10 things About: Jimmy Streett

Story by Johnny Sain

Photo by Liz Chrisman

Age: 41
Occupation: Attorney at Streett Law Firm
Hometown: Born here at Saint Mary’s, which was actually founded by my Grandfather, Martin Heidgen when my mother, Sue Streett’s, family relocated here from Chicago in the mid 1900’s.
Family: Married to Elizabeth Streett with three kids: Grace — 10, Charlie — 8, and Susie — 6. College at Loyola University New Orleans. Took a year off and volunteered through Americorp with the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations in Eastern Montana, and then went back to Law School at Vanderbilt. Moved back to Russellville to practice law with my father Alex Streett at the Streett Law Firm and did so for the past 12 years until he passed away earlier this year. He was the most honorable man and most talented lawyer I have ever known.

1) What is your favorite book and why?

Sophie’s World. I was begrudgingly forced to read it before starting my first year of college by a friend of my family’s who was a professor at Loyola. It is a great “cliff notes” covering the history of philosophy written in novel form. Really changed the way I looked at things in a positive way.

2) Dog or cat? Why?

Cats. If I said anything else I would have to answer to my oldest daughter.

3) What do you think is the most positive aspect of living in the River Valley?

The sense of true community. Even when you see division here it is a product of the truism that the closer you are as a family the more you argue with your siblings. Everything here is truly personal and everyone here is truly invested in each other. Even on our most divisive days I wouldn’t want it any other way.

4) What’s something no one would ever guess about you?

I am probably the least outgoing member of my family.

5) What is your favorite music genre and artist? Why?

Love it all.

6) What do you nerd out on?

I love the outdoors — hiking, hunting, fishing. There is no better place in the world than the Arkansas River Valley.

7) If you could change one thing about the River Valley, what would it be?

I am a big “it’s not what you have but what you do with it” kind of person. I wouldn’t change a thing.

8) Where is the one location in the River Valley you would tell a first-time visitor that they must go?

Make the rounds in Russellville Downtown to get a feel for the diversity of the people here (which I think is the best thing by far), and then hit the river and mountains in the fall to see what a uniquely spectacular part of the world we are blessed to call home.

9) Pizza, tacos, cheeseburger, or fried chicken? Any particular reason why?

When its done right, fried chicken hands down.

10) What is your favorite quote? Could be from an inspirational person, could be be an original.

Wherever you go there you are…