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Browning on Business: Kayak rental now available on Tombigbee


William Browning

William Browning



William Browning



If you are looking to hit the Tombigbee River this summer, a new business can help make it happen. 


River Life Kayak Rentals opened in late May. It is in Monroe County. 


The owner is Millie Thompson, who taught elementary school for two decades in Aberdeen before retiring. Her new venture is located on Highway 278, about four miles out from Amory, on the Tombigbee River.  


Thompson told The Dispatch she has 20 kayaks available to rent. Whether you want to get an upperbody workout, take in some of the river's scenery or catch some fish, Thompson will help coordinate. You can head upriver or downriver.  


Thompson also has a cottage at her riverside location along Canon Hole Road that is available to rent for a weekend getaway. It is a furnished, one-bedroom, one-bath place with a fold-out couch, patio and grill. 


For more information call Thompson at 662-640-2043 or visit River Life Kayak Rentals on Facebook. 


Now two quick items: 


In downtown Columbus, The Elbow Room, a well-known bar with a half-century of history, has started offering paninis. 


It is located on Second Avenue North. 


On Tuesday, the city of Columbus issued a temporary certificate of occupancy to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which is about a month away from opening on 18th Avenue North. 


Kenny Wiegel, building inspector with the city, said the certificate allows the restaurant to conduct interviews and training at the building, which is nearly complete. The parking lot is too: It will have 127 normal spaces, six handicap accessible spaces and two spaces for RV/buses. 


Lastly, something new has hit Golden Triangle shelves. 


McCable's Granola, a small, family-owned business based in Ohio, makes and sells gluten-free, all-natural granola bars. The family told The Dispatch this month they use olive oil to bake the bars, which are offered at Kroger in Columbus and Starkville. 


The flavors offered are "True Orginial" (raisin), "Delta Blueberry," "Cran with a Twist" (cranberry with honey and orange zest) and "PB and Chocolate." 


Each bar is baked in southwest Ohio. 


The company's website is 


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William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.



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