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House Passes Sewell Manufactured Housing Reform

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/3/2017
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House Passes Sewell Manufactured Housing Reform
Rep. Sewell is lead Dem cosponsor on bill expanding access to credit for homebuyers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the House passed the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (H.R. 1699) in a bipartisan vote. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is the lead Democratic co-sponsor and Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) is the lead Republican sponsor on the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.

“Passage of today’s bill means working families will be one step closer to affordable housing,” said Rep. Sewell. “In Alabama, over 300,000 families rely on manufactured homes for quality, independent, affordable housing, but current rules make access to credit for purchasing manufactured homes more difficult. The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act ensures that manufactured housing remains an affordable option by bringing needed reform to federal mortgage regulations while preserving consumer protections that prevent predatory lending.”

The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act would ensure that manufactured home loans are not unfairly categorized as high-cost loans. This inappropriate categorization restricts the availability of credit for the purchase of manufactured homes, eliminating an option for affordable housing for working families.

The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act does not alter protections against predatory lending. It leaves in place considerable consumer protections including the Truth in Lending Act’s “Ability to Repay” requirement, the prohibition against steering a consumer to a loan that has “predatory characteristics,” loan term disclosures, the prohibition on mandatory arbitration, as well as the authority of the CFPB to prosecute unfair, deceptive abusive acts and practices.

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Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.

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EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Twisted T Western & More

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/8/2017
Twisted T Western & More 4808 Great River Dr. Suite A Meridian, MS
EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Twisted T Western & More
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) held a Ribbon Cutting for Twisted T Western & More to celebrate their Grand Opening. Twisted T Western & More is a locally owned boutique and western store. They are located at 4808 Great River Dr. Suite A and can be reached at 601-482-5030.
Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Ceremonies are offered to all members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
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 www.embdc.org .

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

200 22nd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org

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Linden, Alabama - ChiLLy Fest -Dec. 8th & 9th

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/9/2017
Town of Linden, AL
ChiLLy Fest
Event Dates and Times
12/8/2017 - 12/9/2017
Linden, Alabama
Hope to see everyone at ChiLLy Fest next week!!!

ChiLLy Fest -Dec. 8th & 9th

Schedule of Events

Dec. 8th

Christmas Carnival -All Evening
Anything But -6pm - 9pm
Chili Cookers Party! -8pm - 11pm
The Emulators will rock Linden this ChiLLy Fest!
(Free Concert)

Dec. 9th

Local Food Vendors/Arts & Crafts -8am - 2pm
Food Vendors -4pm Gazebo (Optional)
Christmas Music -10am -2pm
Christmas Carnival -All Day!
ChiLLy Fest Cruise In Car Show -9am - 3pm
Chili and Cornbread Cook Off Judging -11am
Public Serving -12pm (Noon)
Christmas Parade of Lights -6:30pm
Fireworks Extravaganza!!! -After Parade

Happy ChiLLy Fest & Merry Christmas!!!!!

Parade, Sponsor, Cook Off, and Vendor forms: http://lindenalabama.net/events/chilly_fest

Bruce Ward
334-295-5051 ext. 1
www.lindenalabama.net
City Facebook Page
ChiLLy Fest Facebook Page
~Life is good in Linden~

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City of Meridian - 2017 Merry Meridian Christmas Parade

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/2/2017
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The City of Meridian announces that the 2017 Merry Meridian Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at 5 p.m. in Downtown Meridian. Parade line-up will be on 25th Avenue between 8th and 14th Streets beginning at 4 p.m. We invite everyone out to this annual holiday event.
For more information Contact: Laura Carmichael, Cultural Affairs
lauracarmichael@meridianms.org
601.480-2614

Laura Carmichael
Community Development l Cultural Affairs
P.O. Box 1430 l 723 23rd Avenue
601.485.1944 l 601.480.2614

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ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
East Central Community College
ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13

East Central Community College in Decatur will close all offices for the Christmas holidays beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

Orientation for new students for the 2018 spring semester will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium. As part of Orientation, new students will register for spring classes. Students can still apply to attend ECCC for the 2018 spring semester by using the online application at www.eccc.edu/admissions.

