted to be.”<br />

Then, Michael attended physical therapy<br />

school which provided him with a focused<br />

skill set he would use to pursue his<br />

profession. Today, Michael lives in Oxford,<br />

Mississippi where he works as a physical<br />

therapist at the University of Mississippi.<br />

Michael says, “I think each step along my<br />

education path provided different pieces<br />

to help guide me to where I am today.”<br />

Annaclaire Wilbanks Tadlock<br />

graduated from <strong>Clinton</strong> High School<br />

with the Class of 2009. She played for the<br />

Lady Arrow soccer team and participated<br />

in Attache’ show choir, with whom she<br />

traveled to Nashville every year to host<br />

a competition at the Grand Ole Opry.<br />

During such trips she always told her<br />

friends, “I’m going to live here one day.”<br />

Annaclaire’s dream came true as today<br />

she and her husband call Nashville their<br />

home. Annaclaire works as the director<br />

of marketing at The Johnny Cash<br />

Museum. She says, “I would have never<br />

had the drive to move here if it was not<br />

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“The quality of the education I received<br />

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and athletics taught him to work well with<br />

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as the Speaker of the Mississippi House<br />

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Mary ann Kirby<br />

<strong>Fall</strong> is here. School is back in session and I<br />

already miss the lazy summertime days with<br />

my family; particularly my ever-growing<br />

12-year-old. Time is going so fast.<br />

As adults, we’ve always known that “time<br />

flies” – but just a couple of weeks ago, my own<br />

child commented on how fast the weekends<br />

seem to go by. I didn’t know kids had much<br />

concept of time beyond, “how much longer is it”<br />

and “are we there yet?” Call me crazy, but I’m<br />

pretty sure that time is going by faster than it<br />

used to. And I doubt that the warp-speed<br />

hyper-scheduling we all endure helps much.<br />

The morning that I wrote this, the Kenny<br />

Chesney song Don’t Blink came on the radio<br />

and made me teary. (Note: it doesn’t take much<br />

to get me all blubbery and choked up. They say<br />

having kids does that to a person. I believe it.)<br />

The song refers to a man turning 102 years old.<br />

He’s being interviewed and is asked what he<br />

considers to be the secret of life. He answered,<br />

“Don’t blink. 100 years goes by faster than<br />

you think.”<br />

It got me to thinking (and writing)–am I so<br />

busy running, trying to keep up, that I’m missing<br />

the most important part of it all? Kenny’s<br />

fictitious centenarian says to, “Best start putting<br />

first things first . . . ‘cause when your hourglass<br />

runs out of sand, you can’t flip it over and start<br />

again. Take every breath God gives you for what<br />

it’s worth.”<br />

With that in mind, I’ve made a mid-life<br />

resolution.. I want to do things differently.<br />

I want to notice more–and to appreciate more.<br />

I not only want to step out of my box and go<br />

places I’ve never been, see things I’ve never<br />

seen, eat places I’ve never eaten and do things<br />

I’ve never done–but I want to see the things<br />

around me, differently.<br />

Erma Bombeck is one of my all-time<br />

favorite columnists. Back in 1979, she wrote a<br />

column called, “If I Had My Life to Live Over.” It<br />

reiterates that the time we have should be<br />

appreciated and used wisely. She was 52<br />

when she wrote it–basically, my age. We<br />

should all take it as excellent advice in today’s<br />

high-velocity environment. She says:<br />

“Someone asked me the other day if I had<br />

my life to live over, would I change anything.<br />

My answer was no, but then I thought about it,<br />

and changed my mind.<br />

