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Mississippi State dedicates Dowsing-Bell Plaza in honor of MSU athletics pioneers

Event Dates and Times

11/24/2017 - 11/30/2017
Mississippi State University’s Davis Wade Stadium
Mississippi State dedicates Dowsing-Bell Plaza in honor of MSU athletics pioneers

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A new plaza at Mississippi State University’s Davis Wade Stadium now commemorates the legacy of MSU’s first African-American student-athletes, Frank Dowsing Jr. and Robert Bell.
MSU officials held a dedication ceremony Thursday [Nov. 23] to dedicate Dowsing-Bell Plaza, located on the north side of Davis Wade Stadium. The plaza includes a plaque detailing the on- and off-field legacies of Bell and Dowsing, both of whom played football at MSU from 1969-1972.
“They came here and exemplified great courage of being the very first two African-American student-athletes in the history of this great university,” MSU President Mark E. Keenum said. “Not only were they on the team, they were stars on the team and helped our program go to great heights during their tenure.”
In 1969, Dowsing, a prep star from Tupelo, and Bell, a native of Meridian, enrolled at MSU and were members of the Bulldog freshman football team. A year later, they joined the varsity squad and guided State to its first winning season in seven years.
“Robert Bell and Frank Dowsing will forever be remembered as great teammates, scholar athletes and pioneers who changed the course of MSU history with their incredible courage,” MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen said.
Dowsing was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference defensive back selection in 1971 and 1972. As a senior, Football News named him a first-team All-American. That same fall, he became the first player in MSU history to earn the prestigious honor of National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete.
Dowsing, who was voted Mr. Mississippi State in October 1972, finished his career at the time as the school's all-time leader in interceptions with 10. He died at the age of 42 on July 11, 1994.
The ceremony, taking place prior to the annual rivalry game between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, also marked the 47th anniversary of one of Dowsing’s most memorable moments as a Bulldog—an interception in the endzone to seal a 19-14 victory for MSU in the 1970 Egg Bowl.
Bell, an inspirational leader on the defensive line, was a regular starter and a fan favorite. An honor student at Meridian High School, he went on to earn three letters for the Bulldogs.
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Donor Family to meet thankful Heart Recipient after 18 years

Event Dates and Times

11/24/2017 - 11/25/2017
MORA Headquarters, 4400 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, MS
Donor Family to meet thankful Heart Recipient after 18 years

WHAT: The family of Thomas Griffin, who was an organ donor in 1999, will meet his heart recipient Abram Jones 18 years later.
WHEN: Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: MORA Headquarters, 4400 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, MS 39232
WHY: During this season of thanks, Abram Jones of Jackson will finally meet and thank family members of Thomas Griffin. Jones received Griffin’s heart in a lifesaving transplant in September of 1999. Griffin lived in Gulfport at the time he suffered a brain hemorrhage and became an organ donor. Jones and the Griffin family will meet face to face for the first time at MORA headquarters in Flowood. | 459540563

For the Thanksgiving Holiday and Weekend ...

Event Dates and Times

11/23/2017 - 11/26/2017
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For the Thanksgiving Holiday and Weekend, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Troopers urge all motorists to drive safely and #ArriveAliveAlabama!
During 2016’s Thanksgiving holiday travel period, Troopers investigated 16 traffic deaths.
This year’s holiday travel period began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, and runs through midnight Sunday, Nov. 26. The following information is offered to help make your driving experience this weekend as safe as possible:
• It is not uncommon for traffic during Thanksgiving weekend to be heavier than usual – especially on interstates, U.S. highways and state roadways. Allow enough time for congestion along the way.
• Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up or restrained – no matter how short the drive.
• Never drive while distracted – by texts or anything that takes your focus off driving. (Distractions include changing the radio station, eating, reading – and even turning to talk with a child or other passenger.)
• Never drive after consuming alcohol or drugs (and that includes some over-the-counter medications). Impaired driving can ruin lives, so select a designated driver before drinking.
During the holiday travel period, all available Troopers will work to create a highly visible traffic enforcement presence and to conduct enforcement activities in an effort to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities. ALEA appreciates and works with our partnership local law enforcement agencies to make Alabama’s roadways as safe as possible and to assist motorists with flat tires and other problems they may encounter while traveling.
Do have fun with your family and friends, but drive safely and #ArriveAliveAlabama! | 459321753

EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

11/22/2017 - 11/30/2017
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Upcoming Events

