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Fabulous Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year, and as I read this month’s stories I realized I’m not alone – almost everyone is anxious for cooler temps to arrive and for the fun to begin.
Football season in the South is more than just fun – it’s a culture that is unrivaled in most parts of the country. Even non-football-watching fans seem to get caught up in team spirit. I’m not sure my alma mater – the University of Southern Mississippi – has a contentious in-state game like the teams featured in Verna Gates’ story about football’s fiercest rivalries. That’s ok because I get a firsthand look at the intensity of fans when my Georgia-native husband thinks his “Dawgs” are going to lose to Georgia Tech, one of the South’s oldest rivalries. Whether you are an Egg Bowl fan, an Iron Bowl devotee or a Tennessee-Vandy follower, you’ll find some interesting history about how these fierce battles began.
Writer Karen Ott Mayer gives a complete run-down of the South’s best fall festivals as well as some unusual celebrations. Keep the dates handy so you can enjoy the festivities near your hometown.
With all the hoopla surrounding football and festivals, you may want a way to unwind and have some quiet time. Andrea Brown Ross finds that a scenic drive through the South can take us back to simpler times when covered bridges and old-fashioned grist mills dotted the landscape.
School has been in session for a few weeks now, so it’s perfect timing to read about DeSoto County School Superintendent Cory Uselton. He shares his philosophy for keeping his district among the top with writer Robin Branch.
Back-to-school is not always easy for some students; in fact, it can be downright frightening and painful. Karon Warren talked to two Georgia teens who developed a life-saving app to signal when things are notOK™.
We believe this issue has something of interest for everyone, and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Happy reading,
Mary Ann