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Hairdresser improvises to stay open during outage

In the midst of last week’s water outage in Vicksburg, an outage that would last through Saturday, Rhonda Rowland got worried.

“When I saw on Facebook that we were going to be without water, I started panicking,” Rowland, who owns Serendipty Salon on Halls Ferry Road, said. “I couldn’t afford to be out of work that long”

So, in an effort to stay up and running, she and her mother decided they would just go out and buy up as much bottled water as they could find, that was until her dad, Pat Daughtry, came up with a better idea.

“My dad had a tank in his shop, and it had a pump already attached to it, so he hooked it up to a battery, and then he took the spray hose off of his RV and hooked up a shower head to it,” Rowland said.

Throughout the outage, the makeshift water tank sat right beside Rowland’s shampoo bowl and allowed her to work like nothing was wrong.

Rowland said the water was a bit cooler than her clients were used to. One of her customers, Cindy Park, said it was worth it.

“I was sick with the stomach virus and missed my last appointment, and I did not want to miss this one,” Park said Thursday as she sat down to get her hair washed.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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