LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – He’s survived in the home-building industry for 41 years. Now, a Lowndes County contractor has been named the state’s Home Builder of the Year. New Hope resident John Holliman received the Home Builder of the Year honor during ceremonies at the Mississippi Home Builders Association’s annual conference. Holliman, who is in his 2nd term as a Lowndes County Supervisor, has been in business since 1972. In that time, he’s built almost 5,000 homes across Lowndes County.