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EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Fresenius Kidney Care

Event Dates and Times

1/18/2018 - 1/25/2018
Fresenius Kidney Care 1300 38th Ave East Meridian, MS
EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Fresenius Kidney Care
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) held a Ribbon Cutting for Fresenius Kidney Care to celebrate their Grand Opening. Fresenius Kidney Care provides services to help people with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. They are located at 1300 38th Ave East and can be reached at 888-233-0397.
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 | 469933603

EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

1/18/2018 - 3/1/2018
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Upcoming Events

EMBDC Bridal Show
Saturday, February 10th
MSU Riley Center

Haven Salon
Ribbon Cutting
Monday, February 12th
2900B North Hills Street

Palate to Palette
Thursday, March 1st
MSU Riley Center

Tourism Business Before Hours
Tuesday, March 27th

EMBDC Home & Garden Show
Thursday, April 26th
MCC Tommy Dulaney Building | 469730553

MPSD Board meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 25

Event Dates and Times

1/17/2018 - 1/25/2018
Multipurpose building at Meridian High School.
The Meridian Public School District Board meeting scheduled for last night has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 25 at 5:30 pm in the multipurpose building at Meridian High School. | 469362503

Online cybersecurity training offers scholarship opportunities for Mississippi high school girls.

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1/15/2018 - 2/20/2018
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Governor Bryant, MS Office of Homeland Security Announce Innovative Cybersecurity Partnership for Students
Online cybersecurity training offers scholarship opportunities for Mississippi high school girls.
Jackson, MS. - Governor Phil Bryant announced Friday a new, innovative cybersecurity training partnership between the SANS Institute and the State of Mississippi called GirlsGoCyberStart. This training is a free online game where every Mississippi high school girl can discover her talents in cybersecurity and learn about the field.
"Cybersecurity is the new frontier for protecting infrastructure, personal information and financial data. Mississippi needs a pipeline of talented cybersecurity professionals to help protect our way of life." said Governor Phil Bryant. "I am excited that Mississippi is able to bring this type of training to our high school girls and encourage them to explore this cutting edge field."
Participants do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge and can come from grades 9 through 12. Students from Mississippi who excel in the GirlsGoCyberStart game will have the opportunity to win prizes including: Dell Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi computers and other cool techie things as well as gift certificates. Each member of the top teams, nationally, will win all expense paid trips to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago along with a parent for each winner.
In addition, the three schools in the state that have the most participants will win awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.
"The GirlsGoCyberStart program is an excellent and fun opportunity for students who think they may be interested in cybersecurity to determine if they have the passion and aptitude to pursue it as a career,” said Governor Bryant. “I hope young people all across the state take advantage of this great opportunity.”
Each player in GirlsGoCyberStart begins as a “cyber protection agent" responsible for protecting an important operational base. The student chooses and solves challenges, earning points along the way. A cyber protection agent field manual provides answers to questions that may arise and hints help when players get stuck. When the player has solved a sufficient number of challenges at one level, a new level opens up and new challenges appear - for a total of 31 levels. Students may participate from home or from school.
When asked why SANS is making this investment, SANS Director of Research, Alan Paller, said "We discovered that those who have mastered the topics taught and measured in the GirlsCyberStart program do far better than others in the advanced cybersecurity courses that prepare the critically needed people. By opening GirlsGoCyberStart to hundreds of thousands of students we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.”
Sign-up begins on January 29th and ends on February 14th. Students will play and complete the training from February 20th through February 25th. There is no cost to the students who compete in this game.
An introductory web site with answers to other questions, a fuller description of the game, and sample challenge may be found at:

Warren Strain
Communication Director
Mississippi Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 958
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
Office: 601-987-1390
Cellular: 601-850-9310 | 469362243

AmeriCorps NCCC Team Assists with Veteran Home Repair ...

Event Dates and Times

1/15/2018 - 2/6/2018
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AmeriCorps NCCC Team Assists with Veteran Home Repair
MERIDIAN, Miss. – An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team, Delta Five, is serving with Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity (LCHFH) in Meridian, Mississippi, for four weeks. The NCCC team of 10 members from the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region campus in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is working to assist in repairing and remodeling veterans’ homes.

The team is helping LCHFH assist veteran homeowners who struggle to maintain their homes. The team is there to do exterior home repair services, such as painting, minor exterior repairs, landscaping and exterior clean-up as well as extensive interior or exterior work to alleviate critical health, weatherizing, life and safety issues or code violations for the veterans.

