Just this past month a pipeline was struck on a Mississippi farm in Yazoo County. This article is written with the permission of the landowner, John Swayze, and the owner of the pipeline, Kinder Morgan, in hopes that this story will encourage anyone digging near a pipeline or, for that matter, any underground utility line, to call 811 before they dig.
John Swayze and his wife Peggy have called Yazoo County home all of their lives. The home they live in was built by the Swayze ancestors in the mid-1800s. While the hillside farm they own has changed some over the years, the old home place and farm remain etched in their memories. When they look out the kitchen window, they still see buildings that no longer exist. They remember with great fondness the generations before them who made much of this possible. They are known for their hospitality and love for their community. From the cotton gin on their property to the little county church where they worship, the community is a better place because of their involvement.