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4 • MAY 2022


As I write this, my son just left<br />

headed back to college after<br />

a relaxing Easter break.<br />

It is a stunningly gorgeous spring day and I’m all up in my<br />

feelings of gratitude—mixed with the quietness that comes<br />

from an empty house. Whoever said that “time is a thief” thing<br />

knew exactly what they were talking about.<br />

It also makes me appreciate the different seasons of life<br />

we encounter as evidenced by the wonderful people we’ll<br />

meet in this month’s issue—and all making an impact on our<br />

community. Young families that have put their roots down<br />

in Clinton ensure that our best days are yet to come.<br />

And it’s impossible to miss the volume of talent that is coming<br />

through our world-class Clinton schools. From the stage to<br />

the basketball courts, and from the soccer fields to the mission<br />

fields, Clinton boasts the very best of the best in athletes,<br />

artists, and scholars.<br />

We at Hometown are thankful for your continued support.<br />

We hope you are all healthy and happy and looking forward<br />

to summer as it’s barreling ‘round the corner. I know I am. It<br />

means my house will once again be full of life as my son will<br />

be here with us—God willing. Another season. I’m so grateful.<br />



Tahya Dobbs<br />

CFO<br />

Kevin Dobbs<br />


Mary Ann Kirby<br />


The Way We Were 6<br />

Hometown Family 10<br />

Bringing Beauty into Clinton 14<br />

All Things New 24<br />

Kids Who Care 30<br />

Hearts of Gold Gala 32<br />

Know Ministries 44<br />

The Time Coin 50<br />



Brenda McCall<br />



Caroline Hodges<br />



Alisha Floyd<br />



Tammy Haynes-Pecoul<br />

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


Daniel Thomas<br />

3dt<br />


Othel Anding<br />



Lexie Ownby<br />

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

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Hometown CLINTON • 5

Megan & Robert Chapman<br />

Leigh Ramsey<br />

“She knew my name well. She<br />

The couple shared how they<br />

Robert would come home<br />

they had both recently gone<br />

heard it often.” Robert Chapman,<br />

spent all of their high school years<br />

from Oxford, and the friends<br />

through a breakup. Robert finally<br />

the public information officer<br />

as friends. He was a self-described<br />

would meet at Dairy Queen to<br />

decided to take a chance and ask<br />

and director of communications<br />

social butterfly. Megan commented,<br />

get Reese’s Blizzards. They spent<br />

her out. He said, “Before we<br />

for Clinton Public Schools, joked<br />

“He dated everyone in high school<br />

those moments enjoying their ice<br />

aren’t single, let’s go out on a date,<br />

about how he was often scolded<br />

but me.” He said he loved being<br />

cream and talking. He said the<br />

or we may never have this chance<br />

for talking in class during his<br />

around her and they enjoyed<br />

challenge was to make her laugh<br />

again.” She agreed. They planned<br />

fifth-grade year. Megan, who was<br />

much “witty banter” that he<br />

because she had a unique sense of<br />

to eat at McAlister’s and then go<br />

in the class next to him, would<br />

acknowledged was actually simple<br />

humor. Robert joked, “She’s<br />

to the movie theater. On the way<br />

hear him being called out by the<br />

flirting. After they graduated, he<br />

weird!” and Megan chimed in,<br />

to their date, they disagreed about<br />

teacher. “We are truly a hometown<br />

left town for Ole Miss, and she<br />

“I think quirky is a better word.”<br />

which lane he was supposed to<br />

story,” the couple shared. Both sets<br />

stayed in Clinton to attend<br />

He admiringly continued, “She’s<br />

take. He decided to take her<br />

of their parents graduated from<br />

Mississippi College. He stated<br />

her own self. It’s the best aspect<br />

navigation advice and it turned<br />

Clinton High School. Robert<br />

how he only kept up with a<br />

of her.”<br />

out to be correct. He said that he<br />

and Megan met in third grade at<br />

handful of people after graduation.<br />

He saved that Dairy Queen<br />

thought at that moment, “I’m<br />

Morrison Heights Baptist Church.<br />

Megan was one of them. “It was<br />

tradition only for his time with<br />

sold...I’m going to marry her.”<br />

They became friends in the<br />

fun talking to her. She is so<br />

Megan, and they continue that<br />

Robert and Megan continued<br />

sixth grade.<br />

intelligent. I’ll always claim her<br />

tradition to this day.<br />

to visit one another on a regular<br />

as the smartest person I know.”<br />

The summer before their junior<br />

basis once they had returned to<br />

year of college, they learned that<br />

their separate schools. Robert<br />

6 • MAY 2022

“If you’re not<br />

having fun,<br />

marriage<br />

becomes<br />

a chore.”<br />

recalled his thoughts, “This<br />

He got a job at The Clarion-Ledger<br />

as his father. Megan is now a<br />

chore.” They both shared how<br />

person is different than anyone<br />

and then as a teacher. She taught<br />

stay-at-home mom and the<br />

important it is to know each<br />

I’ve ever met, and I want to hang<br />

at Mississippi College. From<br />

family chooses to be very<br />

other well enough to sense when<br />

out with her the rest of my life.”<br />

2007 to 2011 they spent time<br />

intentional about being present<br />

the other person is tired and<br />

Megan shared how they had<br />

hanging out together, just the<br />

in the season they are currently<br />

needs a break. The keys are<br />

known each other since 1993,<br />

two of them. They didn’t want<br />

experiencing. They eat dinner at<br />

communication and trust.<br />

and that sped up the time they<br />

children to be their foundation.<br />

the table together as a family every<br />

Robert shared how special it is<br />

needed to date to be certain if<br />

“Our foundation is Jesus,” Robert<br />

night and lean into each others’<br />

to know you are not alone.<br />

they should marry. They got<br />

stated. When they knew that<br />

interests. Robert gave an example,<br />

Intentional living has kept the<br />

engaged in July of 2006, just 10<br />

they were ready to have children,<br />

“My daughter currently loves<br />

family bond strong. Blizzard<br />

months after they started dating.<br />

they decided to be very inten-<br />

drawing. I don’t know if she has a<br />

treats, and movie quotes have<br />

Immediately after graduation,<br />

tional in raising their kids. They<br />

future in it, but she has a present<br />

added to the fun. Years of<br />

on June 23, 2007, the couple got<br />

didn’t want to put their children<br />

in it.” He shared that because of<br />

friendship have given this<br />

married. They said that once they<br />

in a box, but instead, raise them<br />

that, he stops and listens to her<br />

hometown couple memories<br />

got married, they never took for<br />

to be who they want to be.<br />

tell about her creations.<br />

and a history on which to lean.<br />

granted the time they were able<br />

Their first born was Charlotte<br />

When asked if the couple had<br />

to spend with one another since<br />

(11), then they had John (8).<br />

any advice to share, the first thing<br />

they never got to be together<br />

Charlotte is just as quirky as<br />

Megan said was, “If you’re not<br />

while they were dating or engaged.<br />

Megan and John is just as social<br />

having fun, marriage becomes a<br />

Hometown CLINTON • 7

8 • MAY 2022

READER<br />


Bethany<br />

COLE<br />

__________<br />

Why did you decide to make Clinton<br />

your home?<br />

Both my husband and I went to Mississippi<br />

College, and we loved the college experience<br />

we had in Clinton. So, we decided to make our<br />

home here.<br />

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

I have lived in Clinton since the fall of 2004,<br />

so I have been here for 18 years.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I am married to Daniel Cole, and we have<br />

