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We all remember Katrina. We remember where we were. We remember the sound of the storm, the moment we lost power, breathing in the bitter smell of gasoline. We remember banding together to clean streets, and cook whatever leftover food we had before it rotted. We remember weeping, trembling in fear. We remember building each other up after the storm tried to tear us down. We remember moving forward. These stories you are about to read you will not remember. These stories have never been reported. These stories have been silenced for 10 years. This is Katrina Untold.

Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee’s “Ice Truck” story has only been legend since it happened in 2005. The sheriff not only refused to publicly discuss it with local media outlets, but national outlets as well. For the first time since the storm, Sheriff McGee shares the story in his own words on-the-record.

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall, it took just hours to wreak havoc all across the Pine Belt region of Southeast Mississippi. For days after that, the slow speed of bureaucracy left thousands in the area without the basic supplies they desperately needed. Forrest County, which is just 70 miles directly north of the Gulf Coast, was no stranger to that need.

Trucks filled with ice, water, tarps, and other supplies were traveling from Jackson to Hattiesburg to send immediate relief. It is a common route for people in this area and a direct route along Highway 49, but for reasons that vary depending on who tells the story, the loaded 18-wheelers were not making the trip down south as quickly and regularly as some needed.

Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee had enough of the absence of supplies on about Day 4 after the storm.

“I needed ice now,” McGee said. “I don’t need the ice tomorrow. I need the ice now.”

What the sheriff did to get the ice not only became somewhat of a legendary story in the Pine Belt, but it was also illegal. McGee, who was first elected in 1992, was informed that Camp Shelby, a military training base located off Highway 49 in Forrest County, just south of the Hattiesburg city limits, was a Federal Emergency Management Association staging area for supplies. Knowing that the other trucks from Jackson would not be coming to the area that day to deliver ice and water, McGee sent a deputy to the base to find out where the supplies were assigned, and if they weren’t, if he could take them to the people who had been calling him in need.

“It was a FEMA staging area, and they had portable morgues, they had portable hospitals, they had ice, they had 18-wheelers of ice, 18-wheelers of water. They had all kinds of supplies down there,” McGee recalled.

The deputy sent to Camp Shelby was given two phone numbers by the FEMA representative there, and he was instructed to tell the sheriff to call those numbers to request the ice from that area to distribute in the county. McGee called several times and was greeted by no answer.

Later that afternoon, the sheriff rounded up about five deputies, two of which had a commercial driver’s license, and they headed to the base to get the supplies.

“I tell my guys, ‘If I come back on these steps and give you the signal, that means get the truck, and let’s go,’” McGee said.

No guns were pulled, but McGee said there were words exchanged between him and the FEMA representative. When the sheriff was told the ice wasn’t assigned to a specific location, he was told that he “had an ice problem,” and the FEMA representative had a “communications problem.”

“I said, ‘Well, I tell you what,’” McGee recalled of his conversation with the FEMA representative over the trucks, “I’m going to work on my problem, and I wish you some luck with yours.”

McGee walked out of the FEMA trailer, worked up over the conversation but determined to get the ice he came for. He signaled his deputies, and just as they went to instruct the truck drivers to help them get out of the base with the ice, an armed guardsman tried to stop them.

“We asked him to get off the truck, told him we were taking the truck, that he was obstructing,” McGee said. “He refused to (get off), and so we removed him from the truck, handcuffed him, put him in a patrol car so we could all get out of there.”

McGee’s deputies did not have to drive the 18-wheelers, although one driver half-jokingly said he needed some proof that the sheriff was making him do this because people back home would not believe his story. The trucks split routes, with one headed to the high school in the southern part of the county and the other going to the neighboring town of Petal.

Forrest County Agricultural High School served as a staging area earlier in the week, but just like the other staging areas, it had been without ice and water for some time.

Then the Sheriff arrived with a truck, and a Black Hawk helicopter was flying over him.


" I stole what is ours. We are the federal government. There is no money in Washington without us." - Billy Mcgee


“I can tell you one thing, everyone was excited,” volunteer Debbie Burt remembered about that day.

Burt, who was handing out supplies at FCAHS since the storm hit, said there was a long line that day because people had been waiting for another load to come around, but they had no idea the controversy behind how the ice got to them that particular day.

