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Sometimes you’ll see it in calendars –<br />

pictures that best depict each month.<br />

There’s never a question about February – it’s the HEART month<br />

– kept true to its theme by Valentine’s Day. Our staff especially enjoyed<br />

working on this month’s content because love is a universal language,<br />

and if it’s the authentic kind, it will always be expressed.<br />

I know you will enjoy this month’s stories that cover the everyday,<br />

thoughtful acts of love, to the extravagant, extremely costly expressions<br />

of love. Perhaps as you read these heart-warming stories, you’ll be<br />

prompted to create your own expressions of love.<br />

We all must agree that love is an action word. When we love<br />

someone, we want to do something for that person. It’s putting love<br />

into action that changes the world around us.<br />

Where’s a good place to start? Reading the love chapter in the Bible,<br />

I Corinthians 13, would be a great place. It will challenge you with its<br />

definition and actions. I remember hearing about a Christian lady who<br />

confessed that she did not love others as she thought she should. She<br />

began reading that chapter multiple times a day for months. Gradually<br />

her life grew into a beautiful expression of love and kindness to all she<br />

knew or met.<br />

I’m grateful for a month that’s associated with love and the joy that<br />

comes with sharing that love. However, I believe God equips His own<br />

with the ability to show love and kindness every month of the year.<br />

Join me in steeping in a verb that the Bible calls “the greatest of all.”<br />



Tahya Dobbs<br />

CFO<br />

Kevin Dobbs<br />


Mary Ann Kirby<br />


The Way We Were 8<br />

Reader Spotlight 11<br />

Kids Who Care 14<br />

Touch A Truck 16<br />

Ways To Say I Love You 23<br />

Hometown Family 36<br />

Chandra Broomfield 42<br />

Iron Sharpens Iron 46<br />



Caroline Hodges<br />



Alisha Floyd<br />



Lexie Ownby<br />


Nikki Robison<br />

...see you around town.<br />


Daniel Thomas<br />

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STAFF<br />


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Hometown CLINTON • 7

Lori & Thomas Bobo<br />

Bethany Cole<br />

In the late 1980s, a young<br />

athlete transferred from Mississippi<br />

College to West Florida University.<br />

While at orientation, he spotted “a<br />

freshman girl wearing a blue dress.”<br />

Within two weeks, Thomas Bobo<br />

and the girl in the blue dress were<br />

a couple.<br />

Thirty-five years later, they’re<br />

still a couple, and after over two<br />

decades of being Clinton residents,<br />

they are staples of the community.<br />

Clinton roots run deep for<br />

Thomas. He was born in Fayette,<br />

Ala., but moved to Clinton his first<br />

week of second grade. Following<br />

graduation from Clinton High<br />

School, he attended MC during<br />

his freshman year, then transferred<br />

to University of West Florida on a<br />

soccer scholarship, where he met<br />

Lori. Eventually, he returned to<br />

complete his final year at MC.<br />

While Thomas grew up in a small<br />

town, Lori had a different<br />

upbringing due to her father being<br />

in the military. She was born in<br />

California, but moved to Pensacola,<br />

Florida, in her early childhood and<br />

called that her home.<br />

Lori and Thomas dated<br />

through college, even making their<br />

relationship work long distance<br />

when Lori’s parents were transferred<br />

to Japan. “Our phone bill<br />

was crazy,” laughs Thomas,<br />

remembering. But ultimately the<br />

costly calls were worth it. The pair<br />

married in 1992, in a chapel on<br />

the Pensacola military base.<br />

After Lori earned a degree in<br />

early childhood education and<br />

Thomas in business administration<br />

(and subsequently a graduate<br />

degree in the same field), the<br />

couple spent the early years of<br />

their marriage in Nashville.<br />

Thomas worked for Nike, and<br />

their family expanded while living<br />

there. Thomas’ career then moved<br />

the family to Birmingham, where<br />

he worked for Motorola. When<br />

Thomas’ father unexpectedly died<br />

in the late ‘90s, it brought the<br />

family back to Clinton. While<br />

attending the funeral, Lori says<br />

she realized the impact of the local<br />

community. “There were so many<br />

people attending,” she says. “I<br />

really realized then what kind of<br />

roots you can make in a small town.”<br />

Their family moved to Clinton<br />

in 1998. The couple’s three children,<br />

Shelbi, Tommy, and Graham,<br />

homeschooled with Lori for a<br />

while before attending Mt. Salus<br />

School, then transferred into the<br />

Clinton school system for junior<br />

high and high school. “Our kids<br />

got the best of both worlds<br />

growing up here,” says Lori. “They<br />

were fully involved in everything<br />

from travel sports to Attaché.”<br />

Thomas coached Clinton High<br />

School girls soccer for years, and<br />

was also involved with Brilla<br />

Soccer, which provided him a<br />

chance to be involved in the sport<br />

he loved and also participate in<br />

his family’s interests. The move<br />

to Clinton also provided Thomas<br />

with an especially sweet and<br />

nostalgic sense of bringing his<br />

brood back to his hometown.<br />

“My kids were able to grow up<br />

where their dad did,” he reflects.<br />

“They bled red, white and black.”<br />

Additionally, it afforded their<br />

family with the chance to be near<br />

Thomas’ mother and sister, and<br />

provide support in the wake of<br />

their loss. “Family has always been<br />

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“Marriages are<br />

a model to<br />

teach us all<br />

what Christ<br />

is really like,”<br />

the most important thing to us,”<br />

says Lori.<br />

All three of the Bobo’s children<br />

graduated from Clinton High<br />

School, and then all attended<br />

Mississippi College. As Thomas<br />

and Lori have more recently<br />

settled into their empty nest phase,<br />

Lori continued to work at MC,<br />

where she has been for 19 years,<br />

and now serves as the university’s<br />

events coordinator, a job “I<br />

absolutely love.” Thomas has been<br />

in pharmaceutical sales for much<br />

of his career, and recently started<br />

a new job with Johnson and<br />

Johnson Vision. Their children<br />

also all ended up in the medical<br />

field. Their daughter works at<br />

Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital,<br />

their son is a nurse at Mississippi<br />

Sports Medicine, and their youngest<br />

is a resident at Tulane University.<br />

Thomas and Lori are also involved<br />

with their grandson, John Caleb,<br />

helping to coach his sporting<br />

events.<br />

Throughout the seasons of<br />

their lives, faith has played an<br />

integral role for the Bobos. They<br />

are actively involved in their church,<br />

First Baptist Clinton, and cite faith<br />

as the most important foundational<br />

element of their marriage.<br />

“If we could give advice to a<br />

younger couple, it would be, ‘As<br />

long as Christ is the center of your<br />

marriage, it will endure,’” says Lori.<br />

“Through our marriage, we have<br />

dealt with family deaths, moving,<br />

loss of jobs, and learned we have<br />

to come together and let Christ<br />

navigate. We can’t do it on our own.”<br />

Thomas agrees. “The degree to<br />

which you are rooted and founded<br />

in the proper foundation will<br />

determine how you fare. Young<br />

people see the world from ‘What<br />

I can get out of it?’ But I think you<br />

learn over time that to have a<br />

successful relationship, you have to<br />

see it through Christ’s eyes and<br />

engage in a race to the back of the<br />

line. That’s a healthy and strong<br />

relationship, although it is contrary<br />

to human nature. But that will<br />

stand the test of time. Marriages<br />

are a model to teach us all what<br />

Christ is really like,” he says.<br />

As for what their next years<br />

will look like, the Bobos see<br />

themselves in Clinton, remaining<br />

involved in their community and<br />

the town they love so dearly.<br />

“Here, you have such unique sense<br />

of family,” says Lori. “It extends<br />

across blurred lines between work,<br />

activities, and church. Oftentimes,<br />

people put themselves in boxes—<br />

but those blend in a small town.<br />

The city of Clinton truly provides<br />

so much opportunity—for young<br />

families, singles, seniors, and<br />

empty nesters! This town has<br />

been a huge blessing for our<br />

family.”<br />

Thomas concurs: “I love the<br />

sense of community here. From a<br />

full football stadium on a Friday<br />

night, to going to Kroger and<br />

seeing everyone you know. This<br />

is truly a special place.”<br />

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READER<br />


Jill<br />


_______________<br />

Why did you decide to make Clinton<br />

your home?<br />

I made Clinton my home because I grew up<br />

here and married my high school sweetheart.<br />

I went to school here and wanted my children<br />

to have the same opportunities of an amazing<br />

school system.<br />

How long have you lived in Clinton?<br />

I have lived here for 37 years.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I am married to Chip Hutchison who is also<br />

from Clinton. He is a builder for Kirkland<br />

properties and has been in the building industry<br />

for 30 years. We have three children. Lake is<br />

our oldest and lives in the Dallas, Texas, area.<br />

Rowdy is our middle who lives in Starkville<br />

and attends East Community College. Londin<br />

is our youngest who lives in Oxford and is a<br />

freshman at Ole Miss and is also my partner<br />

with Brick Street Formals. She manages our<br />

staff and all of our social media.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