two boys, August (9) and Deacon (6).<br />

What is your favorite memory of living<br />

in Clinton?<br />

My favorite memory of living in Clinton is<br />

getting married in Clinton (at the Methodist<br />

Church) in the fall of 2008.<br />

Where are your three favorite places<br />

to eat in Clinton?<br />

Newk’s, Atlas, and Salsa’s.<br />

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

Clinton on the weekends?<br />

Our family enjoys the parks (Lions Club and<br />

Brighton), Olde Town events, and attending<br />

athletic games.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing<br />

in your spare time.<br />

I enjoy writing, spending time with my family,<br />

travel, and time with friends.<br />

What are three things on your bucket<br />

list?<br />

Visit Morocco, snorkel/dive in the Great<br />

Barrier Reef, and take my children to Africa,<br />

where I grew up.<br />

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

My parents. They served as missionaries for 22<br />

years in southern Africa, where I grew up, and<br />

they consistently taught me what it means to<br />

love the world and hold fast to faith.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

I see myself launching my oldest from the nest<br />

into college, which is hard to believe!<br />

What is your favorite childhood memory?<br />

It is hard to choose. One of my favorites would<br />

be returning to the U.S. in 1997 after 3-year<br />

term overseas, and our local church showered<br />

us with gifts upon returning. I remember<br />

thinking that Mississippi truly was showing<br />

how it lived up to its reputation as the<br />

hospitality state.<br />

If you could give us one encouraging<br />

quote, what would it be?<br />

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” -<br />

C.S. Lewis<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

Hometown Magazines?<br />

I enjoy and appreciate the stories about people<br />

in our hometown and learning about how they<br />

impact the community and the world.<br />

Hometown CLINTON • 9

10 • MAY 2022<br />


The Hendersons<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

Larry age 40, enjoys hunting, gaming and occasional golfing<br />

Amanda age 39, enjoys shopping, music, arts & culture<br />

Trey age 10, likes baseball, soccer, and gaming<br />

Greyson age 5, likes baseball, soccer, any outdoor activity<br />

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

We met in Savannah, Georgia, in August of 2005. It was my birthday<br />

weekend. Larry was working on a job assignment in Savannah, while<br />

I was living there. We met on the riverfront, through mutual friends.<br />

Shortly after meeting, Larry was reassigned and relocated to Texas and<br />

later California. After dating long-distance for 3 years, we married in<br />

2008. We have been married for 14 years.<br />

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

We cherish date nights. Date nights always involve trying a new recipe,<br />

restaurant, or item on a menu. The Hendersons are “foodies!”<br />

Hometown CLINTON • 11

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

As parents, our joy ultimately comes from seeing our boys thrive.<br />

We also enjoy seeing our children engage in new experiences,<br />

bond with family, and blossom socially.<br />

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

I am the financial manager of short-term monthly expenses.<br />

Being an educator, I am extremely organized and keep the family<br />

on track with budget spreadsheets. Larry manages long-term<br />

expenses like investments and retirement planning. We collaboratively<br />

manage the finances the way we saw our parents manage<br />

theirs. Teamwork makes the dream work!<br />

What is your discipline philosophy?<br />

Regardless of their age, we have always disciplined with love.<br />

We use biblical foundations to support our discipline. We discipline<br />

with the goal of modifying behavior so that our children will lead<br />

a life that demonstrates wisdom and compassion for others.<br />

We have a family motto that we communicate daily:<br />

“Make good choices, God is always watching.”<br />

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

to your family?<br />

Amanda is the family manager and the nurturer, making sure<br />

that everyone’s needs are met. Larry is a provider and protector.<br />

He is a positive male role model for the family.<br />

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

And who does the cooking?<br />

Amanda does the majority of the cooking, but Larry is the<br />

grill master. A quick go-to meal is salsa chicken, which can be<br />

served in tacos, burritos, quesadillas or over a salad. The threeingredient<br />

meal consists of boneless, skinless chicken breasts,<br />

taco seasoning and any type of salsa. The ingredients are combined<br />

in a crockpot to cook and shredded with forks when done.<br />

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

We moved to Clinton in 2011. We made it “home” when we<br />

purchased a house here in 2016.<br />

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

We moved to Clinton for the school district but love the small-town<br />

feel and community of people who truly care for one another.<br />

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

We travel, as a family, as much as we can over the summer. The boys<br />

love visiting their grandparents in Georgia, swimming and frolicking<br />

on any beach. We always make time for a trip for just the two of us<br />

as well.<br />

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

living in Clinton?<br />

Amanda is a member of the Junior Civic League of Clinton.<br />

She is proud of the community service opportunities that<br />

membership has afforded her.<br />

Larry is most proud of his involvement with the boys’ little league<br />

sports teams through Clinton Parks and Recreation. He has had<br />

the opportunity to coach t-ball and assist with soccer and baseball.<br />

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

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

Amanda is a teacher. She became a teacher in 2015, after working in<br />

human resources for 10 years. She chose human resources as a career<br />

based on her childhood experiences. She was inspired by her parents<br />

who were entrepreneurs and successfully ran a family business for<br />

over 40 years. After becoming a mother, though, she shifted from<br />

supporting adults in their careers to supporting children. She was<br />

driven to teaching as she desired to “change the world” and felt that<br />

classroom teaching supported those efforts to nurture youth.<br />

Larry is supervisor in nuclear engineering. At an early age, his<br />

parents inspired him to do something special in life. His mother<br />

and father encouraged him to get a good education and make a<br />

difference. He became an engineer to help solve problems. As a<br />

nuclear engineering supervisor, he is driven by the desire to provide<br />

clean, safe energy to the community. He strives to be a positive role<br />

model for his own children. His oldest, Trey, now says he wants to<br />

be an engineer, like his father.<br />


What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?<br />

Trey Movie night upstairs with popcorn and candy.<br />

Greyson Having fun outside! Can we go now?<br />

What your favorite restaurant?<br />

Trey Chick-fil-A<br />

Greyson Chick-fil-A<br />

What’s your favorite TV show?<br />

Trey Naruto<br />

Greyson Zig & Shark<br />

12 • MAY 2022

Hometown CLINTON • 13

14 • MAY 2022

Bringing Beauty into Clinton<br />

C. Richard Wells<br />

“Art” (to paraphrase Webster) is the conscious use of skill and creative imagination<br />

in the production of beautiful things—like painting, sculpture, drama, music,<br />

