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Democrat MS 2

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  • Honoring the Smokehouse Grill

    by Representative Bennie G. Thompson

    Posted on 2014-01-09

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    THOMPSON of mississippi in the house of representatives Thursday, January 9, 2014 Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a budding Minority Business in the Mississippi Delta, The Smokehouse Grill in Marks, MS.

    On January 19, 1971, L.C. and Velma Pride welcomed a bouncing baby boy they named Paul Andrew. Paul was the youngest of the eight Pride children. Paul attended Quitman County School District where he received his high school diploma in 1989.

    Paul furthered his education at Northwest Community College in 1990 majoring in Computer Programming. He became employed at Sunflower Grocery Store in Senatobia, MS for his first job. He worked there for two years where he learned to become an independent man he is today. He later moved on to a better opportunity at Mood Automotive for eight years where he gained a lot of friends, experience, and skills to be an example for others to follow.

    Paul purchased his first home in Marks, MS at the age of 21. It was a huge accomplishment that he was extremely proud of. He later began driving trucks for Ozark Motor Lines where he worked two years. During this time, his daughter, the most beautiful girl, was born on April 14, 2002 and he named her, Japarian Marie Pride. Japarian is now an intelligent, outgoing 11 years old who attends South Panola Schools.

    Driving through Marks, MS in March of 2002, Paul had a taste for barbeque rib tips, but there was no ``Rib Shack'' in Marks. Paul came up with the idea to open a rib shack. ``I asked God to show me the way,'' stated Paul and two months later, the doors of Paul Pride's Smokehouse were opened. Smokehouse, as it is commonly called, has been selling rib tips, chopped barbeque, ribs, wings, and fish ever since.

    Smokehouse is located at 1075 Martin Luther King Dr. in Marks, MS. Paul stated, ``We have a great location here and we are located in an industrial area on Main St. Since opening, Smokehouse has saturated Quitman, Panola, Coahoma, and Tallahatchie counties.'' Being from Marks, Paul is no stranger to the area. His father was a part of the Marks Police Department for 40 years. Paul's roots run [[Page E37]] deep in the city of Marks. Eleven years later, he is still on the grill and Smokehouse is still going strong.

    Paul is now engaged to Stacy Frost who helps him run Smokehouse. Paul is destined to continue running his business and serving great food to those who eat at and support The Smokehouse Grill. Paul has a bright future that is continuing to blossom on a path to greatness.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing The Smokehouse Grill for serving our great community.


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