“It is cool to give back to people who have given so much for us. My grandpa is a veteran as well, so it is awesome to help people who have been through the same things as him,” says team member Ashley Kallhoff, from Salem, Oregon.

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is having a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Their goal for the program is to assist those who need weatherization or critical repair by helping low-income veteran families in their community have safer homes to live.

AmeriCorps NCCC’s mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits (secular and faith based), local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.

The NCCC team is based out of Vicksburg, Mississippi, but consists of members from around the country. After completing their service in Meridian, Mississippi, the members of the team will travel back to Vicksburg and remain there for several days before deploying to their next service project. | 468973633


Event Dates and Times

1/12/2018 - 1/27/2018
East Mississippi Community College

MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College is among 12 schools nationwide selected by Toyota Motor Company to participate in a pilot program that will offer Automotive Technology students certification through the University of Toyota.
EMCC will serve as the pilot school for the region represented by Gulf States Toyota, a private distributor of new Toyota vehicles and parts that serves more than 157 Toyota dealerships in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
EMCC was invited to participate in the Toyota Technician Education Program, which will allow students to obtain official Toyota certification for training modules they complete. Up until this point, only Toyota employees could receive certification through the University of Toyota, which is required of mechanics who work for the company.
Five EMCC students have been initially chosen to participate in the program, which includes both online coursework from the University of Toyota and hands-on instruction by EMCC Automotive Technology instructor Dale Henry.
The five EMCC students are Cameron Bryce Hitt of Eupora; Nathan McNair of Starkville; Logan Sims of West Point; Zachery Walker of West Point; and Richard Woodruff of Louisville.
“I think it is a great opportunity,” Hitt said. “If you go to work for Toyota, they are going to send you to school. Since you are already certified by Toyota, you go straight into their workforce.”
Training modules are offered in areas such as Toyota Express Maintenance, wiring and electrical, tire, wheel and brake service, and engine control systems, to name a few.
“The certifications they earn through the University of Toyota will stay with them for life,” Henry said. “Let’s say a student graduates and goes to work at an independent repair shop and five years from now a job opportunity comes up at Toyota. A record of the Toyota certifications the student has earned will pull up in their system.
“The certifications are good for employment at any Toyota dealer in the nation.”
There is no additional cost to students to earn the Toyota certifications.
Students already learn the coursework. Henry, a certified Toyota instructor, has completed training modules needed to teach the courses and is continually training for more certifications.
“Close to 100 percent of our students already get the online training through the University of Toyota,” Henry said. “The key difference is that while I can give them a certificate of completion, they cannot earn the official Toyota certification like they can through the Toyota Technician Education Program. This really increases their odds of getting hired on by Toyota.”
EMCC’s automotive program has garnered recognition for recent achievements.
Last July, three students from EMCC’s Automotive Technology program competing against their peers from colleges and universities across the nation took home a gold medal and two silver medals in the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
In October of last year, Houston-based Gulf States Toyota and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation held the Toyota Express Maintenance Contest at EMCC. In the contest, students from 12 Mississippi high schools competed against each other in timed maintenance-repair events. It was the first time the contest was held outside the state of Texas.
“The continuing success of our Automotive Technology program is a testament to the quality of our instructors and their dedication to providing students the best education possible,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said. “We are grateful to Gulf States Toyota for allowing us to participate in this pilot program and to our faculty who have made this possible through their efforts. The real winners are our students who will benefit from this partnership.” | 468819283

EPA Urges Home Radon Tests this January for National Radon Action Month

Event Dates and Times

1/11/2018 - 1/30/2018
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EPA Urges Home Radon Tests this January for National Radon Action Month

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2018) — Radon, a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that causes cancer, can build up to unsafe levels in any home at any time of year. With many Americans spending more time inside their homes during January, however, there is no better time to make sure our homes are radon-free. That is why EPA starts every new year encouraging Americans to get their homes tested for radon.
“If a high radon level is found, the good news is that this serious environmental risk can be reduced by using simple, proven techniques comparable to the cost of other minor home repair or improvement projects,” said Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
Millions of homes in the United States have elevated levels of radon. Inhalation of radon damages lung cells and kills approximately 21,000 people annually, making radon the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Because radon gas is invisible and odorless, the only way to know if a house, school or other building has a radon problem is to get the building tested.
Although testing for radon is easy and inexpensive, only one in five homeowners have tested their homes for radon. EPA and states are encouraging Americans to test their homes for radon and to fix elevated levels during January as a common sense step to prevent lung cancer.