I hope to see my businesses grow with a<br />

helping opportunity for others to grow as well.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing<br />

in your spare time.<br />

Hunting with my husband when I can. I love<br />

to garden in the summer and see my family<br />

together with my children every chance I get.<br />

What is your favorite memory of living<br />

in Clinton?<br />

On the weekends, when I was in high school,<br />

we cruised up and down Lakeview Drive<br />

listening to music. We would all meet in the<br />

Jitney Jungle parking lot (now Big Lots) and<br />

talk, laugh, and just hang out. On Sunday<br />

nights everyone met at the Dairy Queen after<br />

church for ice cream.<br />

What are some fun things to do in<br />

Clinton on the weekends?<br />

There are many weekends we have festivals,<br />

movies outside on the brick streets on Friday<br />

nights, markets, and parades. Our chamber<br />

and Main Street work hard to make sure that<br />

there is always something to look forward to.<br />

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

I don’t have just one person that I admire, but<br />

I admire lots of people who show great<br />

character traits. I admire people who are kind,<br />

compassionate, loyal, sincere, and confident.<br />

If you could give us one encouraging<br />

quote, what would it be?<br />

In 1640, George Herbert’s “to him that will,<br />

ways are not wanting.” Today’s version is<br />

“Where there is a will, there is a way.” I believe<br />

this. If you are willing to put in the hard work,<br />

a way will always present itself...if it is God’s<br />

will! God has a plan for all of us. He uses our<br />

gifts and talents to help others. He has truly<br />

blessed me in my business and my family.<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

Hometown Magazines?<br />

I enjoy learning different things about people<br />

I already know.<br />

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Eliza Naquin<br />

Mistie<br />

Desper<br />





AROUND HER.”<br />

Eliza, a senior at Clinton Christian Academy,<br />

is the daughter of Travis and Melanie Naquin.<br />

During her junior year of school, she was able to<br />

be the class mentor for the K4 students. She said,<br />

“We have a really small school so it has been<br />

very important to me to be able to be a good role<br />

model for those younger than me.” She recalled<br />

how special it has been to be a part of their<br />

young lives.<br />

While mentoring the K4 class, “she displayed<br />

such grace, love, and compassion for those kids,”<br />

said Melanie. She then added, “She was able to<br />

positively impact the lives of those children and<br />

being a part of their lives for that short amount of<br />

time was a blessing to her. It made me so proud.”<br />

When she isn’t serving or cheering for her<br />

school or attending church at First Baptist of<br />

Clinton, Eliza spends her time interning at<br />

Munday Morning Acres in Terry. Munday<br />

Morning takes in horses for training and<br />

rehabilitation services. Eliza interns there weekly.<br />

She said, “I love it so much. I help clean stalls,<br />

feed them, and of course ride them. I love to<br />

learn the different ways to communicate with<br />

them.”<br />

Munday Morning Acres owner, Betsey<br />

Munday said, “Eliza is a very sweet girl who has<br />

a very positive attitude and seems to love horses.<br />

She doesn’t seem to mind the grunt work either.<br />

You almost have to chase her away from the<br />

barn when her work is over!”<br />

Melanie added, “Since the beginning of her<br />

internship at Munday Morning Acres, she has<br />

realized the joy of having a servant’s heart.<br />

Although its hard work, she does it happily<br />

and willingly. She has learned that no monetary<br />

amount can bring you the joy you get when<br />

serving others out of the pure kindness of<br />

your heart.”<br />

Eliza’s love of horses began around age 10<br />

when she first started riding. This year, she has<br />

transitioned into competition riding. She said,<br />

“I have had so much fun doing this and being<br />

able to learn from like-minded people.” Dad,<br />

Travis, added, “It’s hard to believe how the time<br />

has flown by and my little girl has grown into<br />

such an awesome young lady. I’m so happy she<br />

gets to do what she loves…helping and spending<br />

time with horses.”<br />

Eliza’s joyful spirit is a blessing to all who<br />

know her. “Children love her. She’s silly, playful,<br />

and fun. I think she’s a role model because kids,<br />

especially young girls, see that she’s not afraid to<br />

get dirty and work hard. She is true to herself<br />

and does what she wants to do without fear of<br />

judgement,” said Melanie. Eliza also hopes to<br />

participate in mission trips with her youth group<br />

at church in the future.<br />

Travis and Melanie have instilled core<br />

values in Eliza and her two sisters, Victoria and<br />

Alexandra, by teaching them that “by letting<br />

your love and light for Jesus shine through your<br />

words and your actions, people, and especially<br />

children, will look up to and admire you and<br />

want what you have, which is Jesus in your heart.”<br />

As Eliza is closing out her high school career,<br />

she is excited to attend her last prom and walk<br />

across the stage with her peers for graduation.<br />

Excitedly looking forward to the future, she plans<br />

to attend Mississippi College and continue to<br />

help serving at Munday Morning Acres for as<br />

long as she can.<br />

“Whether horses or children, Eliza truly<br />

loves all of God’s creation unconditionally,”<br />

concluded Melanie.<br />

Hometown CLINTON • 15

Touch A Truck ® Jackson<br />

Celebrates 10 Years<br />

Touch A Truck ® Jackson is a family-friendly, hands-on event<br />

offering opportunities for children of all ages to explore,<br />

climb, and touch trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy<br />

machinery, public service, and other equipment. Learning<br />

will come alive at Touch A Truck® Jackson, providing children<br />

with an opportunity to connect vehicles and equipment to<br />

our Mississippi economy and potential careers in industries<br />

like public service, farming, manufacturing, and construction.<br />

A decade ago, the Junior League of Jackson brought the<br />

Touch A Truck ® Jackson experience to the community as a<br />

hybrid fund development business and community project.<br />

The first Touch A Truck ® Jackson was met with resounding<br />

praise in the community. Katy Pacelli, the first Touch A Truck ®<br />

Jackson event chair, said, “our goal for the first year was to<br />

create a solid foundation for this event that would not only<br />

raise funds for our community partners, but also give children<br />

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Presented by the Junior League of Jackson,<br />

Touch A Truck® Jackson rolls into<br />

Trustmark Park March 31 & April 1, 2023<br />

The 2023 Touch A Truck ® Jackson<br />

Steering Committee<br />

Meredith McCullough, Chair; Laura Hearn, Co-Chair;<br />

Jennifer Boydston, Chair-Elect; Megan McBeth, Corporate<br />

Sponsor Chair; Jasmine Smith, Finance Chair; Teneisha Wynter,<br />

Placement Chair; Jennifer Gray, Promotions Chair; Barbara Byrd,<br />

Special Events Chair; Sallie Campbell, Staging Chair;<br />

Mimi Arthur and Rebecca Henley, Sustaining Advisors.<br />

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an opportunity to experience something new. It was a group<br />