Twisted T Western & More Ribbon Cutting
3:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 30th
4808 Great River Dr. Suite A

2017 EMBDC
Annual Meeting
8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 12th
MSU Riley Center | 459116853

EMBDC ... Invites you to Shop Small Y'all! Saturday, Nov. 25th

Event Dates and Times

11/21/2017 - 11/25/2017
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Shop Small Y'all!
Please Call Individual Merchants for Holiday Hours!
AOTECH Computers

Free virus scan - 1 PC per customer; 10% off all new computers; 20% off all refurbished computers
Saturday, November 25th
600 22nd Ave - Meridian, MS - 601.990.8324

The Hulett
Join us for our kickoff of the holiday season with music and shopping
Saturday, November 25th
2227 Front St. - Meridian, MS - 601.453.2149

LaBiche Jewelers
Diamonds and Donuts!
Select specials on jewelry
Saturday, November 25th
2212 8th St - Meridian, MS - 601.693.6071

Sam's Fashions
Buy 1 Get 1 Free on Select Suits
Saturday, November 25th
2301 5th St - Meridian, MS - 601-693-2731

Sub of the day
Saturday, November 25th
400 22nd Ave - Meridian, MS - 601-286-3527

Elegance Ballroom
Christmas gift certificates available
Give the gift that lasts a lifetime
Saturday, November 25th
2208 Front St - Meridian, MS - 601.934.1414

Harry Mayer Clothiers
We're ready for Christmas! Come see us for the perfect holiday gifts
Saturday, November 25th
3129B Hwy 39 N - Meridian, MS - 601.693.1135

Uptown Girl
20% off all Jewelry & 10% off all clothing
Free gift wrap
Saturday, November 25th
2116 Front St - Meridian, MS - 601.604.4895

Harvest Grill
Chef's Special
Saturday, November 25th
2212 8th St - Meridian, MS - 601.282.5069

The Liberty Shop
20% Off Everything, including Minnetonka Boots & other great store specials
Saturday, November 25th
404 22nd Ave - Meridian, MS - 601.693.5331

25% Discount
(sale merchandise not included)
Saturday, November 25th
501 23rd Ave - Meridian, MS - 601.693.5253

Shape Up 24/7
$20 per month rate. First 10 people get a gift certifcate for a friend to use for 3 months free membership
Saturday, November 25th
2210 Front St - Meridian, MS - 601.453.5565

Aie's Taste of Thai
Free homemade eggroll with meal purchase
Saturday, November 25th
1900 Front St. - Meridian, MS - 601.484.5858

Meridian Underground Music
10% Off entire store
Saturday, November 25th
2220 8th St - Meridian, MS - 601.485.1363

20% off True Grit for men, women, & kids
The North Face: $59.99
Bearpaw: $59.00
Saturday, November 25th
2209 Front St. - Meridian, MS - 601.482.4004

The Sewing & Vacuum Center
Free monogrammed bandana for your pet!
Saturday, November 25th
525 22nd Ave - Meridian, MS - 601.693.1863

Stitchin' Krazy
50% Off all Monogramming
Saturday, November 25th
2222 Front St - Meridian, MS - 601.286.5495

Crooked Letter
20% Store Wide
Saturday, November 25th
2120B Front Street - Meridian, MS - 601.207.5072

Blue Girl
20% Off everything in the store with free gift wrap
Saturday, November 25th
2209 5th St. - Meridian, MS - 601.934.1414

Moon Pie
15% off store and special 50% sale rack
Saturday, November 25th
2209 5th Street - Meridian, MS - 228.860.9589

10% Off food purchases
Saturday, November 25th
2206 Front St. - Meridian, MS - 601.490.5242

10% Off Food Purchases
Saturday, November 25th
201 22nd Ave - Meridian, MS - 601.581.5770

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EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Deaconess Home Care

Event Dates and Times

11/21/2017 - 11/27/2017
Deaconess Home Care 1203 24th Avenue Meridian, MS
EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Deaconess Home Care
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) held a Ribbon Cutting for Deaconess Home Care. Deaconess Home Care provides high quality home health services in the comfort of home to their patients across Southern Mississippi. They have recently relocated to 1203 24th Avenue.
Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Ceremonies are offered to all members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. | 459077543

EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for World Finance

Event Dates and Times

11/21/2017 - 11/27/2017
World Finance 1710 North Frontage Rd. Meridian, MS
EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for World Finance
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) held a Ribbon Cutting for World Finance to celebrate their Grand Opening. World Finance offer individuals fixed rate and payment loan solutions. They are located at 1710 North Frontage Rd and can be reached at 601-482.2317.
Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Ceremonies are offered to all members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. | 459077463

EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Fudge Etcetera

Event Dates and Times

11/21/2017 - 11/27/2017
Fudge Etcetera 5011 Poplar Springs Dr. Meridian, MS
EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Fudge Etcetera
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) held a Ribbon Cutting for Fudge Etcetera to celebrate their Grand Opening. Fudge Etcetera has been in operation for more than 25 years and now has a store location in Meridian. They are a small family business with over 25 flavors of fudge. Their fudge can be purchased online, at markets/festivals, and now at their new retail location. They are located at 5011 Poplar Springs Dr.
Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Ceremonies are offered to all members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. | 458832023

Meridian Paving Information

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/4/2017
Poplar Springs Drive from the 4900 Block to the 5300 Block
The City of Meridian announces that Poplar Springs Drive from the 4900 Block to the 5300 Block will be closed beginning Monday, November 27th for approximately one week for paving. | 458828423

Meridian - Downtown Details ... Nov. 20th - 26th

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 11/26/2017
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Monday November 20th-7:00pm
Temple Theatre
Call 601.693.5353 for more information

Saturday November 25th-Merchant Hours
Meridian Merchants
Call 601.693.1306 for more information

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30 pm Every First & Third Monday
The Daily Grind
Call 601.701.3470 for more information

12:00 pm every Tuesday
Western Sizzlin'
Call 601.693.2336 for more information

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

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

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

Closed on Sunday
Call 601.227.0616 for more information

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

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

Open from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.482.5414 for more information

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

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
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

This Week In Retail
Come see what's new.
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

Now in stock your go to outfits for the season. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 228.860.9589 for more information

Cowbells ring...are you listening?!
Stop by the Bulldog Shop in downtown Meridian for a great selection of cowbells just in time for Christmas! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.484.0200 for more information

Your wish is our command ... we are fully restocked on Crooked Letter shirts!"Like" us Facebook and Instagram
Call 601.207.5072 for more information

Don’t forget to pick up those last minute Turkey Day essentials! Cups, place mats, place cards, and more! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2721 for more information

Christmas Shopping? We have all your electronic gifts ready. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2715 for more information

The Hulett- your custom Norwalk connection in East Central Mississippi. We want you to love your living spaces, so let's talk Norwalk Custom Furniture soon!
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Call 601.453.2149 for more information

This holiday season shop with your local businesses! "Like" us on Facebook.
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Brand new Minnetonka sneakers in stock in gray! Step up your casual shoe game this holiday season. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

Stock up on Christmas presents with our new items. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 800.432.7615 for more information

Love these as a Christmas gift!! Organic cotton onesie with gift box "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.934.1414 for more information

We have everything for hunting season, along with new fall plants. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

Come see all of our new arrivals.
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

Need something monogrammed for Christmas? Come see us! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.286.5495 for more information

Just in new Christmas fabrics . Come see them today. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.1863 for more information.

Its hunting season. Are you ready?
Call 601.693.4111 for more information | 458809853

JCJC’s Concert Choir & special guests present, “The Star of Bethlehem”

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/3/2017
First Baptist Church of Laurel
JCJC’s Concert Choir & special guests present, “The Star of Bethlehem”

ELLISVILLE –The Fine Arts Department of Jones County Junior College is proud to present “The Star of Bethlehem,” a Christmas concert presented by the JCJC Concert Choir, and special guests including an orchestra and dancers from the Laurel Ballet Academy. The public is invited to attend this free concert on Sunday, December 3, at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Laurel.

Joining JCJC’s 90-member Concert Choir, under the direction of Joel Dunlap and accompanist, Dr. Victoria Johnson, will be a 90-piece handbell choir, organist Martha Monroe, and a full orchestra. Additionally, the Laurel Ballet Academy Performance Company, under the co-direction of Mia Whitehead and Elizabeth Gordon, will perform with the choir for several musical numbers.

“I am thrilled to include a 90-piece handbell choir and chimes in one of our selections, along with a full orchestra. It is a special privilege to be able to present the Christmas story through music because music has a unique way to touch the soul and inspire the listener. You will not want to miss this show!” said Joel Dunlap, JCJC Concert Choir Director.

