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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.


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. | 461289533

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 .

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

200 22nd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-5638 | 461273113

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:

Bruce Ward
334-295-5051 ext. 1
City Facebook Page
ChiLLy Fest Facebook Page
~Life is good in Linden~ | 461271573

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

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

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 | 461074423

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 Gift planning with the MSU Foundation is also available online at
To learn more about MSU-Meridian visit

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at | 461027073


Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/7/2017
East Mississippi Community College

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 | 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 | 461026293

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 | 461025843

MPDS - District Events

Event Dates and Times

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

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

Winter Break Early Dismissal Schedule

Elementary will dismiss
at 12:30 p.m.

Middle and High School at 1 p.m.

Wildcat Athletics

MHS 9th Grade Basketball-
@ Oak Grove, 5 p.m.

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

MHS Basketball
vs. Gulfport, 6 p.m.

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

MHS Basketball- @ Heidelberg Shootout, Varsity Girls Only, TBA

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.

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 | 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

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