effort from the entire League and was so much fun to launch<br />

something new in our community and League. I have enjoyed<br />

watching it grow and evolve over the past ten years,” Pacelli adds.<br />

A unique aspect of Touch A Truck ® Jackson is that it is a<br />

fund development business and a community project of the<br />

Junior League of Jackson. Each year, Touch A Truck ® Jackson<br />

invites 1,600 students from around the Jackson metro area as<br />

part of Field Trip Friday. Thanks to the generosity of our corporate<br />

sponsors, supporters, and Junior League members through<br />

Handy Helper donations, we are able to offer this educational<br />

opportunity to invited second-grade students at no cost.<br />

Meredith McCullough, 2023 Touch A Truck ® Jackson chair,<br />

said, “I wanted to take on this role because I love hearing all<br />

the sweet stories of the children who attend Field Trip Friday<br />

and experience all the excitement that comes with interactive<br />

fun bringing classroom learning and pages of books to life.<br />

This year we have so many great activities planned, and I look<br />

forward to seeing the joy on the children’s faces as they explore,<br />

climb, and touch trucks and equipment at our various<br />

interactive exhibits.”<br />

Over the past ten years, Touch A Truck ® Jackson has raised<br />

more than $350,000, which stays here in the Jackson metro<br />

area. These funds allow the League to fund its mission,<br />

including the support of more than 30 community projects<br />

and initiatives in the areas of children’s health, early literacy,<br />

and social development. “Touch A Truck ® Jackson has evolved<br />

over the past ten years to incorporate activities and opportunities<br />

for children and schools in the Jackson metro area<br />

beyond the initial Touch A Truck ® Jackson experience. In 2018<br />

we introduced a literacy tent with guest readers throughout<br />

the day and in 2019 we established STREAM stations to further<br />

expand the hands-on learning experience. We continue to<br />

evolve the Touch A Truck ® Jackson experience to coincide<br />

with the mission of the Junior League of Jackson. This event<br />

has grown into an experience that showcases how fun and<br />

learning can come together beautifully through focused<br />

volunteerism and an impact-based model of service. I could<br />

not be more excited about this tenth anniversary event for our<br />

community,” said Bethany Smith, 2022-2023 Junior League of<br />

Jackson president.<br />

Touch A Truck ® Jackson 2023 kicks off Friday, March 31,<br />

with Donuts & Dump Trucks, a preschool event; followed by<br />

Field Trip Friday; and Unplugged, an event for children with<br />

sensory needs. The fun will continue that night with a new<br />

special event, Glow in the Park–a glow party like you have<br />

never seen with music from DJ Adam, illuminated exhibits,<br />

and fun activities!<br />

Big Wheel Breakfast will kick off Saturday morning, April 1,<br />

allowing attendees to enjoy breakfast and early access to<br />

exhibitors. General admission opens at 10:00am and will<br />

feature interactive science, technology, reading, engineering,<br />

arts, and math (STREAM) booths for children to enjoy, literacy<br />

fun, and so many exciting exhibitors.<br />

Tickets are available for Glow in the Park,<br />

Big Wheel Breakfast, and general admission at<br />

www.touchatruckjackson.com<br />

Our special events can sell out,<br />

so don’t delay in purchasing!<br />

Hometown CLINTON • 19

White Chicken Chili<br />

• 2 lbs. of diced/cooked chicken<br />

(no bones or skin)<br />

• 1 onion diced and sauteed<br />

• 1 package McCormick white<br />

chicken chili seasoning<br />

• 4 cans of white beans, drained<br />

• 1 cup of chicken broth<br />

• 4 oz. of cream cheese<br />

• 8 oz. of sour cream<br />

• 6 oz. of heavy cream<br />

• 1 can of diced green chilis<br />

• 1 cup of shredded Monterey jack<br />

cheese<br />

Dice chicken into cubes and cook.<br />

Dice and sauté onion. Add cooked<br />

chicken, onion and remaining<br />

ingredients in a crockpot.<br />

Stir and cook until<br />

cheese is<br />

melted.<br />

Cabbage, Sausage<br />

& Potato Soup<br />

• 1 lb. Conecuh sausage,<br />

sliced into bite-sized pieces<br />

• 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil<br />

• 3 medium leeks, slices into<br />

⅛ rounds, white and pale green<br />

parts only<br />

• 2 medium carrots,<br />

peeled and diced<br />

• 1 stalk celery, diced<br />

• 1 small green cabbage,<br />

chopped into bite-sized pieces<br />

• 3 cloves garlic, minced<br />

• 6 cups chicken or vegetable<br />

stock<br />

• 1 lb. red potatoes, diced<br />

• 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning<br />

• 1 bay leaf<br />

• Kosher salt and freshly cracked<br />

black pepper, to taste<br />

Add sausage to a large stockpot and<br />

cook over medium heat for 5-6<br />

minutes, flipping occasionally, until<br />

lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon<br />

to transfer the sausage to a separate<br />

plate and set aside.<br />

Add olive oil, leeks, carrots, and<br />

celery to the pan, and stir to combine.<br />

Sauté 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.<br />

Then add cabbage and garlic, and<br />

sautee for 4 more minutes, stirring<br />

occasionally.<br />

Add stock, potatoes, Italian<br />

seasoning, bay leaf, cooked sausage,<br />

and stir to combine. Continue<br />

cooking until the soup reaches a<br />

simmer. Reduce heat to mediumlow,<br />

cover, and simmer for 15<br />

minutes or until the potatoes are<br />

cooked and tender.<br />

Taste and season with a few generous<br />

pinches of salt and black pepper as<br />

needed. (Depending on how<br />

seasoned your sausage is, feel free to<br />

stir in extra teaspoon of Italian<br />

seasoning if you think it needs some<br />

extra flavor. A pinch of crushed red<br />

pepper flakes and/or a Tbsp. of<br />

white vinegar will also help bring<br />

out the flavors.)<br />

Serve warm. Refrigerate in sealed<br />

containers for up to 3 days or freeze<br />

for up to 3 months.<br />

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Shrimp & Black Bean Soup<br />

