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Volume 4 Number 3<br />

March/April 2018<br />

From Here To Broadway<br />

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Bathed in Love<br />

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Tahya A. Dobbs<br />

CFO<br />

Kevin W. Dobbs<br />


Mary Ann Kirby<br />


Dacia Durr Amis<br />

Karla Johnson<br />


Camille Anding<br />

Elizabeth Bennett<br />

Jennifer Bird<br />

Dani Edmonson<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

Abbie Walker<br />

Ruth Whitley<br />


Othel Anding<br />



Amile Wilson<br />


Alisha Floyd<br />

The groundhog has nothing to do with the arrival of spring! Shadows and groundhogs hiding from<br />

the sun are totally off my radar.<br />

My husband, Kevin, announces spring each year when he brings me the first bouquet of flowers<br />

that he picks in our backyard. The fragrance of those bright yellow faces instantly takes me back to<br />

my childhood.<br />

Their appearance, regardless of the frosty ground they might have had to battle, meant spring was<br />

cleaning up after winter’s harsh visit. An occasional late snow or one more hard freeze was always a<br />

possibility but the spring flowers told me not to worry. Spring was coming.<br />

Easter has been and will always be the bonus that arrives with spring.<br />

The harshness of the cross and the suffering and sorrow that is ascribed to<br />

our Savior was immeasurable.<br />

But morning came! Death was defeated for all who would trust in Jesus.<br />

New life was available, and spring arrived to celebrate that amazing truth.<br />

It rolls in every year and the groundhog can’t take any of the credit.<br />

Just watch for the flowers–and remember the cross.<br />


Brenda McCall<br />


Carrie Truhett<br />


Daniel Thomas - 3dt<br />

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In this issue Molly May / Race for the Cure 6<br />

From Here To Broadway 18<br />

Business Administrators 24<br />

Dr. Beverly Fulcher, MD 29<br />

Bathed in Love 30<br />

Live Like You Were Dying 44<br />

Kids Q&A 46<br />

Putting the Joy in Caring for Seniors 52<br />

Gardens of Madison County 54<br />

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Molly<br />

May<br />

announced as<br />

19TH ANNUAL<br />

Metro Jackson<br />

RACE<br />

FOR THE<br />

CURE<br />

Honorary Chair<br />

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The Memphis-Midsouth Mississippi Affiliate of Susan G.<br />

Komen® recently announced that Molly May will serve as the<br />

2018 Race for the Cure Honorary Chair. At age 19, Molly May<br />

became the youngest person to undergo at double mastectomy<br />

in the state of Mississippi. Being a BRCA1 positive gene carrier<br />

as well, Molly has dedicated the last 3.5 years of her life to<br />

promoting early detection and being an advocate for the<br />

younger generations within the breast cancer community.<br />

As the honorary race chair, Molly will be a spokesperson in<br />

the fight to end breast cancer and encourage participation in<br />

the 19th annual Race for the Cure event scheduled for April 14<br />

at the Renaissance at Colony Park.<br />

“We are thrilled to have Molly serve as this year’s Race<br />

for the Cure honorary chair,” said Catherine Young, Senior<br />

Vice President of the Memphis-Midsouth Affiliate. “Molly is an<br />

inspiration to others, and her story with her focus on younger<br />

generations, creates awareness that this disease can strike at<br />

any age. Recent studies show that breast cancer is affecting<br />

younger and younger women and the statistic that 1 in 8 women<br />

will have breast cancer remains unchanged. Molly brings a new<br />

voice to the fight against breast cancer.”<br />

With the help and guidance of her mother Debra, also a<br />

15-year stage III breast cancer survivor, Molly has started her<br />

own non-profit organization “Bald is Beautiful” raising funds and<br />

donating hats to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments.<br />

She will be publishing her first memoir entitled “My Crowning<br />

Achievement: Beating Cancer” in August 2018 in publication<br />

with the Dogwood Press of Jackson.<br />

Molly is a 23-year old cum laude honors graduate from<br />

Mississippi State University where she majored in communication<br />

and public relations. She was also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha<br />

Sorority, the Transfer Student Association, the MSU Relay for Life,<br />

and 6 honor societies.<br />

Molly represented her university as Miss Maroon and White<br />

2016 and Miss Mississippi State University 2017.<br />

Race for the Cure is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018,<br />

at a new location, Renaissance at Colony Park, Ridgeland. The<br />

morning’s activities will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a special survivor<br />

breakfast. Race for the Cure will include the Kids One Mile Fun<br />

Run/Walk, an optional timed 5K and timed 10K. The event will<br />

feature the Kids for the Cure activities tent, the ever-popular Team<br />

Tailgate area and sponsor tents. The “Pink It Up” contest will<br />

recognize the best “Pinked Up” person. Other contests include<br />

best-decorated team tailgate and best t-shirt design. Put on your<br />

pink tutu, form a team, and race to help end breast cancer.<br />

The Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G.<br />

Komen® recently joined forces with the Memphis Komen affiliate<br />

to create Susan G. Komen Memphis-Midsouth Mississippi. This<br />

formation allows the affiliate to expand the fight to end breast<br />

cancer by serving the State of Mississippi and 14 counties in<br />

Tennessee. Since 1999, Metro Jackson Race for the Cure has<br />

provided over $3.25 million in direct grants to local health<br />

providers in the 59-county service area in Mississippi and over<br />

$800,000 to breast cancer research.<br />

The grants from Komen Jackson Race for the Cure provide<br />

the funds for life-important screenings, mammograms, diagnostics<br />

and treatment. One hundred percent of Metro Jackson Race for<br />

the Cure net event proceeds goes toward breast health<br />

services with 75 percent staying here in our community for local<br />

breast health care programs. The remaining 25 percent goes<br />

toward breast cancer research. No one else does what we do<br />

for women and men here at home.<br />

For more information about Metro Jackson Race for the Cure, to become a sponsor or register for the event,<br />

call 601.932.3999 or visit komenmemphisms.org.<br />

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Serving<br />

OUR<br />

Why did you decide to be a policeman?<br />

Since I was a child, all I can remember is<br />

wanting to be a police officer. I’ve always<br />

felt it was my calling and never imagined<br />

doing anything else. When I was young,<br />

my father spent some time with the<br />

Madison County Sheriff’s Office and<br />

I can remember him letting me sit in his<br />

patrol car and I couldn’t get enough of it.<br />

How long have you been with the Ridgeland<br />

Police Department?<br />

I have been with the Ridgeland Police<br />

Department for a little over a year now.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My mother has been a teacher for 22 years<br />

and my father is the owner of Momentum<br />

Events, and serves as an agent for Christian<br />

speakers and artists, as well as helps<br />

ministries with development needs. I also<br />

have an older brother who is currently<br />

getting his degree in computer science.<br />

My family was probably more excited than<br />

I was when they found out I got hired as<br />

an officer and they’ve always shown their<br />

support in my pursuit of achieving that<br />

goal. They’ve always been there for me<br />

when I needed them most and have gotten<br />

me through a lot of tough times.<br />

What is the toughest thing you have<br />

experienced in your job?<br />

Probably the toughest thing for me is in<br />

situations where you just feel helpless.<br />

When someone loses a family member or a<br />

loved one gets hurt and you want so bad to<br />

just make everything ok but you know you<br />

can’t. I truly care about the people in my<br />

community and it’s tough for me to see<br />

people go through those situations.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in your<br />

spare time.<br />

I enjoy the shooting range. I play the guitar,<br />

which is a good way to unwind and relax<br />

from a long shift. I also hope to get back<br />

into flying again soon so I can get my<br />

private pilot’s license.<br />


Michael Hutton<br />



What are three things on your bucket list?<br />

To get my private pilot’s license, learn a<br />

new language, and to visit another country.<br />

Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

I’d definitely have to say my dad. He has<br />

always been a great example of how to act<br />

and treat others. He has taught me so<br />

much in life and has always known the<br />

right thing to say and the right way to<br />

handle a situation. If I failed, he pushed<br />

me to get up and keep going and never stop<br />

until I’ve achieved everything I wanted.<br />

I’ll never be able to repay my dad for all the<br />

things he’s given me and taught me and if<br />

there is anyone in this world to thank for<br />

who I am today, it’s him.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?<br />

I’ll certainly still be in law enforcement.<br />

Really, my main goal has been to become a<br />

police officer. Since I’ve achieved that, I’m<br />

still working on finding a new goal in my<br />

career that I feel I will really enjoy.<br />

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

person, what would it be?<br />

Be your own person and never follow the<br />

crowd. I believe that everyone one is here<br />

on this earth for a reason and is here to<br />

achieve something with their life. It doesn’t<br />

matter what other people think or what<br />

popular people are doing. You have to do<br />

what makes you happy. Be an individual<br />

that sticks out and is looked up to. You<br />

never know who’s watching and is<br />

following your example. Strive every day to<br />

achieve your dreams no matter what they<br />

are because the only thing that is going to<br />

keep you from your goals is you. If you want<br />

it bad enough, then no one can stop you.<br />

What is a favorite childhood memory?<br />

Probably the vacations with my family.<br />

Every year we would go to Branson,<br />

Missouri, for about a week. We’d fish and<br />

parasail and jump off these big cliffs into<br />

the water. After, we would go to the Hard<br />

Rock Diner, which absolutely has the best<br />

milkshakes in the world. Then we’d see a<br />

magic show or play mini golf.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you think young<br />

people make today?<br />

I think a lot of kids are too quick to fall<br />

into peer pressure and don’t realize the<br />

effect it can have on their lives. There’ve<br />

been multiple times where I’ve dealt with<br />

groups of younger people and they will be<br />

rude and disrespectful. Then later on<br />

you’ll see one of them without the other<br />

kids around and they’re a completely<br />

different person. They are polite and<br />

respectful and they will actually sit and<br />

talk with you a while like they’ve known<br />

you forever.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the<br />

City of Ridgeland?<br />

Its overwhelming support for law<br />

enforcement. Since I started with RPD,<br />

I’ve always been shown support by<br />

members of the community.<br />

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County<br />

How did your career begin in law enforcement?<br />

I started my career at the Madison<br />

Police Department in 1996. I enjoyed<br />

working at Madison PD, and I thank<br />

Chief Gene Waldrop for giving me the<br />

opportunity to start my career in law<br />

enforcement. In 2001, I was offered a<br />

job at the Madison County Sheriff’s<br />

Department. I had friends that worked<br />

there and they told me it was a great<br />

place to work. Working with the sheriff’s<br />

department gives you a larger area to<br />

cover, and there are some great people<br />

that work here.<br />

How long have you been with the Madison<br />

County Sheriff’s Office?<br />

16 years<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I have a wife and 13 year-old daughter.<br />

