Last year, Kevin Styron and his Styron’s Lawn Service crew planted Adriatic jasmine on the hillsides surrounding the Lowndes County Soccer Complex.
As of last week, you could see and smell the sprouts of jasmine becoming more prevalent along the slopes Styron’s crew was tending, but you could also see plenty of fresh dirt. It won’t stay that way.
“We planted it because those hills kept washing out,” Styron said. “Eventually that jasmine will grow solid, and it will look good too.”
Styron has some experience with “growing solid” over time. The Hattiesburg native moved to Columbus in 1999 to complete substance abuse treatment at The Pines. He’s been sober ever since.
Nine years later he became a Christian. By 2012, he had started his own business. Today, he employs a 19-member crew when he’s at full capacity. More than two-thirds of his employees have recently completed residential treatment programs for drug and alcohol…