July 4, 2010 1:41:00 AM
Roses to the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department for its Fourth of July celebration today.
Events kick off at 6 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex, where patriotic banners will be dedicated.
The celebration also features food, fireworks and inflatables, for an evening of family-friendly fun. Fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m.
A rose to Kenneth Hargett, the Tenn-Tom Chapter of the Red Cross'' Andy Morris 2010 Volunteer of the Year.
The Red Cross chapter held its 93rd annual meeting last week at Mississippi University for Women.
"I''m very humbled," Hargett said in accepting the award. "I''m in a room full of more deserving people than me. This is one of the of the most competent chapters I''ve seen, and I''ve seen a lot."
The Tenn-Tom Chapter began giving the Andy Morris Award to outside volunteers in 2002, which was the year Morris passed away in his late 30s after spending many years fighting leukemia.
Roses to Lowndes County Supervisor Jeff Smith, Columbus Councilman Gene Taylor and other organizers of the third annual Southside-Townsend Park Blues Festival in Columbus.
Softball tournaments were held Thursday and Friday, and musical acts performed all afternoon and evening on Saturday.
The event also featured barbecue, snow cones and other refreshments, all complete with a lineup of blues and gospel music.
Event organizers hope to promote family values, unity and bonding across the community.
Roses to area restaurants offered a nod in Mississippi Magazine''s recently released Best of Mississippi.
In Columbus, J. Broussard''s was listed in the Best Steak category.
For Best Golf Course, Old Waverly in West Point was listed.
Reed''s, with stores in Starkville, Columbus and Tupelo, was included among businesses listed in the Best Source For The Well-Dressed Woman category.
The Attic in Columbus was listed among the Best Vintage and Designer Clothing Consignment Shops.
Restaurant Tyler in Starkville won the Best Brunch category, while Mugshots Grill and Bar, which has branches in Starkville, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Flowood, tied Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Ridgeland for the Best Hamburger award.
For Best Barbeque, the Little Dooey in Starkville, which also has two locations in Columbus, was listed among the best in the state.
McAllister''s Deli, which has branches in Starkville and Columbus, won the Best Ice Tea award.
In the Fine Dining category, Restaurant Tyler was listed among the best.
In the Best Sushi category, Starkville''s Umi Japanese Steakhouse and Bar was listed among the best.
For Italian food, Stromboli''s in Starkville was listed among the best.
In the Best Deli category, Bulldog Deli in Starkville was listed.
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