The audience will enjoy popular Christmas standards arranged by Dr. Mack Wilberg, the renowned conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir like, “I Saw Three Ships” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The choir will also perform other classic Christmas carols such as “Silent Night,” “What Child is This?” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” as well as musical selections from famed Hollywood composer John Williams.

The Concert Choir has a long tradition of presenting beautiful music in concerts across our area throughout the year. Dunlap said he appreciates the local churches opening their doors to our students, allowing them to present concerts for patrons throughout the region. For more information, contact Joel Dunlap at or call 601-477-4803.

JCJC Concert Choir Members 2017
Keara Altman, Quitman
Manuel Alvarado, Laurel
Chelsa Anderson, Soso
Reagan Barber, Ellisville
Ella Barker, Hattiesburg
Malory Beard, Waynesboro
J.D. Bilbo, Ellisville
Austin Bounds, Ellisville
Brandon Boykin, Taylorsville
Ashlynn Breland, Ellisville
Anna Broome, Sumrall
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss
Quentin Buck, Laurel
Dre’Nique Camper, Mendenhall
Amy Champion, Roxie
Kassidy Chandler, Laurel
Chandler Krimel, Liberty
Madison Chatham, Laurel
Frankie Chisholm, Purvis
Courtlyn Clanton, Waynesboro
James Clingan, Petal
Ja’Darius (JD) Cole, Meridian
Mitchell Cook, Collins
Amaria Cooley, Laurel
Natalie Davis, Pearl
Seth Dawson, Laurel
Ashley Dennis, Mize
Latommie Ducksworth, Louin
Reagan Dukes, Laurel
Eliana Gaddy, Laurel
Kelsey Gossett, Buckatunna
Tiara Grady, Laurel
Kaylee Green, Wilmer, AL
Andrew Henley, Ellisville
Trey Hick, Laurel
Virginia Hosey, Laurel
Melody Howard, Long Beach
Hunter Crawford, Laurel
Jamar James, Leroy, AL
Casey Jefcoat, Hattiesburg
Gabrielle Joyce, Oxford
Bethany Langley, Prentiss
Thomas Loper III, Millry, AL
Collin Loper, Ellisville
Anna Claire McKellar, Vicksburg
Yasmin McLaurin, Bay Springs
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose
Madison Newsom, Sumrall
Shiann Nichols, Ocean Springs
Marla Parker, Laurel
Rain Parker, Laurel
Sierra Parker, Sumrall
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville
Tianna Pearson, Laurel
Cade Perrin, Bassfield
Samantha Phillips, Soso
Andreas Pickens, Laurel
Taylor Pippin, Laurel
Caitlin Pittman, Waynesboro
Cade Perrin, Carson
Brianna Read, Laurel
Dawn Reulet, Taylorsville
Lanika Rogers, Ellisville
Taniji Rogers, Ellisville
Mackenzie Rolison, Long Beach
Scarlett Sandifer, Laurel
Corintha Sanson, Laurel
Charlie Shattles, Moselle
James Smith Jr., Oak Grove
Katerious Spivery, Laurel
Natalie Sullivan, Hattiesburg
Roshunda Sumrall, Sandersville
Hattie Taylor, Laurel
Kennedy Taylor, Soso
Xavian Taylor, Brandon
Ty Thomas, Pascagoula
Grace Toney, Long Beach
Deven Ulmer, Laurel
Brianna Vaughan, Lucedale
Sabrina Voge, Laurel
LaPatrick Walker, Terry
Kaitlyn Walley, Waynesboro
Chase Walters, Ellisville
Andrew Watkins, Quitman
Sidnee Watkins, Laurel
Sarah Watson, Laurel
John Wieland, Taylorsville
Derrick Williams, Laurel
Keontai Witherspoon, Waynesboro
Sydnee Yates, Pisgah
Gabby Yelverton, Moselle
Emily Youngblood, Ellisville

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032 | 458809493

Meridian East/Toomsuba KOA Journey Campground has earned the prestigious 2018 KOA President’s Award

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 11/30/2017
Meridian East/Toomsuba KOA Campground
KOA NEWS SERVICE (Phoenix, AZ / November 17, 2017) – The Meridian East/Toomsuba KOA Journey Campground has earned the prestigious 2018 KOA President’s Award from Kampgrounds of America, the world’s largest system of family-friendly, open-to-the-public campgrounds. The award was presented Friday, November 17 at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. KOA is celebrating its 55th Anniversary in 2017.

