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The EMBDC is hosting its first annual Bridal Show on Feb. 10th

Event Dates and Times

1/5/2018 - 2/10/2018
MSU Riley Center
The EMBDC is hosting its first annual Bridal Show on Feb. 10th . It will be held at the MSU Riley Center. This is to give businesses a chance to become vendors before the deadline along with promoting it to the public. I have attached our save the date, invitation and information sheet. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or email.

Apryl Leggett
Administrative Assistant
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation
200 22nd Ave.
PO Box 790
Meridian, MS 39302
Phone: (601) 693-1306
Website: www.embdc.org

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ECCC Workforce Development Offers Office Proficiency and Certification Beginning Jan. 30

Event Dates and Times

1/5/2018 - 1/29/2018
East Central Community College ... Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Building Decatur campus
ECCC Workforce Development Offers Office Proficiency and Certification Beginning Jan. 30

The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a course in Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification (OPAC) beginning Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, on the Decatur campus.

Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Building for eight consecutive Tuesdays. Cost is $75 per person. Christy Ferguson will serve as instructor.

The OPAC System is a comprehensive office, clerical and software skills testing and certification program. The software tests for skills & abilities in all of the Microsoft Office word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. The following are the different areas in which a person taking this class could receive an OPAC certification: Windows, Basic Word, Basic Excel, Intermediate Word, Intermediate Excel, PowerPoint, Database, and QuickBooks.

For more information, contact Ferguson at 601-635-6292 or by email at cferguson@eccc.edu, or Chris Clark, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6245 or email cclark@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
mmcleod@eccc.edu
601-635-6303
Fax: 601-635-4398

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Southern Pine Electric wants members to be prepared

Event Dates and Times

1/4/2018 - 1/16/2018
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Colder Weather Corresponds with Increase in Usage and Higher Bills
Southern Pine Electric wants members to be prepared

TAYLORSVILLE – Winter has brought record-breaking cold temperatures that will force home heating systems to work longer and harder. Even if your system is not all-electric, you may still experience an increase in usage. Increase in usage will cause higher electric bills. Considering the mild weather we have been enjoying throughout south Mississippi until now, these increases could be significant.
Southern Pine has not increased rates. Any increase in your bill will be a direct result of increased usage. If you know you will have difficulty paying your bill, we urge you to contact us when you receive your bill.
Southern Pine Electric recommends the following in helping lower your winter bill:

1) Though it may not be the ideal temperature when it is freezing outside, Southern Pine recommends that if you need to conserve costs, that you set your thermostat at 68 degrees or below and dress appropriately.
2) Check your attic and crawl space for adequate insulation.
3) Install weather stripping on doors and windows.
4) Check for air leaks. Use calking where two building materials meet on the house exterior.
5) Set the fireplace damper when not in use.
6) Keep draperies closed at night to reduce drafts.
7) Open the blinds or curtains during the day to let the sun in.
8) Turn off lights when not in use.
9) Lower your water heater temperature. The Department of Energy recommends using the warm water setting (120 degrees) during fall and winter months.
10) Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED’s, which drastically less energy.

Additionally, members can sign up for a MyPower account on our website at www.southernpine.coop. MyPower lets you track your usage history per billing cycle, which helps in understanding months of greater use and preparing means to lower your bill during those higher months.

Members can get updates and tips on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Southern Pine Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative that distributes electricity to more than 66,000 members in 11 counties in central and south Mississippi. It is headquartered in Taylorsville and has offices in Brandon, Newton, Hattiesburg and New Hebron.

**A member of Southern Pine management is available for interview upon media request.

Brock Williamson
Communications Coordinator
Southern Pine Electric
PO Box 60 | Taylorsville, Mississippi 39168
601-678-3230;

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Meridian - Downtown Details - Jan. 1st - 7th

Event Dates and Times

1/2/2018 - 1/7/2018
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SUPERTALK MERIDIAN 103.3
Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Looking Back with Richelle Putnam
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Behind the Scenes with Richelle Putnam and Leslie Lee
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Local Focus with Lindsey Hall
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: The Pre-Game Show with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MERIDIAN-LAUDERDALE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Monday 11:00 am: Activities for Adults
Tuesday 10:00 am: Baby/Toddler Story Time 4:30 pm Chess Club
Wednesday 4:30 pm: (7th-12th Grades)
Thursday Special Showcases
Call 601.693.6771 for more information

