Tommy and Steve Strickland believe in family. The brothers own Strickland’s Furniture, which was named the best furniture store in 2017 Best of the Pine Belt voting.
The brothers took over the store, which is now located at 6431 U.S. Hwy. 49, from their father. O.E. Strickland started the furniture store in 1962 in Downtown Hattiesburg.
For the Stricklands, having a family-owned business drives the success of Strickland’s.
The Hub Award for 2017 honored two of Hattiesburg’s outstanding professionals and community leaders. Bill Oliver and Andy Mercier were honored with the prestigious Hub Award during a gala dinner and program at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Nov. 14. Both Mercier and Oliver where honored for their outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service.
As I confessed in last issue, my arsenal of gym memberships, old and new, spans the geographical landscape of Hattiesburg. I've played racquetball at the Payne Center, swam at the Wesley, moved through difficult Zumba choreography at the Y, and even enjoyed the luxury of a personal trainer at the dearly departed Body Bar. So, it should be through no surprise that I found my way to yoga by the usual suspect: – torturous exercise.
What is your idea of happiness?
Sitting in a room, looking around and knowing that there’s no place in the world you’d rather be.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I have a difficult time living in the moment.
What is your most prized possession?
The American flag that covered my grandfather’s casket; E.D. “Red” McKinney was a tech sergeant in the European Theatre in WWII and the greatest man who ever lived.
It’s been the Christmas season for several months now at the Arc.
The Arc of Southeast Mississippi (Arc) is a United Way non-profit organization devoted to providing community-based services to individuals with mental challenges and their families.
Participants in the ARC Rise and Shine program have been busy since before Halloween crafting approximately 1,000 Christmas ornaments, as well as medals for the annual ARC Hobble then Gobble race held on Thanksgiving morning.
“We are blessed.”
Cindy Pennington’s sentiment pretty much sums up her life and those she loves and cares about. Pennington serves as executive director of the Arc.
Pennington is blessed she has a 93-year-old mother who enjoys visiting from Decatur to enjoy Golden Eagle football and seeing other things around campus. She’s blessed that her older sister, Kathy, who was diagnosed with melanoma, is healing from surgeries and on the road to recovery. She’s also blessed to have an extended family consisting of hundreds and hundreds of Arc clients and their families.
“Lots of tears, lots of late nights,
lots of hard work.”
This is how Accents Fine Home Interiors and Gifts owner Laura Patterson describes the process of building her business over the past 10 years.
Patterson is a Petal native and graduate of Petal High School. Her husband, Joseph Patterson, is from Oak Grove, where they moved after they married.
Together they have one son, Sam, who is 8 years old.
When I first heard Hattiesburg was getting a Cyclebar, an indoor cycling arena known in a previous life as ‘spin class,’ I can’t say I was enthused to add yet another gym to my already boisterous list of athletic memberships. I spend countless hours lifting, toning and burning my quads in hopes of lengthening and thinning them,not bulking and burning them to no end. After failing to take advantage of the free rides offered during Cyclebar’s grand opening in October 2016, I continued to hear my friends exclaim in disbelief that I had not gone for a session.
Scott Covington, 44, is a business analyst at Coca-Cola Bottling Company with a B.A. from Texas A&M University. Undefeated as both a college and professional football coach, Scott enjoys playing golf, attending USM football and baseball games and currently holds the (self-appointed) title of World’s Greatest Dad.
What is your idea of happiness?
Good food, good drinks and lots of laughs!
What is your greatest fear?
Letting down my family.
The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct six of the University’s most dedicated and distinguished alumni to its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 13, as one of the highlights of the 2017 Homecoming celebration. The Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1987 to recognize those whose contributions have helped move the University forward.
Rich Corsetto ‘71