or poetry. And beauty–to paraphrase Jonathan Edwards, the great<br />

18th-century philosopher–beauty reflects the glory of God.<br />

Thirty-nine years and two months ago, the<br />

mayor of Clinton headlined his weekly Clinton<br />

News “Report from City Hall” with what might<br />

have been considered an offhand bit of blue sky:<br />

“It’s Time for Clinton to Have an Arts Council.”<br />

Except that the mayor in 1983 was Walter<br />

Howell. Dr. Walter Howell, that is–for some<br />

thirteen years a professor of history at Mississippi<br />

College (and now Clinton’s city historian).<br />

Dr. Howell didn’t write lightly. Barely four<br />

months after his headline, the Arts Council of<br />

Clinton (ACC) had a charter from the secretary<br />

of state. And now, almost forty years later, the<br />

ACC—the designated arts agency for the city of<br />

Clinton—continues to make Clinton a force for<br />

the arts in Central Mississippi, and beyond.<br />

The Arts Council of Clinton is one of more<br />

than thirty local arts councils in Mississippi<br />

(not to mention lots of other arts-related<br />

organizations). Like other councils, ACC exists<br />

to support local artists and art programs and to<br />

encourage exposure to the arts. The ACC<br />

provides scholarships for aspiring art students<br />

and gives grants that help teachers use art in<br />

their teaching. The ACC sponsors major<br />

enrichment events–most notably the October<br />

Taste of the Arts, held every year since Mayor<br />

Howell’s headline, and more recently, the<br />

Annual Showcase of Local Artists at the<br />

Episcopal Church of the Creator.<br />

But the Arts Council of Clinton is distinctive<br />

in Mississippi. For one thing, thanks in part<br />

to the presence of Mississippi College, the city<br />

of Clinton boasts a robust arts community.<br />

MC and the Arts Council enjoy a symbiotic<br />

relationship. MC faculty have helped shape the<br />

ACC while the council gives strong support<br />

to art at MC—like a recent grant in honor of<br />

Dr. Sam Gore, the “founding father” of the MC<br />

art department, that helped fund his Christ in<br />

Gethsemane sculpture on campus.<br />

And then there’s Thacker Mountain Radio!<br />

A fixture on Mississippi Public Radio for almost<br />

25 years, Thacker Mountain Radio is broadcast<br />

live every Friday from Oxford (and at other times<br />

on stations in Memphis, Chattanooga, and on<br />

Alabama Public Radio). The show features<br />

author readings and music by visiting bands as<br />

well as songs by the in-house Yalobushwhacker<br />

Big Band. The guest list of TMR is a who’s who<br />

of nationally and internationally known authors<br />

and musicians. Like John Grisham and Larry<br />

Brown; like Elvis Costello and Paul Williams.<br />

Hometown CLINTON • 15

Thacker Mountain Radio goes on the road<br />

5-6 times a year, and one of the road trips is<br />

Clinton–for a show produced by the Arts<br />

Council. TMR in Clinton this year is June 18<br />

(Father’s Day Weekend) and the Council<br />

expects a sellout crowd.<br />

There is still more to the Arts Council of<br />

Clinton. For Bob Blanton, current president of<br />

the board, ACC is all about building community.<br />

It sounds a little shop-worn these days, but<br />

“community” is the vision that first brought<br />

him into ACC and now inspires his leadership.<br />

A native of East Tennessee, with an<br />

amazingly varied background, Bob and his wife,<br />

Dr. Joan Blanton (an adjunct professor at both<br />

Mississippi State and JSU) made a conscious<br />

decision to put down roots in Clinton. As he<br />

puts it, we “decided to make Clinton our home”<br />

and we “have chosen to give our time and talent<br />

to supporting and sustaining the arts in our<br />

chosen community.” For Bob that means doing<br />

all the things an arts council should do, but it<br />

also means building community by working<br />

together with other arts-related efforts, such as<br />

Main Street Clinton and the Clinton Brick<br />

Street Players.<br />

Bob Blanton, president, and Ricky Nations,<br />

immediate past-president of the council, have<br />

great hopes for the future. They want to expand<br />

scholarship opportunities and increase exposure<br />

of young artists. They envision training on the<br />

business side of art and the use of art in therapy.<br />

They are committed to an annual film festival<br />

and live theater in Clinton. But above all, they<br />

want to increase support for the arts in Clinton.<br />

For some people, the word “arts” conjures<br />

up images of a wild-eyed Salvador Dali or<br />

postmodern architecture with staircases that<br />

go nowhere. Members of the Arts Council<br />

of Clinton are none of the above. Bob Blanton<br />

is priest-in-charge of the Episcopal Church of<br />

the Creator, and not really an artist at all. Ricky<br />

Nations owns Shelter Insurance—and “I write<br />

some,” he says. Most members of the council<br />

are “avocational” artists, Bob points out, not<br />

full-time or professional. They sing, play, write,<br />

act, sculpt, paint, design, and care about the<br />

arts because they want to bring beauty into<br />

Clinton, Mississippi.<br />

The Arts Council of Clinton welcomes you<br />

to join in, artist or not. The Council meets the<br />

first Thursday of every month (6:30 pm) at<br />

Northside Baptist Church (1475 E. Northside<br />

Drive). You are warmly invited to come. And<br />

bring your ideas! Or bring them online:<br />

artscouncilofclinton.org.<br />

16 • MAY 2022

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Hometown CLINTON • 17

SALUTE<br />

to First Responders<br />

Why did you decide to become a fireman?<br />

After graduating from college, I was still unsure of what I wanted<br />

to do with my life. My passion for fitness, helping others, and the want<br />

for a career that would challenge me led me to becoming a firefighter.<br />

I knew joining the fire department would be a rewarding career with<br />

room for growth and educational opportunities.<br />

How long have you been with Clinton Fire Department?<br />

I’ve been with Clinton Fire Department for two years and five months.<br />

However, it still feels like my first day was yesterday.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My family is small but mighty. Shane (my soon-to-be fiancé) is my<br />

biggest motivator and support system in life. He was born in Pearl and<br />

works at Brandon Fire Department. We have two dogs named Vega<br />

and Gizmo, and one cat named Bob. Vega is a chug (chihuahua and<br />

pug mix), Gizmo is an English bulldog, and Bob is a bobtail cat. They<br />

keep us on our toes! My stepdad Matthew, my stepsister Shelby, and<br />

my grandparents also play big roles in my life.<br />

Firefighter<br />

Chelsea<br />

EVANS<br />


What is the toughest thing you have experienced in your job?<br />

The rigorous training leading up to getting hired and then leading up<br />

to taking the CPAT (Candidate Physical Agility Test) was the toughest<br />

thing I’ve experienced both physically and mentally. Some days I<br />

questioned if I was good enough. I’ve always been in shape; however,<br />

training in gear with added weight was new to me. I trained until<br />

exhaustion every day until I passed CPAT. Now, I can look back on<br />

all I’ve accomplished and know that I’m capable of anything.<br />

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

I enjoy going to the gym, reading, watching movies, and spending time<br />

with Shane and the animals.<br />

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

1. Visit Alaska and kayak with humpback whales. If I could only do<br />

one thing from my bucket list, this would be it. I’m obsessed with<br />

humpback whales—and Alaska.<br />

2. Skydive<br />

3. Visit Hawaii<br />

Rodric McClain got out of the car to take a photo<br />

of his best friend, Tia Denise Cook of Jackson.<br />

18 • MAY 2022

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

My grandmother, Shirley Evans, better known as<br />

Mamaw. The majority of my core memories from<br />

my childhood are with Mamaw. From planting the<br />

garden, shelling peas, and riding the four-wheeler,<br />

she was the parent figure I needed in my childhood.<br />

She taught me wrong from right and shaped me<br />

into the person I am today. I admire her because<br />

she stepped up for me and is one of the strongest<br />

people I know. She was recently diagnosed with<br />

Addison’s disease, and she continues to stay strong<br />

in spite of fear. She is truly an inspiration to me.<br />

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

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

My advice to any young person would be to stay<br />

true to yourself. Don’t let others get you down, and<br />

don’t change yourself to try and please others. You<br />

are perfect the way you are, and YOU are the one<br />

that defines yourself, not anybody else.<br />

What Is your favorite thing about Clinton?<br />

Honestly, one of my favorite things is the food.<br />

My work crew likes to eat out and I’ve found some<br />

of the best food in Clinton. Lillies, Salt and Pepper<br />

on the Blvd., Atlas, and Froghead are some of my<br />

favorites. They are also filled with the best people<br />

that makes the experience even more enjoyable.<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

Hometown Magazine?<br />

My favorite thing about Hometown Magazine is<br />

getting to learn so much about the people in my<br />

community! I love how there’s always new people<br />

featured and new stories to tell. I believe I learn at<br />

least one thing new about my community every<br />

time I read Hometown Magazine.<br />

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20 • MAY 2022

Mt. Salus Q&A<br />

What is one of the most valuable lessons<br />

your mother or grandmother has ever taught you?<br />

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6<br />

Selah Sanford - 1st grade<br />

When I am angry, my mom will tell me to not be<br />

angry and have self control over my emotions and<br />

to calm down.<br />

Rebecca Gregory - 2nd grade<br />

One of the lessons I have learned might be you can’t<br />

get whatever you want, because we need to make<br />

wise decisions with what we have and not spend it<br />

on whatever we want.<br />

William Addington - K4<br />

Katherine Addington - K5<br />

(brother and sister)<br />

How to catch and throw a softball and baseball.<br />

Eric Savidge - 2nd grade<br />

How to do the dishes and how to clean up<br />

after yourself.<br />

Riyoko Hoskins - 7th grade<br />

Your only competition is yourself.<br />

Don’t worry about other people.<br />

Nash Mellon - 3rd grade<br />

Be nice to others, even if they are mean to you.<br />

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Cassidy Gordan - 4th grade<br />

Just because people are mean to you, that doesn’t<br />

mean you have to be mean back to them.<br />

Ruby Kayser - 5th grade<br />

Always study for tests.<br />

Brayden Jackson - 7th grade<br />

Treat others like you want to be treated.<br />

Favor Dixon - 7th grade<br />

Don’t buy something for somebody that you<br />

wouldn’t buy for yourself.<br />

John Michael Turner - 12th grade<br />

My mother always said to me that you need to do<br />

these three things. Whenever you are stressed about<br />

something or unsure, you need to pray, plan, and give<br />

yourself some grace. And then you can take the action<br />

on from there. That’s what she always told me.<br />

Caitlynn Wiegand - 12th grade<br />

I would say that my mom has taught me not to<br />

procrastinate. I am a huge procrastinator, and<br />

she has said the longer you put something off,<br />

the more difficult it becomes to complete.<br />

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Caroline Oswald - 7th grade<br />

My identity in Christ, you shouldn’t fear anything in this<br />

world, nothing is to fear.<br />

Hawkins Moran - 4th grade<br />

Love others even though they might have done bad<br />

things to other people.<br />

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Kayleigh Gray - 9th grade<br />

I think the most valuable lesson my mother has taught<br />

me is to always pray, whether you are stressed, in a<br />

bad or good mood, to just pray, and to put God first.<br />

Chase Goode - 8th grade<br />

To treat others how you want to be treated.<br />

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Kynslee Carr - K3<br />

Cooking bacon.<br />

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24 • MAY 2022

Abby Ades<br />

All Things New<br />

Mercy House<br />

Moving to a new town and making friends can be tough for any teenager.<br />

Eddie Buchanan knew this feeling all too well. “My dad’s job transferred us from<br />

Kenner, Louisiana, to Clinton when I was in 10th grade. I did not fit in with anyone.<br />

I had no confidence.” These feelings of rejection sent him into a downward spiral.<br />

Eddie struggled with anxiety, depression, co-dependence,<br />

bipolar illness, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Around age<br />

19, trying to numb the emotional pain, he began dabbling with<br />

drugs, alcohol, pornography, and promiscuity.<br />

Moving from one odd job to another, Eddie spent the decade<br />

of his twenties with no sense of purpose. By age 31, he was in a<br />

full-blown addiction to drugs and alcohol.<br />

In 2008, tragedy struck Eddie’s family when his younger<br />

brother died unexpectedly, leaving behind a wife and three sons.<br />

The heartache of losing his only sibling sent Eddie deeper into<br />

a lifestyle of addiction. “I was in bondage. I would go to work,<br />

go home, smoke pot, drink beer, then do it all over again the next<br />

day,” he recalls.<br />

At age 50, due to intense anxiety, Eddie had to quit his job<br />

at a local barbershop and move back in with his parents. “My dad<br />

had to help me a lot because I couldn’t get my act together. My<br />

mom always believed in me, even in my worst moments.”<br />

Despite his parents’ kindness, Eddie was using drugs in their<br />

home behind their backs. One night, while high on drugs and in<br />

a drunken rage, Eddie started tearing up his parents’ house by<br />

slamming doors and breaking chairs.<br />

“It was like I couldn’t control myself. At that point, I knew<br />

this had to stop. My parents were in their seventies. I was afraid<br />

I was going to lose whatever time I had left with them,” he shares.<br />

Eddie was finally ready for a change.<br />

“I was so broken, but I didn’t know how to change. I had<br />

burned all my bridges. I knew if I kept running away from God,<br />

it was going to get worse and worse.” He decided to go to Mercy<br />

House Adult & Teen Challenge, a 14-month residential Christian<br />

discipleship program for men in Georgetown, Mississippi.<br />

The mission of Mercy House is to provide a Christian<br />

faith-based solution to life-controlling problems, enabling men<br />

to become productive members of society. By applying biblical<br />

principles, they endeavor to help people become mentally sound,<br />

emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and<br />

spiritually alive.<br />

Eddie likened his addiction to an infection that a doctor cuts<br />

out of the body so wholeness can be restored. It may feel painful<br />

in the process, but the results are worth it. “I was a mess my whole<br />

life. I had deep wounds, but God’s Word started to set me free.<br />

His Word is the truth.”<br />

While in the program, Eddie began to be healed from<br />

feelings of rejection as he developed healthy relationships with<br />

other men, both fellow students and leaders, who encouraged<br />

him on his journey. “I started to see myself in a new way. It was<br />

not self-confidence; it was Christ-confidence. I developed a very<br />

real relationship with Jesus. It’s a real love. Now He is my<br />

everything.”<br />

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Eddie’s countenance displays the change that has<br />