Day and evening classes for the spring semester begin Monday, Jan. 8. The last day to resister is Jan. 9.

Online courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 16. The last day to register for online classes is Wednesday, Jan. 17.

For more information on registering for the 2018 spring semester, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at rlee@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

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MSU-Meridian scholarships awarded through Scotts’ planned gift

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/6/2017
Mississippi State University-Meridian
MSU-Meridian scholarships awarded through Scotts’ planned gift

MERIDIAN, Miss.—Two Mississippi State University-Meridian students have been selected as the first recipients of the Jerry and Ruth Scott Annual Scholarship.
Carly Gensheimer of Union and Madison Tew of Meridian will receive the award, established by the Jerry and Ruth Scott Foundation to assist working adult students enrolled at MSU-Meridian. Benefactors Jerry and Ruth Scott made their home in Meridian for more than 30 years, where Jerry Scott served as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with Anderson Regional Medical Center. Ruth Scott, a native of Hinesville, Georgia, attended MSU-Meridian from 1989 to 1993.
Both inaugural recipients will each receive $3,500 for the 2017-18 academic year. In addition to their studies, the recipients also are employed in degree-related jobs. Gensheimer, a sophomore communication major, currently works as a weekend news reporter for WTOK-TV in Meridian, while Tew, a junior elementary education major, serves as a teacher assistant at Meridian’s Northeast Elementary School.
“The Jerry and Ruth Scott Scholarship is giving me the opportunity to receive the education I need to reach my goals,” Tew said. “I have a passion for children and their education and am so grateful for this scholarship and how it has helped me do what I love. As a teacher, I hope to give back what has been given to me.”
Candidates for the scholarship must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average from their two most recent semesters of coursework at MSU-Meridian or another institution, and must be employed. Students who are recipients one year may be eligible for consideration in any other year, given they maintain selection criteria.
As a planned gift, the Jerry and Ruth Scott Annual Scholarship upholds the late couple’s commitment to the betterment of their hometown through continued investments in the education of hard-working students.
“Planned gifts are a great way to ensure that your investment will impact future generations,” said Wes Gordon, director of planned giving for the MSU Foundation. “The Scotts’ scholarship will touch many lives as it relieves financial burdens and enables more students to achieve their goals through higher education at MSU-Meridian.”
Bequests, charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities are common deferred gifts; however, a variety of options exist. The MSU Foundation’s Office of Planned Giving is available to assist alumni and friends with estate planning. For more information, contact Gordon at 662-325-3707 or wgordon@foundation.msstate.edu. Gift planning with the MSU Foundation is also available online at msugiftplanning.org.
To learn more about MSU-Meridian visit www.meridian.msstate.edu

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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EMCC’S HURT, YOUNGER CHOSEN AS HEADWAE RECIPIENTS

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/7/2017
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC’S HURT, YOUNGER CHOSEN AS HEADWAE RECIPIENTS

MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College chemistry instructor Tara Hurt and student Caleb Younger have been named the college’s 2017-18 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award recipients.
Hurt and Younger will be honored Feb. 20 during the 31st Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day at the Jackson Marriott Hotel.
Each year, a student and instructor from each community college and university in the state are recognized for their outstanding work. The honorees are invited to the state capitol where they are welcomed by the lieutenant governor and recognized in each chamber of the Legislature. A luncheon follows in which they are formally recognized in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.
“Tara and Caleb are well deserving of the recognition and we are delighted to have them represent EMCC on Appreciation Day,” EMCC Associate Dean of Instruction Gina Thompson said.
Hurt is in her 15th year at EMCC as a chemistry instructor. She graduated from Mississippi University of Women with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and earned her master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She worked in industry for a while and later in research at MSU before beginning her teaching career at EMCC.
“I love teaching and being in the classroom,” Hurt said. “After 15 years, I still get excited when students understand something you have been trying to explain to them and all of a sudden it clicks. You see it in their faces.”
Hurt is married to Ben Hurt, a technology consultant who owns Hurt Technology. The couple have four children: Abigale, 16; Amelia, 12; Isaac, 9; and Ian, 8.
“It is a pretty lively household with four children,” Tara Hurt said. “We like to travel and we go camping a lot.”
Younger graduated from EMCC in May of this year with plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
“I changed my major and want to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Mississippi University for Women,” Younger said. “I would like to become a nurse practitioner. I am taking the prerequisite courses I need at EMCC.”
Younger is active on campus. He has served as a student ambassador and orientation leader. He is the past vice president and current president of the Student Government Association and is a member of the College Republicans and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Younger is the son of Kyle and Sandi Younger of Steens. He has three younger sisters: Julie, Lindsey and Bailey.
So, where does he see himself in 10 years?
“Lord willing, I will be married and have a family,” Caleb Younger said. “Hopefully, I will be running a family clinic or something similar and doing well.”
Michael Stewart, publications coordinator
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Rocky Higginbotham, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/461026413.html | 461026413