Radon test kits are available at hardware stores, home improvement centers, and online. Kits usually cost around $20 and come with easy-to-use testing and mailing instructions. Qualified radon professionals can also perform tests and fix elevated levels.
Don’t delay in testing your home during National Radon Action Month. A simple and low-cost radon test can help save a life in your family.
To learn more about radon, visit Test, Fix and Save a Life | 468793913

MDOT winter weather preparations underway

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1/11/2018 - 1/28/2018
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MDOT winter weather preparations underway
JACKSON, MISS. –Mississippians know all too well how fast weather conditions can change throughout the state. With winter officially here, it is important to stay prepared for any weather event that Mother Nature dishes out.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is prepared for any winter weather and extreme cold conditions.
On December 8, 2017, parts of central and south Mississippi received up to six inches of snow. Jackson saw the highest snowfall in the capital city since 1982.
“The weather that occurred in December is proof to why it is always important to stay prepared for any type of weather,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “MDOT crews and personnel are committed to keeping Mississippi’s highways safe during the winter season.”
MDOT uses numerous resources to protect the traveling public if severe winter weather strikes. During a typical winter, approximately 1,300 MDOT workers log nearly 53,300 collective hours for snow and ice removal. To get this job done, workers use an average of 3,500 tons of salt, 2,200 tons of sand and 4,650 tons of slag, in addition to a combined 30,000 gallons of salt brine and calcium chloride.
“In north Mississippi, district maintenance crews have trucks and equipment prepared to aid roads affected in the event of a winter storm,” said James Williams, P.E., MDOT Chief Engineer. “Crews are fully prepared with all materials to keep Mississippians safe this winter no matter what the circumstance.”
Different materials are used for specific winter weather events. For instance, salt brine and calcium chloride are sprayed on the road surface to prevent ice formation on travel lanes.
However, if the roads are already wet, these liquid de-icing materials will not work.
“In Mississippi, winter storms are typically associated with rain,” Williams said. “We have to know what type of weather event we are dealing with in order to keep motorists safe. If the roadways are wet, crews will spread granular salt, sand or slag over the roads to help vehicles maintain traction.”
MDOT also encourages the traveling public to stay prepared for the winter season. Staying prepared not only gives peace of mind, but also ensures drivers can keep themselves and their passengers safe.
Before loading up to travel during the winter months, make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape.

• Have your vehicle battery and charging system checked for optimum performance.
• Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in your vehicle’s cooling system.
• Get your brakes checked to make sure they are functioning properly.
• Make sure the heater, defroster and windshield wipers are good to go for the winter.
Creating a winter weather kit to keep in the car in case of a winter weather emergency can be a lifesaver. Here are some important things to have just in case:
• Windshield scraper
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Jumper cables
• Bottled water and snacks
• Extra blankets
For more information on how to prepare for winter weather, visit
Throughout the year, MDOT monitors road and traffic conditions constantly through its Traffic Management Center (TMC).
Using traffic cameras, radar and temperature sensors, along with local agency communication, MDOT’s TMC observes the most traveled highways in the state to ensure the safety and mobility of the traveling public. MDOT’s TMC is the nerve center of Mississippi’s highway management system. During winter weather storms, as well as other weather-related emergencies, TMC staff is on increased alert for potential travel hazards.
At the click of a button, important traveler information about Mississippi’s highways is sent to approximately 500,000 people across the state. The TMC releases travel information in many ways:
• Traffic alerts are sent via email or text to people who sign up on
• Information is released through our smartphone app
• Travel information and alerts can also be accessed by calling Mississippi 511
• Dynamic Message Signs
• Highway Advisory Radios
Using these avenues of communication, MDOT is able to notify the public of concerns that may affect their commute to work or school. MDOT’s free travel resources,, the MDOT Traffic mobile app and Mississippi 511, as well as MDOT’s social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, provide an opportunity for Mississippians to know before they go this winter.
“This winter, remember the importance of being prepared for changing weather conditions,” said McGrath. “Everyone needs to know the dangers that winter weather can bring, and the importance of knowing how to protect you from these instances. We encourage everyone to follow these safety tips while traveling during the winter season.” | 468793173