taken place in his heart. He has been sober over a<br />

year and a half. Since graduating from Mercy House<br />

in January of this year, Eddie found a job he loves at<br />

The Mississippi Man barbershop in Gluckstadt.<br />

He attends church at Trinity Wesleyan Church in<br />

Byram, where he sings and plays acoustic guitar with<br />

the praise team. Eddie said his prayer every morning<br />

is to magnify the name of Jesus.<br />

God has also restored Eddie’s relationship with<br />

his family, who has lived in Clinton nearly forty<br />

years. One of the first gifts he gave to his parents,<br />

Ed and Carolyn, after his graduation was a photo of<br />

the three of them celebrating his new life together.<br />

The photo was printed and mounted in a beautiful<br />

wooden frame handcrafted by the men at Mercy<br />

House. This fundraising project called “Product with<br />

a Purpose” is one of the ways they teach job skills and<br />

provide for the needs of the men in the program.<br />

Eddie’s favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17:<br />

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;<br />

old things have passed away; behold, all things have<br />

become new (NKJ).”<br />

Eddie’s dream for the future is to play music in a<br />

Christian rock band and share the hope and freedom<br />

he found in Christ with others who are in similar<br />

situations. “Real change is really hard, but it’s so worth<br />

it. There is a better life. I give God 100% credit for<br />

making me into a new man.”<br />

They have over 200 home décor items handcrafted<br />

by the men through “Product with a Purpose”<br />

available at www.productwithapurpose.org<br />

The ministry’s thrift store is located at<br />

6787 South Siwell Road, Byram, MS.<br />

The Mercy House Used Car Dealership & Auto<br />

Center is located at 1164 South Pat Harrison Drive,<br />

Crystal Springs, Mississippi.<br />

More information about Mercy House Adult & Teen<br />

Challenge can be found at www.mercyhouseatc.com.<br />

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30 • MAY 2022


Mallory MorrisSarah Rein<br />

When a parent is asked what they want for<br />

their child’s future, a frequent answer is they<br />

hope their son or daughter becomes a good<br />

citizen…an asset to the community. If that was<br />

a goal for Mallory Morris’s parents, it seems to<br />

have been met. And Mallory would credit that<br />

largely to the influence of her mom. “My mom is<br />

the hardest-working woman I know, and I hope<br />

one day I can be like her. She is my biggest role<br />

model but also like my best friend.”<br />

Mallory is a senior at Clinton High School<br />

and is the type of student people nominate for<br />

awards like “Most Well-Rounded.” During her<br />

high school career, she has accumulated academic<br />

honors (30+ ACT club, all A’s, Top 20% in MS<br />

Math and Science Tournament, and secretary<br />

of the National Honor Society to name a few)<br />

as well as shining in the sports arena, playing<br />

varsity tennis and volleyball where she was<br />

named to the All-State Team. Add in the kind<br />

of honors that let you know she is well-liked by<br />

her peers and teachers (homecoming maid, Peer<br />

Guidance committee, captain of the Diamond<br />

Girls) and working at a local coffeehouse from<br />

6:00-10:00am every morning before school<br />

starts, and you see one incredibly determined<br />

young woman.<br />

Mallory’s outlook on life flies in the face of<br />

society’s stereotype of teenagers as slothful and<br />

entitled. Describing herself as “competitive,<br />

self-motivated, and driven,” she decided in 9th<br />

grade she wanted to be in the top 10 of her<br />

graduating class and is about to watch years of<br />

work make that a reality. The flip side of that<br />

kind of competitive drive is that Mallory has<br />

had to learn that “my grades do not define me;<br />

my friends joke that I’m the person who gets<br />

upset over a 92 because I could have made a 100.<br />

I like to be the best, but my honors and AP<br />

classes have taught me that I don’t have to be<br />

perfect to be smart.”<br />

Her tennis coach, Taylor Griffith, is quick to<br />

sing her praises as well. “This past year Mallory<br />

got hurt at the beginning of the season and<br />

ended up being out for the whole thing. Instead<br />

of being discouraged, she came to the practices<br />

and meets to cheer on the team or help the<br />

youngest kids with drills. I also run youth tennis<br />

drills at Brighton Park and was having trouble<br />

with the youngest group of kids. Mallory came<br />

to one session and immediately had them<br />

listening, participating, and asking for her the<br />

next time we met. I still have those kids today<br />

asking me for Coach Mallory. She has been one<br />

the most respectful and talented players I have<br />

ever coached.”<br />

Since 10th grade, Mallory has also been a<br />

member of the National Honor Society and<br />

Anchor Club, both community service organizations.<br />

Each of these groups does 2-3 community<br />

service projects per semester. Her favorite work<br />

has been as a youth ambassador for Canopy<br />

and volunteering at The Little Lighthouse. “I<br />

learned about The Little Lighthouse at an event<br />

in Fondren and, afterwards, I reached out to<br />

them to ask how my friends and I in NHS<br />

could help. I was able to get together a project at<br />

my school to provide them with supplies they<br />

needed. It was really cool to see the difference<br />

I could make by stepping up and reaching out.”<br />

Mallory knows she didn’t get this far on her<br />

own, and she credits many in CPSD who have<br />

helped her grow as a person. She reflects on the<br />

contributions of her 2nd grade teacher Mrs.<br />

Terry, Coach Nichols at the high school, and<br />

Mrs. Keith and Mrs. Berry who have encouraged<br />

her love of math and architecture as well as<br />

being a loving presence in her life. But more<br />

than anyone, Mallory’s mom and older sister are<br />

credited with being her support system and<br />

encouragers. And friends feel the same about<br />

Mallory. As close friend Meegan Chandler says,<br />

“I’ve learned she is genuine and loving to those<br />

around her. No matter what life throws at her<br />

she still shows so much grace and poise in her<br />

actions. I know if I ever need a listening ear,<br />

I can count on her.”<br />

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Front L-R: Amanda Pennington, Stacey Thornton, Nikki Parsons, Amanda Henderson, Vicki Rundlett, Kristi Walker, Ann Raggio, Candace Smith, Molly Granger,<br />

Middle L-R: Shirley Williams-Kane, Taylor West, Rachel Townsend, Jessica Walker, Megan Strickler, Sarah Kieffer, Marianna Wallace, Christina Perkins, Kimberly Purdie<br />

Back L-R: Jill Hardy, Karen Kostal, Laci Pittman, Cara Williams, Whitney Perkins, Connie West, Sara Allen, Rachel Lantz<br />