JCJC invites community to “Lighting of the Lake” Christmas event

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/7/2017
Jones County Junior College ... around the Lake behind Jones Hall
JCJC invites community to “Lighting of the Lake” Christmas event
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College’s fourth annual community-wide Christmas caroling event called, “Lighting of the Lake” will be held Thursday, December 7, at 5 p.m. The public is invited to join in the Christmas tree lighting and caroling event around the Lake behind Jones Hall. Bobcat Santa will be collecting canned goods for SCAR (Southern Cross Animal Shelter) in Laurel and he will be available for kids to take pictures and hear Christmas wishes. Christmas Carols will be sung while the trees are lit-up surrounding the lake. Hot chocolate will also be available at this free event.

The event is sponsored by the JCJC Student Government Association. For more information contact Sonya Dykes at 601-477-4229.

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

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JCJC social science instructor selected as Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/7/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC social science instructor selected as Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

ELLISVILLE – Since the 1960’s, television cartoons have depicted families in various ways and Jones County Junior College’s social science instructor, Stacy Ruth has taught thousands of students about those family values. Ruth has taught Sociology, Social Problems, and Marriage and Family classes over the past 25 years, while also noting the way the ‘family’ has been depicted in cartoons. In her presentation and official recognition as the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Teacher of the Year at JCJC, Ruth shared her insight about how the family has evolved in cartoons.

“You may think families are stagnant, but they have changed and adjusted over the years, as society changes or cultural aspects have changed. A really good indication of this is the cartoons in how they show cultural changes and how they emulate what families go through,” said Ruth.

Through different depictions in six cartoons, the Flintstones, Jetsons, the PJ’s, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and the Simpsons, Ruth showed how each cultural shift was incorporated in the cartoons. Sharing her insights at the presentation for the Mississippi Humanities Council with students, staff and guests, Ruth said she is honored to have her peers and administrators recognize her work and love of teaching students.

“It’s nice to know my colleagues and administrators think a lot of me and my work to be chosen for this honor. I really love teaching my students and interacting with them,” said Ruth.

Ruth will be formally honored at a banquet in Jackson in February by the Mississippi Humanities Council where she will receive a cash award and a plaque. Ruth has taught social science classes at JCJC for 25 years while also volunteering with student-athletes through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she serves on the Executive Board of Jones County’s FCA program. She has also served the region as a member of the executive committee for the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, the state committee for HIV Prevention, the World Congress on Civic Education in Cape Town, Africa. Additionally, the Heidelberg Academy graduate was selected as JCJC’s faculty representative for Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence program for Mississippi’s colleges and universities, and she was one of the top five instructors at JCJC chosen by her colleagues and administrators. Ruth has an 11-year old daughter who attends Laurel Christian School.


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

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MPDS - District Events

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/9/2017
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District Events

12/9/17
Parkview Elementary Winter Wonderland Daddy/Daughter Dance
Takes place from
5-8 p.m. in the Magnolia Middle School Gym

12/15/17
Winter Break Early Dismissal Schedule

Elementary will dismiss
at 12:30 p.m.

Middle and High School at 1 p.m.

Wildcat Athletics

11/30/17
MHS 9th Grade Basketball-
@ Oak Grove, 5 p.m.

Middle School Basketball-
Quitman vs. Northwest, 4 p.m.
Carver @ Magnolia, 4:30 p.m.