Event Dates and Times

1/11/2018 - 1/28/2018
Meridian Community College

Referencing an often-quoted Bible verse (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), Meridian Community College President Dr. Scott Elliott recently announced that he will retire this summer. He has been at the MCC helm the past 20 years.
Speaking at the opening faculty meeting of the spring term last week, Elliott told his colleagues that “for everything there is a season, and my season at MCC will soon be coming to fruition.”
“Being part of the MCC family has been the greatest blessing of my 33 years in higher education administration,” Elliott continued. “Thanks to the unwavering support of the MCC Board of Trustees and the outstanding work of the college’s faculty and staff, I would like to think it’s been a fairly productive run. I have been very proud of the accomplishments of our team. I want to thank our Board of Trustees, my colleagues at MCC, and the people of Lauderdale County for providing me with the opportunity to be associated with a nationally renowned college.”
Elliott also acknowledged his predecessor, Dr. Bill Scaggs, who he called “an icon in the annals of Mississippi higher education.”
“When I came to MCC in 1998, I inherited from Dr. Scaggs a prolific team of administrators, faculty and staff,” Elliott recalled. “Dr. Scaggs is the president who built MCC into something really special. It was my goal from the outset to try to capitalize on the momentum and successes that he and his team had long established. I would like to think that has been accomplished, at least to some degree.”
During Elliott’s tenure at MCC, the college:
● grew its annual budget from $24,091,338 to $52,887,336 or 120 percent;
● expanded its physical plant to 94 acres supporting over 30 new structures and representing approximately 270,000 additional square feet of building space, while also renovating numerous existing areas;
● recorded several years of record-breaking credit enrollment, peaking at 4,500 credit students in 2010;
● bolstered its customized workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education programs to serve upwards of 10,000 students annually, many of them taking classes in MCC’s new 85,000-square foot workforce training center;
● increased its nursing program enrollments from approximately 250 students to over 700 annually with the Associate Degree (RN) program becoming among the largest in the state;
● initiated several new Career & Technical programs, including cosmetology and nail technology, industrial maintenance, millwright, commercial truck driving, surgical technology, dental assisting, culinary arts, paramedic, welding, and medical billing and coding;
● instituted a comprehensive e-learning program of on-line classes;
● partnered with county and city K-12 schools to develop a dual enrollment curriculum, annually providing dozens of area students with a head start on their college experience;
● witnessed annual private investment in the college’s foundation grow from $627,400 to a single-year record of $5,886,608 in 2016; and
● implemented an energy conservation program that to date has amassed roughly $2.6 million in savings on utilities.
Another highlight of the Elliott era was a run of 13 consecutive years in which MCC recorded the highest grade point average in the state among all 15 community colleges in terms of how its students performed upon matriculation to Mississippi universities. During another streak, MCC posted the state’s highest graduation rate four years in succession.
Notably, in 2016-17, the college was ranked No. 3 in the U.S. in two separate independent polls among the nation’s some 1,600 two-year colleges. MCC was ranked No. 7 in yet another national survey and was three times nominated for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Moreover, MCC won the coveted Bellwether Award sponsored by the University of Florida for excellence in economic development programming.
In athletics, MCC became and remains the only community college in state history to win a national title in soccer, recorded two national runner-up finishes in golf, and chalked up numerous other Top 10 national rankings and state and regional titles in golf, tennis, softball, track and baseball. Moreover, the Eagle athletic department won the Halbrook Award three times for having the highest student-athlete graduation in the state.
“It was never a goal of mine or our Board’s for MCC to be the biggest community college in the state,” Elliott said. “We’ve only sought to be the best we could possibly be in serving the people of our region. Given that MCC’s district is by far and away the smallest in the state geographically with one-half of one county, I think it could be argued that pound-for-pound many of MCC’s outcomes are as good as anybody’s. In other words, if you look at our outcomes on a per capita basis, considering the size of our district, I think the achievements of my colleagues have been really quite remarkable.”
Despite those and other accomplishments, Elliott said he believes MCC can do better under new leadership.
“Change can be an invigorating thing,” Elliott said. “The average tenure of a college president is about eight years, and I’ve been here 20. A new president will undoubtedly come in here with some fresh ideas and different perspectives, and that will be good for the college as it tackles new and unmet challenges. MCC was a premier college before I came, and it will most definitely be so after I leave.”
Asked about those “unmet challenges,” Elliott, who served stints as both chairman of the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) and the Mississippi Association of Colleges (MAC), said he regrets that during his watch the community college system did not make more progress in garnering greater legislative support.
“I always thought we (community colleges) had a convincing argument in terms of the correlation between our mission and the state’s future economic and social prosperity,” Elliott said. “I felt we could position an increased number of Mississippians for good-paying jobs and, thus, boost the state’s tax base, if only the colleges could muster a more equitable portion of state funding for K-through-University education. But the truth is that we haven’t moved the needle very much during my time. For every general fund tax dollar invested in public education in Mississippi, the community colleges only get about 7 cents. That’s just not enough, in my view, to build the kind of workforce that will enable Mississippi to expand existing industry and compete at an optimum level for new industry.”
Another current challenge is contraction, which has been occurring among nearly all the nation’s community colleges since unemployment rates have plummeted to record lows.
“There’s an inverse relationship between the economy and enrollment,” Elliott explained. “When the economy is healthy and more people are working, community college enrollments tend to ebb. The reverse is also true. MCC’s next president will hopefully develop innovative strategies to combat that trend, but, candidly, that’s no small task in a region in which four terrific community colleges are competing ever-earnestly to recruit more students. It’s like we’re all trying to command a larger slice of a shrinking pie.”
MCC’s greatest achievement during his administration?
“I would hate to single out any one thing,” Elliott answered, “but I will say that I have been president of MCC mostly during some pretty lean years when we suffered multiple reductions in state funding. Yet, the college was successful in growing its enrollment and campus facilities, in virtually eliminating all of its debt while also building a modest reserve, and in diversifying its curriculum. So, given the times, I think our team did a highly credible job.”
“Whatever success I have experienced at MCC,” he added, “has mostly been a product of surrounding myself with people a lot smarter than me, then getting out of their way and letting them do their jobs. I owe all of them – past and present - a great debt of thanks.”
What will he do in retirement?
“Being president of any college is pretty much all-consuming,” Elliott responded. “I have served as a college president for 23 years now in two different states and been in senior-level college administration for over 30 years total. I have found that even when you’re on vacation, you are constantly invested in the job. So, I look forward to spending more time with my wife, my children and my grandchildren. And while I have always considered community college work to be missionary in a sense, I nevertheless need to somehow better serve my God in the future.”
MCC Board Chairman Alex Weddington noted that the search for Elliott’s successor will begin soon with a goal of naming a new president sometime this spring or early summer. Elliott is the third of the state’s community college presidents to announce his retirement this school year following Drs. Larry Nabors and Ronnie Nettles at Mississippi Delta and Copiah-Lincoln community colleges, respectively. | 468636503