MERIDIAN CIVITAN CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday (except 5th Tuesday)
Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

MERIDIAN EXCHANGE CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday
Red Lobster Restaurant
Call 601.479.3954 for more information

MERIDIAN LIONS CLUB
11:30 am every Thursday
Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 601.917.1968 for more information

MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART
6:00 pm every Thursday
Vino and Van Gogh
9:00 am every third Saturday
Artists Group
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

ROTARY CLUB OF EAST MISSISSIPPI
5:30 pm Every First & Third Monday
The Daily Grind
Call 601.701.3470 for more information

MERIDIAN DOWNTOWN OPTIMIST CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday
Western Sizzlin'
Call 601.693.2336 for more information

Dining Out/Night Life
AIE'S TASTE OF THAI
Open 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday-Friday with Daily Specials! Call 601.484.5858 for more information

BRICKHAUS
Mon - 7:00 pm - Craft Beer Club
Tue - 7:00 pm - Name That Tune
Wed - 8:00 pm - Live Trivia
Thu - 9:00 pm - Karaoke with the Party Animals
Sun - 3:30 pm - Buzztime Sunday Funday Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

DELI ON 5TH
Open 11:00 am -2:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.483.3354 for more information

DONTEA'S SEAFOOD & BBQ
Mon-Wed:10:30am-7:00pm
Thurs.-Sat.:10:00am-9:00pm
Closed on Sunday
Call 601.227.0616 for more information


HARVEST GRILL
Mon - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Open for lunch
Tuesday-Saturday: Happy Hour 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Tue - 5:00 pm - Surf n' Turf/ Happy Hour
Wed - 4:30 pm - Half off Bottles of Wine
Thu - Night Only - $1 Oysters
Call 601.282.5069 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
Mon - 4:00 pm - Video Game Night
Tue - 7:00 pm - Audio Book and Art
Wed - 6:30 pm - Tai Chi
Thu - 6:00 pm - Poetry/Singer/Songwriter Night
Fri - 6:00 pm - Game Night
Sat - 10:00 am - Game Day
7:00 pm - Free Live Music featuring local talent
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

MR. ROGER'S
Open from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.482.5414 for more information

SUBWAY
Open 7:00 am -7:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Open 8:00 am -2:00 pm Saturday
Closed Sunday
Call 601.286.3527 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
Monday-Saturday: Happy Hour 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Mon - Half off Bottles of Wine
Tue - 8:00 pm - Trivia Night
Wed - 7:00 pm - Ladies Night, 1/2 price drinks for
the Ladies
Thu - 7:00 pm - Mississippi Night! Discounts on
MS craft beer and liquors
Fri - 9:00 pm - Live Music
Sat - 9:00 pm - Live Music
Sun - 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Jazz Brunch with Live
Music
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

This Week In Retail
BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
Christmas is almost here, get your gifts today.
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

BLUE GIRL
Happy New Year from Blue Girl! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 228.860.9589 for more information

THE BULLDOG SHOP
Our cowbells are ringing today for the new year! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.484.0200 for more information

CROOKED LETTER
Happy New Year from Crooked Letter. "Like" us Facebook and Instagram crookedletter.shop
Call 601.207.5072 for more information

GENERATIONS FINE PAPER AND GIFTS
Happy New Year's! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2721 for more information

HOOPER'S
Happy Holidays. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2715 for more information

THE HULETT
Start the 2018 New Year off right! "Like" us on Facebook
Call 601.453.2149 for more information

LABICHE JEWELERS
Happy New Year from the Labiche family."Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
Happy New Year's! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

LOEB'S
Have a happy New Year from Loeb's! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 800.432.7615 for more information

MOONPIE
Its finally 2018!. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.934.1414 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
Happy New Year's from our family to yours! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

SAM'S FASHIONS
The new year is here.
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

STITCHIN KRAZY LLC
Happy New Year's Day! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.286.5495 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
Enjoy the beginning of a new year! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.1863 for more information.