“They followed the same process,” Burt said of the people in line, who came by the truck in their cars just like a fast food drive-thru. “They were just glad to get ice.”

It wasn’t until Burt saw a car coming in the wrong way that she began to realize who helped the trucks get to the high school. It was Sheriff McGee.

“I thought, ‘How responsive and how diligent a person that was,” Burt recalled.

It only took a few hours for all of the ice from that load to be distributed, and just after the work was done, Sheriff McGee’s phone began to ring.

An FBI agent was on the other end when the sheriff answered, who told him to meet him at the sheriff’s office. McGee obliged and was interviewed by the agent, asked about the circumstances of what he did and why. Shortly after that meeting, the second call came in to McGee’s phone.

This time it was the adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard, who wanted to meet with McGee when he came through town just before midnight.

McGee met with him and offered an apology to the guardsmen whom he handcuffed for interfering with the trucks earlier that day. That man was only ticketed, according to McGee, but the incident led to a bigger battle for the sheriff.

Sheriff McGee went six months before he heard from anyone else, but a conversation overhead by a deputy between then-Governor Haley Barbour and the U.S. Attorney at that time gave McGee a heads up that he wasn’t off the hook just yet.

McGee was told Barbour told U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton he wanted McGee’s “ass to be taken care of for what he did.”

“I think it’s kind of stupid that he would take that approach for those actions,” McGee said of the governor’s comments.

Governor Barbour himself was praised for his own response after Hurricane Katrina. At a time when the federal government had gravely disappointed thousands of people along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the New Orleans area, Barbour was seen as a hero in his own state. But McGee was also considered a hero in his own right in Forrest County.

“I felt good that the people who needed ice at the time that we serve, that we are sworn to protect and serve, were getting what they deserved,” McGee said.

Ten years later, Barbour called the incident “water under the bridge.”

“It’s behind us,” he said, “but I do believe if you have suffered from a mega disaster, law and order is even more important than it is on an average day because the risks are so high for the people that didn’t get that ice.”

McGee’s expectations of hearing from the U.S. Attorney followed through. Lampton worked with McGee and his attorney, the well-known local attorney Jim Dukes, to enter a guilty plea.

The sheriff’s case was set to be heard at the federal court in Hattiesburg, and the guilty plea did not have anything to do with the ice, rather a misdemeanor for interfering with a federal officer, which was for the incident with the guardsmen attempting to block McGee from taking the truck.

Luckily, he was the only one charged, not the other deputies who assisted him in getting the ice trucks.

“I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if those guys had gotten in trouble and lost their career,” McGee said. “I couldn’t do it.”

The day before his trial, Lampton called McGee’s attorney, Jim Dukes.

Lampton, who is now deceased, told Dukes his client would not be allowed to speak to the media after he entered his guilty plea. He assured Dukes he would talk highly of the sheriff, but Dukes, who knew McGee for many years while representing Forrest County, told Lampton that wouldn’t be necessary.

“I know him much better than you do,” Dukes said. “I can’t make him shut up. If he wants to say something tomorrow, he’s going to say it.”

McGee did speak to the media, but it was prior to the plea hearing. A reporter with the local newspaper asked McGee what he thought about the situation, and he was honest with the reporter.

“I told her I was disappointed in the government,” McGee said. “I was disappointed in Dunn Lampton. I felt like he was trying to make a statement for the Guard on their behalf.”

The news quickly traveled to Lampton, who was in the federal courthouse in Hattiesburg for a separate case. The reporter went to the courthouse to relay the message from McGee.

After Lampton heard what the sheriff said about him, he called Dukes and told him the plea deal was off.

“I’m sending this case to Washington, D.C. and see if I can have him indicted on a felony,” Lampton said.

The case eventually ended up in the federal court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but what happened when the case got there, is unknown.

“I waited for the next round, and I’m waiting still today,” McGee said.

Dukes said he was advised at the time that no action would be taken on his client’s case.

“They had more significant things to deal with,” Dukes said nearly ten years later.

He still claims there was “insufficient evidence” to prove the sheriff violated the law, and when asked what the statute of limitations was on the case, he repeated that it was taken care of.

“It was the right thing to do in my mind that day, and it’s the right thing today,” McGee said. “And if I had been wise enough to know the repercussions, I think I still would have done it.”