• 1 large onion, chopped<br />

• 1 Tbsp. of olive oil<br />

• 2 14.5 oz. cans reduced sodium<br />

chicken broth<br />

• 2 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes<br />

with green chiles, undrained<br />

• 2 cups of frozen corn<br />

• 1 15 oz. can black beans,<br />

rinsed and drained<br />

• 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes,<br />

undrained<br />

• 4½ tsp. chili powder<br />

• 1 tsp. sugar<br />

• ½ tsp. salt<br />

• 1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp,<br />

peeled and deveined<br />

• ¼ cup minced fresh parsley<br />

In a Dutch oven, sauté onion in oil for<br />

3-4 minutes or until tender. Add<br />

broth, tomatoes and green chiles,<br />

corn, black beans, tomatoes, chili<br />

powder, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil,<br />

stirring occasionally. Reduce heat;<br />

cover and simmer for 20 minutes.<br />

Baked Potato Soup<br />

• 12 slices of bacon<br />

• ⅔ cup butter or margarine<br />

• ⅔ cups all-purpose flour<br />

• 7 cups milk<br />

• 4 large baked potatoes,<br />

peeled and cubed<br />

• 4 green onions, chopped<br />

• 1¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese<br />

• 1 cup sour cream<br />

• 1 tsp. salt<br />

• 1 tsp. ground black pepper<br />

Place bacon in a large skillet and cook<br />

over medium-high heat, turning<br />

occasionally, until evenly browned,<br />

about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain bacon<br />

slices on paper towels; crumble and<br />

set aside.<br />

Meanwhile, melt butter in a stockpot<br />

or dutch oven over medium heat.<br />

Gradually add flour, whisking until<br />

well combined. Slowly pour in milk,<br />

whisking constantly until smooth<br />

and thickened.<br />

Green Enchilada Soup<br />

• 2.5 lb. boneless/skinless chicken<br />

breast<br />

• 28 oz. can green enchilada sauce<br />

• 24 oz. can chicken broth<br />

• 1 cup half and half or heavy cream<br />

• 2 cups Monterey jack cheese<br />

• 4 oz. cream cheese<br />

(cubed and softened)<br />

• 4 oz. of green salsa<br />

• Salt and pepper to taste<br />

In a 6-quart slow cooker, add chicken<br />

breast, green enchilada sauce, and<br />

chicken broth. Cook on low for 6 to 8<br />

hours.<br />

Remove chicken and shred. Add<br />

chicken, Monterey jack cheese, cream<br />

cheese, half and half, and green salsa<br />

to slow cooker. Turn slow cooker to<br />

warm and stir until the cheeses are<br />

melted. Serve and enjoy. Delicious<br />

topped with avocado, cilantro, green<br />

onion, and sour cream.<br />

Creamy Cheddar Cheese<br />

Soup<br />

• ¼ cup butter<br />

• 1 onion, chopped<br />

• ¼ cup all-purpose flour<br />

• 3 cups chicken broth<br />

• 3 cups milk<br />

• 2 8-oz. packages shredded<br />

cheddar cheese<br />

Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan<br />

over medium-high heat. Add onion<br />

and cook until tender, about five<br />

minutes. Stir in flour to make a roux.<br />

Add broth and cook, stirring<br />

constantly, until the mixture is slightly<br />

thickened. Add milk and cook until<br />

just boiling, stirring constantly.<br />

Working in batches, blend the soup in<br />

a blender until smooth. Return soup<br />

to the saucepan and cook on medium<br />

heat until just boiling. Remove from<br />

heat and whisk in cheese until melted.<br />

Stir in shrimp and cook 5-6 minutes<br />

longer or until shrimp turn pink. Stir<br />

in parsley.<br />

Add potatoes and onions and bring<br />

to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce<br />

heat and simmer for 10 minutes.<br />

Stir in crumbled bacon, cheddar<br />

cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper.<br />

Continue cooking and stirring until<br />

cheese is melted.<br />

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22 • FEBRUARY 2023

ways<br />

to say<br />

“I<br />

Love<br />

You”<br />

“I<br />

Love<br />

“I<br />

Love<br />

You”<br />

You”<br />

“I<br />

Love<br />

You”<br />

We all know that people experience<br />

love in different ways. Have you ever<br />

researched the different types of love<br />

languages? Everyone is unique and<br />

different in their own way in how they<br />

want to express and receive emotions,<br />

like love. Some people want affection,<br />

others need praise, and for others,<br />

actions speak louder than words.<br />

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day and<br />

how to love others, not only can we say<br />

“I love you” this month, but forever<br />

after that. Saying “I love you” is not as<br />

challenging and intimidating as we<br />

may think. Check out this list to see<br />

how you can spread love to others today<br />

and every day:<br />

♥ Buy that special someone flowers<br />

♥ “I am here for you”<br />

♥ Bring homemade cookies<br />

to the office<br />

♥ Pay for the person behind you<br />

in the drive-thru<br />

♥ Go above and beyond to celebrate,<br />

even the small things<br />

♥ “I care a lot about you”<br />

♥ Take dinner over to the neighbors<br />

We hope this list gives you some inspiration on how to show love for<br />

others each and every day! Continue reading through the next few<br />

pages to check out stories of different ways to really say “I love you.”<br />

We hope you share the love this Valentine’s season and for the<br />

months after as well!<br />

♥ Help with a task you know has<br />

been stressing someone out<br />

♥ “This made me think of you”<br />

♥ Talk less, listen more<br />

♥ Give a hug<br />

♥ Write a note of appreciation<br />

or a “Thank You” card<br />

♥ Cook someone their favorite meal<br />

♥ Do the dishes for someone<br />

♥ “You fill my heart with joy”<br />

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Nevertheless<br />

He is GoodSarah<br />

“I<br />

Love<br />

You”<br />

Rein<br />

24 • FEBRUARY 2023

When Holly first met her future husband on a Friday in November,<br />

2008, she was a single mom whose mind was absorbed with<br />

raising her nine-year-old daughter and working full-time.<br />

Dating was the last thing on her mind.<br />

“I was thirty, divorced, and sad because things had not<br />

turned out the way I’d planned,” Holly remembers. On<br />

that particular day, she stopped in her local Kroger where<br />

she exchanged pleasantries with the manager. There had<br />

been an altercation of some sort in the meat department<br />

and Holly, who also worked as a manager in a retail store<br />

in Vicksburg, laughingly prodded him for information<br />

about what had occurred.<br />

Kroger was closing its original location in Clinton that<br />

day and opening its new one the next morning. On<br />

Saturday, Holly decided to check out the new location’s<br />

sushi offerings with her daughter, ex-husband, and friend<br />

in tow. This wasn’t unusual as the two of them had<br />

maintained a good relationship after their divorce. When<br />

she bumped into the same young manager, they spoke<br />

again. And, to her surprise, Holly found herself attracted<br />

to this stranger....so much so that she went back to let him<br />

know that she was indeed single.<br />

Their attraction became increasingly obvious as Holly<br />

returned to the grocery store the following two days. On<br />

Tuesday, the manager, whose name was Colley, offered to<br />

walk her to her car. But what Holly really wanted - she<br />

told him - was a date. “I was already planning to ask her<br />

out,” Colley insists as they both laugh at the memory.<br />

When he asked if he could take her to lunch the next day,<br />

Holly reminded him that she worked in Vicksburg. He<br />

told her he remembered and could he please come and<br />

take her to lunch. Shocked that he would drive that far,<br />

Holly and her employees at the Gap outlet picked out an<br />

outfit and she took a two-hour lunch break. The date<br />

went so well that the pair decided to meet at IHOP for<br />

breakfast the next morning. That was “the interview,” as<br />

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Holly refers to it, “the time we talked about our goals and what<br />

we wanted out of life.” One thing they were both clear about<br />

was that they didn’t want any more children. Holly had<br />

difficulty conceiving during her first marriage, and she and<br />

Colley each had a child from their previous marriages.<br />

The pair dated through that fall and, as the new year<br />

rolled in, Holly told Colley she wanted two things in 2009.<br />

“I told him I wanted to get married, and go on a vacation, and<br />

I’d like all that to happen together.” When Colley responded<br />

that he didn’t have a ring, Holly assured him that she didn’t<br />

need one and, there in her kitchen on College Street, he asked<br />

her to marry him.<br />

Three years later, Holly had an unexpected miscarriage and<br />

the question of whether to have more children suddenly<br />

seemed less settled. “The Lord made me a promise that the<br />

time would come but that He had to make things ready first,”<br />

Holly shares. While on a business trip in Dallas sometime<br />

later, she became convinced she was pregnant and ended up<br />

walking seven blocks downtown to buy a pregnancy test.<br />

Anxious and excited, she woke in the middle of the night to<br />

take the test. Eight months later, she and Colley welcomed<br />

home their daughter. While preparing to leave her 3-monthold<br />

daughter for that same business trip the next year, Holly<br />

found out she was expecting again. The addition of a son<br />

completed the family the couple had never expected to have.<br />

Despite continuing to work and balance the needs of two<br />

young children, Holly was determined to keep her marriage a<br />

priority. “Colley is God’s ‘I love you’ to me. God has used him<br />

to heal places in me I didn’t know could be healed. We love<br />

well, we fight well, and we found out we work well together.”<br />

While Holly transitioned to working for a trucking<br />

association, Colley continued employment as a manager for<br />

Kroger and, later, Whole Foods. Having attended culinary<br />

school, he had always worked in the food industry in some<br />

capacity. “Everyone has something that sort of comes easily<br />

for them. And cooking just always came naturally to me.”<br />

And, while Colley liked the industry, he had yet to find<br />

work that felt right and purposeful to him. “My job has always<br />

been what I do but not who I am. My family was most important<br />

to me, so what I really wanted was a way to bring all that<br />

together - work, family, and serving.”<br />

Holly beams at him. “This man can cook and that is<br />

what God’s gift to him has been. So we started on a journey<br />

thinking of how we could use that talent to serve.”<br />

Trying to get things moving, Holly started baking cakes<br />

and they began taking small catering jobs. The more they did,<br />

the more business started to flow in.<br />

26 • FEBRUARY 2023

“It’s just fun. It’s fun to serve people and feed people.<br />

There is something intimate about that...sharing a meal with<br />

someone. As our business grew, we did events for our church<br />

and community, often donating our time. I just knew God<br />

had a purpose in what we were doing. It was never about making<br />

money - it was about serving.” Holly glows as she talks about<br />

their work. “I was just praying for a door to open for Colley.”<br />

And then one of their catering jobs led them to work<br />

alongside Donna Rush, who was making the dessert for the<br />

event. Holly and Donna hit it off, and Donna began confiding<br />

in her new friend about a vision she had for a business. She had<br />

worked in home health and saw the need people had for easy,<br />

prepared meals. Donna was looking for a location and trying<br />

to figure out how to get her business off the ground. “I finally<br />

had to tell her to reach out to Colley with her questions<br />

because they were about things I didn’t know,” Holly says.<br />

Donna started calling Colley for advice periodically and<br />

even had him come to the building she rented to determine<br />

the best way to lay out the kitchen.<br />

When Donna’s business finally opened, it was a success.<br />

So much so, in fact, that it became too much for her to handle<br />

on her own. And she kept reaching out to the Burns because<br />

“I<br />

she couldn’t shake the impression that they were, somehow,<br />

meant to be involved.<br />

But, in the meantime, Holly was spearheading a concept<br />

she had for Colley’s catering business. “It was shiny and pretty<br />

and everything I thought we should do.” Then Holly, who<br />

seems like the type of woman who is able to make things<br />

happen by sheer willpower, received some pretty clear<br />

direction from God. “He told me to shut my mouth, step away,<br />

and support Colley because this was going to be his thing.”<br />

In May of 2022, Colley reached an agreement with<br />

Donna to buy “Meals with Purpose,” and in July, the Burns<br />

finally saw their dream take shape as Colley began ownership<br />

Love<br />

You”<br />

of his own business. Their family life and work life interwove<br />

as they spent hours together teaching their children how to<br />

help and serving the community together.<br />

Holly knows to what to attribute their success. “Meals<br />

with Purpose has never been ours. We are the people who<br />

love it and run it but it was God’s idea started through Donna’s<br />

obedience. It’s not how I would have designed it but it’s how<br />

God designed it and it’s so much more than a place that<br />

prepares food.”<br />

She shares that thought just before the conversation<br />

transitions to the most recent part of their story - a health<br />

crisis that came out of the blue and threatened everything<br />

they had been working for.<br />

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suspicion Colley had a gallstone that would require<br />

