OUR BOARD

Jimmy Pierce

Jimmy Pearce was an outstanding young farmer for the state of Mississippi in 1970. He operated a farming operation of 1,977 acres of soybeans, cotton, hay, and a herd of 70 beef cattle. In 1982, he and his wife, Nelda, owned and operated Mantachie Game Room, a place for the school children to go. We operated a video arcade and added a dairy bar, closing in 2005. Jimmy served on the board of director for Bancorp South in Mantachie for the past fifty years. He was also an active member of Lakeland Baptist Church for fifty years or longer. He has two children, Michael Pearce and Sonya Harris, as well as one grandson, Hunter Pearce. He attended Mantachie High School.

Travis Childers

Travis Childers has served on the Yellow Creek State Inland Port Authority Board of Directors for more than 18 years representing his home of Prentiss County as the member appointed by the Prentiss County Board of Supervisors.  Travis adds a business prospective to the diverse Yellow Creek Board as a real estate broker, appraiser and businessman in his hometown of Booneville.  He previously served as Prentiss County Chancery Clerk from 1992-2008 and represented Mississippi's First Congressional District as a Member of Congress in The United States House of Representatives from 2008-2011.  Travis and his wife Tami own and operate The Landmark Community, a 48 unit assisted living facility as well as the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an 80 bed skilled nursing facility in their hometown.  They employ approximately 130 employees while caring for over 120 senior citizens.
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Travis and his wife Tami have two adult children, Dustin (and wife Lauren Alana) who reside in Booneville where he practices law.   Their daughter Lauren also resides in Booneville and is an Assistant Director of Admissions for Programs at the University of Mississippi.  Travis graduated from Booneville High School, Northeast Mississippi Community College (A.A. '78), and The University of Mississippi (B.B.A. '80).  He is an active member and past President of the Prentiss County Development Association and remains a stalwart supporter of industrial recruitment and development in Northeast Mississippi.  He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Booneville.

Mike Tucker

Mike Tucker is a manager with APAC-Mississippi, Inc., an Asphalt Paving and Construction company that has multiple geographic locations in Mississippi with headquarters in Jackson, MS.  He began his employment with APAC in February 1986 while attending college full time.  He attended Northeast Community college and completed a BS in Engineering from Mississippi State University in May 1993.  He is a 1985 high school graduate of Burnsville High School located in Tishomingo county Mississippi.  He and his wife LeAnn, also a Burnsville High School graduate who works for the Burnsville Head Start, reside in the Burnsville area and they have 2 adult children both graduates of Tishomingo County High School.  He is active in his church and community.  He was born April 20, 1967 in Ripley, MS and has resided in Northeast Mississippi most of his life.  Mike was appointed to the Yellow Creek State Inland Port Authority representing Tishomingo County as a Governor’s appointee in May 2015.

Nickey Cummings

Nickey  Cummings is a lifelong resident of Tishomingo County.    Nickey  is a graduate of Burnsville High School Class of 1981 and  attended Northeast Community College.

Nickey  is employed at Columbia Gulf Transmission Company  where he has worked for the past 26 years as a Automation Technician.

Nickey is  an active   Certified Fire Fighter  for the Burnsville Fire Department since 1986 and currently serves  as Chief.

He is a member of the Tishomingo County Electric Power Association where he serves as president of the board of directors.

He represents Tishomingo County on the Yellow Creek State Inland Port Authority, was appointed by Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors, and serves as Vice President.


He is active member of the Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club and serves as treasurer.


Nickey is married to Janie Martin of Iuka Ms. They have one son, Daniel Cummings.

David Nixon

Mayor of Town of Burnsville since 2005 and currently serving his 3rd term, prior to being elected Mayor David served 4 terms as Board of Alderman for the Town from 1987 to 2001.

Graduate of Burnsville High School Class of 1979

David is an active Certified Fire Fighter for the Burnsville Fire Department since 1980.

David is employee with Caterpillar Inc located in Corinth MS for the Past 31 years, and has worked in numerous job position during his Career at Cat, from Materials,  Operations Supervisor, Business Unit Manager, Certified 6Sigma Black Belt, Lean Production Black Belt, and Current is Safety/Security Manager for the 5 facilities located in Corinth and Booneville MS.

Member of Numerous Boards Current and Past;

Yellow Creek Board – appointed by Governor Haley Barbour, and re-appointed by Phil Bryant

Burnsville Chamber of Commerce

Tishomingo County Development Foundation

MML – Board of Directors

North Mississippi Mayors Association

David Spends his free time with his family, and helping others. He is an active member of the Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club and serves as Sargent at Arms. The Club consist of Fireman, Law enforcement, and EMT’s. and participates in numerous Benefit Rides to raise money to help others.  

Danny Turner

Danny is a lifelong resident and the 7th generation to farm and live in Western Alcorn County MS. He is married to Renee Windham of Ripley MS and has three daughters, Sayde, Baylee and Marlee. He is an active member of Oakland Baptist Church in Corinth and serves on various committees in addition to teaching Sunday school and ushering. Danny is a graduate of Kossuth High School, Northeast MS Community College and Mississippi State University with a BS in Agribusiness. He has been in the insurance industry for 25 years, currently an insurance executive with Renasant Insurance, formerly with Farm Bureau and also runs a commercial cow calf operation. Danny and Renee with the help of their daughters operate two tumbling and cheer gyms in Alcorn County (Kossuth Tumble and Cheer) and Ripley MS (Tumble for Christ). He is a founding board member of the revitalized Alcorn County fair, on the steering committee for The Commission on the Future of Alcorn County, an Alliance Board member, Alcorn county Soil and Water Conservation district commissioner and a Corinth Kiwanis member and past president. In addition to his civic duties Danny enjoys showing and raising cattle and hay, spending time with his family while following many of his daughters extra curricular activities and sports. His passion includes mission work and seeing the gospel spread in the new country of South Sudan, Africa where he helps support local missionaries through assistance raising as well as traveling to the country on short term mission trips with more planned in the near future.

Mike Johnson

Michael was appointed to the Yellow Creek State Inland Port Authority Board of Directors representing Alcorn County as a Governor’s appointee in November 2016.  He is a lifelong resident of Alcorn County and is married to Amy Jo Nash, also of Corinth.  They have 3 children, Jake (Kenzi), Baileigh and Chase.  Michael is an active member of New Liberty Baptist Church in Glen, MS where he serves as Deacon, song leader and Sunday school teacher.  He is a graduate of Kossuth High School (’91) and Northeast MS Community College (AAS ’93).  In addition, he holds degrees in Engineering (BS ’96) and Business Administration (MBA ’11) from Mississippi State University.  Michael has 20 years of manufacturing experience with a background in product design and project management.  He is currently employed as the Production Engineering Manager for Monogram Refrigeration, LLC in Selmer, TN.