12/1/17
MHS Basketball
vs. Gulfport, 6 p.m.

MHS Soccer- vs. Philadelphia,
Varsity Girls: 5:30 p.m., Varsity Boys: 7 p.m.

12/2/17
MHS Basketball- @ Heidelberg Shootout, Varsity Girls Only, TBA

12/4/17
MHS 9th Grade Basketball- vs. Wayne County, 5 p.m.

Middle School Basketball
Northwest @ Kemper, 5 p.m.
Carver @ Northeast, 5 p.m.
Quitman vs. Magnolia, 4 p.m.

12/5/17
MHS Basketball- vs. Noxubee County, Junior Varsity Boys,
Junior Varsity Girls only, 4 p.m.

MHS Soccer- @ Northwest Rankin,
Varsity Girls: 5:30 p.m., Varsity Boys: 7 p.m

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460765703.html | 460765703

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460765393.html | 460765393

Memorial Highway Dedication

Event Dates and Times

11/29/2017 - 12/3/2017
Highway 80 in Newton County
MHP Troop H was honored to be a part of the Memorial Highway Dedication held on Highway 80 in Newton County. Memorial signs were unveiled just west of Hickory for Fallen State Trooper Daniel E. Smith who was killed in the line of duty on November 7th, 1959. The signs were placed along the stretch of highway were Trooper Smith was killed.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation along with Mississippi Highway Patrol worked together to memorialize this location. Many of Trooper Smith's Family, friends and State Troopers both active and retired were in attendance to show their support.

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460763603.html | 460763603

Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department ... annual Christmas Parade

Event Dates and Times

11/29/2017 - 12/9/2017
Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department Rose Hill, MS Jasper County
The Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department will be sponsoring their annual Christmas Parade on Saturday December 9, 2017 at 11:00 am.
Rose Hill, MS Jasper County
Come and celebrate the season with us.
For information contact:
Beverly Burns 601-917-6828

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460523343.html | 460523343

2018 Congressional Art Competition for High School Students in the 7th Congressional District

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/28/2017
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Rep. Sewell Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition for High School Students in the 7th Congressional District

Montgomery, AL – Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is proud to announce the opening of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to both public and private high school students throughout the 7th Congressional District, as well as home-schooled high school students. The winner will receive two free round-trip airfare tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend an official reception honoring the winners from all the congressional districts around the country. In addition, their artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The theme for this year’s competition is “An Artistic Discovery: Voting Rights Today in the 7th Congressional District.”

To enter the contest, students must fill out and submit a Student Information & Release Form with their artwork by January 18, 2018. All high school students from the 7th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their artwork to any of the Congresswoman’s District offices. Artwork entered into the contest may be up to 26” high X 26” wide X 4” deep. For more information, please contact Rep. Sewell’s Montgomery office at (334) 262-1919 or visit https://sewell.house.gov/congressional-art-competition to find the student release form and guidelines for the artwork.

As a proud product of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, the Congresswoman has seen first-hand the talent from within the District. Each year she is immensely impressed with the outstanding submissions, and she is incredibly proud to have the winning artwork representing the 7th Congressional District in our nation’s Capitol Building. To view the previous year’s winners, visit http://conginst.org/art-competition/?compYear=2017&state=al.

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460522993.html | 460522993

MDOT TAP grant converts heart of JCJC campus

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/28/2017
Parking area of Jones County Junior College’s C.L. Neill Student Center
MDOT TAP grant converts heart of JCJC campus

ELLISVILLE- What was once a thoroughfare and parking area in front of Jones County Junior College’s C.L. Neill Student Center has been converted into a beautiful, pedestrian plaza with the help of a federal, Transportation Alternative Project grant or (TAP), through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. More than $416,000 in grant money was awarded almost two-years ago to the college for a campus improvement and safety project with the help of the MDOT Southern District Commissioner, Tom King.