immediate surgery. “Great,” Holly remembers thinking.<br />

“How are we going to get this weekend’s wedding done?”<br />

As they were headed to the ER, Holly grabbed a book<br />

that had recently been given to her by the women’s<br />

minister at their new church - First Baptist Jackson. God<br />

had moved the Burns there in the spring of 2022 and they<br />

were still getting to know their new church family. That<br />

minister, Cindy Townsend, had asked to see Holly the<br />

week prior and given her a book called Fighting Words.<br />

“I have no idea why, but I think God wants you to have<br />

this. You probably think I’m crazy,” Holly remembers<br />

Cindy telling her.<br />

Waiting in the ER, Holly opened the book, which<br />

started with these verses found in Philipians 4.<br />

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness<br />

be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but<br />

in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your<br />

requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,<br />

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”<br />

In October of 2022, Colley was pouring himself into<br />

Holly found herself moved to speak the verses aloud<br />

running the new business, Holly was working full-time in a<br />

“I<br />

remote sales job that allowed the family some much-needed<br />

flexibility, and they were still catering events every weekend.<br />

So the fact that Colley was more tired than usual made<br />

sense and didn’t raise any red flags. When he began having<br />

additional symptoms such as back pain and vomiting, they<br />

were easily explained. Muscle strain, stomach bug. But he<br />

continued to feel worse.<br />

One evening, the couple was discussing his symptoms<br />

when Holly suddenly realized Colley’s color was off. “It<br />

was like we had been so busy that I hadn’t taken a good<br />

look at him in a while. But that night, I realized his skin<br />

had a yellow tone.” When they went to see his doctor the<br />

next day, she immediately sent them to the hospital with the<br />

Love<br />

You”<br />

into the chaos of the emergency room. “There were so<br />

many hurting people there,” Holly remembers. “People<br />

who were in the same boat we were in and I got to read<br />

scripture and pray with them. At one point, I even had<br />

a friend bring a case of water to pass out.” After hours<br />

of waiting, Colley was finally called back and taken in<br />

for a scan while Holly went upstairs to find some food.<br />

“When I got back, the doctor was waiting for me and<br />

had taken his mask off. And that’s when I realized<br />

something was really wrong.” The doctor shared that<br />

the scan had shown spots on Colley’s liver and that, in all<br />

likelihood, he had cancer. When he told them he wished<br />

there was something he could do to help them, Holly asked<br />

him to go home and take a good look at his wife and enjoy<br />

being with her.<br />

28 • FEBRUARY 2023

The emotions came in waves. Things felt unreal one<br />

moment and overwhelming the next. Holly shares, “You<br />

find yourself thinking about everything at once. All the<br />

things that are supposed to be and that you want to be.”<br />

The Burns went home and grieved hard.<br />

Holly said that the one thing that was most present on<br />

her mind, though, was that every single thing that Christians<br />

go through is woven together and that they wanted this to<br />

be used by God. “With this diagnosis, one of the things I<br />

have learned is that we don’t get a choice on the time we<br />

have with someone....and I got something I never thought<br />

I would have in Colley. We still don’t fully know what<br />

God’s purpose is in this but we know He has one.”<br />

Colley’s diagnosis was serious and his health wouldn’t<br />

allow him to continue working at that point. In one of the<br />

most emotional blows, the Burns had to close their beloved<br />

business after only four months.<br />

The original information the Burns received about<br />

Colley’s cancer left them with little hope for treatment and<br />

no clear path forward. But Holly refused for that to be the<br />

final answer and began reaching out for advice and help. In<br />

God’s providence, their new church family was filled with<br />

physicians, former physicians, and nurses. Both of their<br />

Sunday school teachers became invaluable medical<br />

resources.<br />

One name came up repeatedly when Holly was asking<br />

for advice - the Burns were told they had to get in to see<br />

Dr. Bobby Graham, who also attended FBCJ and was a<br />

friend of Cindy Townsend, the women’s minister who had<br />

gifted Holly the book. Through their shared network of<br />

friends, Holly received Dr. Graham’s cell phone number on a<br />

Friday and worked up the courage to call him that evening.<br />

After a twenty minute conversation, Colley had an appointment<br />

on the following Monday afternoon and suddenly -<br />

there was a path forward. They now had the official diagnosis<br />

(a different type of cancer than originally suspected and a<br />

more treatable one) and, more importantly, Colley’s liver<br />

was able to be stented.... a miracle their community had<br />

been desperately praying for that would alleviate some of<br />

Colley’s symptoms and allow him more treatment options.<br />

Dr. Graham immediately started his new patient on<br />

chemo and now Colley is feeling better than he has in<br />

months. Holly shares, “People keep asking for specifics<br />

about Colley’s condition....what stage it is and honestly,<br />

we don’t even know because that’s not important to us.<br />

What’s important is Colley’s treatment and that’s what<br />

we are focused on.”<br />

But Dr. Graham did tell them that Colley’s tumor<br />

marker - the chemical in his blood produced by the tumors<br />

- has dropped from 805 to 72.8 after only three rounds of<br />

chemo. And, while they celebrated that, and are so grateful<br />

for Dr. Graham’s care, Holly insists there is more to it than<br />

that. She asks me to step into their kitchen so she can show<br />

me something.<br />

Taped over most of the wall space in the room are cards<br />

written to the Burns from people who have interceded for<br />

Colley in prayer - friends, other church families, and people<br />

Colley has never even met. Holly has kept every card and<br />

displayed it as a visible reminder of the real reason for the<br />

healing Colley is experiencing. “None of this would be<br />

possible without God. Chemo alone doesn’t explain this,”<br />

she says through tears.<br />

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In addition to the flood of prayers, the Burns’ community<br />

