Ask Earl and Gretchen Watson how they fell in love, and they’ll tell you. But it might take a bit of prodding. They “kind of” grew up together, they said, living about two miles apart in rural Madison County and riding the same bus to school. “She’s three years younger than me,” Earl said, pointing out that for school kids, a gap of three years is considerable. “She was a snotty-nosed little brat as far as I was concerned.” And so, he didn’t really give her much thought. She didn’t think much about him either.
The Chamber is pleased to present this question-and-answer interview with Chamber Board Member Jim Pearson, director of the Hinds Career Center. We greatly appreciate Jim’s willingness to answer a few questions and to allow us to get a bit better acquainted with him. * * * Q: When did you join the staff at the Hinds Career Center, and did you initially come in as its director? A: In 2000, having served as assistant principal for Elwood Community High School for three years, the director’s position came open at the Hinds Career Center through the retirement of its then-current director. With my education and experience, the position was a great fit. Prior to moving into school administration, I taught industrial education at ECHS for thirteen years.