What is the toughest thing you have<br />

experienced in your job?<br />

When I was on the SWAT Team, we<br />

had a call out in the north part of the<br />

county where three of our SWAT Team<br />

members had been shot.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in your<br />

spare time.<br />

Spending time with my family, watching<br />

my daughter run track, and watching<br />

college football.<br />

What are three things on your bucket list?<br />

Finish my career with the Madison<br />

County Sheriff’s Department, go to<br />

Alaska, and see my daughter graduate<br />

college.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?<br />

Retired and spending time with my<br />

family.<br />

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

person, what would it be?<br />

Treat everyone with respect and stay<br />

away from drugs.<br />


Trey Curtis<br />



Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

Eddie Belvedresi—retired chief deputy<br />

with the Madison County S.O. Chief<br />

Belvedresi gave me the opportunity to<br />

work at the best sheriff’s department in<br />

the state of Mississippi. He was always<br />

someone you could talk to during good<br />

times and bad. If you messed up, he<br />

would chew you out, then would ask<br />

you to go to lunch.<br />

What is a favorite childhood memory?<br />

Graduating high school and<br />

then going into the United States<br />

Marine Corp.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you think young<br />

people make today?<br />

Trusting their friends, experimenting<br />

with drugs, and not listening to their<br />

parents.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the<br />

City of Madison?<br />

It is a great city to raise a family.<br />

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Katie Ladner<br />

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Dani Edmonson<br />

From being a Madison School District Jaguar to<br />

becoming a New York City jetsetter, 26 year-old<br />

Katie Ladner spent her adolescent years attending<br />

Madison Avenue Elementary, Madison Middle,<br />

Rosa Scott, and finally Madison Central High<br />

School. “My performance journey began when<br />

I was five years old at First Baptist Church in<br />

Jackson, Mississippi, where I had my first solo in<br />

front of a 3,000-plus crowd,” she recalls. “I sang<br />

‘Happy Birthday Jesus!’ I was pretty young, so<br />

I think I was just excited to sing then.” Her acting<br />

bug hit almost immediately thereafter when she<br />

was cast as an orphan boy in a production of<br />

Oliver at the Cultural Center in Madison. “I got<br />

to sing the solo ‘Food, Glorious Food.’ It was<br />

amazing.”<br />

Ladner’s extracurricular school activities<br />

included choir, Madrigal Singers, Reveille Show<br />

Choir, band, and [various] school musicals. Her<br />

Madison Central High School theatre teacher,<br />

Leigha Nix, now in her 18th year of teaching, said<br />

there was no question that Ladner had the talent<br />

to go professional. “It was obvious from day one<br />

that Katie could actually make it to Broadway.<br />

She was always natural at playing any and every<br />

part. She was great at dialects and creating her<br />

own hilarious characters!” Nix also said Ladner’s<br />

commitment to excellence was profound. “Katie<br />

was a great student and definitely an overachiever.<br />

It didn’t matter if it was a classroom performance<br />

or a stage performance . . . she gave 110%! She<br />

was always supportive of everyone else in the cast<br />

because she wanted to make each show the best.”<br />

New York is a logistical leap from Mississippi,<br />

but Ladner does manage to make it home when<br />

she can. “I try to come home at least once a year,<br />

job depending,” she said. “I try to stay connected<br />

by phone calls and keeping up on social media.<br />

Thank goodness for technology this day and age!”<br />

Her childhood best friend from Madison, Shannon<br />

Evans, said she and Katie talk weekly. “Katie is still<br />

the same Katie I have always known and loved!”<br />

Evans said. “I think since she has been in New<br />

York, her personality has been able to shine<br />

through even more; she just doesn’t talk<br />

as Southern!”<br />

Both attended First Baptist Church of Jackson,<br />

where their friendship began, but the bond grew<br />

deeper since both girls attended Madison,<br />

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Mississippi, schools together. “So Katie<br />

