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Resolutions share hope for better new year
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Vicki Avery of Corinth tried out a new recipe for “Hoppin’ John” on Friday in preparation for the traditional New Year’s Day feast of hog jowl, black-eyed peas, garlic, rice and cornbread. / Staff photo by Zack Steen
Vicki Avery of Corinth tried out a new recipe for “Hoppin’ John” on Friday in preparation for the traditional New Year’s Day feast of hog jowl, black-eyed peas, garlic, rice and cornbread. / Staff photo by Zack Steen
In anticipation of a glorious New Year, Crossroads residents are making resolutions to put their best face forward in 2017.

Whether its getting in shape, becoming a better Christian or devoting more quality time to family and friends with fewer distractions, all are pledging to take steps to ensure a brighter tomorrow.

“I just want to be a better person, wife and mother each day this year and grow closer to God.”

Rhonda Hamm Floyd, Corinth

“I plan to work harder to become a better Christian and also to spend as much quality time with family as possible.”

Billy Walker,

Guys, Tenn.

“My New Year’s resolution is to spend more time in God’s book instead of on Facebook. I plan to take better care of me in all aspect of life’s choices with hope to find happiness, so I can be a better mother, daughter, sister and friend.”

Tina H. Bugg, Corinth

“My New Year’s resolution is to get over what ever has gotten me down and to take better care of my body health wise.”

Renee Pepper,


“I used to set weight loss goals and it helped, truly it did. However, I want a bit more meaning this year. Balance is my goal. Owning my own business I tend to get tunnel vision. This year I want to devote as much time to my family, to God, to relationships that mean the most to me as I do to my work. I want to create more time for the things that I overlook or take for granted. Plain and simple. I still have health goals like getting back to ten miles a day, but I think if I get the rest prioritized the miles will come easier.”

Crystal Sweeney,

Marsh Town

“I’ve decided my New Years resolution is to take back control of my life where in the past year it has been upheaved due to several health problems and unseen situations that I couldn’t control. I’m getting back to me and making myself better for not only myself but also my family.”

Shannon Voyles, Corinth

“I want to lose weight, be more health conscious, stop smoking, and learn to say ‘no’ sometimes.”

Jennifer Mangrum, Selmer, Tenn.

“I would like to get a few cool, old bikes this year.”

Cindy Hamlin, Rienzi

“I want to love God even more, lose weight and be the person God intended me to be.”

Tabitha Patience Duncan, Farmington

“I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions, but this year I plan to spend more time with my family. My parents experienced several health struggles in 2016 and those issues made me realize that time with them is even more precious. I love my family and the fun times we share. I also strive to help others. It is such a blessing for me to be able to help someone in need, so I will focus more on helping others in our community as much as possible.”

Sandy Coleman Mitchell, 46, Kossuth

“My New Year’s resolutions are to be the best role model and positive influence in my son’s life, accept the fact that most 2-3 years olds act the same so there’s no reason to be apologetic and embarrassed during a temper tantrum in public (Because I’m not alone in this fun parenting/toddler walk), make more time to visit with family and friends, read the entire Bible, write more handwritten letters and mail birthday cards, recruit the best physicians for our community, be more spontaneous and not always have to have a plan, live life more abundantly, be thankful for each new day that God has blessed me with and fully incorporate the motto, ‘Let Go and Let God’ into my life and practice it daily.”

Sara Beth Green, Corinth

“My New Year’s resolution is to stop worrying so much. What is meant to be will be.”

Ashley Brown, Baldwyn

“To lose a little weight and make healthier food choices.”

Phyllis Keith-Young, Corinth

“My New Year’s resolution consists of two things: a healthy baby and peace for our family during this tough time.”

Amanda Selman, Iuka

“My New Year’s resolution is to cleanse my life of negativity and stress and focus more on success and happiness.”

Trinity Jacobs, Corinth

“I hope to be completely healed (from a car wreck) and be healthy again, for my family to be blessed, to be able to travel and see more of the world, and to help others who are in need.”

John Jarrett, Guys, Tenn.

“My New Year’s resolutions are to be more organized. In turn, I hope my better organization allows more time for family fun in 2017!”

Angie Maness, Chewalla, Tenn.

“My New Year’s resolution is to try not to be so stressed out. To not be so OCD. That bothers my family. I want to share more with people who are less fortunate than I. Do my best to help others in anyway l possibly can. Visit the sick and serve my Lord and Savior more. If everyone does that then their life would be blessed endlessly. My goal is take one day at a time and be grateful for every minute of it. Last but not least, to always ask if it be The Lord’s Will.”

Carolyn Maricle, Corinth

“My resolutions are the obvious ones, to lose weight and exercise more. I want to spend quality time with family in the New Year.”

Jack Glover, Selmer, Tenn.

“Healthier, wealthier and wiser! Seriously, to be surrounded by my family and friends who have been my strength and guidance to a life with stronger faith. God Bless my dear loved ones in 2017!”

Ann Dickson Walker, Corinth

“I will be working on my health to try my best to lose a few pounds. Praying I will be able to work in my yard and get it back to looking good again.”