TONY'S SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN
Happy New Year from our family.
Call 601.693.4111 for more information


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Anderson Regional Health System honors John Newell

Event Dates and Times

12/29/2017 - 1/10/2018
Anderson Regional Medical Center 2124 14th Street Meridian, MS
Anderson Regional Health System is proud to honor John Newell as our 2017 Volunteer of the Year. John has been a faithful volunteer at Anderson Regional Cancer Center for six years and has donated more than 445 hours of service. John is dependable and can always be counted on to help someone. “He has a calming presence,” said Tiffney Spence, Volunteer Coordinator. “He helps the patients in the resource room and provides the information they need. He always knows when a patient needs special attention.” Mr. Newell served three years on the Volunteer Auxiliary Board. He is a retired Veteran who served 24 years in the military. Anderson is grateful to have John Newell as a volunteer and appreciate his faithfulness to Anderson Regional Health System.
Ann Weddington
Communications Manager

Anderson Regional Medical Center
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

W 601-553-6894
F 601-553-6144
E aweddington@andersonregional.org

www.andersonregional.org

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2017 World Champion!!!! UWA Graduate & Louisville Ms. Native

Event Dates and Times

12/29/2017 - 1/15/2018
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Good afternoon, my name is Daniel Poole and I'm the assistant rodeo coach at the University of West Alabama. Former graduate of UWA and native to Louisville MS, Tyler Pearson, recently won the PRCA World Championship in Steer Wrestling. Most do not know much about rodeo, but this is a huge deal. To professional rodeo athletes this title is similar to winning the Super Bowl.


The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) takes place during December every year in Las Vegas and is also broadcasted nightly on CBSsports. The top 15 cowboys with the most money won for the year compete every night for 10 nights in hopes of becoming a World Champion. Tyler was victorious in this, as well as his horse who won "Horse of the Year". The top four cowboys in the world rode his horse, named Scooter, in Las Vegas. They ended up winning over $518,000 in 10 nights, while competing off him. Tyler not only won a pile of money & a trophy for his outstanding horse, but also a Gold Buckle that is engraved "2017 World Champion Steer Wrestler."


Scooter has a Facebook page (scooter - canted plan - professional steer wrestling horse) and so does Tyler Pearson. One may also gather some information off University of West Alabama Rodeo Team's Facebook page as well. I will attach some informative links in hopes that y'all may consider doing a story or some sort of cover on Tyler. To the best of my knowledge a PRCA World Champion has not come out of Mississippi in over 20 years and it makes it even cooler that he is from right in our backyards. Thank you for your consideration and please let me know if I can do anything else to help. Below will be Tyler's & my contact information, though he may be a little tough to get on the phone right now. Have a good day. Daniel.


Daniel Poole- 601-527-6576 dpoole@uwa.edu
Tyler Pearson- 601-416-9413

http://uwaathletics.com/news/2017/12/8/general-former-tiger-wrangler-at-wrangler-national-finals-rodeo.aspx

http://wranglernetwork.com/portfolio-view/2017-world-champion-steer-wrestler/

http://www.prorodeo.com/prorodeo/cowboys/world-champions/2017-world-champions

http://twistedrodeo.com/2017/11/27/pearson-craves-the-world-title/

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East Central Community College Named Military Friendly® School for 6th Straight Year

Event Dates and Times

12/26/2017 - 1/13/2018
East Central Community College in Decatur
East Central Community College Named Military Friendly® School for 6th Straight Year

East Central Community College in Decatur has been designated as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media for the sixth consecutive year.

ECCC is one of only four community colleges in Mississippi to earn the Military Friendly® designation for 2018.

Now in its 16th year, Military Friendly® Schools provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students, and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation.

More than 1,300 schools participated in this year’s survey, with 849 earning the designation.

The newest Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer), and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

Victory Media’s Chief Product Officer Daniel Nichols stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for veterans.”

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said he is “extremely proud and humbled” the college has again earned recognition as a Military Friendly® School.

“East Central Community College has a strong commitment to our country’s men and women in the military as evidenced by our continued presence on this prestigious list of colleges and universities,” said Stewart. “To be one of only four two-year colleges in Mississippi and one of only 10 among all colleges and universities in our state on this list is a testament to the high-quality programs and services ECCC provides to assist military personnel in meeting their educational goals.”

For more information regarding services provided military veterans at ECCC, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth in the Office of Admissions at 601-635-6406 or shollings@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/466604443.html | 466604443

Mothers’ Milk Bank of MS Partners with Anderson Regional Medical Center

Event Dates and Times

12/26/2017 - 1/12/2018
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Mothers’ Milk Bank of MS Partners with ARMC

MERIDIAN, MS – December 20, 2017 – Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi has added Meridian to its growing list of depot locations around the state with a newly established drop-off location at Anderson Regional Medical Center’s Lactation Center.