and I have known each other since we<br />

were little, but I would say we became<br />

very close during our middle and high<br />

school years,” she said. “We were in<br />

youth group and youth choir together<br />

and went on mission trips with the<br />

church. Through the years we began<br />

hanging out together outside of church<br />

and school.” College separated them<br />

physically, but not spiritually. “We would<br />

stay in touch through phone calls and<br />

text and hang out whenever she came<br />

back to town,” she said. One of her<br />

fondest memories is when she got to<br />

witness Katie perform. “I remember<br />

traveling with her parents to see her<br />

perform at Belmont when she was in<br />

Grease. She was doing what she loved!”<br />

When it came time for Evans to<br />

marry, she naturally wanted Katie in<br />

attendance. “I asked Katie to be a<br />

bridesmaid in my wedding,” Evans began.<br />

“Unfortunately, due to scheduling with<br />

a show that she was working on, she<br />

was not going to be able to make it to<br />

the wedding. I understood, but I hated<br />

she wouldn’t be there or get to stand<br />

by my side.” But a true friend will not let<br />

you down. “At the rehearsal dinner, the<br />

night before the wedding, my mom<br />

mentioned that Katie had sent me<br />

something and pointed at the TV<br />

screen. Katie had a made a video of<br />

herself singing a collaboration of songs<br />

including, You’ve Got a Friend by James<br />

Taylor, and You’ve Got a Friend in Me by<br />

Randy Newman.”<br />

Evans said Ladner’s friendship is a<br />

regular topic of discussion amongst<br />

friends. “I feel like it brings people of the<br />

community together. Whenever I get<br />

together with old high school friends<br />

that are still in the area, they always ask<br />

about her.”<br />

Ladner’s list of accomplishments<br />

include having parts in the Broadway<br />

version of Wicked and Sunset Boulevard,<br />

the Musical. She has also had several<br />

theatre roles including Disney’s Freaky<br />

Friday, Heathers the Musical, Hairspray,<br />

and Footloose. One appearance was<br />

for a reading of “Fat Camp,” a topic<br />

Ladner has personally experienced and<br />

overcome with benefits.<br />

“It took me a while to be somewhat<br />

confident in who I am not only in my<br />

looks but also as a woman, and I still<br />

struggle with it sometimes,” she said.<br />

But a comment from a friend became<br />

an “ah-ha” moment for her. “That<br />

moment clicked in my head of when<br />

I was told ‘people just want to see you<br />

on stage; there’s no other you.’” For<br />

the longest time Ladner could find few<br />

women who “looked like her,” which<br />

was disappointing. “I have really been<br />

blessed and given the opportunities to<br />

play majority roles that actually don’t<br />

have anything to do with what I look<br />

like. I can just be a funny, goofy girl that<br />

sings and tries to dance! And there’s<br />

something liberating about that. It<br />

makes my heart grow 10 sizes when I<br />

hear feedback from audience members<br />

saying ‘thank you for being you.’”<br />

Despite the thrill of live performances,<br />

Ladner admits she gets homesick.<br />

“I think what I find most challenging<br />

is being away from my family and<br />

friends and missing things like weddings<br />

and funerals,” she said. “If I am<br />

lucky, I’m employed. And more<br />

oftentimes than not, the performance<br />

schedule is tight and doesn’t allow for<br />

much wiggle room.”<br />

What lies ahead for the locally grown<br />

celebrity? “Well, right now I am in the<br />

Broadway company of Wicked, and I<br />

hope I can stick around there for a bit<br />

just to gather myself,” she said. “My<br />

immediate and long-term goals are just<br />

to enjoy the ride, truthfully. As actors,<br />

we spend so much time thinking<br />

about ‘What’s next’ and where the next<br />

paycheck is gonna come from that we<br />

forget to be in the moment and enjoy<br />

the experiences. That’s something I am<br />

trying to get better at!”<br />

So maybe romance might be what<br />

is next for Ladner. “Oh sweet heavens,”<br />

she begins. “The only romance I<br />

currently have are the longing gazes<br />

I give every person I see on the street<br />

with a Diet Coke. (I’m trying to quit.<br />

Pray for me!)” And as good Southerners,<br />

we shall. n<br />

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Business<br />

Administrators<br />

The business world is synonymous<br />

with pressurized schedules, critical time<br />

management, and juggling multiple<br />

relationships. The load can become<br />

overwhelming, and would, if not<br />

for the incalculable aid of the<br />

administrative assistant.<br />

They’re usually equipped with<br />

an extra set of senses to see problems<br />

before they occur, hear good and bad<br />

news before it affects the administration,<br />

and blankets possible problems<br />

with kindness and attention.<br />

Hometown Madison is featuring<br />

six of these talented administrative<br />

assistants–all nominated by our readers.<br />

Take note of how their gifts benefit<br />

and enhance the business world<br />

and diffuse so much of the stress.<br />

Administrative<br />

Professionals Day<br />

is April 25th<br />

Beth Harkins<br />

Merit Health Madison<br />

How long have you been at your current position?<br />

4 years<br />

What is your favorite thing about your job?<br />

I enjoy assisting all employees, medical staff, and board members<br />

– we are a great team! I also enjoy coordinating Senior Circle,<br />

our community group for senior citizens. Some other aspects of<br />

my job that I like are assisting with charitable fundraising events,<br />

helping retain our hospital patient satisfaction scores and being<br />

a resource for the national hospital accreditation organization,<br />

Joint Commission.<br />

Is there something that stands out as a special memory?<br />

The opening of the new hospital, Merit Health Madison,<br />

the ribbon cutting of the Merit Health Madison Medical Office<br />

Building and the launch of the Senior Circle Program.<br />

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?<br />

Listen and learn.<br />

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Ellen Aregood<br />

Madison County Schools<br />

How long have you been at your current position?<br />

25 years. I started in 1993 as a secretary in the office<br />

of Madison Avenue Elementary, and moved to<br />

Central Office in 1996 as the administrative assistant<br />

to the superintendent.<br />

What is your favorite thing about your job?<br />

The fact that I get to interact with people on a daily basis -<br />

not only in the office, but within the communities<br />

that our district serves.<br />

Is there something that stands out as a special memory?<br />

Several years ago at a staff meeting with district administrators<br />

prior to the start of school, I was introduced as “the lady<br />

with a wealth of institutional knowledge.” I considered this<br />

a compliment, and was pretty pleased until I realized that<br />

it was just a graceful way of saying that I was old!<br />

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?<br />

To paraphrase a favorite quote of my boss,<br />

“Don’t just make a day, make a difference.”<br />

Martha Nelson<br />

Michael Baker International, Inc.<br />

How long have you been in your current position?<br />

41 years September 2017. Our office was founded in Mississippi<br />

in 1945 as the Southern Division of Michael Baker Jr., Inc.<br />

We are the largest engineering firm in Mississippi; however,<br />

we cannot be recognized as such since we are incorporated<br />

in the State of Pennsylvania.<br />

What is your favorite thing about your job?<br />

The many wonderful friends I have made around the globe;<br />

the employees – the clients – and the vendor community.<br />

Is there something that stands out as a special memory?<br />

All the memories are special and clearly outstanding in my mind.<br />

You could call me the “company historian” – but most outstanding<br />

is the Alaska Pipeline Project won by my hiring manager and<br />

completed in our Mississippi office.<br />

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?<br />

I can honestly say that I was never given any advice.<br />

With my strong will to succeed and work ethic, I started out<br />

from the beginning learning quickly what to do. And I knew<br />

where to go for assistance when I needed it.<br />

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Ouida Shotts<br />

KeyTrust Properties<br />

How long have you been in your current position?<br />

I’ve been with KeyTrust Properties for 4 years in March.<br />

I’ve been an office manager in the real estate field<br />

for thirteen years.<br />

What is your favorite thing about your job?<br />

Doing what you love and enjoying it. I love my job.<br />

Is there something that stands out as a special memory?<br />

Some people do not understand the loss of a pet but it is truly<br />

painful. When my Yorkie, Chloe, passed away three years ago,<br />

my KeyTrust Properties family was so compassionate<br />

and there for me. Chloe was with me for 13 1/2 years.<br />

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?<br />

My parents instilled in me at an early age, be kind, thankful,<br />

and make a difference in someone’s day.<br />

Sarah Willis<br />

Canton Academy<br />

How long have you been in your current position?<br />

I have worked at Canton Academy for the past 13 years<br />

and I have been in the role as the head administrative assistant<br />

for the last 9 years.<br />

What is your favorite thing about your job?<br />

My favorite thing about the job is that every day is different!<br />

I love it because it keeps me on my toes.<br />

Is there something that stands out as a special memory?<br />

So after pondering that one special moment question–<br />

I have really tried to narrow it down. But for me, I think my<br />

most special moments happen in the quiet of the day–a letter in<br />

the mail or my inbox thanking me for what I do; a simple hug or<br />

smile from a parent or student after just listening to their concerns;<br />

flowers dropped by the office, Christmas goodies, and all those<br />

yummy treats brought by the office throughout the year. I love<br />

and thank everyone for the great and wonderful special moments.<br />

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?<br />

A wise old man once told me as he was leading our school,<br />

“Always have a back up plan for a back up plan.”<br />

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Tyler Armstrong<br />

MS Vein Institute<br />

How long have you been in your current position?<br />

I have been in my current job since 2015. Before this<br />

I worked at the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce<br />

for 14 years as the COO.<br />

What is your favorite thing about your job?<br />

My favorite thing about working at the MS Vein Institute<br />

are all the wonderful people we get to meet.<br />

Our patients become good friends.<br />

Is there something that stands out as a special memory?<br />

The people that work here are definitely a family. Dr. Michael<br />

Manning and his wife Scarlette go above and beyond to make us<br />

feel important and appreciated and are always having fun<br />

get-togethers. MS Vein is celebrating its tenth anniversary<br />

and the Mannings are taking the staff on a cruise. They go<br />

the extra mile and that is why people enjoy working here.<br />

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?<br />

The front desk is always the most important part of an office,<br />

because it sets the experience. The customer/patient is extremely<br />

important and should be treated kindly. Take the time to smile and<br />

greet each person. You never know you may brighten someone’s day.<br />

Shay Earnhart<br />

Holmes Community College<br />

Ridgeland Campus<br />

How long have you been at your current position?<br />

Since January of 2016.<br />

What is your favorite thing about your job?<br />

My favorite thing about my job is those I work with.<br />

Is there something that stands out as a special memory?<br />

Not necessarily a memory but more of a homecoming.<br />

I grew up in Holmes County and in the summer of 1983<br />

I attended HCC in Goodman enrolled in the cosmetology<br />

department. It was a great experience. I married a preacher<br />

and we moved around from 1987 until finally coming home<br />

seven years ago. It has been awesome to see how many<br />

Holmes County friends are working on the Holmes and<br />

Ridgeland campus. Holmes County is dear to my heart and the<br />

people I grew up with. There truly is no place like Holmes!<br />

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?<br />

Love God, love people and learn something new every day!<br />

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A Closer Look<br />

Melanie McMillan<br />

Dr. Beverly Fulcher, MD<br />

I really enjoy my job,<br />

and every day I go to<br />

work looking forward to<br />

helping my patients.<br />

Beverly Fulcher, MD, has been with Mississippi Ear Nose and Throat<br />

Surgical Associates since December 2017. She is the only female<br />

general otolaryngologist in private practice in the state of Mississippi.<br />

Dr. Fulcher grew up in Hattiesburg with her parents, who were both<br />

educators, and her older brother and sister. As a student at Oak Grove<br />

High School, Dr. Fulcher gravitated to science and math, and it was then<br />

that she knew she wanted to pursue a career in medicine.<br />

She went on to the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was<br />

graduated summa cum laude with a degree in chemistry. She completed<br />

medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1998<br />

and her residency training in otolaryngology in 1998. Her older sister was<br />

in medical school at the same time as is now a practicing anesthesiologist.<br />

“There was a lot of studying in medical school but I loved it,” says<br />

Dr. Fulcher. “I chose to specialize in otolaryngology because of the wide<br />

variety of patients that we treat, from adults with sinus issues, to children<br />

who need to have their tonsils out.”<br />

While in medical school, Dr. Fulcher was a member of the American<br />

Medical Association, Christian Medical Students, and Alpha Omega<br />

Alpha Medical Honor Society. During residency, she published research<br />

papers on vestibular physiology and paranasal sinus disease. Dr. Fulcher<br />

completed her board certification with the American Board of<br />

Otolaryngology in 2004, and has updated her certification every year<br />

to meet the board’s professional standards of training and knowledge<br />

in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery.<br />

Giving back to the community is important to Dr. Fulcher. She recently<br />

helped start a mentoring group and Bible study at her church for women<br />

at various stages in their medical careers and is a sustainer in the Junior<br />