MCC Calendar of Events

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 2/10/2018
Meridian Community College
Calendar of Events January 2018

MCC Basketball, Jan. 11: MCC vs. East Central Community College, 5:30 p.m., women; Jan. 16: MCC vs. Southwest Community College, 5:30 p.m., women; 7:30 p.m., men; Jan. 29, MCC vs. Jones County College, 5:30 p.m., women; 7:30 p.m., men. Contact: Sander Atkinson, 601-484-8707.

Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Class Registration, Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 9, 9 a.m.; Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m.; Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 12, 9 a.m., Ralph Young Center. 601-484-8796.

Spring classes begin, Jan. 8.

Re-scheduled Associate Degree Nursing Program and Practical Nursing Program pinnings, Jan. 9, 4 p.m., McCain Theater, 601-484-8710.

MLK Birthday Observance Celebration, Jan. 11, 1 p.m. MCC McCain Theater, Ivy Hall.

College closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. Classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Workforce Development session, Forklift Training, Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, ServSafe, Jan. 20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, HVAC I-Part II, Jan. 22-May 7, 6-9 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, HVAC II-Part II, Jan. 23-May 8, 6-9 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Basic Welding - Day, Jan. 26-March 23, 7 a.m.-noon. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Basic Life Support/CPR Certification Class, Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Basic Life Support/CPR Certification Class, Jan. 26, 1-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Basics of Computers, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Re-scheduled fall commencement, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Temple Theater. 601-484-8627.

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Leadership Conference, Jan. 27, 8 a.m., campus wide. Lori Smith, 601-484-8771.