The KOA President’s Award is presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service from their campers, and also receive top scores in KOA’s annual Quality Review.

KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year regarding their KOA camping experience.

“We know that the phenomenal success we’ve had at KOA for the past 55 years is all due to the wonderful camping experiences our campground owners provide to our guests,” said KOA President and CEO Pat Hittmeier. “Thanks to the investments made by our KOA owners, our campgrounds have never been in better shape. Our owners are always looking for ways to improve, and that’s reflected in the feedback we get from our campers.”

“It’s an honor to recognize these great KOA owners for their efforts,” Hittmeier said. “The KOA President’s Award is well deserved.”

To find out more about this KOA, any of the other 500 KOAs in the U.S. or Canada, go to | 458807003

A Very Nelon Christmas

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/16/2017
Temple Theatre Meridian, MS
A Very Nelon Christmas
Event Dates and Times
12/16/2017 - Starts: 6:00 PM
Meridian Temple Theater, 2320 8th Street, Meridian, MS
FM Promotions presents
A Very Nelon Christmas

December 16, 2017
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Concert starts 6:00 PM

Featuring music & worship by
Sean Greer of Sean Greer Ministries
The Nelons
An all-star band featuring 11 time Southern Gospel Musician of the Year Jeff Stice

Temple Theater
2320 8th Street
Meridian, MS

$15 in advance
$20 Day of Concert

Ticket Outlets:
Meridian Cycles, see Tim Miller
George's Paint and Body Shop, DeKalb
Richard Alexa Ferguson call 601.416.1630
Queen City Medical Equipment

For Group Tickets information call Richard Ferguson at 601.416.1630

Children 12 and under free with a paying adult
Richard Ferguson, 601.416.1630, | 458806703

MCC December 2017 Calendar of Events

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/30/2017
Meridian Community College
MCC December 2017 Calendar of Events

Workforce Development class, Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS), Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development class, Basic Life Support, Dec. 1, 1-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Personal Enrichment session, ACT Prep, Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 601-482-7445.

MCC Gospel Choir Fall Concert, Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Tommy E. Dulaney Center, 601-553-3404.

Personal Enrichment class, Wrapping Gifts, Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30-7 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Personal Enrichment class, Christmas Cakes for Moms and Daughters, Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.

MCC Basketball: MCC vs. Bishop State, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. (women); 7:30 p.m. (men); MCC vs. Wallace Selma, Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m. (women); 7:30 p.m. (men). Sander Atkinson, 601-484-8707.

Practical Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony, Dec. 8, 9 a.m., Temple Theater, Dr. Lara Collum, 601-484-8728.

Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Dec. 8, Temple Theater, 11 a.m., Dr. Betty Davis, 601-484-8745.

MCC Winter Graduation, Dec. 8, 3 p.m., in Temple Theater, Downtown Meridian; Soraya Welden, 601-484-8628.

MCC will be closed for winter break beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to Monday, Jan. 1. The College reopens for business Tuesday, Jan. 2. Spring classes begin Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

MCC Holiday Term (online classes), Dec. 18-Jan. 5. 601-483-8241. | 458806463

JCJC & Haas Factory Outlet’s partnership ...

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/20/2017
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JCJC & Haas Factory Outlet’s partnership brings potential for big economic & educational bonus to Mississippi

ELLISVILLE – The future of manufacturing and machining in Mississippi has virtually changed with the cutting of a ribbon to officially announce the partnership between Jones County Junior College’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program and Hass Factory Outlet (HFO), which is one of North America’s largest designers and manufacturers of CNC machine tools and a machine tool distributor. While the two-year college located in Ellisville, Mississippi, will greatly benefit as the home of the new Mississippi Haas Factory Outlet Showroom, students will be prime candidates for jobs as businesses see them using the newest Haas CNC machines and equipment.

“Great things are happening in Jones County because of partnerships like this. If you don’t think we can build it you need to come see this place,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “We (JCJC) want to be a benefit to our community and certainly to corporations that are willing to come in and invest in Jones and in this part of the country.”