League of Jackson. While an active member of the Junior League, she<br />

helped with the ACT Prep workshop for area high school students,<br />

teaching the science section for several years. She also volunteered at<br />

the Ronald McDonald House at UMMC and is active in neighborhood<br />

organizations.<br />

Dr. Fulcher and her husband have three children, ages 11, 10, and 7.<br />

She enjoys cooking and sewing, and she and her family are avid<br />

fishermen.<br />

Interacting with patients and seeing their health improve after surgery<br />

is very rewarding to Dr. Fulcher. “I enjoy getting to know patients<br />

and their families. I know how it feels to have a child who is having<br />

surgery, so I have experienced both sides, as a parent and a surgeon.<br />

I really enjoy my job, and every day I go to work looking forward to<br />

helping my patients.” n<br />

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Annual<br />

Award Meeting<br />

January 25, 2018<br />

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How to Identify<br />

Healthy & Unhealthy<br />

Relationships<br />

Ruth Whitley,<br />

Crossroads Counseling<br />

When you think of all the healthy relationships in<br />

your life, what examples do you think of? Is it your best<br />

friend that you’ve had since kindergarten? Is it your<br />

relationship with your family, or is it that person you’ve<br />

been dating for a few years? What qualities are present<br />

in those relationships? How do you make is last? What<br />

do you think draws you to these particular people? Is<br />

it interest-based–like your book club, running clubs,<br />

workout groups, or fellow golfers? If you think on it,<br />

you will be able to identify several of the same<br />

characteristics in all of these relationships.<br />

According to research by Hall Health Center, two<br />

people develop a connection based on the following<br />

traits: cooperation, trust, honesty, safety, support,<br />

accountability, and fairness.<br />

All healthy relationships should be based on<br />

the aforementioned healthy building blocks. When<br />

beginning a new relationship, ask yourself this: Do you<br />

feel safe, happy, content, relaxed, able to be yourself,<br />

and can you trust this person? If you already have a<br />

relationship, you can ask yourself the same question,<br />

examine the answers, and modify the relationship to<br />

where both parties reach a mutual goal.<br />

Friendships and relationships often begin in the<br />

most innocent of ways, especially when we are young.<br />

I remember as a teen hearing a sermon on friendship.<br />

He stated that a person who has five true friends in<br />

their lifetime is a very fortunate person. At the time,<br />

surrounded by my group of friends, I felt very fortunate.<br />

He went on to discuss all of the positive healthy<br />

qualities that those friendships should have, loyalty<br />

and trust being among the top five. As we age, we<br />

hopefully realize that the quality of our friendships/<br />

relationships are more important than the quantity.<br />

It is better to have one positive friendship/relationship<br />

than many negative ones.<br />

As we move from friendships into spousal<br />

relationships, the need to identify healthy qualities in<br />

a person becomes more important. It’s not always<br />

about who you have the most fun with. You need to<br />

be able to connect with someone on spiritual and<br />

emotional level. Healthy romantic relationships allow<br />

both people to feel supported and connected while<br />

maintaining their individuality. Each person should<br />

have a strong sense of self-worth that is not dependent<br />

on the status of their relationship. Respecting one<br />

another’s likes and dislikes, but agreeing to find<br />

common ground on disagreements with no fear of<br />

violence or retribution, is key in a nurturing and<br />

supportive relationship.<br />

How do we identify when we are in an unhealthy<br />

relationship? Abuse, in general, means to mistreat,<br />

hurt, or injure. While abusive acts can be carried out<br />

by men and women, most victims of abuse are women.<br />

Most abusive relationships don’t necessarily begin with<br />

violent acts, but instead with a slow assertion of control<br />

and alienation from friends and family. One example<br />

would be, “He screams at me from the background<br />

while I am on the phone with a friend inviting us to<br />

dinner.” Eventually this friend will quit calling fearing<br />

they are making things worse. The more isolated she<br />

becomes the more control he can assert. She begins<br />

to feel she has no where to turn, she may even begin<br />

to feel embarrassed to tell anyone of her situation<br />

fearing no one will believe her because, to the public,<br />

he will often appear successful and charming.<br />

There are many forms of abuse:<br />

Verbal abuse use words or the tone of words to<br />

control and hurt another person. Verbal abuse in a<br />

marriage destroys intimacy and respect. Some examples<br />

include; intimidating with threats, accusations,<br />

degrading with private or public put-downs, confuse<br />

with mind games or twisting what is said. In scripture<br />

we find an example of verbal abuse from Psalm 10:7<br />

“His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats:<br />

trouble and evil are under his tongue.”<br />

Emotional abuse can be passive or aggressive.<br />

For example: withholding emotional support,<br />

withholding important information, not allowing<br />

access to money or finances, giving her an allowance,<br />

making her feel guilty about the children, or threatens<br />

to take the children away.<br />

Physical abuse can include: pushing/shoving,<br />

confining/trapping in a room by standing in the<br />

doorway, scratching, pinching, spitting, hitting walls,<br />

breaking objects, harming a pet or child, pulling hair, etc.<br />

Sexual abuse happens in both married and<br />

unmarried couples. Women often experience sexual<br />

abuse without realizing it. Some examples include:<br />

adultery, forced sexual acts, withholding romance<br />

and intimacy, sexually degrading remarks, and<br />

guilt-tripping into sex.<br />

If you find yourself in an abusive relationship,<br />

get help immediately. Many areas offer domestic<br />

violence shelters. One way to access help is through<br />

local law enforcement. Most importantly, tell someone<br />

and get the support you need in order to get to a<br />

safe place.<br />

In closing, keep in mind that all relationships<br />

experience conflict, but open communications is<br />

important, as are healthy boundaries. Seek professional<br />

intervention to assist you and your spouse in order to<br />

have the healthiest relationship possible. n<br />

_______________________<br />

Ruth Whitley<br />

- Licensed Professional Counselor<br />

- Licensed Marriage and<br />

Family Therapist<br />

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Susan Marquez<br />


Leisha Pickering<br />

has a tender heart<br />

and a desire to help others.<br />

Those two attributes are what fuels Musee,<br />

the largest wholesaler of bath bombs in the country. Pickering<br />

saw a need in Madison County for women, in particular, who<br />

needed work, but had a hard time finding it. “There is a<br />

whole population of women who find it difficult to get a job,”<br />

explains Pickering. “They may be recently released from<br />

prison, have a disability, or perhaps they don’t have a good<br />

education. I knew that we had people in the county who<br />

wanted to work, so in 2011 I looked for a product we could<br />

teach people to make with great excellence that we could<br />

market. It was kind of a backwards approach to business, in a<br />

way, but one that worked well for us.”<br />

Pickering thought about the things she enjoys in life.<br />

“I wanted a cool<br />

product, something we<br />

could sell at the Livingston<br />

Farmers Market, which was<br />

just getting up and running at that<br />

time. I have always enjoyed taking long baths, and<br />

I had a background as a pastry chef. I had the idea of making<br />

premium scented bath bombs.” She didn’t see the fact that<br />

she had no idea how to make them as an obstacle. Nor was<br />

she deterred by the fact that she didn’t know how to start a<br />

business. “I called on my friend Adam Pierce, who has a good<br />

business head on him. We started the business in my kitchen,<br />

experimenting with essential and natural oils, sugars, and<br />

salts and such in a mixer. Adam helped me get the business<br />

off the ground.”<br />

The name Musee has the root word “Muse” which is a<br />

water nymph, according to Pickering. “They lived in water and<br />

celebrated life with scents and lyrics. Musee (pronounced<br />

moo-see) has always been my word for things that make<br />

me happy.”<br />

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Pickering knew if she could teach a few people to make the<br />

bath bombs, she could sell them and hire more people. She started<br />

off selling them at the Livingston Farmers Market and the bombs<br />

were a huge hit. Each bomb is named after a song. “I love music,<br />

so depending on what the ingredients are in each scent, I give it a<br />

name based on a favorite song.” The bombs have names like<br />

“Amazing Grace,” “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” “Tupelo Honey”<br />

and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”<br />

manufacturing facility,” says Pickering. But a perfect spot was<br />

sitting empty in Canton. The old Canton Sound Stage, originally<br />

built to film the movie A Time to Kill, was available for purchase by<br />

the Madison County Economic and Community Development<br />

Authority. “It fits our needs perfectly.”<br />

Inside each bomb is a special surprise. “We put a little trinket<br />

inside each bath bomb to reinforce that the person using it is special<br />

and loved.” Pickering says the bath bombs soften and moisturize<br />

the skin as well as provide aromatherapy benefits to help the user<br />

relax. “Bath bombs are one of those little luxuries in life. Women<br />

spend their lives taking care of others, so this is a nice way for them<br />

to relax and take care of themselves.” Through the process of<br />

selling the bath bombs, however, Pickering has learned that many<br />

men enjoy a soak with a scented bath bomb, and kids love them as<br />

well. “We now have a kids’ line of bath bombs!”<br />

When the farmers market ended the first year, Pickering says<br />

the company took a leap of faith and went to gift markets to see<br />

if anyone had interest in selling them in stores. The bath bombs<br />

were very well received. So much so that now Musee products can<br />

be found in over 3,500 shops nationwide. As the company has<br />

expanded, new space was needed. “We looked into building a<br />

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Today Musee has fifty full-time employees and will add more<br />

as product lines expand. “We are adding new products to our line,<br />

including beautiful soy candles and cold-pressed bath soaps. We<br />

try to think out of the box and look for ways to help people and<br />

treat them with dignity,” asserts Pickering.<br />

“It’s the difference between minimum wage and paying a fair<br />

wage. Everyone at Musee has a very important role. We can’t do<br />

what we do without each person doing their specific job. These<br />

women work in a loving environment and that helps create more<br />

stability in their lives. It makes them flourish as individuals.<br />

I believe that work creates dignity, and that working with our<br />

hands helps care for our soul. I am passionate about the hands that<br />

make our products,” she added.<br />

Pickering has seen the difference it makes in the lives of each<br />

individual. “Some have gotten their children back. Others have<br />

been able to get a dependable vehicle, which gives them more<br />

freedom. And others have bought a home for the first time ever.”<br />

The company has grown with no marketing or advertising.<br />

“It’s been a slow, organic growth through word-of-mouth and<br />

trips to market. A lot of people have walked alongside me to help<br />

it grow.” And the company will continue to grow as it rolls out<br />

even more product lines down the road. “All of our products will<br />

always be handmade. Our mission is to expand our line and hire<br />

more people.”<br />

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Fundraiser<br />

February 23<br />

MS Children’s Museum<br />

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Live like you<br />

were dying...<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

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You know–as in the song?<br />