n If I had my life to live over, I would have<br />

talked less and listened more.<br />

n Instead of wishing away nine months of<br />

pregnancy, and complaining about the shadow<br />

over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of<br />

it and realized that the wonderment growing<br />

inside me was my only chance in life to assist<br />

God in a miracle.<br />

n I would have never insisted the car windows<br />

be rolled up on a summer day because my hair<br />

had just been teased and sprayed.<br />

n I would have invited friends over to dinner<br />

even if the carpet was stained and the sofa<br />

faded.<br />

n I would have eaten popcorn in the ‘good’<br />

living room and worried less about the dirt<br />

when you lit a fire in the fireplace.<br />

n I would have taken the time to listen to my<br />

grandfather ramble about his youth.<br />

n I would have burned the pink candle<br />

sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.<br />

n I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn<br />

with my children and never worried about<br />

grass stains.<br />

n I would have cried and laughed less while<br />

watching TV–and more while watching life.<br />

n I would have shared more of the<br />

responsibility carried by my husband, which<br />

I took for granted.<br />

n I would have<br />

eaten less cottage<br />

cheese and more ice<br />

cream.<br />

n I would have gone<br />

to bed when I was sick<br />

instead of pretending the<br />

Earth would go into a holding<br />

pattern if I weren’t there for a day.<br />

n I would never have bought ANYTHING<br />

just because it was practical/wouldn’t<br />

show soil/guaranteed to last a lifetime.<br />

n When my kids kissed me impetuously,<br />

I would never have said, ‘Later. Now go get washed<br />

up for dinner.’<br />

n There would have been more ‘I love yous’ ... more<br />

‘I’m sorrys’ ... more ‘I’m listenings’ ... but mostly, given<br />

another shot at life, I would seize every minute ...<br />

look at it and really see it ... try it on ... live it ...<br />

exhaust it ... and never give that minute back<br />

until there was nothing left of it.”<br />

Is there any way to say it better?<br />

It’s a great lesson for me about<br />

life–and time–and the<br />

passage of time,<br />

particularly as we<br />

embark upon a new<br />

season. I plan<br />

to begin living<br />

life more<br />

deliberately–<br />

and I’m<br />

starting<br />

today.<br />

Don’t blink.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Clinton</strong> • 53


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Award-winning artist Anthony DiFatta<br />

joins CHS faculty<br />

Award-winning Mississippi artist Anthony DiFatta is joining<br />

the faculty at <strong>Clinton</strong> High School. “<strong>Clinton</strong> High School has a<br />

fantastic reputation, and the artistic community in <strong>Clinton</strong><br />

is one I’ve always admired,” he said. “I’m looking forward to<br />

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He worked in graphic design and illustration for Photo<br />

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art classes at Mississippi State Hospital. He taught AP Art at<br />

Madison Central High School for three years, and most recently<br />

was a graphic designer at CleanSlate Centers in Northampton,<br />

Mass. “I have taught all ages and all types of people,” he said.<br />

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Association in 2007; was the Mississippi State Hospital Employee<br />

of the Year in 2006; and was named Jacksonian of the Week<br />

in September 2005.<br />

“We’re excited to have an artist of Mr. DiFatta’s caliber<br />

joining our faculty at CHS,” said Principal Anthony Goins. “Our<br />

students will have the opportunity to learn from one of the best<br />

artists and art teachers in Mississippi.”<br />

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CPSD fifth-graders learn computer science,<br />