has supported them in very tangible ways. Two fundraisers<br />

have been held to help with their expenses and, when a<br />

need presents itself, people have been quick to step in.<br />

“When we had a bathtub emergency, there were immediately<br />

people here to help rip out sheetrock and pull up carpet.<br />

When I posted on Facebook asking for help finding a<br />

zero-gravity chair so Colley could sit comfortably, two<br />

were brought here within 30 minutes,” Holly recalls.<br />

“It has made this season that is supposed to be so sad<br />

and hard, better. When you have somebody carrying<br />

you, you can keep going.”<br />

Today, Colley is having a really good day. And, just days<br />

after our interview, he will reopen Meals with Purpose for<br />

a couple of days each week.<br />

When I ask the couple how they are doing emotionally,<br />

Colley says, “I was upset and honestly, I still am. I know<br />

how this works - I’m not going to do chemo six times and<br />

never have to worry about this again. But I don’t feel down<br />

and we are going to do everything we can.”<br />

Holly ends our interview with her answer, “I know<br />

where he would be going and I can’t help but have peace<br />

about that while, at the same time, it’s hard to think that<br />

we might not grow old together. But I remember when<br />

our pastor, Chip Henderson, taught from the book of<br />

Habbakuk and told us that God never answered Habbakuk’s<br />

questions - just like He never answered Job’s questions.<br />

He never explained to them why. But what He did do is<br />

reveal Himself to them through those times. God had to<br />

take me through that process to the point that I could say<br />

‘Nevertheless, He is good.’ Some days things feel really<br />

normal. But I’m not foolish enough to think that things<br />

can’t change in an instant. We get really comfortable as<br />

humans thinking that tomorrow is promised and it is not.<br />

Today, Colley and I have each other and I hope we do for a<br />

very long time. But what I know is that God has a purpose<br />

in everything, even when it hurts, and that He is good.”<br />

It seemed appropriate that our interview was temporarily<br />

interrupted by the delivery of the Burns’ new dining<br />

table....a hand-crafted piece of furniture Holly has been<br />

dreaming about for a long time. The table is carried into<br />

their dining room and positioned in front of the wall filled<br />

with cards speaking words of life and truth into their<br />

home. As they pull chairs and a bench around it, they stand<br />

running their hands over it and admiring this place where<br />

meals will be shared and family memories made. They<br />

don’t know what interactions will transpire around it in<br />

the years to come. But, joyful or difficult, they know things<br />

will be alright in the end. Their meals here, and the ones<br />

they are able to share with the community, will be filled<br />

with purpose - brining glory to their good God.<br />

30 • FEBRUARY 2023

“I<br />

Love<br />

You”<br />

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32 • FEBRUARY 2023

It’s about<br />

forgiveness<br />

Dr. Bobby McGuffie, pastor, flowood baptist church<br />

“I<br />

Love<br />

You”<br />

On January 15, 2023, I preached a message<br />

on a very difficult subject–Forgiveness. It was<br />

one of the most convicting messages I have<br />

personally ever preached. Why was it so<br />

convicting? Because there have been many<br />

times that I have not forgiven when forgiveness<br />

was due. However, as long as there is<br />

opportunity (personally or collectively), there<br />

is time to forgive.<br />

There was one portion of the message<br />

that I would like to share in order for us, as<br />

believers, to truly understand. Without going<br />

into great detail, the passage I used was from<br />

the story of Joseph. This is a story that you<br />

may be familiar with. Genesis 45:1 says,<br />

“Then Joseph could not refrain himself before<br />

all them that stood by him; and he cried,<br />

Cause every man to go out from me. And there<br />

stood no man with him, while Joseph made<br />

himself known unto his brethren.”<br />

Joseph did something very direct that<br />

many of us should do. When the time came<br />

for Jospeh to have a conversation with his<br />

brothers (those who had hurt him or sinned<br />

against him), who had thrown him into the pit,<br />

he removed everyone from the room who<br />

had nothing to do with it. When we desire to<br />

forgive someone, genuinely, we do not bring<br />

other people into the situation who have<br />

nothing to do with the sin or wrongdoing. For<br />

instance, we do not go talk to someone about<br />

the wrongdoing of someone else. Why?<br />

Because they don’t have a dog in the hunt,<br />

per se. We go to the one who has hurt or<br />

offended us and follow church discipline of<br />

Matthew 18.<br />

And if someone comes to you and tells<br />

you what someone did to them, how they<br />

hurt them, or talked about them, or anything<br />

remotely close to that—if you are a believer,<br />

shut it down! We should not listen to what<br />

someone else says, negatively, when we are<br />

not involved.<br />

I would venture to say that most everyone,<br />

who knows Jesus Christ as the Lord and<br />

Savior, would agree with the things written<br />

above. I would also venture to say that not<br />

one reader enjoys hearing their name come<br />

out of someone else’s mouth negatively.<br />

So, what do we do? If we are going to say<br />

anything that hurts our witness, causes our<br />

brother/sister to stumble, or negatively impacts<br />

someone in the future, we ought not do it.<br />

There is a reason that church discipline is in<br />

the Gospel.<br />

The reason is simple, there will be wrongdoing,<br />

but there is a solution made possible<br />

through the blood of Jesus! May we all be<br />

willing to forgive like Jospeh, but ultimately<br />

like Jesus!<br />

Do you remember what Jesus said while<br />

He was hanging on the cross (for you and for<br />

me)? He said, “. . . Father, forgive them; for they<br />

know not what they do.” –LUKE 23:34<br />

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Mr. Day’s Northside Elementary 3rd-Grade Class<br />

What does love mean to you?<br />

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Paul Roberts<br />

What I think love means is kindness, friendship,<br />

politeness, lifting other people up, sharing,<br />

caring for others, and supporting others. Don’t<br />

forget sharing is caring.<br />

Brooklyn Funchess<br />

Love means to me, family and friends. It means<br />

a lot to me. I will share my love with homeless<br />

people that need joy. God is the one that gave<br />

us love in our life. You can share love with<br />

people.<br />

Ava Montgomery<br />

Love is people who care for you or your family.<br />

Love makes me the happiest because a lot of<br />

people are not sick. So, love people who care<br />

for you because they can go on a trip.<br />

Harrison Green<br />

To me, love is God because God has a<br />

never-ending love for us and he sent his only<br />

son to earth to die for our sins. Love is also<br />

family and friends to always be by my side.<br />

Eve Cox<br />

Love means kindness to me and it means<br />

family and friends.<br />

Jianah Lewis<br />

Love is about being with your family and<br />

friends, teachers, and everybody. I love<br />

people and God.<br />

Benjamin Armstrong<br />

Love means friends to me.<br />

Carsin Grady<br />

To me, love means spending time as a family.<br />

It means being nice and kind to the people you<br />

love in your life. Love to me is everything.<br />

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Hazel Taylor<br />

Love means family to me. It means laughing<br />

and hugging and sometimes crying, but it’s still<br />

love. Love never leaves you.<br />

Danté Johnson<br />

I think love is about being with your family<br />

and friends.<br />

Amilah Warren<br />

Love is a really good emotion. Love is like<br />

when you have joy, peace, and lots of other<br />

good feelings.<br />

Noah Hines<br />

Love to me means friends and family.<br />

John Chapman<br />

Love means caring for each other.<br />

John Stephne<br />

Love is my life.<br />

Addie Wardlaw<br />

Love means taking time with the people<br />

that I love.<br />

Albert Wang<br />

Love means family to me.<br />

Kyler Denson<br />

Love means a lot to me. It means family<br />

and friends. It is a good emotion.<br />

Sebastian Torres<br />

The word love to me means treating others<br />

with kindness and respect. I also believe love is<br />

about spending time with family and friends.<br />

Gray Shelton<br />

Love means everything to me. But the thing<br />

I love the most is my family. They care for me,<br />

they protect me, they play with me, and they<br />

provide things for me. That is why my family is<br />

the most important thing to me.<br />

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The Fortenberrys<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Brian and Susan enjoy running and working out. We have<br />

completed a few triathlons and quite a few half marathons together.<br />

We love to travel together and spend time together experiencing<br />

and exploring new places.<br />

Grayson 15, Ellen Claire 13, Emily 11, and Caleb 8 all enjoy<br />

sports, playing outside together, and watching collegiate and professional<br />

sports.<br />

How did you meet and how long have you been married?<br />

We met at Mississippi College. We began as friends running together<br />

and began dating from there. We will have been married 20 years in<br />

June 2023.<br />

Do you allow time to be with your spouse for a date night?<br />

We try to grab dinner once every couple weeks or so. It is more feasible<br />

now that our kids are a little older, and we can be more spontaneous<br />

with our dates. However, their busy schedules limit our availability to<br />

go sometimes, but it’s a season we will one day miss!<br />

What brings you the greatest joy as a parent?<br />

It brings us great joy when we see our children walking with the Lord<br />

and individually pursuing a relationship with Christ. As in any family,<br />

they fuss and fight, but it is rewarding when we see glimpses of<br />

kindness, selflessness, and love towards each other and their peers.<br />

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Who is the financial manager in your home?<br />

Brian for sure. We try to be good stewards and managers of our<br />

money. Brian is much more organized when it comes to most things,<br />

including our finances!<br />

When your children were younger, what was your discipline<br />

philosophy?<br />

We were probably much more tough on our first than our fourth, but<br />

we have tried to teach our children respect for their parents and<br />

adults. Some require more discipline than others (not naming any<br />

names)!<br />

Even as our kids are older now, we most likely retain the “strict<br />

parent” reputation, but we tell our kids that we are ok with that title!<br />

We try to limit and monitor technology. Now we feel it’s important<br />

to be intentional in modeling the behaviors we want to instill in<br />

them, to be kind and to put others’ needs ahead of their own.<br />

We want them to be humble, giving, and trustworthy.<br />

What do you see in your role as the greatest benefit to<br />

your family?<br />

We feel that our greatest role is to lead our kids closer to Christ<br />

and to raise kind, compassionate, self-sufficient kids who will make<br />

a difference in their world.<br />

What’s a quick go-to meal that isn’t fast food?<br />

And who does the cooking?<br />

We love to throw chicken or steak on the grill and a vegetable and a<br />

starch. Also, taco night is a fave. I do most of the cooking. Grayson<br />

likes to make chocolate chip pies and Emily loves to bake cakes and<br />

macarons. Cincinnati Chili has also become a family favorite.<br />

What accomplishments make you proud during your time<br />

living in Clinton?<br />

Our greatest accomplishments are the four little (and not so little)<br />

people we have been entrusted to raise!<br />

What drives you to have the job that you have?<br />

And what do you do for a living?<br />

Susan I am a pediatric dentist and I absolutely love my job. I love<br />

seeing a child, who is scared of the dentist, transform into someone<br />

who loves to come see us. I love helping kids who are in pain feel<br />

better, helping to give them a smile that they are proud of, and<br />

teaching them how to take care of their teeth. It is so rewarding<br />

watching my patients grow up and develop relationships with<br />

them and their families. We are sad when they get too old for us.<br />

Brian I felt from the time I was in high school that the Lord was<br />

leading me to work with students. Through circumstances that I<br />

believe were orchestrated by God, teaching just fell into place, and<br />

it has been the best career for me. I’ve worked in the Clinton Public<br />

School District for close to 20 years, serving as a teacher, coach,<br />

assistant principal, and now as athletic director. It’s been a joy<br />

working with our students and the community of Clinton. This<br />

is the best school system in the state, and the values and vision that<br />

were put into place by Dr. Virgil Belue over 50 years ago, have been<br />

carried on through many men and women over the years, and are<br />

still in place today. Those are values that parallel my personal values<br />

that I have for myself and my own children.<br />

How long has Clinton been your home?<br />

I have always lived in Clinton, besides two years in Birmingham<br />

for residency. Brian has lived here for about 20 years.<br />

What are some of your favorite things about Clinton?<br />

We love the small-town feel of Clinton, the superior academic and<br />

diverse environment of our schools, our precious friends that we<br />

have, and the overall support we feel from our community.<br />

How do you spend your summer breaks?<br />

Pediatric dentistry is quite busy during the summers! The kids are<br />

very active in sports and camps during this time. We all love going<br />

to the lake and spending time with our extended family.<br />

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What’s your favorite thing<br />