During the investigation, petitions were crafted in support of McGee and money was raised by prominent businessmen to assist with legal fees for the sheriff. Bumper stickers were made in jest that read “Billy McGee for Governor: Unafraid to Lead.” While he said he never considered running for the state’s top position, that slogan was used in his two successful runs for sheriff since Katrina.

“I was amazed at the people of Forrest County that stood up and supported me and were willing to do anything that they could,” he said.

While he may not have had the support of all, he had it of many. Lord willing, another Katrina will not happen, but if it does, McGee knows what his response would be.

“I would certainly do it again.”

DISCLAIMER: All quotes by Dukes during the interview were paraphrased as recollection of the events from Spring 2006. All quotes from Lampton are paraphrased by McGee, as Dunn passed away in 2011. According to McGee, Lampton was a retired officer in the Mississippi National Guard and a judge advocate for them.

It's a scene ten years can simply not erase. 

"I don't think any of us were prepared for this," said former Governor Haley Barbour.  "We were confronted with what we had thought was unimaginable and now it had become reality."

On a Monday morning back in 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast region, leaving two thirds of Mississippi a major disaster area. Governor at the time, Haley Barbour, got his first real look at devastation the next morning.

"I will never forget flying over the coast in a national guard helicopter," said Barbour. "Some places looked like the hand of God just wiped away everything. Some places for blocks. Some places for miles."

That is when reality began to set in. 

"The first thing I thought about was how many people are we going to find under that debris," said Barbour.

Just 20 months on the job as governor, Barbour knew his ability to lead was about to be put to the test. Outside of recovery, Barbour also knew he'd be faced with the bigger challenge of rebuilding and renewing the spirits of South Mississippians, convincing them to come back and start over. 

"You have got to get people committed to their community," said Barbour. "From very early on, we tried to give people facts that made them hopeful."

On the ground, everyday presented new hurdles. Behind the scenes Barbour was quickly assigning state workers to long term plans, including the one presented to Congress, which led to increased federal aid. 

When asked how he was able to make sense of chaos, Barbour pointed to the team of people getting the job done.  

That team, made up of local, state and federal workers, volunteers, politicians and first responders worked around the clock as 46 states began sending resources. In all, 954,000 people came to Mississippi, registered as volunteers and helped Mississippians believe in themselves.

"You take any of those away and we would never have gotten to where we are as fast as we've gotten here," said Barbour. "It is remarkable how cooperative so many people were who didn't have to be."

In the days after the storm, a different type of storm was brewing as concerns about whether supplies like food and water were going to be delivered from the federal government. By Wednesday there was still nothing.  

"It's not catastrophic yet, but it's headed that way and General Cross tells the story, that he told the Pentagon either send us airplanes filled with food and water, or filled with body bags," Barbour said. "It finally got their attention."


" I made some bad decisions. I'm not embarrassed to say that. We were making it up as we went along." - Haley Barbour


That night two military cargo planes filled with supplies were on the ground in Mississippi. Although Barbour says the initial FEMA supply system was a failure, there was no choice but to make it work. From there, plans were adjusted as problems came up.

"I made some bad decisions. I made some decisions that later we changed because we realized this is not working out like we thought it would," said Barbour. "I'm not embarrassed to say that. We were making it up as we went along."

Those decisions, whether good or bad, would help pave the way to recovery, a long effort now captured in countless pictures, including one which became Barbour's Christmas card that year.

"This was on Friday after the storm and you can see just utter devastation. We're standing on the slab of where a house use to be," said Barbour as he gazed over the photo of he and his wife.

Scenes like the one in that photo littered South Mississippi, but so did stories of survival and hope. Barbour points to a story of a man who only wanted enough supplies for his family, directing responders to give the rest to neighbors. 

"He's worried about people who need it worse than they do. I thought to myself, how could you not believe in people like this," said Barbour.

With those attitudes, Barbour says leadership got a little easier, and helped the image of Mississippi unlike he's ever seen. Looking forward, Barbour says the lessons learned have become just as important.  

"There will be other storms and we're going to be more resilient because of what happened," said Barbour.

Barbour has also written a book about leadership during Katrina called America's Great Storm. It's his first book and was published earlier this month. 