32 • MAY 2022

The Junior Civic League<br />

of Clinton presented the<br />

annual Hearts of Gold<br />

Gala on February 11, 2022.<br />

This year’s Gala benefitted Clinton Parks and Recreation.<br />

They plan to use the donation to finish out the renovation<br />

at Kids Towne Park!<br />

Big thank you to sponsor, Continental Tires, who won<br />

the $2,000 drawdown and donated it back to the club!<br />

VENUE The Raymond Venue<br />

CATERING Lillie’s Restaurant<br />

MUSIC Keys vs. Strings<br />

FLORAL SPONSOR Dee’s Flower Shop<br />

Hometown CLINTON • 33

Hometown Clinton Magazine<br />

congratulates the Clinton High<br />

Basketball team for winning the<br />

MHSAA Class 6A Boys Basketball<br />

Championship this season!<br />

Coach Leonard Taylor<br />

I feel very blessed and thankful to<br />

have coached a group of young men<br />

like the ones I got to coach this year.<br />

We felt like as long as there’s time<br />

on the clock, we will always have<br />

a chance to win the game. Also, to be<br />

able to come back and coach for the<br />

school I played for and graduated from<br />

(1999), and bring the city of Clinton<br />

another championship, means a lot<br />

to me and these student athletes.<br />

They wanted to do something big and<br />

unforgettable for the city of Clinton<br />

by winning back-to-back state titles—<br />

which hasn’t been done before—<br />

and they did that. We want to thank<br />

everyone who supported us and<br />

showed love no matter how things<br />

were looking throughout the season.<br />

We will continue to work hard and<br />

make the city of Clinton proud of us.<br />

And as always GO ARROWS!<br />

34 • MAY 2022

Hometown CLINTON • 35

Hometown Clinton Magazine<br />

congratulates the Clinton High<br />

Soccer team for winning the<br />

MHSAA Class 6 Boys Soccer<br />

Championship this season!<br />

Coach Tyler Wade<br />

As a coach, every year is different<br />

and has its own unique set of<br />

circumstances you face throughout<br />

the season. This season, I was<br />

very confident in our team and<br />

the opportunities we had to compete<br />

for a state championship. We were<br />

challenged all year and had to<br />

raise our level of play to reach our<br />

ultimate goal. We learned a lot<br />

throughout the season and made<br />

the most of our opportunities.<br />

It’s hard to put into words the feeling<br />

of winning the state championship,<br />

but it’s something I will never forget.<br />

I am thankful for the players,<br />

coaches, athletic trainers, parents,<br />

fans and administrators that all<br />

helped us achieve our goal this year<br />

and we’ll hopefully continue our<br />

success for many years to come.<br />

36 • MAY 2022

Grayson Carter, Senior Captain<br />

I am thankful that I was a part of<br />

a team that was ultimately bigger than<br />

myself. After hearing the whistle blow<br />

for the very last time, I was proud.<br />

I’ve been dreaming of this moment<br />

since I stepped on the field as a small<br />

eighth grader, and after all these years,<br />

that dream finally came true.<br />

This is not the end, but just the<br />

beginning of something special<br />

for the Arrow Soccer Program.<br />

Luke Hopkins, Senior<br />

Championship Game MVP<br />

This year was a great year with<br />

great players and coaches and<br />

something I will remember forever.<br />

The feeling of winning the state<br />

championship is nothing short of<br />

amazing and the greatest feeling is<br />

when you know you earned it.<br />

Cameron Lewis, Senior Captain<br />

The CHS soccer team has given me<br />

the opportunity to make connections<br />

that are deeper than friendships.<br />

I’ve had the privilege to have brothers<br />

who are my biggest cheerleaders and<br />

biggest critics. As a senior, winning<br />

the state championship is such a<br />

memorable and honestly emotional<br />

way to end a season, and it all started<br />

with our commitment to each other as<br />

players, and to each other as a team.<br />

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38 • MAY 2022

Attache’s Fehr Legacy<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

For 29 years, David Fehr<br />

and his wife, Mary, lived<br />

in the Cascades in<br />

Clinton. It was close to<br />

Clinton High School,<br />

where the couple has<br />

worked tirelessly to make<br />

Attache’ the premier<br />

show choir in the<br />

United States.<br />

David is a native of Illinois, where he started<br />

college as a math major at Illinois State. “I took<br />

my electric keyboard with me to college, and it<br />

didn’t take long for me to move over to the<br />

music department. But it was still hard – I had<br />

to study music theory and music history for my<br />

major.” David’s summers were spent in Sullivan,<br />

Illinois, where he was involved in summer stock<br />

theatre. “I worked with some incredibly<br />

talented people, including Kathryn Grayson,<br />

Peter Palmer, and actors from soap operas and<br />

sit coms – a lot of the old stars.”<br />

David figured out he had what it took to get<br />

people through a show. “I was a master at it.<br />

I could pull off a lot, and in the end, make<br />

everyone looked polished.”<br />

Little did he know how the skills he learned<br />

doing summer stock would carry over to a<br />

30-year career directing a world-class high<br />

school show choir. “It’s all about finding out<br />

who each person is and then taking that to<br />

the stage. I work to maximize their strengths<br />

while minimizing their weaknesses.”<br />

David met Mary when they were students at<br />

Illinois State. While he was handling musical<br />

direction for summer stock theatre, she was<br />

doing costumes. “We sometimes did five<br />

musicals in ten weeks, and Mary would sew<br />

every sequined costume and do anything else<br />

that needed to be done.” A teacher, Mary had<br />

a minor in art, and designing and making<br />

costumes became her real talent. When the<br />

founder of Attache’, Winona Costello, retired,<br />

David was chosen to be her replacement.<br />

“Mayor Rosemary Altman called me, and we<br />

flew to Mississippi – twice. We didn’t say yes<br />

at first, but in the end, it was the right decision.”<br />

The Fehrs began working with the choir in the<br />

1992-93 school year.<br />

From the beginning, David instructed the<br />

students in Attache’ in precision, class, musicianship,<br />

dance, and storytelling. “That’s what makes<br />

us stand out,” says David. And it is what has led<br />

them to twenty-three straight grand championships.<br />

“Football has offense and defense. You<br />

can win a game using either one. In show choir,<br />

it’s vocal (music) or visual (choreography). We<br />

have won on both sides of the score sheet.” And<br />

to really take a deep dive into the numbers,<br />

Attache’ has participated in ninety-four<br />

competitions and they have won eighty-five<br />

grand championships. David has won 104<br />

championships, which includes Attache’ and<br />

other choirs he has worked with during his days<br />

as a freelance director, making him the number<br />

one all-time winningest director in the country.<br />

“Attache’ is a crowd favorite wherever we go.<br />

We like to compete, and we like to win.”<br />

David says Mary is the idea person. “She is<br />

the one with the inspiration,” he says. “We talk<br />

about which songs we’ll do in a show, and then<br />

I’ll add my own original music for the transitions.<br />

When someone watches an Attache’<br />

show, it begins, then it’s over. There is no down<br />

time between songs. Instead, one song flows<br />

into the next. Throughout the season, we keep<br />

modifying it until it is perfect.”<br />

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“I have been<br />

so fortunate to<br />

work with such<br />

an incredible<br />

group of kids.<br />

They’re the ones<br />

who make this<br />

worthwhile.<br />

I’ve never been<br />

prouder.”<br />

Each student plays an integral part in the show—from<br />

those on stage, to the crew and the orchestra. “There are<br />

no extras or stand-ins in what we do. If one role can’t be<br />

fulfilled, the show breaks down. Our kids learn important<br />

lessons from that. They know that they are part of<br />

something bigger than themselves. Most of our kids go on<br />

to be successful in life because of their work ethic. Some<br />

of the kids have become lawyers, doctors, dentists, and<br />

other professions. Some have taken their talent to a larger<br />

stage, including Lance Bass (N’Sync), Brittany Wagner<br />

(Netflix’s Next Chance You), and James Turcott, a<br />