to do as a family?<br />

Grayson Vacation<br />

Ellen Claire Walk to the brickstreets together<br />

Emily Travel<br />

Caleb Play cards together<br />

What your favorite restaurant?<br />

Grayson Taco Bell<br />

Ellen Claire Bonsai<br />

Emily Salsas<br />

Caleb Raising Canes<br />

What’s your favorite TV show?<br />

Grayson Sports Center<br />

Ellen Claire National Treasure<br />

Emily National Treasure<br />

Caleb Sports Center<br />

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Hometown CLINTON • 41

Chandra<br />

Bethany Cole<br />

Broomfield<br />

For some, childhood ambitions reveal a future career.<br />

Such was the case for Chandra Broomfield, the director of the<br />

therapeutic recreation department for the City of Clinton.<br />

Early on in her life, Chandra began to<br />

exhibit a desire to help, assist, and serve others.<br />

Currently, as director, she is able to transfer<br />

those characteristics and skills to her job, as she<br />

leads the department, which is focused solely on<br />

therapeutic recreation services for individuals<br />

with special needs and senior adults. Her job<br />

description runs the gamut of responsibilities,<br />

including planning, leading programs, evaluating<br />

programs, and mentoring intern students, all<br />

of which she facilitates with unparalleled energy<br />

and kindness.<br />

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The Early Years<br />

Born in Galveston, Texas, Chandra moved<br />

with her family to Hattiesburg when she was<br />

three years old, where she remained through<br />

college. While her current field is rather<br />

specialized, Chandra says that she had specific<br />

motivation for pursuing the field, which began<br />

to blossom during childhood. “Growing up, I<br />

always had a heart to serve others,” she says. “I<br />

was involved in several clubs and organizations<br />

that helped build a passion for serving others.<br />

In fact, I received the Luckyday Scholarship<br />

for that reason, serving my community.”<br />

This later morphed into volunteer<br />

endeavors in high school, which served to not<br />

only assist those in Chandra’s sphere, but also<br />

fortified her own sense of self. “Even while in<br />

high school, I was given the opportunity to go<br />

into our special education classes and work<br />

with students individually,” she says. “As an<br />

extremely shy teenager, it helped bring me<br />

out of my shell and really brought so much joy<br />

into my day. Volunteering at nursing homes<br />

and working with underprivileged youth, all<br />

cultivated my passion for servant leadership<br />

in those formative teenage years.” In reflection,<br />

she says, “I feel that anyone in the field of<br />

therapeutic recreation has to have a heart<br />

to serve others. There’s no way around it.<br />

It’s the backbone of the profession.”<br />

On a Career Path<br />

After her childhood in Hattiesburg, she<br />

graduated from Hattiesburg High School in<br />

2003, then moved on to pursue a degree at the<br />

University of Southern Mississippi. Five years<br />

after completing her undergraduate degree,<br />

she decided to obtain a Master of Arts in Health<br />

and Human Services at Liberty University in<br />

Virginia. Her next step was to complete<br />

certification. “Upon completion of my internship<br />

with the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical<br />

Center in Biloxi, I was eligible to sit for the<br />

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation<br />

Certification exam,” she says.

