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

Saluting Branches, Biloxi National Cemetery, September 19, 2018.

PAAM is excited to sponsor the Saluting Branches work day at Biloxi National Cemetery. This will be the first Saluting Branches event in Mississippi!

Saluting Branches recognizes and honors our veterans. We are deeply appreciative of the brave men and women who serve and have served in our military making it possible for us to have the freedoms we enjoy every day. Through united efforts, the tree care and landscape industry can show our support for our troops by helping to make their final resting place a safe and beautiful environment for all who visit. Saluting Branches is an annual work day that will provide tree care services to the Biloxi National Cemetery on September 19, 2018.

We need arborists and tree workers to help make this event possible. Please support your troops through a day of volunteering.

Register before July 31 to receive a free t-shirt:

Annual Meeting of the Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi 

Block off dates on your 2019 calendar for the Annual Meeting of the Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi

January 24-25, 2019 - Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, MS

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.

Tree climbing competition moved after residents speak out

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Southern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture