For years, Jeff Smith worked for the parks and recreation department and helped children discover and realize opportunities in sports. Now a county supervisor, Smith hopes to do similar things, starting this weekend. Smith has helped organize the Mississippi Madness basketball tournament, a 16-team event for men and women 18 years and older, which will tip off a 6 p.m. Friday at West Lowndes Middle School.
Reed Long used to be like a lot of fans who sit in the stands at Columbus Speedway and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Long would sit and watch the races with friends and would think to himself, “I can do that. How difficult can it be to race a car?” That question is part of the reason Long, 31, of Columbus, finally left the stands and climbed into a race car.
Robert Harmon doesn’t have as much time to fish as he would like. As a criminal investigator for the sheriff’s office in Chickasaw County, Harmon needs to be available at a moment’s notice, so planning leisure time can be difficult. This weekend, though, Harmon hopes to take a break from his full-time work as an investigator to a different kind of searching. Harmon hopes his time will be well spent Saturday when he competes in the American Bass Anglers district tournament in Columbus.
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