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Today is January 22, 2021

Editorial

Welcome to 2021

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

We made it! Can you believe it?

The year 2020 seemed to go on and on because of the unique challenges we faced — the COVID-19 pandemic, an active hurricane and storm season and an especially bitter and divisive political election.

But today we can say that was then and this is now.

You are holding the first 2021 issue of Today in Mississippi right now and we couldn’t be happier.

The magazine is also our first full January issue of the publication’s run. Before, we produced a combined January/February issue. Beginning this year, our members will receive 12 separate issues annually.

That makes us happy as well because it’s our pride and joy to bring you stories and photos each month that give you a look at the people and places that make Mississippi special. We also want to make sure you stay on top of news and announcements about your electric cooperative — and Today in Mississippi is the statewide publication that features that important information.

Our first issue of the year is the one we always dub our “Legislative Issue.” When you look at your local pages this month, you will see the names, photos and contact information of the Mississippi lawmakers and your elected officials in Washington D.C., who represent you.

Our outstanding government relations team stays in close contact with them while they monitor state and national legislation that affects the electric power industry.

This month, for our cover story, we visited with Elee Reeves, the first lady of Mississippi. It’s been one year since Elee Reeves and Gov. Tate Reeves moved into the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson.

During our interview, Elee discusses her family, her full-time job, her service to her home state and what Mississippi residents have taught her about compassion and kindness.

We also spoke to a Mississippi man who has made history at Harvard University about his ties not only to Mississippi but to one of our state’s electric cooperatives — Pearl River Valley EPA.

Finally, we recently conducted and concluded a reader survey where you told us what you like about Today in Mississippi and what we need to improve on. Thank you for your time and feedback. We take it seriously because we want to make sure our publication is one of your favorite monthly reads.

The feedback is not limited to that survey either. Feel free to reach out to editor Steven Ward anytime with your story ideas, questions or thoughts. Email him at ward@ecm.coop.

Thanks again for being part of Mississippi’s electric cooperative community and we wish everyone a great 2021!

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