I mean, why would anyone in their right mind want<br />

to go “2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu?” Doesn’t<br />

Tim McGraw know you can get hurt doing that kind<br />

of stuff?<br />

It makes me wonder, however, does anyone truly live<br />

their life like they’re dying? Or are they busy running<br />

carpools and businesses and doing laundry and rushing<br />

to get home before Jeopardy comes on? Skydiving and<br />

rocky-mountain climbing is the stuff songs are made<br />

of—not real life.<br />

Or aren’t they?<br />

We’ve heard it a jillion times. Life is short. I’ve<br />

become more aware of it lately as the AARP mailers<br />

continue to litter my mailbox and email. I need an<br />

“unsubscribe” button for those things. They give me<br />

anxiety.<br />

I recently read an article that revealed the top five<br />

regrets people make on their deathbed. (Yep. Happy<br />

New Year!) But it did give me pause to evaluate my own<br />

current state of affairs.<br />

The top regrets were as follows:<br />

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to<br />

myself, not the life others expected of me.<br />

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.<br />

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.<br />

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.<br />

5. I wish I had let myself be happier.<br />

I can relate to some of these more than others—<br />

particularly the one about letting myself be happier.<br />

And it’s not because my life lacks happiness, at all. It’s<br />

more because of my irrational fear of losing what makes<br />

me happy. I live in fear of losing what I love. Maybe<br />

that’s just a mom thing. I’ll google it.<br />

It brings me back to the question, though, what would<br />

I do differently if there was no tomorrow? How would I<br />

live my life? What changes would we make in our daily<br />

lives if we truly grasped the fact that we might not get<br />

another day?<br />

I suspect we would be a lot quicker to forgive–if for<br />

no other reason than in order to be forgiven.<br />

Maybe we would be more intentional about<br />

considering the needs of others around us.<br />

In my case, I would talk less and listen more. I would<br />

say “I love you” even more often and prioritize people<br />

over things and duties.<br />

And what’s sobering in the case of those polled about<br />

regrets is that these people came to realize only at the<br />

end of their lives that they should have done things<br />

differently.<br />

So what if we found at least one way to address each<br />

of those five points mentioned earlier and did them<br />

today? To the answers above, in order, I propose:<br />

1. When you’re true to yourself you’re also true to<br />

other people. Live your truth. And learn to say no.<br />

It’s all about personal boundaries and the more you do<br />

it, the easier it becomes.<br />

2. Don’t work so hard making a living that you<br />

forget to make a life. You will never feel truly satisfied<br />

by labor until you are satisfied by life. So make sure<br />

they’re in the right order.<br />

3. Many people suppress their feelings in order to<br />

keep peace with others. Don’t do that. Learn to<br />

communicate with clarity, empathy, and compassion.<br />

Express yourself in the most positive manner you can.<br />

But be polite–good or bad.<br />

4. With technology and social media there’s<br />

absolutely no reason in the universe not to be connected<br />

with friends. And if you’re able, getting together faceto<br />

-face is even better. Make it an event. Schedule it.<br />

Nothing is better for the soul than true friendship and<br />

authentic positive and personal connection.<br />

5. Happiness isn’t an inborn temperament.<br />

It’s more of an achievement—where effort is required.<br />

Be mindful of your thoughts and choose them wisely.<br />

Look for the positive in all your experiences and<br />

cultivate optimism and gratitude.<br />

But above all else, be kind to yourself. While we can’t<br />

go back and re-create our beginnings–anyone can start<br />

today and make a new ending. Love, accept, forgive,<br />

and be good to yourself. We are all a work in progress–<br />

and we’ll get there a little at a time.<br />

Which brings me back to Tim McGraw. He goes on<br />

to say, “(Live) like tomorrow was a gift. And you’ve got<br />

eternity to think about. What would you do with it?<br />

What could you do with it? What did I do with it?<br />

What would I do with it?”<br />

Well, you know the rest of the song . . . .<br />

This year, let’s all live to be happy—not with regrets,<br />

but with soaring and generous love in our hearts! After<br />

all, the tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die<br />

inside of us while we’re living.<br />

“Someday I hope you get the chance to live like you<br />

were dying.”<br />

Live Like You Were Dying–written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman (2004)<br />

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If you<br />

could<br />

be<br />

anyone<br />

in the<br />

world<br />

for a<br />

day,<br />

who<br />

would<br />

it be<br />

and<br />

why?<br />

Anna Nickles<br />

Wonder Woman, so I can save<br />

people from bad things.<br />

Connor Green<br />

Stephen Curry, so I can be<br />

a good basketball player and<br />

play on a winning team.<br />

Cade Shaw<br />

Harry Potter, just because it<br />

would be a lot of fun.<br />

Audrey Justice<br />

Hermione, because she<br />

has magic and can go<br />

anywhere she wants.<br />

Ava Blake Dye<br />

Jana Kramer,<br />

so I can act and sing.<br />

Will Shumake<br />

Cristiano Ronaldo. He has<br />

great talent and I’d want<br />

to play on his team.<br />

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Quinn Hamon<br />

Misty Copeland.<br />

She’s a really good dancer.<br />

Roman Ren<br />

Percy Jackson, because<br />

he lives in a big world.<br />

Rachel Stayer<br />

I would be a gymnast because<br />

I like cheering and tumbling.<br />

Morgan Jones<br />

I would be my mom<br />

so I wouldn’t have to<br />

do chores for a day.<br />

Weston Rogers<br />

My mom because she has<br />

to work hard and I appreciate<br />

what she does.<br />

Whitney Davis<br />

Mom, because she’s my<br />

everyday superhero.<br />

Ansley Dye<br />

Taylor Swift, so I can<br />

go on tour.<br />

Case Thomas<br />

Julio Jones, because he’s<br />

really good at football.<br />

Isabell Becknum<br />

I don’t want to be<br />

anyone but myself.<br />

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City of Ridgeland<br />

Chamber of Commerce<br />



February 15<br />

Renasant Bank<br />

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Joy<br />

Putting the<br />

IN Caring<br />

FOR<br />


Jennifer Joy Bird<br />

JoyCARE Inc.<br />

In today’s world with so many ideas on<br />

what it takes to live a longer and healthier<br />

life, could the act of a simple face-to-face<br />

conversation and companionship with<br />

another person possibly extend your years?<br />

According to recent studies, socializing<br />

can have a positive biological impact, as<br />

well as a positive psychological impact<br />

on a person’s health.<br />

When someone engages in meaningful<br />

and uplifting conversation, studies have<br />

shown a decrease in blood pressure,<br />

cholesterol levels, and heart rate. Another<br />

benefit is that companionship can lower<br />

feelings of isolation related depression.<br />

Yet another important benefit to strong<br />

relationships with others was documented<br />

in a recent Harvard School of Public Health<br />

study. It found that strong social connections<br />

can help preserve brain health throughout the<br />

aging process, and social isolation may be<br />

an important risk factor for cognitive decline<br />

and impairment in the geriatric population.<br />

Therefore, what we gather from medical<br />

studies is that companionship is beneficial<br />

to the physical, emotional, and cognitive<br />

health of the elderly. However, it is one<br />

thing to read about it in a study but quite a<br />

different thing to experience it, personally.<br />

At this point, I want to share some of<br />

my own personal experiences as an<br />

occupational therapist and provider of care<br />

through JoyCARE, Inc.<br />

First, let me start by sharing that<br />

JoyCARE, Inc. provides lifestyle enhancement<br />

services for senior adults. We strive to maintain<br />

the emotional and physical well-being of our<br />

clients and improve the quality of life of<br />

those we serve. JoyCARE, Inc. is unique<br />

because we offer the benefits of skilled<br />

professionals who provide the attention<br />

and services that maximize the independence<br />

and safety of our clients.<br />

JoyCARE, Inc. helps clients with life skills<br />

such as grooming, dressing, and feeding<br />

tasks. We also help promote an active<br />

lifestyle through encouraging gentle<br />

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exercises, taking clients on walks, and<br />

involving them in activities that require<br />

movement. Another emphasis of JoyCARE,<br />

Inc. is to help improve mental alertness<br />

through playing games that stimulate<br />

thought processes and using activities to<br />

help increase attention, sequencing,<br />

problem solving, and memory. We also<br />

assist our clients with organization in their<br />

current living environment by helping<br />

de-clutter, removing fall hazards, organizing<br />

closets, and managing appointments.<br />

Although there are many important areas<br />

of focus that we address, the one area that<br />

has had the greatest impact on our clients<br />

is that of companionship. There is no app,<br />

no computer program, no substitute for<br />

genuine one on one, face-to-face interaction<br />

between people. It has been amazing to<br />

see the difference in the countenance and<br />

mood of our clients prior to a JoyCARE, Inc.<br />

visit as compared to their demeanor<br />

following a visit.<br />

Many times when we arrive, a person<br />

is alone, somewhat depressed, and even<br />

a bit anxious. After just a few minutes of<br />

meaningful face-to-face conversation, an<br />

encouraging pat on the back, a simple<br />

hug or just holding someone’s hand and<br />

listening to them talk, the transformation<br />

we see is something truly special and<br />

almost hard to define. This uninterrupted,<br />

undivided, uniquely personal attention<br />

given to another person is truly the best<br />

medicine for depression, feelings of<br />

isolation, and hopelessness. Not only does<br />

it quickly improve the mood of our clients,<br />

but also meaningful conversation is often<br />

recommended by many physicians to aid<br />

in decreasing the rate of cognitive decline.<br />

Why is this simple act of companionship<br />

so special and beneficial? Well, in our<br />

world of fast-paced, computer-dominated,<br />

and productivity-driven cultures we have<br />

found that sometimes personal attention<br />

and consideration of what the client needs<br />

are not always considered. An individualized<br />

and client-centered approach is the<br />

hallmark of JoyCARE, Inc.<br />

During an initial consultation, goals for<br />

the client are established. Next, a program<br />

of activities and interventions are developed<br />

to help the clients meet their goals,<br />

while having fun in the process. From<br />

teaching a senior adult how to use an iPad,<br />

to reminiscing about the past, to helping<br />

someone maintain his or her mobility to<br />

walk around their own home, JoyCARE,<br />

Inc. individualizes a program based on the<br />

needs of our clients.<br />

Although we are the ones hired to help<br />

our clients, without fail, our clients are also<br />

helping us and teaching us valuable life<br />

lessons and various skills. A “young”<br />

ninety-year-old client is teaching some of<br />

the JoyCARE, Inc. team to do embroidery.<br />

The opportunity to teach someone a new<br />

skill has given her purpose and increased<br />

self- esteem and, in return, we have some<br />

beautiful pillowcases!<br />

To hear laughter and see a smile lets us<br />

know we are doing our job. As stated in<br />

Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good<br />

medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the<br />

bones.” This verse is the theme for<br />

JoyCARE, Inc. n<br />

“A joyful heart is<br />

good medicine,<br />

but a crushed<br />

spirit dries up<br />

the bones.”<br />

Proverbs 17:22<br />

_______________________________________<br />

If you feel like you or someone you know may<br />

benefit from the services of JoyCARE, Inc.,<br />

please call Jennifer Joy Bird at 601-573-6344<br />

for a free initial consultation.<br />

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Gardens<br />

——— of ———<br />

Madison<br />

County<br />

2018<br />

Elizabeth Bennett<br />

If you love nature and have a green thumb,<br />

or even if you just love the beauty of flowers,<br />

then Gardens of Madison County is where<br />

you want to be between May 4-6. Gardens of<br />

Madison County is an annual celebration hosted<br />

by Madison-Ridgeland Academy where unique<br />

gardens and outdoor spaces throughout the<br />

Madison-Ridgeland area are showcased.<br />

The kickoff will be the evening of Friday<br />

May 4, which will be a Garden Party at Lost<br />

Rabbit Town Center and Marina followed by<br />

two days of tours featuring spectacular outdoor<br />

spaces and gardens, demonstrations by local<br />

businesses and chefs, as well as a Garden Market<br />

and Café, plus other events on the Madison-<br />

Ridgeland Academy campus. Some of the<br />

demonstrations include: butterfly garden,<br />

landscape planting, flower arranging, botanicals<br />

and container gardening. Some of the chef<br />

demonstrations include olive oil tasting and<br />

summertime salads, grilling with a purpose,<br />

summer entertaining and cookbook authors<br />

will present recipes in outdoor kitchen areas.<br />

According to Leslie Dixon, Director of<br />

Advancement for Madison-Ridgeland Academy,<br />

“the purpose of this event is for Madison-<br />

Ridgeland Academy to partner with our<br />

wonderful surrounding community and<br />

showcase all the beautiful unique outdoor<br />

spaces and gardens that are located here.<br />

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Additionally, all proceeds from the Gardens of<br />

