Thursday, December 3, 2009
Parade Saturday; Swords, Poteet grand marshals
By SUE WATSON
Frank Swords and George Poteet will jointly serve as grand marshals for the Holly Springs Christmas Parade this Saturday at 5 p.m. downtown.
Swords and Poteet are business partners who built NSA, a water and air filtration manufacturing and distribution business. They were schoolmates at Itawamba Junior College and from humble beginnings before making their mark in the corporate world.
Poteet purchased land in Marshall County, as well as Swords, when the two needed a place to get away from the busy work-a-day world in Memphis. Swords no longer works for NSA (National Safety Associates) but has stayed on with the corporation’s board of directors.
Poteet, who is still active with the corporation, is also a hot rod and street car aficionado. He began drag racing in 1965 before his success in stock and superstock car racing at National Hotrod Association events and transitioned to land speed racing in 1992. He holds several speed records, the first set in 2006 at the Blown Fuel Competition, Coop F Class, running the Plymouth Barracuda “Blowfish” to top speed of 255 miles per hour. He is renown in the world of racing as the “Rod Father.”
Poteet and Swords have invested their time and money in Holly Springs through land purchases, land development, philanthropy and sponsored events.
Swords is involved in developing the south side of Holly Springs, now becoming known as the Holly Springs Commons area.
He owns about 45 Percheron horses, most of them raised in Holly Springs. Swords also sponsors an old-fashioned farm field day each year.
Poteet keeps a farm in Holly Springs where he has horses and an antique car museum, as well as home.
Swords and Poteet met March 15, 1971, and have been business partners and buddies ever since.
“We do, however, travel at different speeds,” Swords said. “This summer he drove a car he built at about 400 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats. I prefer about 4 miles per hour behind a pair of Percherons on the streets of Holly Springs.”
This Saturday’s holiday parade will also feature bands, floats and much more. To enter, call the chamber of commerce at 662-252-2943.
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