Garbage truck driver Demetrius Chambers of Canton holds his little buddy William Glisson as his helper, Eric Smith of Jackson, stands at left. The huge 29-ton compacting garbage truck that so fascinates William is behind them.
Garbage truck driver Demetrius Chambers of Canton holds his little buddy William Glisson as his helper, Eric Smith of Jackson, stands at left. The huge 29-ton compacting garbage truck that so fascinates William is behind them.
Three-year-old William Glisson is fascinated by the big garbage truck that comes to a stop every Thursday morning in front of his home at 337 East Peace Street in Canton.

Hurrying to the front window every time that he heard the big truck hiss to a stop in front of his house, he would wave at the garbage men.

They started waving back. Then William started offering them cookies each pickup day. So now it's a regular ritual at the weekly stop. The heavy Peace Street traffic detours around the big truck as William hands out cookies to his big friends.

Behind all this is William's young mother, Michaele Glisson. She and her husband, Dr. James Glisson, moved to Canton five years ago. An internal medical specialist, Dr. Glisson now commutes to his job as a hospitalist at the River Regions Hospital in Vicksburg.

Mrs. Glisson's experience with Canton began as a young girl living in the early 1980's when her father, John Gibson, was the priest at Grace Episcopal Church in Canton. Now retired, he lives on Bennett Road in the Vaughn area of eastern Yazoo County.

Michaele Gibson, as she was then, went on to earn her degree in psychology at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. She met Dr. Glisson, a native of Corinth, while he was a intern at the University Medical Center in Jackson. After they were married, they did not want to live in the big city. Michaele remembered her days in Canton fondly, and so for five years now the couple has lived in Canton. They attend St. Coulomb's Episcopal Church in Ridgeland.

Their only child, William, is fascinated and thrilled by the big garbage truck. The thundering engine, loud horn, hissing brakes, clanging compacter--this cacophony of sound and power sends him into ecstasy.

Fortunately, the operator of the huge 20-ton Waste Pro rig, Demetrius Chambers, is a big, friendly man laughs big at the mention of "the cookie boy." "You mean William?" he exclaims delightedly.

Two Waste Pro trucks collect all of the garbage in Canton on a five-day rotating schedule, says Chambers. On the days that he is scheduled to drive, Chambers leaves his home at Isabella Street in Canton and drives to the Waste Pro garage in Jackson to get his truck.

So Chambers and his little curly-haired friend William meet every Thursday morning, a great public relations boost for Chambers's company as well as fun for him-- and the exciting highlight of the week for William.