Madison County will support Madison-Ridgeland<br />

Academy’s mission of ‘Educating the Mind, Body,<br />

and Spirit’ of each child through the continued<br />

expansion of academic programs, increased<br />

investment in faculty and staff development,<br />

enhancement of campus facilities and upgraded<br />

technology school wide.”<br />

The Parents and Teachers Association, have<br />

been putting on Gardens of Madison County<br />

for 24 years. The Madison-Ridgeland community,<br />

which includes parents, students, faculty and<br />

alumni all collaborate each year to put on this<br />

special event. They work very hard and come<br />

together as a team to pull off this amazing event<br />

each year.<br />

People from all walks of life enjoy coming<br />

to Gardens of Madison County. “We have tour<br />

goers from all over the state and surrounding<br />

states such as Tennessee and Louisiana attend<br />

this tour. We see garden club groups, church<br />

groups and individuals of all ages who are all<br />

interested in gardening, outdoor spaces/<br />

landscapes, demonstrations, tablescapes or<br />

the special events. There is truly something<br />

for everyone on this tour!” exclaims Dixon.<br />

This year, the tour will consist of beautiful<br />

gardens throughout Madison and Ridgeland.<br />

Locations include Bridgewater, Lost Rabbit,<br />

Lake Caroline, Pickenpaugh Pottery and<br />

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Annandale. The tour will be Saturday, May 6<br />

from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 7 from<br />

12-5 pm. Advance tour tickets are $12 and<br />

weekend tickets are $15. For more information,<br />

visit www.mragardens.com.<br />

Leslie Dixon is on staff at Madison-<br />

Ridgeland Academy and is also a chairman<br />

for the event. “Our role is to lead a steering<br />

committee of more than 40 MRA volunteers<br />

through planning and implementing this three<br />

day event. While doing so, we take joy in creating<br />

excitement around our community so they will<br />

take part in our wonderful fundraising event,”<br />

said Dixon. “The passion we have in helping<br />

shape these little lives is what drives the tireless<br />

effort that we have been blessed to have from<br />

our parents, volunteers and support staff at<br />

MRA. Experiencing the talents of everyone<br />

involved to pull off such a wonderful weekend<br />

for the benefit of our children is truly rewarding.”<br />

This year’s event is different from previous<br />

years in a plethora of ways. The Gardens Market<br />

will take place in a different location and will<br />

also include many pre-paid special events on<br />

campus. The special events will include Prickly<br />

Hippie’s guide to creating a fairy garden with a<br />

visit from Tinker Bell, a workshop for building<br />

a garden out of Legos by “Bricks for Kids” with<br />

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Lacey Fondren. Also, kids will have the<br />