A non-profit organization, Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi accepts, pasteurizes and dispenses donor human milk by physician prescription, primarily to premature and ill infants.

“Mississippi has the highest prematurity rate in the country. That means that we have many premature babies who need life-saving human milk. Often, the moms of these babies have difficulty producing their own milk at first. That's where we come in. We screen moms who have extra milk by interview, medical record review from their healthcare providers and blood tests. The donated milk is then pasteurized and tested for safety before being dispensed to the NICUs around our state. Donor moms are vital to our mission. Without the donors, there is no milk,” said Linda Pittman, RN, BSN, IBCLC, executive director of Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi.

Anderson Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cares for premature, underweight or sick babies who require the highest level of care. Human milk is important for premature infants because it provides both nutrition and immunities that cannot be matched by formula.

“Human milk is life- changing. It is full of immune system boosters, infection-fighting factors, and unique proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and enzymes necessary for preemies to survive,” said Reba Lee, RN, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).

Infants who weigh less than three pounds require as little as 1-2 ml of milk per feeding. Even in these small amounts, donated milk makes a big difference and helps premature babies have a healthy start.
Babies who are given human milk have:
• Less risk of SIDS, illness and infections
• Lower hospital admission rates
• Less gas, diarrhea and constipation
• Less asthma and allergies
• Less rashes
• Less childhood cancers
• Less diabetes and obesity
• Better oral development, brain development and motor skills
• Better response to immunizations
• Better protection against diseases that last into adulthood
Mothers who pump extra milk—more than what their own babies can consume—undergo a brief screening and blood test to become a donor. Frozen milk can be dropped off at the Lactation Center at Anderson Regional Medical Center, or women may call 601-553-6034 for information about shipping milk to Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi headquarters in Flowood.

About Anderson Regional Health System
As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Health System is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals, a cancer center, and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

For more information: Elizabeth Wiggins, Director of Marketing, ewiggins@andersonregional.org

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/462531313.html | 462531313

TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU

Event Dates and Times

12/7/2017 - 1/7/2018
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Widespread cases of flu are popping up around the country, health officials say the number has doubled in just one week and we could be in for a doozy of a flu season.
The best way to fight the flu is to get vaccinated, but it takes two weeks for the shot to become effective. In the meantime, as more people gather to celebrate the holiday season, local doctors stress the best protection is good hygiene.
That’s why local physicians with American Family Care have identified the top five habits that can provide protection during flu season. They invite you to come out to the local facility to interview docs and possibly patients.
TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU:
1. Knuckle it. When holiday shopping, get into the habit of punching in your debit card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs.

2. Avoid using your phone in the restroom. A bathroom is coated with germs, especially in a public place. While most people wash their hands after using the restroom, they don’t wash their phones. The CDC says contaminated particles can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, you can easily spread them by touching the screen then touching other surfaces. Get in the habit of wiping down your phone to cut down on spreading germs.

3. Don’t share pens. Whether at work or signing a credit card receipt at a store, never pick up a public pen because they’re covered with other people’s germs. Keep a pen handy for any situation that could pop up.

4. Protect yourself at the pump. Drivers must get gas no matter what, sick or not. When you fill up, grab a paper towel by the pump before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/credit card info.

5. Sanitize after shaking. People are more germ-conscious these days so this is not as rude as once thought, especially during flu season! If you must shake hands with someone, either sanitize or wash your hands immediately.

We invite you to our local American Family Care urgent care clinic where our doctors will explain the best ways to protect your family as flu continues to spread across the country. AFC docs are also available to come to you to answer your questions about flu symptoms and the flu vaccine.

919.459.8163
Center For Disease Control and Prevention Data:
Weekly Flu Report

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JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

Event Dates and Times

11/29/2017 - 1/10/2018
Jones County Junior College ... Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce College is offering a welding day class at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville in January. The course will meet Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., beginning Monday, January 22, 2018, through Friday, March 23, 2018.

This 8-week welding class will cover welding safety, Oxyfuel cutting, basic metal preparation, weld quality, SMAW (stick welding), steel prep and basic fabrication. A workforce certificate will be issued to successful students upon completion of the course. The cost of the class is $350. Students are responsible for their own personal protective equipment.

To register and pay for the welding class please come to the JCJC Advanced Technology Center or call Carmen Sumrall at 601-477-4114 to register and to pay for the cost of the class with a credit card.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu


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