Workforce Development session, Basic Plumbing, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m. 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment class, Stained Glass Beginners and Intermediates, Jan. 30-March 6, 10 a.m. to noon or 5-7 p.m. 601-482-7445.

Personal Enrichment class, Ballet, Jan. 30-May 10, 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development session, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel for Beginners, Jan. 30-Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 601-482-7445.
-- Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689 | 468636143

Registration now live for MSU’s 2018 ‘Academic Insight’ events

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/28/2018
Mississippi State University Starkville, MS
Registration now live for MSU’s 2018 ‘Academic Insight’ events

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is announcing Academic Insight 2018 to give admitted students a closer look at the academic colleges that house the majors they are interested in pursuing once enrolled.
The events are free to attend; however, space is limited and seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be completed at
The schedule includes:
—February 2: Bagley College of Engineering, morning session at 9 a.m. or afternoon session at 12:30 p.m.
—February 3: College of Arts and Sciences, 12:30 p.m.
—February 17: College of Forest Resources, 8 a.m.; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 8:30 a.m.; College of Architecture, Art and Design, 9 a.m.; and College of Business at noon.
—February 24: College of Education, 8:30 a.m.; pre-veterinary medical technology program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the website listed above or contact MSU’s Office of Orientation and Events at
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at | 468635383

MSU online programs receive high marks in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/27/2018
Mississippi State University Starkville, MS
MSU online programs receive high marks in U.S. News & World Report rankings

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Four of Mississippi State University’s distance education programs are recognized in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report online programs rankings, with two programs ranking in the top 50 nationally in the analysis released Tuesday [Jan. 9].
The MSU College of Business’ Distance MBA program remains one of the best in the country at No. 22 in U.S. News’ Best Online MBA Program rankings, once again achieving the highest ranking of any online MBA program in Mississippi. The ranking also marks the fourth consecutive year MSU’s Distance MBA program has ranked in the top 25 nationally.
“Having nationally ranked programs by U.S. News illustrates that Mississippi State is providing a challenging and supportive online educational experience and preparing our distance students for success,” said MSU Center for Distance Education Executive Director Susan Seal.
“Additionally, students across Mississippi and the U.S. are recognizing MSU as a leader in online education as we are experiencing substantial enrollment growth in our online degree programs,” Seal added. “The MSU Center for Distance Education is working hand-in-hand with our faculty and staff to create a culture of quality and innovation while we expand opportunities by adding more academic degree programs to our online campus. It really is exciting that we provide students, regardless of location, the opportunity to earn a prestigious Mississippi State degree.”
MSU’s online graduate program in the Bagley College of Engineering continues to rank among the nation’s best, coming in at No. 49 in the 2018 rankings. The college offers seven online graduate programs. For more information, see
The College of Education is once again ranked for its online graduate program. The 2018 rankings have MSU at No. 83, the highest ranking of any public institution in Mississippi.
The College of Business also was recognized for its Distance Master of Science in Information Systems (non-MBA), achieving a No. 87 ranking in 2018.
Established in 1933, U.S. News & World Report releases annual rankings of universities and individual academic programs from across the country and is in its seventh year of collecting data from distance education programs. To see the full rankings, visit
For more on the MSU Center for Distance Education’s 33 online degree programs and four certificate programs, visit
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at | 468635183

(MORA) has announced that the agency’s 2018 scholarship application process is now open

Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 2/6/2018
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Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has announced that the agency’s 2018 scholarship application process is now open. For the fourth straight year, MORA will present $6,500 in scholarships in May to high school seniors who understand the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Mississippi and across the country.
Eleven $500 scholarships will be awarded in the spring, as well as a $1,000 Gift of Life scholarship, that will go to the top student applicant.
After a record number of applicants (265) from a record number of high schools (94) in 2017, MORA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Stump, expects the list of applicants to be even higher this year. “We have seen interest in donation rise among young people through the recent years,” said Stump, who is in his 24th year as the agency’s CEO. “We feel this is because either a young person has been touched by donation through a personal experience or that they are becoming educated about the need of the lifesaving gifts of donation,” Stump added.
Seniors applying for the MORA scholarships must meet certain criteria. First, they must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school. Those seniors must also must have been accepted by a community college or university in Mississippi, or have intentions of 2018 fall enrollment. They must also have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation one from a teacher and one from an adult of the student’s choice and include an essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words about their connection to donation, why they are registered donors or the importance of encouraging others to be donors.
For more information concerning these scholarships, you can contact Susan Bonds, Community Outreach Coordinator, via email at or by phone at 662-841-1960.
Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to:
Susan Bonds
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
Midtown Pointe
499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1
Tupelo, MS 38801 | 468634903