Carolyn Fowler, Guys, Tenn.

“My New Year’s resolution is to play a series of clarinet recitals in and around the Corinth area and to continue to bring musical enrichment to local and area residents through the Corinth Symphony Orchestra.”

Conductor Maurice Weatherall, Rienzi

“My resolution is for me and my husband to become regular in church in the New Year.”

Sara Doyle, Chewalla, Tenn.

“I plan to stop making impulse buys to help me save money, become a better person and Christian, help others more, and to teach my three children about giving to help others.”

Wendi Wood, Selmer, Tenn.

“My New Year’s resolution is to study the Bible more, spend more time with family, eat healthier and exercise more and count my blessings more than I count my bills!”

Rhonda Lee, Corinth

“I want to find Bigfoot or whatever is making all these noises in the Swamp after dark time.”

Sandy Childs, Gift Bottom

“I am thankful for an excellent 2016. This year brought weight loss surgery. I’m down 122 pounds and counting. My first goal for 2017 is to reach my weight loss goal of 200 pounds. I also find myself very blessed to still have both my parents and I plan to spend more time this year learning and sharing with family. I hope 2017 finds me expressing my creative side – theatrical, musical and artistic. Most of all I hope to grow stronger in my walk with my Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Bryan Essary, 59, Corinth

“I’m going to write more, hit my goal weight, and send more snail mail!”

Taylor Coombs, Corinth

“It’s the Chinese ‘Year of the Rooster!’ Our only real goal is that The Rooster Run and Big Chicken cooking contest is the biggest and best ever for the Alcorn County American Legion! Also, we would like to end any hurting and help any person in our community as much as we can, while inspiring others to do the same. If we, as a community, just concentrate on helping our own, then we can branch out and help the rest of the world!”

Keith Jones, Gift Bottom

“My New Year’s resolution is to resolve to spend less time with my phone and more time with my family and to continually become a better version of myself.”

Brian Craven, Corinth

“I don’t have all my goals figured out yet, but one of them is to learn to be be a great mom, and also to keep pursuing acting and not let having a newborn keep me from opportunities.”

Katie Pavao, Selmer, Tenn.

“My new year’s resolution is to spend more time in the Bible and prayer and just enjoy all the time I can with my son, Zackary. I also want to keep eating healthier and clean and exercise more.”

Marsha McCollum, Corinth

“Borrowed from author Jon Gordon, I’m adopting my resolutions from him for 2017: Love, serve and care. Stay positive. No energy vampires allowed. And finally, don’t seek happiness – live with love, passion and purpose and happiness will find you.”

Ronnie Sleeper, Corinth

“My Resolution is to work on two attitudes that plague me on a daily basis – complacency and procrastination. They enable me to justify my failure to act. Just before Christmas I had an opportunity to visit our local schools. On my way home that day, I promised myself that I would call a teacher to see if there was something I could do to make some child’s Christmas a little brighter. My good intentions soon came under attack. “Let someone else do that. You don’t have time. You need to be cooking. You need to be shopping for people who have everything they need and most of what they want.” I’m easily convinced – I was tired and so I did nothing. Maybe, I thought, if I just knew someone to whom I could be accountable I would do better. Immediately, I realized that I do know. Indeed, we all know to whom we are ultimately accountable for caring about others and if that knowledge doesn’t motivate us to act then nothing will.”

Mary Coleman, Kossuth

“My New Year’s resolution is to live life to the fullest everyday, spend more time with the people I love and document that journey, destress and declutter with better organization. I also want to do better about getting to places on time.”

Lisa C. Lambert, Corinth

“My New Year’s resolution is to live every day to its fullest, always looking on the bright side of what is handed me. I want to trust God more, love hard, work hard, play hard, run hard and eat less. I want to be humble and appreciative of the many blessings that enrich my life. I want to do the best I can. I want to serve as an example of one that is giving back in order to make the world a tiny bit better.”

Kenneth Williams, 75-chronological age; 57-outlook age, Corinth

“My resolution is to shed some weight, kick my bad habits, try not to stress so much and try to treat everyone as nice and kind as possible because that is something this world could use a lot more of.”

Nikki Duncan, Rienzi

“My wish is for peace and happiness in the New Year.”

Jayme Bundeson, Corinth

“I resolve to be better to myself. Stop beating myself up over simple mistakes or situations that are out of my control. I will accept that I am human and this is part of it. And I will realize my own self-worth.”

Tammy Morris, Corinth

“My resolution is to be present in the moment and not micromanage my life. I want to fully enjoy and appreciate all the big and small joys and blessings I find each day.”

Amy Donahue, Corinth

“I just hope for good health, happiness, prosperity and blessings on my loved ones in the coming year.”

Thomas “Ray” Maness, Glen

“My resolution is to embrace change and to bring peace into my life and into the lives of those around me.”

Sherlyn Haley, Corinth

“My new year resolution for 2017 is I plan to be a better wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and friend. I know how important it is to always be there for others and let them know how much we appreciate having them in our lives. God is good!”

Mayra E. Sosa Guzman, Corinth
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