professional opera singer in Germany, to name a few.”<br />

The Covid pandemic was a trying time for show<br />

choirs. “We can’t do what we do with masks on,” David<br />

says. He spent much of his time teaching workshops. “I<br />

was able to teach using Zoom. I taught voice all last year.<br />

Being at home so much made David and Mary long for<br />

nature. “We began looking at property with more land,<br />

and we found a place we love.”<br />

The Fehrs moved to their little piece of paradise in the<br />

country, and they had pretty much decided to retire. “The<br />

problem is that folks began begging us to stay in Clinton.”<br />

In April 2021, the Fehrs returned to Clinton High School<br />

after the Clinton Public School District’s board of<br />

trustees accepted a recommendation from Dr. Tim<br />

Martin to have the Fehrs resume direction of the Attache’<br />

Show Choir.<br />

“I have been so fortunate to work with such an<br />

incredible group of kids. They’re the ones who make this<br />

worthwhile. I’ve never been prouder.”<br />

40 • MAY 2022

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Hometown CLINTON • 41

Making<br />

Jesus<br />

Known<br />

through<br />

Know<br />

Ministries<br />

Poppy Williams<br />

42 • MAY 2022

“What am I<br />

going to do<br />

with my life?”<br />

More often than not, many of us have asked this<br />

question of ourselves before. As a high schooler, we first<br />

ask ourselves this question to point us to a field of study,<br />

career pathway, or degree. At the beginning, we may<br />

think that this will be a one-time question with a black<br />

and white answer. However, as we get older, we know the<br />

truth – this question will never really go away.<br />

For Bishop Barlow, founder and CEO of Know Ministries,<br />

this question was what started it all.<br />

“In the summer of 2016, I was preparing to enter my<br />

senior year of high school and I was trying to figure out<br />

what I’d do with my life,” said Bishop. “Everyone was<br />

talking about degrees and colleges, and I really wondered<br />

what my life would look like.”<br />

Though he initially thought he would pursue politics,<br />

Bishop found that God had another plan for him and that<br />

was to enter the ministry field. In December of 2016, just<br />

a few months later, Know Ministries began.<br />

Know Ministries is a registered 501c3 nonprofit<br />

organization serving the Jackson Metro area, statewide,<br />

and across the nation with a mission to provide Bibles to<br />

children in inner cities.<br />

“We partner with churches and organizations in the<br />

inner cities to reach children and disciple them and it’s<br />

been both incredible and humbling at the same time,”<br />

said Bishop. “In March of 2017, we handed out our first<br />

set of Bibles and we have continued to work with ministry<br />

partners and organizations since.”<br />

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“This whole ministry exists<br />

because we believe it is important<br />

for a child to have their own Bible.”<br />

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In the just over five years that Know Ministries began, the impact<br />

has already been felt. The team at Know Ministries has put over<br />

3,500 Bibles in the hands of children in over 20 cities and two<br />

countries. Though Know Ministries has worked, and still works, to<br />

make Jesus known through making sure that kids in inner cities have<br />

access to Bibles at their distribution events, the children haven’t<br />

been the only ones impacted since the beginning.<br />

“Through this ministry, I have been challenged and grown in<br />

my own walk with Christ. These children don’t have the best living<br />

conditions but they’re so full of joy, happiness and contentment,”<br />

said Bishop. “It’s humbling to see. At first, I thought that we were<br />

the ones who were helping them, but they’ve been helping me.<br />

These kids have grown who I am as a person.”<br />

The Know Ministries approach is simple: Pray – Converge<br />

– Continue. They begin by praying about what and where they<br />

should go next and specific ministry partners. Next is converge,<br />

which is where they work closely with new or existing ministry<br />

partners to create an action plan to distribute Bibles to children<br />

in the next chosen area. Finally, they chose the word of continue<br />

to signal that they will continue to work with ministry partners<br />

to help the children understand who Jesus is even long after the<br />

distribution event is over.<br />

“This whole ministry exists because we believe it is important<br />

for a child to have their own Bible,” said Bishop. “I used to say to<br />

tell people that ‘We need you,’ but now I say, ‘We need each other,’<br />

because the truth is we all need each other to reach these kids.<br />

Everyone has a gift and there’s a place for anyone to get involved<br />

here if you’d like to join us in our mission.”<br />

Bishop spoke about how there are several ways to volunteer at<br />

Know Ministries, but that he loves when volunteers bring their own<br />

creativity and spiritual gifts to the table to serve however they like<br />

best. For some that may mean working behind the scenes to bake<br />

cookies to be distributed to kids at one of their Bible distribution<br />

events, and for others that may look like working directly with the<br />

kids to lead a game or play music. However you’d like to serve,<br />

Know Ministries has a place for you.<br />

Today, if you’d ask Bishop what he plans to do with his life next,<br />

he’d tell you that he hopes to one day become a pastor and continue<br />

spreading the love of God and His word to anyone he meets.<br />

“God is good, and He knows our ways better than we do,” said<br />

Bishop. “If you’re wondering what to do with your life, I’ve been<br />

there. I’ve been in your shoes, and sometimes I’m still there. But<br />

instead of trying to answer the question yourselves, I’d challenge<br />

you to ask God to answer it for you.”<br />

To learn more about Know Ministries or how you can get involved,<br />

visit www. knowministries.org.<br />

Hometown CLINTON • 45

We Get to Erase Their “Nevers”<br />



Doctor of Occupational Therapy student at University of Mississippi Medical Center<br />

Sixteen years ago, in January 2006, Little Light House of Central<br />

Mississippi opened its doors. The nonprofit, Christian developmental<br />

center began with the mission to serve children from birth to six years old<br />

with special needs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Maureen Harbison relocated to<br />

Mississippi from Tulsa where she had volunteered at Little Light House<br />

of Tulsa. After relocating, she immediately saw that Mississippi was lacking<br />

in the services offered to individuals with special needs, and children with<br />

special needs, in particular, and she felt called to make a change.<br />

After raising money for a few years, Maureen started the affiliate<br />

location in Rankin County, Mississippi, which was housed inside of a church<br />

near the Reservoir, with just six children in one classroom and one teacher.<br />

After being encouraged by Maureen to volunteer, Tammy Tadlock walked<br />

through the doors of Little Light House of Central Mississippi with no<br />

idea what would come next. Six months later, she became an associate<br />

teacher with no experience working with children.<br />

Sixteen years later, Tammy still works at Little Light House, and has<br />

not only seen the change within the organization, but also within herself.<br />

The following January, in 2007, the organization added a second<br />

classroom, and throughout the years, they were slowly able to open five<br />

classrooms. “Every time we gain enough funding, we add a classroom.<br />

In sixteen years, we grew from one classroom with six students, and four<br />

employees, to now being able to serve 40 children in 5 classrooms with<br />

22 staff members. Our staff includes occupational and physical therapists,<br />

speech language pathologists, and certified teachers,” says Tammy. There<br />

are currently over 60 children on our waiting list, and the current time it<br />

takes to get off of that list is 18 months to 2 years. It is devastating for<br />

families to hear this when calling. We want to instill hope in them, and as<br />

we grow, we can continue to serve their children as well as them.”<br />

$17,000 a year. That is what it would cost for each child to attend<br />

Little Light House of Central Mississippi–but it is tuition-free. The care<br />

that children with special needs require and deserve is not easy to find in<br />