“This (TAP grant) is a great program and it’s great to have a program like this because it helps campuses, counties and cities too,” said King. He also emphasized, “None of this federal grant money could go to highways or bridges. It is only available for projects like this. Eighty-percent is federal money and twenty-percent from JCJC or any other government entity that applies for a TAP grant.”
Overall, $571,211 was used to convert an area of College Drive, in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center into a pedestrian plaza with brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete, landscape improvements and removable bollards. An added feature of the project included the installation of the JCJC logo at ground level in the center of the pedestrian plaza. JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith initially had the vision to improve the campus esthetically, more than 12 years ago. To be able to see this part of the campus improvement project completed is a proud moment for everyone involved.
“It’s very nice to see it come to fruition. We’re thankful for the MDOT, Neel-Schaffer’s engineers and R& J Construction for their help in creating one of the best things added on campus in a long time. Students love it because there are lots of places to hang out and hold student activities. Also, it’s safer,” said Dr. Smith.
Student Government Association President, Alex Hickson said she loves the new plaza for numerous reasons.
“This means the world to us. We love this! Before the conversion, it was hazardous getting to lunch in the Student Center. Now it is so pleasant to walk in peace looking at the fountain and flowers. We love and appreciate this so much,” said Hickson.
As the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the first phase of the pedestrian corridor project, R&J Construction has already begun working on the second phase of the project. JCJC received a second, matching, TAP grant to extend the pedestrian plaza down Dan Jones Memorial Drive behind the Terrell Tisdale Library, with brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete and landscape improvements. The second phase of the project began last August and should be completed in the spring of 2018. An expected third-phase will continue the pedestrian corridor south on Dan Jones Memorial Drive and end before McClellan Hall.

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460522263.html | 460522263

Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS ... Events Calendar

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/31/2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS
Wonderful Word on Wednesday
December 6, 13, 20, & 27 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting , Wonderful Word on Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017, @ 7:00 pm. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Christmas Program/Seasoned Senior Citizen Program
December 24, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a, "Christmas/Seasoned Senior Citizens' Program," on Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 10:50 am. Phone contact: 601-776-3649. E-mail contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

New Year's Eve Service
December 31, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting , "New Year's Eve Service," on Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 10:00 pm. Phone contact: 601-776-3649. E-mail contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460521743.html | 460521743

Late Fall Festival

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/10/2017
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Meridian
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Meridian will have their annual
Late Fall Festival, Dec. 10th at 6:00 pm (601) 485-5816

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/458832023.html | 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.

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/458809853.html | 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 joel.dunlap@jcjc.edu 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
www.jcjc.edu

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/458807003.html | 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
and
An all-star band featuring 11 time Southern Gospel Musician of the Year Jeff Stice

Temple Theater
2320 8th Street
Meridian, MS

Tickets
$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
ITickets https://www.itickets.com/events/390326.html

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, rf2ndmile@hotmail.com

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/458806703.html | 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.

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/458806463.html | 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 chase.elmore@jcjc.edu 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
www.jcjc.edu

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/458232233.html | 458232233

JCJC’s Jasper County Center announces spring class schedule

Event Dates and Times

11/17/2017 - 12/31/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Jasper County Center announces spring class schedule

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Bay Springs is offering college credit, non-credit, and workforce, day and night courses this spring. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand. Tuition costs for credit courses can be found on the website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration/ For more information call the general number to the Jasper County Center at 601-764-9393. For assistance with college credit classes contact Lela Bryan lela.bryan@jcjc.edu, and for all other courses, contact Debbie Ishee debbie.ishee@jcjc.edu.

The following are the classes currently scheduled for this spring.

Spring College Career & Technical Classes:
Welding with CORE (January 8 – May 3) Monday – Friday 7:45 am – 2:30 pm

Spring College Academic Classes:
Western Civilization II Monday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
English Composition II Tuesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
World Religion Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Art Appreciation Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spring College NON-Credit (Workforce) Classes:
Welding with CORE (January 8 –June 30) Monday & Wednesday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Millwright with CORE (January 8 –June 30) Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C N A (February 5 – March 9) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 4:30 pm-9:30 pm

Community Classes:
Stain Glass (date not yet determined) Monday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/457994943.html | 457994943

Triple Treat Christmas ...