coding<br />

Eastside Elementary teachers are<br />

training this summer to teach their<br />

fourth- and fifth-graders computer science<br />

and coding this fall. “This is the way<br />

children learn now,” said Eastside Principal<br />

Cindy Hamil. “We are moving forward<br />

with technology to keep them interested<br />

and engaged.”<br />

Kimberly Lane, trainer with code.org, held a workshop on<br />

June 10 for 25 teachers, covering critical thinking topics, teaching<br />

strategies, games and activities, and planning strategies.<br />

Teachers got hands-on experience with the curriculum and<br />

learned how it can be incorporated into other instruction.<br />

“We learned a lot of collaborative activities for students to<br />

work on together to understand new concepts,” said Jesse<br />

Emling, who will join Eastside’s faculty this fall to teach<br />

computer science.<br />

Today’s job market is moving more and more toward technology,<br />

he said, and teaching children how to code will prepare<br />

them for the careers of tomorrow.<br />

“By teaching this at a young age, they<br />

can carry it with them and figure out what<br />

they like over a long period of time,” he<br />

said. “That’s better than waiting until they<br />

are seniors in high school and learning it<br />

in one year, and then having to decide on a<br />

college or career.”<br />

Emling said the code.org curriculum<br />

is game-based, so it’s tied to the things students are already<br />

interested in. “This will appeal to them because it looks like the<br />

games they play,” said teacher Schnita Gladney. “But they can<br />

put their own spin on things. They will learn how to make the<br />

characters do what they want them to do.”<br />

In the future, she said, students can use the same skills to<br />

build apps, design Web sites, and create other digital media.<br />

“The new accountability standards are moving us in the<br />

direction of deep thinking and critical thinking,” Hamil said.<br />

“Coding does that. It engages students in a very hands-on lesson<br />

and makes them think at a deeper level.”<br />

For more information, visit www.code.org.<br />

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Monica Mosley<br />

(photo by Keith Warren/MHSAA)<br />

Monica Mosley had a record-breaking year. The Lady Arrows<br />

Track & Field star earned two individual state titles and helped lead<br />

her team to a third consecutive 6A State Championship. On<br />

Wednesday, she was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Mississippi Girls<br />

Track & Field Athlete of the Year.<br />

“Monica is a star in the making,” said Johnathan Perkins, Lady<br />

Arrow’s track and field head coach. “She hasn’t been hurdling for long<br />

but she jumped right in and has become<br />

very successful.”<br />

The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as<br />

high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character<br />

demonstrated on and off the track. She is now a finalist for the<br />

Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, which will<br />

be announced later this month.<br />

At the 6A Track & Field State Championship, Monica shattered<br />

the state record in 300-meter hurdles (41.87 seconds) and won a<br />

second individual state title in 100-meter hurdles (14.42 seconds). She<br />

also ran the lead leg on the 4x200 relay that won in 1:37.98 as well as<br />

the anchor leg on the 4x400 relay that won in 4:03.24.<br />

Monica has maintained a 3.14 grade point average. She is active in<br />

her church and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and<br />

she volunteers at a local summer camp.<br />

Monica will be a senior this fall. She joins Demi Washington as the<br />

second Gatorade Mississippi Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to<br />

be chosen from CPSD.<br />

In its 30th year, the Gatorade Player of the Year award honors top<br />

high school student-athletes in 12 varsity sports for their athletic<br />

excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. She will<br />

be presented with a trophy and formal letter, and CHS will also<br />

receive a trophy and a banner celebrating Mosley’s selection as<br />

Gatorade Player of the Year.<br />

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CPSD Bands Gearing Up for <strong>Fall</strong><br />

Changes are coming to the <strong>Clinton</strong> Public School District’s<br />

band programs. Under the direction of Kevin Welborn, some<br />

programs are changing and parents will be expected to take on<br />

more active roles. “Our overall goal is to make the band<br />

attractive to the community, the students and parents,” he said.<br />

“We are focusing on the music we’ll play in our shows and in the<br />

stands, and providing opportunities for people to see the band.”<br />

One major change is eliminating the varsity band program.<br />

The program had about 50 students enrolled who were not part<br />

of the traditional marching band. “If you sign a contract to be in<br />

the band, you will be part of the marching band,” Welborn said.<br />

“We hope to have a bigger marching band this year than we did<br />

before.” There are 173 band students in grades 9-12.<br />

Personnel changes include Steven Ross, assistant director<br />

over percussion, and Robyn Lawson, assistant director over<br />

flutes and color guard. Ross comes to CPSD from Madison<br />

Central High School but worked with the CPSD band programs<br />

throughout the year last year. He holds<br />

a master’s degree in music education<br />

from the University of Southern<br />

Mississippi. He will lead the nationally<br />

acclaimed <strong>Clinton</strong> percussion program.<br />

In working with flautists, Lawson<br />

will fill Welborn’s goal of “a person<br />

leading every section” of the band. In<br />

addition to this and managing the high<br />

school color guard, she will also bring<br />

the color guard program to the junior<br />

high level.<br />

At the junior high level, students<br />

can expect to see a shift from a whole<br />

band approach to a more concentrated<br />

focus on each section. Individual<br />

directors will work with the band in<br />

smaller groups.<br />

The beginner band program at Lovett is also under way.<br />

Incoming sixth-graders interested in band have gone through<br />

instrument testing to determine which instruments the<br />

students will play, and after school starts there will be testing<br />

for any additional students who would like to join.<br />

“We are moving as fast as we can with the beginner band,”<br />

Welborn said. “This has been a popular program at Lovett and<br />

we’re excited to see that trend continue this year.” Beginner<br />

band will be held the last period of the day at Lovett, for brass,<br />

woodwind, percussion and flutes.<br />

Competition Season<br />

The first band competition of the season will be Oct. 3 at<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong> High School, for the Arrow Invitational. The second<br />