Preparing for Mississippi’s only HFO Showroom meant remodeling the current machine lab at JCJC. Haas Factory Outlet Service Manager, Clayton Phillips and JCJC Precision Manufacturing and Machining instructor Chase Elmore spent the summer cleaning, painting, rewiring and moving old machines. Over three weeks last summer, HFO invested more than $50,000 in remodeling the 6,500 square-foot machining lab and then installed an air compressor to run three Haas consigned machines, with an estimated value of $300,000, including a DT-1 drill/tap center, ST-30Y CNC Lathe with bar-feeder, and a VF-3-YT/50 taper vertical machining center.

“We’ll always make sure we have the machines with the latest, high-end, cutting-edge technology because this is a showroom for us,” said Haas Factory Outlet General Manager, Patrick Kane. He added, “We’re going to bring customers in and show them the machines and at the same time they’re going to evaluate some students. It’s a win-win for us all.”

Additionally, Haas has committed to providing free technical support from certified Haas technicians and JCJC is now part of the HTEC or Haas Technical Education Center. This network of industry leaders and educators was formed to allow for interacting and sharing information about the industry’s current and future needs.

“We want to help promote the program. The more students we put out here and the more students we put to work in Mississippi, the more products your companies can put out and the more products your customers can take home. We’re really here to bridge that gap between education and industry,” said Haas Factory Outlet-Morris Group Director of Education, Toni Neary.

This partnership has the potential to literally change the face of manufacturing and machining in Mississippi and Louisiana as HFO has already begun plans to expand its presence in the region. Combining Elmore’s vision for the machining program at JCJC with Haas’ commitment to education and the possibilities are endless for students and industry.

“I want to put JCJC on the map as the leading producer of machining students. I want to make it to where Jones is known for this program and that’s my goal. I’m going to keep working until I get there,” said Elmore.

That’s great news for JCJC alumnus and advisory committee member for Elmore’s program, Tony Guinn. As the Production Supervisor for JPM of Mississippi, Guinn is anxious to see growth.

“We can add machines but it’s hard to find people to come to work. High school students don’t know about machining. People don’t understand there is a high demand for people to fill all these jobs in machining and in industrial related jobs but there is nobody to fill them,” said Guinn.

Haas is optimistic their area customers like, Praxair (formerly GE Aviation), Laurel Machine and Foundry and JPM of Mississippi in Hattiesburg will greatly benefit from this partnership as Haas helps JCJC train students to become “work-ready” as CNC machinists, programmers, and engineers for the current and future employers. Elmore explained employers save time and money if their employees come to work trained.

“Students have their hands on the newest equipment that a lot of these companies use and JCJC graduates will have NIMS or National Institute for Metalworking Skills certifications or national industry standards, proving their abilities,” said Elmore. “(Because of this partnership), we’ll have a larger number of students and more importantly we’re going to be able to put more students out in industry. My goal is to have companies knocking the door down.”

Because of Haas’ commitment to providing educational opportunities, the economic outlook looks very bright for both students and industry. For students, the Haas Factory Outlet Showroom is providing the best machines to hone their machining skills and for industry employees, Haas will host free control classes to their customer base. Graduates of JCJC’s machining program also have the potential to benefit financially with wages ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 based on skill level and experience.

For more information about the JCJC Precision Manufacturing and Machining program contact Chase Elmore at 601-477-4201 or or on social media at Facebook JCJC precision manufacturing and machining or Instagram, Instagram JCJC Precision Machine Shop.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032 | 458233953

City of Meridian announces that 6th Street has changed to 2-way traffic

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11/17/2017 - 11/30/2017
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The City of Meridian announces that 6th Street has changed to 2-way traffic starting at the corner of 23rd Avenue all of the way to the intersection where 5th and 6th Streets merge. | 458233783

EMBDC Recognizes November Ambassadors of the Month

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11/17/2017 - 11/28/2017
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EMBDC Recognizes November Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its November Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Casey Hendricks with The Community Health Improvement Network, second place went to Heather Woodall with the MSU Career Center, and third place went Mary Atterberry with Rush Health Systems. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Kim Shirley with 1st MS Federal Credit Union. The red ticket drawing is from the pool of ambassadors who have attended EMBDC events over the past month.
This committee of dedicated volunteers assists with numerous membership activities and events throughout the year including ribbon cuttings and ground breakings conducted by the EMBDC. They work to secure new members and increase membership retention by building relationships and maintaining communication with existing and prospective members. This group consists of a limited group of people. The EMBDC would be unable to do all that it does without these dedicated volunteers. To find out more about becoming an Ambassador for your community, contact the EMBDC at 601-693-1306.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at

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