Event Dates and Times

11/16/2017 - 12/19/2017
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Triple Treat Christmas ... ...
December 15th - 19th

1. Trees of Christmas at Merrehope
2. Santa's Christmas Factory at Soule' Steam Works
3. Lazy Acres in Lights
(601) 483-8439
(888) 868-7720
(833) 327-6386

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/457719273.html | 457719273

EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

11/15/2017 - 12/12/2017
See Schedule
Upcoming Events

Deaconess Home Care
Ribbon Cutting
4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 16th
1203 24th Ave

Fudge Etcetera
Ribbon Cutting
9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 20th
5011 Poplar Springs Dr.

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/457464123.html | 457464123

Southern Pine Announces Adopt-a-School Program

Event Dates and Times

11/14/2017 - 12/14/2017
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Southern Pine Announces Adopt-a-School Program
TAYLORSVILLE – Southern Pine Electric is proud to announce its Adopt-a-School Program whereby employees, teachers, parents and community leaders will work together to provide needed resources for students and young people throughout its service area. The first school selected through the program is Hopewell Elementary, located in Covington County, Mississippi.
School Principal, Turpin Smith, teachers, staff and students participated in a booth at Southern Pine’s recent Annual Meeting providing a glimpse into the studies and academic capabilities of the children. Students enjoyed visiting with employees and appreciated an insider’s view of Southern Pine equipment.
Working hand-in-hand with teachers, Southern Pine employees will not only help provide resources but will teach a new generation about the benefits of belonging to a cooperative. Each year, Southern Pine will announce the selection of a different school for participation in the program from its eleven-county service area. Information will be provided in mid-2018 for schools interested in applying for the Adopt-a-School Program.
Southern Pine Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative that distributes electricity to more than 67,000 members in 11 counties in central and south Mississippi. It is headquartered in Taylorsville and has offices in Brandon, Newton, Hattiesburg and New Hebron.

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/456633493.html | 456633493

JCJC’s Wayne County Center announces Spring Class Schedule

Event Dates and Times

11/10/2017 - 12/27/2017
Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center in Waynesboro
JCJC’s Wayne County Center announces Spring Class Schedule

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center in Waynesboro is offering college credit, non-credit, and workforce, day and night courses this spring. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand. The following are the classes currently scheduled for this January 2018.

Spring College Career & Technical Classes
Health Care Assistant (January 8, through May 3, 2018)
Monday through Thursday – 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Spring College Academic Classes January 8, 2018-May 4, 2018
General Psychology (Hybrid) Mondays- 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
College Algebra Tuesdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Western Civilization II Wednesdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
English Comp. II (Hybrid) Thursdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Spring Non-Credit (Workforce) Classes)
Welding (January 8, through April 24, 2018)
Monday & Tuesdays – 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Commercial Truck Driving -------- Spring dates and information coming soon

Tuition costs for credit courses can be found on the website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration/ For more information contact Courtney McInnis at 601-735-2228 or email, courtney.mcinnis@jcjc.edu.

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/456113333.html | 456113333

Registration for Spring Term 2018 Classes Underway at East Central Community College

Event Dates and Times

11/8/2017 - 12/8/2017
East Central Community College in Decatur
Registration for Spring Term 2018 Classes Underway at East Central Community College

Registration for spring 2018 semester classes is underway at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Classes begin on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The deadline to enroll is Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Online courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 16. The last day to register for online classes is Wednesday, Jan. 17.

“Although the semester does not start until January, we encourage prospective students to register early to get the necessary classes at the times that are most desirable,” said Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services.

Students who have not applied and been accepted to ECCC should do so online at www.eccc.edu. To complete the application process students must have an official ACT or COMPASS placement score and an official copy of high school and any previous college transcripts on file in the Office of Admissions.

Students who do not register for classes by Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, prior to the holiday period will be invited to Spring Orientation on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at 9 a.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium.

For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or call toll free 1-877-462-3222, ext. 205. The email address is rlee@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/455571353.html | 455571353

EMBDC - 2017 Annual Meeting

Event Dates and Times

11/12/2017 - 12/12/2017
MSU Riley Center Downtown Meridian
EMBDC - 2017 Annual Meeting
Dec. 12th
8:00 - 10:00 am
MSU Riley Center
Topic: Alliance For Growth


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