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It is time to sign-up for the 2nd annual Mississippi ‘Saluting Branches’ event which will be held once again at the Biloxi National Cemetery

Date: Wed., September 18th  2019
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM (approximate)
Location: Biloxi Veterans Administration Medical Center
                  400 Veterans Blvd.
                  Biloxi, MS  39531

We need businesses and contractors with equipment (bucket trucks, aerial lifts, foresters, chippers/shredders, saws, blowers, etc.) as well as individual volunteers (rakes, pole saw/loppers, blowers, etc.) to donate their time or funds to make this event successful. Volunteers with no tree maintenance background can assist by getting lunch, delivering water and helping with clean-up. Another task that is always appreciated is washing headstones.

Tim Brown is this year’s Event Coordinator  (C—228.861.3644)
He has met with the Landscape Maintenance and Cemetery Staff. They are currently compiling their “Wish List”. The main need is to raise canopies over roads and thin branching in designated trees.

Please sign up at

You must sign-up via this website to participate, since we will be on federal property.
Free commemorative T-Shirt if you officially volunteer by Aug. 18 (go to the website).

“SAVE THE DATE”    PAAM Conference   Thurs. & Fri., Jan. 23-24, 2020 in Biloxi, MS

Conference is focusing on ‘Urban Wood Utilization’

Block off dates on your 2020 calendar for the Annual Meeting of Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi at the Treasure Bay Casino & Hotel.

Conference registration should be about $150.
Hotel room rates:  $59 + 12% tax on Sun. – Thurs.
You want to book Wed. & Thurs. nights (Jan. 22-23) to not miss any of the lectures or CEU’s.

PAAM History

Please help us replace and fill in the past history of PAAM, many records have been lost. Send contributions to Donna or Amelia.

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Robert Terrel Buckelew, 76, passed away on April 5, 2017 at Holmes County Long Term Care Center in Durant, MS. He was born on October 25, 1940 in Ellisville, MS to Harmon and Carrie Buckelew, who have preceded him in death. He graduated from Jones County Agricultural High School and Mississippi State University, where he retired from MSU Campus Landscape.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Denise Buckelew McSwain; and brother, Curtis Edward Buckelew.

He is survived by his sons, Thomas Milton Buckelew and wife Debra of Raymond, MS, and Robert Bryan Buckelew and wife Christy of Maben, MS; sisters, Elma Buckelew Stone of Ellisville, MS, Mary Buckelew Bisping of Ellisville, MS, and Nell Buckelew Slade of Turnerville, AL; grandchildren, Suzanna Buckelew Johnson of Maben, MS, and Melanie Buckelew Grable of Starkville, MS; and five great grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.  The funeral service is scheduled for Friday April 7th at 1:00 p.m. at Meadowview Baptist Church in Starkville, followed by the graveside at Memorial Garden Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Meadowview Baptist Church, 300 Linden Circle, Starkville, MS 39759.  You can leave the family a condolence at

OSHA: Training could have prevented tree service worker's death

OSHA News Release – Region 2

Billy Kelly receives award

Billy Kelly, system arborist at 4-County Electric Power Association, was recently presented with the John G. Martin Award at the annual meeting of the southern chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

The Starkville resident received the honor at a March 22 meeting in Knoxville, Tenn. Each year, a member of the chapter – made up of arborists and other related professionals in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands – receives the prestigious award.

In presenting the award, ISA President Elect Michella Huff described Kelly as an arborist professional who exemplifies the backbone of the profession. “This man gives 150 percent to anything southern chapter. He is a worker bee to each task he tackles. I don’t think he sleeps,” Huff said. “He is always thinking and looking for ways to improve events and workshops and wants this great chapter to be promoted as much as possible.”
Kelly has worked with 4-County since 2012.

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