“Everyone has a Katrina story. Ours happens to be our wedding story, but everyone has their Katrina story,” said Jennifer Jackson while recounting the events that led up to her wedding.

Her husband Todd added, “We used to joke and say it certainly couldn’t get any worse than the way it started. So we could only go up from there.”

Jennifer and Todd are both from South Mississippi, Tylertown and Poplarville respectively, but were living in upstate New York. They were days away from their big, formal wedding and reception in downtown Hattiesburg when they first heard about a hurricane brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Todd said he initially didn’t think too much of the storm.

“Just another hurricane,” Todd said. “We’d been through many, and obviously Katrina was something different than any of us had seen.”

Jennifer said, “It felt like it was going to be different, but still, it was on Monday. It would pass. Again, the weather would be perfect on Saturday in my mind, so all we had to do was make it through the storm. “

As they looked up the forecast, they started to think that Katrina wouldn’t be just another storm.

“When you pull up the Weather Channel radar on the computer, and it literally was the size of the Gulf of Mexico. And I remember thinking ‘this is different,’” Jennifer said.

“Just the sheer size of the storm,” Todd said. “I remember calling Jennifer and saying, ‘wow. This is…this is going to be serious.”

They boarded their flight from Albany to Jackson, Jennifer still planning on having a wedding, and Todd not so sure it would still happen.

“I remember being on the interstate going south, and we were the only trucks headed south besides the power trucks and military vehicles,” Todd said about their trip from Jackson’s airport. “Nobody else was heading south. It was kind of like we had lost our minds.”

“We had no idea that it was absolutely going to wipe out so much that it did,” Jennifer said. “You know, take out power for days. Take out food sources. Just complete chaos. So we did not realize that until we actually got back to Mississippi.”

They headed to Tylertown and Jennifer’s parents’ house first.

“When we got there we were just…we were just overwhelmed. We were overwhelmed,” Jennifer said. “I think everybody was in a state of shock. Just trying to pick up the pieces of their life at that point, and here we were trying to decide if we were actually going to have a wedding.”

While Jennifer and her family tried to deal with the damage and come up with a plan, Todd headed to Poplarville to check on his family. No power. No cell phone service. No way to communicate.

Jennifer said, “I can remember sitting on this little step at my parent’s house, and literally like hands on my head, elbows on my knees, and just thinking ‘what do I do? What do I do? Do we cancel? Do we have it? Do we cancel? Do we have it?’ And we came up with every reason probably to do both. And I feared that we would never… If we didn’t do it now I couldn’t, in my brain, couldn’t figure out when we would get it in, which sounds ridiculous. But at that point it didn’t make sense to me. We were going on a honeymoon. Wedding comes before honeymoon, so we weren’t going to cancel the honeymoon.”

Jennifer and her parents then went into impromptu wedding planning mode.

First, they needed a venue.

“First thing we said was ‘well, where are we going to have it?’ There was no AC, so outdoors made the most sense, and luckily there’s a beautiful park in Tylertown,” Jennifer said. “And we decided to go with that. We literally had to get chainsaws and cut our way into it. Gloves and just you know pulling limbs, pulling trees trying to make our way into it.”

Luckily, she brought her wedding dress home on a previous trip from New York. While that meant she had her dress for the wedding, it also meant the dress had to ride out the storm.

“My parents’ house...it was severely damaged, and they had water come in,” she said. “So my mom actually had to get the dress and continue to move it from room to room to try to keep it dry during the whole Katrina.”

“It was an absolute blur,” she said. “I remember probably the most working trying to clear the wedding spot. I remember getting dressed in my wedding dress with the window unit that was powered by a generator on our back glassed in porch because that was the only cool room in the house. So I remember getting dressed out there. I remember once I was dressed, that there were mosquito bites all on my arms, but they didn’t show up that much later.”

“We were supposed to have manicures and pedicures for all the bridesmaids on Saturday morning,” Jennifer said. “It’s a time you think of being pampered, and you think of it just as this very glamorous time, probably the most glamorous time of your life for most girls. And it was going to be for me as well, but instead you’re just working and sweating and you’re hungry because there’s no food.”

Jennifer said once they got they cleared the park, her uncles and cousins stood in as bridesmaids for a small wedding rehearsal. “Groom was nowhere in sight,” she said. And what’s a wedding rehearsal without a rehearsal dinner?