opportunity to create a 3D canvas painting<br />

with the instruction of Sarah Kathryn Dossett<br />

Bridgers. Bridgers is an artist from Oxford,<br />

Mississippi and a Madison-Ridgeland Academy<br />

alumna. There will be something for everyone<br />

both young and old!<br />

The theme of the Gardens of Madison<br />

County has a unique and delightful twist this<br />

year. Dixon said, “The tour this year has that old<br />

Madison charm with scenic waterfront views<br />

that adds a nostalgic feel. The tour will also take<br />

visitors through the new developments of our<br />

community. The modern farmhouse vibe of the<br />

Garden Party as well as the Market and Café,<br />

set up alongside the Ross Barnett Reservoir at<br />

Lost Rabbit will add to the experience.”<br />

Leslie Dixon, along with the other chairmen<br />

of this event, hope that they can showcase the<br />

natural beauty of the gardens in their community<br />

and that it will serve as a beautiful backdrop for<br />

this special fundraiser. They hope the experience<br />

will leave visitors inspired and rejuvenated.<br />

Don’t miss this exciting event in the great<br />

outdoors. Come out and enjoy the beauty of<br />

the gardens this year at the Gardens of<br />

Madison County! n<br />

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Hometown<br />


Cadbury Egg Brownies<br />

• 1 box dark chocolate brownie mix<br />

• 1/2 cup corn syrup<br />

• 1/4 cup softened butter<br />

• 3 cups powdered sugar<br />

• 1 tsp. vanilla<br />

• Yellow food coloring<br />

• 1 can creamy home-style<br />

chocolate frosting<br />

Make brownies according to box<br />

directions. Allow to cool. Cream<br />

the corn syrup, butter and vanilla.<br />

Slowly add in powdered sugar<br />

beating until incorporated. Transfer<br />

1/2 of the filling to another bowl<br />

and add yellow food coloring.<br />

Spread yellow mixture on top of<br />

brownies and refrigerate for 15<br />

minutes. Spread white mixture on<br />

top of yellow layer and refrigerate<br />

for 15 minutes. Open frosting<br />

container and microwave for 30<br />

seconds. Stir and pour about<br />

2/3 of frosting over brownies.<br />

You can then set in freezer or<br />

refrigerator for a few minutes to set<br />

the frosting.<br />

Easter Lemon Cake<br />

• 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened<br />

• 1-1/2 cups of white granulated<br />

sugar<br />

• 1 small package of Jell-O lemon<br />

pie filling or instant lemon<br />

pudding mix<br />

• 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest<br />

• 4 eggs<br />

• 1-1/4 cup whole milk<br />

• 1/3 cup canola oil<br />

• 1 tsp. vanilla extract<br />

• 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour<br />

• 3 Tbsp. cornstarch<br />

• 4 teaspoons baking powder<br />

• 1 teaspoon salt<br />

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.<br />

Grease and flour a standard 12-cup<br />

Bundt pan. In a medium bowl, whisk<br />

together the flour, cornstarch, baking<br />

powder and salt then set aside. For<br />

icing, using an electric mixer on<br />

medium speed with a paddle<br />

attachment, cream together the<br />

butter and granulated sugar until<br />

light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.<br />

Add the lemon pie filling mix<br />

powder (you do not cook it) and<br />

combine thoroughly. Beat in the<br />

eggs, one at a time, making sure each<br />

is thoroughly incorporated. Mix in<br />

the lemon zest. Combine the milk,<br />

oil, and vanilla extract in a large<br />

measuring cup or bowl.<br />

Starting with the dry ingredients,<br />

alternate pouring a third of the wet<br />

and dry ingredients into the mixer<br />

bowl, incorporating thoroughly after<br />

each addition. You will end on the<br />

wet ingredients. Mix on medium<br />

speed for 2 minutes after the last<br />

addition.<br />

Pour the cake batter into the<br />

prepared Bundt pan and bake for<br />

50 to 60 minutes, or until a tester<br />

inserted into the center of the cake<br />

comes out clean. Invert the cake<br />

onto a baking rack to cool. Frost<br />

with lemon buttercream icing<br />

when the cake has completely<br />

cooled and sprinkle lemon zest<br />

over the icing if wanted.<br />

Garlic Butter<br />

Roasted Carrots<br />

• 2 pounds carrots , diagonally cut<br />

into 2 to 3-inch pieces<br />

• 5 tablespoons butter<br />

• 4 garlic cloves , minced<br />

• 1/4 teaspoon salt<br />

• 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper<br />

chopped fresh parsley , for garnish<br />

Preheat oven to 425F. Grease a<br />

baking sheet with cooking spray and<br />

set aside. Cut up the carrots and set<br />

aside. Melt butter over medium heat<br />

in a large nonstick skillet or pan.<br />

Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes,<br />

or until lightly browned, stirring very<br />

frequently. DO NOT burn the garlic.<br />

Toss the carrots with the garlic butter<br />

either in the pan or pour the butter<br />

over them in a mixing bowl until<br />

well combined. Transfer carrots to<br />

previously prepared baking sheet.<br />

Arrange in one layer and bake 22-30<br />

minutes, or until carrots are tender.<br />

Remove from oven and transfer to<br />

a serving plate. Taste for seasoning<br />

and adjust accordingly. Garnish with<br />

fresh chopped parsley and serve.<br />

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Creamy Twice-Baked<br />

Potato Casserole<br />

• 8 medium sized baked potatoes<br />

• 2 c. cheddar cheese<br />

• 16. oz. sour cream<br />

• 1/2 c. milk<br />

• 1/4 c. melted butter<br />

• 2 garlic cloves<br />

• 1 T fresh chives chopped<br />

• 1-1/2 t. salt<br />

• 1/2 t. pepper<br />

• 6 slices of bacon cooked<br />

and chopped<br />

Boil or bake peeled potatoes until<br />

tender. Mash potatoes. Add 1 cup<br />

cheese and next ingredients. Beat well<br />

with a mixer. Pour into baking dish<br />

(sprayed with cooking spray)<br />

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.<br />

Sprinkle remaining cheese<br />

Slow-Cooker<br />

Honey-Glazed Ham<br />

• 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar<br />

• 1/2 cup honey<br />

• 1/2 cup water<br />

• 1/4 cup Dijon mustard<br />

• 10 whole cloves<br />

• 1 (8- to 10-pound) spiral cut ham<br />

Make the glaze: Combine the brown<br />

sugar, honey, water, mustard, and<br />

cloves in a small saucepan and bring<br />

to a simmer over medium-high heat.<br />

Cook until the glaze is homogeneous<br />

and fragrant from the cloves, about<br />

5 minutes. Remove the cloves with<br />

a spoon.<br />

Prepare the ham: Place the ham in a<br />

6-quart or larger slow cooker, making<br />

sure you can put the lid on. You may<br />

have to turn the ham on its side, or<br />

trim a bit off the top if your ham is too<br />

large. Gently pull apart the ham’s<br />

slices and separate them.<br />

Add the glaze: Pour the glaze over the<br />

ham, trying to cover as much of the<br />

ham as possible, but not worrying too<br />

much, as the glaze will fall back into<br />

the slow cooker.<br />

Cook the ham: Cover and cook on<br />

LOW for 4 to 5 hours. Every hour<br />

(or as you remember), baste the ham<br />

with the glaze. You can also flip the<br />

ham halfway through cooking, if<br />

desired.<br />

Serve: The ham is ready when it<br />

reaches an internal temperature of<br />

140°F. Serve with the thickened glaze.<br />

Bacon Asparagus<br />

Crescents<br />

• 8 slices bacon<br />

• Flour, for rolling out dough<br />

• 1 sheet crescent dough<br />

• 1 small bunch (about 1/2 lb.)<br />

asparagus, woody ends removed<br />

• 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil<br />

• Kosher salt<br />

• Freshly ground black pepper<br />

• Egg wash<br />

• 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan<br />

Preheat oven to 400º. On a large<br />

baking sheet with a wire rack placed<br />

on top, lay bacon. Bake until bacon<br />

is cooked but still pliable, about 20<br />

minutes.<br />

Increase oven heat to 425°. Line a<br />

large sheet pan with parchment paper.<br />

On a lightly floured surface, roll the<br />

puff pastry out to a large rectangle.<br />

Square off edges and cut the rectangle<br />

into 8 even squares.<br />

Toss asparagus in olive oil and season<br />

with salt and pepper.<br />

Brush each square of puff pastry with<br />

egg wash. Place a slice of cooked bacon<br />

on top, followed by 3 to 4 stalks of<br />

asparagus and a sprinkle of Parmesan.<br />

Wrap bacon around asparagus and<br />

cheese, then wrap puff pastry around<br />

the bacon-asparagus bundle,<br />

overlapping the puff pastry ends to seal.<br />

Brush each puff pastry with more egg<br />

wash. Bake until puff pastry is golden<br />

and puffed, about 12 minutes.<br />

Beef Tenderloin<br />

with Vegetables &<br />

Hollandaise Sauce<br />

• 1 beef tenderloin (5lbs.), trimmed<br />

• 2 teaspoons salt<br />

• 1/2 teaspoon pepper<br />


• 1/4 cup butter, cubed<br />

• 8 medium carrots, julienned<br />

• 6 celery ribs, julienned<br />

• 1/4 teaspoon salt<br />

• 1/4 teaspoon pepper<br />

• 3 cans (14 ounces each)<br />

water-packed artichoke hearts,<br />

drained and quartered<br />


• 3 large egg yolks<br />

• 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream<br />

• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard<br />

• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper<br />

• 1 cup butter, melted<br />

• 1 tablespoon lemon juice<br />

Preheat oven to 425°. Tuck thin tail<br />

end of tenderloin under; tie at 2”<br />

intervals with kitchen string. Sprinkle<br />

with salt and pepper. Place on a rack<br />

in a shallow roasting pan. Roast 50-60<br />

minutes or until meat reaches desired<br />

doneness Remove from oven; tent<br />

with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before<br />

slicing.<br />

In a large skillet, heat butter over<br />

medium-high heat. Add carrots; cook<br />

and stir 5 minutes. Add celery, salt<br />

and pepper; cook and stir 5-7 minutes<br />

until vegetables are crisp- tender.<br />

Stir in artichokes.<br />

In top of a double boiler or a metal<br />

bowl over simmering water, whisk egg<br />

yolks, cream, mustard and cayenne<br />

until blended; cook until mixture is<br />

thick enough to coat a metal spoon<br />

and temperature reaches 160°,<br />

whisking constantly. Remove from<br />

heat. Very slowly drizzle in warm<br />

melted butter, whisking constantly.<br />

Whisk in lemon juice. Transfer sauce<br />

to a small bowl and place in a larger<br />

bowl of warm water. Keep warm,<br />

stirring occasionally, until ready to<br />

serve, up to 30 minutes.<br />

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62 • March/April 2018

Hometown Madison<br />

READER<br />


Laura<br />


Why did you decide to make Madison<br />

your home?<br />

I was fortunate to be offered a teaching position<br />

with Germantown High School right out of<br />

college, so that is what lead me to be a resident<br />

of Madison.<br />

How long have you lived in Madison?<br />

I have lived here for almost 6 years.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My husband, Brent, is an assistant principal at<br />

Germantown High School, and we have two<br />

daughters – Chloe Claire who is 4 years old,<br />

and Everly who is 18 months.<br />

What is your favorite memory of living<br />

in Madison?<br />

Although it was recent, I would have to say the<br />

big snow we got in December 2017 is my favorite<br />

memory so far. We loved getting to play in the<br />

snow, and also riding around the city admiring how<br />

beautiful everything looked covered in white.<br />

Where are your three favorite places to eat<br />

in Madison?<br />

At this stage in life, we are all about the kid-friendly<br />

places, so we like to eat at Georgia Blue, Beagle<br />

Bagel, and of course, El Ranchito.<br />

What are some fun things to do in Madison<br />

on the weekends?<br />

My girls love to visit Strawberry Patch Park, which<br />

they fondly call “the duck park” because of all the<br />

ducks that live there. We also like to catch the latest<br />

movie at Malco theatre.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in your<br />

spare time.<br />

I enjoy having “date night” with my husband, going<br />

on trips with my family and friends, and shopping<br />

for pretty much anything.<br />

What are three things on your bucket list?<br />

I want to visit Italy to explore my Italian roots,<br />

swim with dolphins, and attend the Super Bowl—<br />

preferably one with a Steelers victory!<br />

Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

I know this sounds super cheesy, but I have to say<br />

it’s my mom. She is the most selfless, truly loving<br />

and giving woman I know, and I aspire to be the<br />

kind of mother and person she is.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

Ten years from now, I see myself continuing my<br />

dream job as a real estate agent in Madison, and<br />

enjoying watching my kids grow up in one of the<br />

best places to live!<br />

What is your favorite childhood memory?<br />

Some of my fondest childhood memories come<br />

from the big family gatherings that we would have<br />

for Thanksgiving or other holidays at my house.<br />

With all my loved ones gathered in one place and a<br />

kitchen filled with lots of delicious food, there were<br />

always good times and lasting memories made.<br />

If you could give us one encouraging quote,<br />

what would it be?<br />

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from<br />

within.” – Maya Angelou<br />

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Mannsdale<br />

First 100 Days of School<br />

Get Ready to Run<br />

64 • March/April 2018

Coach Dock Daniel was<br />

named one of the Metro<br />

Teachers of the Year.<br />

Coach Daniel has also<br />

been named Mannsdale<br />

Upper Teacher of the Year<br />

and Madison County<br />

Elementary Teacher of the<br />

Year. We are so proud of<br />

Coach Daniel and the<br />

amazing things he is doing<br />

at Mannsdale Upper<br />

Elementary.<br />

Ann Smith<br />

Teachers Receive National Board Certification<br />

This year, eight teachers at Ann Smith Elementary received the<br />

gold standard in teaching–certification from the National<br />

Board for Professional Teaching Standards–bringing the total<br />

number of ASE nationally board certified teachers to seventeen.<br />

The NBPTS believes higher standards for teachers mean better<br />

learning for students. The students of ASE are fortunate attend<br />

a school where 40% of the staff have met these standards.<br />

We celebrate these outstanding teachers for their dedication,<br />

diligence, and untiring spirit!<br />

Conservation Educators of the Year<br />

Back L-R: Jessica Rives, Lyndie Faulkner, Robin Ball, Claire Winchester,<br />

Missy Green<br />

Front L-R: Mandy Rabalais, Lauren Shotts, Audrey Will, Jamie Selman<br />

Front L-R: Julie Benson, Ashley Young, Emily Melichar, Mary McCall<br />

McArthur, Michelle Portera, Laura Bivins, Katie Spence, Mary Kate Rees.<br />

Back L-R: Tameeka Fairley, Andrea Moss, Cathy Lutz, Tiffany Maisel,<br />

Leona Bishop, and Stephanie Clark. Not pictured: Deborah Cole, Shelia<br />

Devan, Melissa Philley<br />

Rosa Scott<br />

In effort to combat the growing epidemic of social isolation in<br />

our schools and community, Rosa Scott students have participated<br />

in Start with Hello Week in coordination with the Sandy<br />

Hook Promise. It is our hope that the week’s activities will serve<br />

to empower our young people to create a culture of inclusion<br />

within our school and community. Some of the week’s activities<br />

included a visit from our local Allstate representative Steven<br />

James who graciously helped our SGA distribute cookies.<br />

Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.<br />

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MRA<br />

Visit from the K-9 Unit<br />

Sergeant Tim Tillotson and Investigator Paul Bunch, along with<br />

their K-9’s Donna and Max, visited our second and third graders.<br />

Second grade read “Officer Buckle and Gloria” and third grade<br />

read “Aero and Officer Mike” which are both about police officers<br />

and their K-9’s.<br />

L-R: Investigator Paul Bunch, K9 Max, Anna Stevens, Mae Dismuke,<br />

Reese Johnson, Walker Joyner, Ethan Love, Kate MacPherson, William Holladay,<br />

Hayes Harless, Sergeant Tim Tillotson, K9 Donna.<br />

5th Grade Cheer<br />

Back L-R: Kaylee Jones, Grace Caroline Hazzlerig, Lily Grace Coppage, Sarah<br />

Hart, Emily Gallaspy, Olivia Strickland, Fallon Humphries, Maggie Mangum,<br />

Hannah Forbes, Bayli Ballard Chandler, Mary Michael Cash<br />

Middle L-R: McKenzie Blue, Anna Claire Mertz, Carly Venable, Ava Young,<br />

Annie Hall Feild, Summer Day, Reece Sims, Emily Francis, Savannah Grissom,<br />

Kassidy McMillan<br />

Front L-R: Britton Dickerson, Salem Hawkins, Sarah Glen Lipscomb,<br />

Sela McCalop, Addison Lay, Weatherly Wilson, Shelton Sory, Natalie Seabrook,<br />

Mary Alex Montgomery<br />

4th Grade Football Team<br />

L-R: Coaches: Bill Anderson, Todd Dalton, Kevin Hansford, Austin Banks<br />

Back L-R: James Downer, Austin Banks, Phen Chandler, Hines Wellhausen,<br />

Canaan Smitherman, Kent Butler<br />

Middle L-R: Ethan Williams, Bowen Gordon, Kaiden King, Alex Lambert,<br />

Jack Dalton, Wade Hansford, John Hayden Love<br />

Front L-R: Christian Taylor, William Thomas, Pierce Anderson, Tyler Lopez,<br />

Myers Noone, H. A. Thompson, Bennett Duncan<br />

Author Visits First Grade<br />

Dr. Lee Stockstill, DVM is a veterinarian/author from Franklin,<br />

Tennessee, but grew up in Jackson. He visited the first graders and<br />

read “How Mayfield Found his Meow” about one of his patients<br />

who would not meow.<br />

L-R: Ethan Rhodus, Sarah Kate Williamson, Dr. Stockstill, Parker Howe<br />

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Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.

