Michael Joe Cannon has built a car empire starting with one used lot in Calhoun City

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Michael Joe Cannon started working at the age of eight bagging up peanuts and selling them on Saturdays. Then he ran a snowball stand and later a pool hall. At the age of14, he started helping his father at a Calhoun City used car lot housed in a 12’ x 12’ office with an average of ten cars out front. Fast forward to 2017 and Cannon has been referred to as Mississippi’s Car Czar in the press by virtue of now owning 15 dealerships, 13 in Mississippi and two in Arkansas.
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Mata determined to follow dream of becoming professional bull rider

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Hat pulled down tight, rope wrapped through his small hand to ensure maximum grip, boot heels dug in, toes pointed out, ignoring the snorts from the steer’s nostrils, Chase Mata anxiously awaits for the gate to swing open so he can show the crowd filling the bleachers how he can hang on for six seconds.
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Air Force veteran Doug Orlando builds custom trikes at his Drivers Flat home

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Doug Orlando has a passion for learning, which feeds his passion for building.
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Randy Darracott – Weyerhaeuser manager’s career starts in accounting

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Randy Darracott is in his fifth year as manager of the Weyerhaeuser mill in Bruce, but the nation’s largest lumber producer didn’t initially hire him for his love for sawmilling, but his passion for numbers.
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Paul Russell amazed at results from first time planting pumpkins

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Pumpkin vines, full of blooms, wrap around much of Paul Russell’s house in Bentley.
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PEPA’s Wes Hillhouse fulfilled with outdoor life, work

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Pontotoc Electric Apprentice Lineman Wes Hillhouse loves the great outdoors.  Hillhouse is finishing up his second year of apprenticeship at the Bruce District Office and says one reason he loves his job is because it affords him the opportunity to work outside.  “It’s a different location every day.  I enjoy being outside and could not imagine being cooped up in a building all day.”
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Charlotte and Ethan Nanney come home to Dorroh Lake

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Dorroh Lake was destined to be part of Charlotte West Nanney’s immediate future when she moved back to her native Calhoun County in October 2009, but only as a guest.
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Theresa Nicks – from radio station, music columnist, working in unemployment office to jewelry making


Theresa Nicks, of Bruce, has never met a bead she didn’t like. She’s been making her own jewelry since 1995.
“I have so many things,” she said opening drawer after drawer, showing her endless collection of beads and materials used in making her unique designs.
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Marcia Shipp Burns grows pineapple with patience

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Marcia Shipp Burns, of Calhoun City, said she’ll “try anything one time,” but had she known it would take three years to grow a pineapple she might not have started.
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Duke Tillman can feel the music

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Robert “Duke” Tillman doesn’t just play music. He feels it. It’s that connection to the rhythm, the audience and the other musicians that allows Tillman’s soul to exude through him and his keyboard.
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