Event Dates and Times

1/10/2018 - 1/29/2018
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA — T-shirts, jerseys and jackets emblazoned with East Mississippi Community College’s name and logo could soon begin showing up at major retail stores around the world.
London-based apparel company Park Agencies Ltd. has signed a contract with EMCC to design and distribute EMCC merchandise.
“The retail groups we work with are based in different countries but they can be spread out across the globe,” Park Agencies Director Tony Park wrote in an email. “Key groups such as Primark, River Island and Next are based in the United Kingdom but have stores in 12 countries. Zara, Bershka, H&M and Best Seller are European-based but can be in 60-plus countries. We do sell into these groups but we are never 100 percent sure what (clothing items) they will select.
“We also sell to various online etailers such as ASOS, Zalando and Boohoo, for example. Most of our other clients have online sales as well.”
Instore product trials could begin as soon as March, with the EMCC apparel line to officially launch this summer or this winter, Park said.
EMCC has already been selling apparel internationally since the July 29, 2016 release of season one of the gritty Neflix docuseries “Last Chance U,” which follows the college’s football team during the 2015 and 2016 years.
The series that provides an unfiltered look into the lives of the players and coaches quickly garnered worldwide acclaim. Apparel sales through EMCC’s bookstore quickly rose that first year by more than 200 percent. After season two of “Last Chance U” debuted last year, sales increased by more than 1,500 percent over the previous year, with orders coming in from all over the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand, to name a few places, EMCC District Bookstore Manager and Athletics Social Media Coordinator Ginnie Cody said.
“That first night when the second season came out, I didn’t sleep,” Cody said. “I stopped processing orders at 5 a.m. the next morning, slept for a couple of hours at my desk and went right back to it. I remember thinking to myself, ‘This is going to be bigger than we thought it would be.’”
The uptick in sales was generated from viewers who discovered EMCC’s bookstore online. Cody is excited about the partnership with Park Agencies.
“They will have a much bigger audience than we have on our website,” Cody said. “They can make it more of a brand, a cool thing to sell. We are not marketing in the UK or Europe and this is something they can do much better than we can.”
EMCC will get a small percentage of the royalties from the agency’s apparel sales.
“This won’t cost us anything and it could actually generate some revenue for us,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said. “What is really exciting is the global expansion of the EMCC brand. As far as we know, we are the only community college in the world with an apparel contract like this.”
Park Agencies designs its own brands and specializes in high fashion street clothing. Park said he would like to create a separate label for EMCC apparel that could include jerseys, hats, T-shirts, sweats, leisure wear and jackets.
“We are delighted to work with EMCC,” Park said. “We feel that we will be able to offer a brand that will reflect the values and hard work of the staff and students at East Mississippi Community College.”
EMCC Executive Director of College Advancement Marcus Wood, a former assistant football coach who was featured in the Netflix documentary, said he is pleased with the collaboration as well.
“This is a win-win for us,” Wood said. “The Park Agencies have a broad reach and know the fashion industry. Not only will this provide us an opportunity to get entrenched in other markets, it will help us benefit from their experience as we learn the ropes of the game.
“It is exciting to know there are people in other countries who are interested in our merchandise. We are a small college in a small town and people all over the world are interested in our product. It is kind of amazing, really.”
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 | 468354993

Greater Calvary MB Church Christian Leadership School

Event Dates and Times

1/23/2018 - Starts: 5:45 PM - Ends: 9:00 PM
1/24/2018 - Starts: 5:45 PM - Ends: 9:00 PM
1/25/2018 - Starts: 5:45 PM - Ends: 9:00 PM
1/26/2018 - Starts: 5:45 PM - Ends: 9:00 PM
Greater Calvary MB Church 13 Martin Luther King Drive Meridian, MS
1075-The Synoptic Gospels (Phase 2)
6005-Financing and Budgeting the Work of the Church
2023-Creative Ways of Teaching (Phase 1)
2007-Christian Stewardship (Phase 2)
1112-Survey of Revelation (Phase 4)
8017-The Ministry of Ushering
8003-Planning and Leading Christian Worship
Youth Studies--S.E.E.D (non certified)
Youth are our special students as spiritual leaders of the 21th century

Rev. Jimmy Johnson, Rev Cecil Ashford, Rev. Van Williams, Min. Cora Cole, Mrs. Johnnie Loper, Sis. Vickie Thomas, Bro. Willie Griggs, Rev. Walter Patrick and Sis. Pamelia Forbes

Thanking you in advance for your prayers and presence and participation.

