What is your idea of happiness?
Spending time with friends enjoying life.
What is your greatest fear?
Not living up to my potential.
What trait you most deplore in yourself?
I’m perpetually hungry.
What trait you most deplore in others?
Ignorance and bigotry.
What is your most prized possession?
My associates degree from PRCC (joking).
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to rap.
Thanksgiving and this season of gratitude evokes memories of the family gathered around the dining room table laden with holiday favorites, children dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans or volunteers reaching out across the community to help others. For the past five years, Signature has featured the Thanksgiving traditions, complete with recipes of local families and organizations. This year we’ve pulled all that together for a neat recipe book that our readers also contributed to.
As folks around the country prepare for the bountiful meal of Thanksgiving, it seems like a perfect time for me to introduce myself. I genuinely love to meet people and I really love to share about the great work Extra Table is doing in Hattiesburg and the state.
Marlo Dorsey is director of Marketing and Communications for VisitHattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. Dorsey previously served as the chief marketing officer for the Mississippi Development Authority. She also served as vice president of marketing for Jones County Junior College. She earned a broadcast journalism degree from Louisiana State University and later received an MBA in executive management. She is married to Christopher Dorsey, and they have two children, Peyton and Carson.
Ever had someone tell you you couldn’t do something and that made you more determined to show them differently and succeed?
Enter Dave Brandon – everybody’s favorite former End Zone owner, Signature and PineBeltNews delivery man and all-around good guy, whose standard wardrobe consists of khaki cargo shorts, a Hawaiian print short sleeve shirt or short sleeve fishing shirt (of which he has a running ton) in a multitude of colors – and yes, even USM gold. But he is quite dapper when he dresses up, but usually only for special occasions.
Dr. David R. Davies is professor in the School of Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi. From 2007 to 2014, he was the dean of the Southern Miss Honors College, and from 2014 to 2018 he was director of the School of Mass Communication & Journalism. He is a graduate of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting at Ohio State University, where he earned a master's degree in journalism. He also holds a master's degree in American history from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D.
Somebody once posed a seemingly obvious question to Danny Rawls: “I like your pictures, but mine don’t look that good – what do you do?”
Rawls’ reply was one simple word: Passion.
“You can’t just mash a button and it’s just going to be like you want it,” said Rawls, a Hattiesburg resident who has studied and practiced the art of photography for most of his adult life. “I find myself, sometimes, living and breathing it too much. Everywhere I go I see an image.”
Mary Dryden may be one of the city’s biggest cheerleaders. Whether it’s recycling, litter, the city’s children, education, an art center, preserving architecture, entertainment, Dryden wants the best for her city. For her dedication to the Hub City, Dryden was named Ambassador of the Avenues in 2018 Best of the Pine Belt voting. She’s all about the city – its neighborhoods, diversity, unifying the Hub City’s citizens and making Hattiesburg the best possible place to live.
Jana Haynes, 35, from the small town of Amory, was born with a gift and a destiny far greater than the dirt roads she grew up on could offer. Haynes struck out searching for that destiny at 18. She attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, Mississippi University for Women, and Mississippi College, where she studied Communications and Mass Media. Her first love is writing.She has written in an array of capacities. She is the CEO/founder of Infecting Change Productions, LLC.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
Given that statement, Picasso probably would have been pretty impressed with Tasha Messer Williams.