“The ultimate goal for anyone majoring in<br />

recreational therapy is to receive this certification,<br />

so it was never a question of “if ” but “when”<br />

I would be certified.” Not wanting to waste<br />

time, Chandra signed up for her certification<br />

exam as soon as she could, and passed in the<br />

first round, earning the designation of certified<br />

therapeutic recreation specialist.<br />

Clinton<br />

In the fall of 2007, Chandra began<br />

working for the City of Clinton one month after<br />

completing her internship. She began as the<br />

special services coordinator for the Parks and<br />

Recreation Department. “In that position, I<br />

planned all youth an adult activities and special<br />

events,” she says, also noting that some of those<br />

initial programs are still maintained today.<br />

Eventually, her responsibilities were solely<br />

focused on the Living Young and Challenger<br />

League programs. “Then, in 2015 those programs<br />

were moved from the umbrella of the parks<br />

and recreation department into the newly<br />

formed therapeutic recreation department<br />

where I now serve as director.”<br />

A Typical Day<br />

While many jobs run on repetition and<br />

consistently prescribed agendas, that is not<br />

always the case for Chandra. As she notes, “A<br />

typical day varies for me. Each week is different<br />

as far as programming, but there are some<br />

things that remain constant. We are always<br />

planning for the next event, making sure our<br />

participants are in the know, leading programs,<br />

evaluating programs, mentoring intern<br />

students, etc.” While those aspects are<br />

consistent, Chandra says she “gets to wear<br />

many hats in this position… fitness instructor,<br />

event coordinator, counselor, principle, coach,<br />

friend, granddaughter… so many different hats<br />

that are so meaningful in their own way.”<br />

Each role, however different, gives her an<br />

appreciation for the work. “I start each<br />

morning feeling blessed that I get a chance to<br />

do what I love and leave each evening with a<br />

full heart from the amazing people that we<br />

come in contact with each day.”<br />

An added benefit of multi-faceted work is<br />

that Chandra is able to use her planning skills<br />

and creativity. “I get to dream up a program or<br />

activity and make it happen for the people that<br />

we serve,” she says. “It truly is a pleasure to<br />

come to work each day. Both groups that we<br />

work with are so grateful and appreciative of<br />

the programs that we offer. Seeing the smiles<br />

and hearing the laughter is so rewarding. I<br />

must say that although the Challenger League<br />

program takes up only about a 10th of what we<br />

do throughout the year, I find it to be my<br />

favorite aspect of the job. I just love them to<br />

pieces and have watched many of them grow<br />

into young adults (some old ones too). The<br />

transformation for some has been amazing to<br />

watch.”<br />

As a component of her work, Chandra<br />

organizes a formal for program participants.<br />

Marlee Price, Clinton’s director of communications,<br />

says, “Chandra hosts a sweetheart<br />

formal for some of her program participants.<br />

The program is such an incredible asset to the<br />

community yet I’m not sure everyone knows<br />

about it!”<br />

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Inspiration and<br />

Future Endeavors<br />

In the day-to-day of her work, Chandra says she draws<br />

on inspiration from multiple sources. Her three-yearold<br />

daughter, Joelle, is a constant source. “She is a light<br />

that shines so bright in my life that nothing else can<br />

ever compare to; she makes me want to be a better<br />

version of myself daily so that she can continue to<br />

grow to be the amazing individual that I know God<br />

has destined her to be.” Chandra’s older sister, Renisha<br />

Whitley, also serves as a recreational therapist. “We<br />

overcame a lot of adversity in our childhood and had<br />

each other to lean on through it all. The same is true<br />

in our careers,” Chandra noted.<br />

“For many years she worked with individuals<br />

receiving help for various addictions. Seeing the impact<br />

that her program had on the lives of hundreds, even<br />

thousands of people, really inspired me to do more.<br />

I’ve even implemented many techniques that she used in<br />

the past with our Living Young group and have yielded<br />

some amazing results in areas of self-actualization,<br />

acceptance, self-esteem and so much more. She is my<br />

biggest and best cheerleader,” Chandra continued.<br />

Chandra also cites professional influences in two<br />

professors at USM. “Dr. Rick Green and Dr. Brent<br />

Wolfe, were two of my professors at Southern Miss<br />

who embody everything that a recreational therapy<br />

professional should be.” She continues, “Aside from<br />

those two role models, there are countless individuals<br />

within our program who proved that what you achieve<br />

in life is boundless when you are determined, focused,<br />

and have a support system that encourages you to do<br />

all that you can without excuses.”<br />

As Chandra continues to do what she loves, she<br />

notes that she is grateful to do it in the city of Clinton.<br />

“After living here for over 15 years, I can truly say that<br />

Clinton feels more like home than Hattiesburg does,”<br />

she says. “I love the small-town feel of it due to the<br />

people being so welcoming and inviting. My daughter<br />

thinks that I know everyone in town because there<br />

doesn’t seem to be any place where I can go and not run<br />

into someone that I know. There are so many treasures<br />

to be found here for all ages and abilities. That’s what<br />

makes Clinton special.”<br />





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Alexander Nazario<br />


In the United States, a vast majority of<br />

people that we encounter have no idea that<br />

modern-day slavery is happening in our own<br />

backyard.<br />

It was during a gathering of like-minded<br />

individuals that changed my life forever when<br />

our conversation steered towards things we<br />

could do to help the local community. All our<br />

wheels started turning and we immediately<br />

began to research what we believed was the<br />

largest problem that our community and state<br />

were facing. As our focus landed between<br />

recovery or human trafficking intervention, we<br />

realized that human trafficking was an area in<br />

which the state of Mississippi has limited<br />

resources. We encountered numerous safe<br />

houses and programs for recovery, but there<br />

were limited programs for survivors of human<br />

trafficking and human trafficking awareness.<br />

At that time, Mississippi rated #2 in the U.S.<br />

with the most cases of human trafficking – as<br />

of now, we rate #1.<br />

Shortly after this conversation, I went to<br />

Mexico. It was there in Mexico that I was able<br />

to become very hands-on and interact with<br />

many human trafficking survivors. We even<br />

connected with a team in Texas that works<br />

with survivors of human trafficking. After<br />

returning to the United States, I had a burning<br />

desire to help more survivors of human<br />

trafficking. I was not able to sleep at night<br />

thinking about those survivors and the terrible<br />

circumstances they have been through. I was<br />

waking up in a warm bed every day while<br />

someone out there was being abused, and<br />

that put a burden on my heart.<br />

I immediately knew I had to do something,<br />

and that is how Iron Sharpens Iron came to<br />

be. Iron Sharpens Iron partnered up with<br />

Senda De Vida in Mexico. This partnership<br />

has allowed us to provide so much help and<br />

guidance to many survivors of human<br />

trafficking. Iron Sharpens Iron has been able<br />

to accommodate many survivors’ needs by<br />

providing a safe place for participants and<br />

sustaining their basic needs. We also assist in<br />

relocation efforts, with local and out-of-state<br />

agencies that can accommodate survivors.<br />

Since our partnership with Senda De Vida in<br />

Mexico, we have been in direct contact with<br />

approximately 7,900 survivors from several<br />

countries.<br />

The main purpose of Iron Sharpens Iron<br />

is to train, restore, and assist in the healing<br />

process of survivors of human trafficking.<br />

We would not be able to make this possible<br />

without utilizing sources and programs within<br />

our community and partnering together with<br />

other organizations that also have common<br />

views in the fight against modern-day slavery.<br />

Celebrate Recovery, Beautiful Deliverance,<br />

Senda de Vida, Impact Youth Program, The<br />

Pointe Church, The MS District Pentecostal<br />

Church of God, and Elevate Church are some<br />

great resources and organizations that fight<br />

to end human trafficking and help spread<br />

awareness every day in this state.<br />

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It is important for us to keep raising<br />

awareness every day of human trafficking in<br />

the state of Mississippi. Teams in Louisiana,<br />

Texas, and Florida that we partner with and<br />

work with have a higher awareness rate than<br />

in our own state, and that is something worth<br />

fighting for to make a change and an impact.<br />

Iron Sharpens Iron also focuses internationally,<br />

and we focus on 13 countries which<br />

include Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico,<br />

Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Venezuela,<br />

Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Belarus, and Russia.<br />

We also focus on the Mexico border, with a<br />

presence in Texas. We have volunteers that<br />

help us raise awareness about Iron Sharpens<br />

Iron and the fight against human trafficking in<br />

Texas, Louisiana, and in Florida.<br />

Our programs include “Impact Summer<br />

Camp,” where the participants can spend a<br />

week outside their environment to heal from<br />

their trauma and have the chance to enjoy<br />

what it is like to be a kid again. We provide<br />

meals, games, and worship. After the week is<br />

over, we give them an opportunity to stay<br />

connected throughout the year with monthly<br />

meetings and activities until they meet again<br />

the following summer. The camp forms<br />

long-lasting friends and a support group.<br />

We want to ensure the participants of the<br />

summer camp that they are not alone.<br />

The fight to stop human trafficking is a<br />

hard fight, but solely a fight that is from the<br />

Lord, given the fact that Beautiful Deliverance,<br />

Celebrate Recovery, and SWAG ministries<br />

are 100% volunteer based. Approximately<br />

two-thirds of our program’s participants have<br />

experienced some form of human trafficking,<br />

which just shows how real modern-day<br />

slavery is in today’s world. Participants<br />

experience healing from any hurt, habit, and<br />

hang up, aiming to fulfill neuroplasticity healing.<br />

We offer services to over 350 individuals a<br />

month, with a meal at each meeting, and<br />

worship. Following worship, Iron Sharpens<br />

Iron participants break out into classes.<br />

Our intent for the following years is to<br />

bring the fight to our backyard and make sure<br />

the human trafficking ranking in Mississippi<br />

drops below #1 in the United States. By raising<br />

awareness and training to the local community,<br />

NGO, local schools, and businesses, with the<br />

intent to prevent and identify potential new<br />

victims, we can help fight to stop end human<br />

trafficking.<br />

All of the efforts of Iron Sharpens Iron<br />

have been funded by CEO, Alexander<br />

Nazario’s retirement check, and our team<br />

is formed of volunteers that have a burning<br />

desire to help others and they love to see<br />

the restoration of others.<br />

www.isiron.org<br />

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SALUTE<br />

to First Responders<br />

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

Growing up in the fire station with my dad, who was also a<br />

Clinton firefighter, I decided, early on, to be a fire fighter as well.<br />

How long have you been with the Clinton Fire Department?<br />

I have been with the Clinton Fire Department since February of 2016.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I come from a first responder family. My dad was a fire fighter and<br />

my stepmom is a paramedic. My mom was a 911 dispatcher and<br />

my stepdad is a firefighter. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife,<br />

Mackenzie, for two years, and we have a perfect little girl.<br />

What is the toughest thing you have experienced in your job?<br />

The toughest part of my job is being away from my family. Knowing<br />

everything is taken care of at home by my wife makes this a little<br />

easier though.<br />

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

I like hunting, fishing, and just being outdoors. I love to smoke<br />

BBQ and invite my friends over to eat and have a good time. I am also<br />

a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan.<br />

Lieutenant<br />

Patrick<br />



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

I would have to say that I haven’t really thought much about my<br />

bucket list. I would like to have tickets to the World Series in St. Louis.<br />

I would also like to be able to have my daughter’s college paid for and<br />

go on a vacation with my wife for a week or so.<br />

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

The person I most admire is my dad. He is still the person I talk to<br />

about most things. He always finds a way to make things happen.<br />

What advice would you give a young person?<br />

The advice I would give to a younger person is to enjoy the ride.<br />

Don’t stress too much—and have a good work ethic.<br />

Rodric McClain got out of the car to take a photo<br />

of his best friend, Tia Denise Cook of Jackson.<br />

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What is your favorite thing<br />

about Clinton?<br />

Clinton is a great town to raise a<br />

family and it has great schools.<br />

What is your favorite thing<br />

about Hometown Magazine?<br />

It takes time to highlight people like<br />

me and first responders. It means a<br />

lot to me to be chosen for this issue.<br />

Thank you!<br />

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TheTime COIN<br />

Camille Anding<br />

College days were fun days for me.<br />

It was truly independent living and a carefree attitude that was a gift from my parents - chiefly<br />

because they paid all my expenses my freshman and sophomore years. I helped supplement<br />

a small amount of my monetary needs the remainder of my college life with part time work,<br />

but it was those first years of life-on-my-own that I loved.<br />

Marriage and family were far from my thoughts as I indulged in my freed lifestyle.<br />

Life moves quickly. Love intervened, and suddenly my conversations turned from “I” to “we.”<br />

“I” meant lonely and too quiet. “We” meant fun, laughter and a kind of joy I hadn’t experienced.<br />

Marriage vows could make us “we” permanently, so I chose “we.”<br />

The “we” was truly the joy and more than I had hoped. I hadn’t been surprised by that joy,<br />

but I was surprised when my doctor told me that my tiredness wasn’t from a lack of vitamins.<br />

I was pregnant!<br />

The initial shock carried me to wondering how this unknown family member-to-be would<br />

affect our utopia of marriage. Life was just about as perfect as it could be. Was all of that about<br />

to change? I had no idea what kind of changes were coming.<br />

The love that God pours into our hearts for spouses, parents and siblings is prodigious, but<br />

that mother’s love that He supplies comes in king-size quantities. How else does one explain<br />

a totally dependent stranger suddenly consuming its mother’s quality sleep with no complaints<br />

for that interruption? Every need is met for that tiny creature that can’t speak a word, because<br />

a mother soon learns to interpret that infant’s cries. With that love, God sends Wonder Woman<br />

hearing to the mother that enables her to detect a change in her infant’s breathing in the same<br />

room or down the hall.<br />

Before postpartum leaves, a mother BEAR makeover invades the new mother. A shield like no<br />

other allows or denies any or all access to the newborn. The mother remains on guard 24/7<br />

whether rested or exhausted!<br />

I’m grateful that I asked Jesus to invade my heart when I was young. That gave me insight into<br />

the various kinds of His love that I have experienced over the years. When our first grandchild<br />

was born, I scooped her – gently – into my arms and said, “Lord, how can such love continue?”<br />

Then in more blessed years, God gave me the joy of holding our first great-grandchild.<br />

By now I have no words to describe my Father’s love, but I somehow think a mother might<br />

have the closest understanding. God truly is LOVE.<br />

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