It was just a break in the trees and the sun at the perfect angle to give me a new view of something that I had seen dozens of times. But it was a new perspective and the light was just right make that old bird glissen.
I hope there were others who drove by and were also filled with pride and appreciation for things bigger and more important than work and the simple little rat race we run in Houston.
I moved back to Mississippi to be near family and people like me. People who were raised on the simple things in life. People who truly care and people who want to make this little part of the world just a little bit better.
We have some great things going on in Houston right now. We need to turn those new-fangled ideas and plans into history we can be proud of and ideas that will benefit future generations.
Some people say there is no place for tradition in today’s fast paced world. I say we can have them both.
For Chickasaw County and Houston to grow we need to embrace the past with the same passion that we look forward to the future.
We need to look for new ways to look at old things.
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I carried my family to the formal opening of the Tanglefoot Trail Sunday and listened to people born and raised in Houston talk about how proud they were with the local effort that brought the trail to town.
Houston’s Jim Hood, who is also Mississippi’s Attorney General, said he has found the trail to be a source of peace and a thing of beauty. He also spoke of a trend to replace gambling in this state with tourism and how the trail can help lead that charge.
Mayor Stacey Parker said as the southern Gateway to the Tanglefoot Trail, Houston will play a big role in the success of the trail. He said while the trail will shape Houston, Houston will also shape the trail and each one of us has a stake in that future.
Everyone on the podium Sunday also spoke of people – some living and some who have gone on – who invested their time and talent in bringing Tanglefoot Trail to Houston.
It was more than a big day for Houston. The opening of the Tanglefoot Trail was a big day for Mississippi.
I was proud to have been there the day it was dedicated in Houston, Mississippi.
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Every community and county has its own traditions, events and places that set it apart from the rest of the world.
Those of you who have grown up here may not realize how unique Houston is and some of the traditions that make it so different from other places on Earth.
They are things like red, sandy soil on rolling hills, The Courthouse Square, the intersection of North Jackson/Pontotoc/Malcomb/First Street, Saxon’s, the Natchez Trace and WCPC Radio to name a few.
Most of these things were here before most of us got here and will be here after most of us are gone.
Each and every one of them brings something special to this community.
As a newspaperman I have always looked around and tried to find those things that people do best. They make great news stories.
The same holds true for towns.
In Houston it is Homecoming on the weekend prior to the Fourth of July, the Sundancer Solar Car, Flywheel Festival, church events far and wide and now the Tanglefoot Trail.
And people say nothing ever happens in this sleepy little town!
Houston has a tradition of doing a lot of things right.
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I’ve heard people say the more things changes, the more they stay the same.
As a newspaperman I have always pointed out that change is news and news is how I make my living.
But being a Son-of-the-South I also appreciate the constant traditions that make us feel safe and secure.
As change slowly frays the fabric of family, community and our culture, I am glad for those traditions that bind us tight.
Floyd Ingram is Managing Editor/News for the Chickasaw Journal. He can be reached at 456-3771 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.