Mississippi. Many two-income households suffer because one parent<br />

must stay home, as many daycares or facilities are not equipped or willing<br />

to provide that level of care.<br />

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Tammy states, “When parents learn of their child’s diagnosis, they<br />

often feel alone and unsure of what to do or where to turn. They frequently<br />

hear all the things their child will never be able to do. We celebrate<br />

everything here. We get to erase their ‘nevers.’ We are where probabilities<br />

and possibilities meet.<br />

“Parents may hear, ‘Oh, your child probably won’t do this and they<br />

won’t do that,’ but at Little Light House all things are possible. What<br />

about that same mom whose little boy was told he would never walk,<br />

yet walked down the aisle with his walker at graduation? We celebrate<br />

everything here,” she continued.<br />

Little Light House serves forty children, with teachers and therapists<br />

working together in the classrooms, for five hours a day, four days a week,<br />

and the impact it has on each child during crucial learning years is<br />

substantial. Tammy states, “One of the things I love about Little Light<br />

House is that our parents get to meet and talk with other parents who<br />

have those same fears and questions, and they also meet parents who have<br />

already been where they are. It is a support group that God has waiting<br />

for you.” The organization also prioritizes being an advocate for each child<br />

after they graduate and transition into the school district. “Parents may<br />

send a communication device with their child to their new school, but if<br />

the teacher is stressed with helping other kids, she may not have sufficient<br />

time to learn how to use it. So, we offer training courses for educators so<br />

they can be prepared to help children with devices when the time comes.”<br />

“We would not be here without the community. From donations of<br />

cleaning and classroom supplies to money that allows us to pay a salary for<br />

a teacher or therapist, it all goes right back into supporting these children.<br />

We trust God and know He is going to supply for our needs, and His<br />

timing is perfect,” says Tammy.<br />

Support from the community is allowing Little Light House to make<br />

a change in Mississippi and in the lives of the children with special needs,<br />

their families, and their communities, who need and deserve it.<br />

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Daniel Lang<br />

Clinton is taking important steps towards<br />

our future. We are focusing on three main items<br />

to propel our community forward. The first is<br />

the revitalization of Olde Towne. The second is<br />

industrial recruitment. The third is retail<br />

recruitment.<br />

Regarding the revitalization of Olde Towne,<br />

you have probably noticed the work being done<br />

on many of our buildings on the brick streets.<br />

This is a community-based approach, and we<br />

recognize the gem we have in Olde Towne.<br />

From the charm of the lights at night to the<br />

character and history that reside in each doorway,<br />

we understand the importance of building and<br />

enhancing this part of Clinton. As I mentioned,<br />

the community-based approach is extremely<br />

important because if you travel through Olde<br />

Towne, you don’t just see one building being<br />

revitalized, you don’t see two buildings being<br />

revitalized, you see multiple buildings getting a<br />

renovation. And you see multiple citizens actively<br />

participating in these efforts.<br />

Hillman Commons, across the street from<br />

Lions Club Park, is actively under construction<br />

and we are currently working on filling the<br />

commercial space on the first floor once construction<br />

is complete. Our Olde Towne can be<br />

the heartbeat of Clinton. It is primed for this<br />

growth and with Mississippi College down the<br />

street, it can be an integral part of student life for<br />

our university. We want our Olde Towne to<br />

thrive and we are taking steps to make it be so.<br />

The second item is industrial recruitment.<br />

Industrial recruitment is usually an unknown jewel<br />

in cities. Not many citizens know what the process<br />

looks like to attract a manufacturer to locate in your<br />

community. It ranges from many different tactics<br />

but ultimately comes down to three key points.<br />

How fast can I make a profit once I locate? How<br />

risky will it be to locate in a particular community?<br />

How much is it going to cost to start my business<br />

in a particular community?<br />

To answer the first question, the company<br />

focuses on speed to market and asks the community<br />

about infrastructure, site preparedness, and<br />

barriers to entry. The second, alludes to workforce<br />

and if the community has an ample supply of<br />

people to maintain operations. The third is<br />

regarding money and how much it is going to cost<br />

versus locating to another community. What we<br />

are focusing on in industrial recruitment is<br />

evaluating potential sites within the city limits<br />

where companies can be able to answer these three<br />

questions simply, accurately and show why it is<br />

most advantageous for them to choose Clinton.<br />

Industrial recruitment is long term, and we need<br />

to be aware of the best locations in the city to<br />

locate companies who want to create careers.<br />

The third is retail recruitment. We all know<br />

Clinton would love more restaurants and shopping<br />

opportunities. Being on Interstate 20 and having<br />

Mississippi College in our city are huge advantages<br />

when trying to locate retail. One thing I have<br />

noticed in my recruitment of retail is the retailers<br />

look at different data points. Many retailers are<br />

very interested in Clinton, yet they don’t hit the<br />

“Go” button to locate. I’ve been trying to answer<br />

this question as to why, like many of you have,<br />

and it seems to come down to a missing piece.<br />

Those data points don’t tell the whole story.<br />

The data doesn’t show the community support,<br />

the pride of having a location in Clinton, what it<br />

means to live in Clinton and how many people<br />

travel to Clinton that don’t necessarily live within<br />

the city limits of Clinton. These are the stories<br />

I’m telling retailers. Telling our story to others<br />

outside of Clinton is what sets us apart from<br />

other communities. We know what we have to<br />

offer, we just need to tell them our story.<br />

Daniel Lang<br />

Director of Economic<br />

Development, City of Clinton<br />

Daniel is a native of Jackson and<br />

graduated from Mississippi College.<br />

He and his wife, Meredith, have two<br />

children, Luke and Jordan.<br />

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TheTime COIN<br />

Camille Anding<br />

There’s nothing quite like a walk on the beach.<br />

The sand makes the neatest surface for walking, and I’m fascinated with how the waves<br />

always erase every footprint, leaving a smooth surface for the next track-maker. The beach is<br />

not the only place where we make prints. We are constantly making them in people’s lives –<br />

often when we aren’t even aware of it.<br />

Whenever I read Mark 10:43 I always think of the servant-friend I first met years ago when<br />

Mother was in a rehab facility. “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your<br />

servant” was a verse so fitting for this special friend. I think some places for servanthood are<br />

easier than other places. Caring for the elderly with complex health issues isn’t an easy place to<br />

be a servant with a kind heart. I’m grateful for the tender, kind “prints” my friend left on my heart.<br />

When I’m reading in Proverbs and come to verse four of chapter thirteen, I think of a<br />

particular friend who often reminded our Bible study group how God spoke to her about the<br />

challenging circumstances of being a single mother. She would quote: “The appetite of the<br />

sluggard craves but gets nothing, but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied.”<br />

She testified about the faithfulness of God when she worked diligently to raise her daughters.<br />

It was this verse that she always claimed concerning her work and, in the process, left<br />

encouraging prints on my life.<br />

There was another friend who “branded” a special Bible verse on my heart about generosity.<br />

Anytime the subject of money in relation to God came up, she was quick to testify about the<br />

importance of tithing and giving beyond the tenth. “We can never outgive God,” she would say<br />

with passion and conviction. Then she would follow with Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given<br />

to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into<br />

your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”<br />

The word temptation comes up often in conversations about living a holy life. A special<br />

friend would always tackle the topic of temptation with 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation<br />

has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you<br />

be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way<br />

out so that you can endure it.” She would quote the verse with a trust that was convincing.<br />

There was never any doubt that she had experienced God’s faithfulness during tempting times<br />

in her life. When I’ve been faced with temptation, that verse always comes to my mind along<br />

with that friend’s conviction of the strength of the verse. She’s left her print pointing me to God’s<br />

strength in my life.<br />

As I reflect on other eternal prints people have left on my life, I realize there are so many<br />

“track-makers” along my journey. Their faithful steps, their tender touches, their affirmations<br />

of God’s goodness have made tracks I want to follow. Unlike the tracks we make along the<br />

beach, these tracks aren’t washed away with the waves of life. They remain fixed in my heart<br />

and mind.<br />

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