“Someone had gone to the church and stood in the Red Cross line and gotten us beef stew dinners. So that’s what we had as our rehearsal dinner was the beef stew. I remember thinking ‘how did we get here?’ And then it was almost beautiful too because it was so simple.”

Meanwhile, Todd was both literally and figuratively in the dark in Poplarville with his family.

Jennifer said, “I remember not being able to communicate with Todd. So once Todd and I parted ways so he could go take care of his family, it was all silence. He really didn’t know what was going on. Here again, I had my whole family crew on this wedding thing, but he had no idea.”

Todd said, “I don’t know if I thought this crazy thing was going to happen or not, but we decided, they decided, we were having a wedding, so I needed to find a suit.”

Jennifer said, “Todd and I were talking as the ten year anniversary comes around, and he was telling me that he didn’t pack his suit because he thought we weren’t having the wedding. Ten years later, I think that’s the first time I heard that.”

Todd's family friend owns Apples Limited in Poplarville, and despite severe damage to the store, the owner went with Todd to find a suit.

“He helped me kind of rummage through all the damage, and luckily, the suits were in a good suit bag. He helped me find a suit, and the next thing we had to do was hem it. So another family friend hemmed the suit for us in one day. I hung out with her family for a few hours while she hemmed the suit.”

Of course, there was no power, so she had to do all of the hemming by hand.

“She’d done it with a sewing machine for years,” Todd said. “So she was apologizing for how bad it was. You can’t tell in any of our wedding pictures. The suit looks just fine.”

A Wedding cake and a bride’s bouquet were other wedding essentials that got a Katrina twist. Jennifer’s flowers were red roses from Walmart, wrapped in athletic tape and covered with her grandmother’s handkerchief. The cake had an elaborate journey from Batesville, Miss. to get to the wedding.

“The lady was so busy cooking at that time that the lady who drove up there asked her to do the wedding cake, she said she couldn’t,” Todd said. “She didn’t have time. So the family friend of Jennifer’s family washed dishes and cleaned in this lady’s bakery while she baked our wedding cake.”

Originally, the couple had honeymoon flights booked in New Orleans, but obviously, that was no longer an option. They rebooked their flights from Memphis, and Jennifer’s parents drove the couple to the airport after the wedding.

“My parents literally, I mean after, think about all we’ve done for two days. Physical labor. We’re emotional. We’re probably more emotionally drained than we are physically drained at this point,” Jennifer said. “And my parents literally drove us to Memphis the night after the wedding, which I don’t even know how many hours that was, but I know that we were completely tired.”

Todd said, “We had made a deposit of $300 for a limousine to carry us from our wedding at the Cultural center in downtown Hattiesburg to New Orleans to stay in a hotel before our flight out. Well, I never got that limo ride, so I at least wanted to call and check if I could get my $300 dollar deposit back. So I called the nice gentleman. Unfortunately that limousine company was based on the coast at that time. And when I ask him if I could get my deposit back, he said ‘well seeing how every limousine and charter bus that I own is floating in the Gulf of Mexico even right now today, no buddy I don’t have your $300.’ And I just remember feeling so silly.”

Jennifer said for the first few years after the wedding, she wasn’t sure if she had made the right decision and “couldn’t believe that my wedding day had come and gone, and it wasn’t the glamorous event.” 10 years and two children later, she says the wedding itself isn’t as important.

“I was very sad for a long time actually,” Jennifer said. “Now, you fast forward. Now, we have this beautiful life, beautiful kids, and I realized what’s important. And it makes me see the whole wedding as even more beautiful than I realized it was then. I wish I would have appreciated it even more then because I can see it for what it is now. And it’s very cool. Very unique. Very memorable. People who don’t even know us have heard this story, and they go ‘oh you’re those people.’ It’s really…could not make this stuff up.”

Todd said, “It’s the love of one another and family and a commitment and sacrifice and those things. And our wedding had all of those things. Katrina did a ton of damage, but Katrina could not, could not take away any of those things. So I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

This house may seem like any other in the Chapel Hill Subdivision in Lamar County.  

According to the owner, Kim LeDuff, this home holds a story of her family's survival and refuge. 

"I always joke that I moved to Mississippi to be closer to family, because I am originally from New Orleans, but I had no idea my entire family would move in with me," said LeDuff.