event is Oct. 10 at Pearl High School, with the State Marching<br />

Evaluation that day and the Pearl Invitational Competition<br />

that night.<br />

“They hold the Pearl Invitational<br />

the same day since so many bands are<br />

in town already for the state<br />

competition,” Welborn said.<br />

On Oct. 17, the band will travel to<br />

Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., for the Style<br />

March Invitational. An off-week follows,<br />

and then the band hosts the Mississippi<br />

High School Activities Association State<br />

Championship on Oct. 31.<br />

“We have a great group of talented<br />

students who are ready to learn and<br />

grow,” he said. “We have a strong lineup<br />

of assistant directors and we’re<br />

planning for a great school year.”<br />

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CharacterTomorrow<br />


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H<br />

ave you ever seen one of those women around town<br />

wearing a blue apron and a smiling face? If so, you might<br />

have seen a member of the Junior Auxiliary of <strong>Clinton</strong>.<br />

The Junior Auxiliary of <strong>Clinton</strong> does a variety of service projects<br />

throughout the year that make a positive difference in the lives of<br />

the children in the city of <strong>Clinton</strong>. These women are putting their<br />

hearts and hands into action by making a difference. The Junior<br />

Auxiliary of <strong>Clinton</strong>, Mississippi began in 1989 and it is still working<br />

hard today.<br />

Junior Auxiliary is a national non-profit<br />

organization that encourages members to<br />

render charitable services which are beneficial<br />

to the general public, with particular<br />

emphasis on children. The Junior Auxiliary<br />

(JA) of <strong>Clinton</strong> is one of over 100 JA chapters<br />

throughout the south who are members of<br />

the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries<br />

(NAJA). NAJA was organized in Greenville,<br />

Mississippi, on November 3, 1944, by 100 women from ten Mississippi<br />

and Arkansas communities. Local volunteer members work with<br />

over 12,000 other women across the region to address the needs<br />

of children and their families in the community. Junior Auxiliary<br />

members give their time and talents to community projects by<br />

addressing pressing educational, health, cultural and social needs.<br />

The number of children reached by the <strong>Clinton</strong> chapter averages<br />

more than 5,000 annually. These children represent all social and<br />

economic levels. The Junior Auxiliary members<br />

accomplish these tasks through gifts from corporate<br />

donors and chapter fundraisers.<br />

The service projects the Junior Auxiliary<br />

does every year are Angel Tree, Backpack Pals,<br />

Crown Club, Eggstra-Special Event, Eye Spy, JA<br />

Jumpstart and Step By Step. They also provide<br />

local scholarships to high school seniors.<br />

Eye Spy is one of Junior Auxiliary’s biggest<br />

service projects every fall. Through Eye Spy, all<br />

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the children in first, fifth and seventh grades<br />

get their eyesight evaluated. The <strong>Clinton</strong><br />

Public School District has one nurse that covers<br />

all of the schools and the ladies of Junior<br />

Auxiliary come in to help her get the job done.<br />

The evaluations done by Junior Auxiliary are<br />

the first line of screenings and if they identify<br />

a child as having poor eye sight, then the<br />

school nurse does a more thorough evaluation<br />

and contacts the parents.<br />

Alisa Taylor is currently an Associate<br />

Member of the Junior Auxiliary of <strong>Clinton</strong><br />

and a member of the membership committee<br />

for the National Association of Junior<br />

Auxiliaries. She has served as chair of Eye Spy in the past and is<br />

very passionate about the value of Eye Spy. She joined JA because<br />

she wanted to make a difference. “I have so enjoyed investing in the<br />

lives of children that I may had never had the opportunity to meet<br />

if it were not through JA. Through my years in JA, I have also had<br />

the opportunity to serve with an amazing group of women. I am<br />

often overwhelmed by the hearts of the ladies in Junior Auxiliary of<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong>,” said Taylor.<br />