Dorsett Buckley, Pastor
Pamelia Forbes, Dean

601-482-2157 Pamelia Forbes | 468356363

Free Concert - Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace

Event Dates and Times

1/24/2018 - Starts: 6:00 PM - Ends: 7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church, Meridian; 905 23rd Ave, Meridian, MS
Join us at First Presbyterian – Meridian (905 23rd Ave) on Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 6-7:30 PM for a concert featuring Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace. This group of artists has led a movement to restore old hymn texts with new melodies. It will be an uplifting time of worship with beautiful music! Doors open at 5:30 PM. Admission is free but a Love Offering will be taken to defer costs.

Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand new melodies to centuries-old hymn texts, helping guide people into emotionally honest worship. He is a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, whose work has drawn acclaim across denominational lines and is used in churches around the world. Born out of a college ministry, the reimagined hymns have found wide acceptance both among college students and the church at large, joining people who desire to honor tradition with those who want a modern musical approach. His latest album is QuietHymns.
First Presbyterian Church
(601) 693-1133 | 468312163

Alzheimer's Awareness Workshop

Event Dates and Times

1/18/2018 - 1/26/2018
MSU Riley Center
Join Dr. Zaineb Daud, Neurologist, and presenters from The Mind Center at University of MS Medical Center and Alzheimer's Mississippi for an Alzheimer's Awareness Workshop on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 1-2:30pm at the MSU Riley Center. Email to register. | 468311833

Center Ridge Baptist Church January 2018 Announcements

Event Dates and Times

1/8/2018 - 1/31/2018
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church January 2018 Announcements

Wonderful Word on Wednesday
January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting , Wonderful Word on Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018, @ 7:00 pm. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Mission Program
January 21, 2018
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a, "Mission's Program," on Sunday, January 21, 2018@ 11:00 am. Phone contact: 601) 776-3649; Email Contact: Pastor Lorenzo Carter. | 468132633

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

Event Dates and Times

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

Apryl Leggett
Administrative Assistant
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation
200 22nd Ave.
PO Box 790
Meridian, MS 39302
Phone: (601) 693-1306
Website: | 468132223

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

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact Ferguson at 601-635-6292 or by email at, or Chris Clark, workforce development coordinator, at 601-635-6245 or email

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Fax: 601-635-4398 | 465463943

Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library January 2018 Events

Event Dates and Times

Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library 2517 7th Street Meridian, MS 39301
Monday, January 1st...Closed
Tuesday, January 2nd...Baby/Toddler Celebrate 2018 New Year 10:00am
Wednesday, January 3rd...Games for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 4th...K-6th Grade National Bird Day Craft 4:30pm
Monday, January 8th...Bingo for Adults 11:00am
Tuesday, January 9th...Baby/Toddler Snowman Craft 10:00am
Wednesday, January 10th...Teen Talk/Snow Day for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 11th...K-6th Grade Dr. Martin Luther King Day Craft 4:30pm
Monday, January 15th...Library Closed Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, January 16th...Baby/Toddler Hot Cocoa Craft 10:00am
Wednesday, January 17th...Young Adult STEM (Making Snow) 4:30pm
Thursday, January 18th...K-6th Grade Penguin Footprints 4:30pm
Genealogy 2-3
Monday, January 22nd...Adult Craft (DIY
Stress Balls) 11:00am
Tuesday, January 23rd...Baby/Toddler National Penguin Day 10:00am
Wednesday, January 24th...Games for Young Adults 4:30pm
Thursday, January 25th...K-6th Grade Decorate Canvas Tote Bag 4:30pm
Monday, January 29th...Games for Adults 11:00am
Tuesday, January 30th...Baby/Toddler STEM 10:00am Chess Club 4:30pm
Wednesday, January 31st...Young Adult STEM (Tornado in a jar) 4:30pm
*****Calendar is subject to change*****

Phone Number: 601-693-6771
Storyline Number: 601-482-4444

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