“PATS” Parents & Teachers Association Volunteers<br />

The mission of MRA’s “PATS” is to involve all MRA parents,<br />

faculty members, and administrative personnel in programs,<br />

projects, and activities designed to benefit our students and school.<br />

All MRA parents along with MRA faculty members and<br />

administrative personnel are members of PATS.<br />

MRA JV Dance Team<br />

Back L-R: Ella Hall Bounds, Anna Grace Headley, Meghan Murphy,<br />

Ella Matlock, Evelyn Eubanks, Lydia McIntosh, London Breedlove<br />

Front L-R: Bess Chinchen, Isabelle Sandridge, Carlisle Johnson, Carly Chennault,<br />

Aniston Carpenter, Caroline McCraney<br />

Missy Kinkade, Amy McInteer, Jenny Montgomery, Courtney Kirk, Kelly Dixon,<br />

Tara Lay, Lauren Grissom, Grace Fuller<br />

Jennifer Long, Wendy Holladay, Suzanne Lambert, Jennifer Rhea, Rachel Rimmer<br />

Teresa Dillon, Tonya Barber, Rhonda Loeb, Paige Long, Lee Powell, Amy Feild,<br />

Kristi Cameron, Nancy Smylie, Tori Heard<br />

MRA seniors Lilli Denson and Aubree Dillon will both be<br />

playing soccer at the next level. Lilli Denson will be playing at<br />

Belhaven University and Aubree Dillon will be playing at<br />

Southeastern Louisiana University.<br />

Left: Greg Self, Richard Duease, Termie Land, Aubree Dillon<br />

Right: Greg Self, Richard Duease, Termie Land, Lilli Denson<br />

Byars Martin. Mindy Cobb, Nancy Smylie, Courtney Streeter, Amber Arnold,<br />

Courtney Kirk, Bree Smith<br />

Toni Dearman, Shelli Strickland, Mona McBride, Stacey Carter, Allison Miller,<br />

Jill Upchurch, Jamie Kerr<br />

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Madison Central<br />

Madison Central’s Pawprint yearbook financial and production staffs hosted senior night of Beauty and Beau, February 9.<br />

L-R: senior beauties Maddie Gall, Ellen Morgan, Anna Potts, Hayden Ray, Catherine Whitten, Most Beautiful – Bradlea James, Skylar Kelly, Sydney Butler,<br />

Taylor Carson, Tara Broome, Colby Smith<br />

L-R: senior beaus Adam McDonal, Ryan McClure, JonMorgan Malone, Will Stanard, Chanu Cherukuri, Most Handsome – Timothy Seago, Luke Little,<br />

John Walker Webb, Trey McMullan, Connor Franks, Andrew Horton<br />

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L-R: Junior beaus and beauties Jack Thoms, Mallory Walker, Sydney Storm, Victoria Stevens, Claire Iupe,<br />

Payton Holtsinger, Dailee Ellis, Mallory Dale, Hannah Brady, Jacob Saxton.<br />

Most Handsome Timothy Seago, Most Beautiful<br />

Bradlea James.<br />

L-R: Sophomore beauties Keely Young, Anna Johnston, McKenna Goddard, Allie Grace Bell, Jalyn Kelly,<br />

Claire Humphreys, Aubrie Tolbert, Meghan Thrash, Libba Ewing, Ramsey Claire Robinson<br />

L-R: Sophomore beaus Brandon Strain,<br />

Clayton Fairchild, RJ Mack<br />

Madison Central High School teacher Laura Miller has been named<br />

2017-2018 teacher of the year. Miller has taught at Madison Central for<br />

18 years. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Mississippi State University.<br />

While at Madison Central, Miller has taught regular and accelerated freshman<br />

English, regular and accelerated sophomore English, dual credit/dual enrollment<br />

Comp I and II, mentoring, PSAT prep and learning strategies. Miller has a<br />

son and daughter currently at Madison Central.<br />

Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.<br />

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Christ Covenant<br />

Christ Covenant Students participate in a variety of Super<br />

Science activities to develop a sense of wonder about our world.<br />

Our students begin to understand the scientific principles<br />

through a biblical worldview.<br />

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Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.

St. Andrew’s<br />

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and the St. Andrew’s Parents’<br />

Association are hosting the eighth annual Arts on the Green<br />

April 20-21.<br />

Back L-R: Amy Amundson, corporate sponsor chair, Mary Clift Abdalla, Starry<br />

Night chair, Sidnette Turnage, finance chair, Debbie Lominick, tickets chair,<br />

Heather Higgins, Children’s Green chair, Bethany Farr, promotions chair,<br />

Yolanda McElroy, auction chair, Cindy Funkhouser, volunteer chair<br />

Front L-R: Lisa Thompson, Arts on the Green co-chair, Stephanie Tanner, Arts<br />

on the Green chair; (not pictured) Julie Rust, Artisan’s Village chair, Suzanne<br />

Sones, Community Outreach chair, Katie Nelson, fashion show chair, Shannon<br />

Watt, staging chair, and Crystal Skelton, Arts on the Green 2019 chair-elect.<br />

Happy Mardi Gras! Everyone loves a parade, but maybe no one<br />

loves a parade more than Lower Schoolers! On February 13,<br />

St. Andrew’s Early Childhood students heeded the call by forming<br />

the Krewe of Little Saints and parading for the 1st to 4th graders,<br />

tossing beads to the cheering throngs along the way. Head of<br />

School George Penick and Head of Lower School Marcia Poole<br />

led the parade as Mardi Gras King and Queen, with Upper<br />

School band students performing jazz music along the way.<br />

2018 Saints Summer Experience<br />

Each summer since 1950, a team of dedicated St. Andrew’s faculty and staff<br />

have staged a comprehensive, exciting camp experience for students in the Jackson<br />

area. 2018 marks our 68th year of amazing camp experiences. Join us for the best<br />

summer-long day camp in Mississippi!<br />

The Saints Summer Experience covers all aspects of a child’s growth during<br />

time away from school. We have a wide range of academic camps, sports camps for<br />

all, and specialty camps that dig deep into individual passions and interests.<br />

Comprising the backbone of the program are our four regular day camps that meet<br />

each day for nine weeks. These camps run from 7:30am to 2:45pm and consist of<br />

teacher-created curriculum that covers movement, creative learning, S.T.E.A.M.<br />

Lab activities, language, art, team exercises, gardening, cooking, and free play. Day<br />

camps keep the child’s body and mind active and engaged throughout the day.<br />

We bring in scores of expert guests to enhance our learning, and we take a weekly<br />

field trip to have some fun and learn something new. We offer After Camp Care<br />

through 5:45 p.m. to complete the day for working families.<br />

Register today at https://gosaints.campmanagement.com/enroll. All camps info is<br />

at https://gosaints.org/camps<br />

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Camille Anding<br />

Words! Who can count them?<br />

They’re everywhere – on signs,<br />

billboards, assembled in books, letters, and<br />

reports. They spill from our lips – often<br />

without forethought and merge with an<br />

endless flow from tongues of every nation<br />

and tribe.<br />

Some words are put to music to tell<br />

stories or reveal happy or broken hearts.<br />

Other words are written in love letters,<br />

intimate and saturated in romance.<br />

It’s striking to me to realize the power<br />

in words. A collection of the alphabet of<br />

innocent letters can form words that build<br />

up and edify or they can mutilate and destroy.<br />

Words also have the power to lodge in<br />

our minds – like a branding in our brain.<br />

Children learn quickly to use words to<br />

communicate, but their words are less likely<br />

to stick. Their memories are short, and their<br />

hearts more forgiving.<br />

It’s the teenage years when words<br />

become weapons of survival. Sarcastic words<br />

grow in popularity as individuals seek a rank<br />

in the “pecking” order. Group laughter<br />

elevates the speaker while singling out that<br />

individual to be the butt of the joke.<br />

I find it interesting that my memory<br />

has “fogged” over a lot of my childhood’s<br />

details, but one memory is as fresh as the<br />

day it was made. A friend, I thought, singled<br />

me out in a group and formed a series of<br />

words that cut sharper than a dagger. There<br />

was no outward sign of blood, but I learned<br />

that day that hearts can bleed.<br />

After the laughter died, life went back<br />

to the usual. All was history, but I had<br />

learned the searing pain of words and their<br />

ability to leave scars.<br />

The most painful lessons are usually<br />

the best learned. That brief experience has<br />

remained a witness to me and a permanent<br />

reminder of the power of words. I wish<br />

I could say that my own tongue was tamed<br />

from that moment until now, but I can’t.<br />

I still let it say things that are not edifying<br />

or kind.<br />

A wise Proverb says, “Kind words are<br />

like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy<br />

for the body.” Another says, “Gentle words<br />

bring life and health; a deceitful tongue<br />

crushes the spirit.”<br />

Gentle, kind words are what we need.<br />

There are enough scars. n<br />

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