In 2005,Kim began her new position as a broadcast journalism professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

" I moved to Hattiesburg two weeks prior to Katrina actually hitting," said LeDuff. She said at that time, she lived in a two bedroom apartment in Hattiesburg. She said she didn't worry much about waiting out the storm, or her family needing to evacuate from their home in New Orleans East. Then her uncle changed that. 

"He had cancer," said LeDuff. "My mom begged my dad to evacuate, you know, she said to get him out of the city because if anything were to happen we wanted to be able to have him get medical care."

Right before Katrina made landfall, Kim's Uncle and up to ten members of the LeDuff family, ages 1 to 89 filled her two bedroom apartment for two months. 

"Every family had a room, including the living room and the dining room."

But her mother, Lynette, stayed in New Orleans for hurricane duty at the children's hospital. 

"We did fine until the water really started rising," said Lynette. 

Lynette said that is when the hospital planned a caravan evacuation, but the unrest in New Orleans, near the levees, made the drive out of the city dangerous. 

"I mean, they were actually shooting at cars to try to take the cars away," said Lynette.

Lynette reminisced when she went from enduring a hurricane and gunfire to receiving the embrace of strangers once she made it to the Hub City. 

"We went to the grocery one day and the lady when she was checking us out recognized our New Orleans accent," said Lynette. "She asked us if we were there after the hurricane, and we told her yes. So she came around the counter and she said, I just want to give you a hug.'" 

Lynette's husband, Kenneth, said her elderly father was standing outside of Walmart and experienced amazing kindness from residents. 

"Four different ladies stopped and asked him, 'sir, are you ok? do you need a ride home?' It was truly amazing because that would have never happened in New Orleans," said Kenneth. 

The LeDuff family said seeking shelter in a city with that much compassion and support eased the heartbreak of losing everything, and it made Kim's decision to buy this home a no-brainer. This home is now the family's hurricane shelter. 

"We have used it for a hurricane shelter for two others, I think Gustav and I can't remember the other," said LeDuff. 

She no longer lives here, but she said she will never sell the home.

Ten years later, the family realizes the times spent here seeking shelter from hurricanes gave them precious memories with loved ones who are now gone, like Kim's Uncle and Grandfather. Now the family comes to this house for a different kind of retreat.

"I call and I say,'Kim, I need a break, can I come visit this weekend?" said Lynette. 

The Hub City Mardi Gras parade provides some NOLA comfort. 

"We've been coming up here for going on three years now," said Kenneth. 

The stakes were high. Emotions were even higher. During wall-to-wall Katrina coverage Randy Swan was faced with a tough decision as growing frustrations persisted behind the scenes. Phone lines were tied up with NASCAR fans asking WDAM to air the race. The rest of the calls were residents begging for help for supplies. What happened next was unforgettable for the people watching. Ten years later, Randy Swan watches his emotional reaction to the chaos for the first time. Here he is, in his own words...

For decades Robin Roberts has been a staple on American television. She began her television career at WDAM-TV News.

“I’m very familiar with the Hub City and Eastabuchie and the people there,” Roberts said.

She’s not the lead anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America, where she has seen and covered many stories throughout the country. But 10 years ago, one story hit a little too close to home. 

“The morning and the morning after Katrina for the country to see me so emotional, I had never done that,” Roberts explained.

 Roberts said she never imagined that her home state of Mississippi would also be home to one of the greatest natural disasters in U.S. history.

In the aftermath of the storm, Robins realized that much of the national attention was placed on New Orleans.

“Yes it’s terrible what happened in New Orleans that was man-made.  That was after the storm, those were the levees breaching. Every bit as important, every bit as tragic, but when you want to talk about Katrina, that’s here,” Roberts added.

So from that point forward, she made it her mission to share the untold stories of South Mississippians.


" Yes, it's terrible what happened in New Orleans. But when you want to talk about Katrina, that's here. " - Robin Roberts


“I wanted to be able to give voice to the people most affected by it,” Roberts explained.  

Roberts said there are so many remarkable stories of bravery, hope and resilience which make Mississippi one of the best places to call home.

"They did it. They were the ones that were there day in and day out for themselves," said Roberts. "I’m just so very proud to continue to call this home."

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