“Children are incredibly adaptive and I really noticed that<br />

during my first year working on Eye Spy. When children, especially<br />

first graders, can’t see well, they don’t know it and therefore they<br />

can’t tell their teachers. I will never forget a fifth grader that I was<br />

evaluating that I was convinced was trying to goof off and not take<br />

the evaluation seriously because of the nonsense she was calling<br />

out as seeing the chart. I later spoke with her teacher who assured<br />

me that was not her personality. The child could truly not see. I<br />

can’t imagine what the school year would have<br />

been like for her if we had not caught it during the<br />

first month of school,” said Taylor.<br />

Celeste Cade is also an Associate Member<br />

of JA. She serves on the education committee of<br />

the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, too.<br />

Celeste joined JA in 2007 and has been a dedicated<br />

member of JA ever since. “Junior Auxiliary is<br />

important because it gives women the opportunity<br />

to impact their community, especially those of<br />

children through hands on community service,”<br />

said Cade.<br />

Cade has seen the impact JA has on the<br />

<strong>Clinton</strong> community firsthand. “JA impacts the<br />

community in a thousand different ways and each is represented in<br />

a life of each child we serve,” said Cade. She wants people to know<br />

that JA is an organization of service and sisterhood. “It is worth all<br />

the time and effort you put in as you build friendships and see the<br />

smiles on faces of children as you help meet their needs,” said Cade.<br />

Her favorite project has always been Eye Spy. “I enjoy having the<br />

opportunity to truly intervene in a child’s life and help them discover<br />

an issue that might have been hindering their education, but can<br />

most often easily be fixed. It is a rewarding experience for me. I also<br />

like the opportunity to be involved in the local schools,” said Cade.<br />

The slogan for the National Association of Junior Auxiliary is<br />

“Care Today, Character Tomorrow” and that describes their efforts<br />

and purpose quite well. Through all the caring the ladies of Junior<br />

Auxiliary do for the community, it produces character in them and<br />

the lives of the children they touch. For more information about the<br />

Junior Auxiliary, go to www.jaclinton.com or www.najanet.org.<br />

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Camille Anding<br />

The Time Coin<br />

The last days of summer are not<br />

only stealing away all the flower<br />

gardens, they’re sending students<br />

off to college in pursuit of higher education.<br />

Delta State University probably looks<br />

nothing like it did in the fall of ’63, but<br />

some of the pain I felt after being left there<br />

by my family must still be bouncing around<br />

the walls. They call it adulthood, maturity, cutting the apron strings.<br />

It felt more like open heart surgery with no anesthetic.<br />

It was a strange campus in a strange land that I struggled to<br />

appreciate. I missed the red hills and tree-lined highways of north<br />

Mississippi. I unpacked my suitcases in a lifeless steel-gray room and<br />

set up home with a roommate that I had only met by letter. I was<br />

appalled that I was leaving a family of seventeen years to re-locate<br />

in an unfamiliar building and hang my toothbrush next to a perfect<br />

stranger. Would she be a new adult friend for life, or would she turn<br />

schizophrenic at midnight? Only time would tell.<br />

I relived some of those same emotions when we helped move<br />

our own children to their freshman dorms. Optimism attempted to<br />

remind me that college days were better with this generation, and<br />

everyone had cell phones.<br />

Optimism fled when we said our final<br />

goodbyes, and my jaw, that I had clinched with<br />

my teeth, didn’t hurt as badly as my heart.<br />

My trip home was a tearful “cry-down.”<br />

By the time we reached home, my<br />

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mindset about the blessings of going to college<br />

and minds that could learn. Then I stepped<br />

into the back door and met the lingering fragrance of our daughter’s<br />

favorite perfume.<br />

A pain that can’t be rubbed away encompassed me.<br />

But suddenly I was lifted out of gloom to joy when I realized that<br />

our children’s fragrances had always been a sweet aroma to their<br />

parents. Their cologne and perfume fragrances were reminders of the<br />

blessed aromas of their lives that would always fill our home.<br />

We all leave behind aromas—sweet or bitter, kind or harsh, friendly<br />

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